Trauma-Informed Movement Intensive Workshopwith Molly Boeder Harris
After leading a full workshop with a waitlist last year, Molly is coming back to teach in Kelowna once again. Molly has completed the 300-hour Somatic Experiencing Training with Peter Levine and will lead a workshop that includes much more movement and exploration this year. Together we will explore how to lead and engage in movement practices in a manner that accommodates many of the unique physical, mental and spiritual impacts of trauma, while also nourishing a person’s capacity to participate in and heal through somatic practices.
Given the pervasive levels of trauma within our society, many people carry the residue of past and ongoing harms within their shape and may be more vulnerable to being re-traumatized or triggered in the context of movement practices like yoga, dance and group exercise. At the same time, movement is also considered to be an antidote to the stifling physiological and psychological impacts of trauma and therefore, integrating mindful movement and body-inclusive practices into healing can be uniquely transformative.
In this workshop participants will:
- Learn about the wide spectrum of traumatic events and experiences
- Discover the physiological impacts of trauma and how the body can be a key resource for healing
- Consider a variety of cutting-edge trauma healing theories and practices
- Identify key principles to sharing somatic practices in a trauma-informed manner
- Engage in a variety of movement and mindfulness-based practices and exercises
- Practice sharing trauma-informed movement, breathing, and meditation
- Investigate accessible ways to incorporate trauma-informed somatic practices into one’s personal or professional work
- Intentionally reflect on the ways in which one’s own healing process may serve as a resource for sharing trauma-informed practices
This weekend workshop is suitable for counselors, psychologists, doctors, nurses, yoga teachers, fitness instructors, and anyone else who works in caregiving professions or who is interested in learning more about somatic practices.
Molly Boeder Harris
Yoga Teacher, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner
Over the last 15 years, Molly has worked in community-based rape crisis centers as a medical and legal advocate, provided sexual trauma crisis support and violence prevention education for students on college campuses and has directed a campus Women’s Center. During that time, she also became a certified yoga instructor and has since been teaching yoga at rape crisis centers, yoga studios, counseling clinics and social service agencies. Molly holds a Master’s Degree in International Studies and a Master’s Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies. She offers public classes and private instruction as well as workshops specifically focused on healing trauma through yoga. She facilitates workshops and teacher immersion training for yoga instructors seeking to gain greater skill and confidence in teaching with a trauma-informed lens.