WHAT WE DO
HaGomel is dedicated to healing women through creative community. We provide free expressive arts programs to survivors of sexual and other trauma through a variety of modalities. Our online and in-person experiences throughout Greater Los Angeles offer a safe space to transform pain and shame into possibility and joy.
Our trained facilitators interweave:
- Visual Art
- Writing and poetry
- Yoga, movement and dance
- Meditation and breathwork
Each art discipline offers a unique sensory experience or modality that can be led online or in-person. HaGomel provides all the supplies, and programs are customizable for our Community Partners per the needs of their group, organization, or event.
Do you want to collaborate? HaGomel can facilitate expressive arts programs for your organization, support groups, or community events.
“At the deepest level, the creative process and the healing
process arise from a single source. When you are an artist,
you are a healer; a wordless trust of the same mystery is
the foundation of your work and its integrity.”
Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D.
HaGomel comes from the Birkat HaGomel, a Jewish prayer of thanksgiving and gratitude to be said by an individual in community after one has survived a traumatic, potentially life-threatening experience.
Our Founder and President, Elya Braden, was drawn to this prayer as a name for this nonprofit when she read an article about the healing properties of this prayer for sexual abuse survivors, and the value of their being seen and embraced in community.
Although the HaGomel prayer has its origins in Judaism, HaGomel is a non-religious organization.