We are Shapeshifters:
The brave return to learning
Trauma-Informed Facilitation of Breathwork
and Psycholytic Breathing Experiences I
We are Shapeshifters: The brave return to learning
5 Days, 83 hours (37.5 hours in-person)
From our point of view, everyone is fundamentally a shapeshifter. We are quite literally built to learn from and adapt to our experiences and gradually evolve an ever more elegant and sophisticated capacity to interact with and navigate our environment and relationships. Repetitive disruptions within our human development and acute experiences of trauma impair and interrupt these natural, fluid learning processes. They convince us, even at the level of our cellular body, that we need to be a particular way – to take on particular shapes - to be safe enough, to be cared for, to be loved, or to belong. We reactively hold to these particular ways of being and lose track of our innate capacity for change. Why would we want to learn something new when our past learning experiences were painful?
For many people, the threshold marking the return to learning and change appears when their resistance to change becomes more distressing or uncomfortable within a changing environment than the return to learning and change. Learning is a vibrant living process that eventually grows around and through the fragile rigidity of old, decaying, untenable forms. Learning is Life challenging, breaking through and growing beyond domestication and colonization. Learning is a return to untamed potential. Learning, truly curious, vulnerable, brave learning is the return of the wild.
In level 3, we take a deep look at one of the main impairments to learning; trauma. Trauma is a huge catch word in recent years and its rippling and pervasive personal, familial, and broader systemic affects are being increasingly recognized and studied. Everyone has been impacted by some degree and type of trauma. For some, it can be utterly devastating.
While conscious breathwork has the powerful capacity to evoke the spontaneous processing and renegotiation of certain trauma responses, it also has the capacity to be overly activating and even fortifying for the trauma response when utilized in inappropriate ways or circumstances.
Now that we have foundational skill sets in place for the safe facilitation of breathwork, it is time to enhance our ability to track our clients’ nervous system in the moment and support them in safely and stably exploring and renegotiating their embodied echoes of trauma. In doing so, we aid them in their return to curiosity, learning, and healing.
This psycholytic style of breathwork facilitation strategically utilizes moderate doses of breathwork (for mild to moderate shifts into non-ordinary states of consciousness) embedded within a somatic, relational therapeutic approach to safely renegotiate our clients’ painful past learning experiences and bravely imagine and embody new possibilities.
Within this level you will:
learn more about the nervous systems role in shock trauma and more complex versions of PTSD
increase your capacity to recognize the signs and symptoms of trauma, improving the trauma sensitivity of your facilitation
develop the capacity to recognize the signs and symptoms of defensive mobilization and immobilization responses
deepen your ability to track a client's nervous system and respond accordingly to support them in staying within their "window of tolerance"
continue fostering respectful, experiment-based therapeutic relationships with clientele
learn methods to safely, gently, and slowly bring awareness to the embodied trauma and support its renegotiation
expand your understanding of resourcing and the tools and techniques that can be shared with clients to support their self-regulation
learn the difference between emergency methods to stabilize someone experiencing a trauma response versus supporting the processing of trauma while a client is within their "window of tolerance"
cultivate the therapeutic usage of mindfulness
enhance your capacity to mindfully navigate your clients' processing of trauma via sensitive, experimental conversation both with and without breathwork
personally receive these practices so that you can then utilize them from a place of experience with clients
I came to the training with a clear recognition that I was at an edge in relation to the wounding of (but not limited to) this lifetime. Prior to the training, I didn't feel ready/ equipped to explore it. It hurt too much. Whatever shifted in the experiences of our time together has allowed the lid to come off. It sucks. It's glorious. I feel SO supported, both by seen and unseen forces. I couldn't and wouldn't ask for it to be any other way, but ffffffffffpppptptptptttt it is thick and icky. Amidst it all, I feel immense gratitude as I know it is what I am here to do - clearly because here it is. Deep gratitude for the part your facilitators have played.
- Heather M, Ottawa
Wednesday - Sunday: 9am-6pm
**Note: Training schedules may vary by event. An updated training schedule will be sent out to registrants with course logistics approximately one month prior to the training.*
The total hours of training (83 hours) include the multiple day training, web study meetings, and home studies. Home studies include the review of teachings from the Level 3 training as well as assigned studies, self practice, and practicum hours during the time between Level 3 and Level 4.