Beginner’s Body™© A mindfulness deepening practice workshop to help clients truly change
“Mr Duffy lived a few feet away from his body”
James Joyce, Dubliners
You know that feeling you get when things just get into overwhelm, it’s either workplace stress or the result of some trauma or you just feel you can’t trust your partner any more because of what they’ve said or nearly done? There’s a persistent voice that goes through your head; it says “I’m losing my mind!”
The American philosopher Ken Wilber is keen to point out that in actual fact we never lose our minds, it’s our body we lose time and again; we lost it a long time ago and it’s our felt or somatic sense that offers us a vast range of emotional and psychological-often spiritual -resources that transcend the minds cognitive, yet limited ability to really effect change.
As the trauma specialist Bessel van der Kolk says “no mind without mindfulness [yet] the body keeps the score”, and as the American neuropsychologist Rick Hanson maintains, to enable real therapeutic change over time the client is required to engage in “installation” of the experience; that is, change is required at somatic depth.
Here lies contact with our Jungian shadow, here lies contact with our left hemisphere which the neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor calls “nirvana”
In this experientially led workshop, we will explore how the application of mindfulness-based practices can enable us to become and sustain a more mindful or somatically based practice, meeting our body again for the first time, Beginner’s Body. We will also be exploring somatic practices that encourage clients to experience release and change at a fundamental level.
We will be referencing the work of
- Tara Brach (True Refuge) pause for presence, mindfulness in our life
- Paul Gilbert and Choden (Mindful Compassion) to explore compassion 101 and how imagery works
- Reginald Ray (The Awakening Body) to explore somatic descent in various forms
- Rob Nairn’s (Diamond Mind) HIFAWIF practice or how I feel about what I feel
To integrate into our overall therapeutic practice a more somatically oriented set of interventions.
This workshop is for any practitioner who seeks to integrate more somatically based practices into their own modality (being the mindful therapist) and deliver the same to their clients.
This workshop is facilitated by Graeme Armstrong and provides 6 hours of CPD.
Please note, our training room is on the first floor and is accessed by stairs. If you have any special requirements, or if you need to advise us of anything before booking or attending the training, then please contact us.
About the host
Graeme has been a therapist since 1998 and has successfully completed the second part of an MSc in Mindfulness and Compassion at Samye Ling Tibetan Monastery, Eskdalemuir, through the University of Aberdeen and has been awarded the Post Graduate Diploma in Mindfulness with distinction.