2-week Relational Embodiment Residency

From co-regulation to collective action

“Regulate – Restore – Respond”

March 19- April 2 2023

Bergerac, France


Key Info

What is it?

A 2-week residency consisting of intensive small-group and whole-group workshops, discussions and experiential sessions. We will create as safe a container as possible to enable the emergence of relational insights and attachment resiliency. The immersion format allows for insights from structured experiential sessions to be integrated in relationships during the residency itself. There will be plenty of Open Spaces for residents to  learn, practice and share skills with one another.  The residency includes time and space for you to continue your daily personal work and projects (35-40h/week). 

Note: People must be able to attend all daily structured sessions (about 1.5h/day) and a daily period of collective care (1h/day) in order to be accepted in the residency.

Why?

The quality of our relationships accounts among the most important factors for both physical and mental health. In school we did not learn how to build strong relationships, how to repair a connection when a rupture occurred, or how to express our needs for safety and emotional support. This residency aims to strengthen our way of engaging in relationships so that we can feel freer to be ourselves with others, and build strong bonds.

  • Regulate: We will learn to co-regulate, which means we learn to support one another to feel better together. We learn to feel better somatically (in our body), emotionally (feeling well-being), cognitively (experiencing more meaning in life) and socially (feeling more embedded with others).
  • Restore: From this sense of connection, our patterns of dysregulation and dissociation can soften and be released. 
  • Respond: As we grow our nervous system capacity and relational skills, we have more space and possibility for new ways of engaging with the world.

The conceptual framework for group sessions stems of psychodynamic and attachment theories as well as social and positive psychology. The NeuroSystemics methodology specifically includes nervous system science to support relational resiliency. We emphasize “neuroceptive safety” which means we specifically attempt to modulate the containment of the group to skilfully face the challenges emerging, and embody the resources developed. For example, we start with a short embodiment practice at the beginning of the session to prime for somatic sensitivity and speaking from a place of experience. As the group builds in its quality of compassion, mutual support and enjoyment, it become a womb-like experience which enables a deep nervous system regulation for the group as a whole.

When is it?

Sunday March 19th @ 5pm until Sunday April 2nd @ 1pm

What Practices are Involved?

Workshops:

  • # of participants: whole group
  • # of facilitators: whole NeuroSystemics team
  • Duration: 1.5 hours 
  • Session type: Educational
  • Processes: 
    • Presentations
    • Personal reflections
    • Discussions

Resiliency Circles (RC):

  • # of participants: 5-8 members
  • # of facilitators: 2 NeuroSystemics team members
  • Duration: 1.5 hours 
  • Session type: Experiential & present-moment focused
  • Process: short embodiment practice as introduction, then the space is open for sharing one’s present moment experience about whatever is emerging inside oneself and in the group interactions

Meta-Circle (MC):

  • # of participants: whole group (whole-group experiential session)
  • # of facilitators: whole NeuroSystemics team
  • Duration: 2.5 hours 
  • Session type: Experiential & present-moment focused
  • Process: 
    • a specific theme is chosen to explore collectively, which will be relevant to subjects emerging in the Resiliency Groups. 
    • The MC starts with a short embodiment practice as introduction, then
    • A short presentation is given on the EF theme, and 
    • A collective exploratory space is open for sharing one’s present moment experience about whatever is happening inside oneself and in the group interactions

Open-Spaces:

  • # of participants: variable, depending on who has the interest to join
  • # of facilitators: variable, depending on who has the skills and interest in leading
  • Duration: 1.5 hours 
  • Session type: variable, depending on the session-content

Schedule

DayWeek 1Week 2
SundayArrival & WelcomeMeta-Circle #1
Monday Workshop #1: “Process Group EssentialsFree day
TuesdayResiliency Circle #1Resiliency Circle #4
WednesdayWorkshop #2: “Group LifecycleWorkshop #3: “Embodying emotions in relationships
ThursdayResiliency Circle #2Resiliency Circle #5
FridayFree dayFree Day
SaturdayResiliency Circle #3Meta-Circle #2
  • There are also 
    • daily morning (7am) and evening (9pm) practices. 
    • daily collective care sessions (work around the house/garden) of 1h
    • Open spaces can be proposed at any time during the residency

Who is it for?

This community residency is for you if you’re passionate about personal and relational development, and committed to strengthening your community.

We will have a maximum of 18 participants and 6 facilitators and participants will be divided into subgroups of 6 for RC sessions, each with 2 facilitators.

Where is it?

Life Itself Praxis Hub, Bergerac, France. A palazzo in the Dordogne in the medieval town of Bergerac near Bordeaux.

View of Bergerac on the Dordogne

How does it cost?

The Basic cost of the residency will be ab0ut 1400 euros.

Our aim is that cost is not an obstacle to anyone participating. If finance is an issue, please get in touch and we will see if we can provide support in some way or another.

If you’d like to offer a contribution to support someone else to join, we would be delighted to hear from you; please email praxis@lifeitself.org

How to apply

Please understand that there are a limited number of places available in each community residency and training.

Residency Application Procedure:

  1. A preliminary application is filled by participants on the Life Itself website
  2. The NeuroSystemics Team evaluates the application questionnaire
  3. The NeuroSystemics Team conducts a discussion/interview with participants

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Facilitation & Hosting Team

Boaz is a clinical psychologist, a Dharma teacher in the Western Insight tradition and a trainer acting for worldwide positive change. He has worked with international organisations (UNHCR, UNOCHA, WHO, Doctors Without Borders) in a variety of humanitarian contexts, studied MBCT/MBSR at University of Oxford/Bangor, and ordained as a Buddhist Monk in Thailand in his early 20’s. He founded NeuroSystemics, an integrative somatically-centred approach for spiritual, and psychosocial development and healing.

Rebekka is a mindfulness coach (ICF) and counsellor for individual and group sessions. She is extensively trained in Organic Intelligence®, a clinical protocol for trauma resolution through shepherding nervous system states from bottom-up. Her participation in NeuroSystemics expands her contribution to healing from an individual to a greater, psycho-social frame through group work. She is a certified yoga teacher and the co-founder of multiple yoga Studios.

Working over 30 years, Heath weaves his expertise as a psychologist, trauma healer, rolf practitioner, craniosacral therapist, enneagram consultant, dating/relationship coach, and has been trained  in Somatic Experiencing. Heath has a long-standing Vipassana meditation practice and founded the 5aspects® center, where Body, Sexuality, Heart, Mind and Spirit can heal, grow and flourish.

Helena is an Entrepreneur, Researcher and Human Empowerment and Resiliency Coach (Organic Intelligence) and an International Voice & Acting Coach. She is the CEO and Founder of Helena Walsh Empowerment Studios.  Over the past twenty five years she has worked with people all over the world, from top executives and CEO’s, to preparing leading actors for major TV network shows.

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