The Course

We are still in the process of finalising some aspects of the 2018 course, but the main dates and overall structure are now set:

Dates for 2018

Pre course work:

Mid-March – early April

Module 1 (online): Fundamentals of embodiment

17th April – 4th June

Module 2 (in person – Kent, near London, UK): Fundamental teaching tools

12th – 17th June

Module 3 (online): Embodied teaching journey

19th June – 3rd September

Module 4 (in person – south of France): Facilitation excellence

10th – 16th September

Module 5 (online): Creative practice

18th September – 9th November

Graduation day (online or in person):

10th November

Module info

Module 1 – online:

Opening webinar on 17th April 2018, 6-9pm (UK time) – mandatory to attend.

Six webinars on Tuesday evenings at 6-7.15pm (UK time) – we require you to attend a minimum of four and listen to recordings of the others

Module 2 – in person

This will be held at The Quadrangle TrustThe Granary, The Quadrangle, Shoreham Road, Shoreham, Kent, TN14 7RP.

This is a favourite venue from previous years. The module involves living simply, in community with nature and each other. Accommodation and meals are provided (cooking is also a communual affair, and the food is vegetarian, with options for those on vegan and gluten-free diets). We strongly encourage camping, but there is indoor accommodation if required.

The first day will start at 9.30am. The last day will finish at 5pm, but you will need to allow time for packing and setting tents down.

Quadrangle is within 30 miles of central London; the journey takes less than an hour by car or train.

Module 3 – online:

  • Mandatory midpoint webinar on 24th July 2018, 6-8pm (UK time)
  • Six fortnightly webinars, usually on Tuesday evenings at 6-7.15pm (UK time) – again, we require you to attend a minimum of four and listen to recordings of the others
  • Optional bonus webinars

Module 4 – in person:

This module is a retreat at the beautiful Moulin de Chaves in southwest France (this venue is owned by one of our guest trainers, Martin Aylward, and his wife).

Again, the retreat involves communal living in a natural environment. Fresh vegetarian meals and accommodation are provided (there is also an option to camp).

Moulin de Chaves is within travelling distance of four different airports. We will allow you sufficient time for travel on the first and last days of the module.

Module 5 – online:

  • Six fortnightly webinars, usually on Tuesday evenings at 6-7.15pm (UK time) – again, we require you to attend a minimum of four and listen to recordings of the others
  • Optional bonus webinars

Graduation – online or in person

It is mandatory to attend the graduation day on Saturday 10th November 2018, 9am-6pm (UK time). There will be a variety of activities and plenty of breaks. You can choose to get together in person at various locations or you can participate from home.

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

Coursework requirements

  • Pre-work – Several hours of videos, tasks and other preparation
  • Core embodied practice (after initial practice experiments) and meditation –  3 hours per week (throughout course)
  • Weekly tasks (written and practical, including embodied yoga forms), with peer accountability (module 1)
  • Core and suggested texts and videos (throughout course)
  • Weekly small group calls (throughout course)
  • Online participation in Facebook community (throughout course)
  • 24 hours of facilitation ‘experiments’ (modules 3-5)
  • Final video exam

NB: Most of this work is mandatory and some is recommended. And there will be rest weeks!

Course Content

NB: This is not definitive and may change slightly.
Module 1 (online)

Fundamentals of embodiment

  • Opening ritual / Responsibility / The journey ahead
  • Practice
  • Trolls of learning
  • Meditation
  • 4 elements
  • Cycles
  • Centring
  • Form vs freedom
Module 2 (in person – KENT, NEAR London)

Fundamental teaching tools

Includes:

  • Going deeper into self-awareness and the core models
  • One-to-one embodied feedback
  • Declaration of your core embodied practice
  • Improv
  • Building your personal presence
  • Embodied shadow work
  • The science/neuroscience of embodiment
  • Dance/free movement work
  • Ethics and trauma basics
  • Teaching embodiment fundamentals
  • Embodied coaching fundamentals
  • How to take the body to business
  • Models, tools and practice of embodied coaching
  • The legendary ‘No talent’ show
  • Embarkation ritual (to mark transition to teaching others)
Module 3 (ONLINE)

Focuses on facilitation practice, ie putting the learning into action

Module 4 (in person – France)

Facilitation Excellence

Includes:

  • Return ritual
  • Renunciation practice: no phones, alcohol/drugs, sex, less privacy
  • Space to share, play and connect in nature and community
  • Excellence in embodied facilitation
  • Deeper underlying principles of embodied facilitation
  • Trauma and embodiment
  • Working with intuition
  • Nature connection and embodiment
  • Body reading clients
  • The body and adult development
  • Nature connection
  • Marketing embodiment
Module 5 (ONLINE)

Focuses on creative facilitation practice, ie taking learning to the next level

Perspectives

We draw from a wide range, but to give you an idea, these include:
  • Integral theory – this is the framework of EFC: the ‘I’, ‘we’ and ‘it’ of embodiment
  • Four elements typology
  • Martial arts (especially aikido)
  • Bodywork (eg massage, Feldenkrais, Alexander Technique)
  • Body psychotherapy
  • Buddhism/mindfulness
  • Embodied Yoga Principles
  • Trauma theory
  • Yin and yang polarity (Uzazu influenced)
  • Adult development (eg Spiral Dynamics)
  • 5 Rhythms and other models of cycles
  • Linguistics
  • Improv and theatre
  • Body psychotherapy/dance movement therapy
  • Eco psychology
  • 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 ‘no nonsense’ environments

Applications

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 training
  • Stress management / resilience training
  • Team building
  • Communication skills training
  • Culture change / organisational development
  • Confidence and assertiveness training
  • Activism and social change
  • Enhancing teaching of other embodied practices, eg yoga, dance and martial arts
  • Personal growth courses
  • Human resources management
  • Creativity training and the arts
  • Spirituality

Commitment

To participate in EFC you must be fully committed. This is not a Micky Mouse course. Certification as an Embodied Facilitator requires the following:

  • Full attendance of two in-person modules (13 days total)
  • Live attendance of opening webinar, midpoint webinar and online graduation day
  • Live attendance of at least four webinars for each online module
  • Watching recordings of any webinars not attended
  • 3 hours of documented embodied practice a week, including one hour’s meditation
  • 1-2 additional hours each week, which includes: small group calls, practical and written work, reading texts (5 core texts minimum) and watching videos
  • 24 hours of teaching/coaching practice (modules 3-5)
  • Passing a final practical exam (you’ll send us a video)
  • Paying course fees in full

You also commit to being teachable. Beginner’s mind is essential to get the most from EFC. 

Investment

  • Super early bird: £1,000 deposit + £1,500, if deposit paid by 1st December 2017 (limited number of places)
  • Early bird: £1,000 deposit + £2,500, if deposit paid by 1st February 2018
  • Standard: £1,000 deposit + £3,000, if deposit paid by 1st April 2018
  • Corporate: £4,500

Final bookings must be made by 1st April 2018.

Your place is confirmed by paying the deposit (after getting through the application and interview stages, and signing the course contract). We find roughly half of those who apply are a good fit for the course.

You will need to consider additional costs, including embodied practice classes, books, travel (modules 2 and 4), meals (module 2 only) and accommodation (if needed for module 2). Accommodation is provided for module 4, but if you plan to camp, you will need camping equipment.

Please note: There are no refunds on this course. In the event of sickness or family emergency, participants may join relevant modules in the next year’s programme to complete the course (at no extra charge).

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.

Team

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.

Core Team

Mark Walsh

Director and Co-lead Trainer

Rachel Blackman

Co-lead Trainer and Performance Expert

Guest Webinar Trainers

(more to be confirmed soon)

Adam Barley

5Rhythms Teacher

Francis Briers

 Facilitator, Coach and Author

Ginny Whitelaw

Embodied Leadership Expert

Paul Linden

Trauma Educator, Master Embodiment Trainer and Aikido teacher

Daniel Ludevig

Facilitator and Coach

Miles Kessler

Mediation, Aikido and Integral Practice Teacher

Dylan Newcomb

Dylan Newcomb – Coach, Trainer and Researcher

Stuart Heller, PhD

Coach, Trainer, Author and Martial Arts Teacher

Martin Aylward

Meditation Teacher

Other course information

Food, Accommodation and Visas

Snacks and refreshments are provided during module 2 (London). Breakfast, lunch and evening meals are not included. If you need accommodation for this module, this is your responsibility to organise. It is possible that 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 module 4 retreat in France. However, if you wish to camp, you will need 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.

Standards
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.
Accreditation

Our one-day course, ‘Working with the Body for Coaches & Trainers’, is  approved by the International Coach Federation (ICF) for Continuing Coach Education Units  (click here for info).

EFC 2017 was approved in the same way (for ICF CCEUs). We are currently considering whether to apply to have EFC 2018 approved too. Please join our mailing list or watch this space for updates.

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.

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Privacy
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.

Apply

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 (applications will open in Autumn 2017). 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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