2016-17 Immersion: Deep Dive into Multidimensional Healing


WOTB-Circle-Logo-DesignImmersion, 2016
Now starting in October

A Deep Dive into Multidimensional Healing: 
Body, Mind, Spirit, & Emotions


Are you a practitioner who wants to do deeper work of your own, and offer deeper work to others, including physical touch?

Or a lover of growth and healing who wants deep, committed and loving group support to finally move through that piece that has felt so intractable all these years?

Interchange grad? See what other Interchange grads are saying 

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Wisdom of The Body is a particularly effective group of insights and practices that can help heal a wide variety of symptoms, and equip its practitioners to show up more effectively for themselves and others. An important component of our work is Healing From Neglect, a popular workshop topic we give throughout the year, and also an effect of doing Wisdom of The Body work, which involves exquisite attention to parts of ourselves that may be suffering from habitual neglect.

For the last few years, those who experience the work of Wisdom of The Body have been saying things like,

Wisdom of The Body sessions have allowed me to go deeper inside myself and attend to physical sensations, emotions and themes; this work has helped create more breathing space and more energy flow throughout my body as well as more space for the arising of needs and wants that I’ve habitually learned to squelch. With the support of Jill’s curiosity, openness, sensitivity to my needs, and ability to create a safe container I’ve been able to attend to whatever arises when we work together, and move in the direction of freedom.” – Joan Diamond"Wisdom of the Body"

I received so much love! I felt totally seen, met and accepted! I reached a deep place I have struggled with before, and this time, actually went through it. I cried, laughed and roared. All my expression was welcomed. This is cutting edge somatic healing.” – Ilya Yacobson, LAc

If you have tried talk therapy and didn’t get results, this is for you. Jill uses somatics, actual physical contact, and verbalization to tap into your experience and express what needs expressing. For some, even being a space of unconditional positive regard will be new and transformative. For more experienced practitioners, Wisdom of The Body allows you to get straight to work on what most needs it.”  – Steven L.


Now, for the first time, in the 2016 9-month Immersion, you can learn how to apply ALL the components of Wisdom of The Body to your own healing and repertoire of approaches, while receiving sessions consistently

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You choose one of two tracks: Healing or Practitioner. Both work together in the same group. In the Healing Track, you get this content:

    • An exquisite community of like-minded clients and practitioners who become more and more effective with each other over time
    • A chance to work at an unprecedented level of depth and healing
    • Instruction in and practice with an unusual and extremely effective combination of cognitive, emotional, body, and energy tools you can begin using right away for multidimensional healing
    • Getting in near the ground floor of a cutting-edge healing (un)modality that has the potential to influence how therapy and healing unfold in the coming years and decades
    • Nine months of focused attention and learning from the founder of Wisdom of The Body, a cutting-edge healing modality, and her students
    • The chance to learn and practice an expanded capacity for holding your own and others’ unfolding with the deep compassion and acceptance (beginning with self-acceptance) that enables true healing

In this structure:

  • One day-long workshop and one evening class per month (except December)
  • Three 1:1 sessions with Jill over the nine months

         With these bonuses:

  • Free attendance for you and up to two guests at all Introductory Playshops at no additional charge
  • Free attendance for you, and half price tickets for up to two guests at all public day-long workshops
  • Starting in 2017, possible optional individual sessions from those on the Practitioner Track (by appointment, and depending on their readiness)

In the Practitioner Track, you get everything in the Healing Track and more, in this structure:

  • One day-long workshop and two evening classes per month (except December), one with only the other practitioners, including “working transparently,” a Wisdom of The Body technique in which we as practitioners stop a session to address what’s coming up for us in session, in real time. In this way, we get to work on some of our deepest stuff, that impacts our capacity to show up for others.
  • Arrive early to lay energetic groundwork for the day
  • Stay late, after those on the client track leave, to harvest learning from their session
  • Three  1:1 sessions with Jill over the nine months

With these bonuses:

  • Free attendance for you and up to two guests at all Introductory Playshops at no additional charge
  • Free attendance for you, and half price tickets for up to two guests at all public day-long workshops
  • 1/3 off individual, couples or family sessions with Jill
  • 1/2 off any additional Wisdom of The Body offerings
  • Possible guest speakers and optional field trips where we use the world as our fodder for learning
  • Starting in 2017, possible opportunities to practice giving sessions from to those on the Client Track (by appointment, and depending on your readiness and their willingness)
  • The possibility of paid assistant positions with next years’ class

The immersion is an especially good match for practitioners whose background includes Conscious Dance, energy work, Interchange, Co-Counseling, Contact Improvisation, Hakomi, Family Constellations, and other related modalities.

Apply here for Practitioner Track.

For the Healing Track, email or call Jill (646-753-4537) for interview. (Healing Track makes use of no background in particular, though an openness to personal growth helps a great deal!)

I’m Jill, and I started all this.

Jill Nagle, Founder

Jill Nagle, Founder

If you’re like me, you’ve had lots of sessions over the years with practitioners who couldn’t take you where you needed to go. For me, sometimes, they went like this: I sit down on a couch and start talking about my inner world.  The practitioner listens. Just when I get to a place where I feel a deep release coming–tears, sound, movement, the practitioner becomes anxious, because this is outside what they’re trained to handle. To manage their anxiety, they begin doing their modality to me, at me, on me…in their mind, for me, but instead of helping, it shuts me down, because it interfered with the wisdom of my body.

I could feel in my body where I needed to go…they just couldn’t follow me. Things are changing now. Here’s how I got to to where we are today:

In 2013, I was gifted with a laboratory. I had a partner who was a survivor of extreme trauma. From time to time, she would somaticize (express through her body) her trauma in the form of acute pains in different places of her body. I would hold her, and she would release her emotions, and the pain would dissipate. I asked myself the question that would begin Wisdom of The Body:

Where can an adult go to get sustained, aware, nonsexual physical contact with someone who also has the capacity to hold their feelings?

In the last three years, I have developed Wisdom of The Body, in which we create a field of love and spaciousness for the wisdom of the client’s own body. Together with the client, we co-create what the session looks like. I’ve had students along the way, who learned the work, helped refine it, and gave me the sessions I’ve always wanted to have!

Here’s what we’ve discovered:

  • True healing is modality-agnostic. Modalities can help–a lot–but it helps to know when to let go of them.
  • The best way we can prepare to help our clients is make our own energy field as robust and full of love as possible. To do this, we:
    – Do our own healing in a similarly deep and open-ended fashion as we offer o
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    – Continually work on what comes up for us in showing up as healers
    – Catch ourselves when we go into ego excitement about a modality, energy pattern rigidity, or anything else that pulls us out of attunement
  • Sitting in a chair talking is only one of many ways we can heal.

If you want more from your own journey, and/or a greater capacity to help others, please consider joining us for this immersion.

Apply here for Practitioner Track.

For Healing Track, email or call Jill (646-753-4537) for interview.

Scroll to the bottom for logistics.

What the Immersion will consist of: Nine months of small-group practice with the instructor and with other students, and also with attendees at public events. The work with attendees at public events will begin with observation and review after the event, move to assistance, and eventually into full practitioner participation.

Here’s a three-step overview of what we do in Wisdom of The Body–each of these steps involves smaller steps as well:

PyramidStep one: Create a rich, robust and coherent field
A field is the energy that surrounds the work we do, that holds what come forth. How strong and healthy it is determines what we can create within it, and how well that will go.
Creating a field involves several things. First, it involves getting our own energy body into shape, so that we personally can hold whatever arises. Second, it involves grounding the space we’re about to inhabit with structures to call forth and hold what arises there, so we as practitioners and witnesses can all be held in something larger. Third, we need to get into alignment with anyone else who will be practicing with us in the field so that we ensure coherence of the field. Any number of people in any setting create a field without even trying. With Wisdom of The Body (and many other healing practices), we attend to creating one just right for the work we wish to do.

Step two: Attunement, through Radical Presence
The first principle I like to call the “Prime Directive,” which is to fully and completely accept what arises within oneself and others before responding. This ties in closely with the second principle, Radical Presence. Radical Presence is love, plus attunement.3641571760_03a17e8134_b
You might have heard of love. Though it needs no introduction, getting love to flow often involves getting everything else out of the way–that’s the tricky part! Attunement is the crucial piece to delivering love in the right shape, measure, form and intensity that the client needs in that moment. We want all our offerings to come from an exquisite Radical Presence, and we cannot effectively practice Radical Presence without a rich, robust and coherent field! Once we have that, we can attune to our clients on so many levels:

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  • Physical–how much bodily distance or closeness does the client need?
  • Cognitive/verbal–how do we interpret what we hear, and filter what we say for optimal clarity? We draw heavily on Nonviolent Communication and related schools of thought for ways to strip illusion from the English language, and get closer to the heart of things.
  • Emotional–how do we show up when big feelings get expressed? Or when the client seems shut down? To the extent that we have fluency with our own range of feelings, to a similar extent will be able to hold those of others.
  • Spiritual–metaphysical means “beyond the physical.” Many times what works most powerfully  to move entrenched patterns is working outside most psychological traditions, such as with our human energy field, or our ancestral lineage, especially in combination with the physical, cognitive and emotional.

Each element works with, reinforces, and help to integrate the others. We are whole humans who do not get wounded only one way, so our healing, too, needs to be multidimensional, and address all of us.

By the way, who reading has noticed that our mandala contains all four of these quadrants? It’s not a coincidence.

Step three: Offerings (Modalities, in diagram)
We listen carefully for what comes forth to offer to a given client, and practice discerning between our own excitement about a particular offering, versus a download from the higher kkittens1nowing of the shared field of intention for the client’s healing. The client will always course-correct us if our initial offering doesn’t fully resonate.

I’m fond of noting that Wisdom of The Body is nothing new–we were all born knowing how to heal from whatever happens to us–all we need is the right kind of attention. The creature in us knows where to go from there, and if you’ve ever been to one of our events, you’ve seen how this happens.
With a rich, robust and coherent field to hold us, grounded and Radically Presenced practitioners accompanying us with exquisitely downloaded offerings, we effectively recreate a sort of ideal family field–the client becomes a child of the Universe, where all of her gets welcomed, accepted and received with the most exquisite love, spaciousness and holding, as she wishes and needs. None of us needs or deserves any less.

We’ll learn all this piece by piece. Your only task now, if you wish it, is to begin.

Here is a partial reading list for the first semester:

Whatever Arises, Love That, Matt Kahn
Radical Acceptance, Tara Brach
The 5 Personality Patterns: Your Guide to Understanding Yourself and Others and Developing Emotional Maturity, Steven Kessler
Selected chapters from Light Emerging, Barbara Brennan
Selected chapters from The Body Keeps The Score, Bessel van der Kolk

Logistics

  • Practitioner monthly commitment (except December, which is structured differently because of the holidays) – 15 hours a month for 9 months.
    – Recommended attendance at additional public events as laboratory/practice (no additional cost)
  • Healing Track monthly commitment – 10 hours a month for 9 months
    – One Sunday kickoff daylong teach-and-practice for everyone, 10-5:30, each on a different topic–possibly with guest teachers as well
    – Two 7-9:30 Thursday evening “dojo” meetings, one for both tracks, one for practitioners only, where we practice the work with each other, including “working transparently,” where we get counseling on where we get stuck as counselors
    – One Thursday evening 7-9:30 open-to-the-public Introductory Playshop where practitioner track students all participate in preparation, holding space, and debriefing
    – One open-to-the-public day-long Sat or Sun 10-5:30 workshop where attendance is optional but encouraged.

Dates/times
All Daylongs & Public Workshops are Sunday, 10 AM -5:30 PM, with lunch break
All Dojos and Intro Playshops are Thursday evenings, 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM

September 2016
IMMERSION EVENTS:
None
PUBLIC EVENTS:
Intro Playshop–Healing Intimacy – 9/15
Public Workshop  – 9/25 – Kinect: Becoming An Intimacy Ninja
 October 2016
IMMERSION EVENTS:
10/9 – Daylong Teach & Practice
10/13 – Dojo 1
10/27 – Dojo 2

PUBLIC EVENTS:
10/20 – Intro Playshop
10/23  – Nature Nurture, co-led with Gregg Berman

November 2016
IMMERSION EVENTS:
10/30 – Daylong Teach & Practice
11/3 – Dojo 1
11/10- Dojo 2

PUBLIC EVENTS:
11/17 – Intro Playshop
11/27 – Healing From Neglect

December 2016 
IMMERSION EVENTS:
Weekend Teach/Practice/Dojo
December 3-4

PUBLIC EVENTS:
12/8 – Intro Playshop
12/11 Acing Conflict: How to Get Along With Difficult People & Transform Even Lifelong Patterns

2017 will have a similar structure
January 2017 TBD
February 2017 TBD
March 2017 TBD April 2017 TBD  May & June 2017 TBD

Vision for Next Steps
After this immersion, possible opportunities include:
– Certification in Wisdom of The Body
– Additional advanced training and practice
– Assisting with a new immersion training of other practitioners
– Presentations, workshops, and paid sessions with clients

Cost

Client Track
$275 per month if paid monthly (total, $2,475), due on 1st of each month starting October 1st, 2016.
$2,178 if paid up front (12% discount)

Practitioner Track
$350 per month if paid monthly (total, $3150), due on 1st of each month starting October 1st, 2016.
$2,772 if paid up front (12% discount)

So, if you are so inspired, come join us–get unmodalized, shed what you know, lose your mind and come to your exquisitely perfect senses. We’ve been waiting for you. If you would like to play in that field this year…

Apply here for Practitioner Track.

For client track, email or call Jill (415 509 6430) for interview.

Never experienced Wisdom of The Body? Since we moved the Immersion to start in October, we added another Intro Playshop, called Healing Intimacy, on Thursday, September 15th, 7PM-10PM, $20 advance, $25 at the door.
Get advance tickets here