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Embodied Trauma-Informed Contemplative Teaching Online

September 2, 2020 - October 21, 2020

Click here to register for this program   Click here to register for Continuing Education credits

Showing up skillfully and healing in community

This community journey is for contemplative teachers including coaches, counsellors, therapists, bodyworkers, yoga instructors, meditation teachers, and anyone teaching or living from a heart-centered place who wants to feel more confident showing up online in a trauma-informed way and being a part of collective healing in community.

You do not need to be a teacher or helping professional to join us – if the topics below resonate for you, we’d love to see you!

How we’ll explore…

The weekly components of the program are:

a one-hour online community gathering to explore the material from each week, held by Kristy Arbon (these gatherings will be recorded for the benefit of those participants who can’t make it to the gathering);

approximately one hour of pre-recorded topic talks by Kristy Arbon that you can watch in your own time;

a library of audio meditations that model the principles being taught;

guided personal study of curated online articles, videos, and other material;

the opportunity to connect, reflect, and explore with the rest of the group via an online discussion board.

What we’ll explore…

The seven topics we’ll explore are:

Boundaries – how do we keep ourselves and each other safe within the community and where can we ground our awareness when we need to tend to our stress.

Strengths and Values – what motivates me to want to contribute to a trauma-informed society and what personal strengths can I leverage to make the journey more easeful?

Education – what do I know about trauma in my community and what insight can I gain through being more trauma-informed?

Interoception – getting in touch with my internal body experience so that I can keep myself company and show up more sustainably and compassionately for others.

Polyvagal Theory – understanding, validating, and normalizing the stress response cycle in service of opening a shame-less dialogue about stress and trauma in our communities.

Intuition – tapping into my wellspring resource of body wisdom in service of transparent, trust-filled social exchanges.

Deep Listening and Compassionate Dialogue – exploring the power of emergent dialogue, and how feeling seen and heard can be a remedy for attachment wounds, shame, and post-traumatic/pervasive-traumatic stress.


This training implements the trauma-informed approach outlined by the US National Center for Trauma-Informed Care in that it is designed with five guiding principles in mind. It aims to help us:

Realize the widespread impact of trauma;
Recognize the signs and symptoms of trauma in community members;
Understand potential roads for recovery;
Respond by fully integrating knowledge about trauma into policies, procedures, and practices; and
Seek to actively resist re-traumatization.

Our methodology for gathering and holding space for this program is designed to model how we might each do that for ourselves and others within our own community’s trauma-informed context.

Embodiment training

The program is designed to be a community exploration focussed on developing personal self-awareness, safe embodiment, and self-compassion in response to our own trauma and stress responses, so that we can show up more fully and informed for others experiencing stress and trauma responses. It is complementary to David Treleaven’s Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness training, and does not repeat the material from that program. A number of participants have completed both trainings to deepen their trauma-informed professional development.

Who you’ll work with…

Kristy Arbon will facilitate our explorations. Kristy teaches self-compassion – with an emphasis on trauma-sensitivity – online and in person; mentors individuals and professionals in their trauma-informed teaching and self-compassion practice; trains meditation teachers in trauma-informed skills; and writes articles to support the study and practice of kind trauma response, mindfulness and self-compassion. Coming from her own story of trauma, she is passionate about being a part of changing our culture toward being more kind, accepting and trauma-informed.

Kristy has created many online and in person training programs, and supports/is supported by a global community of self-compassion practitioners through her business, HeartWorks. The flagship program, Somatic Self-Compassion, is in its third year and has been offered online nine times.

Kristy is a certified Mindful Self-Compassion teacher who has a Bachelor of Psychology, a post-graduate Bachelor of Social Work and a Certificate in Mindfulness and Psychotherapy. She has completed Internal Family Systems Level 1 training, Somatic Experiencing Level 1 (Beginning) training, Singing Over the Bones archetype facilitator training, Sensory Modulation & Trauma Informed Care: An Introduction and Advanced Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness training.

Our online resources…

Our journey will be supported by an online home in PowerSchool Learning where we’ll keep videos, articles, links, video recordings of our gatherings, and a discussion board.

Our 1-hour-long gatherings will be held in Zoom each week. Gatherings will be recorded, so you can watch them at your leisure if you can’t make it to the gatherings at the time they are occurring. You can also ask questions and contribute to the discussion board in your own time so that you can connect with community members.

When we’ll meet…

We’ll meet on September 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30, take a break on October 7 (you might like to complement this program with the trauma-informed online retreat Kristy is teaching through Midwest Alliance for Mindfulness during this week), then resume on October 14 & 21. Here are our meeting times (also in this timezone converter):

Wednesdays from 2-3pm US Central Time.

Wednesdays 8-9pm UK time.

Thursdays 7-8am New Zealand Time/8-9am after Daylight Saving starts on September 27.


Please don’t hesitate to email kristy@heartworks.training if you have any questions.

Click here to register for this program  Click here to register for Continuing Education credits

Program rates:

Earlybird (up to and including July 26):

I’ll join with a little financial support: $125

I’ll join at the middle rate: $150

I’ll support scholarships: $175

Latebird (afterJuly 26):

I’ll join with a little financial support: $150

I’ll join at the middle rate: $175

I’ll support scholarships: $200

Continuing Education credits are available for $40


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