Tuesday, March 4, 2014

The Conference was a success !! Pat, Bonnie, TDIL, Nes Amim, and 120 people- Trauma Mindfulness Body Attachment

Wow ! The workshop was so successful that we didn't get to write about it yet  :-) And as a teaser, yes, we did receive a nice donation towards the GHS project :-) Galilee Healing Sisterhood.

We're still excited from the amount of people that came to learn from Pat and Bonnie. The crowd was made of 120 people that filled the room, amazing professionals, all curious to hear one of the pioneers of body-oriented psychotherapy, fascinated and smiling like during a good meal. I'm so very thankful for this. And moreover, for the possibility to create these kind of workshops in the north of Israel too!

Dr Pat Ogden, at her 70's, looking cool in her pointy boots and 20 years younger, knows how to impact this kind of intelligent crowd easily. She skillfully combined theory, videos from counseling hours she has given, explanations about the steps she has taken, and reading of the client's body language along with the audience. But most of all, Pat brings a deep and broad understanding of attachment theories, knowledge of brain research (about attachment and trauma) and of the latest researchers that work in the field, many years of experience along with an authentic physical intelligence of a dancer, and as a student/partner/close friend of Dr Ron Kurtz.  

Out of these materials Pat weaved a clear and amazingly interesting common ground, a road map, which for the practitioners, and especially for those who work with developmental traumas, was inspiring.  

We are so thankful to TDIL, who helped so much in the organization of the workshop, and took part in the preparations and production. It is so good to know, that even a well founded organization wants to go ahead and fresh up, and invests in opening new fields of knowledge to its members. The insertion of techniques from the world of body-oriented psychotherapy to the field of the trauma therapy and dissociation, appeared to be necessary and meaningful on the way to healing.  
The ToWo project won a nice donation!! Yes, after deduction of the expenses and the part of the teacher and the partners, a nice sum is left for the ToWo project and the up-coming course in the Galilee. Juditta (ToWo project founder and the conference CEO) donated all of her part of the income to the building of the project in the Galilee, and also Liora from TDIL and members of the committee donated 1/3 of their income to the project… Pat also donated part of her income… which gives us pains in the butt and lots of work to prepare the course still in this year.

So here’s another big thanks to all those who took part, to TDIL, Juditta and Pat :)   

And did we say mindfulness? Not yet? So indeed, all the work that Pat suggested is based in a process of mindfulness, which she defines as anchored related mindfulness. We liked it. Of course, because our tools are also mindfulness based J.  And there’s nothing like resonating with friends who share your language and path in life, investigating the field together, while being supported by a highly experienced woman. 

Just to remind you:
The ToWo project will train professional women from all cultures in the Galilee, with tools from the world of trauma therapy, mindfulness based tools MBSE, SE, EFA, and body oriented psychotherapy. This broad course of 32 weeks will include also NVC (non violent communication), deepening of treatment in a multi-cultural society, and… training in tools from the worlds of media and video, for documentation of life stories (more on this some other time… Let’s leave a little suspense). The course will be co-taught in Hebrew and Arabic.

We will be glad to answer questions on this issue; the interviews for the first group have already started. For more details and registration write to:

So, here’s a little taste of the workshop
for those who were there and those who weren’t.
A few pictures and a link for the transcription of the workshop,
that will surely give you a hint of the insights.

And hoping to see you
Juditta and the ToWo group

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