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featuring Dr. Gabor Maté

Trauma is the invisible force that shapes our lives. It shapes the way we live, the way we love and the way we make sense of the world. It is the root of our deepest wounds. Dr. Maté gives us a new vision: a trauma-informed society in which parents, teachers, physicians, policy-makers and legal personnel are not concerned with fixing behaviors, making diagnoses, suppressing symptoms and judging, but seeking instead to understand the sources from which troubling behaviors and diseases spring in the wounded human soul.

Talks on Trauma Series, Part 2

The Oct 4–10 broadcast of The Wisdom of Trauma movie will be accompanied by a Part 2 of the Talks on Trauma series, featuring new conversations with authors, celebrities, spiritual teachers and trauma experts.

With this film and talks, we hope to touch many people, begin a conversation, and develop a common understanding of how trauma impacts our individual lives, communities and
society as a whole.

Learn from 35+ Experts in the New Series

Rupa Marya, MD
Physician, Executive Director, Deep Medicine Circle
Bessel van der Kolk, MD
Medical Director, Trauma Center Principal Investigator
Dr. Ruby Gibson
Executive Director of Freedom Lodge, Author, Historical Trauma Specialist
Jamie Lee Curtis
Actor, Author, Podcaster, Inventor & Advocate.
Singer-songwriter, actor, poet, mental health expert
Tiokasin Ghosthorse
Founder & Host "First Voices Radio", Speaker on Peace & Indigenous Wisdom
Howard Schubiner, MD
Clinical Professor and Author
Nikki Myers
Founder and Director of Yoga of 12-Step Recovery
Mona Haydar
Writer, Activist, Musician, Theologian
Marianne Williamson
Author, Activist, Spiritual Thought Leader
Richard Schwartz, PhD
Developer of the Internal Family Systems Model
Fania E. Davis, PhD, J.D.
Founder, Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth, Social Justice Activist & Author
Jesse Thistle
Assistant Professor, Author
Kate Silverton
Journalist, Author and Broadcaster
Ashley Judd
Actor, Author, Humanitarian, Survivor
Mellody R Hayes, MD
Anesthesiologist and CEO
Bayo Akomolafe
Author, Teacher, Executive Director of The Emergence Network
Amanda Feilding
Founder and Executive Director of the Beckley Foundation
Angaangaq Angakkorsuaq
Elder, Traditional Healer, Spiritual Teacher and Shaman
Prentis Hemphill
Founder of The Embodiment Institute, Therapist, Facilitator, Writer
Kai Cheng Thom, MSc
Somatic Coach and Consultant, Mediator, Author
Vimalasara (Valerie) Mason-John
Author, co-founder of Mindfulness Based Addiction Recovery & 8 step recovery
Eriel Tchekwie Deranger
Executive Director and co-founder of Indigenous Climate Action
Gordon Neufeld, PhD
Author, Clinical and Developmental Psychologist
Mee Ok Icaro
Writer, Poet
Darcia Narvaez
Professor of Psychology Emerita
Rabbi Dr. Tirzah Firestone
Rabbi, Author, Psychotherapist
Jeffrey Rediger, MD, MDiv
Author and physician
Tara Brach, PhD
Author, Meditation Teacher, Psychologist
Staci K Haines
Author, Somatic Teacher, co-founder of Generative Somatics
Muffy Mendoza
Community Developer & Advocate
Will Van Derveer, MD
Integrative Psychiatrist, Trauma Researcher, Educator
Elisa Hallerman PhD, JD
Founder and CEO of Recovery Management Agency, Author, Speaker
Tommy Rosen
Yoga Teacher, Addiction Recovery Expert
Pamela Wible, MD
Family Physician, Suicide Prevention Advocate
Sharon Salzberg
Author, Meditation teacher
Fritzi Horstman
Founder & Executive Director of Compassion Prison Project
Jack Kornfield PhD
Author, Buddhist practitioner, Spirit Rock Meditation Center founding teacher,
Jennifer Wallin
Registered Provisional Psychologist
Tim McCarty
Certified Rolfer and Life Coach
Guy Felicella
Consultant, Harm Reduction Advocate and Public speaker
Steve Ozanich
Author, Pain specialist, Teacher of presence
Gail Brenner PhD
Psychologist, Author, Group facilitator
Holistic Resistance
Racial Justice Facilitators, Earth builders & Sound healers
Betsy Polatin
Breathing & Movement Specialist and Best-selling Author
Judith Blackstone
Nonduality Teacher, Psychotherapist, Author
Kaira Jewel Lingo
Dharma teacher
Fresh Lev White
Founder of Affirmative Acts Consulting, Diversity Trainer, Speaker, Mindfulness Teacher
Sea Stars
Philip Sheperd
Author and Founder of The Embodied Present Process
Dylan Wilder Quinn
Founder of TransIntimate, Facilitator & Somatic Liberation Coach
Henry Shukman
Zen and Mindfulness teacher
Gregory Nottage, MA
Executive Director, Streets Team Enterprises, a Social Innovation Division at Downtown Streets Team
Vandrick Towns
Program Director Options Recovery Services; Alcohol & Drug Counselor Specialist and Ex-lifer
Laura Inserra
Sound Alchemist


A renowned speaker and bestselling author, Dr. Gabor Maté is highly sought after for his expertise on a range of topics including addiction, stress and childhood development.

Rather than offering quick-fix solutions to these complex issues, Dr. Maté weaves together scientific research, case histories, and his own insights and experience to present a broad perspective that enlightens and empowers people to promote their own healing and that of those around them.

After 20 years of family practice and palliative care experience, Dr. Maté worked for over a decade in Vancouver’s Downtown EastSide with patients challenged by drug addiction and mental illness. The author of four books published in over twenty-five languages, Dr. Maté is an expert on addiction, trauma, childhood development, and the relationship of stress and illness. His book on addiction received the Hubert Evans Prize for literary non-fiction.



The full creative team for The Wisdom of Trauma can be seen on the Team page, alongside production photos and more information about Science and Nonduality.


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Producer / Director


Director of Photography / Editor

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