Our Work

National Disaster Relief

Since Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in Louisiana in 2005, AWB has provided support and mentoring for disaster relief efforts across the United States. AWB-trained volunteers have offered ear treatments for trauma recovery, on-site, in the aftermath of many emergencies including:

  • New Orleans, 2005 -2006
  • Ramona, CA wildfires – 2007
  • Iowa floods – 2008
  • Boulder, CO Wildfires – 2008
  • Tucson shooting – 2011
  • Joplin, MO Tornado – 2011
  • MN Tornado – 2011
  • Hurricane Irene, northeast – 2011
  • Bastrop, Texas wildfire – 2011
  • Aurora, CO shooting – 2012
  • Hurricane Sandy, Tri-State Area – 2012
  • Sandy Hook School shooting, Newtown, CT – 2012
  • Colorado wildfires – 2012
  • Moore, Oklahoma Tornado – 2013
  • Boston Marathon bombing – 2013
  • Boulder, CO flood – 2013
  • Oso, WA mudslide – 2014
  • Arizona, WA, wildfires – 2014
  • Okanogan, WA wildfires – 2014
  • Puna, Hawaii lava flow – 2014
  • CA wildfires – 2015
  • Helicopter crash, Kaneohe, HI – 2016

The ear treatments that are offered help the people treated rebalance their nervous systems so they can sleep, think and begin to heal and move forward after the devastating events.

Herein lies the magic: A quick and easy treatment protocol, portable, and easily rendered to large groups in a communal setting. Within the quiet healing circle of an acupuncture treatment group, the boundaries of fear and suspicion separating a member of one particular race, class, occupation – and so forth – from another, are lowered and sometimes dissolved completely. The web of life becomes deeply apparent, bestowing a type of wisdom needed not merely to heal New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, but the entire planet.

Jordan Van Voast, Lic. Ac., AWB Volunteer in New Orleans, LA after Hurricane Katrina, 2005;
in Oso, WA after the mudslide of 2014; and for other AWB efforts