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What We Do


Guided self-healing after traumatic experiences.

The MAYE elements are rooted in self-discovery through awareness of the self, ancestors, community, and environment.



the process of making or becoming sound or healthy again.

The scientific supported MAYE elements cultivate and improve people in the community’s mind, body, and spirit–especially youth.


The MAYE Center is here to help those in our community to cultivate self-healing, resiliency and wellness through proven, culturally sensitive and environmentally healthy means. 


is to make tools and knowledge of self-healing available to our members in the hope of empowering the community, and to show those who may be struggling, positive energy is just a MAYE Center away.


Mission, Vision & Values



The mission of The MAYE Center is to establish and sustain a center for self-healing and the mindful cultivation of well-being for survivors of trauma, and their family members, using an integrated practice of physical, spiritual and community growth. MAYE uses culturally sensitive and environmentally healthy methods including Meditation, Agriculture (Gardening), Yoga and Education. Our goal is to make tools and knowledge of self healing available to our members in hopes of empowering the community.


The vision of The MAYE Center is of a united Cambodian Community that is individually and collectively acculturated and engaged in the community and civic life of Long Beach." We envision sharing our success in trauma healing with other survivors of trauma in the broader community.

Shared Values and Beliefs

The MAYE Center values of "Social Justice, Nonviolence and Forgiveness" is the moral center of community organizing. We value seeing opposition leaders become more supportive of The MAYE Center because of the inclusive, transparent manner in which MAYE conducts its business.



Our Story


The MAYE Center was created by Laura Rhatmeny Som, a refugee of the Cambodian Genocide.

When Laura found refuge in Long Beach, California, she noticed an overwhelming population of other refugees unknowingly suffering through their day to day lives. Many of them did not realize their unhealthy tendencies were a result of traumatic experiences.

Even with her traumatic memories, Laura shares her story, tools for healing, and encouraging spirit from her home country of Cambodia with the Long Beach community.

You can listen to the audio story here: “Laura Som's Story”, She tells her story of immigrating to America (2:02).

“MAYE is a concept being practiced in Long Beach as a solution or prevention to trauma. This is the story of Laura Som, a trauma survivor who brought healing tools with her from Cambodia, and shares them in Long Beach.”

Courtesy of Elgin Ozlen of VoiceWaves - Long Beach, CA


Our History


The Cambodian Genocide

The Cambodian Genocide began in 1975 and lasted until 1979. The Khmer Rouge was the name popularly given to the followers of the Communist Party of Kampuchea (CPK) and by extension, to the regime through which the CPK ruled in Cambodia during those years. The regime was responsible for one of the worst mass killings of the 20th Century, claiming the lives of up to two million people.

They believed returning to more simple ways of agricultural and farming culture was the right direction for the entire country. However, they also believed citizens with a background in arts, intelligence or technology would oppose and fight against the Khmer Rouge's plan.  Teachers, students, politicians, artists, sculptors, women, children and infants fell victim to this brutal regime and few were spared. Concentration camps were set up around the country and prisoners were forced to dig their own graves.  Whole families died from execution, starvation, disease and overwork.

Fleeing from the Genocide, refugees came by boat, arriving in Long Beach, California.  Many survivors found a home and miraculously, some even found family they did not know were still alive.  Located in Cambodia Town in Long Beach, The MAYE Center promotes self-healing in the community, paving the way for health of mind, body and spirit as a continuum from generation to generation.  For the past few years, the MAYE Center has been working with Cambodian health professionals to create a holistic integrated health system in Long Beach. 

This video is about the Cambodian Genocide, 1975-1979.