Professional Workshops

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR),
with Grace Ogden

8 Tuesday Classes, June 5 to July 24, from 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm*
1 Saturday Retreat, July 14, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
*Classes 1 & 8 end at 8:00 pm

This evidence-based, experiential program, founded by Jon Kabat-Zinn Ph.D., offers an immersive mix of mindfulness mediation, gentle yoga, and body scan with awareness practices centered on daily living. Useful for managing pain, illness and other stressful conditions, MBSR can also help people make healthy lifestyle changes that include establishing a regular meditation practice. Its three most widely reported benefits are greater focused attention, stress hardiness and compassion. This course is a prerequisite for the MBSR Teacher Training program at UMass Medical School’s CFM. To register and for more info, email

Grace Ogden is a Qualified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Teacher by the UMass Medical School Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society. She teaches MBSR for the GW Center for Integrative Medicine and brings a 30-year mindfulness meditation practice to her work.


Somatic Experiencing Practitioner Training
with Linda Stelte, M.Ed, SEP, CCC

Beginning 1: June 22-25, 2018

Intermediate 1: August 24-27, 2018

This training, developed by Dr. Peter Levine, offers participants the opportunity to learn a physiologically based approach to trauma resolution. Our bodies house the results of nervous system overwhelm – trauma, and the renegotiation of the trauma comes from attending to the nervous system processes. Over the total of eight modules that this training offers, you will learn to detect and respond to the physiological and psychological effects of the disorganization of our nervous systems.

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The Tao of Trauma: East Meets West for Integrative Healing, Alaine Duncan, M.Ac., L.Ac., Dipl.Ac., SEP

Saturday and Sunday, 9:30 – 5:30
$350 per workshop, if paid 30 days in advance, $375 thereafter. Register for all 5 by September 16, 2017 for $1500. Half price for previous attenders. 12 PDAs per module.

Restoring Coherence, June 2 & 3, 2018
Digesting the Gristle, September 15 & 16, 2018

Learn interaction, observation, and touch skills to enhance acupuncture treatment and help restore balance for trauma survivors.  These five seasonal workshops follow the steps all animals take in negotiating danger. Alaine’s unique approach integrates Chinese physiology, the Five Phases, and the autonomic nervous system.  Return to your office with more nuanced access to your patient’s energy body. Register at: More info: Alaine Duncan 301-806-4003;


Color, Sound, Odour & Emotion Carnival, Niki Bilton, M.Ac, OMBAcC, L.Ac, R.Ac

Saturday, July 7 – Monday, July 9, 2018 • 9:30 – 5:30pm; Registration 9 – 9:30am
Students: $350; New graduates (within 2 years): $400; Graduates: $450

CSOE all give the same message and are produced by the directional energetics of each element. As practitioners we need to develop the four examination skills (to see, hear, palpate and inquire) in order to both assess the health or distress of each of the five elements and to evaluate the effects of ongoing treatment. This workshop provides a rare opportunity to compare and contrast a width of CSOE and to receive extensive tutor feedback.
Spend Time with Color: Look at groups of faces for color (noting similarities/differences).
Spend Time with Sound: Move to the energetic rhythms of the Five Elements! Learn how to work with your own voice to convey the five sounds to patients!
Spend Time with Odor: In specially created tents, experience and recognize the environment of the odors.
Spend Time with Emotion: Create the healthy five wills of life (emotions) inside yourself in a safe environment. Learn to easily invite patients into each emotional atmosphere, to enhance your diagnosis and your subsequent interactions. 18 PDA points from the NCCAOM. For registration and further information, select link in title or email Julie Lawson,