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Intensive on Somatics in Human and Organization Development

Fielding Graduate University

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at 4:00 PM - Friday, May 9, 2014 at 3:30 PM (PDT)

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Somatics, or conscious awareness of the body from within, has been found to improve well-being for individuals and in organizations. Come and experience a range of modalities for enhancing somatic awareness and improving practice skills. The sessions will be facilitated by Fielding faculty, doctoral students and alumni who are seasoned practitioners along with some outside guests.

Featured Session will cover a range of topics and activities including: Innovations in Somatics; Somatics in Organizations; Kundalini Yoga and international circle dances; Tibetian Bowl Session; drum circles; Five Rhythms dance and ecstatic dance sessions.

Cost for attendance: $100. Fees will include a light breakfast and lunch on Thursday and Friday of the intensive. Fielding has arranged for a group room rate of $164 per night at the Hyatt. Mention that you are with Fielding if you decide to book your stay with the Hyatt. 

Intensive Facilitators

Valerie Malhotra Bentz, Ph.D., is a professor, Human and Organization Development, Fielding Graduate University, where she served as Associate Dean for research. She is a certified yoga teacher and massage therapist and practiced psychotherapy for twenty years.  Her novel, Flesh and Mind, came out this year.  She is the author of scholarly books and articles on transformative phenomenology, mindful inquiry, and effects of trauma on human development.  A Fellow in Contemplative Practice of the American Association of Learned Societies, Valerie co-founded the Creative Longevity and Wisdom program at Fielding. Her current interests include somatics as a multidisciplinary approach, consciousness development, and Vedantic and Buddhist theories of knowledge. Valerie plays bassoon in the SBCC symphony.

Evelyn (Evi) Torton Beck, Ph.D., earned doctorates in both Comparative Literature and Clinical Psychology and is Professor Emerita, Women’s Studies, University of Maryland. Prime among her research interests is the healing power of art (in the life and work of Kafka and Kahlo, on which she has published widely) and of dance in human development over the lifespan. As an experienced teacher of Sacred Circle Dance she aims to integrate mind, body, and spirit through this healing practice that is central to her own spiritual path. With Judith Walton, Ph.D., she regularly offers circle dance classes and workshops locally (in the Washington DC area), at professional meetings such as The National Association for Poetry Therapy, The Positive Aging Conference and at Ghost Ranch in New Mexico. Selected writings can be found at

Jason Geofrion, is the director of the Men's Leadership Alliance in Boulder, Colorado, a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring, encouraging and supporting men into authentic living. Jason will be leading 5 Rhythms dance sessions.

Francesca Bolognini, A resident of Cambria, California, Francesca has had a lifelong involvement with music and dance and a decade of experience as a presenter of drum circles, movement and meditation events for Fielding Graduate University. She has enjoyed 16 years as a facilitator for a weekly Ecstatic Dance group based on the 5 Rhythms technique: teaches and performs Sacred Movement, Oriental Dance and percussion and facilitates drum circles for recreational, ceremonial, theraputic and educational purposes. Current persuits also include a healing practice utilizing deep tissue body work, chakra and energy balancing, sound journey meditation/healing sessions and Shamanic journeying.

Jennifer Van Homer, is Vice President of DDJ Myers’ Advancing Leadership Institute. She is a Master Somatic coach, trainer and organizational consultant with 20 years experience in leadership, team development and strategic planning. Using sound principles and practices of adult development and somatic awareness Jennifer enables individuals and corporations to uncover and articulate their intentions, formulate goals and integrate the mental and physical aspects of their lives to carry out their goals.


Have questions about Intensive on Somatics in Human and Organization Development? Contact Fielding Graduate University

When & Where

Hyatt Santa Barbara
1111 E Cabrillo Blvd
Santa Barbara, CA 93103

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at 4:00 PM - Friday, May 9, 2014 at 3:30 PM (PDT)

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Fielding Graduate University

Fielding Graduate University is an accredited nonprofit leader in blended graduate education, combining face‐to‐face and online learning. Our curriculum offers quality degrees and courses for professionals living and working anywhere in the world. Fielding’s faculty members represent a breadth of scholarship and practice in the fields of educational leadership, human and organizational development, and clinical and media psychology. Maintaining Fielding’s reputation for quality programs faculty are mentors and guides to self‐directed students who use their skills to become powerful, and socially‐responsible leaders in their communities, workplaces, and society.

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