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Inspire others with a centered presence that embodies authenticity, integrity, and accountability.
Transform reactivity into presence, discernment,
and choice — in every part of your life.
What do you want in your life that you don’t have right now?
What do you care about most? What future do you envision for yourself?
What are you doing each day to make it happen?
Join us at Briarcliff Manor in New York City, for a 4-day, in-person course to get clear on the answers to these questions — and harness all of who you are to align your action with your vision.
We’re here to help you align your vision of who you want to be with daily practices to actually live your values and vision every day.
As you put the core practices of Embodied Transformation into action live and in-person, you’ll deepen your embodiment of declarations, and learn practices to align your actions with what you most care about.
You’ll explore what truly matters to you as you learn to honor how you’ve been shaped — and where that no longer serves you.
As you’ll discover, true embodiment takes place when your actions consistently reflect your values and commitments, especially when under pressure.
Right now, we’re all living through an era of rising inequality, misinformation and division. And with the stress of multiple pandemics, we’re all in the same storm — but in very different boats — as we face the dominant culture’s relentless expectations of productivity.
As each new situation comes up throughout your day — and throughout your life — it’s all too easy to simply react without thinking, allowing your automatic, conditioned tendencies to lead the way.
This leads to ongoing stress, misunderstandings and hurt relationships, and a feeling of being out of touch with who you truly are and what you care about.
By contrast, when you’re fully embodied and aligned, new options will emerge instead — shifting you from knee-jerk reactions to presence, discernment, and choice.
You’ll be completely tuned into your body and its connection to your mind and spirit, and fully aware of its sensations and feelings. You’ll move from your current shape to an entirely new one— and within this commitment, you’ll see and feel life more fully
Through somatic opening processes, wisdom teachings, practices, reflections, and more, you’ll free yourself to uncover the highest vision for your life.
You’ll learn foundational embodied skills like centered request and boundaries, mutual connection — as you deepen trust and authenticity.
At the end of these four days, you’ll walk away with a holistic plan, a declaration for your life based on what you long for most — the conditions of satisfaction that must be met to live authentically.
Your declaration worksheet will help you continue making it happen every day, and you’ll understand exactly how to continue measuring your progress…
This illuminating 4-day course is
especially for you if you’re:
- A coach or consultant who sees life as it is and as it could be — and feels called to bridge the gap for your clients
- A social entrepreneur, nonprofit professional, organizer, or civic leader who’s striving to bring out the greatness in those you serve
- A healer, educator, parent, or other caretaker who needs to stay centered as you support others
- A mission-driven business leader and high performer seeking greater performance, profit, and impact
- Growth-minded and in transition — and ready for more clarity, focus, and ease in your life and work
Join us and deepen into a somatic sensibility as you discover the skills and practices to continue on toward your most powerful visions and deepest values, every single day.
Learning From the Wisdom of the Body with Dara Silverman
During this 4-day in-person event, you’ll:
- Set a personal declaration for what you long for most
- Be guided through somatic practices to align your actions towards your virtues of authenticity, integrity, confidence, and centeredness
- Raise somatic awareness of yourself and others
- Practice centering and learn to return to center quicker, even under stress and duress
- Understand the link between body and transformation, and expand your transformation approaches beyond the intellectual
- Develop lifelong tools to support this transformational journey, and any others that follow in your future
- Learn centered boundaries, requests, and the body-based ability to navigate complexity
- Understand how you have been shaped by personal, community, and social experiences and how to work with this shaping
- Learn both individual and collective practices that deepen your ability to be centered under pressure, create mutual connection, navigate conflict and increase trust
- Explore how to more effectively coordinate with others toward your mutual goals
- Discover how to give and receive somatic assessments that deepen relationship and uplift what you and others care about
- And more…
What You’ll Discover During This Life-Changing
4-Day In-Person Event
You’ll create a declaration, or statement of vision, toward the future you want as you align your vision with your daily actions.
Each training session features in-depth teaching, guided exercises, interactive training, and practices — including with partners — you can apply right away.
The Strozzi Institute’s 45-year old somatic methodology combines elements of mindfulness, action-oriented communication, martial arts, bodywork, and neuroscience to produce sustainable change…
Graduates of this transformative course embody the virtues of authenticity, integrity, accountability, confidence, and a centered presence.
Through embodiment, you become your powerful vision.
Four Days of Live, In-Person Wisdom Teachings, Trainings & Practices
May 12-15, 2022
These intimate, immersive training sessions are held:
9am to 5:30pm Eastern Thursday through Saturday,
and 9am to 4pm Eastern on Sunday
The Body is the Domain for Learning
In this opening session, you’ll:
- Reflect on and share your declaration
- Discover how the Self is indistinguishable from the body
- Learn to be present with others, open to possibility, connected to Self — and connected to what you care about
- Declare the Dojo (from a Sanskrit word meaning “place of awakening”) as a place of learning that will include your teacher, fellow learners, and practices
- Discover the value of a Kata (a series of moves)
- Move through guided partner practices including Standing Centering Practice (communal standing Somatic grounding), Walk in Walk Out, Hand on Chest, and more
- And much more…
The 3 Circles — The Core Components for Embodied
You’ll begin your second day centering in action. You’ll discover The Three Circles, a cognitive framework to help you track and understand the many changes and transformations that will take place over the next three days…
You’ll also receive deep attention training as you learn the ancient roots, modern neuroscientific discoveries, and health benefits of sitting, meditation, and more. (If you’re already initiated into your own path with a teacher, you’re free to practice your own form of meditation.)
You’ll also discover how your body holds the sum total of your history — your adaptations, practices, resiliencies, and more.
On this second day, you’ll discover:
- How to uncover your reactions and and stressors when you’re under pressure
- Why and how we’re all fundamentally built to adapt so we can seek safety, belonging and love, and dignity
- How your longings, commitments, and what has been broken lives within the tissues of your body — and how you can observe it all, and take action
- The three common reactions you might experience in relation to power, pressure, and stress
- The true meaning of a somatic assessment
- How to give and receive assessments to help develop others, guiding them in becoming less reactive and more trusting — so you can build powerful purposeful teams and organizations
- New partner practices (including Arm Extension), plus powerful small group work
- And more…
The Rhythm of Excitement — Conditions of Satisfaction
Today you’ll discover how to take coordinated, effective action toward a shared vision.
Your teacher will take you through an entire cycle of action as you grasp techniques to help you learn from mistakes and adapt to changes as you move forward.
You’ll receive large-group coaching to help you deepen, learn, and embody transformation.
You’ll be guided to ask questions of yourself, including, What is something you want to promise to say yes to? What is an offer that you need to make to fulfill your declaration? What is an even bolder offer? And more…
On the third day, you’ll explore:
- The conditions of satisfaction, including taking actions toward the fulfillment of your declaration
- How to become a committed listener who incorporates both support and accountability
- How space represents your world and how to own the space as soon as you walk in a room
- The competencies you must embody as a leader
- The true meaning of sustainable business — embodying and acting from your values
- New guided practices including shoulder massage, deeper partner work, and becoming centered in chaos
- And more…
New Shape, New Actions, New Future
On your final day, you’ll ask yourself, What’s your good news? What’s changing in you?
As you get clear on how to take all you’ve learned out into your daily life, you’ll make plenty of space for gratitude and celebration.
You’ll participate in a practice to appreciate someone in life who’s love, support, or efforts have allowed you to be here — and let them know you appreciate them publicly.
As you become clear on your virtues and values, you’ll also speak about the virtues of someone you can never repay.
On this closing day, you’ll:
- Explore the Arc of Transformation as a framework for understanding the changes you’re experiencing — and how to deepen and continue after the course
- Become equipped to continue on toward your declaration after you head back home — including the predictable hopes and challenges to look out for
- Move through practices with a new partner, including an exercise to decipher your virtues — and appreciate each other’s virtues, too
- Write a card to send yourself six weeks from now — what do you want to remind yourself of?
- Choose an accountability practice partner to text daily for the next month
- And much more…
Here’s What You’ll Receive when you register for Embodied Transformation with Strozzi Somatics:
Receive depth teachings, guided practices, partner work, demonstrations, and interactive small and large group sessions.
In addition to the guided sessions, you’ll receive practices, exercises, and “assignments,” to deepen your experience and skills long after you return home.
Revisit your work at any time.
Learn how to incorporate bodywork into your daily practice.
In addition to the community you form with fellow participants, Strozzi Institute also offers a free, online community, the SOMA Community, where you can connect with and learn from other somatic enthusiasts all over the world.
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What students are saying about Strozzi Somatics:
“There’s no better place to learn & practice these skills than with the Strozzi Institute’s community of teachers and practitioners.”
“The instruction, coaching, and encouragement to be in a community of practice deepened my somatic awareness and continued to support my own embodied change, for the sake of liberation and love with power. I need – we need – this embodied competency to meet this moment. There’s no better place to learn & practice these skills than with the Strozzi Institute’s community of teachers and practitioners.”
— Caitlin Brune
“The masterful instructors were authentic…”
“This class was a godsend for me… The masterful instructors were authentic, making it safe for everyone to show up in whatever mood or place they were in. I learned several practices that are helping me live out my commitments in the world.”
— Rebecca Glenn
“It was dramatically different than anything I had experienced before.”
“We wanted a game changer for accelerating our high performing teams and our leadership team. I’ve worked with a lot of different leadership programs and the Strozzi Institute’s is the one that works. It was dramatically different than anything I had experienced before. It’s their ability to connect the mind, language, action, and the body into sustainable practices. And we were able to see actual true change in a very short amount of time. It deeply resonated with our teams in a meaningful and authentic way.”
— John Pershing, SVP HR Ascena Retail Group
“The execution and the team has been the most professional I have ever seen.”
“I loved it! It was very profound and subtle at the same time. The execution and the team has been the most professional I have ever seen. Humanity, values, care, love were always at the foreground. I feel humbled and grateful to have been part of this experience.”
— Tania Fichtner, Director at Tajo Consulting (Mexico City, Mexico)
Edith Macy Center is a unique retreat venue, located on over 400 acres of lush New York nature that includes over 5 miles of marked walking trails. Your experience at our Our Conference Center will be one that includes escaping from the day to day distractions. You will enjoy a serene and relaxed environment in which to cultivate growth and learning. https://www.edithmacy.com
All your meals for the program, starting with Wednesday night at Dinner through Sunday afternoon.
Morning and afternoon snacks at breaks Thursday through Sunday. Let us know of any dietary restrictions you have in your registration form.
Overnight accommodation from Wednesday night to check out Sunday morning.
What’s Not Included?
* Travel to the venue.
* Incidentals (bar charges, etc)
When to Arrive and How to get there.
From Airports. LaGuardia and JFK just under an hour from Edith macy. Newark Airport about an hour form Edith Macy. White Plains Airport is about 30 minutes form Edith Macy
From Train Stations. Metro North to Chappaqua Train station is closest. ( 10 minute drive from Chappaqua station to Edith Macy) there is a taxi stand and Ubers are also available. The ride is usually about $13-15 plus tip.
For Car Service, airport pick ups, etc, we recommend MTC transportation. They give all our customers/grousp special pricing. https://www.mtclimousine.com
Please know that the Strozzi Institute scholarship program is a tuition reduction program. The highest amount awarded is a 40- 50% discount. It is highly competitive, needs-based, and is focused on being the most effective. Therefore it is prioritized to support traditionally marginalized communities with regard to race, sexual identity, and socioeconomics. Scholarship applications can be submitted up until 8 weeks before the course date so please apply early. Applications are reviewed and awarded with the intention to make the biggest impact. Scholarship awards will be communicated via email 1 week after the close of the application process. Awards can not be used in conjunction with other discount offers. Scholarship details.
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Meet Your Teachers
Maggie Williams is a Lead Teacher and somatic coach with Strozzi Institute (SI). Her areas of focus include how social conditions shape us, how we cultivate more individual and collective resilience, and how somatics can support values-aligned parenting.
Prior to working with SI, Maggie co-founded and co-directed The Advocacy Institute, an organization that trains social justice and movement building groups to lead more effective legislative campaigns. Before co-founding the Advocacy Institute, Maggie worked in the New York State Senate and as an advocate on criminal legal issues.
Maggie began with somatics at the Strozzi Institute in 2011 and became a certified somatic coach in 2012. She has studied with generative somatics, worked with clients one-on-one, and led a process to integrate somatics into staff development at the Advocacy Institute.
Most of Maggie’s time is spent exploring the wilds of Brooklyn with her greatest somatics teachers – two fully-embodied tiny humans.
Dara Silverman is a long-time organizer, writer and trainer who has been building movements for economic, racial, gender and social justice for over 20 years. She is a Director at PowerLabs, a consultancy that helps social change organizations build people-powered campaigns that win real changes. Dara was the Founding Director of Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ), a national network of white people taking action for racial justice. Dara supports leaders to be in the movement for the long haul.
Dara has been coaching with individuals and groups for four years. She is a certified Somatic Coach through the Strozzi Institute and was trained in coaching with Coaching for Transformation. Dara has been teaching yoga, self and community care for eight years. She lives in Beacon, NY where she is building resistance and community.
Tesfaye Tekelu is co-founder of two non-profit organizations: Aikido Ethiopia and Awassa Youth Campus (which works with youth empowerment, conflict-resolution, gender equality and HIV awareness in Ethiopia) and Institute for Social Advancement (which works in education, in the US and Southern Africa).
Tesfaye is responsible for introducing Aikido in East Africa, and currently holds a second degree black belt. Prior to moving to the US in 2010, Tesfaye served as Executive Director for AYC and as head instructor for Aikido Ethiopia (AE) for six years. He is still actively engaged in both organizations as a Board member and program coordinator. He also served as a circus and theater leader and Finance head from 2002-2005 at the Hawassa Children’s Center in Hawassa, Ethiopia, where he organized, performed and lead the circus and theater group tours throughout Ethiopia.
Anjali Sawhney is a Certified Integral Life Coach, New Ventures West (2005) & a trained international Leadership Embodiment Teacher (based on Aikido and Mindfulness, 2010). She has been studying & working with the Strozzi Institute since 2018 including participating in numerous in person and online teaching teams. She has coached & led workshops for hundreds of individuals & teams including those untapped in the non-profit, corporate, & educational sectors. In the recent past, she worked with Van Jones & The Dream Corps’ Social Justice initiatives & earlier she was a Director of Product Development at Charles Schwab & Company.
About Strozzi Institute
What is Strozzi Somatics?
Strozzi Institute is a network of dedicated teachers with advanced training in somatics theory and practice. We provide an evolving methodology that assesses culturally conditioned tendencies and uses the body and shaping — a term to describe how we physically hold and embody conditioning, even when it doesn’t align with our values — to support long-lasting transformation for individuals and the collective.
At Strozzi Institute, our goal is to empower individuals and the collective to recognize and move through conditioned tendencies and historical shaping that restrain growth and to identify and hold consciously chosen values front and center. We provide training and tools that utilize the body and somatic practices to support embodiment of life-giving visions and values to achieve transformation and true desires.
Over 50 years, we’ve fine-tuned a unique and powerful methodology that reliably produces sustained change. Strozzi Somatics teaches the “how” in actualizing the best leadership and coaching ideas, theories, and intentions — not just for individuals, but for coaches, teams, and companies around the world.
Strozzi Institute’s methodologies empower transformational change through the body.
Strozzi Institute is the creator of embodied leadership—a unique, neuroscience-based approach that integrates mindfulness, action-oriented communication, martial arts, and generative conflict training to prepare leaders, coaches, and teams to meet today’s biggest challenges.
Over 50 Years of Experience
Our unique and powerful embodied leadership methodology positions us as the leading institution shaping executives, teams, and leaders toward mastery in their business. We have over 50 years of experience in delivering innovative programs to a diversity of organizations around the globe that include Fortune 500, large governmental agencies, small businesses, B-corps, NGOs, sustainable business visionaries, multinational companies, and budding entrepreneurs.