Your Body Is Your Brain: What Embodiment Professionals Need to Know About Neuroscience
- with Amanda Blake
Scientists are making new discoveries daily about the biological underpinnings of social and emotional intelligence. This explosion of research on the mind-body connection has something to offer every embodiment professional. But explosions are messy. Don’t you sometimes wish you could just pull it all together into a simple, useable framework? This experiential exploration of the science of somatics offers a way to organize, understand, explain, and most of all use that research.
Together we’ll explore...
- how the neurobiological basis for health and homeostasis also underlies our capacity for self-awareness, intuition, and decision-making.
- how our stress response affects the facial muscles we use to communicate, and what’s required to maintain strong relationships in stressful circumstances.
- the neurobiological tie between your capacity for empathy and your capacity for embodied self awareness.
For over 20 years Saniel Bonder has worked with an approach to embodied spirituality known as "Waking Down in Mutuality." This international movement, now with nearly three dozen teachers, has helped many hundreds of people achieve stable, non-separate awakening into deeply embodied consciousness. One of the unique elements of this approach is its focus on mutuality. Through the power of intimate connections with other we can integrate spirituality with the bodily, emotional and relational realities of our everyday lives. In this session Saniel will share key features of the Waking Down in Mutuality process that you can immediately put to use in your own work, and on the Living Embodiment adventure!
Intuitive Intelligence - Resolving Inner Conflicts
Experience clarity easily with this 5-step process of Intuitive Intelligence
During this session you will learn a clear 5 step process to access and integrate your intuitive embodied wisdom. It gives you a method to deal with inner conflicts, doubts and important decisions in a structured process. Anouk Brack will guide you through this Intuitive Intelligence Harvest. After having experienced it once, you will be able to repeat the process by yourself.
You’ll also learn a turbo intuition consulting process called the Traffic Light visualization....So, you will never have to endure doubts and inner conflicts again, unless you want to.
The Creation of Culture & Identity through Movement
- with Brooke Gessay
How do our repressed ways of being and social roles get expressed on the dance floor, out in clubs, on the stage in a theater, on TV in pop culture dance shows, on YouTube, and privately in our own homes? This lively session will illuminate how movement and dance practices are a way to "other" ourselves (through new bodily patterns) and empower ourselves into experiencing new roles, new stages of development, and ways we're not allowed to express in everyday life.
- Learn fascinating historical and contemporary examples of identity revolutions through dance (i.e. hip hop, voguing, and many more)
- Gain insight into why popular culture is obsessed with dance
- Learn practical tools and movement practices for shifting stuck places in your identity through embodied play
Jedi Training: Gutsy, Free and Fully Alive
- with Willow Dea
This is a transformational course designed to catalyse your personal capacity to navigate life with greater ease, power and grace. You will learn to exercise a new process, which allows access to peak performance consistently in the direction of your will.
Experiential in nature, the session will provide you with opportunities to encounter your personal growth edges in order to move past perceived limitations to your personal best – all while having fun. Utilizing the science of peak performance training, energy medicine, and performance architecture, we will provide you with the ability to align your skills, attitudes and habits with your goals.
Our Bodies, Ourselves, Our earth
Why is it that we are not dropping everything to join together to halt the rapid destruction of the very place that sustains us? We engage in endless policy discussions―assessments of the dire situations with the glaciers, loss of species, loss of oxygen, inundation of vast regions of land―as if we are not speaking of the erosion of our own consciousness, let alone the lives of our children and grandchildren. In this talk, Don addresses the relationship between our fragile connections with our bodies and our weak response to the dangers to our world.
How to Work Together Through the Body
We have more than enough good ideas about how to resolve most of the problems that confront us in our ongoing construction of a humane world: medical care, schools, the economy, personal and social violence, destruction of the environment. But our inevitable fragmenting, struggling with each other over issues of authority and relationship, undercuts the best efforts to work together to implement these good ideas. Don has experimented for several years in how to use various approaches to embodiment as means for creating a consensual matrix, deeply felt, that facilitates working together successfully to create a better world.
Beyond the Skin-bag: Where Embodiment becomes Environment
Where is the edge of your self? Where does 'you' end and the and 'the rest of the world' begin? If you believe that 'you' are bounded by the skin-bag of your body, think again: You are much more than you think you are.
The realization that the body and mind are one complex system was progress, but recent research has shifted the discussion. Insights from Ecopsychology and cognitive neuroscience reveal that embodiment is intimate with environment. What does that mean about how we think and feel? How does putting the bodymind in place help make sense of our lives?
In this session:
- you'll learn about situated embodied cognition;
- play games that expand sensory awareness;
- and discover how the places where we live, play and work influence behaviour, thinking and well-being.
The Wisdom of the Body: Using the Hakomi Method to Resolve Emotional Wounds
- with Jaci Hull
All therapies talk about qualities like positive regard, acknowledgment, acceptance and non-judgement. Not many therapies have had a set of spiritual principles to guide therapists towards those qualities. The Hakomi Method, leading trainings throughout the world since 1981, combines principles from Buddhism and Taoism, with traditional psychotherapeutic methods to create a body-centered, gentle yet powerful therapy that creates the safety needed for the unconscious to unfold by supporting both cognitive and physiological defenses. In this Method, the attitude and "personhood" of the therapist is just as integral a part of therapy, as any of it's techniques. Loving Presence and the use of Mindfulness to facilitate self-study and exploration through the body, provide the container for personal growth and healing of deep developmental wounds and traumas.
This workshop will give an overview and "taste" of Hakomi. Through lecture, demo and experiential exercises, you will have an opportunity to experience working from an open heart, using Mindfulness, both as a therapist, and a client.
This workshop is suitable for practitioners in all fields of healing, or anyone curious about Hakomi and personal development.
“Choking Puppies” – Trauma and Peace-Building
In this session learn embodied skills for healing trauma and creating peace.
When we are challenged, threatened or hurt, we contract or collapse our posture, breathing, and attention. This is experienced as fear, anger, shock, defeat, or dissociation. In conflict situations, these powerful physical response patterns undermine our ability to think rationally, interact empathically, and act peacefully. When the contraction/collapse persists in the body, that is the trauma state. The antidote to the physical state of smallness is a state of relaxed muscles, soft breathing, stable posture, and expansive attention. This is experienced as calm alertness and compassionate power. In conflict, this allows more effective responses, and in trauma work, it is a foundation for healing.
“The Owner’s Manual for the Human Body” – Fundamentals of Embodiment
If you’ve got a body come to this session to relearn the basics of how it works, or more accurately how you work.
The body in external action can be looked at as a code for an internal process. The internal process starts with learning how to push, pull, lift, walk and move in an upright, balanced and relaxed way. That is all externally visible. The internal process has to do with intention, attention and ways of managing fear and anger. The upright and relaxed posture is the external face of a quiet mind, a kind heart and a powerful core. Learning to access this external/internal process allows one to act and live in more harmonious, comfortable and effective ways.
Feminine Leadership: Revolutionary Strength
What does feminine leadership mean and what does integration look like? How does our traditional understanding of leadership change and how is it altered when we include the healthy feminine? What has been the cost of having an extreme masculine leadership and how do we begin to create something new. What is the relevance of listening, of a world that knows the benefits of softness, of yin, and flow, not in isolation, but rather as half of the equation?
Forgetting Yourself: Living from Propriety (breakout session)
Veronica describes this session as "about the virtue of the heart". Propriety is about doing the right thing at the right time. It is about being present and in the moment. Ultimately when we are fully present we have the capacity to connect and to dissolve. In this breakout session you will explore "tact" and it's meaning in your life in interactive ways
Elegance and Embodiment
- With Robert Lundin McNamara
Explore your development beyond conceptual identity. Learn how embodiment can be an essential tool for identity development. Discover practices to facilitate the integration of body and mind. This session provides a rich intersection of developmental psychology and embodiment practices to help you yield greater connection and intimacy, a broader influence in the world and more happiness and well-being in your life.
- Find out the central limitations of your autonomy and the influences on your professional life.
- Explore the synthesis of body and mind in culture and relationships.
- Co-create embodiment practices with peers to magnify human elegance.
Relationships - The Embodied Dynamics
- with Dylan Newcomb
How to navigate and integrate the core polarities of yin and yang at the centre of intimate relationships. With simple exercise done alone, in groups and in pairs, this dive into the juicy, yet often confusing dynamics of intimate relationship is an opportunity to discover more about your own deeper relational patterning (related to Attachment Theory) and how you can work with it in a directly embodied, playful way to get more out of all your relationships - intimate and otherwise. Based on unique embodiment research conducted by UZAZU founder Dylan Newcomb, this empowering approach to exploring relationship is equally appropriate for couples and singles.
Somatics and Creativity: Cultivating the Imagination
- with Andrea Olsen
The body is home. It’s the medium through which we know ourselves and the world. To engage authentic creative work, we begin by opening to our bodily intelligence. In this lecture and workshop we engage three thresholds linking the depth of embodied awareness with the journey of creative forming: arriving into body (to ground the process); balancing the autonomic nervous system (to open toward insight); and moving and writing (to integrate discovery and healthful expression). Throughout we develop practical ways to cultivate creativity in our lives, while deepening relationship to self and to the world we inhabit.
Leadership Embodiment for a Sustainable Future
- with Wendy Palmer
Research shows that at least 70% of all communication is non-verbal. Learning to unify the body's message with what is being said enhances our capacity for effective leadership and more fulfilling relationships.
Each of us has patterns that arise when we are confronted with a leadership task or challenge. Often our mind understands what is needed to create more skilful interactions and yet we are not able to do what we so clearly understand. The body needs to experience skilful alternatives that then translate into a deeper understanding and a capacity to take a different action.
Leadership Embodiment offers tools and practices that help us to be more effective and sustain a positive outlook in how we relate to our lives particularly when we are under pressure and feel threatened. The focus is on the body and using different energy patterns to create a positive shift.
The 3 core competencies you will develop in this session are:
- Inclusiveness – we are in this together
- Centered Listening – listening without taking it personally
- Advocating/ Speaking Up – without aggression or collapsing
The LE Presentation will introduce the group to:
- The language and context of the Leadership Embodiment model.
- The distinction between Personality and Center
- The core competencies as creative abilities
- The “how” to shift from a reactive state to a responsive, skilful state.
- Practices to increase Presence, Confidence and Compassion.
Fumbling Towards Ecstasy - Pleasure, Desire and Embodied Intelligence
Embodied wisdom depends on developing what is perhaps our most critically chronically attenuated conscious faculty: feeling-discernment. And no territory needs our discernment more than our relationship to desire. What are we moving toward, and why? The organism moves toward some things and away from others, yes, but there's so much more to it! We can learn to discern many subtle shadings in our organismic attraction toward a rainbow of positive states. What does it take for the protoplasm to recognize the difference between the urge toward compensatory consolation and simple healthy comfort? When is comfort appropriate and necessary and when is it part of a pattern of unconsciousness? What about the difference between conscious and unconscious neutral feeling-states? And what are the necessary ingredients of a healthy, positive relationship to pleasure? Ecstasy and bliss, our most extreme pleasures, are perhaps the most challenging and critical. Can we learn to drink deeply and be sublimed by the food of the gods without becoming addicted to intensity and losing our appetite for the ordinary joys that sustain us every day? How does that understanding get into our cells, and our nerve endings?
“Embodied Self vs Online Psycho” – Disconnection, Distraction and Addiction in the Digital Age
What are some of the dangers of disembodiment in the digital age? How can we stay connected to ourselves and others while connected online? Why are most established body practices now next to useless in the modern virtual context? Mark leads an interactive session that collates the best advice from interviews with twenty top embodiment teacher on the body and technology. Come if you’d like to link your practice to your technology, or help clients do the same. Bring lap-tops, smart phones, iPads etc and leave the 60’s behind.
Coaching from The Heart – Embodied Coaching
- with Curtis Watkins
In this session, Curtis - one of the USA's most experienced coaches - will take us through a coaching session using our intuition and compassion. The body is such a finely tuned instrument, it is wonderful to be able to access the mutual resonance of two hearts in pursuit of mutual freedom. It is Curtis' claim that both the coach and the coachee are freed when the coaching is from, with and through the heart. First he will demonstrate the coaching, while simultaneously making distinctions; and then, in practice sessions, each participant will be able to explore this territory of coaching with a partner. This session will enrich your own coaching work with people, whether that be as a coaching professional or as someone who connects with clients in other contexts.
Words and Movement - Dancing Your Talk, Talking Your Dance
- with Cynthia Winton-Henry
A dynamic session from InterPlay cofounder Cynthia offering an elegant, full palette of voice, word, movement, silence, and contact skills AND ways to talk about what our bodies want so that we can make choices to joyfully and madly create, play, and rest. Some find it easy to be embodied. Some prefer to talk. What if talk and dance could really interplay. Is that interesting? The secret to integration depends on being able to mess with multiple forms, have fun with them, and not necessarily merge them.
Ensoulment: Flipping the Embodiment Quest
- with Cynthia Winton-Henry
Cynthia will lead us explore how people feel and serve the soul. She writes, "Soul absolutely needs embodiment and has very specific qualities that we can notice like spontaneity, synchronicity, surprise, and surrender. When we build ways to support those qualities it makes life and the world more wondrous and powerful. So its not a vs. ---more like fully embracing embodiment in order to be fully ensouled."
Personality Below the Neck: Using Your Whole Self
- with Ginny Whitelaw
Is it better to play to your strengths? Shore up weaknesses? This session will show you how to transcend both by engaging your body to use your personality, rather than be a prisoner of it. You’ll experience the 4 FEBI® energy patterns and see how they connect body and mind, movement and emotion, inner condition and outward behaviors. You’ll gain insight into which patterns you favor and how to access any pattern as you need it. This clear and simple framework may forever change how you look at personality and development.
The Body and Integral Development (Breakout Session)
- with Ginny Whitelaw
This session explores how your patterns can be used propel development – both your own and those you coach, teach or guide. It connects the FEBI energy patterns to all quadrants, all levels (AQAL) in Ken Wilber’s Integral framework. You’ll experience the patterns in developmental stages, and see which patterns need to be emphasized to move from one stage to the next, leading to an Integral Self that embraces and uses all. You’ll also explore how the patterns emerge in all quadrants, from relationships to brands to cultures. This Integral view culminates in seeing how changing patterns on the inside leads to pervasive changes in one’s outer world.