Frequently Asked Questions

Who is Soulshine for?

Soulshine is a network, a movement, and a place for survivors to speak truth to healing. It is led by and for folks who have experienced sexual violence, but the reach extends beyond survivors to practitioners, policy makers, community-based healers and organizations, community members, family, and friends. At its core, Soulshine works connect, support, and elevate the voices of survivors. Through this work it aspires to reshape how society thinks about sexual violence, treats those impacted by it, and prioritizes resources for healing and prevention.  

What outcomes will come from Soulshine?

We prioritize listening to survivors and our path will be shaped by what we continue to learn. We are creating spaces for survivors to connect and share about their experiences with healing through a series of listening circles and survivor interviews in 2018-2020. We are also creating spaces for integrated health, advocacy, and holistic healing practitioners and social changemakers to participate in their own listening circles. From these practitioner circles we hope to gain additional insight from their work and interest in supporting survivors.

The strong emphasis on listening in 2018-2020 will allow the opportunity to identify themes and priorities moving forward. 

You reference a series of philosophies and approaches that have inspired Soulshine’s foundation. Can you share more?

Soulshine is rooted in the wisdom and work of healers and changemakers, past and present. We believe in intuition, science, healing justice, wonder, possibility, transformative education, and our collective power to create change.

Books, organizations, and folks inspiring us:

adrienne maree brown // emergent strategy // @adriennemareebrown

Layla Saad // @laylafsaad

Healing Justice Podcast //  @healingjustice

Cara Page //  a favorite podcast here

Healing in Resistance // @healinginresistance

Audre Lorde

Roxane Gay // Hunger, Not that Bad, Difficult Women, Bad Feminist  + more // @roxanegay74

Jes Baker // @themilitantbaker

Ella Baker

Mari Andrew // @bymariandrew

Gabor Mate // In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts