Somatic Consensus Training

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

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

 

  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.
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