Self-Care: Helping Healers, Activists and Clergy Cultivate a Balanced Life

Self-Care: Helping Healers, Activists and Clergy Cultivate a Balanced Life


Self-Care and Sustainability helps you become aware of how you are affected by the nature of your work.

As a spiritual leader, healer, and/or activist, you probably know firsthand how the stress of your work can affect your overall sense of personal well-being. The heartfelt connections you cultivate with causes and people you advocate for often leads to exhaustion, depletion, and fatigue because of the nature of the work. During our time together, we will engage in a learning process of exploring methods to reduce stress and bring your life back into balance. The knowledge you obtain will support your ability to become more mindful of your needs as you continue to be of service to others.

As a result of taking this training, participants will:

  • Learn the importance of cultivating mental, spiritual, and emotional well-being
  • Identify how stress can impact healing, activism, and service work
  • Develop self-care strategies

See An Interview With Rev. DeShannon Here



Rev. DeShannon Bowens

Rev. DeShannon Barnes-Bowens is a psychotherapist, professional development trainer, interfaith minister, and founder of ILERA Counseling & Education Services. Through ILERA, she has implemented workshops at various agencies focusing on vicarious trauma and wellness, healing from sexual abuse, sexuality, and spirituality. DeShannon is the author of Hush Hush: An African American Family Breaks Their Silence on Sexuality & Sexual Abuse (2007, 2015) and an emeritus interfaith scholar with the State of Formation. She was also the first recipient of AASECT’s Bill T. Jones Award. Presentations of her work have taken place at Harvard University, American Academy of Religion, Washington University, New York Theological Seminary, and Interfaith Center of New York. (

Dates: Saturday, February 9, 2019 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
OneSpirit Elective Credit: 1.0
Available by: Attend in NYC Classroom or Join by Videoconference or Download Recordings (learn more about videoconference) (learn more about videoconference)
Price: General Public: $ 100.00 | One Spirit Graduates: $ 90.00

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If you have questions about registering for this course, please contact One Spirit Learning Alliance by email to [email protected] or call 212-931-6840 x 0.