Somatic Bodywork Seminar Level One
The Somatic Bodywork Seminar Level One is designed to teach the fundamentals of Strozzi Institute Somatic Bodywork. You will practice and learn how to use touch, breath, sound, movement, and gestures to assist a client through sustainable change and transformation. Whether you’re a coach, therapist, counselor, someone who manages and leads others, or you're engaged in your personal change and transformation, this course is relevant for you. Working with the body is a direct and immediate way to see how our historical conditioned ways of being limit us, as well as a path to free ourselves from these limitations.   

In this seminar you will increase your ability to observe the body and soma in ways that make you a more effective coach, bodyworker, and leader. You will experience how the self and body are intimately linked together; and that by working with and through the body you will experience new ways to work with the issues of your client. You will learn techniques, moves, and timing that will help someone move towards their goals and fulfillment; you will develop your perception to see your client in a more holistic, comprehensive way; you will develop a presence that engenders trust, mutuality, and connection with your client. In addition, you will learn how Somatic Bodywork is a powerful way to heal old wounds, allowing you to be more present with yourself, others, and your life.

Every morning will start with embodied mindfulness practices to embody the skills of presence, empathy, connection, and an open heart. We will face into what we need to cultivate as practitioners and how to embrace the concerns of others with clear-eyed compassion. We will have a talk and discussion about the history and theory of Somatic Bodywork. Next, there will be a demonstration by one of the teachers followed by a question and answer period. In the afternoon, a teacher will lead you through a practice session with a fellow student and you will then change roles and have the session done with you. On the last day, you will have an unguided session with a fellow student in which you will be both roles of bodyworker and client.

At all times, teachers will be present to help you develop your Strozzi Institute Somatic Bodywork competence and distinction. You will also receive feedback on your shape, openings and transformation, quality of touch, presence, and connection. It is a great learning environment to be in together.
What We Promise
Introduce distinctions of armoring, breath, touch
Develop the observer of the body that you are
Develop the observer of the bodies that others are
Introduce Somatic Bodywork techniques
Build relevance of Strozzi Institute Somatic Bodywork to physical self, psychological self, and action
Quality Teachers
We have the most rigorous standards for our teachers of any leadership training organization. We deliver on the promises of embodied leadership in action, assuring a level of mastery on behalf of our teachers.
Richard Strozzi-Heckler
Liu Hoi-Man
Lisa Thomas-Adeyemo
Course Details

Location
The course is offered on a 13-acre ranch in the rolling hills of Petaluma, California. The Strozzi Institute’s training site is a dojo, which means "place of training" in traditional Japanese arts.

Transportation, Lodging, and Food
Organic meals (with vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options), sourced and prepared locally, are provided for continental breakfasts and lunches during all training days. Transportation and lodging are not included. Recommended lodging options

Pre-requisite
No prerequisite. We highly recommend Embodied Leadership Level One, the first program in our Embodied Leadership Pathway.


Cost
The cost of the course is $1,950.

Scholarships
Strozzi Institute is committed to making our courses as available and accessible as possible. We offer a limited number of scholarships to students. Scholarship details

For Teams and Companies
If you are interested in bringing our Somatic Bodywork Seminars to your team or company, please fill out the interest form on our Teams & Companies page.
Register Now
You can pay the full $1,950 tuition now, or pay a non-refundable $500 deposit and then pay the outstanding tuition no later than 30 days before the course.
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