Embodiment is a practice and a way of life.
As practitioners, Embodiment is our greatest resource and gift.
ATTEND is an online 3-month trauma-responsible, intimate, experiential immersion into unearthing and bringing to life the innate embodied wisdom you already hold. It is not about learning a technique or a formula; it’s about making contact with the knowledge of your soul and engaging with the world from here. Cohorts are small- 6 people- to provide customized support for each participant. ATTEND combines group and 1:1 explorations; it’s a new way to support practitioners.
What do you wish to embody? How do you desire to express it? How do you inhabit yourself from this place?
Practice Embodiment through repeated group movement gatherings.
In the 1:1 sessions, fine-tune and hone-in on areas you want to deepen into.
Points of Contact will occur using a video messaging app which means you get support when you need it.
Weekly prompts will deepen your Embodied understandings of the practices.
The community forum will broaden the conversations, allowing us to learn with and from one another.
3-month online emergent curriculum
- 6 – Group Embodiment practices (bi-monthly)
- 4 – Individual Integration sessions with Yvette
- Points of Contact as needed via video messaging
- Weekly guided prompts on a community forum
- Accompanying Companion Journal
Typical academia structures don’t lend themselves to embodiment, often causing it to feel elusive. Embodiment is fostered through practices that are playful, imaginative, and focused. Practices that are fueled by your sense of curiosity and freedom.
What’s missing from the majority of trainings, even somatic trainings, is the actual practice of embodiment. Experimental moments that are led by your own instinct.
The over focus on cognition creates a top-down approach to somatics & embodiment. Cognition is one of the ways we organize around present-moment awareness, but it’s only one of the ways. The majority is through our 5 senses, emotions, and our internal body sense (interoception).
Having a deep relationship and understanding of our bodies is a major resource as practitioners. We can then tap into our own innate strengths and inner knowing and layer our academic skills onto it. It’s a bottom-up approach.
- a practitioner-focused experiential immersion;
- an opportunity to re-establish sovereignty within your own body and reclaim your energy
- an embodied approach that aligns you with your inner knowing;
- a chance to integrate embodiment into your life and work;
- a practice in working empathically while maintaining an integrated sense of self;
- an exploration of how your nervous system shows up in sessions; ⠀⠀⠀⠀
- a space to receive support navigating somatic countertransference;
- a community to access your instincts for working more intuitively with your client’s bodies.
ATTEND is not:
- a formula or prescriptive format;
- personal therapy;
- an in-depth trauma or nervous system training;
- a training that teaches you a method or my way;
- for individuals who are not coaches, therapists, or bodyworkers.
“This mentorship experience and the work with embodiment on all levels has changed my life. Not only have I built tools over the last 3 months that help me daily in recentering and reclaiming my body, my needs, my choices, my purpose, but also… my body and spirit are singing in gratitude. There is peace and confidence and joy I haven’t ever felt. In addition, I am so grateful that my 7-year-old gets to watch this at this stage of development. We are breaking generational patterns of abandoning one’s self (for survival, for loved ones, to conform, to prove our worth).”
“To have the space to explore these concepts in a safe community was so valuable. The resonance with others, the shared journey, adds to the depth and truth of these practices. Yvette made this container possible and held us in non-judgment with wise and gentle prompts without overriding our own personal experiences, processing, inner wisdom.”
“I’m really grateful that you offered this program and that I chose to do it at this time in my life. I think it was a really valuable paring with all of the school things I was doing at the time and I feel like it gave me a lot of necessary tools to be able to grow into the work I want to be doing in the world in an informed and resourced way.”
“ATTEND came at the perfect time in my life. Yvette is an intentional and deeply caring facilitator who offers so much of themselves in the way that they share knowledge. This was an opportunity for deep internal reflection and a chance to live into embodiment practices that I knew in theory but had yet to integrate into my body. It was a tender, challenging, and invaluable experience.”
“The group felt easy; Easy, in-terms of not needing to “work” at embodiment, but simply using the space and time given to explore the concept in an intentional way. It is a different, kinder approach. The group felt fun! Less heady than other experiences of learning.”
Movement is the way I make sense of the world. It is the language I am the most comfortable listening to and speaking. My offerings culminate my love for music and dance and my various studies in psychology, mindfulness, attachment theory, movement science, sacred movement, energy work, and neurobiology.
I am a genderqueer human of Irish, German, & Métis ancestry. I am in the process of remembering and reclaiming my traditional spiritual practices and unpacking how colonialism shows up in my body and my actions. I grew up on the stolen and shared territories of the Treaty 7 region of Southern Alberta; the Siksika, Kainai, Piikani (Blackfoot Confederacy), the Tsuut’ina, the Îyâxe Nakoda Nations, the Métis Nation (Region 3). I currently live on the stolen land of the skwxwú7mesh nation (Squamish), colonially known as Gibsons, BC.
My most substantial education has come from the wisdom of Elders who grace me with their teachings and clients who honour me with their lived experiences. I began my formal education in my 30’s at a university but quickly became disillusioned by the lack of somatic representation in psychology. I pivoted and found a college that allowed me to integrate somatics into every course I took and prioritized students walking their healing journey before stepping into the role of therapist. I have been in private practice since 11/11/11. My most tremendous benefits occurred when I took the step to apprentice or mentor with someone for an extended period. This offering comes from a desire to share that experience with others.
At the heart of mentorship is our recognition of one another. In our shared admiration and unconditional positive regard, we collectively hold the responsibility to share our wisdom, struggles, and joys so we may grow without limit.
ATTEND’s approach to mentorship is inspired by, Indspire: Decolonizing and Indigenizing Mentorship. In this way, we attempt to dismantle the hierarchal structures that perpetuate authority as belonging to one person or a system, and instead, we find it within our interconnectedness.
Integrate movement and imagination into your life for the 3-months; supported by bi-monthly movement groups, individual integration sessions and access to me as needed via a video messaging app. Additionally, I will offer weekly movement prompts and writing inquiries to explore; these will be shared on a community forum, allowing participants to learn from one another.
Cognitive understanding of movement can tell you how and why, but only the Embodiment of movements allows you to develop an intimate relationship and understand the medicine offered. This is how you tap into your unique way of relating to and sharing embodiment practices.
Offered each year – Sept – Nov
Group Embodiment Practices – every second Friday – 1hr
4 Individual Integration Sessions – 60 min
~ 1 session before the group begins;
~ 2 sessions at your discretion;
~ 1 session at the end to complete and integrate.
Payment plans available