DEEP-BODY STUDIES

 

A Journey. A Rediscovery. A Training 

Movement and Body  Inspired In-Depth Program for Women + 

 

ONLINE: The WORLD 

or IN PERSON: San Francisco Bay, California

Offered in two independent 3-month modules

 

MARCH ––JUNE 2020: LIVING IN THE DEEP BODY Module

OCTOBER 2020––JANUARY  20201 MASTERING THE FEMININE GENIUS Module

 

With Stefana Serafina,  M.A.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Travel the uncharted territory of your deeper life. Rediscover your body and re-inhabit its intelligence. Rekindle your sensuous nature. Explore your personal myth and heroine's journey. Re-invite the mysteries back into the practicality of your life.  Cultivate your embodied power and unique leadership. Give your gifts to your communities.

QUICK NAVIGATION 

The two modules of this in-depth embodiment journey and skill training can be taken independently and in any order in the spring and the fall of each year. The full 6-Month Program is track & pre-requisite to completing our Embodiment Facilitator Training(Complete at least one module prior to training)

We welcome women and non-binary female-bodied people.

 

WE BEGIN AGAIN: MARCH 2020

with Module One: Living in the Deep Body 

 ONLINE: Begins 

 IN PERSON (SF Bay, CA): TBA

{{ Followed by The Feminine Genius Module, October 2020 }} 

  JOIN US FOR OUR FREE EXPERIENTIAL & INTRO CALLS (TBA soon) 

 

Module ONE 

Living in the Deep Body: A Return to Wholeness

Deep body, deep psyche, and Earth.

Sense-ability, sensuality, and body knowing as intelligence. Re-inhabitation of the deep body.  Personal myth, heroine's journey and love story. Embodied archetypal wisdom. Flow vs. trauma. Reconciliation.

BEGINS AGAIN: SPRING 2020

Online March 26 – June 18, 2020

In Person (SF Bay, CA) TBA

Module TWO 

Embodying the Feminine Genius:  

Mastering the Sensual and Creative Legacy of the Female Form​

Evolutionary legacy of the female body. Subtle sensual anatomy. Sexuality, emotion, and flow. Body, earth, and eros. Reconciling primary archetypes of the feminine psyche and our personal underworld. Female anatomy as an internal map of the greater journey. Evolution of the Mother Line: Changing the course

BEGINS AGAIN: AUTUMN 2020

Online: October 10––January 9

In–Person (SF Bay, CA)  TBA

Module One +Two =

Prerequisite to completing our

 Embodied Ambassador Facilitation Training 

Bring  Deep–body and Movement– Based Facilitation to the Work and Communities You Love!

     

      Sept 9 2020––February 2021

{Complete at least one module to be eligible to participate in the training.} 

 
 

THE DEEP BODY STUDIES IN A NUTSHELL

OFFERING     The Deep-Body Studies is an in-depth, 6-month curriculum offering a deeply experiential, in-the-body approach to interpersonal transformation, embodied learning, skill development, and leadership. The program, which is offered in two independent 3-month modules, is available either as an online program or in-person in the San Francisco East Bay. It is an invitation to a many-layered, committed journey within your deeper life, your embodied intelligence and internal navigation, as well as your relatedness to the natural, greater-than-human world, the ancestral and collective psyche, and the elemental feminine.

In its entirety, the Embodied Study is designed to move you through the stages of embodied rediscovery and leadership:

––Re-inhabiting your ‘deep body’, the converging place of mind, senses, soul and psyche. Working with  the layers of your deeper psyche to reconcile abandoned aspects of self and actualize your personal myth;

––Exploring  and rediscovering the “geology” of the earth and the feminine principles within your own form and anatomy so that you can revitalize your life into new levels of aliveness, sensual fluidity, creative freedom and expression, and can  rest in a newfound sense of belonging and purpose.

––Breaking-through to a new personal ground so that you can contribute with even more heart and impact to the people and communities you work and live with, becoming an ambassador for their embodied wholeness, empowerment, and liberation.

 

The Embodied Study Program is not only an invitation to authentic, deliberate,  in-the-body homecoming; It is a call to the farthest and most meaningful  stretches of your heroine’s journey.

 

WAYS   We engage all levels of the deep body, which is at the foundational model of our work, and includes the cognitive, physical, emotional, sensual/sexual, expressive, perceptive, and mystic/spiritual levels of body. "Body" in the context of this work is the whole embodied self as part of the greater ecosystem of life and the cosmos. This is the self that has access to her sensory intelligence, her intuitive perception  and dreams, her felt truth,  and her deeper inner nature, and is therefore connected to all of life and its intelligence. 

             The central tools for our investigations are somatic intelligence and embodied inquiry, intuitive and creative movement and dance, creative writing and embodied voice, and sensual anatomy practices, witnessing and group partnerships, nature dialogues, and storytelling, all of these constituting the primary lens through which we work. 

            You will stay continuously engaged, inspired and supported through peer partnerships, having one-on-one time with Stefana, and developing an integrative project of personal art over the course of the 3 months, which will be reenacted and embodied as a ritual and rite of passage at the end of the module.    (See more about this in the WAYSHOW IT WORKS section below)

HOW TO TAKE THE PROGRAM     You can take the two modules individually and in any order, although it is best to begin with Module One when possible. While taking the modules independently  without committing to the full program is possible, the complete 6-month  journey offers the complete spectrum of possibility and benefit. Completing the entire program is also a track to participating in the Embodiment Facilitator Training, which is offered separately to those looking to bring creative body intelligence and  movement-based skills and approaches to their work and communities.

OUTCOMES

  • Gain unique insight into the most charged themes of your life, and uncover resources for lasting, embodied change;

  • Rediscover your body, reconnect with its deep, subtle intelligence, the wisdom of your felt perception and living imagination;

  • Address deeply seated patterns of closure and holding in the body, and reinstate openness, flow and freedom in your internal system and outer life;  

  • Reinstate creativity, sensuality, receptivity, and fluidity as the sustaining forces of your life;

  • Explore the layers of your personal mythology, the archetypal forces at play at this stretch of your journey, and gain perspective on the importance of your personal legend;

  • Overcome fears of aging, negative body and self- image, and self-esteem fluctuations. Ground yourself in a sense of wholeness, self-respect, and body love;

  • Discover the legacy of your female form, explore the  feminine mystery in practical, earthly ways. Become deeply resourced in the elemental feminine;

  • Break-through to new  levels of selfhood, expression, and leadership.

 

 

    WAYS: HOW IT WORKS 

  • The groups meet for bi-weekly: Online for 2.5 hr live calls led by Stefana Serafina,  or, in-person in the SF Bay, for 3 hrs. In the online version of the program, in addition to the primary bi-weekly calls with Stefana, we offer four  deepen-in-practice  calls led by our facilitator trainees. The calls with Stefana are primary curriculum, and we strongly encourage you to attend those live to the best of your ability! The additional practice calls invite you to stay connected to your body, your practice, and the the journey in-between group meetings.  All calls are recorded and made available.

  • Online: We hold  bi-weekly LIVE VIDEO group sessions via Zoom– high quality audio and video technology and no extra cost to you. Calls are interactive and deeply experiential. Calls are recorded with video and audio, in case you want to revisit the practices, or can’t make it.

  • Each meeting includes a presentation/discussion of one of the  program's key explorations and of the tools through which we work, a guided intuitive  body and movement practice, sense-ability meditations, embodied journeys and investigations, witness practices, group shares, and partner work. ​

  • Unique, exclusive recorded guided practices are offered after each session to ‘take home.’ They help you develop a deeper understanding of the work in-between meetings, and provide a facilitated landscape for to work with your material and integrate insights, on your own timing and from the comfort of your home.

  • You have full access to a Resource Page with recorded materials, worksheets, reading list, and guided audio practices.

  • You will develop a gradually unfolding integrative art project over the three months, a piece of personal art that reflects the learning and insights received both during and outside of group time. The completed project is enacted/embodied during  our final session as a  ritual and a rite of passage into new levels of selfhood.

  • You are linked with a group partner for the duration of the program to share closely and regularly with. You also have access to our private online community where you can share, ask Qs, reach for support, and stay connected.

  • One personal check-in with Stefana can be scheduled  as needed, via Zoom, Skype, or phone to help you fine-tune your experience and explorations, navigate what’s emerging, and realize desired changes. Two check-ins available to the in-person edition participants. Additional check-ins can be arranged as an additional package. 

  • Signature Intuitive Body and Dance music-only playlists are provided  to use outside of group time.

 

It's hard to put into words the depth of what this work opens up.

This program has given me processes and tools and, most of all, experiences that have helped me in my ability to connect deeply to my inner knowing. It has shifted how I relate to my daily life by inhabiting my body more fully and with more ease.

–––Patricia Black, New York City, Life & Wellness Coach for Women

I had never allowed myself to be held like that before...

Stefana has a unique way working, which continues to reveal the habitual ways I hold my body. To be guided to release the "stuck" places through movement has helped me hold myself in a different way in the world. 

–––Lynne Palazzolo, Nurse, Health Educator, Oakland, CA

Stefana’s work is honest, magical, and down to earth, all at once!

This was a fantastic opportunity to work with Stefana online. Her teaching and intuitive midwifery helped me cleanse trapped emotions and open myself to a way of being that is filled with with grace, curiosity and wonder.  I can't recommend Stefana and the program enough! 

––Anna Caroline Türk, Berlin, Leadership Coach, Founder of Truth Circles

This program was incredibly rich, fun, scary, loving, and transformational.

It was powerful to discover my hidden feminine presence, and how we hold our thoughts and beliefs inside of our bodies. To allow my body to speak and inform my here and now presence. To experience safety and healing in deep closeness in the group. Stefana taught me how to breath, move, ground, sense, smell and "see", harmoniously connected, respecting the whole of me, the whole of "us" bringing to the surface all that is sacred, universal and true.

–––Susana Witte, Berkeley, CA 

Stefana opened a channel for me to go into myself with a sense of wonder.

Getting to feel, dance and express parts of me that have been waiting to be discovered was like finally being seen, accepted and acknowledged.

 

–Marissa Mignone, Truckee, CA, Yoga instructor, Doula and Childbirth Educator

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MODULE ONE. Living in the Deep Body: A Return to Wholeness 

 

       Deep Body and deep psyche. Sense-ability, sensuality, and body intuition as intelligence.

 Re-inhabitation of the deep body.  Personal myth, heroine's journey, and embodied breakthrough. Flow vs. trauma. Embodied health and wholeness.  

 

During this 3-month module in the closely-knit  company of strongly committed women, you will be guided and supported in exploring your deeper psyche  through the visceral, direct and creative language of your body and your sensory awareness. You will be guided to the place where “mind and instincts mingle*”, where bridging the seen and the unseen becomes available, where focused self-study and self-expression meet and create change.

 

This is a rich opportunity to  investigate your life’s most charged and significant questions and themes not through the lens of the thinking self alone,  but in the language of your body’s awareness and inward-pointed senses, your intuitive movement and living imagination, mind-body dialogue, and your creative embodied expression. You will  explore how you embody  internal  structures and patterns of closure in a way that is often unconscious yet decides much of the course of your path. You will work with your personal myth and the archetypal influences at play at this stretch of your journey. You will explore the charge of personal turning points and embody their pivotal dynamics.

 

Throughout the three months,  you will develop a gradually unfolding integrative expressive art project, a piece of personal art that reflects the learning and insights received both during and outside of group time. The completed project is enacted/embodied during  our final session as a  ritual and a rite of passage into new levels of selfhood.

Encountering your deeper self and retrieving personal power while also being intimately supported by Stefana and the group,  an opportunity is created to catalyze some of the most desired changes you have longed for in your life.

Module One can be taken independently and is the best module to begin with, although you cold also  begin with Module 2 and follow with Module 1. 

SPRING 2020

LIVING IN THE DEEP BODY: ONLINE or IN-PERSON

ONLINE March 26–June 18,  2020​   ::::  IN PERSON, SF Bay Area, Dates TBA

ONLINE

Group ONE  This timeframe is suited well for US/ Europe, Canada, and South Africa.All calls recorded and made available.

Bi-weekly Thursdays Primary Calls with Stefana: 

March 26, Apr 9, 23,  May 7, 21, June 4, 18: 10 AM–12:30 PM PACIFIC TIME (19–21:30h  Copenhagen/Amsterdam/Oslo/Berlin, GMT+1).

++ (Optional) LIVE Deepen-the-Practice Calls Led by assistant facilitators:  March 31,  Apr 16, 30, May 14, 10 am-11:15 am Pacific (18-20:15h GMT+1)

Group TWO  {This timeframe is suited well for US, Canada, and Australia, but not Europe . (Note:This is 11:30am–2 pm Sydney AU time) }

Bi-weekly Thursdays Primary Calls with Stefana: 

 March 26, Apr 9,23,  May 7, 21, June 4, 18, 5:30 PM–8 PM PACIFIC TIME. 

++ (Optional) LIVE Deepen-the-Practice Calls Led by assistant facilitators:  March 31,  Apr 16, 30, May 14, 5:30 pm-6:45 pm am Pacific 

IN PERSON 

Exact Dates and Details TBA. 

INVESTMENT

RATES FOR MODULE ONE

ONLINE:   Early rate $690, or 3 payments x $235. Regular rate: $820, or 3 payments x $277.  Repeat fee $555. Max of 17 people.

IN-PERSON: TBA

Two partial scholarships in each group are available for the ONLINE programs, to those in severe economic hardship. One partial scholarship and one diversity scholarship are available in the in-person edition. If you believe a scholarship is the only way for you to attend, please apply here.

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MODULE TWO.  The Feminine Genius: 

       Embodying the Sensual and Creative Legacy of the Female Form​

         

Evolutionary legacy of the female body. Subtle sensual anatomy. Sexuality, emotion, and flow. Body, earth, and eros. Reconciling primary archetypes of the feminine psyche and our personal underworld. Female anatomy as an internal map of the greater journey. Evolution of the Mother Line: Changing the course 

    
This is an in-depth journey into the intricacies of the female form and design as a living, sensitive, and intelligent pathway to waking the larger feminine and earthly heritage within our own bodies– and to reinstating flow, creativity, and  openness as primary to our internal ecosystems. 

The container of this 3-month module is crafted for supporting you in a slow and deliberate descend from the head down into the deep pelvic bowl–  the seat of the feminine principle in the body which holds not only the female organs, but is also a well of self-knowing and power. In accessing the feminine directly in your body, you continuously rekindle sensuality and aliveness, heal body shame, ignite creativity and expression, and connect to the feminine mystique as your native language, nature, and teacher.

 

We will activate the somatic memory and intelligence of the feminine parts, access in a felt way the records kept there, tell womb stories, clean out forgotten corners of the psyche, and embody new possibilities for  belonging, healing, and change. We will work deliberately with the embodied patterns and internal structures that you have inherited from the foremothers in your direct lineage, and debunk the myths held in your body about what it is to be woman and what is possible for you. You will be supported in realizing your role in evolving your generational mother line and embodying qualities of change and leadership which are transformative of your ancestral legacy.

 

As we travel to locations of depth in our bodies and creative expression,  we will tap into our greater myth as women, the heroines of a timeless epic and carriers of the torch of the archetypal woman: Mother, maiden, daughter, goddess, whore,  mistress, priestess, empress, earth.  We cultivate a deep felt relatedness to other women’s bodies and a sense of belonging to the Earth whose body we mirror and express. As we move through this potent process, our paths naturally steer toward liberation, service, impact and leadership.

INTEGRATIVE PROJECT Throughout the three months,  you will develop a gradually unfolding integrative project, a piece of personal art– a self-portrait of sorts– that reflects the learning and insights received both during and outside of group time, through mediums uniquely suited for you. Your creative freedom here is unlimited, and the results transformative. The completed project is enacted/embodied during  our final session as a  ritual and a rite of passage into new levels of selfhood and leadership.

POINTS OF EXPLORATION  The pelvic bowl as a root and anchor, and the home of the feminine principle in the body. The womb as source of emotional and creative energy, a record keeper, and a teller of our personal histories. The ovaries as pathways and conduits of creative energy and manifesting power. The vulva as a portal to the feminine mysteries and pleasure. The belly as the "other brain”, the wise guide and the sage in the female body​.  The forms and shapes of nature mirrored in our own bodies as gateways for going deeper into our own nature. The Mother Line as a timeline for our ancestry, lineage, and heroine's journey. 

 

AUTUMN 2019

FEMININE GENIUS MODULE: ONLINE or IN PERSON

IN PERSON: October 11 2019––January 4 2020. Oakland, CA. (See more below)

ONLINE: October 10 2019––January 9 2020. We have two time zone options for this module:

ONLINE

Group ONE (FULL) Bi-weekly Thursdays: October 10, 24, November 7, 21, December 5, 19, January 9: 10 AM–12:30 PM PACIFIC TIME (19–21:30 h Copenhagen/Amsterdam/Oslo/Berlin).

This timeframe is suited well for US/ Europe, Canada, and South Africa.

Group TWO  Bi-weekly Thursdays: October 10, 24, November 7, 21, December 5, 19, January 9, 5:30 PM–8 PM PACIFIC TIME.

This timeframe is suited well for US, Canada, and Australia, but not Europe or South Africa. (This is 11:30am–2 pm Sydney AU time) 

IN PERSON 

 @ Jeffrey Bihr Studio, Oakland, CA

Bi-weekly Fridays: October 11, 25, November 8, 22, December 6, 20,  6:30 PM–9:30 PM 

+ A Daylong Retreat  Saturday January 4, 10 am––5 pm. 

INVESTMENT

RATES FOR MODULE TWO

All rates are in USD:

ONLINE:   Early rate $555, or 3 payments x $190. Regular rate: $650, or 3 payments x $220. Repeat Fee $455. Early Rate by Sept 15.  Max of 17 people.​ 

IN-PERSON: Early rate:  $933, or 3 payments x $325. Regular rate: $1083, or 3 payments x $375.  Repeat fee: $750. Early Rate by Sept 15. Max of 14 people. 

Two partial scholarships in each group are available for the online programs, for those in severe economic hardship. One partial scholarship and one diversity scholarship are available in the in-person edition. If you believe a scholarship is the only way for you to attend, please apply here.

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ABOUT STEFANA  SERAFINA
 

Stefana Serafina, M.A., is an embodiment educator, writer, and embodied empowerment facilitator based in the San Francisco Bay. ​She is recognized for her unique and multi-faceted approach to body–based self–discovery and transformation, weaving together embodied journeying and expressive arts approaches, earth and nature-centric practices, sensuality and mystery traditions, embodied archetypal and mythopoetic psyche, dance, and ritual.

 

She is the founder of Intuitive Body and Dance ©, which has grown into an international platform providing resources, experiences, and education for returning to our bodies’ inherent intelligence, creative and intuitive genius, and sensuous wisdom. For over a decade, Stefana has been teaching and facilitating transformative, movement-based embodiment in California, Europe, Central America, and online, and developing the Deep–Body model that is at the foundation of the work.

Stefana’s facilitation and teaching have been called  "life-changing and life-giving", "exquisite and evocative",  "deeply penetrating and rekindling", a "masterful invitation to the timeless remembrance of who we are".
 
Stefana also hosts and produces the Embodied Way Podcast.


Her credentials include a Master's Degree in Communications with an award winning thesis on body image in modern culture, and a certificate from the Interchange Counseling Institute, in addition to a wide range of training, research, and experience in various modalities, including Authentic Movement, world dance, breathwork, indigenous traditions, drama  therapy, history of the erotic, and women's studies.

See video interviews  with STEFANA here

 

 © INTUITIVE BODY and DANCE by  Serafina Embodied Arts.