Supporting women and girls to heal and build resilience after trauma. 


Healing and Resilience after Trauma (HaRT) is dedicated to supporting women and girls to experience greater wellbeing. The approach is anchored to a fundamental belief in our innate wholeness and capacity to heal from trauma, as well as a desire to expand access to contemplative practices. Our main program-HaRT Yoga-integrates mindfulness practices, breathwork, guided visualizations and yoga poses.

Since 2016, HaRT has been supporting women and girls who have experienced human trafficking and gender based violence—global issues that violate fundamental human rights and have devastating consequences for survivors, their families and communities. HaRT's approach recognizes this broader context of gender inequality and violence that de-values women and girls and compromises their well-being on multiple levels. The program aims to reverse this dynamic by supporting participants to connect with their inner resilience, build a supportive community, and overcome the consequences of trauma. HaRT Yoga evolves over 12-weeks, with each session aspiring to cultivate an experience of:

  • Feeling Grounded: Being supported, centered, and fully present in the current moment and physical space.

  • Freedom with Support: Being guided yet having the freedom to make choices, and move at your own rhythm.

  • Embodiment: Gaining a felt-sense of your physical body by exploring subtle sensations, with curiosity and compassion.


HaRT's programming aspires to reflect feminist practices and is intentionally designed to promote safety, trust, and interpersonal connections. We are currently implementing HaRT Yoga in two of Willow International’s shelters in Kampala, Uganda for women and girls who have experienced human trafficking for sexual exploitation and/or labor.


HaRT Yoga Facilitators

HaRT Yoga sessions are facilitated by two amazing women who also reside in Willow's shelters. For their safety we prefer not to include their names online.

Catherine Carlson

Cady is an assistant professor at the University of Alabama. Her research addresses the intersections of violence against women and mental health. She is HaRT's research and evaluation lead.

Sylvia Namakula

Sylvia has been facilitating in-depth conversations with women and girls about violence and other sensitive issues for over 15 years. Together with Agnes she leads the research activities with HaRT participants.

Sophie Namy

Sophie works in feminist programs and research to prevent violence against women. She is a trauma informed yoga teacher and HaRT's founder and program lead.

Kelsey Morgan

Kelsey is the founder and executive director at Willow and a PhD candidate at the University of California, Irvine. She overseas HaRT Yoga implementation in Willow's shelters.

Agnes Grace Nabachwa

Agnes engages in both research and program activities to support women and children's rights and to prevent violence. Together with Sylvia she leads the research activities with HaRT participants.


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