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Deep Body~ & Movement~

Embodiment Facilitator 


Bring  Deep–Body® and Movement– Based Facilitation to the Work and Communities You Love!

 September 2022–February 2023

This year's training is full 
If you'd like to join the waitlist and hear about possible cancelations, please send us an email:


The training will begin with a 7–day training intensive retreat 

in Southwest Portugal and continue as a deeply experiential training online 

This training begins right after our 5-day SOUL of the BODY retreat @ the same center.

We offer a discount if you are joining for both (total of 10 days).


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With Stefana Serafina, M.A.,
Founder of the Deep Body Institute 


&  Assisting Teachers 


Guest Presentations by leading embodiment teachers, authors, & visionaries

 Zhenevere Dao, Melissa Michaels, Bernadette Pleasant, Phillip Shepherd, Eli Buren

'Another world is not only possible, she is on her way.
On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.'
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Who is the Training For?

You feel driven to  promote social and cultural change through the ways we embody ourselves and our values, our voices, our sensitivity and sensuality, our intuitive and creative capacities. 


You have a natural gift as a listener, facilitator, educator, and healer and are looking to strengthen these capacities by adding a rich, evocative, and skillful vocabulary of embodiment tools  and cultivating mastery of cutting edge movement~ and body-centric techniques, practices, and methods that will empower your work, purpose, and message. 

The body’s intuitive and creative expression, and its primary languages of sensing and movement, happen to be a territory of natural inclination, joy, and curiosity for you. You are a trained practitioner, and/or have participated in various embodiment and movement modalities, and are seeking to bring the body, its moving expression, and its native genius  into the work you do, or envision doing.

Our trainees come from multiple backgrounds, from licensed somatic therapists and coaches to nurses, teachers, doulas, artists, and entrepreneurs. 

Our Training is for You if:

  • You are a professional facilitator, a therapist, social worker, coach, or a practitioner of the healing arts, already working with people and organizations and seeking ways to bring embodiment methodologies that powerfully engage the creative and somatic intelligence of the moving body– this training is designed with you in mind.  

  • You don't have previous professional background in somatics & embodiment arts, but are passionate about bringing the transformative power of movement, embodied intelligence and body-centric leadership to your work. 

  • You desire to experience the profundity of the Deep Body Model in your personal life, and contribute to the growth and embodied empowerment of your communities, friends, and loved ones, even if you do not plan on a career in embodiment. 

  • You have completed the minimum prerequisites



The Four Pillars
of Our Training 

Our Unique Model for Working with the Deep Body 


The Training: Structure, Timeline, and Format

Skill Development 


& Learn and practice in real time unique and powerful tools and skills for facilitating embodied learning, self-discovery, expression, and collective growth, in working with both for groups and individuals. 

& Learn & put to practice a range of body, movement,  intuitive dance, and expressive dance approaches for working or being with others in a transformative way, most importantly in the areas of self-knowing and growth, sensitivity and creativity as higher forms of intelligence, reclaiming sensuality and sexuality, emotional and relational maturity and flow, fulfilling self expression, finding one’s unique voice in the world, working in the languages of  body, nature, and wild psyche, and discovering a sense of true belonging and connectedness to the web of all life.


& Ground your leadership in your natural gifts and skills, while also tapping a range of talents and gifts that you might have not yet applied toward your career path and purpose.


& Learn skills for holding deep, safe space for groups and individuals, and for navigating interpersonal dynamics, depth material, and challenges that  arise while working somatically and with creative movement.


Explore the difference between somatic–based approaches that do not powerfully engage the body through movement and deep-body techniques, and those that do– like the approaches offered centrally in this training. (We have many somatic therapist and practitioners who come to learn transformative movement- and body- techniques from us)


Learn techniques to always bring your clients to the present moment and in the body, offering dynamic in-the-body ways for them to embody, move, and dance with their process and personal histories– in the present.  


& Expand your vocabulary of soothing and grounding techniques for working with clients who access triggering material.

& Learn a set of business skills  for expanding the scope of your work (or starting your  business), including clear and evocative copywriting, vision–– and niche–refining, audience targeting, and community outreach.


& Receive personal guidance and support in panning out your ideas, finding what is unique in your embodiment facilitation style, and creating a vision for how to offer your work.

Integrative Project: Field Work 


You will craft, develop, and refine a vision for incorporating embodied facilitation and leadership into your work and life, as it best fits your unique skills, current work, and goals. You will be supported in developing both the creative and practical aspects of your vision for how to enrich your work or communities through  offering the embodiment skills learned in this training. As a part of this field project, you will craft and facilitate one full-blown experience/class/workshop for your audience of choice, weaving embodiment and movement-based approaches.

 Completion & Certificate 

Upon completing the training, in addition to all required prerequisites and your field work, you will receive a Certificate for Completion from the Deep Body Institute, accounting for the number of hours in training and outlining the range and nature of skill development you were involved in, as well as commemorating the completion of your field work. Given that you have met all required prerequisites and have met our standards for successful completion, you will receive our Deep Body Practitioner & Movement Facilitator Certificate, which gives you the right the to utilize our methodologies in your work & communities. We welcome you into our growing network of deep body practitioners worldwide! 


Cultivating Deep-Body Expertise as the Foundation of Embodiment  

  • The Deep Body Model as the foundation of embodiment: Cultivating expertise in working with all layers of the deep body: Cognitive, physical, emotional, sensual, expressive, perceptive, and mystic/collective.

  • Intuitive and investigative movement + creative dance as transformation tools 

  • Nature, earth and wild psyche as intrinsic to embodiment

  • Myth, story, and archetypal/deep psyche in embodiment 

  • Embodied writing and drawing: Enhancing and grounding embodied wisdom  

  • Community power in embodiment: Witness, partner, ally, circle 

  • The Field: Interconnectedness, mystery, and the greater body

  • The sacred feminine as force, purpose, and nature of embodiment work


Crafting and and Materializing Your Unique Vision for Embodied Leadership   

  • Cultivating and refining your vision for making embodiment facilitation central or complimentary to your work

  • Creating a working structure for bringing  deep-body and movement-based embodiment into your life's work

  • The business of embodiment facilitation: Valuing your work and gifts, and choosing a business model for your service 

  • Presence on the web and in social media

  • Community, outreach, and expansion, and sustainability

  • Self care

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Finding Your Personal Genius in Embodiment Facilitation & Leadership 


  • Your unique genius as foundation

  • Basic pillars of facilitating embodiment: Practice, Process, Tracking the field, Spontaneity, Relationship, Integration

  • Group and individual work and dynamics

  • Embodiment facilitation skills

-Setting and holding space

-Container and ambiance

- Rhythm, music, and silence

- Voice and presence of the facilitator

- Tracking the group

- Safety, trust, and resolving challenges

- Preparedness and intuitive, in-the-moment facilitation: The golden balance​

  • Working with the field: Honoring mystery, the greater body, and interconnectedness in the work

  • Giving your unique voice of the sacred feminine 

  • Trauma awareness

  • Leadership

Painted Heart

Your Ethical and Passionate Obligation to Social and Cultural Change 

  • Ethics: Legal and moral obligations of the embodied facilitator 

  • Rules you can break, and those you cannot

  • Trust, safety, boundaries, freedom

  • Contact and touch when working with clients

  • Trauma awareness and response

  • Seeking additional support and resources

  • The embodied ambassador as a social activist

  • Your passionate obligation to social and cultural change

  • Taking the leap as an embodiment ambassador

Certificate,  Cost & Application

Completion and Certificate

Upon completing the training, in addition to all required prerequisites and field work, you will receive a certificate for completion, and, if you have met our standards, also a Deep Body Practitioner & Movement Facilitator Certificate from the Deep Body Institute, which gives you the right to use the deep-body methodologies in your work & with your communities.

We welcome you into our growing network of deep body practitioners worldwide! 

Note: We do not offer CEU credits at this time, but are working on making that possible in the near future. 

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Please email us with any Qs you might have:

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Cost & Application


  • Full  6-month Training & Certification, including the Deep Body Guidebook, all coaching calls,  a private session with Stefana and TA support, field project mentorship, and closing summit.

  • Full 7-Day Retreat Cost: Accommodation +all organic meals 

Please note: If you are coming both to the SOUL OF THE BODY retreat, which is at the same center, during the 5 days directly prior to the training (Sep 15-19), we are offering a great discount. Just let us know in your training application.

EARLY RATE by June 30 2022

 Training: $4000 USD + Retreat: $680–750 depending on the accommodation you choose. Payable in up to 9 monthly  installments 


REGULAR RATE after June 30 2022

Training: $4400 USD + Retreat: $680–750, 

depending on the accommodation you choose.

Payable in up to 9 monthly installments. 


We can customize your payment plans. Let us know if you would like to pay in 1, 3, 5, or 9 installments.  

NOTE: Flights to Portugal & Vida Pura are not included in the fee. However, we provide one shuttle to and from the Faro airport, which you can take for free, depending on your time of arrival. We will also provide helpful information on how to get to the center by taxi with other participants, or if you are driving.



Please fill out and send the form below to apply. If you have questions before  applying, please email us at
Please make sure that you have completed the minimum prerequisites to participate in the training.
Deep Body Embodiment Facilitator Training Application
Have you completed any the following?
Choose your prefrred accommodation. See pics on Portugal Retreat page. We can't guarntee avaiablity.
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Sep 19-25:
A 7-DAY IMMERSIVE TRAINING RETREAT @ a beautiful nature center in Southwest Portugal 

We will begin with 7 days at a wildly beautiful eco-retreat center in the picturesque Southwest of Portugal where ocean and forest meet, only a short distance away from Faro or Lisbon.  


This is the only in-person retreat that you have to attend in order to complete the training. You must attend this intensive in order to participate in the training.


The beautiful property offers us a spacious workshop space, lovely accommodations, a  movement deck with mountain views, delicious farm-to-table meals prepared daily for us, and nature on all sides! Apartments or tipis will shared between 2-3 people. 

Laptop & Coffee
October–Feb, on your own timing 

ONE-ON-ONE PRACTICE WORK: Each trainee will receive and give 5 hours (per person) of embodied counseling to other trainees via Zoom, Skype, or in person, as a way of developing skill and understanding of the work through one-on-one interaction.  Details will be discussed for this powerful part if our training. 



Each month we will send you 1 or 2 90-minute audio/video embodiment lesson by our guest presenter. The lectures include a facilitation lab & practice portion and will be available to participants as exclusive audio-video recordings  


October–January, your timeline

Developing and offering a full-blown experience, class or workshop to your audience/community of choice.  If you already facilitate experiences, in this project you will focus on weaving our unique transformative embodiment methods and movement–based approaches into the work you do. This process will assist you in expressing your personal genius and vision in a practical and fulfilling way, while being mentored by Stefana and TA's and supported by your fellow trainees. 

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bi-weekly Tuesdays: 

ONLINE LIVE VIDEO Coaching and Facilitation Labs with Stefana,

Live embodiment & coaching labs with Stefana.

These are interactive, experiential online video labs with Stefana Serafina, focusing on developing movement– and deep-body–based based facilitation skills, covering an extensive range of subjects, including somatic vocabulary and trauma awareness, space holding, conflict resolution,  ethics, community, social justice and more.

DATES: Tuesdays: October  18, Nov 1, 15, 29, Dec 13, 10, 24, Feb 7, 21,  9a-11a Pacific/ 18-20h CET

All calls will be recorded and made available. You must attend at least 70% of the calls live to graduate from the training.

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1-on-1 WITH STEFANA  + Stefana's 
Exclusive Mastery & Facilitation Guidebook

One one-on-one full coaching session with Stefana. WhatsApp voice-note and call check-ins will be available with Stefana and assisting teachers, as needed to support you in your field project, or get your Qs answered. 


Additional full sessions with Stefana or assisting teachers are available as a separate training package per request. 


Each trainee will have the opportunity to facilitate a live online segment during one of our regular Tuesday live training  calls. You will have a chance to apply the deep-body technologies while focusing on your specific area of interest in embodiment facilitation, and receiving support & feedback from Stefana, TA's and other trainees.


This is an opportunity to begin incorporating our techniques and movement-centric methods i a way unique to you and specific to thew work that inspires you. 


Who is the training for?
The Pillars of Our Training
Our Model: The Deep Body
Skill Deveopment + Certificate
Certificate and Cost
Structure and Timeline
Join Our Community


Use the quick menu below to get to info about various aspects of the training.  

As you scroll down, the moving menu in the left sidebar can also jump-take you to the details you need.

Teachers, Faculty, & Presenters 

Stefana Serafina, M.A.

Lead teacher

Stefana Serafina, M.A., is an embodiment educator, transformative movement facilitator, mentor, and writer recognized for her unique body– and movement–based approach to personal and collective growth. Weaving together movement journeys and expressive arts approaches, nature- and soul-centric body practices, women’s sensuality & mystery traditions, embodied archetypal psyche, and ritual dance, Stefana’s facilitation and teachings have been called "life-changing and life-giving",  "deeply penetrating and rekindling", a "masterful invitation to the timeless remembrance of who we are''. 

Over the last twelve years, while working with communities in California, Europe, Central America, and online, Stefana developed the Deep–Body method for self-discovery and embodied wholeness, which serves as the foundation of our work. 

Stefana’s credentials include a Master's Degree in Communications with an award winning thesis on body image in modern culture; counseling training from the Interchange Counseling Institute, and a wide range of training, research, and experience in various modalities, including Authentic Movement, world dance, indigenous traditions, drama  therapy, and women's studies.



Assisting  Faculty,

Deep Body Collective members
Katy Avila & Carina L'yall 


We strongly recommend that you immerse yourself in our programs and immersions before deciding on whether to train with us. Let our work touch and change your life!

To participate in the training, you have to meet one of the following criteria: 

  •  Complete our Legacy Keepers 7-month Program, which will be offered at the beginning of 2023, or

  •  You have completed both modules of the DEEP BODY STUDIES PROGRAM (DBS), which we have recently phased out. If you have completed only one of the two modules, you can participate in the training, but you must complete an additional prerequisite in the form of:

Option 1: FlameKeepers 6-month membership, either after or simultaneously with the training, or 

Option 2: Participate in the SOUL of the DEEP BODY Retreat in Portugal, which is scheduled right before the training intensive- both take place at the same center.  

Both option 1+2 are only offered for participants in the 2022 training 

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Guest Presenters

Each of our contributing teachers offers a pre-recorded 90-minute virtual lecture + lab in their field of facilitation expertise, adding to the wisdom bank of our training. Some of our teachers will make a guest-teaching appearance at the in-person immersion.  
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