The Body Knows

This training is limited to 8 participants and fills fast
Early registration is recommended
Four- 3 day Weekends between October 6, 2018 and March 18, 2019 in Beautiful Ojai, California

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The Body Knows is a professional training program for therapists, body workers, teachers, and those curious about the body-mind connection. This program will provide you with a strong theoretical base in Somatic Psychotherapy with an emphasis on experience, self-knowledge, practice, and integration.

Each weekend session, participants will have an opportunity to deepen their understanding of somatic psychotherapy through readings, on line resources, power-points and facilitated group discussions. Participants will be exposed to a diverse range of experts, including those who work in the fields of attachment psychology, depth psychology, dance-movement therapy, hakomi, mindfulness meditation, neuroscience, somatic experiencing, sensori-motor psychotherapy, spirituality, and yoga.

Core to this training is cultivating the art of slowing down so that we may integrate the learning from our bodies into our hearts and minds. As our perception shifts through an embodied practice, so do the internal narratives we have held to be true.  New neural pathways light up from new experiences so participants are given ample time for self-reflection through journaling, creative resourcing, walks in nature, and facilitated council with one another to support the process of integration.

Somatic practices will be introduced each session allowing participants to have direct experience and embody their learning. These practices include body awareness, movement explorations, meditation, breathing, sensory awareness, sensory tracking, somatic inquiry, kinetic visualizations, and yoga postures. Participants will be supported in their explorations through Wendy’s expertise, presence, and non-judging attitude that creates a strong and safe container for this work.

The location of this training is at We Mind Body Spirit, a private studio/ office in downtown Ojai, California.  This spot is an exquisite, tranquil and and inspiring environment for self-reflection and integration.

Training groups are intentionally small to create a strong container.  This four weekend training series is designed to be taken in full. Please consider joining us and giving yourself the opportunity to have a new experience. For more information on each module, please click the links below.

Amanda Bjorn image, Tamika Rivera/Cuyo bracelets, robes James Kidd Studio and pictured are James Kidd and Lisa Wahlander of The Sunland Dancers.


Session I-October 6-8, 2018 | More Info

The Body-Mind Connection in Psychotherapy

  • Embodied Awareness
  • Neurophysiology of Emotions
  • Body and Self
  • Holding Space, Settling
Session II-November 10-12, 2018 | More Info

Healing the Traumatized Mind through Somatic Approaches

  • Stress & Trauma
  • Orienting, Resourcing, Tracking Sensations
  • Mindfulness, Making Contact
  • Staying With, Stabilizing
Session III-February 9-11, 2019 | More Info

Somatic Methods for working in the Present Moment

  • Centering, Grounding, Breath, Boundaries
  • Intrinsic and Expressive Movements
  • Completing Movement Sequences
  • Yoga Postures
Session IV-March 16-18, 2019| More Info

Depth Psychology and Body Centered Psychotherapy

  • Body as Metaphor
  • Resilience
  • Ethics of Touch
  • Containment and Space
  • Props and Proxemics