Sonoma County, CA

The Sonoma Community Resilience Collaborative

The Sonoma Community Resilience Collaborative

In October 2017, the Tubbs Fire consumed 5,600 structures and took 22 lives, devastating Sonoma County, California. In 2018, a local CMBM Faculty member, Adair Look, MD, brought together community organizations and invited CMBM to come and work with them to explore how the county could heal and rebuild with greater resiliency. After a successful CMBM workshop for 150 people in July 2018 local organizations formed, and invited CMBM to help lead, the Sonoma Community Resilience Collaborative. The vision of The Collaborative is to develop local capacity for long-term resilience; empower lay people with comprehensive tools and training; build the social connections and shared vision that are the number one predictor of community resilience; and prevent the progression of stress and trauma effects into more serious behavioral and physical impacts.

Our Work

The Sonoma Community Resilience Collaborative has trained 300 community members in CMBM’s comprehensive model of self-care and group support, enabling them to serve tens of thousands of children and adults across the county through Mind-Body Skills Groups, workshops and individual or classroom work. Trainees include a diverse group of community leaders, clinicians, non-profit workers, firefighters and first responders, educators, and faith leaders.

Our trainees are already working with thousands of people in Sonoma County, many of whom lost their homes or businesses in the 2017 wildfires. Building on the values of equity and inclusion, the program consults with and considers the perspectives and experiences of community members historically excluded from recovery efforts. Half of the participants from the second cohort serve Sonoma’s Latinx community, many of whom are running Mind-Body Skills Groups in Spanish.

From county jails, to schools, to health centers, CMBM’s model is being implemented widely across Sonoma County. Mind-Body Skills Groups are being conducted at California HOPE; Child Parent Institute; Catholic Charities; Boys & Girls Club; Community Action Partnership; Council on Aging; Daily Acts; Hanna Institute; Positive Images; Santa Rosa Community Health; Sonoma State University; Valley of the Moon Children’s Center; Windsor High School; and more.


This life-changing work gives me hope for our troubled world. Leading groups has been mind-blowing to see folks be transformed from depression and trauma to resilience!

– Sherry Kane, RN

We’ve experienced so much trauma, especially the Latino community that has the dual trauma of immigration and the DACA students and then dealing with the firestorm and losing their jobs, their homes…This is part of the solution that I see needs to happen here in Sonoma County.

– Wanda Tapia, Former Executive Director, Latino Service Providers


The Sonoma County service providers who participated in CMBM’s training have, according to standardized scientific scales, experienced decreased stress, anxiety and depression. They are showing more hope for their futures, and feel more self-assurance, happiness, and serenity, with less fear and sadness. Standardized measures are now also being used to evaluate the impact on the community members who participate in Mind-Body Skills Groups led by our trainees.

The success of the Sonoma Community Resilience Collaborative has been recognized in several local publications. The Center for Wellbeing gave an award to the collaborative to honor their work with the Latinx community.


I facilitate a mindfulness program in the local jail & plan to integrate this information in the curriculum, and eventually use this information exclusively in the class.

– Kate Jenkins MA, Friends Outside Sonoma County

Looking Forward

The Sonoma County program helped to lay the foundation for long-term healing and resiliency building work across California. Three individuals from Shasta County, CA which was devastated by the Carr Fire in 2018, participated in the Sonoma training and were motivated to bring a similar program to their own community. They organized and secure funds for the Northern California Resilience Training, which began in October 2019, which includes participants from Shasta, Butte, Siskiyou, Trinity and Tehama Counties. Several guests from Napa County, CA attended the second cohort in Sonoma and are also making steps towards bringing CMBM’s program to their county.


I have found this training to be such a rich & meaningful experience. It has exceeded my expectations and been such a deepening and enriching of my tool kit for my personal and professional growth.

– Peggy Ledner-Spaulding CSW, Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital



The Sonoma Community Resilience Collaborative is led by a steering group that continues to expand its membership to ensure engagement with all communities in need. Santa Rosa Community Health is providing leadership and administrative backbone for the Collaborative. Current members include:

  • The Council on Aging
  • Daily Acts
  • The Hanna Institute
  • Medtronic Foundation
  • Northern California Public Media
  • Petaluma Health Care District
  • Redwood Community Health Coalition
  • Restorative Resources
  • Santa Rosa Community Health
  • Sonoma County Department of Health Services


Santa Rosa Community Health received a Lifestyle Champion award at The Center for Well-Being's Celebration of Dreams even
One of CMBM’s community partners, Santa Rosa Community Health received a Lifestyle Champion award at The Center for Well-Being’s Celebration of Dreams event.

I think in order to get through trauma, it’s important to have some sort of social structure where you feel heard,’ Tricia Siegel said. ‘I felt this provided that space.

– Tricia Siegel, Actress and wife of firefighter Mike Siegel who also went through the program

Mind-Body Medicine for Post-Wildfire Resilience
Video by John Phaneuf

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