Holistic Empowerment & Self-Defense Facilitator Training


for Indigenous Women


200 Hour Virtual Training (over 6 months) - including a 4 Day Destination Retreat 

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.


General Schedule

  • Mondays and Wednesdays  6-8:30 PM (PST)  for approximately 4 months

  • Additional dates for: Opening Ceremony, Destination Retreat, Closing Ceremony, Graduation Ceremony 

  • Required facilitating of four - 2 Hour HOTM Gatherings in your Community


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


​We are currently accepting names and contact information for anyone who is interested in a future training. 




INCLUDED in the Training:  (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


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  



Listen to what the Graduates from the first training have to say about it!