STAR-Lite Training: Learning Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience in a Single Day

Saturday, April 13, 2019, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
MN Department of Corrections Central Office, 1450 Energy Park Drive, St. Paul, MN 55108
Pay what you can.

STAR-Lite is a single-day, evidence-based training integrating neuropsychology, trauma healing and resilience, restorative justice, nonviolent conflict transformation, and broadly defined spirituality. All are welcome to join us at this training that is partially funded by The Saint Paul and F. R. Bigelow Foundations. Space is limited to 60. Optional 6.5 CEs and 5.5 CLEs available for $35. Please pre-register by January 31, 2019. For details and registration:

Sponsored by with our East Metro Community Partners.

The Collaborator’s Meeting For March is this Wednesday, the 27th.

For our March 27th collaborator’s meeting, Spiritual Director Pam Winthrop Lauer will give us a preview  us a preview of the power of Nonviolent Communication, which she will be sharing with us during this summer’s 10-days Free From Violence. See flyer below for details.

This is also a monthly collaborators meeting for the purpose of networking and planning events for our ‘10 Days Free from Violence,’ Sept. 20-29, 2019.

Moving forward, all of our collaborator’s meetings will feature mini-presentations (about 45 minutes in length) previewing the events which will be held throughout the 10-days.

This event features Pam Winthrop Lauer teaching non violent communication. It is from 6:30 PM until 8:30 PM on Wednesday March 27th in the Central Midway Building at 393 North Dunlap Street. St Paul MN. 4th Floor conference Room

Any questions? Email

2019 Related Events

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 6-9pm  –  Landmark Center, F. K. Weyerhaeuser Auditorium 

Admission Free  –  Your generous donations will go to the Veteran Resilience Project

World Storytelling Day 2019 –

Myths, Legends & Epics of Coming Home from War

This year’s global theme lends itself to the epic struggle of veterans coming home whole: to meaningful life. Odysseus took ten arduous years to return from the Trojan War. Psychiatrist Jonathan Shay documents such heroic journeys in books like Achilles in Vietnam. The literature of folklore is littered with legends like the Grimm’s Bearskin, where a returning soldier suffers valiantly for seven years to win the life he wants and deserves. Finally, real life veteran legends like Jesse Owens and Hugh Thompson are rivaled only by the growing cadre of women veterans daring to stand up to the travesty of military sexual assault. Since 2003, World Storytelling Day events take place on or around March 20 in more than 25 countries around the world.


6:00pm Information Fair from our Program Partners
Storytelling and Veteran Support Organizations
(For more information, or to reserve a seat or information table, contact Larry Johnson, Veteran, Storyteller/Organizer, Author, at

7:00pm Our Storytellers
Hector Matascastillo
Army Ranger, Psychotherapist, Clinical Director, Author, Speaker
Trista Matascastillo
Veteran, Ramsey County Commissioner, Bush Fellow, Feminist
Carol McCormick
Veteran Spouse, Professional Storyteller, Story Arts of Minnesota (Board Member), Author
Derek Anders-Turner
Combat Engineer, US Bank Technology Product Manager, Natl Black Police Association Member
Mark Wagler
Legendary Storyteller from Madison, Co-Founder Northlands Storytelling Network
Elaine Wynne
Storyteller, Veteran Spouse, EMDR Therapist/Trainer, Founder of Veteran Resilience Project

2019 Collaborators’ Meeting Dates

2019 Collaborators’ Meeting Schedule – 4th Wednesday of the Month (except in August, when there will be two meetings on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday)

Location:  Central Midway Building, 393 North Dunlap Street, St Paul, MN  55104 – 4th Floor Conference Room

Time:  6:30 – 8:30pm

March 27, 2019

April 24, 2019

May 22, 2019

June 26, 2019

July 24, 2019

August 14, 2019

August 28, 2019

September 11, 2019

2019 Steering Committee Meeting Dates

Location:  The Byrne Residence, ground floor conference room, 60 South Mississippi Boulevard, St Paul, MN  55105.
Time:  7-9 pm

Tuesday, March 12

Monday, April 15

Thursday, May 16

Wednesday, June 12

Tuesday, July 16

Thursday, August 22

Monday, September 9

Wednesday, September 18

Challenges and Opportunities for White Allies: Introduction to the White Ally Toolkit – March 7-9, 2019

White Ally Toolkit Training

We are pleased to announce that racial dialogue expert Dr. David Campt will be coming to Minneapolis, March 7 – 9, 2019 to teach his half-day White Ally Toolkit training to help us build peace within our spheres of influence here in Minnesota. Dr. David Campt has developed the White Ally Toolkit training to teach allies how to foster constructive debiasing dialogues with the racism skeptics within their spheres of influence.

There will be three separate events while Dr. Campt is in the Twin Cities. You are welcome to join us at whichever and however many events capture your interest.

Challenges and Opportunities for White Allies: Introduction to the White Ally Toolkit
Thursday, March 7, 2019, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.  Pay-what-you-can
– register online –
White Ally Toolkit Workshop: Part 1
Two dates offered. These sessions are identical – please choose the date that best fits your schedule.
Friday, March 8, 2019, 1:00 – 4:15 p.m.  $50pp
– register online –
Saturday, March 9, 2019, 9:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. / Minneapolis MN   $50pp
– register online –

For those who attend the White Ally Toolkit: Part 1 and want additional time exploring and practicing White Ally Toolkit strategies, join Dr. Campt for: 
Going Deeper with the White Ally Toolkit: Part 2
Saturday, March 9, 2019, 1:00 p.m – 4:15 p.m.  $50pp
– register online –


Optional continuing education credit is available for social workers, nurses, and teachers for these trainings and the Thursday event for an additional fee. See online registration pages for details.  Sponsored by

First Collaborators Meeting in 2019

Wednesday, February 13, 2019  –  6:30-8:30pm

Central Midway Building, 393 North Dunlap Street, 4th Floor Conference Room,                St Paul, MN 55104

Join us as we begin and continue our work in 2019 for a violence free Twin Cities.  Be part of the creative process of what will be our focus this year.  See you on the 13th.

Collaborator Meeting, Monday 10/8

Can you feel it?

We are so appreciative of the time, energy, support and love you have put into this initiative. This definitely would not be happening if not for each and everyone of you. The fact that hundreds of individual/organizations have put together this beautiful quilt of activities that educate, entertain, and spark a commitment so #wecanwagepeace is incredible. From all of our collaborators who put together events, to the venues who offered free space to businesses who covered the cost of workshops, to artists who created and entertained all in the name of peace. Minnesota — you rock!!!

Please send us your videos from your events asap so we can publish them on the web. We will weave them together into a video that will be played before the “Let It Begin With Me” Concert on Saturday, September 29th at Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church, Mpls. The concert will premiere a new song written by Aane Fosse, expressly for “10 Days Free From Violence” and will be performed by the Aane Fosse’s 4 Peace Band featuring Patricia Lacy.

Please remember to have participants “sign up” on the TCNV poster boards, which can still be picked up at FNVW, Central Midway Building Room 307, 393 North Dunlap Street, St. Paul, MN (It is west of Lexington Ave. Take the frontage road on the north side of I-94 (St. Anthony Ave.) turn right on Griggs-the first right you can take and you will see Central Midway to your right). Call ahead as there is not always someone in the office. 651-917-0383 The boards can be returned there or bring them to the closing ceremony: The Ripple Effect at St Catherine University, Jeanne D’arc Auditorium, Whitby Hall, 2004 Randolph Avenue, St Paul 55105.

There will be one more collaborators’ meeting:

Monday, October 8, 2018, 7-9pm
Central Midway Building
393 North Dunlap Street, Saint Paul MN
4th Fl Conference Room

We will download what these “10 Days…” have meant, what we can do better, where we go from here…Looking forward to seeing you then and hope to see you at some of the events. Please take the short survey (10 questions) on the overview page of our website, after you attend an event and encourage your participants at your events to do so… See you soon!