This is a 5-day advanced residential retreat for group facilitators, practitioners, those on the path of healing trauma, and anyone working to expand the edges of growth and evolution in love.
Often trauma is regarded as a problem to fix, an obstacle to relationship, or wounds that make us feel damaged and unloveable.
We would like to offer a new perspective – that trauma is an incredible opportunity. Trauma is an invitation into more realness and depth. One that has the potential to touch everyone, and bring all those in contact with it into deeper intimacy and healing.
Trauma can only do this – become a gift instead of a problem – when we are able to create a container strong enough to fully hold and integrate it.
Because trauma is stored, and healed, in the body, it’s not enough to talk about it, or do emotional processes around it. To really get to the core, we must become vulnerable again, in a place deeper than words, and move into pure embodied experience. We must reveal ourselves fully to other human beings, and co-create new patterns of relating.
This will only happen in a container that feels absolutely safe. Sometimes that safe container is with a lover or a trusted therapist. But we’re finding that astonishing transformation and profound healing can also happen – on a greater order of magnitude – when our trauma is mirrored in a group.
One person's trauma has the potential to heal an entire room.
Often, the trauma that has seemed so horrifyingly personal reveals collective wounds. In small and large ways, we’re all impacted by the shadows of sexual violence, secrecy, victimhood, perpetration, sexual hunger and shame. Parts of us are terrified of the opposite gender. Parts are locked in ancient patterns of anger, fear, denial, flight, fight, freeze, submission.
When we go into the wordless space together, co-regulating and keeping ourselves safe, we can reveal and release these traumas. Together.
Together we can land in a new embodied experience, increasingly free from those triggers, and practice bringing all of ourselves safely to love.
Want to learn how this can happen?
Want to learn how you can help to make this happen for others too?
Come join us!
In this Training you will:
• Gain tools to self- and co-regulate your own nervous system in triggered situations.
• Develop confidence in recognizing when triggers are beginning to happen – before they actually erupt.
• Develop skills to create a somatically safe field for your relationship, client or group work to deepen into.
• Learn practices and exercises that can down-regulate an entire group.
• Understand an accessible psychological theory of Trauma and why the body is so important on the path to healing.
• Identify the common strategies used to cope with trauma and typical things that happen when we come to the edge of trigger.
• Develop an accessible and practical understanding of what happens in the brain during a traumatic (re)activation.
• Listen to the body and be able to name what is happening in real-time.
• Practice reading body language in an individual.
• Practice reading an entire room, noticing when people are being driven by triggers – freezing and not breathing, agitated, disassociated and checking out.
• Know how to slow things down when the trigger wants to speed things up.
• Identify somatic and verbal tools to reconnect with the body, self, and others when a trigger creates isolation.
• Discover why it’s essential to bring much more love and presence to everything when working with Trauma.
❂ PRACTICALS ❂
TO REGISTER Purchase tickets using Ticket Tailor:
Tier 1 (Tickets 1-10): €399
Tier 2 (Tickets 11-25): €499
Tier 3 (Tickets 26-40): €599
T: +41 33 676 26 76
DATE & TIME:
Wednesday, 18 September, 2019 (First session begins 10:00)*
Thursday, 19 September, 2019
Friday, 20 September, 2019
Saturday, 21 September, 2019
Sunday, 22 September, 2019 (Last session ends 17:00)**
*You are welcome to arrive one day early (Tuesday) to land and arrive fully before we begin the first session Wednesday morning. Otherwise, you will travel in early Wednesday morning and also have a full day of training.
**The last 2 buses leave 17:09 & 18:09 Sunday evening, you will have no problem to make this and head back towards Bern or Zurich that night, or you may stay an extra night at the venue to integrate and leave Monday morning.
Food & Accommodation is NOT included in the price of your ticket. You must purchase this separately–– directly with the venue. We recommend to stay at the Kientalerhof. You can make your booking for the weekend here:
Feel free to contact Rachel Rickards if you have any questions about the event:
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❂ FAQ ❂
What kind of training is this?
This training is practical and highly experiential. Participants will get the chance to observe and practice skills needed to work with their own trauma, to practice working one-on-one and with trauma in group settings.
Who should attend?
This course is ideal for anyone working with their own trauma, and for those who want to develop skills and understanding being in relationship with someone who is experiencing trauma.
This course is also designed for professionals who want to develop and practice their skills to help clients with a history of trauma. These skills are useful for one-on-one sessions, as well as in group work. It is also an excellent recap for advanced level practitioners who would like to review and deepen their understanding of this material.
Do I need to be a professional to attend?
No, if fact anyone and everyone dealing with personal trauma or interacting with others who have experienced trauma need these skills.
What is Trauma?
• Relational perspective: We are traumatized when we are alone with too much pain to integrate. As a result, on one hand, we go on with life dissociated from what happened. Yet on the other hand, we are at war with the parts of us that hold the trauma. The result is that we are controlled and controlling.
• Neurobiological perspective: When the brain is emotionally overwhelmed and hijacked by fear and terror it can't function as the hub of awareness from where we can be present and self aware. So, later when we are situationally triggered into our experience we are unable to hold the trauma for what it is, a memory from the past that has yet to be fully integrated in the present.
• Instinctual perspective: When the active defenses of fight or flee are not enough for the threat, the danger evokes the passive defense of submission. As a result we live our life from a sense of shame, worthlessness, and depression. Acting from a victim identity unable to know or set boundaries expecting the worst from life.
In this workshop we are going to strengthen our ability to respond to our own or others traumatic activations from a place of awareness and presence rather than an unconscious reaction.
Who are we?
Facilitators: David Cates & Buster Rådvik
Assistant & Organizer: Rachel Rickards
75% until 30 days
50% 14 days
No refund under 7 days