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Workshop Descriptions

Workshop Descriptions 2019-08-12T20:16:05+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.

This 6-week course teaches therapeutic meditation to counter-balance the stress and anxiety of an overly busy life. The aim of the course is to help you find resources by going within and becoming more grounded in your body and more content in the present moment. 

Katarina had been practicing meditation for over 25 years and for this experiential course she brought together a number of meditation techniques to create a framework that can be used by everyone, even those that have no previous experience of meditation. She has included those forms of meditation that she found most useful in her own life as well as in her clinical work as a psychotherapist, such as mindfulness meditation, breath work, visualisation, sounding, energy alignment in the body and many more. The course will also include some grounding techniques from Embodied Psychotherapy as well as some exercises based on the latest research in neuroscience; which has demonstrated that regular mediation practice can ‘rewire’ the brain by creating new neural pathways.

We all need to find ways to ground ourselves and remain centred in our lives no matter what challenges arise. When we do encounter difficulties, it is often our own state of mind that causes the most discomfort. Anxiety, worry, stress and other difficult emotions trouble us, along with old stories we tell ourselves that contribute to our predicament. 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 face them and transform them. One of the most effective ways to do this is through meditation practice. In this experiential course we will learn how to use meditation to reconnect with our ‘LIGHT WITHIN’ – the true wisdom that each of us possesses.

Who Should Attend

This course is suitable for anyone who would like to experience the therapeutic benefits of meditation, especially those who would like to learn how to transform the effects of stress, anxiety, restlessness and stress related illnesses. It is suitable for beginners, as well as those wishing to refresh their meditation practice or learn different techniques. This course is aimed at those who are keen to learn new ways of looking after their own wellbeing, developing a more compassionate relationship with themselves and finding a new way to respond to challenging situations.

Course Schedule

This course is taught over 6 weeks. Each class is two hours long and it includes guided meditations, group discussions and practical exercises. To be able to accommodate the needs of each individual this course will be held in a very small group (max 5 participants). Please check you are able to attend every session before booking. To gain the maximum benefit from the course, be prepared to undertake a short daily practice between the weekly sessions.

For dates and to book please click on Schedule & Booking page

Facilitator: Katarina Gadjanski

Ongoing Group

The purpose of this workshop/group is to create a safe, supportive circle for women to come together and explore  the relationship between mind, body and emotions. It also offers a space to explore the different transitions in a women’s life and all the challenges that this brings to a women’s identity and place in the world. In our individualistic society we have lost a sense of community and belonging that can often lead us to feel isolated.

In indigenous tribes women come together to share their wisdom and healing from generation to generation, which we wish to recreate in this women’s group by bringing shamanic and transpersonal work together with embodied psychotherapy. We will be exploring our relationship to ourselves and others through movement, ritual, creative arts and meditation.

This workshop can be taken individually or as part of an ongoing group that will run 3 times a year.

For dates please click on Schedule & Booking page

Facilitators: Katarina Gadjanski and Tasha Colbert

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.

Dates: TBC

Facilitator:  Katarina Gadjanski

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.

Dates: TBC

Facilitator: Katarina Gadjanski