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Fostering Understanding in Our Community:
Would you do the right thing?


SeaCrest Hotel Banquet Room
2241 Price St 
Pismo Beach, CA 93449

Our Distinguished Speaker

Hendrika de Vries is a therapist, teacher and writer. In her work as a depth-oriented therapist for over thirty years she focused on the healing of trauma, life transitions and the empowerment of women. As an adjunct faculty at Pacifica Graduate Institute for twenty years she helped students explore and transform the archetypal patterns in their life stories.  She is the author of When a Toy Dog Became a Wolf and the Moon Broke Curfew, a memoir about her childhood in Nazi-occupied WWII Amsterdam, where she lived just a few blocks from Anne Frank’s Hiding Place. A story of resistance, courage and resilience in dark times, her book has won numerous awards and was written up by the US Review of Books as “a welcome addition” to the group of such powerful personal WWII narratives as The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank and Night by Elie Wiesel.


 A child in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam; a teenage immigrant, champion swimmer, young wife and mother in Australia, Hendrika landed in America in the turbulent 1960s. A mother and grandmother, she now lives in Santa Barbara with her husband.

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