Healing Space

Immediate Integrative Response to Trauma


What is 'Healing Space'?

Merhav Marpe (from Hebrew: Healing Space) is a pioneering response to the mental and emotional trauma the October 7th tragedy and the subsequent war inflicted on Israel.

Founded in the immediate aftermath of the massacres, Merhav Marpe recognized both the ongoing nature of the trauma and its ripple effect throughout the whole of Israeli society. Through a holistic approach, Merhav Marpe works to repair the mind-body connection broken by the trauma and build multiple modalities of resilience to ensure the future.

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The Model of Healing Space





Our mission at the Healing Space is to restore a sense of control to individuals coping with trauma. Trauma can create a feeling of powerlessness, and we aim to provide choices and opportunities for individuals to regain a sense of strength.
Upon arrival at our facility, you are empowered to make choices regarding your engagement. Whether it's enjoying a cup of coffee, sitting on the grass, participating in conversation circles, receiving tactile therapy, assisting in the kitchen and cleaning, or having a meaningful conversation with a dedicated caregiver, you have full control over your body and soul as we work together to restore your well-being.


Our treatment approach takes place in an open-air setting, rather than a traditional therapist's clinic. We believe that nature holds the power to reinforce life and growth, and we incorporate activities such as hikes, interactions with animals, and connecting with the natural rhythm as part of our treatment methods.



The survivors have shared traumatic experiences, which they will collectively overcome. Our approach fosters resilience and strength through a communal space instead of individualized treatment. Within this setting, survivors support one another and actively participate in maintaining the space, with each person being assigned a role. We incorporate a spiritual approach to assist in overcoming the profound feelings of guilt experienced by those who have survived such horrors. By engaging in acts of helping others, volunteering, and being part of a community, individuals cultivate a strong sense of value and meaning.


Within our facility, we prioritize creating an atmosphere of warmth, kindness, and love to the best of our abilities. The survivors we work with have endured unimaginable hardships, disrupting the natural equilibrium between good and evil that must be reinstated through supportive foundations and reframing. In their previous circumstances, they lacked the care and assistance they deserved, but now they have us. In their past, every breath felt suffocating, yet here they will encounter fresh and rejuvenating air. Previously, they were stripped of power, but at Healing Space, they will rediscover their strength and find meaning. They are no longer alone; they have become part of a supportive community.