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Who we are

EMERGE is dedicated to understanding and leveraging the intricate relationships between the nervous system and a felt sense of safety, culture and the connection to nature to promote holistic well-being.

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We recognize the pivotal role of the autonomic nervous system (ANS) in shaping our physiological responses to stress and perceived threats. Through trauma-informed approaches, interoceptive and mindfulness awareness-based interventions, we provide steady ground to regulate nervous system responses, fostering a deep sense of care, safety and resilience capable of transforming trauma. By cultivating awareness of internal bodily sensations and facilitating emotional regulation, we support individuals to access states of ease and sharp decision-making, even in the face of adversity. Our work integrates research on interoception, somatic work and mindfulness with compassionate practices aimed at promoting healing and transformation.

We combine our interventions with creative expressions —singing, dancing, arts, poetry, rituals, gardening, and diverse connections to the land. These authentic expressions are the true embodiment of "living in the present”. Beyond curricula and methods, it is people who inherently hold the path beyond mere form —an understanding rooted in recovering and caring for the collective essence of life itself.

We come from Colombia, a country whose land and peoples hold both collective trauma and traditions of collective care. Our systems and ecologies of care endure violence and displacement, bringing unique mental health resources to individuals and collectives to find a sense of belonging, enjoyment, and transformation. 

 

Care is a quality that fosters safety in individuals and communities, supporting them to undergo transformation, and thrive. This is the essence of our work.

EMERGE is a homage to the ethnic and community leaders, landmine and torture survivors, and the mothers, teachers and students we have worked with in 25 countries, 17 of them in consultation with the UN and institutions such as the Mind and Life Institute and the Tibetan Government in Exile.

 

Our work has been woven with people's resilience, together with their culture, diversity, and contexts. Based on the unique relationship they have to their lands and ancestry, the visions of the world they live in emerge and nurture what we do. Each step of this journey belongs to all those who have walked a part of it alongside us.

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