Body as Earth

About 70% worldwide have experienced trauma.

Chances are, someone in your class may be navigating trauma.

Training for Facilitators

Trauma Sensitive Practices

Approximately 70% of the world’s population have experienced trauma, whether major life events, chronic stressors, or adverse childhood experiences (ACE). In practical terms, it’s highly likely that individuals in your event, class or workshop may have encountered traumatic experiences.

This program is optimized for facilitators in the realm of body and wellbeing, such as but not limited to yoga, breathwork, fitness class instructors and community leaders.

Why is it essential?
As a yoga teacher, breathwork instructor, or community leader, your expressions, the space you create, and the teachings you impart have impact on those you guide, especially to some of your participants who may be experiencing trauma or the impacts of it.

What you will learn
Rooted in somatic principles, the program equips you, a facilitator,  with trauma-sensitive practices to encourage safe space, emphasize respect and non judgement in your classes, navigate consent, establish boundaries, and advocate inclusivity in your teachings.

You’ll learn how to create a container which honors an environment that embraces the diverse experiences of your participants  whether or not they have encountered trauma.

Learn about to understand the impact of trauma on the body, trauma sensitive languaging and approaches for conducting your events, classes or workshops.

Create a more inclusive and mindful class experience.

Be trauma aware

Who Should Attend?

Suitable Participants, Facilitators

  • yoga teachers
  • fitness instructors
  • boxing coaches
  • breathwork instructors
  • dance instructors
  • community leaders
  • bodywork facilitators
  • massage educators
    and other facilitators

Connect with Chloe if you’re not sure if this program is suitable for you

What you will learn

This program will be adapted based on the specific needs of the participants and the context in which you work.
Each module includes a mix of presentations, interactive discussions, experiential somatic and embodiment practices, and contemplative activities for self awareness. 

Internal World of the Body
What is embodiment and somatics? Embryology basics, Brain Evolution, Perceptions of Pain, Energetic Body, Body Intelligence

External Impacts on the Body
Bottom-up & Top-down Processing, Impacts of Environment, Contextualising Your Service

On Facilitation
Power Dynamics between Facilitator and Participant

Impacts of Trauma
Window of Tolerance, Landscape of the Body, Polyvagal Theory

Central Nervous System
Midline Dynamics, Spectrum of Emotions, Components of Recovery

Opening, Expectations, Boundaries, Structures

Building Your Structure
Guidance for appropriate approaches for workshops, retreats, events

Business Ethics
Shaping Values as a Facilitator, Cultural Appropriation, Political Body, Liberation Ontology

More Detailed Program Course Breakdown is available.

  1. trauma sensitive basics for facilitators 3 hrs  $299 (online)
    2 modules 

    certificate of attendance

  2.  16r hrs in persons

    certificate of attendance

  3.  30 hrs retreats in person and online attendance
    certification of completion


Trauma-sensitive class/workshop structure plan

Module 1: Understanding Trauma

  • Introduction to Trauma: Definitions and types of trauma, prevalence statistics.
  • Impact on the Body and Mind: Exploring how trauma affects individuals physically and psychologically.
  • Recognizing Trauma Signs: Identifying behavioral and physiological indicators of trauma.

Module 2: Trauma-Sensitive Language and Communication

  • Effective Communication: Developing language that promotes safety and trust.
  • Creating Inclusive Spaces: Adapting communication for diverse audiences and experiences.
  • Active Listening and Empathy: Techniques for understanding and responding to trauma disclosures.

Module 3: Somatic Approaches

  • Introduction to Somatic Practices: Exploring the role of the body in trauma recovery.
  • Embodied Awareness: Techniques for cultivating mindfulness and body awareness.
  • Somatic Language in Facilitation: Integrating somatic practices into teaching and guiding.

Module 4: Creating Safe and Inclusive Environments

  • Setting Boundaries: Strategies for establishing and maintaining safe spaces.
  • Cultural Sensitivity: Recognizing and addressing cultural considerations in trauma-sensitive practices.
  • Inclusivity in Group Settings: Nurturing an environment that embraces diversity.

Module 5: Trauma-Sensitive Practices in Action

  • Case Studies: Analyzing real-world scenarios and applying trauma-sensitive approaches.
  • Interactive Workshops: Practical exercises to implement trauma-sensitive practices.
  • Feedback and Reflection: Sharing experiences and refining trauma-aware facilitation skills.

Module 6: Integrating Trauma Awareness Into Your Work

  • Personalized Action Plans: Developing individual strategies for trauma-sensitive facilitation.
  • Collaborative Learning: Group discussions on challenges, successes, and ongoing support.
  • Resource Sharing: Providing tools and references for continued learning and growth.

This curriculum is designed to be flexible, allowing for adaptation based on the specific needs of the participants and the context in which they work. Each module can include a mix of presentations, interactive discussions, experiential exercises, and self-reflection activities.