Somatic Movement Therapy Training Program
Advanced Level Embodied Flow Track
Taught by Dr. Scott Lyons and Myra Avedon
The intention of the Embodied Flow Somatic Movement Therapy (EFSMT) Program is to offer the practitioner tools to work with groups and individuals to enhance mental, emotional, physical and biological functions in order to bring optimal well-being and healing. For this approach, healing is the processes of returning to wholeness. This sense of flourishing and well-being can be achieved by a range of practices that are self-expanding such as bringing consciousness into one’s experience of their optimal potential, providing a felt sense of agency, or even finding more ease and efficiency within the muscles and joints of their body.
This program integrates non-dualistic tantric philosophy, embodiment practices, humanistic psychology, Mind-Body Medicine techniques, and somatic body-work therapies. The term somatics is derived from the Latin word soma, meaning the living body. Somatics was developed by Thomas Hanna as an approach to experience the body from within in order to actualize human potential and to innate the processes of healing. The felt sense of our self, also known as Embodiment, leads to an experience of being comfortable in one’s own skin. Ultimately this facilitates:
- self awareness
- emotional regulation
- enhanced cognitive processing
- easeful decision making of complex situations
- body related self confidence
- greater sense of self-control
- enhanced intuition
- a feeling of being both authentic and interconnected with others and the environment.
A somatic movement therapist fosters these benefits by empowering their students and clients to utilize their own pathways and resources to reach their desired goals.
The non-dual lens of this program recognizes that mind, body, and spirit are one, that each individual is already whole, and the path to well-being requires addressing the obstructions getting in the way of that wholeness.
Why A Movement Therapist?
Even in stillness there is movement. Where there is stagnation (lack of movement) there is dis-ease, and wherever there is movement there is opportunity for vibrancy and health. In Embodied Flow we recognize that movement is foundation for attaining awareness, transformational processing, and actualizing our students' and clients' goals. The primary objective of an EFSMT is to support others in their journey of self actualization, allowing them to step into and sustain a state of flow.
Our program maintains the high standards of an Approved Training Program of the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association (ISMETA). Our graduates meet all requirements to become Registered Somatic Movement Educators and Therapists.
This special program builds on our current Advanced modules – Body, Mind and Expression. After students have successfully completed the Body and Mind modules of Part 1, they are eligible to advance on to Part 2 and continue the path to an additional certification as a Somatic Movement Therapist.
*Please note: to receive the full the Somatic Movement Therapy certification, the Expression module will also need to be taken.
Completion of Part 1 allows you to register as a RYT-500
Body 1 – Embodiment
Mind 1 - Flow
Expression - The Art of Teaching
Completion of both Parts 1 and 2 allows you to register as EF Somatic Movement Therapist
Body 2- Advanced Biomechanics and Therapeutics
Mind 2- Somatic Psychology, Mind-Body Medicine, and Holistic Coaching.
Projected Schedule for Part 2 (Body 2 & Mind 2):
The daily schedule will be subject to change based on the day and the needs of the students.
8 am - 8:30am: Opening meditation
8:30am - 10:30am: Movement practice and feedback session. The movement practices will be co-taught by two participants. The participants will receive feedback for their teaching and applied pedagogy (teaching skills) will be workshopped.
10:30am - 12:00pm: Bodywork Training (Thai massage/ shiatsu/ Myofascial Release training or group processing training)
12:00pm - 1:30pm: Lunch
1:30pm - 4:30pm: Lecture & Embodiment Lab (Body Systems, Developmental Movement, Themes of obstruction of flow, Movement Therapy)
4:30pm - 6:30pm: One-on-one movement therapy training (biomechanics, movement repatterning, somatic psychology techniques, Professional Development and Ethics) and practice sessions with feedback
We’re thrilled to have Myra Avedon join Dr. Scott Lyons for this training!
About Myra Avedon
Myra lead the School for Body-Mind Centering® (SBMC/BMC) for 10 years, first in her position as the Program’s Director, and later as C0-Educational Director with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen (founder of BMC). She has taught Body-Mind Centering for 30 years, teaching and presenting the work internationally for 20 years. She holds a Masters Degree in Humanistic Psychology with a specialization in somatic therapy and working with trauma; her Bachelor Degree is in Visual Arts. She is a Certified Massage Therapist since 1982, with extensive training in Osteopathy and working with acute and chronic conditions. She was the Administrative Dean, a on Faculty at the University for Humanistic Studies, and served on Faculty at Body Mind College, The Stillpoint School of Massage, The School for Integrative Acupressure, and the International Professional School of Bodywork. She worked with Indochinese refugee resettlement and juvenile delinquency prevention after the Vietnam War in the Social Services as a Community Organizer and Developer. Prior to that she was an Art Teacher with underprivileged children, a Youth Group Advisor, and Summer Camp Director. Myra is an American currently living and working in Prien am Chiemsee.
Ananda Cottages in Ubud, Bali
The Ananda Ubud Cottages are located in the idyllic hills of Bali, just a 25 minute walk from the village center of Ubud, surrounded by lush, green, fertile rice paddies. Traditional Balinese architecture characterizes the cottages. All rooms are air conditioned and include beautiful garden bathrooms, conveying the essence of the tropics. Ananda Ubud Cottages have an extensive history of offering Yoga and Spa Service since 1978, and it’s one of the most notable retreat centers in all of Ubud.
Ubud is the artistic and cultural heart of Bali. It is home to many painters, dancers, musicians and sculptors. Three art museums have both traditional and modern fine art. The Ubud market is a favorite with a vast array of local produce. While exploring the nearby Monkey Forest Nature Reserve, you will find an ancient Hindu Temple in the midst of the jungle. Ananda Ubud Cottages is an Ubud accommodation budget, which includes a lush private garden, swimming pool and a very large shala, ideal for group movement in the midst of its peaceful surrounding.
The training includes breakfast. Please indicate on your application if you have any dietary restrictions or food allergies.
There is also a massage included for students with onsite accommodations.
Early Registration Rates (must be paid in FULL by November 1, 2018)
Tuition + Single Room at Ananda Cottages: $4600
Tuition + Shared Room at Ananda Cottages: $3800
Tuition + Offsite: $3300
*The training includes breakfast. Please indicate on your application if you have any dietary restrictions or food allergies.
*There is also a massage included for students with onsite accommodations.