“The ethos of the school is one of caring, support and respect for the individual needs and learning styles of the students… Under the guidance of these empathic teachers, participants often undergo personal growth and transformation.”
Working With Little Ones: A Three Part Series
Starting NOVEMBER 2019 • New York City
This three-part series will explore the deep formative forces that create a human being and the miraculous journey from conception, fetal development, birth and the first years of life. This unique program will give students the rare opportunity to learn about these energies and how to meet them in ourselves, our adult clients and working with babies and their families. Explore this exciting territory with three leading experts in the field. Students will need to participate in all three parts and must have completed a Foundation Training.
Part ONE: Building the body: Key phases in embryonic and Foetal development
November 6-9th, 2019
Instructor: Katherine Ukleja
The embryonic body is as much a way of being, which persists throughout life, as a phase of development which spans the first eight weeks of gestation. The primary qualities of embryogenesis are emergence and mutability, an evolving wave of becoming, which lays down the primordia of all the vital components of the unified human body. Wholeness is always maintained even as differentiation into distinct anatomical parts takes place.
This same quality of vibrant flux is present in human organism as a property of health, from our first breath to the last. It can be experienced at the molecular, cellular, tissue and organ level when Potency is abundant.
In this seminar we will explore some key phases of development which are echoed in the primary respiratory motion of the fully-grown body.
We will review:
Proliferation and growth
Blechschmid’s paradigm of metabolic fields, biokinetics and biodynamics
Properties of the three germ layers - ectoderm, mesoderm, endoderm
Arising of form and structure
From somite to soma – segmental outflow of skeletal muscles and peripheral nerves – the trunk and the limbs
Splanchnic mesoderm and autonomic nerves – the viscera
The neural tube and mesectoderm – the brain and meninges
We will explore:
Embryonic developmental movements recapitulated in patterns of tissue motility of the brain, the heart, the limbs
Imprints revisited - inertial metabolic fields and restoration of flow
Segmentation and nerve territories – central and peripheral connections
The whole body brain – restoring equilibrium, realizing potential,
the hum of life alive in the depth of stillness
PART TWO: Birth Odyssey: Our potential, creativity and deep joy of living
February 5-9th, 2020
Instructor: Dominic Degranges
The understanding of the dance between existential and survival forces will be central in this workshop. This understanding lights the way to reclaim our inspiration, our originality and ‘joie de vivre’.
The path of incarnation leaves imprints which influence our way of being here, in our life on earth. Birth is a powerful transition on this path and sets the scene for our sense of empowerment and authentic way of being. How we are born will shape how we are in life and in our relationships with others and with ourselves.
From one view it matters how we are born and from the other view it does not matter, life goes on. Being here is being in a paradox, that is what the breath of life tells us. That will be our exploration for this workshop.
We will review:
Beginnings: Conception and implantation – as consciousness descends into form, we take the first step on the path of incarnation. Existential and survival needs are tested and leave imprints on our very being.
Birth Energy: Creative Opposition and the liberation of potential. Agency, the sense of being effective in the world, begins with birth energy and how that energy is met.
The Birth Journey: Each of us has an individual story of our passage into independent life – Each of us carry that story in our body and psyche.
Bonding: The post-natal period is one of dependence. As babies, the bonds we establish and the trust we develop in our parents and care givers, form the foundations for our sense of safety in the world.
Babies: The essence of working therapeutically with babies is the ability to hear their stories, particularly their birth stories. Baby talk/language consists of movement, gesture and voice. The therapist needs to become attuned to baby talk/language to guide the baby through difficult parts of that story and help them re-establish safe bonds so needs are met.
We will explore:
Existential and survival needs
Boundaries and Creative opposition
The essence of birth
Assimilation and guidance of one’s own birth-history.
Working with traumatic birth imprints with adults and babies
Bonding and attachment
Working with babies in a family setting
PART Three: Echoes of the womb: our pre and perinatal origins and biodynamics
April 29-May 3, 2020
Instructor: Cherionna Menzam-Sills
In this special seminar, we will explore how our clients’ and our own very early experience in the womb may enter into session work, and how we can meet these energies to facilitate health in ourselves and in our clients.
We have all been born. For many of us, our time in the womb, during birth and postnatally were not as easy, gentle and nourishing as we needed. Little ones in the womb and until at the age of three, process life more slowly than adults. They depend on caregivers for nourishment, protection, nervous system regulation, and survival. They are also exquisitely sensitive, aware and capable of perceiving and communicating with the world around them. When events happen too quickly or insensitively, babies have few options. They tend to withdraw into dissociative states, which often present again in session work.
We will review:
Specific important prenatal embryological and psychological events and challenges, with potential effects on body and psyche, including conception, implantation, heart folding and ignition. Discussion of the potential impact of modern assisted reproductive technology on parents and baby
The significance of the perception of relational safety and support within the field of the birthing parent and baby, effects of stress, and umbilical affect
Potential birth interventions and traumas as well as possible lifelong effects
Potential effects of postpartum interventions, separation and bonding
Our hidden embryological potential, how to access it through our awareness and gentle fluid body movement
We will explore:
How to recognize early pre-, peri- or post-natal material arising in session work or life
How to take care of ourselves as practitioners when our own early material arises
Verbal and trauma skills helpful in meeting early trauma and parental trauma/stress arising in session work, including supporting social engagement nervous system awakening within a safe relational field
Gentle birth process work
Table session work relating to specific prenatal/embryological events
Tuition & ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
Workshop Fee: $925 per module
Good physical and psychological health
Submission of the online enrollment/application form
A sound training in anatomy and physiology
An understanding of pathology and symptomology
Completion of a certified foundation training in Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy and or have completed Craniosacral Courses
* If you are interested in the training but have not filled these prerequisites, please contact Stillpoint to discuss possible options