A key factor in historical and racialised trauma is the erasure and an attempt of destruction of home-place, identity, culture and sense of belonging. We have a sense of belonging when we feel connected, attached, close and accepted by a community or group of people. Belonging is a necessary ingredient for our performance, health, well-being and resilience. Hence, it plays an essential role in our mental and physical health.

HOW DO WE get out of the Eurocentric paradigm that pits the individual against the collective?

HOW DO WE take ownership of our identity and find our sense of belonging in systems that have traumatised and divided us?

What does belonging mean to us?

How do we belong?

Where do we belong?

Who decides whether we belong or not?

How does the lack of belonging feel in our bodies?

As we carry many identities, this workshop is designed to find solutions together that suit each of us in our uniqueness. We will explore many questions somatically to feel how we can belong with all our complexities, authentic voice and self-expression, in a soft and nuturing environment. A container for reclaiming or rediscovering and grounding cultural resources and practices of resilience. An invitation to connect with our forgotten/arased wholeness.


This workshop is for you if you identify as a global south Body and/or Body of Culture (Black, Indigenous, Asian, Latin)

DATE: Sunday 18th June 2023

PLACE: OYOUN space – Berlin

CO-FACILITATORS : Selma Sardouk & Tobi Ayé

PRODUCER: Justice Mvemba



Tobi Ayé is a somatic practitioner and a skilled group facilitator with a deep commitment to working with individuals and communities to repair connections and integrate collective, intergenerational, individual, and systemic trauma. She founded RECONEKT a space to deeply look how systemic trauma has fragmented us as collective body and find ways to heal together. She believes that anti-oppression work begins within one’s self and includes addressing all oppressed groups and identities as we work towards liberation of all beings.


Selma Sardouk is a therapist and coach specialised in the accompaniment of systemic and social traumas. She sets up and leads spaces for deconstruction and collective liberation combining coaching, brief therapy and North African ancestral knowledge.