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New workshop for somatic professionals just added!! A special training designed specifically for the SE Community

  • Rudramandir 830 Bancroft Way Berkeley, CA, 94710 United States (map)

Full Embodiment: Healing Sexual Trauma

A special training designed specifically for the SE Community

September 6- September 8, 2019
$595.00 before August 14, 2019
$650.00 starting August 15, 2019

CEU’s and current student discount available

Plus 2 consultation credits towards SEP.

Rudramandir Center
830 Bancroft Way Berkeley, CA, 94710 United States

Presented by Ariel Giarretto, MS, LMFT, SEP, SE Faculty and Somatic Sex Educator

and Tom Callanan, Intimacy Coach and Somatic Sex Educator

All of us work with clients who have experienced sexual trauma as a child, sexual assault as adults, with couples who grapple with sexual incompatibilities, or people who struggle with sexual identity, body image and just generally resist being in their bodies.

This workshop is designed to tackle just these issues, and aimed at helping practitioners acquire a variety of new and effective tools to best serve these clients—even the toughest ones. Introducing material not covered in the SE training.

Professional Content

  • How to work with those most reluctant to inhabit their bodies

  • Learn multiple exercises to deepen and expand embodiment and pleasure in comfortable, titrated ways

  • Learn new ways of strengthening boundaries and establishing genuine “embodied consent”

  • Learn skills specific to working with male survivors

  • Learn how to support couples when one is sexually avoidant, or when there are sexual incompatibilities

  • How to work with low libido, spice up long-term relationships and enliven sexuality as the body ages

  • Tools for healing shame, body image and identity questions

  • Ideas on working with common sexual dysfunctions

What you will learn personally:

  • Become friends with your body, and inhabit it with comfort and ease, all parts of it…

  • Develop more awareness, find new levels of pleasure. Even enjoy sex more!

  • Get comfortable talking about the body and discussing sexuality issues with your clients and intimates.

Who will benefit

Therapists, psychologists, and practitioners who want to become more adept at somatically treating sexual trauma and sexuality issues.

To purchase CEUs:

If you are coming from out of town, lodging in the Berkeley area is expensive. Please contact me if you need help with this. An affordable option is to rent a couple of houses with private rooms through airbnb that can sleep 2-4 that can make staying in the area very manageable. Sharing an Uber/Lyft to the venue will preclude the need for renting a car. I am happy to connect you up with others.


Ariel Giarretto, MS, LMFT

Ariel has been working in the world of body-oriented trauma healing for 20 years. She is senior faculty for Peter Levine’s Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute where she teaches trainings to professionals worldwide. She has been involved in conscious sexuality and tantric practices since working at the Esalen Institute throughout the 90’s, and has studied with dozens of somatic teachers. She is a certified Somatic Sex Educator, and is active in many alternative, sex-positive communities. Her private practice focuses on working with couples and individuals desiring sexual healing and enhancement, including men, LGBTQ, as well as those struggling with low libido, infertility, and any trauma concerning the pelvis or sexuality. She has extensive training in pre and perinatal psychology, as well as childhood developmental trauma. Ariel is passionate about supporting people in finding both ease and ecstasy in their bodies, and healing the wounds of sexuality trauma. She has a practice near San Francisco, CA.

Tom Callanan

Tom is a certified Somatic Sex Educator and personal coach and counselor working with issues of body awareness, intimacy and sexuality. He most enjoys working with people who are relatively new to personal growth and sexual exploration. He is gifted in demystifying esoteric practices and making content easy to understand and applicable to everyday situations and relationships. Tom is a certified Sexological Bodyworker and Somatica practitioner and has also studied with the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute, InterChange, Internal Family Systems, the Human Awareness Institute, One Taste, The Source School of Tantra, The Global Love School, and Quodoushka. A survivor of childhood sexual abuse, Tom runs workshops and leads support groups for male survivors. He is founder of a program for men modeled after the Vagina Monologues called "Cocktales: Stories from the Masculine Edge." A 40-year practitioner of mindfulness meditation, Tom also teaches a mindfulness based emotional intelligence program created at Google called Search Inside Yourself. Tom's teaching style is deeply personal, interactive and playful. Co-author of the book, The Power of Collective Wisdom, his passion is to create group experiences that tap into a collective field and way of knowing that catalyzes profound personal insight, healing and transformation. He counsels clients, leads intensive one-on-one Full Embodiment weekends for individuals and works over Skype from his home office in Santa Cruz, California.