18th Annual Labor Day Intensive

Vancouver, B. C.
Sept 5 - 6, 2019
The Ukranian Hall, 805 East Pender Street, Vancouver, BC
9:30-4:30 Sat, Sun

Advance Reading: For all participants, please have read Susan's books Natural Intelligence: Body-Mind Integration and Human Development and Body-Mind Psychotherapy: Principles, Techniques, and Practical Applications.

  • To order: Natural Intelligence is available here. Body-Mind Psychotherapy can be ordered through Banyen Books in Vancouver, 604-732-7912, and will take three to six weeks to arrive. For ordering the BMP book outside of Canada, see here.

New Participants: You will need some experience with the embodiment practice, which is a fundamental tool of this work. An introductory class will be offered in May in Vancouver.

Embodiment: Body-Mind Psychotherapy with Susan Aposhyan

Body-Mind Psychotherapy (BMP) is a somatic-cognitive approach to psychotherapy, developed by Susan Aposhyan, uniquely focused on physiology, neuroscience, and early motor development. A wide range of BMP trainees, including psychotherapists, teachers, organizational consultants, nurses, M.D.'s, body workers, physical trainers, yoga teachers, and many more, have found training in this work to be a deeply satisfying experience both professionally and personally.

In this BMP Labour Day Intensive, you will have the opportunity to cultivate a deep level of embodiment as a practitioner, develop the ability to witness and facilitate your clients based in a holistic understanding of their psychophysical process, and deepen your experiential understanding of mindfulness and compassion. The training begins with the practice of embodiment, developmental movement, and the body systems, and includes application of these studies to family systems, object relations, birth, death, spirituality, sexuality, and trauma. Specific knowledge and skills include:

  • Deeper, more articulate experience of your own bodily state and presence;

  • Cognitive and experiential knowledge of motor development;

  • Understanding of the relationship between body systems, motor development and emotional patterns;

  • Ability to assess clients' motor development and the moment to moment state of their body systems;

  • Facilitation tools of body systems and developmental actions to support personal development;

  • Ability to assess and facilitate cellular-emotional processes.

Embodiment practice is a concrete means of clearing internal oppression and allows us to bear witness in a powerful manner. By dissociating from our bodies, we repress and oppress our physical beings. Understanding and experiencing our body-mind allows us to tap into the foundations of compassion and presence, which allow us to bear witness. Deepening our connection with self through embodiment practice, we increase our capacity to connect profoundly with other living organisms.

Acknowledging the Territory
We acknowledge that the land on which we will gather to teach and learn and practice Body-Mind Psychotherapy is the traditional unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples, which include the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.