Somatics, Trauma & Resilience

A 4-Day In-Person Course

June 27 – 30, 2024 in Oakland, CA

with Staci K. Haines, Erika Lyla
Namiko Uno, and Wendy Haines

Successful completion of our in-person course, Embodied Transformationis a prerequisite. If you have not completed this course, you can learn more about Embodied Transformation here.

Move through somatic practices to address and release old traumas so you’ll have more choice in your responses under pressure — as you heal from within, and cultivate your own sense of safety and resilience.

How is trauma holding you back?

Is it firing off protective survival reactions under pressure — even when there’s no threat present at all?

Is it pinning you to old belief systems that are sabotaging your progress toward your desires for the future?

Would you like to set your trauma-founded reactions aside — and gently coax new responses forward… to empower yourself toward new, desired experiences?

Our Soma is predictably affected by trauma, shame, and survival reactions. These reflexes (like fight or flight, for example) are triggered by embodied conditioning that comes from trauma…

The way we embody trauma is part of our shape — for individuals and groups.

Collective somas —  the embodied beliefs, culture, norms, and dynamics of a group — include behaviors created by socially inflicted trauma… when safety, dignity, or belonging were threatened. 

Understanding our body-first trauma-based reactions that cause imbalances, and practicing new responses, give us choice in how we respond under pressure. This process changes our individual and collective shaping to better align with our values.

As you’ll discover, resolving trauma requires repetition and practice to transform the experiences that built it…

Join us for Somatics, Trauma & Resilience, a transformational course for leaders and coaches, designed and led by Staci K. Haines, Strozzi Institute Lead Teacher and author of The Politics of Trauma: Somatics, Healing and Social Justice.

Over four days, Staci will guide you to address your existing traumas and practice transformative tools for healing and resilience.

You’ll learn to identify when trauma is playing a role in a client’s experience, how to guide them yourself, or when a trauma specialist is needed…

What You’ll Receive in this Powerful
4-Day Intensive:

Whether you’re an individual looking for a way to confront and overcome your own trauma, or a coach or leader seeking to hone skills and develop tools to support others in their journey — you’ll work through the body to address and overcome historical patterns of behavior caused by trauma. This includes your deepest internalized reactions, including shame, distrust, dissociation, and a need to protect.

Staci’s 4-day intensive course is for coaches, leaders, and individuals who want to increase their own resilience, support their clients’ healing, and successfully address deeper aspects of transformation. 

Transformation is the ability to take new actions aligned with your values and vision — even under the same old pressures.

Somatics understands the workings of both individual and social trauma. Throughout this course, you’ll increase resilience, transform survival reactions into new choices, and learn to “blend” with things that have long been withheld — so they can complete and mend. 

Learn to somatically recognize and cultivate resilience — to support a sense of wholeness, choice, and possibility.

During these four days, you will:

  • Deeply explore the short and long-term impacts of trauma on the mind, body, emotions, and relationships

  • Learn to regenerate a sense of safety from the inside out

  • Address the understandable sense of shame after trauma

  • Develop a step-by-step process to transform shame to forgiveness (especially of self), centered accountability (rather than over or under accountable), and holding complexity

  • Assess your own competence with healing trauma — to confidently know when to engage further support or refer a client or team member to a trauma specialist

  • Develop practices for yourself or clients to sustain healing and choice, and generate safety and trusting connection with others

  • Cultivate resilience, assess development needs, and address reactions that can stem from older wounds — including shame, a need to prove yourself, or an inability to take feedback 

  • Learn to “blend” with your long-held beliefs and reactions to support mending and completion

  • Recognize conditioned tendencies that stem from trauma, and learn to take new actions aligned with your values and vision — even under the same familiar pressures

  • Explore daily practices to resource resilience from within — and empower yourself and your clients to call upon self-healing power to face and heal past trauma 

Four Days of In-Person Wisdom Teachings,
Interactive Demos & Body-Based Practices

June 27 – 30, 2024
Nile Hall in Oakland's Historic Preservation Park
233 Preservation Park Way
Oakland, CA

This course is held: 

8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday – Saturday
 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday

To give yourself enough time to arrive, check-in, and ground, plan on arriving no later than 8:30 a.m. each morning for a 9:00 a.m. start. For the final day, we suggest that you be generous with yourself as you say goodbye and plan to exit by 5:00 p.m.

Day 1

Transforming Individual & Social Trauma

  • Welcome, container-setting and introductions
  • Opening practices
  • Defining resilience
  • Practices to access your resilience
  • Somatic resilience through storytelling
  • A somatic definition of trauma
  • Closing practice for resilience

Day 2

Leveraging Your Courage Towards Healing

  • Opening practices to support consent

  • Regenerating Safety Theory — Skills for protection and defense

  • The Safety Blend Theory and demonstration

  • Safety Blend practice with a partner

  • Closing practice and resilience homework

Day 3

What the Collective Body Needs

  • Opening practices for making requests

  • The theory of Shame Lite and storytelling

  • The show points of Somatic Bodywork

  • Practice with a partner

  • Closing practice and resilience homework

Day 4

Somatic Alliance & Centered Accountability

  • Centered Yes opening practice
  • Centered Accountability practice: Over/Under vs. Centered
  • Review the Somatic Arc and Healing process
  • Somatic Alliance demonstration
  • Somatic Alliance practice in groups of three
  • Next steps and completion of Somatics, Trauma & Resilience

Successful completion of our Embodied Transformation course is the required first step of the journey. If you have not completed this course, you can learn more here.

Course Tuition – $2250

2-Pay Plan

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3-Pay Plan

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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)


The cost for this 4 day course is $2250, which includes four (4) full days of instruction, course materials, and lunch on each course day. Tuition does not include lodging or transportation to and from the venue.

Payment plans are available.


This course will be held in Nile Hall in Oakland’s Historic Preservation Park.

The address is 1233 Preservation Park Way, Oakland, CA 94612

Healthy 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.


Yes. Successful completion of either our in-person foundational course, Embodied Transformation (formerly Embodied Leadership) or completion of School of Embodied Leadership (SOEL) is required.

The foundational work covered in our prerequisite course supports the integrity of our methodology and prepares our participants for advanced work.  

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.

 Read our Cancellation and Transfer Policy here.

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Successful completion of our Embodied Transformation course is a prerequisite. If you have not completed this course, you can learn more about Embodied Transformation here.

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Meet Your Teachers

Staci K. Haines has been experimenting at the intersections of personal and social transformation for the last 30 years through the work of somatics, trauma healing, embodied leadership, and transformative justice. Staci is the author of “The Politics of Trauma: Somatics, Healing, and Social Justice” (North Atlantic Books 2019) and “Healing Sex: A Mind Body Approach to Healing Sexual Trauma” (Cleis 1999, 2007), which has been translated into German, Japanese and Spanish.

Staci is a leader in the field of Somatics focusing on how it can bring transformative capacity to social and climate justice movements, and help to heal the impacts of trauma and oppression.  She runs programs and teacher training, and partners with social change organizations.

She is the co-founder, and prior executive director, of generative somatics, a multiracial social justice capacity building organization. She is a senior teacher at Strozzi Institute, a core contributor to that methodology, and co-leads their teacher development. In 1999 Staci founded generationFIVE, a non-profit whose mission is to end the sexual abuse of children within five generations, using transformative justice approaches.

Erika Lyla is a Somatic Coach and Bodyworker with a practice in Oakland, CA (unceded Ohlone territory), and also teaches with generative somatics and Strozzi Institute.

Erika works with people to reveal their power, potential, and purpose. She guides with love and laughter towards life grounded in authenticity and shaped by dream. She’s been training groups and individuals in social and emotional development as well as creating and launching social emotional programs for over 15 years.

Erika holds a Master’s Degree in Social Welfare from UC Berkeley and specializes in working with people facing psychiatric crises, survivors of sexual violence, and individuals healing from complex trauma. She has also worked with school-age children as an after-school teacher and program director.

She continues to offer healing for individuals and communities as we collectively move towards liberation. In her free time, Erika loves family time, camping, snowboarding, hiking, paddle boarding, and delicious food.

Namiko Uno (she/they) is a a politicized somatic coach and somatic bodyworker. They are passionate about healing trauma through the body, building more equitable and just futures, and living a joyful life in service to Spirit. Namiko identifies as a bi-racial, cis gender, queer woman of color, with white-passing and currently able-bodied privileges living on unceded Ohlone land (Oakland, California). Namiko’s personal and professional lineages hold many contradictions, she seeks to hold these complexities with skill and compassion.

Namiko is a certified somatic coach through Strozzi Institute and the International Coaching Federation. She is on the teaching team at Strozzi Institute, and holds a MA in Global Development & Gender Studies, a BS in Communication, Ethnic Studies, and Psychology, and is a 300-hr RYT in hatha, restorative yoga, yin yoga, and yoga nidra traditions. Prior to walking an intentional path of somatics, Namiko worked at the intersection of the arts & social justice organizing, produced international leadership conferences, and led coaching initiatives at mental health startups.

In addition to coaching and teaching somatics, you can find Namiko practicing qigong, studying reiki, communing with the trees, swimming in a body of water, dancing with loved ones, organizing a community healing event, befriending a random dog, and doing absolutely nothing. Her offerings are available at

Wendy Haines has 16 years of transformational coaching experience, is certified with the International Coaching Federation, is a Certified Somatic Coach through the Stozzi Institute and is a member of the Strozzi Institute Teacher Training Program.

Wendy has a passion to create positive impact in the world ~ a visionary leader who calls out the best in people with a gift for bringing possibility to life.  Wendy works with committed individuals who are ready to partner to achieve a life they love.

Since 2003, as Founder of Illumine Education, Wendy creates and facilitates workshops in the arenas of Success, Purpose, Vision, Effective Action and more. Whether her clients are a top level Microsoft exec or an actor, they report on the impact of Wendy’s inspiring and unique brand of leadership and authenticity.

In 2014, Wendy Founded the organization, iWe – Inclusion for Women in the (Entertainment) Industry.  This grassroots organization is unifying organizations and individuals working for gender parity in Entertainment.

Wendy is also a Senior Facilitator with the Institute for Gender Partnership.

Recognizing the power of bringing transformational and team building work to Nature, Wendy leads purpose-full adventures on the majesty of the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon.

About Strozzi Institute for Somatics

Strozzi Institute for Somatics

Strozzi Institute for Somatics is committed to developing transformative leaders, coaches, and organizations that can meet the challenges of our times — changing systems and shifting conditions towards a future where people and the planet thrive.

Our transformational methodology, Strozzi Somatics, draws on the latest in neuroscience, psychobiology, holistic practice, action-oriented communication, and mindfulness. We mobilize our methodology to help coaches, leaders, and organizations learn to create trusting relationships and take new actions aligned with their vision and our values of sustainability, interconnectedness, and social equity.

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.