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Trauma, Body, and the Brain - Synchronicity, Rhythmicity and Play in the Healing of Trauma - A Workshop for Professionals with Bessel van der Kolk and Licia Sky in a Retreat Setting

Trauma, Body, and the Brain

Synchronicity, Rhythmicity and Play in the Healing of Trauma 

An exclusive, cutting-edge workshop for professionals in a retreat setting

Where: Gubbio, Italy

When: 14-18 September 2018

Group size: 45 places only

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Trauma is not a story of what has happened in the past. The experience that started outside is lived out within the theater of the body-- survivors no longer feel safe inside their own skin. Based on Dr. van der Kolk’s own research and that of other leading trauma specialists, this workshop will demonstrate ways to reclaim one’s self after trauma.

Recovery from trauma involves learning how to restore a sense of visceral safety and reclaiming a loving relationship with one’s self, one’s entire organism. Awareness of physical sensations forms the very foundation of our human consciousness.  

Combining neuroscience and experiential learning, Bessel van der Kolk and Licia Sky demonstrate affect regulation techniques, examine ways to deal with fragmented self-experience; the role of interpersonal rhythms and attunement in establishing a sense of self and community through yoga, meditation, theater, music, movement, vocalization, and psychodrama demonstration.

The presenters combine didactic and experiential learning, from neuroscience to establishing a sense of self and community, through yoga, meditation, theater, music, movement, vocalization, and psychodrama.


  • how the brain is shaped by experience
  • how trauma affects the developing mind and brain
  • how trauma affects self- awareness and self-regulation
  • techniques to become safely aware of physical sensations and establishing synchronicity, agency, efficacy, and meaningful connections

This exclusive workshop retreat is set in beautiful Tuscany just outside of Gubbio. The price includes accommodation and all vegetarian meals at Casa Sangam. Flights to the venue are not included. For further information about the venue and flights click here.

Available Dates:

☾ Fri, 14 Sep, 2018 - 07:00p to Tue, 18 Sep, 2018 - 12:30p CEST - Gubbio (PG), Gubbio (PG)
☾ Fri, 14 Sep, 2018 - 07:00p to Tue, 18 Sep, 2018 - 12:30p CEST - Gubbio (PG), Gubbio (PG)
Please Note: Programs with a ☾ insignia begin after 5pm or air on the weekend.


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Speakers :
Bessel van der Kolk |  Licia Sky
4 Days
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CPD This live program is worth 26.5 hours CPD.


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Bessel van der Kolk MD has spent his career studying how children and adults adapt to traumatic experiences, and has translated emerging findings from neuroscience and attachment research to develop and study a range of potentially effective treatments for traumatic stress in children and adults.

In 1984, he set up one of the first clinical/research centers in the US dedicated to study and treatment of traumatic stress in civilian populations, which has trained numerous researchers and clinicians specializing in the study and treatment of traumatic stress, and which has been continually funded to research the impact of traumatic stress and effective treatment interventions. He did the first studies on the effects of SSRIs on PTSD; was a member of the first neuroimaging team to investigate how trauma changes brain processes, and did the first research linking BPD and deliberate self-injury to trauma and neglect in early childhood.

Much of his research has focused on how trauma has a different impact at different stages of development, and that disruptions in care-giving systems have additional deleterious effects that need to be addressed for effective intervention. In order to promote a deeper understanding of the impact of childhood trauma and to foster the development and execution of effective treatment interventions, he initiated the process that led to the establishment of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN), a Congressionally mandated initiative that now funds approximately 150 centers specializing in developing effective treatment interventions, and implementing them in a wide array of settings, from juvenile detention centers to tribal agencies, nationwide.

He has focused on studying treatments that stabilize physiology, increase executive functioning and help traumatized individuals to feel fully alert to the present. This has included an NIMH funded study on EMDR and NCCAM funded study of yoga, and, in recent years, the study of neurofeedback to investigate whether attentional and perceptual systems (and the neural tracks responsible for them) can be altered by changing EEG patterns.

His efforts resulted in the establishment of Trauma Center, that consist of a well-trained clinical team specializing in the treatment of children and adults with histories of child maltreatment, that applies treatment models that are widely taught and implemented nationwide, a research lab that studies the effects of neurofeedback and MDMA on behavior, mood, and executive functioning, and numerous trainings nationwide to a variety of mental health professional, educators, parent groups, policy makers, and law enforcement personnel.

Dr. van der Kolk is the author of the NY Times best-selling book The Body Keeps The Score.

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Licia Sky, LMT, BFA, is a singer-songwriter, artist, and musician who integrates music, movement, vocalizing, guided focusing, conversation-enhanced awareness, and touch in order to foster safe transformative experiences. Her dynamic methods are informed by polyvagal theory, the latest research on trauma and the body, and more than 25 years as an intuitive bodywork therapist.


  • Neuroscience & Brain Development-- how the brain is shaped by experience
  • Interpersonal neurobiology--the nature of human attachment and how it affects us throughout life
  • How children learn to regulate their arousal systems

  • Effects of Early Life Trauma— The derailment of developmental processes & brain development due to trauma, abuse and neglect
  • How the brain responds to threat
  • The breakdown of information processing in trauma


  1. Learn how trauma is experienced on a sensory processing level, and how trauma interferes with the ability to experience one’s self and environment in the present moment.
  2. Learn about trauma and memory processing.
  3. Discuss how trauma disrupts the experience and awareness of time.
  4. Discuss how somatic awareness helps to resolve traumatic memories and promote mastery over the post-traumatic legacy of constriction, disconnection, and loss.
  5. Learn essential elements to build a safe container.
  6. Learn guided observation-specific body scanning meditations in stillness and in movement that foster embodied self-awareness, tolerance of self experience, self-regulation, and enhance safe engagement and expand the capacity for curiosity, spontaneity, joy, and play.
  7. Learn how rhythm and sensate experience, body-centered approaches drawn from theater, music, yoga, and play for building attunement, can help release people from a trauma-based identity and restore a sense of agency.
  8. Learn theater based techniques for embodying and shifting affective states.

  9. Learn how neurofeedback can rewire the fear-driven brain.
  10. Practice these research informed exercises in a safe, supervised environment, experiencing their effects, and receive develop your own template for how to integrate them into your own treatment protocols to renew and empower your own professional work.


Friday: 19:00-21:30 (2.5 hrs)

Saturday: 9:00-12:00, 14:30-17:30, 19:30-21:30 (8 hrs)

Sunday: 9:00-12:00, 14:30-16:30 (5 hrs)

Monday: 9:00-12:00, 14:30-17:30, 19:30-21:30 (8 hrs)

Tuesday: 8:00-10:45 (2.45 hrs)



Casa Sangam

Agriturismo per Ritiri Spirituali, Via Maria Maddalena S., 16, Gubbio (PG), Gubbio (PG) 06024, Italy
+39 075 922 0644

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