Somatics, Trauma, and Resilience:
Healing in Our Times 

A Live Online Course
October 29, 2020–January 21, 2021

Sliding Scale for COVID-19 Frontline Workers and Social Justice Organizers

Led by Staci K. Haines
with guest teachers

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How do we navigate times of so much pressure and trauma? Can we use them to continue healing and also be in skillful action?

Collectively we are being impacted by numerous things, and in distinct ways: COVID-19, financial upheaval, the impact of ongoing oppression, being called to social change, and the upcoming U.S. elections, alongside our other personal experiences.

So many of us are feeling thrown out of our depth, off-center, anxious, or confused about the future. But, it’s possible to use this upheaval to engage in our own healing, learning, and growth.

In Somatics, Trauma, and Resilience: Healing in Our Times, you will discover a trusted methodology for understanding personal and systemic trauma, building resilience, and engaging in healing. 

Join us to Explore Trauma Healing Through Somatics

This 10-session, live online course is designed to help you regenerate a sense of safety from the inside out, deepen resilience, and distinguish it from survival strategies.

Somatics, Trauma, and Resilience: Healing in Our Times will introduce you to a somatic understanding of the individual and systemic causes of trauma, their impacts, and ways to cultivate resilience, and holistically heal.

In this ten-session online course, we will explore the core needs of safety, belonging, and dignity, and how we adapt when these are hurt and threatened. We see healing and action as connected, and will delve into this intersection.

This course is led by Staci K. Haines, a lead teacher of Somatics and Trauma methodology, and author of The Politics of Trauma: Somatics, Healing, and Social Justice

The program will also include optional small group Coaching Circles that will meet for 4 sessions, to deepen and integrate the weekly online program.

Course Benefits
Here are some of the benefits you will experience as a result of participating in the Somatics, Trauma, and Resilience: Healing in Our Times:
Discover why the body is essential to the trauma healing process
Explore the core needs of safety, belonging, and dignity, and how we adapt when these are hurt and threatened
Learn to regenerate a sense of safety from the inside out
Address the understandable sense of shame after trauma
Learn practices that trauma didn’t teach us like centered boundaries, holding your own and others needs and perspectives, and navigating complexity and contradictions
Deepen resilience and distinguish it from survival strategies
Course Materials and Resources

Somatics, Trauma, and Resilience is a live, interactive online course with optional Coaching Circles hosted on the Thinkific learning platform. The robust curriculum introduces methodology and practices each session.

The course consists of ten two-hour live teaching sessions that take place on Thursdays from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM PT. Each session will build upon the next. We’ll ask you to be in daily and weekly somatic practices, and there will be reading and writing reflections throughout the program. You will get to sign up for an optional small group Coaching Circle at registration.

When you register for the training, you will receive the following resources to help you bring the principles of Somatics, Trauma, and Resilience: Healing in Our Times into your life:

  • 20 hours of online teaching sessions spread over 10 sessions
  • Recordings of all webinars,  available after the live session
  • Weekly course handouts, worksheets, videos, and homework assignments for your learning and reflection between sessions
  • Interactive content discussions with course teachers, coaches, and other participants via the Thinkific online learning platform
Optional Coaching Circles
As a special add-on offer, we're offering small-group coaching circles that will meet for four 90-minute sessions

We highly recommend joining a small-group circle led by somatic coaches skilled in trauma healing. Coaching Circles support your learning and healing, as well as provide a small group for connection and community during the course. This popular offer—available on a first-come, first-serve basis—provides:

  • A space to connect and build community
  • A space to practice together
  • Skilled somatic coaches help to deepen the course work, and support you
  • A place to learn, heal, support and be supported

You will be offered the chance to join a Coaching Circle at registration.

Ten 2-Hour Live Teaching Sessions on Thursdays from 5–7PM PT

SESSION #1 - October 29

Why is the Body Essential in Healing Trauma?

Learn how we are wired to survive, as well as heal.

Discover why embodied processes are essential to feel, change and sustain.


SESSION #2 - November 5

Resilience: Individual and Collective 

Like our survival strategies, resilience is also inherent. Discover the differences between the two.

Cultivate resilience that allows for more aliveness and supports healing. 


SESSION #3 - November 12

What is Trauma? Part I: Deepen into a Somatic Understanding 

Explore the impacts of trauma, and how we react and adapt to navigate these experiences.

Learn to work with, rather than against, these survival strategies.


SESSION #4 - November 19

What is Trauma? Part II: From the Individual to the Systemic

Learn how it is essential to have a broader and systemic understanding of causes of trauma to address both its impacts and healing.

See the connections between personal and systemic transformation.


SESSION #5 - December 3

Safety, Belonging, Dignity: Open New Choices

Understanding safety from the inside out and outside in.

Learn new skills to regenerate safety.


SESSION #6 - December 10

Blending: Working With Trauma Responses 

Learn to recognize embodied patterns of contractions and numbness and work with them effectively. 

Discover how to allow the natural and protective responses to process through the body/mind/emotions.


SESSION #7 - December 17

Emotional Capacity: Expand through Healing

Learn the difference between embodied emotions and catharsis.

Discover how being more skilled emotionally serves our lives, relationships, and work in the world.


SESSION #8 - January 7

Shame: A Somatic Approach

Somatics understands that shame, as difficult as it is, oddly serves a protective function as well. 

Learn an embodied process of healing shame.


SESSION #9 - January 14

Embodied Choices: Skills Trauma Doesn’t Teach Us

Engage and befriend the skills that trauma has taught us, and develop more choice in them.

Learn centered boundaries, accountability that doesn't collapse or blame, and more.


SESSION #10 - January 21

Integration and Connecting Personal and Social Change

We’ll spend this last session diving into questions and integration. We’ll also explore the connections between personal and social change.

This course will invite your own process of healing, as well as give you tools in working with others. Because it is a virtual program, and we cannot support you at the level that we can during in-person courses, we ask that you also have other support. This can be friends and community, a coach competent in trauma healing, or a therapist, based on your need. 

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What people say about Embodied Leadership Training with Strozzi Institute
"The Somatics, Trauma, and Resilience course I took with Staci Haines was very powerful because she is a gifted trainer and her approach is so holistic. It felt like something deep within me got integrated. Part of what made it so powerful is the way in which Staci links the work of healing to our respective core commitments."
-Rachel E. Luft, Associate Professor, Seattle University
"I had forgotten what it feels like to accept and feel safety and support in my body. I now have practices to welcome those in and assess trauma with more ground."
- Owen Karcher, Art Therapist, Madison, WI
"Working with Staci continues to change the course of both my personal development, as well as my coaching with clients. As a women’s leadership advocate, I am a big stand for greater freedom and empowerment – it's now crystal clear to me what a big role trauma healing plays. I am profoundly grateful for the simple, clear and disarming way Staci tackles even the toughest topics like systemic oppression within our diverse learning community."
- LeeAnn Mallorie, CEO, Leading in Motion, Author, Guts & Grace
"I am blown away. The arc of learning, the pedagogy, the percentage of experiential and intellectual learning, the activities, the appropriate amount of breaks, the thoughtfulness about race, etc were all incredible. I learned something new about myself at almost every single activity. I gathered so many beautiful practices to try with my beloved and with my coach! Several days after, I am noticing a huge difference in my choice making, my compassion for my comrades, and most amazingly- my willingness to blend graciously with myself."

- Ilana Lerman, Spiritual & Cultural Organizer, Jewish Voice for Peace

Meet Your Teachers
Lead Teacher: Staci K. Haines

Staci K. Haines is a national leader in the field of Somatics, specializing in intersecting personal and social change. Staci is the co-founder of generative somatics, a multiracial social justice organization bringing somatics to social and climate justice leaders and organizations. She specializes in Somatics and Trauma, and leads programs for healers, therapists, and social change leaders to transform the impact of individual and social trauma and violence. Her new book The Politics of Trauma: Somatics, Healing and Social Justice (North Atlantic Books 2019) is based on that work. Read Full Bio

Guest Teacher: Prentis Hemphill

Prentis Hemphill is a genderqueer and Texan-born healer, movement facilitator, Somatics teacher, and writer living and working at the convergence of healing, individual and collective transformation, and political organizing. Read Full Bio

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