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
15 Hour In-Person Course
Monday - Friday: 9:00a.m. - 12:30p.m. EDT / 30-Minute Break Daily
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
Sense of balance
Tracking direction of attention and impulses
Noticing in Movement
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
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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