2021 HOTM Facilitator Training



Holistic Empowerment & Self-Defense Facilitator Training For Indigenous Women

The 2021, 175 Hour Virtual Training - including a 4 Day Destination Retreat (Covid-19 Dependent)

House of the Moon's Holistic Empowerment and Self-Defense Facilitator Training is designed for Indigenous women to learn physical, mental, emotional and spiritual empowerment with self-defense tools and practices rooted in Traditional Knowledge.  The program's curricula embraces a comprehensive approach to healing, learning, and empowering Indigenous women with the goal of reducing and eliminating Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls, proactively addressing the crisis, one sacred relative at a time! 


The training is grounded in tradition, restores reverence to the Lifegivers, creates a web of sisterhood, and supports women in reclaiming their inherent worth, strength, and sovereignty.  


Upon successful completion of the program, you will receive a 175 HR  House of the Moon (HOTM) Facilitator Graduate Certificate of Completion.  This certificate qualifies you to Facilitate House of the Moon Empowerment and Self-Defense Gatherings in your own communities.  


Because Empowered Indigenous Women, Empower Indigenous Communities!  


Together we can and will directly reduce and impact the epidemic of rape, murder, and kidnapping for trafficking women and girls on reservations and in urban areas. 

This training will be led by a diverse faculty of powerful Indigenous leaders, activists and change-makers.


It was created for those who share the vision that we are always stronger together and that we can no longer wait for governments and corporations to change the trajectory of this crisis. 

Training will take place online via ZOOM with option for either In-Person or Virtual participation in the 4-Day Healing Retreat.


  • We will meet Mondays and Wednesdays  6-8:30 PM (PST)  August 30th - December 22nd except for Sept. 6, and the weeks of Sept. 20th and 27th due to Retreat

  • Opening Ceremony will be Wednesday, September 8th 6-8:30 PM (PST)

  • Our Destination Retreat will take place Thursday, September 23rd through Tuesday, September 28th.  (Travel days will be the 23rd and the 28th and you will need to be available from 8AM-8PM, Friday, Sept. 24th through Monday, Sept. 27th.  (Healing Retreat will take place on Sacred ground withinTurtle Island) Destination TBD

  • Closing Ceremony will be Monday, January 3, 2022  6-8:30 PM (PST)

  • Graduation Ceremony will be in  March, 2022 (Date TBD)

  • Between Closing Ceremony and Graduation you will be required to individually or with a fellow trainee, facilitate four - 2 Hour HOTM Gatherings in your Community.  Each  of the four sessions will cover one of the four areas: Physical, Mental, Emotional and Spiritual Empowerment and Self-Defense 


House of the Moon Facilitator Training is committed to the personal growth and empowerment of Indigenous women and communities across Turtle Island. Whether you are interested in your own healing and empowerment path or you feel the call to facilitate empowerment and self-defense gatherings in your own community, this program is FOR YOU!


The training is specially designed to provide a rich environment for strengthening relations, Traditional Knowledge, healing, learning and growth. The program will provide you with a safe space to process and learn, a strong foundation, a network of support, and holistic tools for healing, empowerment and self-defense.  HOTM guidelines and framework will support you in bringing what you learned to your own community in culturally relevant ways, simply and powerfully.   While you will need to adhere to the guidelines and framework designed specifically by our Founding Council and Advisers, you will still have much flexibility and sovereignty with which to conduct the gatherings, using your own strengths, cultural traditions and passions.

Graduates of the HOTM program will have the opportunity to continue to facilitate gatherings after graduation in their own communities and be granted honorariums for each of the 4 session gatherings that are held.  


Training modules are meant to draw a connection between holistic empowerment, self-definition, and the MMIWG crisis.


Topics Include:


  • Historical and Inter-Generational Trauma and Healing

  • The Origins of MMIWG

  • Historical Biographies of Indigenous Women Warriors

  • The Role of Social Media in Violence Against Women & Youth

  • Traditional Ways:  The Balance of the Sacred Masculine and Feminine

  • Cultivating Safe Spaces for Self and Community

  • What is Lateral Violence and How it Undermines Our Greatest Strength 

  • Traditional and Ceremonial Healing Protocols

  • Physical and Non-Physical Self-Defense

  • Indigenous Food Sovereignty

  • Environmental Racism

  • Recognizing Victim Predatory Dynamics

  • Human Trafficking

  • How to Use Virtual Platforms to Facilitate Powerful Gatherings

  • Guidelines and Framework for Facilitating HOTM Community Gatherings

  • Practice Facilitating with Loving Feedback

  • Personal Development

  • Self-Care Tools and Practices

  • Becoming the Leader that You Are and that your Community Needs

  • Trauma - Informed Facilitating

  • Honoring MMIWG victims and families

  • And more...




  • Be an Indigenous woman or identify as a woman

  • Be at least 23 years of age

  • Have a passion for supporting your community to heal and strengthen

  • Have a desire to be on your own personal healing journey


Deadline to apply for training: 7/15/2021:  We have 14 spaces for this round of training.  If your application is accepted, we will offer the training on a first come, first serve basis.  Any additional women with accepted applications will be put on a waiting list.

TUITION INCLUDES* (conditional to trainee's ability to successfully complete the program)

  • 4-day Healing Retreat that includes 5 nights lodging and all food plus up to $500 credit toward any expenses traveling to and from retreat destination

  • All Training Module Presentations on Monday nights

  • All Wednesday night processing sessions with Support Moderator

  • Access to lesson plans from presenters and fellow facilitators to use for your gatherings

  • As needed, additional "Care for the Care-givers Group Healing Sessions" throughout the training

  • 2 Private Healing Sessions with Cultural Practitioner

  • Welcome Gift Boxes 

  • Framed Graduation Certificate

  • Graduation Gifts

  • Access to all future trainings' Monday night presentations 

  • Access to Password Protected Recordings and Materials for all Presentations from your Training* (for presenters who give us permission to record)

  • Facilitator Alumni benefits 

  • Ongoing Support and Sisterhood amidst a growing HOTM Community



  • This 175 Hour virtual training plus the in-person Healing Retreat is $4,500 (U.S.)

HOTM is a grassroots led initiative and as participants, there are several options to Cover the Costs of Your Training:  




1) House of the Moon pairs you with a Sponsor(s)

2) Seek out a Sponsor or partial Sponsorship on your own (Do you work for or know of an organization that would sponsor you to take this training?  Or would your Tribe or First Nation consider sponsoring you or a portion of your training?)

3) There is a Pay Direct option  (Please contact us for further information.)


House of the Moon is seeking individuals, collectives, organizations or corporate sponsors to cover the costs for Indigenous women who apply and get accepted into the program.   Please contact us if you would like to be a sponsor or make a partial contribution to a sponsorship. 



Important Information for Our Applicants:

  • You will need good access to WiFi to use video & sound in order to take this virtual training. (If you yourself do not have good WiFi services and still would like to take the training, see if your Tribal office, local school or community center would allow you to use space during training hours.)


  • You will need to be on time for meetings, and be able to commit to attending all virtual sessions and the 4 day retreat. 

  • There is mandatory attendance for the Retreat and you will have the choice to attend virtually, however strongly encourage attending in-person.

  • If you miss more than 3 virtual sessions, you will need to stop the training program with a possibility of joining a future training.  

  • If you have to end the training for any reason, fees will not be refunded to you or your sponsor.  If you are able to join a future training, a portion of the sponsorship funds will be applied to that future training.

Future Income Opportunities: 

  • ​​Once you become an HOTM Facilitator, you will have the opportunity to hold 6 HOTM 4 part Sessions in your own communities to share your gifts and what you learned from the training.  By doing so, you can earn a minimum of $2,400 or more annually. 

  • ​Opportunities will be open to HOTM Facilitators to mentor future trainees for honorariums


  • As the organization grows, there will be more job opportunities that will open up


Interested in Sponsoring? More information coming soon!
Interested in the Training? Application opens on May 15, 2021
You can apply here starting May 15, 2021

Listen to what the Graduates from the First Training have to say about it...

(Video coming soon!)

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