Demaris Wehr, Ph.D.

Demaris Wehr, Ph.D.

Speaker and Workshop Leader

THEMES


Forgiveness


In the face of genocide is it possible to move beyond hate, revenge, and/or dissociation, once the victims have survived?  Is authentic forgiveness of the perpetrators even a possibility?  How could such forgiveness ground itself in an individual’s true emotions and what are those emotions?  What would the process look like? Topics include “forgiveness” in Christian dogma and ritual prayers, owning feelings of hate, revenge, and aggression, and the ultimate task of working toward authentic forgiveness of oneself and perpetrators. Demaris will cover the psychological implications of a lack of true forgiveness: a lifelong “possession” by a murderous hatred and an unquenchable longing for retribution, or a permanent wall of denial and dissociation.

Making It Through

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Demaris draws on the stories of eight genocide survivors and explores a life-changing path for anyone facing adversity and trauma. Using slides, music, poetry and storytelling, Demaris shows how we can safely rely on our own innate strengths and resources to make it through the big and small challenges we all must face.

EVENTS

April 2019
Speaker and Workshop Leader
The Harmony Institute
St. Petersburg, Russia
Finding Your Centerpost
Making It Home

2016 -2019
Webinars
for Seeing Red
The Lives of the Bosnians

February 2019
Lecture at Hanover Friends Meeting, Hanover NH 
Making It Through

April 2019
Speaker and Workshop Leader
The Harmony Institute
St. Petersburg, Russia
Finding Your Centerpost
Making It Home

April 2018
Speaker and Workshop Leader
The Harmony Institute
St. Petersburg, Russia
Making It Through

November 2017
Keynote Speaker for conference sponsored by Seeing Red
The Emerging Feminine in Turbulent Times

September 2017
Webinair sponsored by
Seeing Red
The Emerging Feminine in Turbulent Times
Making it Through

November 2016
Keynote Speaker for conference sponsored by Seeing Red
The Emerging Feminine in Turbulent Time

October 6-9, 2016

Featured Speaker

“Seeing Red Conference”
Stonington, CT

Sponsored by the Assisi Institute
Seeing Red in Bosnia:
The Birth of the Feminine
in the Midst of Genocide

January 2015

Vineyard Haven Library
Vineyard Haven
Making It Through

January 2015
Vineyard Haven, MA
Forgiveness: Even in the Teeth of Genocide?

February 2015

Center for Spiritual Living
Santa Fe, NM

Sponsored by the Jung Institute
Forgiveness: Even in the Teeth of Genocide?

February 2015

Center for Spiritual Living
Santa Fe, NM

Sponsored by the Jung Institute
Workshop: The Psychology of ForgivenessThe Psychology of Forgiveness

February 2015

Han University
Tucson, AZ
Sponsored by the Tucson Friends of Jung
Forgiveness: Even in the Teeth of Genocide?


February 2015

Han University
Tucson, AZ
Sponsored by the Tucson Friends of Jung
The Making and Unmaking of a Perpetrator

April 2015
Swannanoa Valley Friends Meeting,
Black Mountain, NC,
Sponsored by the SVFM
Forgiveness: Even in the Teeth of Genocide?

“Excellent presentation last night, Demaris. Very moving and informative and thought/feeling provocative. Thank you for helping us to extend our hearts to others in the world and helping us to find our common humanity.”

— Gail Tipton

Artist, videographer & dancer; Martha's Vineyard

I very much enjoyed your two presentations in their scope and depth. Thank you for this powerful work.”

— Marjorie Mason

Artist, Martha’s Vineyard

Hi, Demaris, what a wonderful deeply felt way you have of connecting the dots for all of us.  I so appreciate that quality of heart-ed humility which you have honed over the years of your experience with the Bosnians.  

— Marilyn Matthews

Jungian Analyst, Santa Fe, NM

Given what keeps going on in the world, it is not easy to preserve one’s faith in humanity as a whole, so individual shining examples like Vahidin Omanović are like unexpected miracles!

— Brigitte Lent

The talks were so moving, as well as clear and informative, interesting and easy to follow. Thank you for giving them here.!

— April Thanhauser

Poet, Actress, Spiritual Leader

Demaris Wehr, PhD