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Workshop Descriptions

Workshop Descriptions 2018-09-19T18:40:53+00:00

AN EXPERIENTIAL CPD WORKSHOP

This workshop will be of value to psychotherapists, counsellors and trainees who wish to work with their clients in a more embodied way, and who want to gain skills in working with the connection between mind and body.

In this workshop we will explore the body’s natural resources and self-healing tendencies and learn tools for helping your clients to regulate as well as ways to transform difficult sensations and emotions that clients ‘hold’ in their bodies. We will also explore how to work with the client’s personal boundaries, and how the body can be a powerful resource.

This includes working with grounding and finding a safe place in the body, finding the inner rhythm of pendulation (contraction and expansion), embodiment and working with the ‘problem’ and ‘antidote’ through movement. We will also explore how creative imagination and elemental visualisations could be used with clients who have difficulty connecting with their bodies.

This 2 day course will cover:

  • Grounding techniques and finding a safe place in the body
  • Learning tools for transforming difficult sensations and emotions that clients ‘hold’ in their bodies, including working with anxiety and physical pain
  • When to work with touch to regulate overwhelming feelings and hyperarousal
  • Utilising a variety of exercise to strengthen personal boundaries
  • Exploring embodiment and discovering resources through the body
  • Using movement to strengthen the mind-body connection

We will draw on different techniques from the practices of somatic experiencing, body psychotherapy, dance and movement psychotherapy, somatic trauma therapy and mindfulness meditation, to enhance the repertoire of interventions that you can apply in your psychotherapeutic work.

In this experiential workshop you will also have the opportunity to explore your own relationship with your body – finding your inner dance between psyche and soma.

Schedule & Booking

Facilitators: Katarina Gadjanski and Tasha Colbert

Please wear loose clothing and bring a cushion and/or a blanket  if possible.

AN EXPERIENTIAL CPD WORKSHOP

Neuro-scientific research shows us that the instinctual and involuntary parts of the brain that process trauma in humans are the same as in any other mammal. However, animals in the wild seem to be able to easily ‘shake-off’ and recover from freeze response and return to normal function, while humans experiencing the same immobility response are often not able to regain homeostasis. Traumatic symptoms in humans are caused by the frozen residue of energy that has not been resolved or discharged during a traumatic event. Because this residue remains trapped in the nervous system it causes havoc to our bodies and minds. The key to healing these symptoms lies in being able to ‘mirror’ the fluid adaptation of animals as they shake out and pass through the immobility response and return to being fully mobile & functional again.

This experiential CPD workshop will explore ‘animal body’ aspect of Peter Levine’s Somatic Experiencing, as well as many other body oriented approaches to healing trauma. It will also explore the way that shamanic traditions use animal guides in healing rituals by embodying them and following the guidance of the instinctual animal within. We will inquire into how these various embodied approaches can help us when working with trauma with our clients.

This two day course will cover:

  • Stabilisation and establishing a sense of safety in the body
  • The Physiology of Fight/ Flight and Freeze
  • Working with flight response and fear/anxiety
  • Working safely to release the fight response – anger and aggression
  • Pendulation and Titration (Somatic Experiencing techniques for working with trauma)
  • Working somatically with boundaries
  • Exploring habitual postures and gestures and how they relate to attachment and trauma
  • How to help clients out of a dissociative state and back into their bodies
  • Working with the ‘animal’ body –utilising visualisation and movement

This workshop will be of value to psychotherapists, counsellors and trainees who wish to work with their clients in a more embodied way, and learn some new tools in working with trauma and the body. We will draw on different techniques from the practices of Somatic Experiencing,  somatic trauma therapy, neuroscience, body psychotherapy, dance movement psychotherapy, trauma release process and mindfulness – to enhance the repertoire of interventions that you can apply in your therapeutic work.

Schedule & Booking

Facilitators: Katarina Gadjanski and Tasha Colbert

Please wear loose clothing and bring a cushion and a blanket/shawl if possible.

AN EXPERIENTIAL CPD WORKSHOP

This workshop will be of value to psychotherapists and counsellors who wish to work with their clients in a more embodied way. We now know that working with the body is essential in the healing of trauma, yet in today’s society we tend to neglect the innate wisdom of the body, leading us to disconnect from this very source of healing.

This workshop integrates different therapeutic approaches to craft an integrative somatic framework that could be used by both ‘talking’ psychotherapists and body-oriented therapists.

This 2 day course will cover:

  • Helping clients to connect to resourceful states through the body
  • Working with voice and movement to get in touch with and give expression to emotions
  • Exploring and strengthening the compassionate part of self through embodiment
  • Learning tools for transforming difficult sensations and emotions that clients ‘hold’ in their bodies, such as fear and grief
  • A transpersonal approach to healing, using visualization as a way to connect with the body
  • Working somatically with opposite states to utilize the body’s natural healing tendencies 

Throughout the workshop we will draw on different techniques from the practices of somatic experiencing, body psychotherapy, dance movement psychotherapy, somatic trauma therapy, mindfulness meditation and transpersonal psychotherapy, to enhance the repertoire of interventions that you can apply in your psychotherapeutic work.

In this experiential workshop you will also have the opportunity to explore the relationship between your psyche and soma and how your body can be a resource in your practice.

Schedule & Booking

Facilitators: Katarina Gadjanski and Tasha Colbert

Please wear loose clothing and bring a cushion and/or a blanket  if possible.

Be Calm, Be Happy is a 6-week group course teaching mindfulness meditation, in the tradition of Zen Buddhist Master Thich Nhat Hanh, as an effective counter-balance to the stresses of life and as an opportunity to become happier in the present moment.

Course Overview

Be Calm, Be Happy provides a gradual introduction to mindfulness and meditation and key teachings on positive living over six weekly classes. Each class includes guided mindfulness exercises and meditations, group discussions and practical exercises led by an experienced facilitator in a warm, friendly atmosphere.

Course content includes:

– Stopping and calming
– Turning to the positive
– Loving communication
– Nourishing happiness
– Interdependence and community
– Guidelines for a happier life

Reported benefits of attending this course include:
  • Increased enjoyment of life
  • Increased ability to be calm and relaxed
  • Increased ability to balance emotions such as anger and anxiety
  • Improved sleep quality
  • Fewer feelings of anxiety and depression
Who Should Attend

This course is suitable for beginners, as well as those wishing to refresh their mindfulness practice. It is suitable for those of all faiths and none. Our course participants come from a wide range of backgrounds. Many of our participants are keen to learn new ways to look after their own well being and to identify positive responses to challenging situations.

Proposed Commitment

For this course to be effective, we recommended that you commit to attending all six session and also do a minimum of 20mins daily practice for five days each week. Creating a stable and strong practice of mindfulness is a habit that needs regular, ideally daily, practice. If you know ahead of time that you can not make a session then please discuss with your Course Leader so that you can understand the content of the missed session.

Course Schedule

This course is taught over 6 weeks. Each class is two hours long and the class timings are usually 19.00 – 21.00pm.

Schedule & Booking

Facilitator: Katarina Gadjanski

Open Group

This ongoing experiential group will be of value to psychotherapists, counsellors and other professionals working within a therapeutic field.

We spend many hours caring for and supporting others, but more often than not, we do not make enough time for self-care, nurture, and support for ourselves. This group is designed specifically to fill this need. It offers therapists a safe space to unwind, re-connect with the body, facilitate release and re-discover the body as a powerful resource for self-healing. This group also offers support, sense of holding and being part of therapeutic community.

Each monthly session consists of two parts: experiential work (involving embodied therapeutic work, dance and movement therapy, creative imagination, meditations and music based on the four elements) plus creative group process where difficulties and challenges can be discussed and processed in a safe and contained environment.

There will also be an opportunity to meet and talk with other therapists in a more relaxed setting during breaks.

Sample schedule:

2.50pm – arrival

3pm – grounding and internal landscape meditation

3.10 – 3.30pm – group check in

3.30 – 4.45pm – experiential embodied work (using Four Elements dance & movement therapy, body-psychotherapy, music, meditation, etc.)

4.45 – 5.05pm – teatime – social break

5.05 – 5.35pm – experiential group activity (creative, interactive, playful)

5.35 – 6.20pm – group process

6.20 – 6.30pm – grounding & closing

This open group will run on an ongoing basis – for dates please check Schedule & Booking page or click the button below:

Schedule & Booking

Facilitator: Katarina Gadjanski

Please wear loose clothing and bring a yoga mat and a shawl/blanket if possible.

Sacred Body ll

AN EXPERIENTIAL THERAPEUTIC WORKSHOP

Exploration of the body as source of physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing

In this experiential workshop we will be using Four Elements Dance & Movement Therapeutic Meditation – mindfulness, creative imagination, 4 elements music and body-oriented psychotherapy – to re-connect with the body’s natural resources and self-healing tendencies.

We will explore the following questions:
•    How do you perceive and relate to your body in your daily life?
•    What lies behind any tension, pain or other unpleasant sensation that you may be experiencing in your body?
•    What unconscious feelings does your body hold for you?
•    Why do we often disconnect from our bodies and spend too much time in our heads?

The aim of this workshop is to reacquaint ourselves with our body and experience it as it is – without preconceived ideas, judgements or interpretations. We will thus work towards a more harmonious balance between Psyche and Soma (mind & body) through gentle release of feelings & sensations that our body is holding – and so begin to re-discover the body as a sacred temple of the soul.

Schedule & Booking

Facilitated by Katarina Gadjanski

Limited to 12 participants – advance booking required.

Please wear loose clothing and bring a yoga mat and a blanket/shawl if possible.

Sacred Body ~ Animal Body

AN EXPERIENTIAL THERAPEUTIC WORKSHOP

Using body-oriented psychotherapy (Somatic Experiencing), Four Elements Dance & Movement Therapeutic Meditation, mindfulness of body, Transpersonal Psychotherapy and creative imagination, we will explore the innate wisdom of our ‘animal’ bodies.

The aim of this therapeutic experiential workshop is to:

  • Explore the relationship between our mind, emotions and instinctual body.
  • Get in touch with and begin to release emotional material stored in the body.
  • Find a new way of working with difficult sensations held in the body, often accompanying feelings of stress, anxiety, anger and grief.
  • Connect with our ‘animal’ body and start to discover the body’s natural healing potential.
  • Develop more companionate relationship with our body.
Schedule & Booking

Facilitator: Katarina Gadjanski 

Limited to 12 participants – advance booking required
Please wear loose clothes and bring a yoga mat and blanket/shawl if possible

The Light Within

AN EXPERIENTIAL THERAPEUTIC MEDITATION WORKSHOP

We all need to find ways to ground ourselves and remain centered in our lives no matter what challenges arise. When we do encounter difficulties however, it is often our own state of mind that causes the most discomfort. Anxiety, worries, stress and other emotions trouble us, along with old stories we tell ourselves that contribute to our entanglement. We may try to bury or run away from these feelings and patterns, but they just seem to follow us everywhere – until we learn how to release them. One of the most effective ways to heal ourselves – is to shine a caring light of awareness over the darkness, casting light over the shadow in a way that can reveal valuable lessons and surprising gifts that may transform our lives.

In this meditation workshop we will use body-oriented psychotherapy to access and release emotional and physical tensions held in the body, as well as transpersonal psychotherapy. You will experience Four Elements Dance and Movement Therapeutic Meditation, learning to move your body mindfully through facilitated visualization and the landscape of four elements music, along with other more traditional meditation practices.

Each of the elements in this model has a unique musical rhythm which correlates to aspects of ourselves: Earth-Body; Water-Emotion; Air-Mind; Fire-Energy. In this experiential workshop we move through these elemental rhythms to reconnect with the LIGHT WITHIN – the pure “Buddha” consciousness (our soul-nature) that each of us possesses.

Schedule & Booking

Facilitators: Katarina Gadjanski or Tasha Colbert

Limited to 15 participants – advance booking needed.

Please bring a yoga mat and a meditation cushion if possible.