Two Day ToT training «Yoga for peace inside. Supporting resilience in Ukrainian parents and children»

Two Day Training of Trainers for Ukrainian group facilitators ( Ukrainian community facilitators, Ukrainian teachers who teach Ukrainian students in Romania; Romanian teachers who are currently teaching Ukrainian refugee students, social workers)

AMURTEL Romania is pleased to offer a Training of Trainers in Innovative Yoga Based Techniques to Build Resiliency in Ukrainian refugees.  Didi Deshaies, an international trainer for AMURTEL,  will be leading the two-day interactive workshop designed for people who are directly involved in working with Ukrainians who have been forced to leave their country as a result of the war.

This is an opportunity for those who work directly with Ukrainians to receive direct
training and guidance on how to support resilience in Ukrainian parents and children. The main
focus is on understanding our own reactions to stress, as well as that of parents and their children. With the help of
the techniques offered at the training, participants will be able to address some of the new challenges and problems
that refugee children face, such as being in an unfamiliar foreign country, longing for friends and
family, wanting to return home, learning a new language, making new friends, developmental
regression, fear, aggressiveness, as well as many other challenges or behaviours typical of
children that have been displaced. Participants will receive a free PSS facilitator’s guide that was developed
by AMURTEL Romania.

Topics covered in the training

This training will provide participants with techniques, examples, and guidelines for
teaching resilience building to parents that help to calm, motivate, give hope, and build resilience
(with children, adolescents, and adults).

• Introductory session – Greetings and introductions / Expectations and guidelines.
• Understanding our reactions to stress.
• How to increase our resilience and be a resource for our children.
• Experience using breath and movement to relieve stress and find balance.
• Understanding children’s reactions to stress.
• Learning techniques that build resilience in children.
• Using yoga-based movements and games to help children release tension and
• Breathing and movement exercises for parents. Using music, rhythm, and touch to
create a sense of security.
• Therapeutic stories – how to use them, how to personalize them.
• Normal reactions to unusual situations and when to seek additional support.
• Discussion and conclusions.

The training is offered free of charge within the framework of the project “Rays of Light
after the Storm” which aims to provide Ukrainians affected by the war with innovative ways to
build resilience, thanks to the financial support of CARE-SERA-FONPC.


Didi Deshaies, president of AMURTEL Romania, and an international trainer for trauma-
sensitive children’s programs as part of refugee or disaster relief programs in Haiti, Lebanon,
Turkey and Romania. She is also a professor at the Neohumanist College of Asheville and in her
personal life, she is a yoga and meditation teacher with over 25 years of experience. Originally
from the USA, she has been living and working in Romania since 2005, and just recently became
a Romanian citizen.


The trainer will speak in English, but translation into Ukrainian will be provided.

Dates, time and location

Dates for Bucharest Training: 30-31 May 2023
Time: 10.00-17.00
Place: AMURTEL Romania headquarters (Bucharest, Strada Almas, 16).

Dates for Brasov Training:  29-30 June

Time: 10.00-17.00


How to apply

In order to participate in the training, you need to fill in the application form and commit
to attend each day of the training. In order to have a dynamic creative group and be able to work
together productively, the number of places is limited to 25 participants. Priority will be given to
those who work in programmes for Ukrainian children in Romania. The deadline for applications
is 25 May 2023. The results of the selection will be announced 26 May 2023.

To apply