Healing Hands Bahamas

Dear Friends,

I am organizing a small group of energy medicine practitioners - Healing Hands Bahamas - to fly into Nassau, Bahamas, where we will spend a week (October 2-9) at the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas  offering individual and group healing sessions to survivors of Hurricane Dorian. 

We know from our experience that energy medicine (e.g. laying on of hands, reiki, craniosacral work, shamanic healing) is a holistic, efficient, gentle, and powerful way of helping to soothe nervous systems and psyches after traumatic experiences. It helps ground individuals, bringing them gently back into their bodies, repairing and nourishing their spirits, and restoring balance and a sense of safety and well being. 

I am a Bahamian writer and energy medicine practitioner living in northern California, and this is one way that I can contribute to the enormous work of helping my country to heal. 

Your generosity in funding Healing Hands Bahamas will go towards bringing our team to Nassau and providing intensive onsite healing work. Daily we will offer six hours of one-on-one work healing and support, as well as evening group processing and meditations. Additionally, your funds will help us to lay the foundations for a long-term project to continue and sustain holistic healing work in the Bahamas. We anticipate this will be the first of a series of ongoing visits this year to support the ongoing work of healing in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian.

We are three healing practitioners:

Helen Klonaris is an Bahamian essayist and short story writer, and teacher of comparative mythology at the Academy of Art University. She is energy medicine practitioner with over six years of training in Barbara Brennan Healing and shamanic techniques. She currently has a private practice in Kensington, California.  

Tomi Knutson is a craniosacral practitioner, with over a decade of study and practice in the Healing Arts. Tomi has also worked as a birth and postpartum doula, and in the Public Health arena with women, teens and the LGBT community.  Tomi currently has a private practice and volunteers with the Bay Area Children’s Craniosacral Collective.

Patricia Powell is a Caribbean novelist, she teaches literature and creative writing at Mills College. She is an energy medicine practitioner with over a decade of study and practice in the healing arts. She is a graduate of the Barbara Brennan School of Healing.   

Finally, I will leave you with a few words from a recent post I shared on Facebook:

...Survivors need not only our great compassion, but our deep respect for their humanity. When someone has faced death and survived, or has watched others die as a result of any disaster, it is their most fundamental existence that has been threatened. They may feel as if they have been abandoned by government, by society, and by God. We can help them to heal by simply being in a state of loving kindness and deep respect in their presence.

And here is the last point I want to make. Love. Often when we think of basic needs we think of food, water, shelter. But as living beings, we cannot really survive at all without love. Love is a basic human need. I believe it is love that is moving so many to mobilize on behalf of our brothers and sisters in Abaco and Grand Bahama. May we keep our hearts open, keep generating that love which will heal, and be the basis of a new vision of life; where life was destroyed, may love show us how to grow it back, stronger, deeper, more connected and more beautiful than we have ever imagined. Where there was unprecedented destruction, may we bring unprecedented love.

Ashe, Aho, Blessed be.

Please help us bring healing, compassion, respect, and love to our Bahamian sisters and brothers in this time of great need. Your assistance means the world. 

Thank you,

Helen Klonaris



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Helen Klonaris 
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