Begin Healing Historical and Racialized Trauma

We live in a society where the white-body is the standard by which all bodies are measured—both philosophically and structurally. As a result, racialized trauma becomes embodied and gets transmitted to later generations as an accepted, standard, and morally acceptable way of being. Through this deeply transformative work, Resmaa Menakem confronts the charge of racism by guiding the way on how to begin to heal this trauma for ourselves and future generations.


Find out what Somatic Abolitionism is and how it helps dismantle white-body supremacy

Learn how to use somatic practices to work with different trauma responses

Understand how to build an anti-racist culture through the body



Complete Talks on Video

A collection of embodied knowledge that empowers you to develop racial literacy

Guided Practices

Resmaa Menakem walks you through simple body practices you can implement in daily life

Lifetime Access

Learn at your own pace with lifetime access to all course materials

Bonus Expert Interviews

Dive deeper and enhance your training through additional expert insights on racialized trauma



Resmaa Menakem

Healer, New York Times Bestselling Author, Trauma Specialist

Resmaa Menakem, MSW, LICSW, SEP, is a therapist with decades of experience, currently in private practice in Minneapolis, Minnesota, specializing in trauma, body-centered psychotherapy, and violence prevention. He has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show and Dr. Phil as an expert on conflict and violence. Menakem has studied with bestselling author Dr. David Schnarch (Passionate Marriage). He also trained at Dr. Peter Levine's Somatic Experiencing® Trauma Institute.

The Somatic Abolitionism Philosophy

Healing Racialized Trauma Begins with Your Body

Somatic Abolitionism is a living, embodied anti-racist practice and cultural building—a way of being in the world. The foundation of the teaching lies at the intersection of healing trauma through somatic practices and eliminating racial injustice from the inside out. More than exclusively a goal, an attitude, or belief, Somatic Abolitionism is an emergent form of growing into a fuller energetic human experience.

Before you join, you might be wondering:

What Is Somatic Abolitionism?

Somatic simply means body-centered. Abolitionism was the widespread (and also widely opposed) movement to end enslavement in America during the 19th century. Today, Somatic Abolitionism is an individual and communal effort to free our bodies—and our society—from the long enslavement to racialized trauma.

Why Do We Need Somatic Abolitionism?

Nearly all of us are infected by the virus of white-body supremacy: the falsehood that the white body is the supreme standard upon which all other bodies are measured and judged. Today the white-body supremacy virus remains with us—in the institutions that govern us and the social contracts under which we live—depleting and eroding our health and happiness.

What Does Somatic Abolitionism Do?

Somatic Abolitionism heals our bodies of the white-body supremacy virus and inoculates our bodies against new infections through cultural container building. It begins in your body, then ripples out to other bodies and to our collective body. Through repetition, you build resilience, discernment, and the ability to tolerate discomfort when confronting the brutality of race.

How Are These Concepts Applied?

Rather than provide nonexistent quick-fix solutions to these complex dynamics and issues, Resmaa weaves together scientific research, case histories, and his own insights and experiences to present a broad perspective that enlightens and empowers you to cultivate and support your own healing journey.

Who Will Benefit from This Program?

This is an exceptional opportunity for anyone interested in learning more about intergenerational trauma healing, exploring the effects of racism and white-body supremacy within your body, and developing self-regulation skills to cultivate Somatic Abolitionism personally and communally. No matter the body you are in, this is the course for you.

“Trauma decontextualized in a person looks like personality. Trauma decontextualized in a family looks like family traits. Trauma decontextualized in people looks like culture.”

Resmaa Menakem


Put Wisdom into Action

Specific Content Includes:

The opening session sets a course for healing historical and racialized trauma carried in the body and soul. You will explore the deeply experiential practices that inspire personal, cultural, and systemic transformation.

  • Familiarize yourself with Resmaa’s work and his aspirations for its impact 
  • Confront the impact of racialized trauma, unhealed pain, and body constriction from white-body supremacy and how it moves through generations
  • Discover terms, dispel myths, and approach the lifelong work of healing intergenerational trauma with compassion and curiosity

Module 2 introduces us to Somatic Abolitionism as a living, embodied anti-racist practice and cultural building that can help you heal racialized and intergenerational trauma from the inside out.

  • Unpack white-body supremacy and the falsehood that the white body is the supreme standard upon which all other bodies are measured and judged
  • Learn how to listen to your body and orient and ground yourself so you can better identify and respond to somatic elicitations and trauma responses
  • Develop embodied racial literacy that supports you in developing a life and community centered on abolishing white-body supremacy