– An online course for facilitators
A 12-week course to return home to the body, and learn practical tools for training and coaching
These days most facilitators know that the body matters, yet many still feel unsure how to work safely and effectively with clients through the body. Others simply need a framework and support for their own development, as it’s hard to go it alone. While the word “embodiment” has become common, how to do embodied work practically with mainstream clients also isn’t obvious. The nuts and bolts of embodied facilitation take clarity and practice. This is understandable as our culture has lost its way in this regard. To develop excellence in this area, facilitators must do more than read about the subject. What really works is to develop your own unique being; through practice, application and community. This is what FEC provides.
There are already some great courses out there (like our own EFC) but you may not be able to travel across the world multiple times for intensives – especially now! With this in mind, this course brings high quality, well-structured embodied learning to your home. If you’d like a deep dive into your own embodiment, and to get straightforward tools that you can easily use with clients, take a look.
FEC condenses and refines our many years of embodied teaching to the most useful personally transformative practices and pragmatic professional applications. The course is a foundation for coaches, movement teachers and facilitators who want to be more embodied themselves, and want safe, effective easy-to-use techniques – for online and offline delivery. The content has been tried and tested as part of the Embodied Facilitator Course, and now we’re making it available to a wider audience.
Who this course is suitable for
Coaches and trainers who want to develop their own embodied presence
Facilitators and therapists who want simple effective tools for working with the body (online and in-person)
Movement practitioners like yogis, martial artists and dancers who are looking to broaden their view of embodiment, or work more in business/ other “mainstream” environments
Anyone wanting to profoundly develop their own embodiment
Non-facilitators: note that the final calls in July will be less relevant for you but everyone can benefit from the first part of the course
Humans. Definitely no unicorns or dolphins. But all humans are basically fine.
The heart of the course is your own embodiment.
The foundation of being an excellent embodied facilitator is your own practice and presence, so this is the heart of the course. Self-awareness and self-mastery are the foundations of working with others and we emphasise these in the initial part of the course. There are also two extended webinars and a coaching masterclass on how to apply what you have learned personally with clients. This course is a deep dive into your own embodiment, plus a bag of “quick-win” tools to work with others.
What you’ll get from the course
Deeper awareness of your own embodiment and connection to yourself
Clear models and theory, including unique distinctions around what constitutes excellence in this field
An experiential overview of the complex embodiment world, and how any practice you do now fits in with that
Expertise in working skilfully on Zoom (we are highly experienced in this due to The Embodiment Conference)
Greater embodied depth, presence and range as a facilitator
A solid daily embodied practice for long enough to establish a habit
Five simple yet profound practical coaching tools to work with clients immediately
Access to a community of support and accountability (including after the course)
Areas of embodied intelligence we’ll be covering
Roots of the trainers’ embodied experience
The facilitators on this course have a uniquely broad range of embodiment and cultural backgrounds, to avoid taking a provincial or lop-sided perspective. It’s our view that no embodied form (e.g., aikido or yoga) covers everything; and that courses coming primarily from one background or culture tend to miss a lot.
Director and Co-lead Trainer
- Co-founder of EFC and EFC Russia
- Bsc (Hons) Psychology
- Extensive training and facilitation experience with organisations worldwide, including Unilever, L’Oreal, Shell, Ikea, Virgin Atlantic, NHS, The Institute of Development Studies, The Natural History Museum, The House of Lords, The Met Police, and The Army of Sierra Leone
- Has taught embodied work in 30+ countries (and lived in 7)
- Numerous keynote talks including headlining the UK ICF conference [LINK], at Moscow State University’s psychology department, and at many business events
- 20+ years of aikido training and teaching on five continents. Three years residential “live-in” training. Black belt
- Experience of training in numerous other physical systems such as yoga, tai chi, systema, Feldenkrais, flamenco, tango, contact improvisation, jiu-jitsu, MMA and 5Rhythms
- Experience of embodied resilience training and peace-building in numerous areas of conflict from Afghanistan to Ukraine
- Ten-year+ apprenticeship with Being-In-Movement founder, Paul Linden
- Residential training in Embodied Leadership at Strozzi Institute. Training with Wendy Palmer, with Uzazu founder Dylan Newcomb, and numerous other embodiment masters
- Training in integral theory (Ken Wilber et al)
- Four years in the outdoor education industry training climbing, abseiling, team building, orienteering, fencing, archery, snowboarding, trampolining and leadership
- Extensive Non-Violent Communication training, including study with NVC founder, Marshall Rosenberg, and pioneering work with “Embodied NVC”
- Training in the linguistic coaching system of Fernando Flores
- Coach training with several organisations, including The Newfield Network, who he has taught embodiment for
- Numerous mindfulness training courses, meditation retreats and extended monastic stays
- Founder of Embodied Yoga Principles [link]
- Hosts #1 training Youtube Channel (with 14 million hits) and The Embodiment Podcast, and is one of the most followed trainers on Twitter
- Founder of The Embodiment Conference
- Director and Co-lead Trainer of EFC Russia
- 10+ years working with body and movement as therapist, coach and trainer
- Specialist in body therapy, DMT and trauma work
- Founder of Russia based project, Body For Business
- 15+ years dancing tango – one of the few persons who made tango very popular in Russia
- At the forefront of developing embodiment in Russia
- PhD in Educational science
- Speaker and Blogger
More about Alexandra: www.body4biz.ru
Rachel is an actor, artist, theatre maker and body worker who has been exploring somatic practice as a tool in her performance and healing work for most of her professional life. She facilitates workshops for adults interested in unlocking their dormant creative potential, developing physical presence and growing a more robust relationship with fear. She is particularly interested in the potential of play, instinct, imagination and creative agency to transform our experience of life.
- 25+ years experience as a professional actor
- 3 year full time actor training
- Founder and Artistic Director of multi award winning Stillpoint Theatre
- Runs a busy private practice as a deep tissue body worker, Reiki Master and healer.
- 15+ years facilitating workshops on improvisation, developing presence, embodiment, sense perception and freeing creative expression.
- Improvisation practitioner, facilitator and original company founder of The Maydays.
- Trained with Second City Chicago, Susan Messing etc.
- 14 years of classical ballet training.
- 3+ years performing arts movement training in many modalities including Feldenkrias, Aikido, Alexander Technique, Contact Improvisation, Suzuki and Butoh.
- Currently training to be a Feldenkrais teacher
- 10+ years of 5 Rhythms practice,
- 20+ years’ yoga and meditation practice.
Curtis is passionate about having people live the lives that they want to live. Having worked with hundreds of people within corporations and in the public sector he has seen first-hand the quiet desperation that pervades so many people’s lives.
In his career over, the last 30 years, he has worked with Fortune 500 companies, law firms, energy companies, government agencies, unions, teachers, students, and parents. The common theme running through almost all of his work with groups and individuals is a longing for greater self-connection, self-understanding, a deep desire for meaningful and purposeful work, and for a greater sense of fulfilment in life. This, to him, is one of the great tragedies of the post-modern world, and is why he does the work he does.
His vision is for people to be living lives that are meaningful, creative, and fulfilling, and that includes his own. He is known as someone who asks the hard questions in a way that has people hear and respond to them.
In his coaching he has trained to incorporate more of the person into the process than is usually done. By working with the physical, emotional, energetic as well as the mental bodies of his clients, they are able to produce profound changes in a shorter period of time than one would accomplish only addressing the mental body.
Newfield Network: Ontological Coach
The Strozzi Institute: Master Somatic Coach
International Coach Federation: Master Certified Coach (MCC) 2002-2017
Certified MBTI instructor
Certified in The Leadership Circle Profile
Miles Kessler is an American teacher of Aikido (6th Dan Aikikai), meditation, and Integral Practice. He is a dual-lineage holder in both the Iwama tradition of Aikido and the Burmese Mahasi tradition of Meditation.
He is the founder and director of the Integral Dojo in Tel Aviv, as well as the non-profit organization Aikido Without Borders in Israel/Palestine.
For over a decade he and his team have been producing several renowned international Aikido events. For over 20 years he has been invited to teach Aikido, meditation, and Integral practice in many international workshops and retreats in dojos, organizations, corporations and think tanks.
He has been working in executive coaching and coach training since the mid 1990s and has several years of international coaching, training and leadership development experience. He has delivered coach-training programmes and worked with executives and teams all over the world, in sectors ranging from NGOs to financial services, pharmaceuticals and media.
He is a regular speaker on the international coaching circuit, and an invited guest tutor on mastery in coaching at several European coaching schools.
He has been on the ICF global coaching board, and was founding co-President of the UK ICF Chapter.
He is currently on the editorial board of Coaching at Work magazine.
Daniela has a university diploma in administration and police leadership science. She worked for the German Police Forces for over ten years, with educations in self-defence and amok training. She served in her function in a bilateral trainings mission in Afghanistan, teaching Afghan police officers in methods and didactics, psychology and code of conduct.
Online Host and assistant trainer
Christina Dohr completed the Embodied Facilitators Course in 2017. She is currently an assistant trainer for the 2019 and 2020 batch while also offering one-on-one coaching. Her passion for movement and body-mind practices lead her to immerse in a wide range of disciplines including martial arts, dance and meditation. She holds a black belt in Aikido, leads ecstatic dances and facilitates workshops on relating, communication and conflict resolution in Germany, the UK and South East Asia. Her experience working in corporate London and as an independent consultant allow her to bridge the sometimes separate worlds of business and movement.
with leading facilitators
(dates to be confirmed – they will be after the main course)
Paul Linden is the Chief Instructor and co-founder at the Centre for Columbus Center for Movement Studies/Aikido of Columbus in Columbus, Ohio, USA. He is a specialist in body and movement awareness education, and his work focuses on the interplay between self-exploration and effective action.
Paul received his B.A. in Philosophy from Reed College and his Ph.D. in Physical Education from the Ohio State University. He is an instructor of the Feldenkrais Method® of body awareness education.
He began Aikido practice in 1969, and he currently holds a sixth degree black belt in Aikido as well a first degree black belt in Karate. He is the developer of Being In Movement® mindbody training, the inventor of SpineLine® Bicycle Handlebars (patent #5,024,119), and the author of a number of books about applications of body awareness training in various areas of life. For fun, Paul rides his bike, runs, practices Aikido, reads, practices organic gardening, and writes.
Embodied Leadership Expert
Dr. Ginny Whitelaw is the founder of the Institute for Zen Leadership, a Zen Master in the Chozen-ji line of Rinzai Zen, as well as President of Focus Leadership. She is a recognized expert in leadership development and executive coaching and has authored 4 books, including The Zen Leader. A biophysicist by training, she combines a rich scientific background with senior leadership experience at NASA, and more than 20 years developing global leaders. Together with Mark Kiefaber, she developed the FEBI® to measure 4 mind-body patterns of personality, and trains practitioners worldwide in how to apply FEBI in their work. She has served as adjunct faculty to Columbia University’s senior executive program and worked with leaders in some of the world’s top companies, including Merck, Dell, Avon, XL Capital, Sprint, Cemex, EMC, Novartis, Hospira, Marsh, Ascension Health, T Rowe Price, and Bank of America.
Prior to that, Dr. Whitelaw spent 10 years at NASA, where she became the Deputy Manager for integrating the International Space Station Program. She led a large-scale change effort to re-align the management of the Space Station Program using cross-functional teams. Her work became a model for other NASA programs, and she was awarded NASA’s Exceptional Service Medal for her efforts. She holds a Ph.D. in Biophysics, as well as a B.S. in Physics, a B.A. in Philosophy, and a 5th degree black belt in Aikido.
Philip Shepherd is recognized as an international authority on embodiment. He is the author of two books: New Self New World: Recovering Our Senses in the Twenty-first Century (2010); and Radical Wholeness: The Embodied Present and the Ordinary Grace of Being (Nov, 2017). Both books lay the foundation for The Embodied Present Process (TEPP), a unique set of practices Philip developed for uniting the anxious, restless pace of the intelligence in the head with the deep, present and connected intelligence of the body. He travels the world teaching TEPP workshops, and also runs programs to train and certify others in facilitating the TEPP embodiment practices.
Facilitator and Creator
Jamie Catto is the author of Insanely Gifted, producer/director of the multi-award winning global 1 Giant Leap films and albums, and founder member of Faithless. He now leads uniquely transformative workshops and one-on-one sessions. Drawing from the richly diverse wisdom, techniques and processes he has encountered during his ground-breaking filming, recording, philosophy voyages across all 5 continents, Jamie’s aim is to spark both professional and personal breakthroughs. He has many followers amongst the embodied community and is one of our most popular guest trainers on Purpose Black Belt, so we are happy to welcome him to EFC 2018.
More about Jamie: www.jamiecatto.com
Coach, Trainer and Researcher
Dylan Newcomb is a personal coach, trainer and bodymind researcher who helps cultural creatives and conscious entrepreneurs clarify and embody their deeper purpose—so they can effectively and sustainably make a meaningful difference in the world without getting stressed out, confused and overwhelmed.
Dylan is the lead researcher and trainer behind The UZAZU Mind-Body Method, a highly integrative, method of using breath, movement and mental imagery to quickly shift into a specific, desired mental-emotional-physical state. To date, over 3,000 people worldwide have learned UZAZU and used it to help them integrate their emotions and past traumatic events, connect with others more deeply & skillfully, and become more empowered & effective in their work.
Dylan lives in Freeport Maine. He currently divides his time between passionately helping his clients clarify and embody their life purpose, preparing for getting his PhD in Developmental Embodiment thru Wisdom University, and enjoying the richness of being & raising a family.
Website – https://uzazu.org/
A personal invitation
We’ve been running the Embodied Facilitator Course for eight years now in the UK and six in Russia. I’ve guided several hundred people from over 40 countries to both transform personally, and gain useful tools for their work as trainers and coaches. But – and it’s a big BUT – as someone whose life’s mission is to make this work available to the world: a lot of people just can’t get there because of money, family or other practical reasons. I’ve also seen that the online learning that we’ve been doing as part of EFC for some years now is some of the most powerful, as it spreads learning out over time to ensure integration.
Putting on The Embodiment Conference also helped me to refine what great online learning looks like (seeing 100+ embodiment trainers will do that!), and I realised A LOT can be done virtually…far more than I used to think actually. So, as people who’ve been following from afar have been asking for it for a while, I’ve decided to put on a new accessible online course. Here it is. I like to put a lot out for free, but structure, accountability and community adds a new dimension. FEC is effective embodied learning without the Air Miles or having to sell a kidney for the cash. This is the best I have, and you can do it at home…what do you want, a bloody ribbon on it?
Mark Walsh, Brighton, UK.
Content and models we cover include:
The theory of embodied practice and transformation
How to choose and establish a personal practice (we’ll be suggesting real world “experiments”)
Embodied meditation (not just mindfulness)
A cycles model of change
Freedom vs form in bodymind practices
The four elements model
Simple partner work for coaches
The art of embodied group facilitation
A morning "form" and efficient set of practices to develop yourself
The five most common mistakes when teaching embodiment
Applications of all of the above to coaching
Online Excellence / Virtual Marketing Yourself
What does the course consist of?
19 hours of live webinars spread over 12 weeks (with a week off after 8 weeks).
Each webinar has 2 trainers and a “tech host” to ensure smooth running
Recordings of all webinars available ongoing
15 hours of high quality video to watch between webinars (you’ll have ongoing access to this too)
Weekly coursework pdfs
Support e-books from Mark Walsh
(and all those that we sell you’ll get free)
Assignment to a small peer-group you can choose to have weekly online conference calls to discuss the course with
Access to a private online group to ask the faculty any questions
Access to top-up one-day courses online ongoing free of charge
Dates and commitment
We start on 5th May 2020. There will be some pre-work, like short videos to watch. The heart of the course will be weekly Zoom webinars that include instruction, as well as interactive discussion and practice in break-out groups. These are recorded in case you can’t make some and there’s coursework between webinars, as practice is key to embodiment. If you want to get the most from the course we suggest having a peer-group call each week, going to one class a week, and doing about 40min of practice daily.
Bonus calls are spread out after the course throughout the year until October.
*While you can watch recordings of the entire thing, it’s highly advisable to attend these live once a week, and doing about 40min of practice daily.
Live Online Calls
All calls are on Tuesdays, except Wednesday 15th July.
The times below are given in UK time.
You can see other time zones below.
Week 1: 5th May 1800-2030
Launch webinar* (Mark, Daniela, Alexandra)
Week 2: 12th May 1800-1915
Practice and embodied learning (with Alexandra Vilvovskaya and Mark Walsh)
Week 3: 19th May 1800-1915
Embodied meditation (with Miles Kessler)
Week 4: 26th May 1800-1915
The four elements (with Mark Walsh)
Week 5: 2nd June 1800-1915
Cycles and change (with Alexandra Vilvovskaya)
Week 6: 9th June 1800-1915
Centring (with Mark Walsh)
Week 7: 16th June 1800-1915
Free movement (with Adam Barley)
Week 8: 23rd June 1800-1915
Improvisation (with Rachel Blackman)
Week 9: 30th June 1800-1915
Self-care (with Rachel Blackman)
Week 10: Rest and integration week
There is no live call this week.
Week 11: 14th July 1800-2030
Foundations of coaching with embodiment 1 (with Mark Walsh)
Wednesday 15th July 1700-1815
Working with the body in coaching masterclass (with Aboodi Shabi)
Week 12: 21st July 1800-2030
Foundations of coaching with embodiment 2 (with Curtis Watkins and Mark Walsh)
28th 1800-1930 July
Graduation celebration* (Mark, Daniela, Alexandra)
Start times of the live calls for other time zones.
Los Angeles: 10:00
New York: 13:00
CET / Paris: 19:00
Tel Aviv: 20:00
Note: Launch week call is 2.5 hrs, all other calls are 1.15 hrs.
The times below are given in UK time.
You can see other time zones below.
Why coaches need to learn to work with the body:
Easy embodiment coaching:
Who FEC isn’t for
3) I and some of the other trainers are not especially politically correct, we tend to make jokes, swear and generally have a sense of humour about embodiment and life in general. If you are easily offended…or actually believe in being offended at all…or are a new-age unicorn shagger, please keep away for everyone’s benefit! If not, you may be our kind of FECer.
Nice things people have said about the course upon which this content is based
“Not just career enhancing but life enhancing.”
Glen Bracey | Facilitator and coach | Valencia, Spain
“As a coach, embodiment brought a whole new dimension into my work, so that I feel I’m coaching from wholeness. This leads to much better results, much quicker.”
Fiona Buckland | Coach, facilitator and writer | London, UK
“Practical embodiment information with life application. Even online there are plenty of experiential opportunities and the community is priceless.”
Manal | Dance teacher and coach | Saudi Arabia
“I got a powerful method and tools that I integrated into my coaching and group facilitating quickly. My coaching is more precise and effective now. The process is so powerful that clients achieve their goals in a shorter time and fewer sessions. The changes also last.”
Avi Peled | Coach and group facilitator | Israel
“I now notice what clients do with their body and if it’s synchronized with what they say. This is a lot of information for me and for them.”
Abyah | CBT therapist | Saudi Arabia
“Immersive retreat trainings are great but the contrast when coming back home can be overwhelming. Online learning can give better integration into habits and everyday life. Mark transmits lessons online in a consistent and clear way, so it’s not wasted time for busy people. Also there are lots of other resources available on the platform so you can go deeper into the topic.”
Eva | Coach and yogi | Slovenia
“Mark’s talent is in breadth of vision unmatched by anybody else I know. He can provide a learning experience which draws on many experts and many forms of embodiment understanding and skill, then integrates it all so that it forms a more whole process of change and growth.”
Paul Linden | Trauma Educator, Embodiment and Aikido Teacher | Ohio, USA
“This content is about awakening for life via re-owning my body, with a great bonus for a life and business coach: being introduced to a variety of practical embodiment principles and great people from all over the globe.”
Yana Ray | Coach | Moscow
“I have gained skills and confidence when it comes to working with, often coaching, groups and individuals.”
Arabella Smirnova-Beroskin | Occupational Psychology MSc student | London, UK
“My participation enhanced my ability to talk about the embodiment work I already do, helped me gain confidence in bringing this work to new audiences, and provided a very rich peer group.”
Charlie Birch | Professional dancer | Boulder, USA
“I got enhanced understanding of relationship dynamics – crucial for blending emotional intelligence with decisive, well-informed action. Or to paraphrase – I’m just as sensitive but more effective, in most areas of my life.”
Anna Price | BBC editor and mindfulness teacher | London, UK
“Work with uncle Mark because he’s silly but he knows stuff. Also he buys me Lego and it’s not cheap”.
Jessica | Aged 8 1/2 | Mark’s niece
You will receive free access to these bonus resources, ebooks and video recordings of trainings worth over £160.
The Embodiment book
Practical tips, poems and stories to help you to reconnect.
Working With the Body in Training and Coaching
This concise e-book is for busy trainers, coaches and other facilitators who want to work more with the body. 26 pages.
Centring - why mindfulness alone isn’t enough
Mark’s most downloaded e-book – super practical. 110 pages.
Working with normal people a guide for hippies
For ‘body people’ and ‘alternative’ practitioners who want to work more with business and other ‘mainstream’ environments. 23 pages.
Registration is closed
We have now closed enrolment for this year, you can email us below to be notified when we open registration for 2021.
Is this course online?
Yes, you participate with the whole course online through weekly live video calls.
Are there course recordings?
Each individual call is recorded, however the course is designed and intended that you attend the calls live.
What if I am unable to attend a call?
If you are unable to attend one call, you can still engage with the course. However there are some mandatory calls you have to attend live. It is best to check with the course manager before booking.
Can I do the Embodiment Facilitator course?
The EFC course is a longer professional development course which is separate to this course, and requires separate application, you can see more information here.
What is your refund policy?
A refund of the course price is generally possible until the beginning of the course on 5th May with the launch webinar. After the end of the launch webinar we are offering refunds only in the case of family emergencies or serious health issues, which prevent you from participating in the course.
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