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This global pandemic has compounded trauma on top of our pre-existing histories. We must be adequately prepared to build trust and hold space for a multitude of perspectives, lived experiences, and emotions in our collective spaces as we move forward with this new reality.


In this two part seminar course facilitated by consultant and Registered Psychotherapist Ronnie Ali (she/her), you will join a community of learners to explore the philosophy and practice of anti-oppression and trauma-informed care. Learn how to take equity work beyond ‘listening and learning’ and toward an embodied, ethical process. Reconnect with your body, heal while you learn, and ready yourself to enter collective spaces with humility, confidence, and mindfulness.

By attending this series, you will find…

  • Holistic frameworks for understanding trauma and oppression

  • Tools for creating ethical spaces and relational integrity

  • Fresh ideas for facilitating group dynamics

  • A clearer sense of who you are and your role in this work


Who is this for?

This course is perfect for anyone working in or leading collaborative spaces such as arts workers, creatives, facilitators, influencers, leaders, managers, administrators, community organizers, and team members. Our course materials are also applicable to anyone trying to navigate trauma and oppression in social settings. We will be going beyond the curiosities of definitions and theory and will be deepening our understanding through personal and collective awareness. Self-reflection and embodiment practices are strong features of this course. You will be asked to work with your body and personal experiences in ways that may surface feelings of discomfort. All interaction is ‘challenge by choice’ meaning that it is optional. This course does not require any public-facing obligations such as sharing your video/audio or participating in discussion spaces, and there will be no breakout rooms.


What’s Included?

  • Four hours of live training

  • An online classroom to interact with other learners

  • An additional office hour between seminars

  • Mindfulness-based activities

  • Plenty of resources

  • A draw to win a free one hour coaching session with Ronnie’s practice Leaves on a Stream


Where and When is it?

The course will take place exclusively online. Attendees must have access to Zoom and

Google Classroom to fully participate.

The two live seminar days will take place on:

Wednesday, July 14th

11am-1pm PDT / 12pm-2pm MDT / 1pm-3pm CDT

2pm-4pm EDT / 3pm-5pm ADT / 3:30pm-5:30pm NDT


Wednesday, July 21st

11am-1pm PDT / 12pm-2pm MDT / 1pm-3pm CDT

2pm-4pm EDT / 3pm-5pm ADT / 3:30pm-5:30pm NDT

Course Outline

Prior to the course:

Participants will have the opportunity to send specific questions to Ronnie and engage with course materials through Google Classroom.


Seminar One: Being

Through an embodied framework of Head, Heart, and Gut, learners will be guided through a personal journey exploring the following topics:

Head: Ecological Thinking

Heart: Embodied Knowing

Gut: Existential Being


Between Sessions:

Learners will engage with course materials, interact with each other through Google Classroom, have an hour of office time with Ronnie over the weekend to ask questions, and have the chance to enter a draw to win a free one hour coaching session with Ronnie’s practice Leaves on a Stream.

Seminar Two: Becoming

Learners will integrate their experiences from Seminar One into their practice of anti-oppression and trauma-informed care:

Head: Ethics and Technology

Heart: Radical Transformational Praxis

Gut: Passages and Lineages 


After the course:

Participants will have the opportunity to provide evaluation and feedback to Ronnie and the organizers. The winner of the draw will be announced.


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How much does it cost?

We offer different price options in order to suit your needs:


Individual Rate

$150 CAD  flat fee / per individual


Group Rates

Want to take the course as a team? We offer discount prices when you order as a group!

For groups of 5 people and over: $135 CAD  flat fee / per individual  (You save 10%)

For groups of 10 people and over: $120 CAD  flat fee / per individual  (You save 20%)

When placing an order for a group rate, you must provide email addresses for all participants.


Wait List

If the cost is a barrier, we welcome you to sign-up for our wait list by filling out this simple form HERE. We will be collecting donations to help fund free admissions for those signed up to our wait list. We are also prioritizing access for *2SQT-BIPOC applicants. 

*Two-Spirit/Queer/Trans who are Black, Indigenous, and/or People of Colour


Generosity Admission: Donate a ticket!

A Generosity Admission ticket helps fund the cost of this course for folks on our wait list. If you have access to additional financial resources, we encourage you to ‘pay it forward’ to ensure that this offering is accessible for everyone and that no one is left behind.

Generosity Admissions are valued at $150 CAD flat fee, regardless of discounts applied to group rates. They can be combined with your regular purchase(s) or sold separately as one purchase. 


Refund Policy

If a customer chooses to withdraw from the course after already purchasing, the following return policies will apply:

  • The customer will receive a 75% refund of all costs before July 1st, 2021 at 11:59pm EDT

  • The customer will receive a 50% refund of all costs before July 9th, 2021 at 11:59pm EDT

  • After July 9th, all sales are final and no refunds will be offered

  • All Generosity Admission tickets are final sale


Meet our Facilitator

Ronnie Ali

Ronnie Ali (she/her) is a Registered Psychotherapist, and the Lead Consultant at Leaves on a Stream, a consulting practice that centres ethics and mindfulness in clinical consultation, trauma-informed coaching, and social programming. 


Ronnie has provided therapeutic services exclusively to queer, trans, racialized, Indigenous and similarly marginalized communities for 10 years. As a result, she realized that many clients were seeking help to deal with the trauma associated with attacks on their person in public, but also in health care and other social institutions. She decided to step back from their clinical practice in order to educate others about the roots of oppression and trauma in the hope of ending long-term cycles of violence.


Ronnie is an immigrant-settler, trans woman, queer, person of colour, living and working on the traditional territories of the Huron-Wendat and Petun First Nations, the Seneca, and most recently, the Mississaugas of the Credit River. The territory is the subject of the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant.

About Leaves on a Stream

The imagery of leaves on a stream inspires a sense of peace and calm although the scenery is quite complex and dramatic! This paradox represents the heart of our approach: to cultivate peace by embracing complexity.

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Clinical Consultation

Helping professionals, artists, or anyone who channels empathy in their work can benefit from clinical consultation. This service supports the delicate process of practicing empathy by focusing on themes such as: embodiment, relational integrity, oppression, burnout, complex trauma, and cultural humility.


Trauma-informed Coaching

Leaders and small groups working through social ruptures, tragedy, or change often need support to move forward with balance and direction. Trauma-informed coaching can help with the process of navigating complex social dynamics and building skills for psychological flexibility.


Social Programming

Organizations and community groups need to be engaged as co-creators of knowledge, rather than as ‘receptacles of information.’ Grounded in critical pedagogy, our social programming begins from the perspective that investigating, learning, and knowing are radically communal acts and ought to be facilitated through an iterative and ethical process.

Ronnie was recently featured on “Shine True”, an affirmative documentary series about the lives of trans and nonbinary folks hosted by Richie Shazam and Lucas Silveira on OUTtv and Fuse.

Check out this clip of Ronnie talking to Lucas about her experiences navigating the world as a trans person of colour:

Clip from Shine True



Available to watch on:


CANADA                                       US

Learn more about the course in this fun, half-hour featurette called our "Pride Sunday Special" here:

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