A Course in Embodied Alchemy
2020 was, for all intents and purposes, a death portal – the initiation of a time of unraveling and undoing and systems-failure. We are still living in the tides of its math and aftermath. News of more unraveling continues to arrive on the hour, sometimes reinforcing and sometimes destabilizing any efforts to forge new ground. Many of us are nonetheless grateful for this opportunity for radical change. There is nothing desirable about the old default mode that emphasized unconscious productivity, greed, and the exhaustion of resources. As Sonya Renee reminded us, “We are being given the opportunity to stitch a new garment. One that fits all of humanity and nature.”
The process of death, rebirth, and transformation that alchemy describes is one of our most powerful teachers for meeting this moment. Embodied Alchemy roots these teachings in the intelligence of the body and the more-than-human world. If you’re reading this, you might be looking for a solid, steady, psychoactive container for your next round of healing and personal growth. And you might be interested in deepening your lived understanding of the somatic healing arts. This 8-month experiential course will cover essential philosophies and practices of ritual somatic meditation as an aid in personal healing and transformation. Using the spine as the spine, we will descend into the roots of our body and being, initiate a current of healing and liberation, and climb our way into greater consciousness and creativity. Results will be deeply personal. You might discover exactly what you need to know now about how to meet this moment in your own individuation and the revolution/evolution in the world.
Guided by Dr. Mindy Nettifee (doctorate in depth psychology and somatic trauma therapist) and Trinity Capili (yoga and embodiment teacher), you will be exquisitely supported in articulating and working with your own specific intentions for healing and learning. This course will be ideal for:
– Artists and humans interested in healing and strengthening their relationship with their body to support and accelerate their creative potential.
– Those who are already working with plant medicines or feel called to and would like to deepen into the theory and practices of somatic meditation.
– Those healing from religious trauma who are seeking containment and nourishment for the cultivation of a new personal philosophy and a grounded, intentional relationship with imagination/nature/the universe.
– Anyone seeking to deepen their understanding and experience with somatic/embodied approaches to facilitating transformation in themselves, others, and the world.
WHAT WILL IT BE LIKE? WHAT WILL WE STUDY?
This is an 8-month / 33-week course that begins in October and goes through May. The course is organized into an introductory/preparation month, and then one month exploring each of the 7 classic chakras or energy centers of the body as a through line and guide to our somatic practices and alchemical studies. Sometimes it will feel slow and luxurious, sometimes it will feel dense and electric. Our main text will be Eastern Body, Western Mind by Anodea Judith, an intercultural work that weaves together the perspectives of Indian philosophy and Western psychology. To accompany these readings, each week you will receive access to a recorded lecture with Mindy Nettifee on special topics in Embodied Alchemy from the fields of depth psychology, traumatology, and somatic studies. Topics include theory of mind, practical tools for embodied dream work, practices entering and returning from non-ordinary states, the elements of healing ritual, and more. You will also have access to a weekly 33-minute experiential somatic practice with Trinity Capili that you can attend live on Wednesdays at 8:30am PST or watch asynchronously – on your own time. Here you will begin to put theory into personal practice. Then each Monday evening at 6:30pm PST, we meet live on Zoom for a 90-minute process group. We get to reflect on what comes up in the book, the lecture, the somatic practice, and the “text” of personal life experiences. You will get to be a witness and be witnessed by a small group of tender radicals committed to the same journey of discovery. You will also have access to at least one monthly one-on-one session with either Mindy or Trinity to receive individualized support for whatever comes up for you along the way.
WHO ARE THE FACILITATORS?
Dr. Mindy Nettifee is a poet, artist educator, depth psychology researcher, and depth somatic practitioner with expertise in trauma healing and integration. In private practice, she specializes in supporting those who want to heal, develop, and fully reclaim their creative voice, and in the process, their power to know and express themselves honestly, share their story and connect with others, and ultimately discover and enact their calling. She is trained in the Somatic Experiencing® trauma resolution method, Dream Tending, and a variety of other depth somatic practices. In individual sessions and group workshops, she creates containers for safely accessing and engaging the unconscious through the body and imagination, leading to accelerated healing, greater freedom and joy, and more capacity for the work that is ours to do. She also teaches courses in creative writing and performance through Oregon’s Literary Arts and Free Delivery, and works locally in Portland with Back Fence PDX and the Artist Repertory Theatre.
Trinity Capili is a movement therapist here to inspire a joyful existence and unconditional love for/through/with the human body. Her experience is wrapped in two decades of field work in movement, yoga, and self-awareness practices. Her specialty is opening real conversations between people and their own parts. After a five year hiatus from advising business leaders, teaching and training teachers, Trinity took to re-educating and reframing her body’s context in today’s world. She discovered more ways to bridge the gap between ancient wisdom techniques and day-to-day living. Trinity teaches body-positive meditations, holistic ergonomics, and facilitates embodiment workshops for businesses and educators. She is a teacher and demonstrator of the movement technique, The Thinking Body- The Feeling Mind®. Trinity offers one-on-one coaching for those seeking a connection or deeper conversation with their bodies. Trinity created Creaturepace® as a resource to help bodies be who they are and do what they love for longer.
THE COST & WHAT IT INCLUDES
The cost to participate is $240 a month – for 8 months, from October through May – with sliding scale offered to those who need it. This offering includes the weekly lecture recordings, the weekly live & recorded somatic practice, the weekly live process group, and a one-on-one session each month. Additional one-on-one sessions can be made available as needed. You will need to have access to decent WiFi to participate, and will need to purchase a copy of Eastern Body, Western Mind by Anodea Judith.
Opportunities to participate in live group meditations and healing ceremonies in the Portland, Oregon area are likely but will be guided by public directives and healthy degrees of insurable safety. If you do not have reliable access to good Wi-Fi, or would like to organize your own process group, you can inquire about the possibility and rates for receiving materials and recordings only. Arrangements can be made individually by writing Mindy directly.
EXACT DATES AND REGISTRATION DETAILS
We begin the first week in October! Registration will stay open while space remains, or until the last day to register: Wednesday, October 6th, in the wake of the new moon in Libra. The first weekly class videos drop on Thursday October 7th; the first live process group meeting Monday, October 11th at 6:30pm PST; and the first live somatic practice takes place on Wednesday, October 13th at 8:30am PST. Everything will proceed weekly from there, except for a break December 21-January 2nd for the Solstice and new year. The final live process group takes place on May 23, 2022.
To ask any questions before committing, please DM or email Mindy or Trinity, we are happy to help you tune in to whether this is right for you at this time. To secure your spot in the cohort, register at the link below. You can pay the $240 via PayPal when you register or select the “offline payment” option to make other arrangements: