Heal from Stagnation. Empower Your Team. Renew the lives of the families you serve.
I work with leaders passionate about inspiring their team to live vibrantly in their purpose. I provide the safe space for professionals, families and children served by organizations to learn how to keep calm and apply age-old healing practices to daily life. I show up and support those you care deeply about to navigate their way through hardship and trauma in a way that is authentic. safe. trauma informed. candid and engaging.
Let’s do the work! Are the children struggling emotionally? Are your families at their wits end? Is your staff is on the brink of burnout? Or (since we’re being honest) are YOU the brink of burnout? Chances are the answer is yes. I know… I know… Keep Quiet right? But Let’s be real here. Whether you’re a principal serving a resilient population of children and families. or you lead a team of human service professionals that run community programming… Or even if you’ve realized that your staff of health care professionals suck at taking care of themselves…Your organization has a powerful mission and to get it done, we have to invest in BEING.
What do I mean by that? I mean create the space for folks to learn how to take care of business without neglecting themselves. I mean showing our youth how to regulate their emotions in a way that is both safe and fun.
Invest in your team and in quality healing… and you will notice the difference.
As a licensed clinical social worker who has worked everywhere from: organizing in public housing, advocating for change in policy, tutoring ESOL students in reading, researching new child welfare practices, investigating child sex abuse, implementing programs in local public schools and providing therapy in-home and in a residential center… where ever I went, very few folks were functioning at their best, and most didn’t have the skills to manage life stressors. I am speaking of both clients AND service providers.
A few days, weeks or months of safe space and candid conversations with an infusion of Mind-Body Medicine practices, QiGong exercises and mindful experiences will set everyone on the right path.
Let’s Heal your organization together. Take a look at the workshop series offered as well as the Mind-Body Skills Group that can be implemented at your organization.
Seeking Consultation? No worries, contact me directly at Shawna@ShawnaMurrayBrowne.com for next steps.
NOTICE: Shawna Murray-Browne, LCSW-C is currently on Maternity Leave until late September 2017. All inquiries about speaking opportunities and community collaboratives will be answered periodically throughout the leave period, however, she has no availability until after late September 2017.
Mind-Body skills groups are safe, intimate settings (8 or 9 people), established by Dr. James Gordon of The Center for Mind-Body Medicine, to support youth or adults sort through everything from daily stressors to major traumatic experiences. A series of 8 to 16 sessions lasting anywhere from 45 minutes to 2 hours include biofeedback, hypnosis, imagery, meditation, art and music therapies. Mind- body approaches teach coping skills and provide tools for self-awareness, self-regulation, and self-care.
The Mind-Body Skills Group model recognizes and embraces individual differences: participants are given an opportunity to explore a variety of methods, and to take the time to listen inwardly to learn more about their own needs. Youth serving institutions often request Mind-body skills groups to support children/teens who could benefit from additional nurturing emotionally, to cultivate practice of healthy relationships or to simply shift the cultural norm. Corporations, non-profits, universities, school and health systems, commit to offering Mind-Body Skills groups to prevent burnout, encourage self-care and improve overall morale.
Skills Learned from the Group:
Science of the Body & Breathing
Music & Movement
This workshop series is for the deeply connected professional, engaging both families and community who journey through challenging paths. Participants will learn to infuse mindfulness techniques, not only in centering themselves; but also to support the establishment of a culture of mindfulness in the workplace. With qigong exercises and mindfulness concepts made simple, participants will commit to executing their own mindful regimen for the self personally and professionally.
Series of four to six, 90 minute sessions to include (your choice of):
Techniques for Intense Emotions
Cultivating a Positive Mindset
Mindfulness for Communication
Developing Daily Practice
Creating a Mindful Workplace (2-Sessions)
Our children are experiencing constant mental stimulation: cell phones, video games and media. This can become challenging when encouraging youth to remain engaged in a classroom that values consistent focused attention. This workshop series infuses youth culture with candid conversations about stress to teach youth to “Keep Calm.”
A Series of 90 minute workshops to include:
Breaking the Ice
Move & Chill: Moving Meditation
Eating with Awareness: Mindful Eating
Visualize Your Future: Guided Meditation
Draw Your Dreams: Mindful Art
Smell Good and Chill: Aromatherapy
A Mindful Race
I Got Goals: Daily Mindfulness Practice
Shawna helped me bring my goals to life! I had been sitting on the idea to create adult sex education classes for well... too long! When I brought this to Shawna during my Chief #HealASista Session, she held me accountable. I received guidance in strategy, implementation, curriculum development and I even planned a years worth of sessions for my clients. She helped me set and meet my deadlines with her honest and candid feedback. When it came time to execute my first workshop, Shawna attended and even gave some clear cut feedback for how to improve it in the future! I always left feeling charged and ready to get things done! Now I have actualized my dream and established VagEsteem!!!!
The #HealASista Project: Belly Dance Edition at Kindred Wellness LLC was so needed & right on-time! Genuine intention, open; full hearts = Kindred connections. Shawna Murray-Browne is a fantastically fun ("innertaining") facilitator w/great presence, skill and care.
[Since participating in the #HealASista Project meditation calls], I started meditating every day and began with 10-15 minutes. This has since increased to 20 minutes. I have followed various guided meditation. The impact it was and still is having on me is immense. I used to get physically unwell more frequently -now my ability to let my mind and body go into deep relaxation every day I feel has undoubtedly improved my immune system. I now feel more in control of my thoughts and if I 'slip' into a negative thought, I now acknowledge it but do not 'fuel' it. I now turn it around and try and replace with positivity. This is not easy--not after years of set responses! I've learned to be kind to myself and not be a slave to my past or be burdened by a future that hasn't happened. This has enabled me to appreciate the here and now. It's amazing when you have that awakening and it all began by meditating!!
Political campaigns are very taxing on the mind and body. As I prepared to embark on my journey to seek public office, Shawna worked with me to ensure I was mentally and spiritually prepared to take on the challenges ahead. She did such an excellent job helping me and I never felt more empowered to manage the stressful situations along the way! Thank you!
I signed up for Shawna’s 4-week Qi Gong series because I’d never tried it before. I am used to other ways of calming oneself, like seated meditation, yoga, etc. And from my experiences with her other events and programs, I knew she would be authentic, and teach me in a very unique way, as only Shawna can do! I had no idea the impact it would have on me! She is able to make the energy in the space completely safe and welcoming, enough for me to be vulnerable in ways I had not. And that is where the magic happened, and I felt real healing. If you are for real about healing hurts, discovering things about yourself, and finding peace, look no further.
Shawna is a knowledgeable and charismatic instructor who not only taught us QiGong and healing sounds, but also taught us ways to incorporate the meditations in our everyday life. Each class began with a 'Check-In' where each participant got the opportunity to express how their week has been going, the challenges & the positives. I'm not a very open person, so I thought that would be uncomfortable for me. But it turned out to be my favorite part of the class....having a safe space to express our thoughts and our feelings was very healing in itself. Especially in a time where everything is so hectic and overwhelming...it's nice to be aware of YOU in the midst of the chaos and be able to express that in a judgement free space. The bulk of the class included learning QiGong movements and learning the 6 healing sounds as well as the movements and organs associated with them. The most important thing I learned during this segment of the class was ways to be more grounded and aware of myself and my breathing and the power of being STILL and moving with INTENT. The meditations I learned, I used many times to regain balance. It's awesome to now know things I can do to attain the level of peace I desire. Class always ended with a Journal writing session. Just a couple minutes to write down all the things you were feeling and all the things you were aware of about YOU in the class. I felt so in-tuned with myself. I would HIGHLY recommend this class to EVERYONE. In fact, when the next session starts up (late September), I plan to participate again. AWESOME CLASS.
My overall experience was fantastic! [The QiGong for Calm and Clarity Healing Series] actually helped me find a way of breathing/meditation that involves motion. With regular meditation I easily fall asleep. I can [see] how this can be applied to my life. My favorite experience is the group sharing done before we start [the QiGong exercises]...it's sort of a group therapy... it's a low-key two-for-one!
Shawna Murray-Browne presents with enthusiasm and professionalism! When deciding on a guest speaker for our SisterGather series, her work, reliability and spirit made our choice an easy one. She has attended many of our events and when asked to address the group on the how trauma affects the brain, she arrived prepared with research, anecdotes and activities. Shawna is a delight and an incredible treasure in our community. If you are over- or underwhelmed, needing direction and/or motivation, feeling stuck or unsure about how you feel, please do your self the tremendous favor of scheduling some time with this SISTA!
I asked Shawna to help me with my Women's Womb Wellness event at The Living Well. I was blown away by her fitting right into and flowing with my vision for her part in the event! She was to be the clinical support system for the women who might experience emotional release and such, during our yoga practice, belly dancing, and discussion circle. Not only was she a huge help, she helped to create a safe space for us all to connect and share; not to mention the fact that she helped me to stay focused and timely as a facilitator! The best part is that Shawna does all of this with an honest and open heart. Thanks for all that you do Shawna!
Shawna facilitated the Keep Calm workshop for the Building STEPS high school juniors. What I loved most about the program was Shawna’s ability to connect with the students, and make them feel comfortable. The breathing techniques and stress management strategies Shawna taught are easy to apply to everyday life. Shawna’s glowing positivity made the workshop a fun, and useful learning experience.