Sacred Wounds<br><small>Trauma Healing on the Spiritual Path</small>

Sacred Wounds
Trauma Healing on the Spiritual Path

With Peter Levine, Efu Nyaki, and Joshua Sylvae  •  April 30–May 2 (orientation on April 29)

A 3-day online retreat

April 30–May 2, 9:00am –12:30pm PDT

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When real, physical threats arise, human instincts take over and can create extraordinary feats of focused attention and action. The “awe-full” qualities of horror and terror we can experience at such times share essential roots with profoundly transformative states such as flow, awe, presence, timelessness, and ecstasy as they reach far beyond the limiting mind.  The bridging of these states with everyday awareness can be a key feature of spiritual growth and expansion. It can promote the experience of timelessness and presence sometimes referred to in meditation systems as the eternal now.

Trauma stands in the way of this integration by locking us up in a 'freeze' mode and inhibiting the activation that gives us access to the 'fight or flight' energized states. The ability to access and integrate this bound energy determines whether it will be debilitating or vitalizing. In yoga, awakening of the Kundalini has long been utilized as a vehicle for spiritual transformation. Trauma produces a similar mobilization of survival activation, but with such intensity and rapidity that it is overwhelming. We are unable to utilize this energy as it is bound to rigid and frozen response patterns. 

As we bring awareness to our wounds and gradually access and integrate this energy into our nervous system and psychic structures, we begin to experience greater freedom, expansion and connection to our true self. As we integrate those wounds, the instinctual survival response embedded within trauma can catalyze authentic spiritual transformation. 

Join Peter Levine PhD, Efu Nyaki SEP, and Joshua Sylvae PhD for a 3-day live, online retreat.

Why attend?
 

  • Understand the relationship between trauma healing and various spiritual states
  • Become familiar with the energetic basis of survival instincts
  • Discover how to work with altered states in dealing with the residue of deep trauma
  • Access portals to the deep self through the spiritual components of trauma
  • Recognize how conventional approaches to spiritual practice can generate trauma
  • Practice embodiment for effective (and safe) spiritual practice
  • Discover intersections between mystical energy systems and the modern scientific understanding of the nervous system
  • Integrate trauma as a doorway to nondual awareness

Who is this online retreat for?

This will be an in-depth program, suitable for therapists, spiritual seekers and anyone looking for a profound, experiential understanding of the relationship between traumatic imprint and the spiritual journey. 

Schedule

April 30–May 2, 9:00am –12:30pm PDT. See the detailed schedule on the MODULES tab.

Recommended Pre-Event Orientation

On April 29 (the day before the retreat), 9:00–10:00 AM PDT, we will conduct a highly recommended orientation for participants to log on and get familiar with the container of the event, both technical and practical. This session will explain question-asking procedures during the event, how to get support, and how to navigate around the zoom platform. This session is optional but highly recommended.

Recordings

Your registration includes access to all recordings of the event, so any missed sessions may be watched at a later date.

Registration limits

This online event is limited to 1,000 live participants. We expect to sell out, so we encourage you to register as soon as possible.

Scholarships
 

  • This scholarship application process will close on April 12 OR when we reach 300 applicants, whichever comes first.
  • Notifications will be sent out by April 14 at the latest. 
  • Once notified, you will have until April 21 to register. 
  • See our application guidelines.
  • Apply here.

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Currency

Prices are in United States Dollars.

Refund Policy

The registration fee for SAND’s online events is non-refundable. SAND will consider refund requests due to an extraordinary circumstance or emergency on a case by case basis.

Questions

Please contact us for any additional information.

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Pre-event Orientation

Apr 29, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am PDT

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Day 1

Apr 30, 2021 9:00am - 12:30pm PDT

The event schedule is subject to minor alterations depending on lecture timing.

9:00a - 9:10a Experiential Movement with Efu Nyaki (light music)

9:10a - 9:20a Logistics from SAND and Introductions of Efu Nyaki & Joshua Sylvae

9:20a - 10:25a Programming with Efu Nyaki & Joshua Sylvae

  • What is Trauma?
  • The Effects of Shame
  • Searching for Meaning
  • The Residue of Deep Trauma
  • Collective Trauma

10:25a - 10:45a Q&A with Efu Nyaki & Joshua Sylvae

10:45a - 11:00a Break

11:00a - 11:45a Programming with Efu Nyaki & Joshua Sylvae

  • Somatic Experiencing®
  • Survival Instincts and Spiritual States
  • Group Exercise with Joshua Sylvae

11:45a - 12:15p Programming with Peter Levine

  • The Bliss ByPass
  • The Eternal Now
  • Group Exercise with Peter Levine

12:15p - 12:30p Q&A with Peter Levine & SAND Closing

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Day 2

May 1, 2021 9:00am - 12:30pm PDT

The event schedule is subject to minor alterations depending on lecture timing.

9:00a - 9:10a Experiential Movement with Efu Nyaki (light music)

9:10a - 9:20a Logistics from SAND

9:20a - 10:25a Programming with Efu Nyaki & Joshua Sylvae

  • Relationship and Connectedness to Our Body, the Spirit, Others Past & Present, and the Natural World

10:25a - 10:45a Q&A with Efu Nyaki & Joshua Sylvae

10:45a - 11:00a Break

11:00a - 11:45a Programming with Efu Nyaki & Joshua Sylvae

  • Exploration, Imagination, Resources, and Embodiment
  • Portals to the Deep Self
  • Group Exercise with Joshua Sylvae

11:45a - 12:15p Programming with Peter Levine

  • Healing Sacred Wounds
  • Group Exercise with Peter Levine

12:15p - 12:30p Q&A with Peter Levine & SAND Closing

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Day 3

May 2, 2021 9:00am - 12:30pm PDT

The event schedule is subject to minor alterations depending on lecture timing.

9:00a - 9:10a Experiential Movement with Efu Nyaki (light music)

9:10a - 9:20a Logistics from SAND

9:20a - 10:25a Programming with Efu Nyaki & Joshua Sylvae

  • Polarities and Nondual Awareness
  • Mystical Energy Systems and the Modern Scientific Understanding of the Nervous System

10:25a - 10:45a Q&A with Efu Nyaki & Joshua Sylvae

10:45a - 11:00a Break

11:00a - 11:45a Programming with Efu Nyaki & Joshua Sylvae

  • Traumatogenic Potentialities of Conventional Approaches to Spiritual Practice
  • Implementation in Therapeutic Settings and Spiritual Retreats
  • Group Exercise(s) with Joshua Sylvae

11:45a - 12:15p Programming with Peter Levine

  • An Authentic Spiritual Journey
  • Group Exercise with Peter Levine

12:15p - 12:30p Q&A with Peter Levine & SAND Closing

Peter Levine

Peter A Levine, Ph.D., is the developer of Somatic Experiencing®, a naturalistic and neurobiological approach to healing trauma, which he has developed during the past 50 years. He is the Founder of the Somatic Experiencing® Trauma Institute/Foundation for Human Enrichment and the Founder and President of the Ergos Institute of Somatic Education™. His work has been taught to over 50,000 therapists in over 45 countries. Dr. Levine served as a stress consultant for NASA in the early space shuttle development and has served on the American Psychological Association task force for responding to the trauma of large-scale disasters and ethnopolitical warfare. He holds doctorates in both Biophysics and Psychology and is the author of several best-selling books on trauma, including Waking the Tiger, which is published in over 29 languages. He is currently a Senior Fellow and consultant at The Meadows Addiction and Trauma Treatment Center in Wickenburg, Arizona and continues to teach trauma healing workshops internationally. 

somaticexperiencing.com

Efu Nyaki

Arrived in Brazil as a missionary in 1993, I worked for 5 years with women who suffered from violence using mental health programs in the periphery of the city of João Pessoa, Brazil.

In the year 2000, I co- founded two NGOs. One is Bamidele — Black women’s organization that helped the black women fight against racism while taking care of their self-esteem and their health. The second NGO named Afya — Women Holistic Healing center — worked with Holistic healing methods for the communities in the periphery of the city. As a general coordinator, in the past 20 years, I offered body workers professions through a variety of trainings for the community leaders who received certificates for holistic healing practices such as Reiki, therapeutic massages, Bio digital method of diagnosis, reflexology,  mud therapy ( the use of earth for healing) and  herbal medicines. And for the past 10 years I have been teaching Family Constellation (trans-generational trauma healing) and Somatic Experiencing® (SE™) for trauma resolution in Brazil and other parts of the world. Two years ago I was asked by Dr. Peter A Levine, the developer of SE™, to join his Legacy Faculty to assist him and teach his Master Classes.  

somaticexperiencing.com/euphrasia-nyaki

Joshua Sylvae

Joshua Sylvae, PhD has been involved in the field of somatics since 2003. His study of nervous system regulation has incorporated inquiry into many disparate fields including ecology, philosophy, and neurobiology. He holds an MA in clinical psychology (with an emphasis in somatic psychology), a PhD in Higher Learning and Social Change, and is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Joshua’s clinical practice is grounded in Somatic Experiencing® (SE™), and he also integrates psychodynamic perspectives, mindfulness approaches, a systemic orientation, and a good deal of humor in his work. He is a faculty member at the SE Trauma Institute, leading the SE Professional Training in locations around the world, and is also a Legacy Faculty member at Dr. Peter A Levine’s Ergos Institute for Somatic Education. 

Joshua’s background includes participation in social change efforts, movements for social equality and ecological sustainability, and he maintains a passion for encouraging and assisting communities working toward the creation of a just and healthful society. In 2019, Joshua launched The (r)evolve Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to educating the general public about human origins, and he currently serves as the organization’s Executive Director. He envisions somatics becoming an integral part of healing and transforming our world, and feels greatly inspired when helping professionals integrate these simple principles for treating and transforming trauma and distress.

sylvae.net/joshua-sylvae-lmft-sep/