Somatic Psychotherapy 2020 Trainings, Workshops, and Retreats

Located in beautiful Ojai, The Body Knows is a small and intimate place for therapists, counselors, and post-graduate students to learn Somatic Psychotherapy. Nourishing, grounding, and incredibly practical this somatic learning enviornment will give you the individual attention, information, mentoring, and support that you need to feel confident integrating the body and movement into your practice.

We offer both Level I and Level II trainings in Somatic Psychotherapy as well as occassional one day workshops. Both Level I and Level II are designed to be taken as a whole, meaing that each module builds on the next. Level I provides you with the basic architechture of Somatic Psychotherapy and includes four Modules: Foundations of Somatic Psychotherapy, Trauma Healing, Depth Psychology and Somatics, and Somatics in the Present Moment. Level II is focused on healing developmental trauma and has three modules. Embodied Core Therapeutic Presence, Somatic Skills for Healing Shame, and Empowerment and Connection.

Two one day Workshops will be offered in mid summer, 2020. Right now, more than ever before
as therapists, we need to deepen into our capacity for resourcing and connection. Each of these workshops is designed to nurture you, while also teaching somatic skills that you can integrate with your clients.

Somatic Self-Attunement will focus on providing you with an inner sense of attunement. Resourcing back into our bodies right now is essential given the level of anxiety and unknown
that the collective is experiencing.

A Day of Being in Nature and the Body will allow you to touch into your inner nature by connecting with Mother Nature. Being in the wilderness is nourishment for the soul. We will head out to the Sespe Wilderness for a day of relaxed hiking, stillness, connection, nature exploration, body resourcing, journalling, swimming, and shamanic practices.

Our second SOMA -Movement and Nature Retreat is planned for February, 2021 in Tambor, Costa Rica. We will continue to hold space for this Retreat, knowing that things may change given the current situation with the COV19.

All trainings and workshops include embodied practices, somatic experientials, mindfulness meditation, facilitated group discussions, nature explorations, movement, and creative expression.


LEVEL ONE
MODULE 1

Foundations of Somatic Psychotherapy

Saturday-Monday
September 12-14, 2020
9-4 PM

In this first session, you will learn the foundational concepts of Somatic Psychotherapy and the neuroscience of emotions. You will understand how your nervous system is connected to your moods. You will learn how implicit memory is held in the body and movement. And you will gain practical somatic skills in grounding, centering, and resourcing from within your body.

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LEVEL ONE
MODULE 2

Somatic Experiencing for Trauma Healing

Saturday – Monday
October 10-12, 2020
9-4 PM

Our second session will focus on how the three types of trauma: attachment, psychological and physical are manifested in the body through activated states. Working from a Somatic Experiencing model, you will learn how to heal trauma through body awareness, attunement, breathing, contact, movement, tracking, pendulating, orientating, and cognitive realignment.

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LEVEL ONE
MODULE 3

Depth Psychology and Somatics

Saturday – Monday
November 14-16, 2020
9-4 PM

Somatics and depth psychology create a harmonious connection. In this session, you will examine how the unconscious, imagery, archetypes, energy, metaphor, and dreams show up in your body and movement patterns. You will explore the intersections between your body and psyche, connecting image to sensation through active imagination, embodiement practices, and creative resourcing.

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LEVEL ONE
MODULE 4

Somatics in the Present Moment

Saturday-Monday
December 12-14, 2020
9-4 PM

In our last session, you will refine your somatic perception, intuition, and choice of interventions. You will learn how to bring the art of improvisation into your sessions with clients. Drawing from a repetorie of somatic skills, you will learn how and what to do in the moment to best support containement, exploration, and self-expression.

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LEVEL TWO
MODULE 1

Embodied Core Presence

Saturday-Monday
October 3-5, 2020
9-4 PM

Deepening our core presence as therapists is essential for creating attunement and ressonance with our clients. In this first module you will spend time attuning to your self and getting to know your own nervous system intimately. You will make contact with your core presence through embodiement practices, strengthening your capacity to tune into your clients.

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LEVEL TWO
MODULE 2

Somatic Skills for Healing Shame

Saturday-Monday
November 7-9, 2020
9-4 PM

The early roots of shame first develop between infant/child and attachment figure through non-verbal communication such as eye contact, touch, proximity, and tone. In this second module, we will focus on repairing shame through similar developmental forms, using the therapy room as the place to reconnect, reattach, and create healthy boundaries.

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LEVEL TWO
MODULE 3

Empowerment and Connection

Saturday-Monday
December 5-7, 2020
9-4 PM

Healing developmental trauma results in the integration of a new Self. As this happens over time, clients feel more consistently empowered and have greater capacity for positive states, reflected both somatically and linguistically. The somatic focus for our final module will be how to support clients as they move into play, sexuality, and social action systems. This will include containment, touch techniques, and integrating core and periphery movement.

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