Embodied Trauma Healing Retreat with Ralf
25th May – 1st June 2019
A seven day seminar on working with trauma, using touch and dialogue.
This retreat is for bodyworkers/ massage therapists, yoga teachers, coaches, psychotherapists, educators and all others who want to enhance their understanding of and develop essential skills in working with trauma.
It will also be a profound and healing personal experience within the wonderful Sunshine House community on Evia island.
Trauma is at the root of human dysfunction. It is the residue of all the experiences that couldn’t be digested, individually and collectively. When we cannot process an experience because it is ‘too much, too soon or too fast’, the intensity of this experience will take on a life of its own inside us, creating symptoms and dis-ease.
We have two ways to deal with this residual trauma energy we carry: Either it will drive and sabotage our life from deep within, and we will recreate it or pass it on to others…or we take up the sacred work of trauma healing and bring relationship, presence and compassion to our previously unfelt intensity and pain. This, over time, transforms the pain and turns us into wiser, more mature and compassionate human beings. This is the alchemy of trauma healing.
Individually and collectively, trauma healing leads us to more inner freedom, understanding, empowerment and compassion.
The course is held in English.
This highly practical seminar will explore the effects of both shock and developmental trauma on ourselves and the people we work with and teach you powerful skills to facilitate positive shifts on a somatic and emotional level.
It will include presentations on trauma healing, a variety of awareness and movement exercises as well as partner and group processes. Our main focus will be on developing therapeutic skills to use touch and dialogue in the process of trauma healing. (These will differ from Thai massage techniques but add greatly to your understanding as well as efficiency as a therapist if you are a
Thai massage practitioner.)
The content is based on the work of Peter Levine (Somatic Experiencing), Dr Laurence Heller
(NARM), and Raja Selvam (Integrated Somatic Psychotherapy), and others.
The workshop is facilitated by Ralf Marzen, clinical psychologist, trauma therapist and bodyworker. Ralf is trained in a number of trauma healing modalities including NARM, Somatic Experiencing (SE), and Integrated Somatic Psychotherapy (ISP). He co-teaches on the NARM trainings as a senior assistant. Ralf is also the director of Mudita School of Thai Yoga Massage and StillPoint Centre for WellBeing in London. He has over 20 years experience working with individuals and groups.
07.30 – 09.00: Meditation and Movement Practices
09.00 – 10.00: Breakfast
10.00 – 13.00: Session 1
13.00 – 15.30: Lunch & Siesta
15.30 – 19.00: Session 2
19.00 – 20.00: Dinner
20.00 – 21.00: Steam Bath, Ritual, Music
22:30 Quiet time