Beginner’s body™© An applied mindfulness and somatic practice workshop to help clients truly change
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Beginner’s body™© An applied mindfulness and somatic practice workshop to help clients truly change

A workshop for practitioners seeking to integrate more somatically based practices into their own modality (being the mindful therapist).

“Mr Duffy lived a few feet away from his body”  
James Joyce, Dubliners

You know that feeling you get when things just get into overwhelm, it’s either workplace stress or the result of some trauma or you just feel you can’t trust your partner anymore because of what they’ve said or nearly done? There’s a persistent voice that goes through your head; it says “I’m losing my mind!”

The American philosopher Ken Wilber is keen to point out that in actual fact we never lose our minds, it’s our body we lose time and again; we lost it  a long time ago and it’s our felt or somatic sense that offers us a vast range of emotional and psychological-often spiritual -resources that transcend the minds cognitive, yet limited ability to really effect change.

As the trauma specialist Bessel van der Kolk says “no mind without mindfulness [yet] the body keeps the score”, and as the American neuropsychologist Rick Hanson maintains, to enable real therapeutic change over time the client is required to engage in “installation” of the experience; that is, change is required at somatic depth.

Here lies contact with our Jungian shadow, here lies contact with our left hemisphere which the neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor calls “nirvana”

In this experientially led workshop we will exploring how the application of mindfulness based practices can enable us to become and sustain a more mindful or somatically based practice, meeting our body again for the first time, Beginner’s Body. We will also be exploring somatic practices that encourage clients to experience release and change at a fundamental level.

We will be referencing the work of

  • Tara Brach (True Refuge) pause for presence, mindfulness in our life
  • Paul Gilbert and Choden (Mindful Compassion) to explore Compassion 101 and how imagery works
  • Reginald Ray (The Awakening Body) to explore somatic descent in various forms
  • Rob Nairn’s (Diamond Mind) HIFAWIF practice or how I feel about what I feel

To integrate in to our overall therapeutic practice a more somatically oriented set of interventions.

This workshop is for any practitioner who seeks to integrate more somatically based practices into their own modality (being the mindful therapist) and deliver the same to their clients.

This workshop is facilitated by Graeme Armstrong and provides 6 hours of CPD.

Training Venue:

Holiday Inn Newcastle – Jesmond
Jesmond Road
Newcastle Upon Tyne
NE2 1 PR

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Covid-19 – The training will take place in a large room with a minimum of 1 metre distance between delegates.    The Holiday Inn Jesmond has implemented a number of measures to safeguard the wellbeing of guests and colleagues including deep cleaning with hospital-grade disinfectants, and enhanced procedures, which may include: face covering requirements, various ways to reduce contact throughout the hotel, social distancing measures within public spaces and procedures based on local authorities’ guidance and/or advice.

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Holiday Inn – Jesmond
Holiday Inn - Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE2 1PR United Kingdom
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