Trauma, Body, and the Brain: Restoring the Capacity for Rhythm and Play
Bessel van der Kolk, MD, is a clinical psychiatrist whose work attempts to integrate mind, brain, body, and social connections to understand and treat trauma. His research ranges from the impact of trauma on development…
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Steven Gross, MSW, is the founder and chief playmaker of the Life is Good® Playmakers, a nonprofit organization that helps children overcome poverty, violence, and illness through the power of play and optimism. He has…
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For licensed therapists, yoga instructors, and others interested in the nature of trauma.
Neuroscience research shows that awareness of physical sensations forms the very foundation of human consciousness. Since trauma alters people’s relationship to their bodies and shakes the foundations of the human organism, healing can only occur if that organism can be made to feel safe, powerful, and effective. Yoga and other body-based practices do just that.
This workshop explores
- What neuroscience teaches about self-awareness and trauma
- The nature and essence of human attachment
- New psychotherapeutic treatments to help people integrate traumatic memories
- An array of body-centered approaches for dealing with trauma, including EMDR, yoga, play, dance, theater work, and tai chi.
These techniques help people come into the present moment and shift out of fear and hyperarousal. This allows them to resolve traumatic memories, promote mastery over the post-traumatic legacy of constriction, disconnection, and loss, and reclaim authority over their lives.
- 32 credits for Massage & Body Workers (NCBTMB), $30 additional charge
- 27 credits for Athletic Trainers (BOC), $30 additional charge
- 27 credits for Psychologists (PSY), $30 additional charge
- 27 credits for Yoga Alliance (YA), $30 additional charge
- room & meals pricing
9:00 am–5:00 pm, Monday–Friday
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Choice of Accommodations
Rates below reflect total housing costs for all program nights.
The dorms allow for 5–22 people per room, and offer simple bunk beds and nearby hall bathrooms.
- Standard Rooms
- $575 and up
These spare and peaceful rooms measure 8' x 12' and include a double or queen-size bed or platform twin beds.
- Standard Plus Rooms
- $875 and up
These quiet rooms are perfect for those who want a real retreat, and include simple décor, a double or queen-size bed, or twin beds.Learn More