Trauma-specific intervention programs generally recognize the following:
In our work we have found that the ravages of trauma on the land, the soil, the environment, the ecosystem, the community, and the people living in a conflict zone requires a gentle touch and a patient, compassionate approach. A framework and system that is time hungry and requires small and slow solutions.
We hope that the scope of this humble foundation for communicating the power of Permaculture to create imaginative solutions in earth and human ecosystems and how the two can inter-relate to create nature-based solutions that are trauma informed for recovery and resilience.
Since 2016 GKPT has been empowering people and building capacity in Kashmir via education in nature-based solutions according to the framework of Permaculture to include healing of the land, people, and their communities, and building resilience.
GKPT Aligns itself with the social and therapeutic aspects of engaging with nature, and growing food. The well-being of people is addressed with nutrient rich chemical free food whilst using trauma informed techniques to encourage recovery of the nervous system in mindful therapeutic ways for those living in conflict zones. By supporting individuals sensitively and compassionately, a window of opportunity is created whereby a human being can make a recovery, normally via the nervous system initially, that then impacts on the whole of their cognitive outlook on life so that healing and regenerative approaches can be embraced to create the new way of living that is required for the health of the planet, its people, and its ecosystems. Regeneration takes place when well human beings interact synergistically with the earth to create more potential that either could otherwise create alone.
The model for trauma informed regeneration and resilience that the GKPT has been working on in the conflict zone of Kashmir is a model that could be of use for guidance, to be adapted to other areas of the globe where people live in conflict. The formula for the way that we worked can be shared in other settings, or indeed GKPT can deliver sessions so that new facilitators can be developed in the given situation.