A 4-Day In-Person Course in Petaluma, California

November 2 – 5, 2023 

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Gather with others.
Practice working with the soma – the living body in its wholeness.
Deepen your ability to take new action under pressure consistently.
That’s Embodied Transformation.

This Strozzi Institute 4-day in-person course is being held specifically for changemakers – people who work to change systems and shift conditions towards a future where people and the planet thrive. A future with more dignity, belonging and safety for us all.  

When we fully imagine and declare the world we want for our collective future, we become clearer about the actions and ways of being that will get us there. This course supports changemakers in our embodiment of interdependence, joy, hope, and centered action as we respond to the immense challenges we face today.

Embodied Transformation happens through the soma — the living body in its wholeness.

Join us to investigate how the answers to the following questions live inside of us:

  • How do I reconnect with the intuitive wisdom of my body?
  • How do I reconnect with my team, my community, my family?
  • What matters most to me? 
  • What is the future I envision?
  • What am I doing each day to move closer to that future?

Over the course of 4-days you’ll create a declaration, or statement of vision, toward the future you long for as you align your vision with your daily actions.

The 4-day Embodied Transformation course is an introduction to somatic awareness and the intentional practices we can be in to expand our capacity for presence, connection, collaboration, and joy.  As we deepen in our awareness and our practice,  we open to possibility, change, and transformation – to the future we’re creating. 

We transform through embodied learning that involves our whole existence — our way of thinking, our physical bodies, our emotions, how we regulate our nervous systems, and how we relate to others. A kind of experiential learning that is supported through movement, repetition, connection, and relaxation.

Each day of the course offers opportunities for embodied learning through depthful teachings, guided exercises, interactive demos, and individual and partner body-based movement practices.

We learn the practices and skills we know to deepen our ability to take new action under pressure consistently, including:

  • Clearly articulating your invitations, needs, wants, and longings  (e.g. “making centered requests.”) 
  • Communicating clear boundaries  (e.g. practicing consent)
  • Being present for ourselves while staying connected to others (e.g. “practicing mutual connection”) 
  • Navigating conflict skillfully as a generative part of life.

These practices and skills also provide new options—shifting us towards more presence, connection, and purpose. 

As we connect with what truly matters to us, we’ll learn to hold, in new ways, how we’ve been shaped. We’ll deepen into how the influence of our social location, family, community, race, class, gender, privilege, education, religion, spirit, landscape, and more live in our tissues.

Understanding how those conditions live in our bodies and the bodies of others is integral to our transformation as individuals and how we work together to transform systems.

Our community of students includes

  • People recognizing the need for more connection and collaboration as we work towards social change (e.g. Social entrepreneurs, nonprofit professionals, organizers, and civic leaders, etc.)

  • People moving themselves and clients towards embodied ways to align action with vision (e.g. Coaches or consultants)

  • People seeking ways to navigate changing landscapes with more skillful coordination and greater impact (e.g. Mission-driven business leaders)

  • People longing to be more centered and on purpose as they support others (e.g. Healers, educators, parents, or other caretakers)

  • People that are growth-minded and in transition — and ready for more clarity, focus, and alignment in their lives and work.

During this 4-day in-person course, you’ll:

  • Expand your skill in somatic awareness, somatic practices, and somatic opening, and understand how they reside within a social context, land and Spirit


  • Align your practices with the embodied skills you need to be and act from your vision and declaration


  • Learn centered boundaries, requests, and the body-based ability to navigate complexity


  • Understand how you have been shaped by personal, community, and social experiences and how to work with this shaping


  • Learn both individual and collective practices that deepen your ability to be centered under pressure, create mutual connection, navigate conflict and increase trust


  • Explore how to more effectively coordinate with others toward your mutual goals


  • Discover how to give and receive somatic assessments that deepen relationship and uplift what you and others care about


  • Utilize a somatic sensibility in your life and work


  • And more…

Four Days of Live, In-Person Wisdom Teachings, Interactive Demos & Body-Based Practices

November 2-5, 2023

Petaluma, California

This course is held: 

8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday – Saturday
 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday

To give yourself enough time to arrive, check-in and ground, plan on arriving no later than 8:30 a.m. each morning for a 9:00 a.m. start. For the final day, we suggest that you be generous with yourself as you say good-bye and plan to exit by 5:00 p.m.

Day 1

The Body is the Domain for Learning

On this opening day, you’ll delve into the body as the domain of action, mood, coordination, learning, and dignity…

 As you meet your fellow participants (and better understand yourself) you’ll redefine Somatics, including the change in self that comes from a profound change in body and practices.

 You’ll set your own declaration as you set specific conditions for your investment in yourself over these four days. You’ll learn how to embody your commitment to galvanize others, and yourself…

 As you’ll discover, self is your fundamental source of power.

In this opening session, you’ll:

  • Reflect on and share your declaration

  • Discover how the Self is indistinguishable from the body

  • Learn to be present with others, open to possibility, connected to Self — and connected to what you care about

  • Declare the Dojo (from a Sanskrit word meaning “place of awakening”)  as a place of learning that will include your teacher, fellow learners, and practices

  • Discover the value of a Kata (a series of moves)

  • Move through guided partner practices including Standing Centering Practice (communal standing Somatic grounding), Walk in Walk Out, Hand on Chest, and more

  • And much more…

Day 2

The 3 Circles — Core Components for Embodied Transformation

You’ll begin your second day centering in action. You’ll discover The Three Circles of Embodied Transformation, a cognitive framework to help you track and understand the many changes and transformations that will take place over the next three days…

You’ll also receive deep attention training as you learn the ancient roots, modern neuroscientific discoveries, and health benefits of sitting, meditation, and more. (If you’re already initiated into your own path with a teacher, you’re free to practice your own form of meditation.)

You’ll also discover how your body holds the sum total of your history — your adaptations, practices, resiliencies, and more.

On this second day, you’ll discover:

  • How to uncover your reactions and and stressors when you’re under pressure

  • Why and how we’re all fundamentally built to adapt so we can seek safety, belonging and love, and dignity

  • How your longings, commitments, and what has been broken lives within the tissues of your body — and how you can observe it all, and take action

  • The three common reactions you might experience in relation to power, pressure, and stress

  • The true meaning of a somatic assessment
  • How to give and receive assessments to help develop others, guiding them in becoming less reactive and more trusting — so you can build powerful purposeful teams and organizations

  • New partner practices (including Arm Extension), plus powerful small group work
  • And more…

Day 3

The Rhythm of Excitement  — Conditions of Satisfaction

Today you’ll discover how to take coordinated, effective action toward a shared vision.

You’ll be guided to ask questions of yourself, including, What is something you want to promise to say yes to? What is an offer that you need to make to fulfill your declaration? What is an even bolder offer? And more…

Your teacher will take you through a cycle of action as you experience practices  to help you stand in your power for what you care about and fight for others in their power.

You’ll participate in large-group coaching to help you deepen, learn, and embody transformation towards your goals.

On the third day, you’ll explore:

  • The conditions of satisfaction, including taking actions toward the fulfillment of your declaration

  • How to become a committed listener who incorporates both support and accountability

  • How space represents your world and how to own the space as soon as you walk in a room

  • The competencies you must embody as a leader

  • The true meaning of sustainable business — embodying and acting from your values

  • New guided practices including shoulder massage, deeper partner work, and becoming centered in chaos

  • And more…

Day 4

New Shape, New Actions, New Future

On your final day, you’ll ask yourself, What’s your good news? What’s changing in you?

As you get clear on how to take all you’ve learned out into your daily life, you’ll make plenty of space for gratitude and celebration.

You’ll participate in a practice to appreciate someone in life who’s love, support, or efforts have allowed you to be here — and let them know you appreciate them publicly.

As you become clear on your virtues and values, you’ll also speak about the virtues of someone you can never repay.

On this closing day, you’ll:

  • Explore the Arc of Transformation as a framework for understanding the changes you’re experiencing — and how to deepen and continue after the course

  • Become equipped to continue on toward your declaration after you head back home — including the predictable hopes and challenges to look out for

  • Move through practices with a new partner, including an exercise to decipher your virtues — and appreciate each other’s virtues, too

  • Write a card to send yourself six weeks from now — what do you want to remind yourself of?

  • Choose an accountability practice partner to text daily for the next month

  • And much more…

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In addition to the community you form with your fellow participants, you are invited to stay connected and in practice within our free, online SOMA Community.

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What students are saying about Strozzi Somatics:

“There’s no better place to learn & practice these skills than with the Strozzi Institute’s community of teachers and practitioners.”

“The instruction, coaching, and encouragement to be in a community of practice deepened my somatic awareness and continued to support my own embodied change, for the sake of liberation and love with power. I need – we need – this embodied competency to meet this moment. There’s no better place to learn & practice these skills than with the Strozzi Institute’s community of teachers and practitioners.”

Caitlin Brune

“The masterful instructors were authentic…”

“This class was a godsend for me… The masterful instructors were authentic, making it safe for everyone to show up in whatever mood or place they were in. I learned several practices that are helping me live out my commitments in the world.”

— Rebecca Glenn

“It was dramatically different than anything I had experienced before.”

“We wanted a game changer for accelerating our high performing teams and our leadership team. I’ve worked with a lot of different leadership programs and the Strozzi Institute’s is the one that works. It was dramatically different than anything I had experienced before. It’s their ability to connect the mind, language, action, and the body into sustainable practices. And we were able to see actual true change in a very short amount of time. It deeply resonated with our teams in a meaningful and authentic way.”

— John Pershing, SVP HR Ascena Retail Group

“The execution and the team has been the most professional I have ever seen.”

“I loved it! It was very profound and subtle at the same time. The execution and the team has been the most professional I have ever seen. Humanity, values, care, love were always at the foreground. I feel humbled and grateful to have been part of this experience.”

— Tania Fichtner, Director at Tajo Consulting (Mexico City, Mexico)


This course is offered at the Strozzi Institute dojo (which means “place of training” in traditional Japanese arts) located on a 13-acre ranch in the rolling hills of Petaluma, California.

4101 Middle Two Rock Road, Petaluma, CA 94952

8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday – Saturday
8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday

To give yourself enough time to arrive, check-in and ground, plan an arriving no later than 8:30 a.m. each morning for a 9:00 a.m. start time. For the final day, we suggest that you be generous with yourself as you say good-bye and plan to exit by 5:00 p.m.

Healthy lunches (with vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options) sourced and prepared locally are provided during all course days.

Healthy meals (with vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options), sourced and prepared locally, are provided for lunches during all training days. Transportation and lodging are not included. See our recommended lodging options for our Petaluma location here.

Transportation and lodging are not included. Connect with other course mates in the SOMA Community to coordinate around ride and housing share opportunities.

The Strozzi Institute scholarship program is a tuition reduction program with the highest amount awarded being a 40- 50% discount.

It is highly competitive, needs-based, and is focused on being the most effective. Therefore, it is prioritized to support traditionally marginalized communities with regard to race, sexual identity, and socioeconomics.

Scholarship applications can be submitted up until 8 weeks before the course date so please apply early. Applications are reviewed and awarded with the intention to make the biggest impact. Scholarship awards will be communicated via email 1 week after the close of the application process. Awards can not be used in conjunction with other discount offers or transferred to other coursework.

Click here to apply for a Scholarship.

Strozzi Institute promises that you will be able to:

  • Deepen your ability to work with the foundations of Embodied Transformation: somatic awareness, somatic practices, and somatic opening, and how they reside within a social context
  • Discover and articulate what you care about and your declaration for the future
  • Align your practices with the embodied skills you need to take action toward your declaration
  • Understand how you have been shaped by personal, community, and social conditions and how to work with this shaping
  • Learn practices that deepen your ability to be centered under pressure, create mutual connection, navigate conflict, and increase trust
  • Discover how to give and receive somatic assessments that deepen relationship and uplift what you and others care about

Yes! Like our other Embodied Transformation courses, this course serves as the foundational prerequisite course for our Somatic Coaching Certification, Embodied Leadership pathways, and other advanced courses.

Successfully completing the in-person course of Embodied Transformation is the first step in the pathway to become a Certified Somatic Coach. Embodied Transformation is the foundation and prerequisite for the Somatic Coach Certification Program.

Due to the high demand of this program and the depth of commitment for its participants, there is also an application and interview required for candidates with Strozzi Institute’s Director of Enrollment, Denise M. Maes.  

Schedule time with Denise at this LINK

Yes, this course allows for 5 core competency and 20 resource development hours that can be submitted to the ICF for continuing education.

Chat with Denise M. Maes, Director of Enrollment, to receive guidance about enrollment into Strozzi Institute’s courses.

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Meet Your Teachers

Dara Silverman is a long-time organizer, writer and trainer who has been building movements for economic, racial,  gender and social justice for over 20 years. She is a Director at PowerLabs, a consultancy that helps social change organizations build people-powered campaigns that win real changes.  Dara was the Founding Director of Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ), a national network of white people taking action for racial justice. Dara supports leaders to be in the movement for the long haul.

Dara has been coaching with individuals and groups for four years. She is a certified Somatic Coach through the Strozzi Institute and was trained in coaching with Coaching for Transformation.  Dara has been teaching yoga, self and community care for eight years.  She lives in Beacon, NY where she is building resistance and community.

Michael Kalikow is an executive coach, leadership development facilitator, and mediator. He supports leaders to navigate complex stakeholder environments, bring out the best in their teams, and grow their own capacity as leaders. He has designed and delivered training programs and leadership team offsites for clients across the globe. Representative program themes include: building high-performing teams, negotiation, conflict resolution, change management, and somatic leadership. As a consultant, his specialty is working with the leaders of key company initiatives and their teams to address the root causes behind conflict, lack of alignment, and accountability gaps impacting business performance.

Michael has worked with leaders at a wide range of Fortune 500 companies across technology, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, insurance, health care, manufacturing, consumer products, financial services, oil and gas, aerospace, and professional services. Outside of the private sector, he has worked with an array of nonprofit organization as well as with US Department of Defense and military personnel including Army, Air Force, Navy, and special forces units including Air Force Special Tactics and Navy SEALs.

Representative clients include Amgen, AstraZeneca, Bank of America, Boston Scientific, Catholic Health Initiatives, Coca-Cola, Deloitte, Deutche Bank, ExxonMobil, Genentech, Genzyme, IBM, Intel, MasterCard, Johnson & Johnson, Leggett & Platt, Litera Microsystems, Lowe’s, Merck, Morningstar, NBCUniversal, Nokia, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Thomson Reuters, TIAA, Time Warner, Under Armour, and Western Digital.

Michael spent more than a decade working as an Engagement Leader and Senior Consultant with spinoff consulting groups from the Harvard Negotiation Project. He also worked at Business for Social Responsibility, which provides corporate social responsibility consulting services to Global 1000 companies.

Michael earned his B.A. from Brown University and his J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law at U.C. Berkeley, where he was honored with the Jamison Award for Scholarship and Advocacy. He holds a certificate in executive leadership coaching from the Strozzi Institute, and is currently a member of the Strozzi Institute faculty.

Tesfaye Tekelu is co-founder of two non-profit organizations: Aikido Ethiopia and Awassa Youth Campus (which works with youth empowerment, conflict-resolution, gender equality and HIV awareness in Ethiopia) and Institute for Social Advancement (which works in education, in the US and Southern Africa).

Tesfaye is responsible for introducing Aikido in East Africa, and currently holds a second degree black belt. Prior to moving to the US in 2010, Tesfaye served as Executive Director for AYC and as head instructor for Aikido Ethiopia (AE) for six years. He is still actively engaged in both organizations as a Board member and program coordinator. He also served as a circus and theater leader and Finance head from 2002-2005 at the Hawassa Children’s Center in Hawassa, Ethiopia, where he organized, performed and lead the circus and theater group tours throughout Ethiopia.

Anjali Sawhney (she/her/s) is a Certified Integral Life Coach from New Ventures West in San Francisco and a trained Leadership Embodiment Teacher (somatic coaching based on Aikido & Mindfulness). Anjali is on the facilitation teaching team at Strozzi Institute (Generative Somatics lineage).  She has led workshops in somatics, coaching, transitions, and meditation in the non-profit, corporate, and educational sectors including East Bay Meditation Center, California Endowment, Dream Corps, & UCSF. Anjali serves directly with untapped BIPOC students, those unhoused, and those in recovery by providing coaching, counseling & series workshops. 

Anjali received her BS degree in Engineering from UCLA & an MBA from the University of San Francisco. She was born in India, raised in Los Angeles, and has lived on the east coast of the United States as well as in South & East Asia. She believes in rallying people through community and spirituality as well as street protests  for equity & systemic change, is in awe of nature & live music, & on rare occasions is allowed to groove with her teenagers, Aanika and Jai.

About Strozzi Institute

Strozzi Institute
Strozzi Institute is the creator of embodied leadership — a unique, neuroscience-based approach that integrates mindfulness, action-oriented communication, martial arts, and generative conflict training to prepare leaders, coaches, and teams to meet today’s biggest challenges.

Over 50 Years of Experience
Our unique and powerful embodied leadership methodology positions us as the leading institution shaping executives, teams, and leaders toward mastery in their business. We have over 50 years of experience in delivering innovative programs to a diversity of organizations around the globe that include Fortune 500, large governmental agencies, small businesses, B-corps, NGOs, sustainable business visionaries, multinational companies, and budding entrepreneurs.