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Embodied Leadership & Somatic Coaching

  • MindBody Studies
  • By Richard Strozzi-Heckler
  • On Demand

About the Course

This course will be an inquiry into the methodology of Somatic Coaching and the principles of Embodied Leadership as used in organizational work.  Distinctions, principles and practices will be organized around one’s own personal and professional development.  

Students will be introduced to key elements that underlie a somatic transformation and practices that are necessary to fulfill one’s personal and professional commitments, including the role of Body Work in initiating a Somatic Opening.

Methods for embodied leadership in teams and organizations, the importance of somatic embodied practices to sustain change and transformation, and the cost of teams and organizations who do not include our capacity for intuition, sensing and feeling will be explored. 

We will examine our inherited historical interpretation of the body and how this perspective contributes to breakdowns in our physical, emotional, and spiritual health. We will look at a current interpretation of the body in which we see the body as more than a collection of parts of a medical anatomy, but rather as a holistic shape of our livingness. In this way, we can say that the body is the shape of our experience. In this interpretation, we can arguably claim that the self and the body are intimately linked together.
We will explore a working methodology to bring about a somatic transformation. This will include the elements of Somatic Awareness, Somatic Opening, Somatic Practices, Social Context, Landscape, and Spirit. We will inquire into these distinctions as ways to perceive a somatic reality, practice a somatic sensibility, and releasing historical patterns that confine us in behaviors that are no longer useful.
As individuals, teams, and organizations move through a period of change and transition there are distinctions, patterns, and practices that can inform and guide their transformation. In this module, we look at the Arc of Somatic Transformation and identify the different stages in this Arc, and the practices that will move us through this arc from the historical shape to the new shape.
As we move through the Arc of Somatic Transformation, we will inevitably move into a space in which the usual signposts of our lives will fade to the background, no longer seem important to us, or simply dissolve, and we find ourselves without our usual orientation to meaning and purpose. The world looks different and we seem to be in a vast protoplasmic ocean in which our future seems unknown and uncertain. In this module, we will inquire into the significance and importance of this stage, and how we navigate through it.
We are historical beings who embody patterns of behavior thathave historically brought us fulfillment, safety, connection, and dignity. At some point we come to see that these conditioned patterns are outdated and no longer bring us satisfaction. We call this response to pressure or threat (perceived or real) our Conditioned Tendency. These patterns also show up in the way that we process our excitation. We call this the Rhythm of Excitement. In this module we will examine the importance of identifying the Conditioned Tendency and Rhythm of Excitement for personal transformation and healing.
In this module, we will examine the process of creating an embodied leadership culture in teams and organizations. We will discuss the importance of using somatic practices to build authenticity, transparency, skillful action, trust, conversations for action, and the satisfaction of working towards a common goal.

Students who take this course will:

  • Introduction to the practices for embodied leadership in teams and organizations and the cost to teams and organizations who do not include a capacity for intuition, sensing and feeling
  • The way of perceiving the body (soma) that allows for new actions and ways to intervene with clients and students, as well as personal development.
  • The key elements that underlie a somatic transformation.
  • The importance of engaging in the practices that are necessary to fulfill one’s personal and professional commitments.
  • How to identify the Arc of Somatic Transformation, the distinctions in each stage, and assess the practices necessary to move fully through the arc.
  • How to identify the Unbonded Space and what is necessary to navigate through the Unbound Space to the New Shape.
  • The role of body work in initiating a somatic opening and the importance of somatic embodied practices to sustain change and transformation.
  • How to identify the conditioned tendency and the rhythm of excitement.
  • Ways to work with our historical automatic triggers.
  • Introduction to the practices for embodied leadership in teams and organizations and the cost to teams and organizations who do not include a capacity for intuition, sensing and feeling.

About Richard Strozzi-Heckler

Dr. Richard Strozzi-Heckler, PhD, is founder of Strozzi Institute. He has spent over four decades researching, developing and teaching Somatics to business leaders, executive managers, teams from Fortune 500 companies, NGOs, technology start-ups, non-profits, the U.S. government and military. He was named one of the Top 50 Executive Coaches in The Art and Practice of Leadership Coaching, and in Profiles in Coaching. He is the co-founder of the Mideast Aikido Project (MAP), which brings together Palestinians and Israelis through the practice of Aikido. Richard is the author of eight books, including The Leadership Dojo, In Search of the Warrior Spirit, The Anatomy of Change, Holding the Center and The Art of Somatic Coaching: Embodying Skillful Action, Wisdom, and Compassion. From 2002 to 2007 he was an advisor to NATO and the Supreme Allied Commander of Europe (SACEUR) General Jim Jones, formally the National Security Advisor. Richard has a PhD in Psychology and is a seventh degree black belt in the martial art of Aikido.

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