Embodied Rediscovery & Leadership
and Personal Apprenticeships
in the Deep Body® Model
with Stefana Serafina, M.A.
JOURNEY INTO THE DEEP BODY OF YOUR SOUL STORY,
Give Your Genius as a Gift to the World
One-on-one mentorships or an in-depth apprenticeship with Stefana are 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 these in-depth sessions, Stefana guides and supports you to enter the most charged and significant themes of your life through the visceral, direct and creative language of your deep body® and the less traveled depths of your psyche. With commitment and continuity, you will be guided to work with your experience model as it emerges moment-to-moment, as an opportunity to address your history in the present time– and make full-body progress.
Through your intuitive movement, tracking your mind-body dialogue, excavating and transmuting layers of body memory and embodied patterns, and working with the meaning and guidance of your embodied creative expression, we access knowing that is often unavailable to the thinking self alone, and uncover your deeper resources for healing, becoming whole, and living a life of purpose and service.
The sessions create a container for a profound intrapersonal journey and aim to position you in a transformative, empowered relationship to yourself and the world, in a way that inspires you to cultivate your embodied leadership and serve your communities through your most natural and potent gifts.
The work we do together is a call to break through the places where you feel stagnation, using the very medicine of your core wounds and stories, catalyzing in this way a homecoming to the unmistakable path of your soul, and calling you to the furthest and most meaningful stretches of your heroine’s journey.
This ONE-on-ONE depth work with Stefana is offered in two primary committed formats, mentorships and apprenticeships.
For those interested in shorter term one-on-one work, individual cycles of 5-7 sessions each may be offered, depending on Stefana's current availability.
Mentorships are offered to those seeking to enrich and transform their lives through the revolutionary intelligence of the deep body through Stefana's Deep Body Model® in action, while also being guided and supported to discover and further their personal genius, unique gifts, and the soulful leadership they must bring forth into the world.
Mentorship are offered in five cycles, each consisting of seven 1-on-1 sessions, the additional resources offered in-between sessions, and are usually completed within 18 months. Certificate of completion is provided.
Apprenticeships are similar to mentorships, but in addition to providing a unique and powrful container for personal development, transformation, and leadership, they are also designed to train the apprentice as a Deep-Body Practitioner who is given the permission to apply the IB&D and deep-body methodologies in the work they do or envision doing with groups and clients.
Apprenticeships are offered in at least six cycles, each consisting of seven 1-on-1 sessions, the additional resources offered in-between sessions, and are usually completed within 18-24 months, with the last 2-3 cycles focusing on developing skill as a practitioner of the model. Stefana's Deep Body Guidebook for facilitators is included. Deep Body Practitioner Certificate is provided.
Please find a description of each cycle of the journey further below.
Areas of growth and power reclamation often reported by participants:
Rediscover your body and reconnect with its deep, subtle intelligence, the wisdom of your felt perception and living imagination; Center yourself in the experience and power of your deep body.
Gain unique insight into the most charged themes of your life, and uncover resources for lasting, embodied change;
Address deeply seated patterns of closure and holding in the body, and reinstate openness, flow and freedom in your internal ecosystem and outer 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 and 'soul story';
Reinstate creativity, sensuality, receptivity, and fluidity as the sustaining forces of your life;
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;
Explore the feminine mystery in practical, earthly ways. Become deeply resourced in the elemental feminine and the Earth as your most important allies;
Tap areas of your personal genius perhaps not previously recognized or explored, and cultivate the unique gifts to the world that you must give in order to feel fulfilled;
Break-through to a new level of self–expression, leadership, and allyship toward a more harmonious, just, and livable life on our planet.
THE PROCESS: How It Works
–– Each of the cycles of embodied rediscovery, change, and leadership includes seven sessions with Stefana, each 75 mins long, and all the resources provided to you to help you engage more deeply in the process in-between sessions. These resources include recorded audio practices, reading recommendations, worksheets and practice guidelines, films, poetry, and more.
–– You will meet with Stefana weekly or bi-weekly, online, via Zoom. Stefana is available for voice/video check-ins on an as-needed basis in-between sessions.
–– Each cycle builds on the previous one. While there is plenty of methodology in the work, each cycle's content is tailored to and guided by your unique unfolding and needs, and by your pace.
–– If you are interested in completing a mentorship and somewhere down the line you become interested in that turning into an apprenticeship, you can discuss switching to an apprenticeship with Stefana by the end of the third cycle. Please note that Stefana works individually only with a few people each year, and full commitment is expected for both formats.
–– If and when possible, two integrative in-person afternoons with Stefana in nature are offered as specifically designed 2.5-hour integrative experiences (usually in the San Francisco East Bay).
THE FIVE CYCLES of Embodied Rediscovery, Change, and Leadership
1: The Initiation & REDISCOVERY Cycle: 7 Sessions + Additional Resources
Rediscover your body’s deep, subtle intelligence. Reconnect with your felt sense and sensuous wisdom. Expose and explore patterns of closure in the body and explore powerful ways to restore flow in your system and reopen the psyche to new possibilities. Gain unique insight into the most charged themes of your life, and uncover resources for lasting, embodied change.
2: The BREAKTHROUGH Cycle : 7 Sessions + Additional Resources
Discover your own unrealized internal resources for transforming your relationship to yourself and the world. Re-attune your body, mind, and soul, utilizing your oldest patterns and wounds as catalysts towards the most desired changes you long for. Gain perspective on the archetypal influences at play in your life, and catalyze the furthering of you personal myth and heroine's journey.
3: The MYSTERY Cycle: 7 Sessions + Additional Resources
Travel the layers of your deeper psyche, body mythology, and ancestral contracts. Encounter and work with the timeless, wildish, and greater-than-human mysteries and influences that shape your path. Work intimately with nature as guide and alley. Re-inhabit your subtle sensual anatomy, your feminine parts, and access the palpable, timeless intelligence written in your own female form. Establish your unique sense of womanhood and give it voice and expression. Become deeply resourced by your primary nature.
4: The Visionary Cycle: 7 Sessions + Additional Resources
Break-through to new grounds of selfhood and self–expression. Receive support to define, articulate clearly, and bring forth your matured qualities and gifts that can serve you in actualizing your potential as a visionary, creator, giver and leader. Weave your most dynamic qualities and skills into your work and personal life in a way that infuses your path with purpose, meaning, and passion.
5: The LEADERSHIP Cycle: 7 Sessions + Additional Resources
(Last Cycle for Mentorships)
Cultivate your unique leadership. Draw on everything we have uncovered and cultivated so far as your genius and unique passions, talents, skills, and qualities to chart a path forward. The content of this cycle varies greatly according to your goals. Here we may design and execute the specific vision plan of bringing your gift into the world with significant impact. You may be supported or supervised by Stefana as you put forth a specific offering to your communities, craft a talk or a presentation, design an organizational experience, or work on a project of your choosing. We may work to unblock your unconscious resistance to taking leadership and position you in a place of authentic confidence and trust in your gift.
In completing the apprenticeship, you will receive a certificate of completion of mentorship.
7: The EMERGENCE Cycle: 7 Sessions + Additional Resources
(Only for Apprentices)
Drawing on your first-hand experience thus far and your unique set of visionary and personal gifts, in this cycle as an apprentice, you will develop skills and framework for working with others with the Deep-Body Model® that you have been experiencing and learning. We will make sure that you are prepared to work with movement– and deep-body-centric technologies in professional or community settings, and to facilitate growth and change for your clients especially by using embodiment, emotional and body intelligence, and creative movement.
Please understand that before your apprenticeships is deemed complete, Stefana may request that you complete some additional field work, personal practice and research, and, in some instances, additional sessions may be required and the length of the process extended before completion of the apprenticeship is granted.)
In completing the apprenticeship, you will receive a certificate of having trained as as a Deep Body® Practitioner.
WHAT OTHERS SAY about working privately with Stefana
There are little words that can express the gratitude and the immense appreciation for the apprenticeship with Stefana. I am amazed by all the magic that I have been gifted with in each session through Stefana`s guidance, insights, knowledge, and mastery. It has been a continuous journey of excavation into the depths of my body, psyche and soul, a journey that has no actual end. And to have someone as Stefana who understands and lives that at such depth, it has allowed me to go to places in myself that I could not have imagined before.The apprenticeship with Stefana is where I got to put aside my habitual way of going at life through rationalizing, analyzing, trying to figure out, and I began to tap more and more into a different way of knowing, understanding and being, the way of the body and the soul, the way of mystery and magic, and Life itself. Thank you so much for seeing me, guiding me, holding me, and for all the trust that I have received from you! The apprenticeship has been so pivotal in my life and I will be forever grateful for having taken this journey together
–Andreea Bucsa, Sacramento, CA
'My work with Stefana has been evolutionary in so many ways. I came to her so feeling so wounded and yearning for a deeper connection with myself and my sexuality. Years of repression had left me with an imbalanced moon cycle, extreme sorrow in relationship with my mother, and a complete disconnection from pleasure and arousal in my body. My sessions with Stefana have completely surprised me, empowered me, and allowed me to access my feminine wisdom. Stefana has an incredibly powerful energy and resonant presence...she can facilitate me so deeply into my body with a sense of realness, compassion, courageousness, and love. I feel like I enter portals beyond time and space and am given permission to access the deep multidimensional records that reside in my being without the static of the mind. My life has completely shifted in the last 6 months, the connection I have to my body is stronger than ever, and I am re-discovering pleasure, sensuality, sexuality, and love in a whole new way. I am so thankful for Stefana!'
–Amy Rogg, Oregon
'What a joyful, unpredictable, and deep journey into my body and the language of imagery through movement and deep listening! Every session was like a small journey within a larger one, and they all reveal different pieces and resources of my personal as well as our collective myth. Now my heart is wide open, I feel so my gratitude and appreciating for how everything has come together and I finally begin to see how all the magic pieces in my journey are connected. I feel so thankful to Stefana and the work we have done: It truly helped my prepare to step up and find the courage to commit to being a change agent."
– Emilie M., Denmark
"My apprenticeship journey with Stefana has been one of tremendous healing and coming more into my own unique way of understanding and embodying the gifts that I have to offer. In our work together, Stefana has been so fierce in helping me acknowledge and love many wounded parts of myself, and through deep care and patience to bring them back into wholeness. Her always profound presence, depth, and tenderness she gave me permission to embrace myself exactly where I was and how I was which freed up a lot of toxic perfectionism and deeply ingrained rigid structures. My body, mind, and soul are now meeting up the world much freer, joyful and playful. I cannot thank life enough to have been given the opportunity to have had Stefana as my mentor and to learn from such a deep soul.”
––Andra Ionita, Romania
'Working with Stefana in a one-to-one setting is amazing! She has supported me in resolving my fear of myself and other females. I identify as androgynous and embracing my own female form has been challenging. Her guidance in finding my own movements is invaluable to me.'
–Lynne Palazzolo, California
'I experienced profound healing and insight from my sessions addressing womb trauma with Stefana. She facilitated the work with the highest levels of integrity, care, respect, and commitment. The work was at times challenging and painful, but I always felt that I had in Stefana a wise and fierce guide. She confidently lead me through a dark passageway of trauma into a level of freedom and restoration I had not known before. I continue to reap the benefits of working with her. I highly recommend you take the journey with Stefana.'
–Debra M., California
ABOUT STEFANA SERAFINA
Stefana Serafina, M.A., is an embodiment educator, writer, and embodied empowerment facilitator based in the San Francisco Bay, California. 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 psyche, dance, circle, 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, and authors the Embodied Way Blog.
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.
INVESTMENT + TIMELINES
WHAT IS INCLUDED The investment includes all in-person sessions, the recorded audio practices provided to use on your own time, a list of personally-tailored recommended reading and other resources, as well as ongoing check-ins and support from Stefana.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE Depending on the weekly or bi-weekly frequency of the in-person sessions, each 7-session cycle takes between 2 and 4 months to complete. Add 2–4 months for each additional cycle. Mentorships are usually completed over an 12–18 month period, and apprenticeship take approximately 2 years.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST
MENTORSHIPS: All inclusive, full cost of mentorship over the course of approx. 1–1.5 years:
$1155 per cycle, $5775 USD full cost: Payable in installments throughout the year.
APPRENTICESHIPS: All inclusive, full cost of apprenticeship over the course of approx. 2 years: $1225 per cycle, $7350 USD full cost: Payable in installments throughout the year.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss additional possibilities, payment plans, and details, or to schedule a chat with Stefana.