Program

June 28th ∞ 4:00-5:30 PM ET

Bodyscore: Dancing with Trauma & Recovery

Sarah Carlson
Explore the therapeutic power of creative movement. In this session you will be introduced to and view excerpts from an original dance production - unpacking the embodied nature of trauma. Then you will have an opportunity to engage in similar processes to express and move through your own experience.

~ Objectives ~

Upon completion of this activity, you will be able to:

  • Develop awareness of the somatic nature of stress & emotion
  • Experience creative strategies for moving with, through and beyond stress
  • Recognize the power of noticing embodied experience within a group setting

July 26th ∞ 4:00-5:30 PM ET

Freedom From the Inside

Josefin Wikström
Dance, Yoga, Rhythm and Movement to process Trauma and Grief inside high security prisons for women.

This experiential workshop is an invitation to explore how rhythm, dance and creative movement can provide trauma processing, enhanced empathic abilities, emotional regulation, joy, belonging, inspiration and self empowerment in an ongoing stressful environment as a prison.

~ Objectives ~

Upon completion of this activity, you will be able to:

  • Examine the complexity of working with traumatic stress inside stressful environments of prisons, the connection between adverse childhood experiences, and incarceration - ”Trauma on simmer”
  • Examine how dance-movement based practices affect mental health and the psychosocial hierarchy inside a prison. Participants will receive short movement practices to share with others
  • Experience beneficial practices from the book “Freedom from the Inside- A woman’s yoga practice guide” for processing trauma through creative movement, yoga and mindfulness
  • Learn about the hopeful results from the randomised Swedish research study “Yoga in correctional settings”

Aug 30th ∞ 4:00-5:30 PM ET

Working with the Core Wounding of Existence: A Somatic and Expressive Arts Approach

Linda Thai
This workshop will explore somatic techniques to reconnect to the developmental period of existence needs: the need for safety and space, presence and protection. When fulfilled in a regular and consistent way, somaticized safety builds the substrate for interoception, exteroception, exploration, and connection to needs -all from a place of safety, rather than from a place of survival-orientation.

The emphasis of this workshop will be experiential, including time to debrief after each activity, as well as time to journal or engage in art, with community sharing and Q&A at the end.

Please have available a comfortable place to lie on your back for 5-10 minutes. Your arms and legs will be in the air, as well as extending. And materials for journaling or expressing through art.

~ Objectives ~

Upon completion of this activity, you will be able to:

  • Engage in somatic enquiry through soliciting implicit body memory
  • Critique somatic techniques for reconnecting to the developmental period of existence needs
  • Analyze, through somatic experiments, the impact of experiencing the developmental experiences of protection and safety through caregiver presence
  • Analyze, through somatic experiments, the impact of experiencing the developmental experiences of presence, attunement, reciprocity and delight through caregiver interaction

Sept 27th ∞ 4:00-5:30 PM ET

Wound Dwelling: Writing + Breathing with Our Bodies

Jennifer Patterson

“This is why I write: to unfold the electrical mat of my nervous system. The nerves all blue, red and yellow with flaring nodes. This is my cyborg text. It is planar. It is a substitute for other forms or speech, or intimacy.”
--Bhanu Kapil



What does it mean to have deep wounds that are almost beyond language? Beyond words? What does it mean to always try to find words anyway? How can we move into this writing the unwritable, this way of knowing that is in the deep well of the body?

This workshop will explore breathwork followed by automatic writing with the intention of reconnecting to our bodies as well as the stories living within and beyond them. We will start out with a multi-part active breath practice as a way of breathing through and with whatever arises; then moving into a prompted writing practice. This breath practice is a powerful tool for getting beyond our critical minds and writing blocks and into the fuller expanse of story and wisdom held in our bodies.

Please bring your snacks, your tea or water, a notebook and pen (or laptop works too!), your pillows or blankets for comfort. Whatever will help you feel supported in this deep work is welcome.

Please join us if you struggle to write, if you struggle to make sense of the trauma you’ve experienced, if you feel disconnected from your body or if you’re feeling ready to come back home into yourself. Please join if you want to dive more deeply into the stories you are holding, if you want to start a writing practice or even just want to try it once. There is room for you here with us.

~ Objectives ~

Upon completion of this activity, you will be able to:

  • Understand, through experience, the power of reconnecting to your breath as a tool for befriending the nervous system
  • Unearth writing as a somatic tool for translating the stories of your body
  • Deeper compassion for traumatic of difficult experiences you might be holding in your body
  • Utilize somatic practices for meeting self-abandonment head on
  • Bring new breath and life to old, embodied narratives
Oct 25th ∞ 4:00-5:30 PM ET

Right to Embody: The Science & Spirit of Restorative Movement Psychotherapies

Amber Gray
Trauma and Polyvagal-informed Movement, Dance & Rhythm for Stabilization and Connection.

This “snapshot” presentation of Trauma and Polyvagal-informed Dance, Movement & Rhythm practices will offer participants a moving experience of how our own bodies I nteroceptive, inner wisdom can provide stabilization, centering, and connection. Stress, distress, and trauma can cause us to “lose our beat.” Our internal landscape sets the tempo of our movement in the world. A 25-minute Core Rhythmicity movement practice will be buoyed by brief theory from the presenters Polyvagal-informed Somatic and Dance/Movement Therapy framework and clinical approach.

~ Objectives ~

Upon completion of this activity, you will be able to:

  • Participants will acquire a self-regulation stabilization, centering and connecting practice and skill
  • Participants will be introduced to the theoretical foundation of Polyvagal-informed Dance/Movement Therapy
  • Participants will review Core Rhythmicity as a core principle of Polyvagal-informed Dance/Movement Therapy
Nov 29th ∞ 4:00-5:30 PM ET

The Long Walk Home: Creating Counter Narratives that Move us Forward

Danita Rountree Green
Tired of the same old story? The stories we carry can inspire, restore or destroy. This session will offer tools for unraveling trauma stories and adverse childhood experiences in order to create counter narratives that promote healing in our personal lives, families, communities and beyond. Let go of narratives that no longer serve. Discover how to "re-story" your life by cultivating constructive ways of thinking, being and doing.

~ Objectives ~

Upon completion of this activity, you will be able to:

  • Examine use of language ("and then," BUT versus AND, etc) to restructure past personal narratives and construct new ones
  • Discover Storytelling techniques to build resilience and self-efficacy in a community
  • Explore ways to transform historical harms and cultural narratives as they relate to social inequity and perceived bias Develop our world
Dec 20th ∞ 4:00-5:30 PM ET

Visual Journaling: A Promising Intervention for Stress Reduction

Elizabeth Warson
An experiential workshop incorporating visual and written narratives for health promotion. There are a number of proven health benefits correlated with artmaking. For instance, engaging in artmaking for a sustained period of time (45 min. or longer) has been shown to enhance immunity and decrease cortisol levels. Although many of these benefits can be transferred to the effects of the visual journaling process, research on the specific effects of visual journaling demonstrated a decrease in anxiety levels and negative affect. As a result there is growing evidence for visual journaling as a promising intervention for stress reduction. The visual journal successfully combines written and visual interventions allowing for the experience of both emotional satisfaction and cognitive awareness.

~ Objectives ~

Upon completion of this activity, you will be able to:

  • Describe the process of combining visual and written narratives in a culturally responsive manner
  • Examine the health benefits of visual journaling based on pilot research
  • Create a “situated” visual journal entry using drawing media of your choice
Jan 31st ∞ 4:00-5:30 PM ET

Polyvagal & Somatic Experiencing®-Informed Activities for Creating Resilience During Stressful Times

Taruno Steffensen
While there have been tremendous advances in treating trauma and addiction somatically, what is less well understood in the field at large is that healing trauma and downshifting distress are not the same as turning on the root drivers of wellbeing. To truly transform the moment-to-moment felt experience, we must shift autonomic baselines towards ventral vagal states- states of safety and connection. And in order to do this, in addition to down-regulating distress, we have to turn on and stabilize connection. In this course, we will explore a connection phenomenology framework for turning on the physiological systems that support a felt sense of safety and connection with Self, Others, and the Living World.

~ Objectives ~

Upon completion of this activity, you will be able to:

  • Develop awareness about how to self-assess where you are on a continuum of distress as determined by the polyvagal theory
  • Explain the physiology of how the body responds to stress and overwhelming experiences
  • Identify specific restorative practices to address distress based on particular locations on the polyvagal continuum
  • Apply body-oriented practices that implement the use of personal connection assets and resources


Feb 28th ∞ 4:00-5:30 PM ET

Sociometrics and Psychodrama as Expressive Arts Therapies

Tian Dayton
Psychodrama and Sociometry are considered to be an expressive arts therapy.Sociometrics are embodied, research based experiential processes that are psycho-educational. And can be adapted to incorporate art imagery into the experiential processes.Created by Dr. Dayton to fit easily into treatment, out-patient programs, clinics and one to one settings, sociometrics help to take the guess work out of incorporating psychodrama and sociometry into treatment. In this experiential workshop we’ll use lecture and film clips to demonstrate embodied process of both role play and group processes that engage and bond participants. We’ll see how Floor Checks incorporate research-based education that literally pulls dry lecture material off of chalkboards and turns it into spontaneous and alive case studies that both teach and heal. And we’ll learn how to use The Trauma Timeline to trace and work with developmental trauma.

~ Objectives ~

Upon completion of this activity, you will be able to:

  • Learn how to use Floor Checks to engage, bond and educate groups
  • Learn how to use The Trauma Timeline to trace developmental trauma to points throughout the life cycle
  • Consider how to incorporate simple, focused role plays into sociometric processes
  • Examine how to use The Trauma Timeline as a paper and pencil process for group or one-to-one
  • Explore how to use embodied, experiential processes in a safe and contained way

Mar 28th ∞ 4:00-5:30 PM ET

Rhythm Bliss Mindful Hand Drumming & Movement Session

Alexandra Jai
According to both worldwide, tradition-hallowed human experience and modern research, drumming is powerfully helpful and healing in times of stress, anxiety and trauma. In this experiential session, we will connect in movement and rhythm to the healing, repetitive pulse to release stress, cultivate joy and experience the serenity and healing inherent in the ancient art of hand drumming. No drum or musical experience is required (If you have a hand drum, you are welcome to bring it to the session and use it).

~ Objectives ~

Upon completion of this activity, you will be able to:

  • Understanding the connection between mindfulness and rhythm, and experiencing the theta brainwave and ventral vagal states that flow naturally and automatically from following
  • Predictable, soothing pulse at a tempo of 3-8 beats per second
  • Connecting body, breath and beat and feeling a sense of belonging as we play the Universal Heart Beat Rhythm together as a group
  • Practicing drumming with intention to receive the most benefit from our rhythm and movement meditation session

Apr 25th ∞ 4:00-5:30 PM ET

Sacred Stance Haka Workshop

Matiu Te Huki
This interactive workshop will cover traditional Maori practices including the warrior energy of haka (traditional power dance) and how we can use it as a powerful tool in our lives.

~ Objectives ~

Upon completion of this activity, you will be able to:

  • To understand the power of haka
  • To learn and perform a haka
  • To make it a part of your lifes practices

May 23rd ∞ 4:00-5:30 PM ET

Expressive Arts: Reexperiencing, Resensitizing, and Restoring the Self

Cathy Malchiodi
Expressive arts therapy integrates the arts—movement, music/sound, image making, storytelling, improvisation, dramatic enactment, play and creative writing. It is the reparative nature found in expressive arts that helps us “resensitize” our minds and bodies to positive sensations. In this experiential workshop we will explore a continuum of simple practices including vocalization, movement and gesture, doodling, and creative writing. By engaging all your senses through these art forms, you will learn firsthand how you can enliven and transform the self and ways to adapt this process for self-care or to apply to your work with individuals and groups . Bring several sheets of paper and colored drawing materials such as felt markers or oil pastels to "explore and restore" during this playful session.

~ Objectives ~

Upon completion of this activity, you will be able to:

  • Describe how expressive arts therapy and expressive methods can be used in the treatment of trauma
  • List at least three reasons why movement, sound, storytelling, and silence are culturally-resonant practices in work with collective grief and trauma
  • Describe a four part model of self-regulation, co-regulation, exploration, and restoration for applying expressive methods in psychotherapy and counseling
  • Identify how expressive arts therapy supports self-regulation and co-regulation with individuals and communities experiencing traumatic stress

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