These sessions will be mainly experiential - grounded in the work that has become to be known as Sensory Awareness, the process that influenced Wilhelm Reich to bring the focus of the organism into psychoanalysis; Fritz Perls to incorporate and create Gestalt Therapy: and Peter Levine in creating Somatic Experiencing; as well as many others in various branches of the field which has become Somatics.
Exploring Influences on
Our Perspectives, Relatedness, and Experiences
December 5, 12, and 19, 2023
10am - 12pm PDT
About this Workshop Series
Our goal working in the world is to focus on and assist, especially with new families, “with the highest possible integrity, efficiency and compassion.”
How can we do that without paying attention to our own selves?
Can we know our own self deeply enough so that we can feel our grounding, our own support as we respond to another's needs?
Can we realize how to touch a newborn before we know our own touch?
How can we slow down an agitated new mother or baby until we realize how to slow down and support ourself?
These sessions will give us the opportunity to pay more attention to ourselves and our desires and feel our actions and reactions so that we may be freer and able to be with others in a fully, honest manner.
The classes will be very interactive and will reflect and unfold from what you, the participants bring forward - from our experiences in the moment and the curiosities that arise, we will discover the direction and flow of the group.
She is certified in Reichian Therapy, Somatic Experiencing, massage, Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, Pre- and Perinatal Therapy and as a teacher of Tai Chi Chuan, a senior teacher of the Rosen Method and Sensory Awareness.
A former modern dancer, she lived in Japan 1965-1968, studying classical dance (Kabuki and Noh), tea ceremony, and other aspects of Japanese culture. She then lived and studied at Shofukuji, a traditional Rinzai Zen Buddhist monastery, under Yamada Mumon Roshi. Since 1969 she has taught and led workshops at Esalen Institute in California, Hollyhock in Canada, and other educational centers in the western world, as well as in Russia, Japan, Taiwan, Mexico and India.
Her life-long studies have been in dance, body/mind/spirit integrative practices, Buddhist practice and Taoism.
Judyth maintains a private practice in Somatic Reclaiming, her development of body/mind/spiritual integration, which bases its work on the belief that we are all born basically whole, with what we need, but traumas, teachings, etc. confuse and deter us and that with support and awareness we can reclaim our natural inclinations and live the full lives that are our birthrights.
Judyth now lives mostly on Cortes Island, British Columbia, BC, Canada, amongst magnificent nature. She offers workshops there and teachings online.
She is honored to be the recipient of the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award from the United States Association of Body Psychotherapy.
Judyth was professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies for over 25 years. She also taught at other S.F. Bay Area graduate schools. She co-founded Santa Barbara Graduate Institute and created its Somatic Psychology program, which was the first program in the world to offer a Ph.D. in Somatic Psychology and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Somatics.
Integrating her work and studies of the past 45 years, Judyth has developed her own process of body/mind/spiritual integration which she calls Somatic Reclaiming.Somatic Reclaiming interview podcast
Judyth began studies in this work with Philip Curcuruto in 1974. Certified in Reichian Therapy through International College, in 1976, she received her doctorate in 1979 with her dissertation “Ways of Balance East and West: T’ai Chi Ch’uan and Reichian Therapy.” She subsequently studied with Al Bauman and, since 1985, with Dr. Eva Reich.
A student of Sensory Awareness since 1968, she was authorized by Charlotte Selver in 1984 to offer this work and leads workshops in Sensory Awareness throughout the world.Sensory Awareness workshop video
PRE- AND PERINATAL THERAPY
Judyth has studied extensively with Eva Reich, William Emerson and Ray Castellino. She is certified by Ray Castellino to conduct pre- and perinatal process workshops. Judyth offers these workshops regularly in Seattle, Washington and Cortes Island, B.C., Canada, and in other various locations around the world. Judyth works individually with infants and their families, and individually and in groups with adults to help repair issues around birth trauma and related situations.
Judyth is certified as a practitioner of this innovative approach, developed by Peter A. Levine, Ph.D., for working with shock and trauma affect.
T’AI CHI CH’UAN
Judyth has studied T’ai Chi Ch’uan since 1968 and in 1971 received permission to teach from Grandmaster Cheng Man-Ch’ing’s Shr Jung School for Culture and the Arts. She created the T’ai Chi program at the Naropa Institute (now Naropa University) in Boulder CO. She is senior student in this country of Pang Jeng (Ben) Lo. She teaches Cheng Man-Ch’ing’s Yang style short form in diverse locations and regularly offers t’ai chi retreats in Mexico in the winter and in the summer on Cortes Island in British Columbia, Canada.
Judyth studied Gestalt Therapy starting in the late 1960’s with Fritz Perls at Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California. She later studied at the Gestalt Therapy Institute in San Francisco, California and with other senior Gestalt Therapists.
BIODYNAMIC CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY
Judyth is a certified practitioner of the fluid tide method of Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, having completed an American training with Franklyn Sills.
Tara has a Ph.D in prenatal and perinatal psychology from the Santa Barbara Graduate Institute, and has worked at the BEBA clinic since 2001. Currently, she is the director of the BEBA clinic and was the co-director with Ray Castellino until he passed in December 2020. She works as the facilitator at the Ojai BEBA clinic and offers online sessions. She is a certified craniosacral therapist. She is a Certified Womb Surround Process Workshop facilitator through Castellino training. She co-teaches Dr. Castellino’s Foundation Training in Spain and in the US together with Ray Castellino (until he passed) and Mary Jackson. She is the co-director of the non profit organization Global Resource Alliance dedicated to the alleviation of poverty and disease, and supporting communities in the Mara region of Tanzania.
Mary Jackson has been married since 1987, is the mother of 2 children who were born at home, and has been featured in 11 books and 5 movies. Mary has been a home birth Midwife since 1975. She has attended over 2,500 births in the Santa Barbara, Ventura, and Ojai, California areas and is now attending the home births of her second generation of babies. She is a certified Castellino Process Workshop Leader and co-teaches the Castellino Pre and Perinatal Training. In the first year after incorporating these pre and perinatal approaches in her midwifery practice her home to hospital transfer rate went from 20% to 6%. Mary is participating in cutting edge research about imprints that occur around the time of conception, pregnancy and birth and how they affect us throughout the rest of our lives and what it takes to heal from challenges in these experiences. She is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences and leads trainings throughout the world.