The Course


Dates for 2017 

Pre course work: March
Module 1: Foundations 7th-9th April
Module 2: Deepening 9th-11th June
Mandatory ethics call 19th July
Module 3: Transformation (Nature Retreat) 3rd-6th Aug
Module 4: Extending 5th-8th Oct
Module 5: Completing 8th-10th Dec

The first day of each module starts at 9.30am. The last day finishes at 5pm. The other days are longer (exact times are confirmed prior to modules).

Module 1, 2, 4 and 5 are held at 4th Floor Studios, 255-259 Commercial Rd, London E1 2BT.

This venue is in East London, within 1.5 hours of most London airports. However, we recommend travelling the day before each module.

Module 3 (August) is a retreat at The Quadrangle Trust, The Granary, Shoreham Road, Shoreham, Kent, TN14 7RP.

This module involves communal living in nature and most people camp (unless there are medical reasons they can’t). The retreat venue is 45 minutes from Central London by train. NB: Although the last day finishes at 5pm, you will need to allow time for packing and setting tents down.


NB: This is not definitive and may change slightly.

Module 1 (spring)

Foundations – introduction and bonding


  • Getting to know each other and bonding
  • Self-awareness raising though exercises and initial feedback
  • Core meditation practices
  • Main models: centring, 3 attentions, 4 elements, 8 tools, 12 functions
  • 5 Rhythms
Module 2 (summer)

Deepening – shadow and emotions 


  • Deeper into ourselves and the models
  • Cycles
  • Meditation deepening
  • Embodied group movement therapy
  • Working with intuition
  • Improvisation comedy and play
  • Embodied shadow work
Module 3 (mid-summer)

Transformation – embodied retreat


  • Renunciation practice: no phones, alcohol/drugs, sex, less privacy
  • Space to share, play and connect in community
  • Nature connection
  • Deep dancing
  • The Samurai Game: an intense awareness and transitionary day
  • Ethics
  • Ritual for transition to working with others
  • ‘No talent’ show
  • Basics of coaching
Module 4 (autumn)

Extending – taking it to others


  • Models, tools and practice of embodied coaching
  • Leadership Embodiment
  • The science of embodiment
  • Body reading
  • Taking the body to business
  • Building your personal presence
Module 5 (winter)

Completing – exam and celebration


  • Short participant-led exams
  • The body and adult development
  • Marketing embodiment
  • Ongoing learning opportunities
  • Celebrations and appreciations
  • Course feedback
  • Closing ritual
Between modules

Work includes:

  • Core embodied practice and meditation
  • Written reflections
  • Core and suggested texts and videos
  • Whole group check-in calls
  • Small group reflection calls
  • Sessions with a coach (between modules 1 and 2)
  • Teaching/coaching practice (between modules 3 and 5)
  • Online participation in Facebook community

NB: Most of this work is mandatory and some is recommended.

For those who wish to deepen their learning, there are optional ‘bolt-on’ trainings on offer throughout the year in different countries.


We draw from a wide range, but to give you an idea, this includes:

  • Integral theory – this is the framework of EFC: the ‘I’, ‘We’ and ‘It’ of embodiment
  • A comprehensive overview of embodiment theories and practice; not just from one guru or perspective
  • Four elements typology
  • Trauma theory – ensure safety for yourself and clients
  • Yin and yang polarity (Uzazu influenced)
  • Movement styles – influenced by Rudolf Laban
  • The body and adult development
  • 5 Rhythms and other models of cycles
  • Linguistics
  • Improv and theatre
  • Body psychotherapy
  • Eco psychology
  • Being in Movement® mind-body education – integrating strength and compassion
  • Leadership Embodiment
  • Models of effective, embodied teaching and coaching – what differentiates rigorous ‘second generation’ practice from outdated ‘new-age’ methods
  • Business applications and marketing – how to talk about, sell and make this stuff work in a ‘no nonsense’ environment


Every student is unique and can apply embodied learning in ways that suit them. Here are some examples:

  • Coaching
  • Leadership presence – building impact and influence
  • Emotional intelligence (emotions take place in the body)
  • Embodied empathy and rapport (enhanced listening skills)
  • Confidence and assertiveness
  • Activism and social change
  • Body reading
  • Linguistics and the body (asking for what you want, saying no, shaping future directions though language and more)
  • Enhancing teaching of embodied practices, e.g. yoga, dance and martial arts
  • Personal growth courses
  • Human resources
  • Creativity, e.g. play, dance, music and visual arts
  • Intuition and insight – going with your gut and helping clients do the same
  • The body and spirituality
  • The body and the environment


We want participants who are fully committed. Certification as an Embodied Facilitator requires the following:

  • Attendance of all 5 modules (18 days total)
  • 4 hours of documented embodied practice a week, including meditation
  • 1 to 2 additional hours each week, which includes: small group calls, whole group calls, written reflections, reading texts (5 core texts minimum) and watching videos
  • 3 x 50 min coaching sessions between modules 1 and 2
  • 24 hours of teaching/coaching practice between modules 3 and 5
  • Passing a final practical exam
  • Paying course fees in full

In addition, ‘beginner’s mind’ is essential. We want you to bring what you already know, as well as dive into what you don’t.


  • Super early bird: £1,000 deposit + £2,500, if deposit paid by 25th October 2016 (limited number of places)
  • Early bird: £1,000 deposit + £3,300, if deposit paid by 1st February 2017
  • Standard: £1,000 deposit + £4,000, if deposit paid by 1st April 2017
  • Corporate: £1,000 deposit + £4,500

Final bookings must be made by March 3rd 2017.

Payment Plans

We are happy to discuss and agree a payment plan for the course fees.

Charity Places

We’re committed to supporting the use of embodiment for good in the world, so we offer two reduced rate places to participants in the charity/not-for-profit sector, who would not be able to do the course otherwise. We consider charity applications in the January before the course starts. NB: There is a lot of competition for these places. Contact us for information.

Your place is confirmed by paying the deposit (after getting through the application and interview stages, and signing the course contract).

You will need to consider additional costs, including travel, meals, attending embodied practice classes, books and accommodation (if needed). NB: Meals and accommodation are provided during module 3, but you will need camping equipment.

Please note: There are no refunds on this course, unless agreed otherwise in writing. If there are extenuating circumstances affecting course completion, participants may join relevant modules the following year to make up what they missed (at no extra charge).


Between us, our team have over 200 years of embodiment training and have studied many body practices such as:

  • Martial arts including aikido (four black belts), tai chi, capoeira and karate (two black belts)
  • Feldenkrais, yoga and many other movement practices
  • Dance forms including 5 Rhythms, contact improvisation and tango
  • Theatre and improvisation
  • Body psychotherapy
  • Meditation, spirituality and mindfulness – numerous forms from many traditions

The breadth and depth of experience on this team is unparalleled. Our coaching team includes some of the most qualified and experienced coaches in the world, who provide individual coaching sessions to participants as part of the course.

Plus, we have a brilliant room team, who support us to deliver the course and look after the participants. As with the rest of our team, they have a broad range of backgrounds and experience (many of them are certified embodied facilitators, who have returned to refresh their learning and support others on that same journey). Without them, we just couldn’t deliver the course the way that we do.

Core Team

Mark Walsh

Director and Co-lead Trainer

Francis Briers

Co-lead Trainer

Catherine O'Mahony

Course Manager

Frances Pace

Room Manager

Guest Trainers

Adam Barley

5Rhythms Teacher

Dr. Adrian Harris

Nature Connection Facilitator

Rachel Blackman

Embodiment and Performance Expert

Anouk Brack

Coach and Lead Embodied Trainer

Terri McNerney

Coach Trainer

Beverley Nolan

Somatic Movement Therapist

Other course information

Food, Accommodation and Visas

Snacks and refreshments are provided during modules 1,2,4 and 5. Breakfast, lunch and evening meals are not included.

If you need accommodation for the London-based modules, this is your responsibility to organise. After the first module, local participants may be willing to offer a place to stay to those who live further away.

All food, drinks and accommodation are provided for the retreat in Kent. However, you are expected to bring your own camping equipment (you may be able to borrow from others on the course).

We are happy to provide a letter confirming your place for visa requirements.

Health and Diversity

While the course content is almost entirely non-athletic, it is highly advisable to come in good health. We can and do work with all body types and abilities. Fitness is a bonus if you have it!

EFC is challenging. As part of the course, we work with stress responses. With this in mind, we ask applicants to let us know about any mental health issues or trauma history, so we can offer the right support. We value diversity and welcome participants from all situations and backgrounds. We will do what we can to support your application and journey through the course.


We have high ethical standards. We expect these to be maintained by both our staff team and students. We are committed to creating a safe and supportive learning environment for all. In situations where this is compromised, we reserve the right to ask participants to leave the course.


We are pleased to announce that EFC17 has been approved by the International Coach Federation (ICF) and counts as Continuing Coach Education (CCE). For more information, click here to see our listing on the ICF site.

Our one-day course, ‘Working with the Body for Coaches & Trainers’, is also still approved by the ICF as CCE (click here for info).

The Embodied Facilitator Course is not an ICF Accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP) because we do not train people to become coaches.

If you would like to train to be a coach, we recommend the following coach training organisations: Newfield Network, CTI and Integral Coaching Canada.



We take your privacy seriously. Any written personal information you provide to us during the application process and throughout the course is securely stored in accordance with UK data protection laws. Sensitive information may be shared between EFC staff, where necessary, for your learning and support. Due to the nature of EFC, participants often choose to share sensitive information with each other. However, at the start of the course, we also agree to respect each other’s confidentiality.


Read all the info? Ready for a practical, transformative, broad and guru-free embodiment course that will empower you to work in a range of settings? 

What now?

If you haven’t already experienced our work, we recommend you attend one of our short courses or watch some of our videos.

If you’ve read the information on this site, but still have questions, you are welcome to message us. If you want to chat, you can book a Skype or phone meeting with Catherine, our course manager, here.

When you’re ready, complete the online application form. Afterwards, you will be directed to a page where you can book your course interview.

Upon successfully completing the interview stage, your place will be secured by paying a deposit and signing the training contract.

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