On Campus Program

Trauma, Memory, and the Restoration of One’s Self


Are you a health professional, therapist, yoga instructor or do you simply want to deepen your understanding of how trauma impacts the brain, mind, and body? The function of our brains is to take care of the housekeeping of the body. Trauma, however, changes the way the brain processes information and how the body engages with the world. It makes people afraid to know what they know and feel what they feel.   

Immerse yourself in the latest science on healing trauma with best-selling author, psychiatrist, and cofounder of the Trauma Research Foundation (TRF) Bessel van der Kolk and somatic educator and TRF cofounder Licia Sky. This profound, two-day workshop will explain how trauma impacts the body.

Through embodied awareness practices, theater work, neurofeedback, and more, you will:

  • Learn how traumatized people are trapped by their history and react to their current experiences as a replay of the past.
  • Understand how practices like EMDR, IFS psychotherapy, psychedelics, and yoga can help people overcome a traumatic past and regain the capacity to be fully alive in the present.  
  • Explore ways of representing and befriending your inner experience.
  • Gain strategies to break the cycles of re-enactment and suffering. 

Therapies that work all start from a basic sense of calm and safety. The calmer we are, the more we can allow ourselves to know what we know and to feel what we feel. 

Recommended reading Bessel van der Kolk, The Body Keeps the Score and Overcoming Trauma with Bessel van der Kolk 

Included in Your Stay


Daily Yoga Classes

3 All-Natural Meals Access to the Kripalu Grounds

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Bessel van der Kolk, MD, is president of the Trauma Research Foundation in Boston and author of the New York Times best-seller The Body Keeps the Score.

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Licia Sky is a singer-songwriter, artist, musician, and intuitive bodywork therapist who fosters safe, transformative experiences through music, movement, and touch. She cofounded the Trauma Research Foundation and is currently the CEO.

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