Somatic Transformation Retreat 
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This retreat is about bringing the Somatic Transformation community together in-person after two years of gathering online. It is also an opportunity to gather and celebrate Sharon, her work, and her years of dedication to this community and the treatment of trauma.

Our vision is to combine learning with creating community, which has been a cornerstone of Somatic Transformation trainings and cohorts over time. We will hear from Allan Schore (via Zoom) and enjoy a conversation with Allan and Sharon. In addition, Sharon will discuss her new work on trauma and spirituality. We will also have members of the ST community providing presentations and workshops and sharing their special gifts with us.

On Saturday evening we will host a dinner and party to honor Sharon.
There will be time to explore the outdoors and enjoy the grounds of Islandwood Retreat Center with a fire or two in the Friendship Circle.

On the final morning of the retreat we will discuss the future of the work. Where does it go from here and how do we bring it to more people in our communities?

We look forward to gathering with you in November.
Date & Time: November 4-6, 2022
Retreat Schedule
Day I Friday Nov 4th
4:00 pm Check in/lodging
5:00 pm Introduction and Welcome
6:00 pm Dinner
7:30pm Friendship Circle with Nathan Feuerborn: “Being Graced by Insight: A meditation on embodiment and humility in the service of healing”

Day II Saturday Nov 5th
8:00 am Breakfast
8:45 am Mitzvah
10:15 am Snack Break
10:30 am Allan Schore (via Zoom): "Right Brain to Right Brain Psychotherapy: Recent Clinical and Scientific Advances."
11:30 am Conversation with Sharon and Allan
12:00 – 1:30 pm Lunch/Rest
1:30 pm Sharon Stanley: Spiritual Dynamics
2:45 pm Snack Break
3:15 pm Guided Group Walk
4:30 pm Sound Bath
7:00 pm Dinner and Tribute to Sharon Stanley:
Please join us for a dinner to celebrate Sharon Stanley and all that she has developed and gifted to our learning, growth and kinship. Also attending the dinner will be the personal friends and family she holds dear, that have supported her work over the years. The dinner will be followed by a party. Partners, spouses welcome.

Day III Sunday Nov 6th
8am Breakfast
9:30 am Check out of room
10:00 am Conversation on the Future of the Somatic Transformation Community
11:30 am Ceremonial Closing
12:00 pm Depart Islandwood

More information on our inspiring presenters!
Joy Evans
Joy Evans, MSW (she/her) combines trauma healing practices with sound and forest therapy to lead people out of the perpetual stress response, to reconnect with the details of the senses and return to clarity, centered self, and calm. Joy has a deep commitment to restorative practices. She holds a Master of Social Work from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; is a certified sound healer and forest therapy guide; and has studied with the School of Celtic Consciousness. Connect with Joy through her website
 Find Joy on YouTube:
Allan Schore
Dr. Allan Schore is on the clinical faculty of the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, UCLA School of Medicine. He is author of a number of seminal volumes, including Affect Regulation and the Origin of the Self, Classic Edition and two recently published books, Right Brain Psychotherapy and The Development of the Unconscious Mind. He has received numerous honors for his work, including an Award for Outstanding Contributions to Practice in Trauma Psychology from the Division of
Trauma Psychology and the Scientific Award from the Division of Psychoanalysis of the American Psychological Association, Honorary Membership by the American
Psychoanalytic Association, the Reiss-Davis Child Study Center Award for outstanding contributions to Child and Adolescent Mental Health, as well as a number of Lifetime Achievement Awards. He has recently been inducted into Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society (
Rita Bozi
Rita Bozi is a multi-disciplinary Somatic Relational Trauma-informed Facilitator, Psychedelic Therapist, educator and author of When I Was Better. She is the director of Brilliant Healing Inc working with individuals, couples and groups leading unique, experiential and creative workshops and ceremonial journeys. She is a colleague of Dr Gabor Maté and studied Sharon Stanley’s Somatic Transformation model. Rita trains individuals in her 3 Module program: Somatic Relational Trauma-informed Practices for Psychedelic Assisted Therapy. She is the podcast co-host of PUNK Therapy: Psychedelic Underground Neural Kindness.
More about Alan's Presentation
In this PowerPoint lecture Dr. Schore will discuss his recent work on the right brain emotional, relational, and neurobiological change mechanisms that operate at the core
of the co-created therapeutic relationship, especially during heightened affective moments of treatment. He will contend that our conception of the expert psychotherapist has changed, from one who offers left brain explicit verbal insight-oriented interpretations in order make the unconscious conscious, to a
psychobiologically attuned empathic clinician whose right brain synchronizes with, optimally processes, and implicitly regulates the patient’s unconsciously communicated nonverbal affective-autonomic states. Clinical skill is expressed not so much in the
application of various therapeutic techniques but in an ability to intuitively monitor the patient’s emotional arousal and form a nonverbal working relationship with various attachment styles, personalities, and psychopathologies. He will also discuss how
recent groundbreaking hyperscanning studies of the brains of both the patient and the therapist in a psychotherapy session confirm his evidence-based model of right brain-to-right brain nonverbal emotional communication of attachment dynamics. Offering both new clinical data and recent interdisciplinary research Dr. Schore will suggest that neurobiologically-informed, somatic, bodily-based, emotionally-focused treatment facilitates therapeutic changes in the connectivity of the “emotional” “social” right brain, and that the incorporation of current studies of brain laterality research into models of
the therapeutic relationship allows for a deeper understanding of not only why but how psychotherapy works, “beneath the words” of the patient and therapist.
More about Rita's Presentation
"The literal meaning of the Hebrew word mitzvah is commandment, but the generally accepted sense is that of a good deed. The emphasis is on deeds—not on positive thoughts or wishes, but on conscious acts of empathy and kindness."

In her 15 year career as a professional dancer, Rita had the great fortune of being exposed to the Alexander Method, Feldenkrais, various forms of yoga, authentic movement, contact improv, Tai Chi, Chi Kung and a Pilates mat practice geared to her the specific way her body moves. For her entire life, movement has been central to her well-being, personally and professionally. Since retiring from dance 25 years ago, she is has kept central to her life the practice of listening, writing, creating, facilitating, teaching, communicating and connecting through the body. In this 2 hour workshop she will offer good deeds through physical exploration that start from the ground up; kind practices starting with self and moving into group experiential practices. No movement training is required for this - practices will be trauma and Polyvagal-informed, accessible to all body types with focus on subtle movement from your cells.
Additional Information
 Join Us November 4-6
We look forward to seeing you!

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