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Bessel van der Kolk, MD & Licia Sky, BFA

Come to Your Senses: Embodied Self Awareness

July 10th - July 14th, 2023

This course is only offered In-Person


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15 Hour In-Person Course

Monday - Friday: 9:00a.m. - 12:30p.m. EDT / 30-Minute Break Daily

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Course Description

Our awareness of our physical sensations and movements forms the core of our sense of Self. Since trauma is held as heart-breaking and gut-wrenching sensations in the body, recovery entails accessing and befriending the organism we inhabit, which requires interoceptive awareness, the core of agency and being in charge of our reactions to our surroundings- how we process memories, how we make meaningful connections with others, and how we heal from traumatic events. Licia and Bessel will discuss and demonstrate how this awareness enables us to be more present and attuned to our own internal states and feelings, expanding our window of tolerance to know ourselves more fully. We will engage in a range of exercises that guide us to focus our attention on awareness of physical sensations, emotional triggers, attraction, impulses, and unconscious choices about what is safe or dangerous. This experiential workshop will demonstrate practices that enhance our ability to follow our body rhythms—of breath, heartbeat, footsteps, vocal expression, and gestures,—and come into collective synchrony—attunement, alignment, proximity, safety, engagement, meaning-making, and play.

Based on the upcoming book, Come to Your Senses- the Official Companion Workbook for The Body Keeps the Score, this program offers an array of nonverbal, experiential exercises drawn from theater, parts work, guided focusing, dance, meditation, yoga, bodywork, and Embodied Voice.

Bessel van der Kolk discusses the neuroscience of embodied experience on Tuesday.


Noticing in Stillness

  • Default states- Internal focus

  • Detailed Exploration of body sensations, orienting attention, breath, sound, and self-connection

  • Self contact in stillness


Noticing in Standing

  • Neurobiology of Embodied Experience

  • External focus

  • Sense of balance

  • Tracking direction of attention and impulses


Noticing in Movement

  • Rhythm

  • Direction

  • Postures

  • Self Contact in Standing/Movement


Noticing in Interaction: Interpersonal Neurobiology

  • Eyes and Eye Contact

  • Gestures in space

  • Voice and vibration

  • Safe contact with another person


Practice and Grounding

  • Attunement, listening, flow

  • Q&A on practice and application

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Bessel van der Kolk, MD & Licia Sky, BFA

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What Alumni are Saying...

"Licia Sky is an expert at experiential learning. She makes sure that every person is seen and heard every day." - 2021 Participant

"Bessel is brilliant and has so much to share." - 2022 Participant

"Licia is a beautiful Being. She is so real and honest and present." - 2021 Participant

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