Memory & Healing
Healing the Wounds of History is a grass-roots program that seeks to break the cycle of violence that has passed through many generations of Lebanese society by creating a community of change agents, field workers and practitioners, who, after appropriate training, are empowered to take and apply the approaches and the powerful content. Our approach is to address historical grievances and traumas that are often at the root of inter-communal conflict.
The on-going objective is that HWH becomes a self-sustaining community of change.
Download More Information (PDF) Background: Healing the Wounds of History (HWH) is a program by the Centre for Lebanese Studies (CLS) launched in November 2011 to help healing the unresolved, deeper roots of violence unconsciously activated in the present from previous generations. The challenges faced by Lebanon and the region are self-evident where cycles of violence […]
The HWH Training Program Module 3, is the last part of 3 modules of training in Healing the Wounds of History. Date: November 17 till 19, 2017 Time: 09:00 am till 05:00 pm Location: Silk Museum, Bsous The objective is to create a community of change agents, field workers and practitioners, who, after appropriate […]
In celebration of the Feast of the Annunciation in Lebanon, the only country in the world to have a joint Christian-Moslem national holiday, a meeting was held by the “Islamic-Christian Meeting around Our Lady Mary” and NGO “Healing the Wounds of History” on Sunday, 26 of March 2017, at The Garden of Forgiveness in Beirut. […]
Over the weekend of 24,25,26th March, 2017, with the facilitation of Alexandra Asseily, Psychotherapist and founder of Healing the Wounds of History and Mathew Pruen, Hoffman Institute Coach, a group of Syrian teachers, Lebanese coaches and healers, and a few who came specially from UK, gathered for another workshop of Healing the Wounds of History. […]
The challenges faced by Lebanon and the region are self-evident. Cycles of violence have played out repeatedly through the ages. All of this is well documented, but what is less obvious, is how the battles of the past can stay dormant within us from generation to generation, flaring up in moments of perceived threat. And […]
Module III, Year 3: Facilitated by Matthew Pruen and Alexandra Asseily Date: 18, 19, 20 November 2016 Location: Silk Musuem, Bsous The success of module III of year Three of the Healing the Wounds of History workshops conducted by Alexandra Asseily, Mathew Pruen, and assisted by Mirvat Bakkour, is a sign that we have a firm foothold […]
Healing the Wounds of History Training programme Module II, Year 3: Facilitated by Matthew Pruen and Alexandra Asseily Date: 10, 11, 12 June 2016 Location: Achrafieh, Villa des Palmes In the wonderful garden of Villa des Palmes, Mathew Pruen and Alexandra Asseily facilitated module II of Healing the Wounds of History Training Programme. This training programme represented […]
Healing the Wounds of History Training programme Module I, Year 3 facilitated by Matthew Pruen and Alexandra Asseily. Date: 2,3 April 2016 Location: Bsous, Silk Musuem In the enchanting Silk Musuem in Bsous, Mathew Pruen and Alexandra Asseily held module I of the third year of Healing the Wounds of History Training Programme. The purpose […]
Training of Trainers (TOT) facilitated by Matthew Pruen and Alexandra Asseily on April 1, 2, 3, 2016, at the Silk Museum in Bsous The first Training of Trainers, TOT, took place with the intention to develop trainers that will carry Healing the Wounds of History further. The training sessions were attended by HWHers who have […]
Date: November 21-24, 2014 – Location: Bsous, The Silk MuseumFacilitated by Matthew Pruen and Alexandra Asseily. Friday November 21st to Sunday November 23rd 2014, plus practice and training session on Monday November 24th (Optional) This follow up, program of experiential learning builds on the knowledge, the experience and the established bond of connection of the […]
“Healing the Wounds of History” Conference November 11-13, 2011 at LAU Byblos in Lebanon This three-day conference initiated by the Centre for Lebanese Studies launched the “Healing the Wounds of History” Program. The main concepts addressed at the conference were the following: 1) causes for violence are rooted in recent but also older and even […]
The Power of Language, Small Shifts in Language, Big Shifts in Behavior by Alexandra Asseily Date: Saturday October 14, 2017 Time: 18:00- 19:30 Location: Beit Beirut The Role of Language in Peace Building Language is a potent force for positive change – from divisive authoritarian, bullying language to a cohesive, whole brain positive authority language. […]
Building on the success of the ‘Healing the Wounds of History: Addressing the roots of violence” conference that was held in November 2011 in Byblos,Lebanon, a three day workshop on “Constellation Therapy: A Systemic Approach to Healing Trans-generational Trauma” took place in Bssous, Lebanon, on the 29, 30, 31 of March, 2012. Facilitated by Matthew […]
Islamic-Christian Celebration, March 25th, National Day of “The Annunciation” – Together Around Our Lady Mary March 25th 2013, Garden of Forgiveness, Downtown Beirut, Lebanon For the second year running, people of various religions gathered at the Garden of Forgiveness, Hadiqat as-Samah, to celebrate the occasion of “The Annunciation” and a national holiday in Lebanon. Muslims […]
April 20 and 21st 2013 at Bsous, Lebanon The workshop on “Healing Our Ancestral Past For A Better Future” aimed at exploring, honouring and healing connections between our past, present and future. This two-day workshop was facilitated by dynamic theatre trainers Mark Wentworth and Filipe De Moura from the UK and Portugal, respectively, and was held at the Silk […]
Healing can be facilitated by sharing and listening! During this social gathering, part of the HWH family had a chance to catch up with each other, exchange their new experiences and insights, and have a good time. This was done in an atmosphere of support, love, and appreciation.
Our beloved Nadine Zaccour organized an art exhibition at Biel. A group of Hwhers joined her to witness the creativity of Lebanese artists.
Despite the hot mid-summer weather, a group of HWHers gathered for a practice session in nature. They started the day with a lovely breakfast followed by a short hike on the Lebanon Mountain Trail in Mtein. After the hike, the group joined to practice HWH tools and reflect on their resources using the elements in […]
On Valentine’s Day, a group of HWHers gathered for a practice session. What a better way to heal our heartbreaks than with the support of the HWH family! We had fun sharing and passing on love.
Gathering for Christmas is a wonderful way to share the holiday spirit with the people that you love! The HWH family joined at the CLS offices to grab healthy food, exchange symbolic gifts, laugh, and dance.
Becoming a Good Ancestor