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How can we be more present with our children, other family members, and our clients through the inevitable challenges that life brings?

Come join Scott as he shares core somatic practices drawn from his martial arts lineage that help us remember our connection to Nature and give us the rooted quality we need being with anyone who has experienced trauma.

Pre- and Perinatal (PPN)
Trauma Work,
and the Natural World

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A 2-part series
presented by Scott Engler
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2 Consecutive Tuesdays in September
September 20 & 27, 2022
10am - 12pm PST
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About this Workshop Series
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To be as present as possible with our own experience and with that of others – this is a tenet of the healing process.
Critical to learning any quality of presence is our inner felt sense and the somatic practices that support us day to day while meeting all that life brings. Scott has a strong interest in somatics as our fundamental connection with Nature, leading us toward a solid ground from which we can approach trauma.

Scott brings his 30 year background of studying the martial art of Aikido in the lineage of its founder, Morihei Ueshiba.

How could this be relevant to working with PPN trauma?

Master Ueshiba brought together traditional martial arts, the Nature practice of Japanese Shinto spirituality, and the teaching that Harmony is the way of the Universe, rather than separation and conflict.

Joining rather than fighting our experience turns out to be more effective in the world.

The practices are simple and may even seem common sense. Yet there’s the profound level of connection that is possible, connection within and without, that brings wholeness and healing. 

In this mini-series, Scott Engler, will introduce basic somatic practices supporting our understanding of our own nature and our connection with the universe. By developing this somatic understanding, we can be more present with ourselves, as well as hold the quality of presence helpful when working with others who have experienced pre- and perinatal trauma.
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Class 1: To Harmonize with Nature - Practices from Aikido
  • What is Healing? What/Who heals?
  • What is Presence?

Explore how Nature works in us and how we are connected to the Universe. History lives in our bodies and shows up somatically.

  • Brief introduction to Aikido history and Morihei Ueshiba, its founder
  • The Blend - Ueshiba's innovation in martial arts
  • Somatic practices
  • Warmups - shifting & opening attention
  • The 3 centers - Hara, Heart, Head
  • Ki = energy - what do we mean?
  • Intention - showing up somatically
  • The Unbendable Arm
  • The Somatic Self
  • Blending with Life
  • Application to whole body in life

NOTE: Some of the somatic practices will be standing, where others will be sitting. So, please be prepared to have space in front of your computer for both standing as well as sitting practices.
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Class 2: To Blend in the PPN Field

  • Self Preparation, Somatic Practice

  • Intention
  • What's in front of me, coming towards me?

  • PPN History in our bodies
  • Where's the Blend?
  • Somatic Self & Unbendable Arm as a move I can make, an option

  • Working with challenges
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Scott Engler

Scott Engler, MA, BCST, RCST, supports adults, children, and infants experiencing physical symptoms, stress, or recovering from trauma using gentle, non-invasive touch. His training includes certificates in Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, Castellino Prenatal & Birth Therapy, Lomi Somatic Education, and Massage. He also has trained in Aikido with Sensei Richard Strozzi-Heckler since 1992 and holds a third-degree black belt rank.

While growing up in a Northern California state park, Scott first encountered the feeling of wholeness and healing found in the rhythms of nature he could turn to when challenged by life. Scott was fortunate to meet a number of attentive, nurturing teachers in the process of his education, enthusing him with a love of learning and the desire to teach with the same quality of support he received. Now for over twenty years Scott has been a student of presence and the nature of healing.

Scott's experience includes:
  • Over fifteen years supporting clients through Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy and Prenatal and Birth Trauma Therapy. He is also certified by Dr. Ray Castellino to facilitate womb surround process workshops, a prerequisite for applicants to the Castellino Foundation Training.

  • Co-leads workshops in Soul Motion™ and Embodied Inquiry with his wife Zuza

  • Offered Somatic Education sessions beginning in 1995 while living at Esalen Institute

  • Taught in the Esalen Movement Arts program 1995 - 1998

  • Scott has studied the martial art of Aikido since 1992 and holds the rank of Sandan, 3rd-degree black belt

Scott lives in Petaluma with his wife, Zuza.

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