jump to navigation

Starting Sept. 21: RECLAMATION: A Group for Those Recovering from Religious Harm August 27, 2016

Posted by ebmc in Classes, Community CONNECTIONS, Community EVENTS, Sitting groups & Support groups.
add a comment

This 10 week group offers a safe place for individuals to come together to acknowledge and work through experiences that have caused religious/spiritual harm or wounding. It is a space for individuals to process harm experienced while a member of a church, a “high-demand” group, or a cult. Participants will support each other through a therapeutic process that includes the sharing of stories, drama therapy and experiential exercises, improvisation techniques, journaling, movement, art and group processing.

6:30-9:00 p.m.

No group on Oct. 5th or Nov. 23rd

Intake interview required

Please call Sarah at 415-820-9696 x19 or email at sarahlivingarts@gmail.com

Facilitated by:
Sarah Harkness, MA, LMFT #88566 is a drama therapist and psychotherapist with a private practice in San Mateo. She has worked with people from many different walks of life, and believes in the healing power of sharing stories in a group setting. As a survivor of a “high-demand” group herself, Sarah has experience with those leaving behind religious communities and expressions, as well as with those struggling to still find a spiritual home for themselves within a religious tradition. Holding a space for the diversity within this discernment is part of the uniqueness of this group.


Mindfulness-based Clinical Training Starting in June: Working with Developmental Trauma (for psychotherapists and somatic practitioners who work with trauma) July 21, 2015

Posted by ebmc in Classes, Community EVENTS.
add a comment

CONNECTION: Our Deepest Desire and Greatest Fear:

The NeuroAffective Relational Model™ (NARM™) addresses relational and attachment trauma by working with early, unconscious patterns of disconnection that deeply affect our identity, emotions, physiology and behavior. NARM, which is both a psychodynamic and body centered approach, works simultaneously with identity distortions and nervous system dysregulation, and how each reinforces the other. It works with the link between psychological issues and the body, integrating shock trauma skills into a coherent approach for working with developmental trauma. Working relationally in the present moment, NARM draws on psychodynamic models such as attachment and object relations theory, elements of Somatic Experiencing®, and a non-western orientation to the nature of identity. Learning how to simultaneously work with these elements is a radical shift that has profound clinical implications for healing relational and attachment trauma.

There are continual loops of information going in both directions – from the body to the brain and from the brain to the body. There are similar loops within the lower and higher structures of the brain, that is between the brain stem, limbic system, and cortex. NARM uses both bottom-up and top-down styles of mindfulness to provide a greater depth of exploration and understanding for clients.
• Mindful Awareness (top down) – emphasizes awareness of thoughts and emotions.
• Somatic Mindfulness (bottom-up) – focuses on the felt sense of the body and our instinctive responses as they are mediated through our brain stem toward higher levels of brain organization.

In this two-year clinical training you will learn:
• How to work moment-by-moment with early adaptive survival styles that, while once life-saving, distort clients’ current life experience.
• The different skills needed to work with developmental versus shock trauma. When and why shock trauma interventions may be contraindicated in working with developmental trauma.
• How to address the complex interplay between nervous system dysregulation and identity distortions, such as toxic shame and guilt, low self-esteem, and chronic self-judgment.
• When to work ‘bottom-up’, when to work ‘top-down’, and how to work with both simultaneously to meet the special challenges of developmental trauma.
• How to support clients with a mindful and progressive process of disidentification from identity distortions.
• A new, coherent theory for working with affect and emotions, which aims to support their psychobiological completion.

Watch a 2-HOUR VIDEO INTRODUCTION to the NARM training: http://insightcenter.org/NARM.
Dr. Heller provides an overview of his approach for working with relational and attachment trauma, including misattunement. He covers five adaptive survival styles, their corresponding identity distortions, how aggression becomes split off and internalized in each style to protect the attachment relationship, and how early environmental failures cause distortions of the life force and dysregulation in the nervous system.

DR. LAURENCE HELLER is founder of the NeuroAffective Relational Model, and co-author of Healing Developmental Trauma: How Early Trauma Affects Self-Regulation, Self-Image and the Capacity for Relationship. Heller has been teaching somatically-based psychotherapy for over 35 years. He speaks several languages and for the past 15 years has been conducting NARM seminars and trainings in Switzerland, France, Denmark, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Greece, Holland, Ireland, Norway, and throughout the United States. Heller has been senior faculty for Somatic Experiencing® for many years, and is co-author of Crash Course, a book on auto accidents and the basics of shock trauma. Dr. Heller co-founded the Gestalt Institute of Denver and later the Rocky Mountain Psychotherapy Institute where he trained hundreds of mental health professionals. He has provided thousands of case consultations for therapists in the United States and Europe.

CEU’s are available from the American Psychological Association, the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, and the California Board of Registered Nursing.

Module 1: June 10-13, 2016 — Early registration ends May 10, 2016
Module 2: August 19-22, 2016 — Early registration ends July 19, 2016
Module 3: January 27-30, 2017 — Early registration ends January 1, 2017
Module 4: July 14-17, 2017 — Early registration ends June 14, 2017
Module 5: December 1-4, 2017 — Early registration ends November 1, 2017
Module 6: February 9-12, 2018 — Early registration ends January 9, 2018
(East Bay location – to be announced)

• Full Tuition Rate — $845/module
• Early Registration Rate — $795/module

TO REGISTER and for more information contact:
Abby Rose, SEP, HSE
Coordinator/Bay Area NARM

First Sunday of the Month Teachings: Inner Spirit-Child February 26, 2014

Posted by ebmc in Classes, Community EVENTS, Dharma.
add a comment

Project Root’s Dana Cafe is a monthly gathering in Oakland offering vital teachings at no cost to participants. Each month on first Sunday, we invite a different teacher from various arts and healing traditions. Our monthly classes are offered for Dana (donations) and there is no set fee to attend.

We are happy to welcome Skye Ward, Lisa Cohen, and Vaschelle Andre’ to lead us on March 2, at 6pm.
Have you seen your Spirit child?

In this Dana Cafe session participants will engage in a healing meditation with the intention of welcoming the return of our inner spirit-child. We will employ meditation, visualization, storytelling and guided imagery to re(member) our core spirit-mind-body. We will pay tribute and celebrate our inner spirit-child, and reclaim wonderment, curiosity and innocence that are so often lost through the rigors of adulthood. And, where appropriate, and with a light touch we will banish old hurts and wounds. The primary focus and intention of this session is one of self-compassion, not reconstituting childhood trauma. Participants will be encouraged to be playful, joyful and appreciative of their inner spirit-child. The session will begin promptly at 6:00 pm with grounding exercises, then quiet meditation. Please kindly refer to the preparation checklist below.

A detailed outline of the session will be available to confirmed attendees.
Please kindly RSVP here: danacafe@projectroot.org

Music Medicine:
Lisa Cohen will serenade participants’ spirit-child with a lullaby and hail up the adult with a rousing praise song. Djenba Skye and Vaschelle Andre´ will join Lisa in the celebration by taking photo portraits of each participant posed side-by-side and engaged with their childhood photograph. These portraits infused with the energy medicine and our collective witnessing in the session will serve as a talisman and balm that participants may use in their meditation practice—this is strong medicine.

Preparation Checklist:

  • Participants are requested to bring a 5×7 framed photograph of them taken during childhood. If no such photograph is available other mementos will suffice.
  • Participants are requested to bring a journal for a brief writing exercise.
  • Participants are encouraged to arrive early. We start promptly at 6:00pm.
  • Participants are requested to bring personal cameras or use their mobile cameras.
  • Participants are invited to bring sacred objects and/or tributes for their spirit-child.

All are invited and welcome.

Dana Cafe is held at Temescal Art Center
511 48th St. @ Telegraph Ave. Oakland
This class is offered for dana (donations).
Please arrive at least 15 minutes early
Dress comfortably and bring a water bottle

Public Transportation
MacArthur BART Station
AC Bus lines 1, 1R, 12, and 57


Medicine Women/Facilitators

Vaschelle Andre:
I am a gypsy soul, world traveling visionist, in Love with the Divine Mystery. I use this expression of who I am through my work as a photographer, this is my Sacred Path. I like to tell a story with my photography. There is a transformative quality in the mystery of discovering when ones essence is revealed, If you have a difficult time in front of the camera, my work is to your experience in the most comfortable way and to bring out your authentic self. I love to work with the idea of photography as medicine. This work between myself and another is a collaborative experience, it is a sacred journey of alchemy and healing.

Lisa Cohen:
Lisa is a truly gifted; unique Bay area blues, jazz; gospel vocalist, who has been wowing audiences on the Women’s Music circuit for years with her soulful singing & dynamic stage presence. Lisa wraps her smoky rich, multi-octave, sweet as honey voice around any song she sings. Whether as a solo acapella artist belting out songs stripped bare and made whole using only the power and the beauty that is her voice or in joyous harmony with other musicians making musical soundscapes, She just loves to give life to song. You can call it jazz,or blues or gospel or call it what you will, and you will cause this is one singer who really brings all that she is through Spirit, into the song she’s singing into life. Opening her heart, singing from her soul, reaching deep one soul to another, to another, to another…

Skye Ward:
Since 1997, Skye Ward has traveled to five continents. She is interested in exploring global issues, including the intersections of race, gender, economic exploitation, and the sociopolitical conditions among the people she meets during her travels. Travel is an integral part of her spiritual practice, as she approaches other cultures from a position of openness, wonderment, and mutual respect.
Skye Ward offers a transformational workshop called
“Conjuring Wellness & Renewal: A Transnational Feminist Approach to Global Travel.” In it, she provides an introduction to overseas travel as a means for transformational healing, self-discovery and the development of transnational feminist connections and practices.

Chair Yoga Teacher Training in Marin July 1, 2013

Posted by ebmc in Classes.
add a comment

12-hour Chair Yoga Teacher Training in Marin, CA.

July 27-28th

Learn how to teach yoga and senior homes, hospitals and corporations. And more.
Learn to teach adapted chair yoga postures within a mixed level yoga class and private sessions in chairs (standing and seated).

A 100+ page teaching manual, a Certificate of completion and vegetarian lunches included.

Email for more info: info@sunlightyoga.com
or visit us at www.sunlightchairyoga.com

Stacie Saraswati
SunLight Chair Yoga Book and Trainings

Aikido Shusekai in Berkeley February 28, 2012

Posted by ebmc in Classes.
comments closed


For those of you with children five and up who are interested in martial arts, I highly recommend Aikido Shusekai in Berkeley at 2525 Eighth St. Excellent age/developmentally appropriate instruction is offered as well as a free trial class. For more information visit http://www.aikiarts.com/kids.

All the best,
Meghan Lewis, PhD