New Year's Kickoff Newsletter!

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Student Spotlight, Laura Oakes!

New Years Kickoff Newsletter!

Included in this edition:

Student Spotlight - Laura Oakes


  Our New Online Communities are Launching!


The Trauma Hub!


Rwanda Update

Let's start with our Student Spotlight!

Laura Oakes is approaching her completion of the Trauma Coach Certification course and will also be joining us in Rwanda!

Here is a little bit about Laura: 

Laura Oakes, MSN, CRNA, Trauma, Life, and Soul Purpose Coach at Renew: A New You, LLC Ocean Springs, MS

As the daughter of two mental health therapists, Laura was raised to be communicative, supportive, mindful, and accepting of others. Her passions include writing, hiking, dancing, swimming, yoga, and nature photography. An empath at heart, Laura has always felt called to help others heal. While working in healthcare for the past fourteen years, she has witnessed much pain, suffering, trauma, and death.

As an ICU nurse, followed by a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) for ten years, Laura has poured her heart into providing care from a place of compassion and patient advocacy.

Since 2016, Laura has been a part of the surgical team for Bayside Medical Missions in Portoviejo, Ecuador. In May of 2023, she will return to Ecuador to provide Anesthesia for Pediatric Orthopedic surgeries.

After working in the COVID-19 ICUS in New Orleans, LA Laura began to feel the affects of burnout, herself. Second-hand trauma absorption was highlighted by the percentage of providers exiting the system altogether; 1 in 5 healthcare workers have left medicine since the pandemic began.

Trauma absorption went widely unrecognized and unaddressed. She felt called to help bridge the gap between the high demand for mental health support and the availability of well-trained mental health professionals.

Laura will graduate from The Orenda Project, as a Certified Trauma Coach, in 2023. In February of 2023, she is attending a trauma workshop in Rwanda, Africa through the Global Engagement Institute + Orenda.

While working alongside local trauma-support organizations, she will learn the principles of coaching within a multicultural context. Rwanda is a Global leader in healing division, fostering humanity, promoting health, and trauma recovery.

Laura is concurrently attending a dual enrollment program at the Dharma Coaching Institute. In April of 2023, she will graduate as a Certified Spiritual Life and Certified Soul Purpose Coach from DCI.

Under the umbrella of Renew: A New You, Laura will offer a variety of coaching services, using a holistic approach, guiding clients to achieve mind body balance. Her aim is to aid clients in embodying health, wellness, and wholeness.

There is power in living a life in response to inspiration versus desperation. To be human is to experience hardship. In every challenge lies a growth opportunity. Laura feels inspired to help clients find their light within.

This is what Laura says about Orenda:

"Athena Phillips, founder of The Orenda Project, has carefully taken the time to create an intimate and insightful Trauma Coaching program. At The Orenda Project, we believe in the power of individuality. We help clients to fully embrace and build on their strengths."

Thank you for your contribution to the world, Laura!

Laura Oaks, MSN, CRNA                                                                                      

ANNOUNCEMENT! Launching our exclusive online communities! February 1st! Early registration begins now!

Orenda is launching three unique online communities designed for professional development. Our three Trauma Hubs are Orenda's exclusive communities created in effort to facilitate professional connections, offer ongoing support, build expertise, and to provide access to resources on an ongoing basis.

Here are our three hubs:

The Trauma Hub: Free

Designed for professionals working in any helping field who are interested in expanding their skills in the area of trauma. 

You get: Access to resources, information, fun challenges and games designed for growth, and the opportunity to connect with a supportive group of other professionals from a variety of disciplines. 

You must be actively engaged your profession in order to have access to The Trauma Hub. Verification of professional status will be required following registration. 

The Trauma Hub for Coaches - 19- per month

You get: 

Access to resources, information, opportunities for challenges to expand your skills, and of course, access to each other. 

Plus: Live monthly Q + A's with Athena, challenges + games designed to build your skills, support + accountability for building your coaching business, a book club, access to Athena's worksheets + other resources she has created for working with survivors.

You must be a coach who is actively working with clients (life coach, spiritual coach, holistic health coach, etc) in order to have access to The Trauma Hub for Coaches. Verification of professional status will be required following registration.

The Trauma Hub for Therapists - 19- per month

Designed specifically for therapists working with Complex Trauma + Dissociative Disorders. 

You get: Access to resources, information, opportunities for challenges to build your skills, and of course, access to each other. 

Plus:  Live monthly Q + A's with Athena, challenges + games, designed to build your skills, a book club, access to Athena's worksheets + other resources she has created for working with survivors. 

The Trauma Hub for Therapists is limited to those with a Masters degree or higher in the field of mental health, and must be actively practicing as a therapist. For those who reside outside of the U.S., you must meet minimum criteria to practice where you reside, and must be actively practicing as a mental health care provider.

Space will be limited for our initial launch of our communities so we can work out the kinks. If you would like to be added to the waitlist for the initial launch in February, please email us at:

[email protected]

or add yourself to the wait list by opting in here (the link below is effective for all three Hubs):

Rwanda - Here we Come!

Our delegation has been launched! We will be in Rwanda from 2/11-2/19 and will learn alongside local professionals. 

What else will we do there?


  • Trauma Coaching Course
  • Neighborhood Walking Tour + Homemade lunch
  • Kigali Genocide Memorial
  • Dinner with local professionals
  • Safari
  • + More

Stay tuned and follow us on social media to stay up-to-date on our adventures! 

If you are interested in participating, it's not too late! 

Here is the link to our logistic's partner's website for more information.

You can also take a look at our course list at:


Thank you for being a part of our growing and vibrant community!

Greetings from a Rwandan giraffe



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