“We are in the middle of a Great Forgetting. A rupture that each one of us feels in our lives; that place of wounding where we override our body, ignore our intuitions, and supplant our inner knowing with other people’s information…as you salvage all that has been shunned in your heart, embodying it back into its rightful belonging, you are one of the gentle multitude who are restoring Eros into the world. Through every act of following the feminine, giving her the authority to guide Logos, yours is the great love story of heartbreak being redeemed”.

– Toko-pa Turner

Coming Home to the Authentic Self: A Psychoacoustic Exploration

This experiential group is for individuals who wish to embody the full expression of the self and support healing in the unified collective field. This in-depth experience is designed for those who are seeking healing and transformation in and through the body. It is designed for those who are Polyvagal-Informed informed and who are actively receiving or engaged in embodiment practices (for example: somatic therapies, bodywork, yoga, mindfulness, meditation,  embodied movement practices, or somatically-oriented parts work). Individuals must be able to track the body and nervous system during and in-between sessions.

You are invited to experience a psychoacoustic exploration to move towards the authentic self. Using sound, vibration, and resonance as a pathway, we will create the relational conditions (of the felt sense of safety) so that you may feel what could not be felt, see what could not be seen, and know what could not be known, within your human systems of attachment and defense.

In this process, you may encounter layers of protection that are the result of your cultural and biological conditioning. These layers may include aspects of the (ego) personality, the physiology, and the sensory pathways that have been recruited for protection. Reactions during the listening experience often offer us a somatic (body) narrative about these systems which can be experienced as sensation, emotion, visual memory, inner knowing, behaviors, or images. Engaging with curiosity and compassion, these layers of protection and their corresponding developmental wounds begin to transmute. This provides an opportunities for corrective experiences to occur in our individual, intergenerational, and collective patterns.

As this occurs, the sensory pathways (auditory, visual, olfactory, gustatory, and tactile) will be attended to so that they are more fluidly supporting the developmental movements of push, reach, grasp, and pull – ultimately influencing the capacity to yield. Yielding is a birthright that we are all entitled to experience as humans. It is an inner knowing and experience of being loved unconditionally and of feeling safe in relationship and in the world.

This process may then influence the capacity to experience the self in a more loving manner in order to give from a more authentic place – from the heart – with less fear, less control, and less holding back.

By interacting with the neurological pathways of the attachment, defense and sensory processing systems, we return to our authentic blueprint of health and resilience – teaching the nervous system how to choose love over fear, safety over threat, and connection over disconnection.

When we are in touch with ourselves in this embodied way, we find a great energy that flows through us. We feel increased vitality, creative expression, and great pleasure. We feel a magical sense of interconnection with other humans and a deeper sense of connection to our natural environment. When we become more coherent within ourselves, we reflect out to the world an expression of ourselves that came before our childhood and cultural wounding and conditioning. And in doing so, we invite others to experience themselves in a similar manner.

This 4-month online experiential group focuses on supporting individuals in the following processes:

  • Reclaiming of a greater sense of compassion, safety, and capacity for being present in in the body;
  • Reconnection to your deeper inner knowing and creative power;
  • Experience of a shared responsibility for holding the collective energy in the unified field;
  • Exploration of underlying neurobiological states (fight, flight freeze patterns) and strategies that arise in the aftermath of acute or chronic stress and developmental wounding;
  • Discovery of the movement patterns that help us move towards what we want and away from what we do not want;
  • Enhanced capacity for attuned relational presence with others and a restoration of our reciprocal relationship with the earth.

***PLEASE NOTE: This group is experiential in nature and includes the use of an auditory listening system called The Safe and Sound Protocol.

You are encouraged to participate to the level of your ability and comfort. Please find information about Safe and Sound Protocol at https://integratedlistening.com/. If you feel hesitation or unable to participate in any of the activities, please communicate this to the training facilitator.

This group experience interacts with the nervous system, attachment system, sensory system, and the collective field. Purely experiential in nature for the provider’s own personal growth, it is not a training program for using the SSP with clients. It does not include CE and is not a group for case consultation.

This group includes access to SSP 3-Pathways Listening System for 4 months, pre-orientation meeting with Paula, 10 sound healing sessions (90 minutes each), weekly tracking and somatic coaching, and an orientation/group closure session. Participants will also be required to come prepared with somatic tools, art and journaling materials, to use in each listening session.

Participants will be invited to register their iPhone through Paula’s Unyte-ILS dashboard and do not have to be certified in SSP to use this program. An over-the-ear headset of your choice must be purchased by the participant prior to the group. Participants must have access to a quiet environment without distractions to participate.

Facilitator: Paula is a Healing Arts Practitioner, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP) and a Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP) consultant for Unyte-ILS. She is the lead author of the SE-SSP guidelines published through Unyte-ILS. Her groups offer an integration of the application of Polyvagal Theory through the therapeutic use of sound. Paula’s own path to embodied consciousness has informed her journey and she continues to maintain curiosity and humbleness about the processes that govern health and well being. Her psychoacoustic approach is a journey to returning to the authentic self offers participants a transformative experience that illustrates how the body holds the key to both or suffering and our resilience.

Sessions:
Participants have access to the SSP acoustic program for 4 months and attend a 3-month virtual group. Each session is 90-minutes in length. It is limited to 4 participants per cohort.

Requirements:
This group is designed for individuals who are seeking an embodied experience of themselves through experiential processes such as somatics or sound healing. Those who are engaged and influencing the field of trauma/somatic methods or who are engaged in embodiment practices and methods (such as somatic providers, yoga instructors, mindfulness practitioners, or healing arts providers) will find this group will add dimensions to their existing work. Due to the sensitive material that may emerge during this group, it is required that individuals are Polyvagal-Informed, have capacity to track the body and nervous system, and are able to somatically and psychologically resource themselves both inside and outside of group the sessions. Paula will provide guidelines for physical and somatic support after and in-between sessions. Participants will be asked to sign a consent for SSP and a consent for sound healing.

Scaled Access to Services: Discounts for BIPOC, LBGTQ+, and those with financial limitations

For those with financial resources: Total for 4 months $1700

One payment option ($1700), two payment option ($850), four payment option ($425)

For those with limited financial resources: Total for 4 months $1200

One payment option ($1200), two payment option ($600), four payment option ($300), eight payment option ($150), twelve payments of ($100)

Refund Policy: Refund of full tuition paid minus $100 available if cancellation is made up to 2 weeks prior to the start of the course. A refund of 50% of tuition paid minus $100 is available if cancellation is made between 3-2 weeks prior to the start of the group. No refund is available if cancellation is made within 1 weeks of the start of the group.

AGENDA:

Pre Group

Meet with Paula individually for pre-orientation

Week 1 Introduction Session

Participants will meet their cohort and orient to the group process. This 90-minute group will also include specific details about Paula’s use of SSP and sound as a tool for embodied consciousness. We will review concepts such as attachment strategies, Polyvagal Theory, Window of Resilience, and the BMC Relational Cycle. We will discuss somatic mapping techniques for attachment and defense, and sensory resourcing skills that will be used during the listening sessions.

Week 2-11 Auditory Listening Sessions (10 total)

Participants will be guided and supported during this 90-minute group experience which will integrate the developmental movements, breath, and sensory activities during the acoustic intervention.

Follow-up Session
Participants will meet as a group to process their experience.

Cohort A: 1 open space

Cohort A: Intro Meeting
Feb 2nd

Listening Sessions
Cohort A: Listening Sessions (Thursdays 1:00pm-2:30pm ET)
Feb 9th, 16th, 23rd; March 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th; April 6th and 20th (no group week of April 11th)

Follow-up Meeting
May 11th

This workshop requires a minimum of four in the group.

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Cohort B: Closed

Cohort B: Intro Meeting
Feb 14th

Listening Sessions
Cohort B: Listening sessions (Tuesdays 10:00am-11:30am ET)
Feb 21st, 28th; March 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th; April 4th, 18th 25th; May 2nd (no group week of April 11th)

Follow-up Meeting
May 16th

This workshop requires a minimum of four in the group.

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Cohort C: 1 open space

Cohort C: Intro Meeting
Feb 20th

Listening Sessions
Cohort C: Listening Sessions (Mondays 10:00am-11:30am ET)
March 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th; April 3rd, 17th, 24th; May 1st, 8th, 15th (no group week of April 11th)

Follow-up Meeting
May 22nd

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Cohort D: 1 open space

Cohort D: Intro Meeting
Feb 20th

Listening Sessions
Cohort D: Listening Sessions (Mondays 1:00pm-2:30pm ET)
Feb 27th; March 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th; April 3rd, 17th, 24th, May 1st, 8th (no group week of April 11th)

Follow-up Meeting
Follow-up: May 15th

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“The global epidemic of disconnection is unfelt and unexamined. But as we begin to sing more light into the field the sedimentary layers and static residual energies of the collective shadow will shift and release, restoring living light where there has previously been darkness. Our fragments will reconsolidate and the collective nervous system will rewire and connect in a field of assembly and correlation. Harmonic resonance will grow in the intersubjective spaces, and new and deeper faculties will be activated within and between us. Our focus will shift away from lack and separation towards presence and wholeness.”

– Thomas Hübl