Somatic Consensus: Body of Wisdom trainings

Somatic Consensus practices help align our core values with our words and actions. By “coming to our senses,” we can access a discriminating wisdom and be more balanced and centered as we face the unknowns of life, love and learning.

2014-05-15 16.55.36-1To live our lives  fully, it is essential to understand and articulate what we deeply care about. This is where Somatic Consensus begins. Somatic Consensus training engages our physical, emotional, linguistic, intellectual and intuitive resources and helps them work together so we can build our capacity to manage mood and emotion, take skillful, decisive action and relate compassionately. In our busyness, relationships are often not given what they need.  Somatic Consensus processes honor the time and space needed to create connection and build trust. Training draws upon the traditions of mastery from the non-aggressive martial art of Aikido.  Add Somatic Coaching and Nonviolent Communication (NVC) to the mix, and you get simple yet deep techniques for recognizing our mind and body’s habitual reactions to pressure.  This recognition paves the way to more skillful and inclusive responses in challenging moments and turns old reactions into powerful new resources for connection and healing. Intentional, deliberate and committed practice over time Somatic Consensus builds within us the qualities of dignity, grace, empathy, compassion and integrity in a similar way that a martial artist or a craftsman builds his or her muscles, skills and abilities.



These programs draw from the fields of:

  • Somatics and Somatic Psychology
  • The non-aggressive martial art of Aikido2014-05-12 14.08.22
  • Nonviolent Communication
  • Consensus Decision Making models
  • Mindfulness

(Brief descriptions are below) Objectives and Outcomes in a nutshell:

  • Sustainability
  • Skill building
  • Caring relationships and fostering empathy
  • Empowerment for the students and the school
  • Enhanced critical thinking and performance
  • Accountability and personal investment

IMG_1816“Body of Wisdom gave me tools to have better awareness and increased sensitivity within my communications.” —Doug Orton “Go to the Body of Wisdom workshop! It’s worth it, but you might not know the real reason why until afterward.” —Kathy Buys






David Weinstock is the originator of Somatic Consensus and founder of Liminal Somatics.  He is a certified Somatic Coach through the Strozzi Institute and Stuart Heller’s Five Rings Coaching Institute.  He is a certified international trainer of Nonviolent Communication and a teacher and practitioner of Aikido for 30 years. His workshops and classes are designed to develop the abilities to self-direct, self-generate, and navigate through the complexities of life with greater clarity and integrity. He leads trainings locally and around the world—in his community, schools, prisons, and communities on four continents.

David draws from 35 years experience as an entrepreneur and artisan. As a respected Master Goldsmith he helped to create Green Karat, an organization that tackles the environmental hazards of the gold industry by promoting recycled, post-consumer gold and stones. David is currently a board member and co-founder of Peace Dojos International. This is an organization that works for peace and justice by means of self- mastery and community service with the martial arts as its medium. David serves as Executive Director of Community Artworks an organization devoted to helping community leaders manifest their dreams through the practice of fully embodied skills and actions.

Judith Weinstock teaches Nonviolent Communication, Re-Evaluation Counseling and somatic practices through the mediums of food, music and communication. She has published two cookbooks and for the last ten years Judith has been teaching “Humanities Through Food”, a curriculum that she has developed that integrates history, ethics, economics, nutrition, agriculture, culture, science and food politics through the lens of food and the art of cooking.  She is currently writing a third cookbook based on this curriculum. Judith Weinstock teaches Re-evaluation Counseling and Nonviolent Communication .  She has taught/coached voice as a somatic practice.

David and Judith co-founded an intentional community, where they have raised their family over the past twenty five years. They have devoted their adult lives to practicing community, committing themselves to an integrated and intentional way of life. All of their work is based on building our connection to one another and to nature. They are committed to bringing all voices to the circle, reclaim community and value diversity so we can sustain life on this planet for generations to come.


Core Skills and Knowledge

  • Empathic listening
  • The Foundations for Mastery
  • Nonviolent Communication-verbal and non-verbal skills
  • Leadership Training
  • Earth/Body connections


Through this Program students will learn to:

  • Transform self‐limiting beliefs and habits
  • Effectively manage and regulate moods
  • Take decisive action
  • Trust their intuition and improve the sense of timing
  • Embrace a greater community vision while attending to details
  • Recognize and cultivate/ natural strengths, talents, and intelligences
  • Bring to a more conscious level what they communicate beyond words
  • Build the ability to take action gracefully under pressure
  • Develop their ability to self-regulate self-organize and self-motivate
  • Practice becoming a more receptive listener and offer greatersupport to one another
  • Reveal and enhance their unique leadership style, deepening the capacity to listen and speak their truth
  • Make requests that produce results
  • Take decisive action that aligns with values
  • Declare their commitments and more effectively fulfill them


There are 4 main components to this curriculum that will unfold each month from November thru May. Together, they provide an integrated foundation into the basics of Somatic Consensus processes, Nonviolent Communication and the practice of Community.

  1. Somatic Consensus: This portion of the training is designed to help students to clarify the future they desire and develop the skills they need to make this future a reality. Participants examine embedded patterns that often go unnoticed and learn simple daily centering practices for aligning their core values with their words and actions.
  2. Embodying Nonviolent Communication:Students will learn to work through conflicts and increase their capacity to resource diversity. In the NVC “Dojo”, practice transforms old embodied strategies and verbal patterns that no longer work for us into resources that produce an authenticity and presence that inspire trust and credibility.
  3. A Taste of Beauty:Feeding ourselves is probably the most intimate daily somatic practice we engage in from birth to death. Our habits and practices in regards to food provide a powerful basis for self-care, for engaging community and for recognizing our connections to all life on this planet. Our hearts are always seeking beauty. By bringing intention and consciousness to our daily practice around food we can engage all of our senses and bring to the table good conversation, beautiful food and nourishment for body, mind and spirit

  • “Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts.”

    -- Albert Einstein

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