The Course



Time commitment

Overall, the time commitment for EFC 2020 will be as follows:

  • Attendance of one opening weekend module (non-residential, in London, UK)
  • Attendance of two week-long residential modules – one in July and one in September (both will take place in Somerset, UK).
  • Around six hours of coursework per week throughout the rest of the course (this includes practice, webinars, reading and more).

Suitable EFC graduates will also have the option of a second EFC ‘integration year’ for a small fee. This will include further mentoring and reflection. Details will be provided during the course.

See below for further information.

Dates for 2020

Pre course work: April

Module 1 (in person – London, UK): 2nd – 3rd May

Module 2 (online): 5th May – 5th July 

Module 3 (in person – Somerset, UK): 6th – 12th July

Module 4 (online): 14th July – 30th August (including mandatory midpoint call on 4th August)

Module 5 (in person – Somerset, UK): 31st August – 6th September

Module 6 (online): 8th September – 13th November

Graduation day (online or in person): 14th November

Module info

Module 1 – in person:

Our opening module will be held at Fourth Floor Studios in London, UK. 

This unique venue (an old favourite for EFC) is in the East End of London. It’s within walking distance from Shadwell DLR station and is easily accessible from all London airports. 

We do not provide meals or accommodation for this module, but there are plenty of both available locally (some EFC particpants choose to share Airbnb accommodatioon or similar). We do provide snacks and drinks.

Exact times are TBC, but it is likely that the first day will start at 9.30am and the last day will finish at 5pm.

Module 2 – online

  • This part of the course is an essential requirement to pass EFC, but it’s also a programme in its own right, called the Foundations of Embodiment Certification (FEC).
  • Involves weekly webinars on Tuesday evenings at 6-7.15pm (UK time) – we require you to attend a minimum of four and watch recordings of the others.
  • Opening webinar on 5th May 2020, 6-9pm (UK time) – mandatory to attend.
  • More information to come …

Module 3 – in person

Both of our residential modules will be held at Sparkford Hall in Somerset, south west England.

This is a beautiful stately home (a grade II listed building) in the English countryside, set in 23 acres of land – and all to ourselves! The module emphasises living in community with nature and each other. Accommodation and meals are provided. We encourage camping, but if this isn’t for you, don’t worry: there are beds! Cooking is also a communal affair, and the food is plentiful, healthy and vegetarian, with options for those on vegan and gluten-free diets.

For those coming from abroad, the nearest airports are Bristol and Southampton, but Sparkford Hall is also reachable from London Heathrow and London Gatwick (larger airports with more choice of flights).

The first day will start at 11am. The last day will finish at 5pm. However, if you are camping you may need to allow extra time to set down your tent before leaving.

Module 4 – online:

  • Regular 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.
  • Plus, there’s a mandatory midpoint webinar – date TBC

Module 5 – in person:

Again, this will take place at Sparkford Hall (see module 3 for details).

Module 6 – online:

  • Regular 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.

Graduation – online or in person

It is mandatory to attend the graduation day on Saturday 14th November 2020, 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 (highly recommended) 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 – videos, tasks and other preparation
  • Core embodied practice (after initial practice experiments) and meditation –  approx three hours per week (throughout course)
  • Weekly tasks (written and practical, including embodied yoga forms), with peer accountability (module 2 / FEC)
  • Core and suggested texts and videos (throughout course)
  • Weekly small group calls (throughout course)
  • Participation in our online, private group (throughout course)
  • Facilitation ‘experiments’ – one hour per week during modules 4-6
  • Final video exam (NB: as with all course work, this must be in English)

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 (in person – London, UK)


  • Opening ritual
  • The journey ahead
  • Introductions and group bonding
  • Goal setting and contracting
  • Responsibility and self-care
  • Trolls of learning
  • Introduction to main EFC models

Module 2 (online)

Foundations of embodiment certification (FEC)

  • The theory of embodied practice and transformation
  • Embodied intelligence
  • Embodied meditation
  • Centring
  • The cycles model of change
  • Freedom vs form in bodymind practices
  • The four elements model
  • Simple partner work for coaches
  • Embodied improvisation

Module 3 (in person residential – Somerset, UK)

Fundamental teaching tools


  • Going deeper into self-awareness and the core models
  • One-to-one embodied feedback
  • Declaration of your core embodied practice
  • Improv
  • Embodied Yoga Principles
  • Building your personal presence
  • Embodied shadow work
  • Dance/free movement work
  • Partner 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 4 (online)

Focuses on facilitation practice, ie putting the learning into action, with peer feedback and support.

Module 5 (in person residential – Somerset, UK)

Facilitation Excellence


  • 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
  • The science/neuroscience of embodiment
  • Voice
  • Marketing embodiment

Module 6 (online)

Focuses on creative facilitation practice. This is about making the work your own and breaking new ground.


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


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


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

  • Full attendance of opening module (3 days)
  • Full attendance of two residential modules (14 days total)
  • Live attendance of opening webinar, midpoint webinar and online graduation day
  • Live attendance of at least four other webinars for each online module
  • Watching recordings of any webinars not attended
  • Approx 3 hours of documented embodied practice a week, including a chosen core practice
  • 1-2 additional hours each week, which includes: small group calls, practical and written work, reading texts and watching videos
  • 1 hour per week of hours teaching/coaching practice (modules 4-6)
  • 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. 


  • Early bird – ends 6th Feb 2020: £1,000 + £3,250
  • Standard: £1,000 deposit + £3,999

Final bookings must be made by 1st April 2020 (although in recent years, the course was full before this date).

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 for the three in-person modules, plus accommodation for module 1. If you camp during modules 3 and 5, you will need to bring camping equipment (although it’s possible you could borrow).

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 afford the course otherwise. NB: There is a lot of competition for these places. Contact us for information.


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

  • Martial arts including aikido (several 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.

As organisers of the Embodiment Conference, we work in partnership with many leaders in the field.

Core Team

Note: we are in the process of confirming our team for 2020, so this is subject to change. Please check back soon for the final line-up.

Mark Walsh

Director and Co-lead Trainer

 Guest Webinar Trainers

Note: We are in the process of confirming guest trainers for 2020, so this list is mainly based on the 2019 course. Please check back soon for the complete line-up. 

Adam Barley

5Rhythms Teacher

Ginny Whitelaw

Embodied Leadership Expert

Rachel Blackman

Performance Expert

Paul Linden

Trauma Educator, Embodiment and Aikido Teacher

Miles Kessler

Mediation, Aikido and Integral Practice Teacher

Betsy Polatin

Trauma and Movement Teacher 

Martin Aylward

Meditation Teacher 

Daniel Ludevig

Facilitator and Coach

Curtis Watkins

Executive Coach 

Joseph Riggio

Performance and Leadership Specialist and Author

Martha Eddy

Somatic Movement Professional and Author

Dylan Newcomb

Coach, Trainer and Bodymind Researcher

Other course information

Food, Accommodation and Visas

We provide accommodation and food for the residential modules (3 and 5). We encourage camping, but if this isn’t for you, don’t worry: there are beds! Cooking is also a communal affair, and the food is plentiful, healthy and vegetarian, with options for those on vegan and gluten-free diets.

We do not provide accomodation or meals for module 1; we do provide drinks and snacks.

We are happy to provide a letter confirming your place for visa requirements. If you need a visa, we strongly recommend you apply as soon as you have accepted a place on EFC, as processing can sometimes take longer than expected.

Health and Diversity

The course content is almost entirely non-athletic. However, during our intensives, days are long. Therefore, a basic level of stamina and fitness is strongly advised.  We can and do work with all body types and abilities. 

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.

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). We have decided not to apply to have EFC approved by the ICF this year.

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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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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