This course explores the nature of trauma and the way it drives our everyday experience – often in unrecognized ways. We will look at the different ways in which we ‘store’ traumatic experience and explore different methods for approaching the resolution of traumatic experience. The class focuses on the personal transformation model of Depth Hypnosis. We will explore how Depth Hypnosis addresses the symptoms of trauma by drawing on Buddhist understandings about the nature of suffering, earth-based wisdom techniques for catalyzing change, energy medicine methods of addressing trauma on the subtlest levels of experience, hypnosis as a vehicle for the exploration of the deeper self where traumatic experience is often registered, and transpersonal psychology as a framework for integrating these methods into the clinical setting.
In the mid-nineties, Isa began developing Depth Hypnosis as she entered into clinical practice. Her studies, both in academia and in the field, of cultural and linguistic anthropology, comparative religion, and transpersonal psychology formed the basis of her approach with clients and students. As the body of work that grew out of her clinical practice became larger, she began teaching others so that more people could benefit from the techniques she had developed. In order to accommodate the number of classes that grew out of this process, she co-founded the Foundation of the Sacred Stream, which is now a school for consciousness studies in Berkeley, California, serving hundreds of students each year. Isa teaches and speaks nationally and internationally, and she has published numerous articles, podcast episodes, videos, and the booksÊ<em>Return to the Great Mother</em>ÊandÊ<em>Coming to Peace</em>. She maintains a private practice with institutions and individuals in Depth Hypnosis and Coming to Peace processes. Isa speaks five languages and has lived in eleven countries. She is the mother of two children and lives with her partner in San Francisco.