Transformation by Fire is Coming to Sonoma County

Healing Retreats for Survivors of the North Bay Fires

Transformation by Fire, a local nonprofit is extending its outreach to Sonoma County by offering one day Community Healing Retreats.  It assists people in ‘rising from the ashes’ through a process of grieving, recovering and rebuilding their lives and communities.  These retreats include group sharing, meditation, grief rituals, trauma release work, sound and movement therapy, drumming, and community rebuilding.

TbF will hold its first Sonoma County day-long healing retreat on Sunday, March 18th, from 10:30 am – 5:30 pm, at Congregation Beth Ami, 4676 Mayette Avenue, Santa Rosa. The initial focus will be on members of the Jewish community affected by the recent fires. These retreats will continue on the 3rd Sunday of each month at Beth Ami; an additional retreat will be held monthly on the fourth Saturday (starting in May) at the Forest Sanctuary, 3970 Azalea Lane, Sebastopol. These retreats are offered on a donation only basis and include a light lunch and beverages. Space is limited, so please RSVP to

Manaar Azreik, a Palestinian-American musician, healer, and teacher, landed at Beth Ami after a harrowing escape during Lake County’s devastating 2015 Valley Fire. She and her colleagues John Freedom and Rachel Eyrn Kalish and other local healers created TRANSFORMATION BY FIRE, a nonprofit service organization which creates a sacred space for emotional and spiritual renewal where people can heal the ‘invisible wounds’ of loss and trauma — truly an act of Tikkun.

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