She Empowers The World

The theory of the Hundredth Monkey says that when a critical number of people change the way they think and behave a new ERA will begin... ​​Imagine co-creating the world which you wish to see — a world where you are making a difference, a powerful one, and have the opportunity to thrive. ESD Global is a change-agent giving people tools to invoke lasting change within their communities. What I had not expected on this week-long journey was the change it would invoke within me. I remember the nervousness that came when I got off that plane. A million possibilities and thoughts roaming through my head: • Who will I meet? • What will they be like? • What will training be like? • Will I be

Your Needs Matter -- Reflections from a Level 1 Instructor Training

What comes to mind when you hear the term self-defense? For me it always focused on physical skills to protect myself. But Empowerment Self Defense (ESD) is so much more than physical protection. It a holistic approach to creating and defining safe spaces, which leaves me empowered instead of defensive. Coming into an ESD Global Level 1 Instructor Training in New York, I had expectations that we would be taught skills around fighting based on our bodies and capabilities as women. What I received was so much more. This program is unique because it is created by women for the ways women’s bodies are built to fight. It takes into consideration protection from an unknown assailant, but it also p

From Costa Rica to New York

I feel like the energy that I have received teaching both Level 1 and 2 in Costa Rica, in partnership with The University for Peace and IMPACT Personal Safety is going to help fuel the plane I am about to get on! What an amazing and magical experience. Women with such different backgrounds, ages, and experiences coming together in solidarity, love, humility and fierceness!!! Oh my, what awesome fierceness of spirit. And as different we are, so many of the questions from the trainees were the same ones I have heard in countless groups and meetings over the past decade: How do I manage how others react to my setting boundaries? How do I deal with knowing something bad is happening to someone e

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