14th International IONS Conference

Belvie Rooks

Belvie Rooks

Belvie Rooks weaves together the worlds of spirituality, ecology, and social and environmental justice in her work. She was a writer and producer of the inspirational TV show Courage and currently serves on the board of IONS. Belvie has a masters degree in Interdisciplinary Studies in Education. She is one of the featured writers in Moonrise: The Power of Women’s Leadership—Leading from the Heart, edited by Nina Simons.


Presentations by Belvie Rooks

Friday/Saturday Breakout Sessions:

B6 Revisiting Slavery’s Legacy: What Would Healing Look Like?

Thomas Norman DeWolf was astounded to discover that he was descended from the most powerful slave-trading family in US history. When Senator James DeWolf of Rhode Island died, he was reportedly the second richest man in America. Belvie Rooks stood in an Elmina slave dungeon in Ghana, trying to imagine what reaching the “door of no return” must have felt like for an enslaved African ancestor. This session will include Dr. Dan Booth Cohen leading an experiential Systemic Family Constellation exercise. This will encourage participants to perceive the morphogenetic resonance with victim and perpetrator energies that reside in their family of origin and, by extension, themselves. Acknowledging the depths of the trans-generational wounds we all carry allows for deeper dialogue and the possibility healing and of reconciliation. Dr. Cohen is author of I Carry Your Heart in My Heart.

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