May you begin your somatic excavations with tenderness and consideration for all that has transpired before you.

We are pleased to announce the opportunity to apply for our new 200 hour certificate program - Historical Trauma Master Class. This dynamic and intuitive training offers a unique approach to recover from complex traumatic events with researched and culturally relevant tools.

 1. Created for active America Health Care Providers
 2. Provides Alternatives to Talk Therapy and Medication
 3. Learn Innovative Neurophysiological Corrective Techniques: Somatic Archaeology©, Generational Brainspotting™, Breath & Mindfulness
 4. Medicine Wheel Alchemy and Methodology
 5. Reduce Suicidal Tendencies by Raising One’s Emotional IQ
 6. Learn Body-Based, Interactive Stress Reduction Skills
 7. Specifically designed for Addiction Recovery Counselors, Social Workers, Domestic Abuse Providers, Traditional Healers and Behavioral / Mental Health Therapists working in Indian Country
 8. Address Generational Patterns of Disease, Addiction, Chronic Pain, Relational Patterns, Sexual Abuse, Limiting Beliefs, Grief and Anger

Upon completion of this program you may be eligible to join our Trainers Team, or to establish a Historical Trauma Recovery Center in your community.

This Certificate Program is designed, developed and taught by Dr. Ruby Gibson, Executive Director of Freedom Lodge. For the past 35 years, Ruby has been dedicated to the craft and science of Historical Trauma recovery internationally and among our Native Peoples all around Turtle Island. She developed two intergenerational trauma recovery models - Somatic Archaeology© and Generational Brainspotting™. Using our Body and Mother Earth as a source of biological, emotional and ancestral memory, these techniques were field tested for 20 years on clients and students with amazing effectiveness. Dr. Ruby’s recovery principles are shared at professional conferences, universities, hospitals, tribal consultations, ceremonies, veteran gatherings, youth groups, and tribal schools. As a mixed blood woman, Ruby simplifies the complexity of trauma recovery through the inspiration of her spiritual grandmothers and Mother Earth. She believes we all have an amazing capacity to reconcile personal and cultural suffering when we have the proper skills. She is the co-founder of Freedom Lodge non-profit and in 2015 opened the Black Hills Historical Trauma Research & Recovery Center in Rapid City, SD, with the generous support of the Indigenous People’s Fund of the Tides Foundation.

In February 2018, Freedom Lodge will launch our national Historical Trauma Master Class (HTMC). This 9 month program is the first of its kind to be offered to health care providers that serve our tribal communities across the U.S. It is a hybrid course that incorporates online learning modules, online webinars, and four in-person workshops held at Ghost Ranch in beautiful Abiquí, New Mexico. We plan to accept approximately 40 students into the program.

Attendance at all online and in-person sessions is required. Please study the program calendar below to ensure your schedule allows your full participation in the program prior to submitting your application. All times are in MST.

Historical Trauma Master Class 2018 Schedule

January 25, 2018: Orientation Webinar
1:00pm - 3:00pm

February 14 - 17, 2018: Module 1 (in-person)  Ghost Ranch, Abiqui, NM
Wednesday, 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Thursday & Friday, 8:30am - 5:30pm
Saturday, 8:30am - 11:30am

March 1, 2018: On-line
Support Webinar #1

March 22, 2018: On-line
Instruction Webinar #1 

April 11 - 14, 2018: Module 2 Session (in-person) Ghost Ranch, Abiqui, NM
Wednesday, 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Thursday & Friday, 8:30am - 5:30pm
Saturday, 8:30am - 11:30am

April 26, 2018: On-line
Support Webinar #2 

May 10, 2018: On-line
Instruction Webinar #2

June 6 - 9, 2018: Module 3 Session (in-person) Ghost Ranch, Abiqui, NM
Wednesday, 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Thursday & Friday, 8:30am - 5:30pm
Saturday, 8:30am - 11:30am

June 14, 2018: On-line
Support Webinar #3

June 15 - July 25, 2018: Summer Break

July 26, 2018: On-line
Instruction Webinar #3

August 1 - 4, 2018: Module 4 Session (in-person) Ghost Ranch, Abiqui, NM
Wednesday, 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Thursday & Friday, 8:30am - 5:30pm
Saturday, 8:30am - 11:30am

August 16, 2018: On-line
Support Webinar #4

August 30, 2018: On-line
Instruction Webinar #4

Sept 12 - 15: Historical Trauma Conference: Body & Earth (attendance optional)
Mystic Lake Conference Center and Casino, Prior Lake, MN

September 27, 2018: On-line
Support Webinar #5

October 17 - 20, 2018: Module 5 Session (in person) Rapid City, SD
Graduation & Sacred Site Visit

Registration Fee: $200 (paid upon acceptance into program)
Tuition Fee: No fee for tribal-enrolled members / $5,000.00 for non-tribal members working in Indian Country
Accommodations: No fee for lodging, food or transportation to and from the Albuquerque, NM airport and Ghost Ranch
Travel: Students are responsible for their own ground or air travel to and from the Albuquerque, NM airport and their Home (travel scholarships may be available upon request)
Internet Access: Students must have access to a computer and internet
 1. Sobriety, stability and support
 2. Professional licensure in therapy, healing or a recovery field
 3. Established leadership in community
 4. Complete HTMC Training in full
 5. Desire for personal recovery
 6. A commitment to personal wellbeing 


The deadline to submit a program application for the 2018 Historical Trauma Master Class was December 20, 2017. Thank you for your interest! Please contact us for more information about upcoming trainings.





"You call it wild, but it wasn't really wild, it was free. Animals aren't wild, they're just free.”
-Damien François


"We are truly unique things because we are the descendants of our ancestors and we are the ancestors of our descendants.”
-John Trudell, Santee Sioux



“We are all just walking each other home.”
-Ram Dass



“We recognize our relationship to the past and to our future because they are the same thing.”
-Winona LaDuke, Anishinaabe



"Stories move in circle. They don't move in straight lines. So it helps if you listen in circles. There are stories inside stories and stories between stories and finding your way through them is as easy and as hard as finding your way home. And part of the finding is the getting lost. And when you're lost you start to look around and to listen deeply." 
-Deena Metzger



"With one mind we address our acknowledgment, respect, and gratefulness to all the sacred Cycle of Life. We, as humans, must remember to be humble and acknowledge the gifts we use so freely in our daily lives.”
-Audrey Shenandoah, Onondaga


“If you don’t know the trees you may be lost in the forest, but if you don't know the stories you may be lost in life.”
-Siberian Elder


"The heart of the family is the mother because life comes from her.”

-Onondaga Tradition


“If stories come to you, care for them. And learn to give them away where they are needed. Sometimes a person needs a story more than food to stay alive. “

-Barry Lopez, Crow and Weasel


“You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves. Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine. Meanwhile the world goes on. Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain are moving across the landscapes, over the prairies and the deep trees, the mountains and the rivers. Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air, are heading home again. Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, the world offers itself to your imagination, calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting—over and over announcing your place in the family of things. “

-Mary Oliver, Wild Geese Poem


“Everything the Power of the World does is done in a circle. The sky is round and I have heard that The Earth is round like a ball and so are all the stars. The wind, in its greatest power, whirls. Birds make their nests in circles, For theirs is the same religion as ours. The sun comes forth and goes down again in a circle. The moon does the same and both are round. Even the seasons form a great circle in their changing And always come back again to where they were.

The life of man is a circle from childhood to childhood. And so it is in everything where power moves.“
-Black Elk


“When people run around and around in circles, we say they are crazy. When planets do it, we say they are orbiting. Clouds just keep circling the Earth around and around. And around. There is not much else to do.”

-Author unknown


"You call it wild, but it wasn't really wild, it was free. Animals aren't wild, they're just free.”
-Damien François


"We only ask to survive so that we can remain who and what we are - and for that we will always thank the Creator. We ask only the chance to pass on our way of life and our love for the Creator to our children and grandchildren.”

-Harriett Starleaf Gumbs, Shinnecock


"We give thanks to the Creator for these fruits of the sea. We ask his blessings on the food that we eat and on all the generations that follow us down to the Seventh Generation. May the world we leave them be a better one than was left to us.” 

-Unknown Author


"There are mythic patterns under all of our lives. Each one of us, often unbeknownst to ourselves, is engaged in a drama of soul that is not reserved for gods, heroes, and saints.” 
-Deena Metzger


"Story is one bridge between the human realm and the divine.” 
-Deena Metzger