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Healing the Invisible Wounds of the Past

– Sunderland Event–

Special Event
for the opening of
Grace Initiative in Bogotá, Colombia


To celebrate the opening of Grace Initiative in Bogotá,  Grace Initiative held a special reception featuring a world renown expert in psycho-social healing: Dr. Richard F. Mollica. Dr. Mollica will discuss: Healing the Invisible Wounds of the Past: “in a cruel and violent world, there is hope – we can do more than survive- we can find strength and healing no matter what we have experienced.

Our mission in Colombia is to support reconciliation through Centers for Social Transformation and Economic Empowerment. We see agriculture as a healing mechanism, providing a path for responsible consumption, community decision-making, sustainable farming, and income alternatives to life beyond conflict. To this end, Vermont’s community centered agriculture and decision-making have special resonance for Colombia’s path for healing and peace-building.

Richard F. Mollica, MD, MAR is the Founding Director of the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma (HPRT) of Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School and the author Healing Invisible Wounds: Paths to Hope and Recovery in a Violent World. He received his medical degree from the University of New Mexico and completed his Psychiatry residency at Yale Medical School. While at Yale he also trained in epidemiology and received a philosophy degree from the Divinity School. Over the past two decades HPRT have pioneered the mental health care of survivors of mass violence and torture.


Following the discussion, we will serve farm to table delicacies and wine and VT beer.

*Your contribution of $30.00 to defray the costs would be greatly appreciated