Announcing Somatic Self Discovery 3-Month Program

Join me and Tara Larkin for three mini retreats over three months to support a deep dive into what limits you. Your hosts will guide you through processes to release old patterns and rediscover the power that resides deep within to move towards what you want in life.

Whether you are just getting the first inklings that something needs to shift in life, or you are mid transition to something new and exciting, let us share with you practices to discover what holds you back from what you truly desire.

Habits of our body include the ways that we think, beliefs that we hold, and ways we get stuck into habits of movement - these patterns are ingrained in our somatic nervous system. This can keep us locked in fear and pain, stuck where we no longer want to be. Our brains and bodies become a storehouse of limiting thoughts, beliefs and actions. Often times these thoughts, beliefs and actions are so deeply embedded that they are unconscious. When this happens we don’t feel like we are in control of ourselves and we don’t understand what is keeping us stuck.

  • If you are feeling like it’s time for something new.
  • If you would like to find your way back to what is really important to you and embody it.
  • If you would like to move freely and feel ease and joy in your body.
  • If you want to see a clearer path forward and be confident in your decisions.
  • If you want to ditch the heaviness of expectations and come home to yourself.

If you are looking for change it’s time to dive in. This is an opportunity to examine your thoughts, fears and beliefs, let go of what no longer serves, and open up your mind and body in a new way.

Using a unique combination of somatic coaching practices and somatic movement therapy you will discover the habits of mind and movement that are holding you back and open yourself up to transformation and change. This program will leave you with tools and practices to move through life with more confidence, ease and joy.

The Approach

So this sounds awesome right, but how does it work exactly?

Somatic means to experience from within - a process of going inside to rediscover and harness our innate potentiality for healing and change. It is a process of bringing awareness to the conscious and unconscious parts of ourselves that keep us stuck.

In today’s’ world we live mostly in our heads. We think things through, focus on the past or daydream the future without living in the present moment. We get caught up in the daily stress and don’t often slow down to tune in to our hearts or our bodies to hear what they need and want. The result is disembodiment - a lack of connection to the soma (our sensing, feeling self-regulating body). This results in physical pain that we ignore or suffer through, and a sense of disconnection from ourselves and our true desires.

Somatic practices allow us to tune back in to the soma, reclaiming the brain’s control over choice and action. As we practice getting quiet we can then listen more clearly to our truest needs and desires we can open up to new habits of movement and mind. This program uses a combination of somatic movement therapy and somatic coaching to achieve this goal.

Somatic movement practices teach us how to relearn supportive habits of movement in our somas. Somatic coaching is about tuning into to,the feelings and sensations in our bodies that guide us to our deepest wisdom and knowing.

The modalities of Somatic Coaching and Somatic Movement Therapy combine brilliantly to offer you a unique opportunity to:

  • Learn embodiment and get to know yourself well through your senses
  • Learn to sense and connect with deep feeling by facing it, welcoming it in and allowing it to work on you instead of detaching from it and avoiding it
  • Be your own authority instead of being defined by rules, norms, and expectations
  • Be intentional about your choices rather than reactive to circumstances
  • Sense deep into your body to feel, hear and understand what is needed to move freely rather than being desensitised and trying to use force
  • You will think clearly and focus-in rather than overthinking, paralysing yourself with inaction
  • Reshape old ways of being so you can make room for new ones
  • Learn to use your 3 brains: head, heart and gut
  • Learn to create your own safe container within yourself
  • Through simple maps and visuals learn how your mind works and how to use your mind to your benefit to foster healing and more peace and harmony in your life

What to Expect

The Somatic Self Discovery Program is a mixture of evidence based theory, somatic coaching practices, somatic movement therapy, and person centred, results oriented holistic self discovery.

You can expect to:

  • Receive learning resources and handouts to support your growth and forward movement.
  • Be nurtured in a safe space to allow for self discovery
  • Engage in a supportive environment with like minded individuals
  • Engage in a mixture of self reflective processes and group engagement
  • Explore the mind-body connection through somatic body movement practices using mats and props.
  • Engage in visualisation/meditation/mindfulness practices
  • Learn somatic movement methodology and how to use these practices to reduce your mind/body pain.
  • Learn about how the brain works and how it influences choice, and how pain shows up in the body.
  • Learn to sense deep within your body to discover what you really need

Your Hosts

Tara Larkin, Integrative Health & Wellness Coach

Made for this work, Tara Larkin is a skilled professional coach, facilitator and consultant devoted to helping people thrive. Raised in the Yukon with a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Justice Studies and Certification in Integrative Health Coaching, Tara recognizes the importance of a values based, client centered, holistic approach that answers to the evolving complexity and pressing demands of humans today.

Tara believes that wellness starts from within. This comes from understanding your values, your strengths and your ability to sense your personal needs. Working with Tara requires a willingness to get to know yourself well. To reconnect with who you are at your core, to have a strong awareness of your identity, to ground into your foundation and to leverage your innate wisdom to inform and guide you.

Tara provides an environment of strict confidentiality and anonymity. She helps individuals and groups see situations with fresh eyes. She provides objective and direct feedback, a sounding board for introspection, and an accountability partner to ensure you follow through with the commitments you make to yourself and to others.

You already have what you need to succeed. Tara will support you to draw from, and develop deep trust in this solid foundation so you can overcome barriers, face the day confidently, live a quality life and thrive the way you are truly capable of.

Carrie Meyer, BSc. Pain Resolution Therapist, Somatics Educator

Carrie is an IAYT Certified Yoga Therapist and 1000hr Certified SomaYoga Therapist with over 10 years dedicated experience working with clients privately to release tension and pain that is holding them back from experiencing their true joys in life.

Carrie specializes in working with clients experiencing chronic or recurring pain. She uses a biopsychosocial model in working with clients using the techniques of somatic neuromuscular re-education (brain retraining), pain and nervous system education, functional movement re-education, breath retraining, pelvic rebalancing, yoga nidra and mind study to eliminate pain and restore nervous system imbalances due to stress, injury and disease.

Carrie has worked with thousands of clients and is respected for her warm, skilled, intuitive and engaging approach to sharing her passion for helping others. Learn more about what she offers by visiting her pain resource site www.resolvepainguru.com or www.livingtruthyoga.com.

Are you in? Here are the details:

Dates:

The program will take place over the course of three retreats. Participants must be available for all three dates and the full times each day in order to ensure the cohesion of the group and to get the most out of the program.

Mark your calendars for:

  • Saturday, April 13th, 2019 -10:00 AM to 5:00 PM with a lunch break
  • Saturday, May 11th, 2019 - 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM with short breaks
  • Saturday, June 8th, 2019 -10:00 AM to 5:00 PM with a lunch break

Location:

Breath of LIfe (BOL) Wellness - 2237 2nd Ave, Whitehorse, YT

Investment:

Included in your program:

  • 3 month program including 2 full day and 1 half day retreats
  • Learning resources and handouts to support your growth and forward movement
  • Personalized support and guidance from two in demand professionals with complimentary services
  • 3 months of ongoing email support to enhance your embodiment process.

Early Bird Rate:

$499.00 until midnight on March 15th, 2019

Full Rate:

$599.00

** Full price feeling like a stretch? We offer a payment plan of three easy installments available upon request. Please note that two complete installments must be paid before the start of the workshop. Please contact us early on to benefit from the payment plan option.

How to register:

Email tara [at] pursuitcoaching.ca to register. Space is limited. Reserve your spot now.

Plus an optional exclusive coaching bonus

Do you want to go even deeper into your journey with us? Do you think some private one-on-one guidance could support you to let of go of and open up to even more?

We are offering an optional exclusive bonus coaching package to participants of the Somatic Self-Discovery Program. Work with Tara and Carrie together throughout the three month program or afterwards and integrate these practices even more fully into your life for deeper transformation and change.

This coaching package includes three private coaching sessions with Tara and three private movement therapy sessions with Carrie. You’ll receive a private full body assessment and targeted movement therapy recommendations specific to your body’s needs in combination with added accountability and support through your somatic coaching discovery process.

Tara and Carrie will work together throughout the coaching practice to connect the discoveries you are making in each of their sessions to creating deep and lasting change.

This package is only available to program participants.

if you would like to add the coaching bonus to your program registration contact tara [at] pursuitcoaching.ca

For an additional investment of: $929.00 + GST

Testimonials

“I had been floundering ever since my kids left home a few years ago. I was taking on far too much, filling my time being busy but not doing many things that were really meaningful to me. Tara helped me map out all of my activities and relationships, and got me back in touch with my values. Then, with her help, I aligned my goals with my values and focused on activities and relationships that help me be the happiest and most balanced version of me. She helped me let go of guilt associated with putting myself first and fulfilling my own goals for my life. Tara is exceptionally perceptive and her manner is kind and gentle, while also being very effective at holding me accountable! I'd recommend a coaching relationship with Tara to anyone who needs guidance in the journey to being his or her best self.”

Manager, Yukon Government

“Tara connected me to a sense of self I knew existed but couldn’t reach. She has raw talent that makes her exceptionally made for and extraordinary at this work. Using her blend of profound intuition, deep listening and ruthless pursuit of helping her clients live at their fullest potential makes my investment in her as a Life Coach one of the best choices of my life. Today I am living more authentically, openly and fully than I ever have and it feels amazing.”

Coworking Director, Coworking Space

“Working with Tara has been like something I've never experienced before. I'm still pretty amazed at the way she’s been able to open my mind into seeing old things from new perspective while supporting me, but allowing me to come to a resolution on my own. Her kind but firm demeanor makes her an excellent coach and I’m extremely grateful that she has become part of my growing process.”

Project Manager, Oil & Gas Industry

“Carrie has the ability to vocalize cues that helped me focus on the movements and target the muscles that were supposed to be working. Carrie happily answered my many questions and was always very encouraging. By the end of the workshop the tendonitis in my elbow that had been causing me considerable pain for several months, was almost 100% resolved! This was quite amazing to me as it was a group setting with no specific focus on me or my personal aches & pains.”

“Working with Carrie I've learned incredible things about my body, including how to listen to it and explore it as opposed to restricting it in an effort to protect it. I've learned how important breath is. I've also learned about how my daily actions - the way I sit, walk, etc. - impact my body as a whole, and how these can have tremendous impact on my overall well-being. Follow-up sessions have provided me with additional comfort that has lasted, and continues to last. I am thrilled to report that I have been essentially pain-free since June 2017. I am amazed that it only took four months to fix the four years of pain that I endured, and it turns out it wasn't even my back that was the issue - it’s likely an injury to my shoulder that was causing my back pain!”


Need a few more questions answered before you sign up?

What can I expect throughout the program?

The program is a mixture of lectures, discussion and interactive activities. In a safe group setting we will explore body movement, meditation, mindfulness practices and guided visualizations. Participants will be asked to share with the group as they feel comfortable.

Self-care will be important at each event and throughout the three months of the program. Do your best to leave some spaciousness in your calendar to get the most out of the program.

Will there be take home practices?

Yes. The benefit of this program will come from a synergy of self exploration, individual work, group work and the more you put into the program, the more you will get out. You will have the opportunity to take information home, process and explore the techniques that we share in order to deepen your learning and prepare for follow up in person sessions. We will also be providing you with additional take home tools exercises, and resources to use at your will.

Do I need to have any previous experience to attend?

Everyone is welcome. The only requirements is that you come with a beginner’s mind - a curiosity and a desire for self exploration, learning and growth as well as an openness to witness and learn from the journey of others.

What to bring?

Please consider the following items:

  • Studio matts will be provided but please bring your own if you prefer.
  • Comfortable clothing.
  • Your favourite journal and pen.
  • Resealable beverage container.
  • Snacks to keep your energy up and lunch if you prefer to stay on site.
  • Anything else you feel you might need for your own comfort as self care is very important to us!

What if I can’t make one of the workshops? Can I attend part of the program but not all Three?

In order to get the most value out of the program you need to attend the whole program and participate fully. Depending on how well received the program is we may consider offering it again in the future. We may also consider a continuation of where we left off with current participants if the desire is there.

What if I’ve never attended something like this before?

Trust yourself. If you are feeling compelled to go on this journey with us we invite you to listen to your inner guidance. It is completely normal to feel uncertain. We take people’s comfort and safety seriously. If you are feeling unsure please feel free to contact us (tara [at] pursuitcoaching.ca) to ask us more questions.

Together, we will create a safe and comfortable environment considering everyone’s needs until we all respectfully agree to an alliance.

What is the facility space like?

Breath of Life Yoga Studio is a welcoming and cozy yoga space with lots of natural light and a view of the Yukon River. Located in Downtown Whitehorse by the Yukon River with ample parking.

What if I am travelling in from out of town?

Tara and Carrie would happily help you find accomodations and anything else you need to feel comfortable. You will have access to our direct telephone line for additional support. And we’ll do our best to meet your needs.

How can payments be made?

Once you email tara [at] pursuitcoaching.ca expressing your interest, she will send you an invoice for full payment. Your invoice will need to be paid prior to the start date of the program to confirm your spot.

If you prefer a payment plan, you will be required to sign a contract indicating you will pay in full. Your first two payments will be due prior to the start date of the program to confirm your spot.

Program payment is non transferable and non-refundable.

Thank you for considering our offering. We hope you’ll join us and we look forward to being a part of your Somatic Self Discovery!

Warmly, Tara & Carrie