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.'
                                                                                                                                   ~Arundhati Roy

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