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  • Trauma, Attachment, and Embracing Essence

  • A Training with Dr. Diane Poole Heller

  • Part I Workshop: Febuary 1 – 5, 2012

  • Advanced Clinical Training: Febuary 5 – 7, 2012

  • Part I Workshop:

    How does our early childhood affect our adult relationships? Why is it difficult to live our deepest spiritual and psychological realizations in our day-to-day interactions with others? How can understanding our early-childhood environment help us alleviate our chronic emotional, physical and psychological suffering?

    In this workshop we will approach these questions in an experiential way, working to heal the trauma of early childhood development and focusing on how we can attain deeper connection, meaning and passion in our adult relationships. We will explore the unconscious parts of ourselves that can block contact and intimacy and how they are overcome by:

    • Excavating and revealing one’s natural healthy attachment system

    • Exploring specific examples of how early childhood patterns develop within families and individuals which obscure our innate ability to bond

    • Examining how these blockages have been stored in the body and work to release and relax the energy

    • Discovering why early attachment descriptions become activated and old patterns get reenacted in adult life with intimate relationships.

    There will be opportunities to work one-on-one with experienced trauma therapists, who will be supporting the work of the group. This workshop will include meditation, experiential inquiry exercises, discussion, and demonstrations. Though this workshop is open to anyone, it is not an introductory retreat, and will be most beneficial to those engaged in exploring their inner experience.

    Continuing Education Units will be available for a nominal fee for both parts of the training.

    Part I: 22 Hours
    Part II: 10 Hours

    Advanced Clinical Training: February 5 – 7, 2012

    This practicum class prepares clinicians, therapists, teachers, body-workers, and other healing arts professionals to approach trauma and attachment holistically and effectively by engaging all aspects of the human experience: body, mind, and spirit. Through lectures, interactive exercises, DVD presentations and live demonstrations you will learn to recognize various early attachment models. In addition you will see the practical application of Somatic Experiencing principles, techniques and corrective experiences to alleviate stuck attachment patterns.

    To help you to address your clients’ recovery needs and tap into the natural and vast potential for healing and growth, we will present a unique blend of therapeutic modalities, including Somatic Attachment® techniques, and Dynamic Re-Patterning Experience. Additionally, we will incorporate spiritual perspectives from the Diamond Approach® and elsewhere.

    For anyone interested in this additional training, the only pre-requisite is to have attended the Part I workshop.

    About the Teacher:

    As a dynamic teacher and expert in the fields of trauma resolution, attachment models and integrative healing techniques, Diane Poole Heller, Ph.D., has been featured at prestigious international seminars and conferences and is the author of numerous articles in the field. Dr. Heller began her work with Peter Levine, founder of the Somatic Experiencing Training Institute and the “Somatic Experiencing” (SE) method of trauma resolution in 1989. She developed Somatic Attachment Healing Strategies and is a Senior Faculty member for the Institute, teaching worldwide. Her book “Crash Course,” a guidebook on how to resolve auto accident trauma, is used as a resource for healing general trauma in the US and internationally. She weaves her 30 years of experience in the Diamond Approach spiritual practice with what she has learned in the field of body, mind, and spiritual sciences in a holistic approach to trauma healing. Visit her website: www.drdianepooleheller.com.

    Training Schedule:

    February 1, 2012: Check-in begins from 3-6 PM, followed by dinner and an evening meeting:

    February 2-4, 2012: Short talks, periods of meditation and discussion, as well as experiential exercises. Full breakfast, lunch and dinner served between meetings.

    February 5, 2012: Breakfast and a morning meeting, followed by a departure lunch for participants of Part I only. The Advanced Clinical Training will resume after lunch.

    February 6-7, 2012: The Advanced Clinical Training will end with lunch on Tuesday.

  • Retreat Costs:

    Pricing is all-inclusive, and covers program tuition, accommodations, and all meals during the retreat.

    Pricing for Part I Workshop only:

    Single room: $1000 per person
    Please inquire about availability of single rooms

    Double room: $750 per person

    Triple room: $700 per person

    Commuter: $600 per person

    Pricing for Part I and Advanced Clinical Training:

    Single room: $1825 per person
    Please inquire about availability of single rooms

    Double room: $1475 per person

    Triple room: $1375 per person

    Commuter: $1225 per person

    Your deposit is refundable less a $50 cancellation fee if you cancel anytime before January 11, 2012. After this date, your deposit is not refundable.


    Some scholarship assistance will be available for this retreat. Click here for more information.