What Facilitators Need To Know About Trauma – a free online workshop with Mark Walsh


Nov 13th


6pm - 8pm UK / 1pm - 3pm EST




Online via Zoom


This is a 2hrs free event for facilitators.

This training is for professional facilitators who’d like to be “trauma aware” without becoming therapists, so they can give more effective and safer trainings. It will be fast-paced, light-hearted and eminently practical. 

Learning about trauma over the last 15 years has dramatically informed how I do all my trainings, and has enabled me to avoid doing harm as a facilitator. 

As well as a long apprenticeship under Paul Linden, I have a trauma background in areas of conflict. I’ve taught many NGOs, including Save the Children, Oxfam and Warchild. I’ve lectured militaries in Ukraine and Sierra Leone, and even led a trauma education briefing in the House of Lords, which impressed my mum if no one el


The workshop is suitable for coaches and group facilitators of all kinds, including yoga and martial arts teachers. You need to be robust and have a sense of humour to attend. 

Please note that this is not a therapeutic session for your current trauma, but an educational event. If you have an untreated trauma background, some examples I give may be triggering and there will be no space for processing.


● Learn what trauma actually is – beyond the hype and politicalisation 

● Identify the main symptoms and how they show up in the training room 

● Discover the impact of trauma on learning 

● Find out why and how to do “your own work” 

● Understand the causes of trauma, and the available treatments 

● Get tips on trauma’s impact on trust and student-teacher relationship 

● Boundary issues from trauma 

● Recognise the five “invisible” mistakes that will cause harm as a facilitator 

● Learn about common misunderstandings, and helpful and unhelpful uses of humour 

● Understand gatekeeping and referring 

About the trainer

Who the hell am I anyway?
I’m Mr Embodiment! 😉 I run the Embodiment Conference, wrote the embodiment book, and make the embodiment sandwiches for lunch daily. But you knew that already, so what’s the story?I have loved body-mind arts like yoga, conscious dance, meditation, and martial arts my whole adult life; and also been saddened that these can stay “on the mat” and not really impact the day-to-day lives of people. I did years of aikido before I ever took the principles into a conversation, and found that while I got very still on meditation retreats, afterwards that stillness barely lasted past my first Facebook update. I’ve also spent the last 15 years working with “normal” busy practical people, who just want quick wins and practical tools, and don’t have the time or the energy to take on a whole philosophy. I’ve found what works best in the real world, with business people, soldiers, single mums, aid workers, NHS staff, etc, and I can teach it to you. I’ve realised that while embodiment is great, there needs to be a bridge between formal arts and the realities of our lives. With that in mind I have put this accessible, pragmatic course together to help ordinary people who want to get this stuff without the woo-woo trappings.Experienced practitioners who want more life integration are going to love this too. I filmed it in my own house, and shared the actual things I use daily, as I wanted to show the REAL way to use this work. This felt a bit personal actually, but that’s the point (don’t judge my messy kitchen!).I’m really proud of this one, not because it’s some leading-edge craziness, but just because I’m confident that it will work for people. I’m also happy that it’s an accessible price and format, as the world really needs this stuff. As ever, I’m not for everyone, but if your cup of tea isn’t chai-spiced bullshit, I’m your man.

Event Info

Date: Nov 13th
Time: 6pm - 8pm UK / 1pm - 3pm EST
Venue: Online via Zoom
Cost: FREE

Booking: Please register to reserve your free spot!

It’s FREE live but £29 after for the recording. I rather like this “free at time of recording” model, as it makes the training totally accessible but gives me a product I can sell after.

WARNING: Mark is provocative, swears and tells bad jokes. If you’re easily offended please stay away. 

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