A 5-Day In-Person Training Event
With Experienced Strozzi Teachers
April 6 – 10, 2022
Increase the width, depth, and breadth of your skills. Achieve a deeper transformation for yourself and your clients.
The Somatic Bodywork Seminar Level Two course is an expansion of the fundamentals of bodywork that is taught in Somatic Bodywork Seminar Level One.
To move a client through sustained change and transformation, it is essential to incorporate the body.
Working with and through the body creates the space for what wants to come to life in emotions, desires, commitment, longing, and life goals.
It also allows the client to be a stronger observer of how their conditioned tendency keeps them from a fulfilled life, and how the conditioned tendency is also a valuable informant into the emotional life and the healthy expression of needs.
In this course, you will learn how the soma holds our evolutionary thrust towards wholeness, complexity, interconnectedness, and love — and how to free these virtues from habituated contractions.
This course is designed for:
- those who want to make bodywork a more established and centered part of their coaching practice
- those who want to be able to offer a greater transformation to their clients
- those who really want to focus on their own greater transformation
What to Expect Out of Your Time in Petaluma:
In the morning sessions, we will:
- Experience different somatic shapes that are connected to our emotional, psychological, energetic, and spiritual lives
- Explore how to work with these shapes with our clients
- Observe a live demonstration by one of the teachers
- Take part in a question and answer period to help you obtain a fuller understanding of the material you’ve learned
In the afternoon, we will:
- Work with these distinctions with a fellow student as client and bodyworker
- Receive feedback on your shape, openings and transformation, quality of touch, presence, and connection.
- Learn and grow with each other in a supportive and embracing environment powerful way to heal old wounds, allowing one to be more present with themselves, their environment, and those around them
We Promise You Will…
- Develop authentic presence that evokes trust, safety, and ground
- Practice methods of touch, breath, gesture, and conversation
- Deepen your Strozzi Institute Somatic Coaching skills and techniques
- Understand Sites of Shaping and Somatic Anatomy
- Master the Arc of Transformation as a process
- Stay “centered” during various emotional states of others
- Expand your ability to be with people through their openings
- Deepen listening, feeling, and compassion for the issues of your clients
- Keener observation and somatic assessment skills
- Qualities and ethics of touch
- Deepen your embodiment and ability to transform through the body powerful way to heal old wounds, allowing one to be more present with themselves, their environment, and those around them
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What students are saying about Strozzi Somatics:
“She presents things with extraordinary clarity…”
“Staci Haines is one of the best teachers I’ve ever encountered. She creates a safe and engaging space in which to explore and learn. And, Staci has a very grounded and warm presence, she presents things with extraordinary clarity, and she responds to inquiries and offers demos with the utmost respect and care. In addition, the content and somatic practices of the course complement each other beautifully and have the power to be transformational.”
— Misty Perez Truedson
“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)
This course is offered at the Strozzi Institute dojo (which means “place of training” in traditional Japanese arts) located on a 13-acre ranch in the rolling hills of Petaluma, California.
Organic meals (with vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options), sourced and prepared locally, are provided for lunches during all training days. Transportation and lodging are not included. See our recommended lodging options for our Petaluma location here.
Yes. Successful completion of either our foundational course, Embodied Transformation (formerly Embodied Leadership) or completion of School of Embodied Leadership (SOEL) is required.
The Strozzi Institute scholarship program is a tuition reduction program with the highest amount awarded being 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 or transferred to other coursework.
Click here to apply for a Scholarship.
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.
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Meet Your Teacher
Staci K. Haines is a national leader in the field of Somatics, specializing in intersecting personal and social change. She has worked extensively with organizational leaders, including corporate executives, non-profits, and social entrepreneurs. She is a senior teacher at Strozzi Institute and the Director of Methodology, having studied and worked with Strozzi Institute since 1995.
Staci is the co-founder of generative somatics, a multiracial social justice organization bringing somatics to social and environmental justice leaders, organizations, and alliances. She is also the originator of Somatics and Trauma, and leads courses teaching psychologists, social change leaders, and other practitioners to effectively transform the impact of individual and social trauma and violence.
Staci is the author of The Politics of Trauma: Somatics, Healing and Social Justice (North Atlantic Press 2019) and Healing Sex: A Mind Body Approach to Healing Sexual Trauma (Cleis 1999, 2007). Healing Sex has been nationally recognized and translated into German, Japanese and Spanish. She also released the video Healing Sex (SIR Productions 2004). Lastly, Staci is the founder of generationFIVE, a community leadership organization whose mission is to end the sexual abuse of children within five generations.
About Strozzi Institute
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.