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Intensive on Somatics, Phenomenology and Communicative Leadership 2017

Fielding Graduate University

Monday, May 1, 2017 at 2:00 PM - Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at 4:00 PM (PDT)

Intensive on Somatics, Phenomenology and Communicative...

Ticket Information

Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Somatics Intensive: Single Room @ La Casa   more info Ended $425.00 $0.00
Somatics Intensive: Double Room @ La Casa   more info Ended $363.00 $0.00
Somatics Intensive: Commuter Ticket (no lodging) @ La Casa   more info Ended $230.00 $0.00

Event Details

We are pleased to offer this ninth annual somatics retreat at lovely La Casa De Maria. La Casa de Maria is a beloved sanctuary, for heart, mind, and spirit, nestled gently between mountain and sea. La Casa provides excellent retreat and conference facilities which historically was the location for all Fielding national sessions. It features serene guest accommodations, well-appointed meeting rooms, a full-service dining room, and gardens with outside gathering places.

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 sessions will cover a range of topics and activities including: Somatics in Organizations; Creative Visualizations and Mediations; Kundalini Yoga and Sacred Circle Dances; Tibetian Bowl Session; drum circles; somatic dance and ecstatic dance sessions.

Cost for attendance

  • 2 night stay with 6 meals included at La Casa: Single Room is $425
  • 2 night stay with 6 meals included at La Casa: Double Room is $363 (per person)
  • Commuter Cost (no lodging) with 6 meals at La Casa included) is $230

Registration closes on March 31 at 5pm Pacific Time. 

Intensive Facilitators: 

Valerie Malhotra Bentz, PhD: 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, PhD: Professor Emerita, Women’s Studies, University of Maryland, holds PhDs in both Comparative Literature and Clinical Psychology (Fielding, 2004), as well as a certificate in Groups from AAGP (The American Association of Group Psychotherapy). She has been an Alum Research “Fellow” with Fielding’s Creative Longevity and Wisdom Program since its inception. Prime among her research interests is the healing power of art, especially the impact of movement and dance in human development over the lifespan. Her interviews with older women who participated in Sacred Circle Dance show that the effects of this dance practice parallel the qualities of positive, holistic aging. Through this healing practice of dance that is central to her own spiritual path, she aims to integrate mind, body, and spirit. She offers bi-monthly Sacred Circle Dance classes in the Washington DC metropolitan area, and workshops at professional meetings such as The National Association for Poetry Therapy, Positive Aging, and Ghost Ranch Educational Programs in New Mexico, as well as sessions on a variety of topics at Fielding Graduate University national sessions This is her second year of participating in the Somatics Intensive. Selected writings can be found at

Francesca Bolognini: Is from Cambria, California. She has been leading drum circles, women's retreats, and ecstatic dance for several decades.


Schedule (subject to change)

Note: Please bring a yoga mat and a blanket and wear comfortable clothes

Monday May 1, 2017


Check in, walk in woods


Introduction and Grounding – Bentz, Beck 


First Chakra: Earth Center – Bentz & Beck


Small Groups, Somatic Process




Second Chakra: Creative Center – Bentz & Beck


Introduction to Somatic Dance  

8:30-9 pm

Tibetian Bowls Deep Relaxation – Bolognini

Tuesday May 2, 2017

8-8:45 am



Third Chakra and Fourth Chakras: Power and Heart Centers – Bentz & Beck




Small Groups Somatic Process




Organizational Somatics – Jennifer Von Homer 




Fifth Chakra: Voice – Bentz & Beck


Small Group Somatic Process






Somatic Dance and Tibetian Bowls –  Bolognini

Wednesday May 3, 2017




Sixth Chakra: Intuition – Bentz & Beck



10:45am -12noon

Seventh Chakra: Spiritual Center – Bentz & Beck




Somatic Integration – Bentz, Beck 


Whole Group Somatic Process


Closing Drum Circle - Bolognini

Have questions about Intensive on Somatics, Phenomenology and Communicative Leadership 2017? Contact Fielding Graduate University

When & Where

La Casa De Maria
800 El Bosque Road
Montecito, CA 93108

Monday, May 1, 2017 at 2:00 PM - Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at 4:00 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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