Healing Trauma with the Body
- May 1, 2017 - June 11, 2017
9:00 am - 11:55 pm
There must be those among whom we can sit down and weep, and still be counted as warriors.
~ Adrienne Rich
Trauma can be defined as a breach of one’s protective barrier. It can be physical, mental, energetic, or spiritual. The event that caused the trauma passes, but the body still believes it’s under threat. This taxes all of its systems and we begin to experience wide-ranging symptoms and imbalances that can become chronic.
What needs to be understood about trauma is that it’s not the painful experiences we’ve had, it’s the impact that those experiences have had on us. Because trauma increases stress and decreases trust, it not only takes a huge physical and emotional toll, it also deeply affects how we relate to each other.
We believe that it is our collective responsibility to find ways to understand, support, and create healing possibilities for ourselves and one another—as well as to examine and repair the systems, institutions, and inequities that create the conditions for trauma to occur in the first place.
Healing Trauma with the Body offers a way to help heal trauma—whether for yourself, someone you love, or someone you work with.
We cannot heal from trauma alone. We need practice, teachings, and community.
We need you to join us.
What is Healing Trauma with the Body?
Taught by Michael Stone and Molly Boeder Harris, Healing Trauma with the Body is an inclusive six-week online course that offers safe methods for helping the body to process trauma so that we can gain a sense of sovereignty over our inner experience.
We set the rhythm for the course, releasing a new lesson each week, but you ultimately get to set the pace. You can do the lessons whenever you choose, in any time zone, anywhere in the world where there is an Internet connection.
In addition to the six lessons offered, you’ll also get access to beautiful transcripts, a private discussion forum, and live weekly Q&A meetings with Molly. Plus, you’ll get lifetime access to the course content.
Who is Healing Trauma with the Body for?
Trauma is more widespread than we think. Statistics show that 70% of people in the USA will experience trauma at least once in their lives and 20% of those people will be further diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Trauma is so prevalent in our society that we created Healing Trauma with the Body to help people understand the havoc it wreaks in our bodies and brains and how we can begin to heal. You may even believe it’s your responsibility to educate yourself because you are any of these:
- a yoga teacher interested in recognizing and meeting the symptoms of trauma in public classes and private sessions
- a professional (teacher, counselor, psychotherapist, healing artist, etc.) who works with people who’ve experienced trauma
- from or working with a marginalized community—because trauma is often rooted in systems of oppression like sexism, racism, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia, and ableism
- witness to a loved one who has experienced trauma
- interested in better understanding your own experience with trauma.
These traumas may have already been integrated intellectually through therapy, or may have been “blocked out”, but they probably haven’t been worked through using the body. This course is for you if you’re open to the possibility that we need to slowly get to know what trauma we carry from inside the body. And that the best approach may be to blend mindfulness and movement practices so that our bodies are no longer cut off from what’s happening.
This course is for you whether the trauma—yours or someone else’s—is, as psychiatrist Mark Epstein puts it, “large, small, primitive, or fresh.” It’s for you if you want more compassion, understanding, and tools to help heal trauma.
Healing Trauma with the Body will open your heart and help you understand trauma more deeply than you ever have before. It’ll also give you language to talk about trauma, which means that you’ll be more able to give or ask for help.
- to expand your understanding of trauma and its impact on various systems in the body
- how emotional trauma affects our physical bodies, as well as our relationship with our bodies
- how traumatic experiences are stored in memory and the ways in which those memories are retrieved into consciousness for healing
- to meet and transform fear, dissociation, and shame.
You’ll finish the course:
- with new skills for regulating emotions through movement and mindfulness
- with an attitude of compassion
- having connected with like-minded participants.
How does the course work?
You’ll receive high-quality weekly video teachings with Molly and Michael via our easy-to-use custom-built online learning platform. You’ll also be connected to our ever-growing international community without walls through our private discussion forum and will get to participate in live weekly Q&A meetings with Molly.
Accessing the Course
The weekend before the course begins, you’ll receive an orientation email that will give you access to our online learning platform. You’ll be able to log in, learn the platform quickly, and set up your dashboard before the course begins.
Each Monday you’ll receive access to a new video lesson to watch whenever you choose. Videos are available for streaming or download. You can also listen to an audio-only MP3 version.
Should you run into any problems, friendly and helpful technical support is available.
There is a private discussion forum moderated by Michael, Molly, and support staff. We recommend checking this forum regularly (or choose to receive email updates by clicking “subscribe”). It’s a great place to ask practice-related questions, share insights, and feel connected to the course and other participants.
The forum thrives on a spirit of generosity and shared intellect. Participation is a key part of the online learning experience—your presence can enhance everyone’s experience.
You’ll have the option to join Molly each week for live Q&A meetings, which provide an opportunity to discuss what’s arising for you as you go through the course. These meetings will be held on Wednesdays from 5pm – 6pm PST (8pm – 9pm EST) on the dates listed below.
May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, June 7
We’ll provide you with a video tutorial, plus detailed instructions, so that you can be set up for the discussions using GoToMeeting.
Meetings will be recorded for those unable to participate and a link posted by end-of-day Friday.
Expect to commit to a minimum of 2 hours a week, including watching the videos, connecting with the community in the forum, and weekly calls with Molly. This course includes optional homework and self-reflection questions to help you integrate what you’ve learned into your life and practice. An optional reading list is also included.
What’s on the syllabus?
Here’s an overview of what we’ll be covering each week:
Week 1 – Overview of Trauma
Week 2 – Nervous System Responses to Trauma
Week 3 – Emotional Trauma: Fear, Dissociation, and Shame
Week 4 – Trauma Resilience Theory
Week 5 – Teaching Techniques & Considerations, Part 1
Week 6 – Teaching Techniques & Considerations, Part 2
Who are the facilitators?
This course is co-facilitated by Michael Stone and Molly Boeder Harris who’ve joined forces to keep the body at the core of processing trauma.
Michael Stone is a Buddhist teacher, yogi, psychotherapist, activist, father, and author of six books. He synthesizes traditional Buddhist and Yoga practices with the insights of Western psychology, philosophy and medicine, and translates that knowledge into tools that transform habits, cultivate more intimate relationships, and promote a deeper compassion for our world. He also maintains a dedicated retreat and speaking schedule, internationally, and hosts the Awake in the World podcast.
Combining personal and professional experiences, academic research and over a decade studying the holistic practice of yoga, Molly Boeder Harris is a trauma-informed yoga teacher and trainer. She is the founder and executive director of The Breathe Network. She offers a variety of programs, lectures and consulting options that connect survivors with support systems that facilitate sustainable, embodied healing and resilience after trauma.
Once again you’ll get:
- access to our online learning platform, including a private discussion forum
- six weeks of lessons via high-quality teaching videos
- live weekly Q&A calls with Molly
- lifetime access to the course content.
The entire course costs $300 plus tax.
Please note: nobody is turned away for lack of funds. Complete this form to inquire about our sliding scale.
Ready to commit? We promise that it’ll be deeply humanizing and empowering to go through a course like this and to realize that, while there are struggles we all face, that beneath all of that, we are whole people. Our wise bodies, minds, and souls can make this world better.