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Hidden Water is a restorative justice approach to breaking the cycle of childhood sexual abuse and transforming harm into shared healing.
We work with individuals and families in restorative Healing Circles, with the mission to transform life after abuse from an isolating experience of quiet shame into one marked by profound strength, dignity, and collective healing.
We also aim to help pave new ways to engage in transformational healing of all kinds of harm, not only child sexual abuse.
Our model is based on the indigenous practice of Peacemaking Circles, and founded on the belief that childhood sexual abuse harms not only the person directly impacted, but harms the entire web of connected relationships.
We offer an opportunity for each person affected to do the work they need in a Healing Circle, with others who share a similar experience, and in time, support the repair and rebalancing of the system of relationships that have been impacted.
The process always begins with participation in a 12-week Healing Circle.
After completion of at least one 12-week Healing Circle, you can request to continue your process in a Systems Circle.
Join A Circle
Each Healing Circle meets either in-person or online, runs for approximately 12 weeks, and is designed to provide a supportive environment for healing in community.
Each Healing Circle creates the opportunity for each person to do their own healing work and does not require any other specific person to participate in the process.
Each Healing Circle is facilitated by at least one trained Circle Keeper who also identifies as part of that group.
All Circles are free.
Our small organization has a wide reach.
Hidden Water serves people all over the world, and our circle is ever-widening.
Every pin represents a state where someone has participated in a Hidden Water Healing Circle. We have also served people in England, Indonesia and Zambia.
“Shame is the lowest vibration a human can feel. It is such a hard feeling to hold. You can’t hold it alone.”
— Elizabeth Clemants, Founder of Hidden Water
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