HOW HEALING HAPPENS | A simple and teachable process

An Inclusive Podcast, Interactive Digital Toolkit, and Small-Group Cohort Experience for Men Targets Anxiety, Mental Wellness, Mindfulness, and Movement to Cultivate Happiness

"Before, I never thought happiness was a choice..."

How Healing Happens is an integrated impact media initiative developed by a father-daughter duo and produced by PowHERhouse Impact Media Group.

Trainer Ben Smith is a writer, inspirational speaker, and former professional athlete. He has partnered up with his mixed-race millennial daughter, Willow Smith, to provide an accessible approach to healing from the inside out that appeals to a diverse audience.

The purpose-driven champions founded The Goliath Foundation to share a simple and teachable process to help more humans to be happy.
Supported by project advisors, James Gardiner, Coach, Strategist & High-Performance Champion, Dr. Kasia Wilk, Clinical Psychologist, Impact Filmmaker & Producer, Nicolle Nattrass, Writer, Director, Playwright & Addictions Counsellor, Creative Director, Tina Overbury, and Impact Media Producer, Charlene SanJenko, this creative team has come together with a comprehensive approach to support the mental wellness of men and self-acceptance within young men, with a focus on anti-bullying, cultural sensitivity, emotional resilience and more.
This impact media project kicks off with the development, production, and distribution of How Healing Happens, a digital toolkit and virtual conversation circles for men in beta-tested Spring 2021, and an upcoming book by Trainer Ben Smith and talk-back tour for Killing Goliath.

Plans are currently underway for a Fall 2021 Moving Past Pain cohort for up to 12 young men and male-identifying individuals ages 16 - 24, particularly BIPOC and/or individuals from the foster care system.

Participation is offered based on tiered pricing from $99 to $299 with a few full bursaries available. We are currently participant referrals and project partners to help sponsor participant spots to ensure costs are not in any way a barrier to program participation.

"Guys are realizing that our families and our communities need us to be men - whole, healed men - now."

We grew up believing we needed to be the 'tough guy' with zero room to express emotions or pain, talk through trauma, feel our hurt, or ask for help with recovery. Everything just got stuffed down. We shut down a huge part of ourselves. The part of ourselves that feels and turned to distractions like chasing the almighty dollar, drugs & alcohol, gaming, and pornography. It's beyond obvious that this needs to change. Just look at the stats. I'm excited to be part of a caring team that focuses on HOW Healing Happens. It's my personal goal to make this program as accessible as possible. Because whether you are in prison, on a reserve, or sitting in a CEO suite, no one is immune."

~ Trainer Ben Smith

Corporate inquires welcome: We would be pleased to discuss our corporate offerings with you and fit a best possible fit to work with your organization and the men you support to create a positive ripple effect.

HOW HEALING HAPPENS is a 3-step process designed for people who value honest conversation and are ready to respectfully get to the root of today's problems.

  1. Loving Goliath is an open-hearted and inclusive series of podcast conversations where Ben Smith and his daughter Willow Smith discuss life, love, self-worth, self-esteem, and how to love Goliath, the monster within.

  2. How Healing Happens is an interactive digital toolkit - an innovative product that invites men to proactively participate in taking responsibility for their own health and happiness and demonstrates the how.

  3. Moving Past Pain is a facilitated small-group cohort experience that meets participants where they are at, holds space for the healing they are ready for, and utilizes a proven creative process to facilitate the flow and release of negative emotions. Our first cohort begins Fall 2021 thanks to seed funding received from a BC Multiculturalism Grant.

    Intentional virtual conversation circles are led by a Group Coach and Trainer who looks like them sounds like them and has lived experience that feels relevant and relatable to them. A simplified, solutions-focused process using creative expression allows these young men to co-create a nurturing, safe, participatory space that encourages micro-experiences of healing to happen.

Topics cover such themes as:

  • Suicide and depression
  • Toxic masculinity
  • Self-forgiveness
  • Fatigue, stress, anxiety burnout
  • Strength of character over aggression and violence
  • Asking for help
  • Success
  • Finding a sense of purpose
  • Recreating yourself

PowHERhouse Impact Media Group is pleased to be working closely with The Goliath Foundation as an Impact Producer, building relationships, support, momentum, and awareness throughout the program's development, production, and launch. 

At this time, PowHERhouse is looking to speak with Impact Media Partners: "We partner Impact Champions with progressive, well-aligned National or North American foundations or social organizations to co-create digital fundraising opportunities fueled by advertising dollars of brands who choose to advertise better. You can learn more about our innovative Impact Media Production Partnerships here."

TRAINER BEN SMITH is a Black father, husband, creator, writer, actor, trainer, mentor, speaker, and former youth outreach worker. His message is magnetic and poignant in a time when the world needs healing. It is a message delivered by a man with a coloured past who is relevant and relatable with incredible lived experience, a personal story of overcoming incredible odds, and a calm, gentle presence.

The Goliath Foundation's Moving Past Pain ProjectHow Healing Happens Digital Toolkits are produced with support from the Indigenous Screen Office and a B.C. Multiculturalism Grant

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For more information, or to schedule an interview with Trainer Ben Smith or Willow Smith, please contact Charlene SanJenko, Indigenous Impact Producer at

(604) 741.7985  •  charlene@powherhouse.com  •  powherhouse.com