Bodyfulness: Exploring Somatic Practices for Healing, Joy, Presence and Collective Transformation
An online course exploring somatic practices for healing, joy, presence and collective transformation, from 25 October to 2 December 2021.
What if we were able to get to the root of cultural crises - from mental health to ecological breakdown? What if we were able to transform cultures by transforming the ways in which we inhabited our bodies?#
What are the deeper solutions to the challenges of our times? The ones that lie beneath superficial narratives that we know will only recreate the same oppressive systems that have caused such suffering to ecosystems and communities?
When we understand that lying at the root of behaviours that cause harm is often embedded trauma we can start to relate to each other a lot more compassionately and understand that ideas/actions don’t arise out of a vacuum.
In order to change, we need to become aware of how we are interacting with the world around us. Somatics and physical self-awareness is essential to breaking free from oppressive systems and stories that are either internal or external to ourselves.
Through eight live interactive presentations followed by discussions and pre-recorded somatic practices, you will experience some of the most effective approaches to somatics and embodiment for transformation.#
Topics will include Bodyfulness, Somatic Experiencing, Fascia Informed Movement, Movement Medicine, mythosomatics, TRE and so much more. While all unique, what connects these different approaches is the ancient knowledge, now backed by the latest neuroscience research, ‘that the only way we can change the way we feel is by becoming aware of our inner experience and learning to befriend what is going on inside ourselves’ (Bessel Van Der Kolk).
“I have come to the conclusion that human beings are born with an innate capacity to triumph over trauma. I believe not only that trauma is curable, but that the healing process can be a catalyst for profound awakening—a portal opening to emotional and genuine spiritual transformation.” - Peter Levine
Week 1: The Big Picture
Session 1: SAFETY, BELONGING & DIGNITY: CONNECTING PERSONAL & SOCIAL TRANSFORMATION with Staci Haines
Session 2: STARSHIP SOMATICS: MOVEMENT SENSATIONS FOR EVERYONE with Petra Kuppers
Session 3: FROM DOMINATION TO PARTNERSHIP with Riane Eisler
Week 2: Bodyfulness
Session 4: BODYFULNESS with Christine Caldwell
Session 5: HEALING IN MOTION with Yasmin Lambat
Week 3: Somatic Experiencing & Trauma
Session 6: SOMATIC EXPERIENCING & TRAUMA with Sister Efy Nyaki
Session 7: BODY-LED INTIMACY & AROUSAL with Aisha Paris Smith
Week 4: Intimacy & Relationships
Session 8: RELATIONSHIP REPAIR with Abi Blakeslee & Dave Berger
Session 9: WAKING UP THE HANDS with Betty Martin
Week 5: Ecosomatics
Session 10: WHY IS MOVEMENT MEDICINE? with Ya’Kov Darling Khan
Session 11: THE BODY + NATURE with Geneen Marie Haugen
Week 6: Embodied Community Healing
Session 12: MOVING FROM PERSONAL WELLBEING TO COLLECTIVE TRANSFORMATION with Camille Barton
Session 13: DANCE with Akeim Toussaint-Buck
Yasmin Lambat #
Yasmin Lambat is a fascia-informed somatic movement therapist and educator. She is the founder of SomaSensing, a fascia tuning therapy that taps into fascia as a sixth sense and its intuitive ability to heal. Calming anxiety, chronic pain, inflammation, and trauma-related symptoms of distress.
Aisha Paris Smith #
Aisha is a life coach, sexological bodyworker and teacher committed to creating a community that works through one to one leadership and guidance. She has dedicated herself to learning and offering embodied healing that focuses on integrating all parts of ourselves, including the shadow, so that we may each have a greater sense of who we are, where our individual purpose and pleasure lies and how to create a life that we love.
Abi Blakeslee #
Dr. Abi Blakeslee, SEP, CMT, MFT, Ph.D., integrates Somatic Experiencing with clinical research, the psychobiological principles of attachment, psychodynamic therapy, and somatic bodywork in her practice and teaching. She has conducted original research on the role of implicit memory in Somatic Experiencing with a committee that included Dr. Daniel Siegel.
Dave Berger #
Dave Berger is a somatic psychotherapist, physical therapist & bodyworker. Dave is senior international faculty with the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute. He is part of Peter Levine’s initial legacy faculty being mentored by Dr. Levine to teach SE master classes. As a therapist, teacher, consultant and mentor, Dave’s passion and commitment to deep healing guide his work.
Betty Martin #
Betty is a Chiropractor, Body Electric School trained Sacred Intimate, Certified Sexological Bodyworker, Foundations of Facilitation trainer, and a self-propelled erotic adventurer and intimacy coach with 30 years experience in therapeutics and body-based erotic education.
Ya’Kov Darling Khan #
Ya’Acov Darling Khan, the author of the best-selling Jaguar in the Body, Butterfly in the Heart (Hay House 2017) and Shaman (Hay House 2020), is known for his blend of down-to-earth strength, humility and humour. He is acknowledged as a practicing shaman by people who work with him world-wide and by indigenous elder shamans and communities from the Arctic to the Amazon.
Geneen Marie Haugen #
Geneen Marie Haugen is a writer, wilderness wanderer, scholar, and guide to the intertwined mysteries of nature and psyche. She delights in offering wild questions, ceremonies, escapades and reflections to stir the imagination and expand perception of the world, perhaps shift the sense of who we are and what we’re about, and deepen an experience of participation with an intelligent, animate Earth/cosmos.
Camille Barton #
Camille Barton is an interdisciplinary artist, educator and embodiment researcher, who uses afrofuturism to imagine creative interventions towards systems change. They are invested in breaking down the mind body separation that is dominant in Western paradigms in order to create more space for flexible thinking, holistic healing and bridging across differences.