A 5-Day In-Person Course

September 4 – 8, 2024 in Petaluma, CA

with Richard Strozzi-Heckler, Namiko Uno, & Erika Lyla

Successful completion of our Embodied Transformation course is the required first step for this advanced level course. If you have already complete Somatic Bodywork Level One, learn more our Level Two course here.

Increase your ability to observe the body and soma in ways that make you a more effective coach, bodyworker, and leader.

Somatic Bodywork Level One course is designed to teach the fundamentals of Strozzi Somatics Bodywork on an introductory level. 

It builds off of the foundational elements you learned in Embodied Transformation and and will help lead you to a more embodied level of centering.

During your time in the dojo, you’ll learn how to utilize breath, movement, touch, energy, and the physical body in unison to create a safe and compassionate sphere for your client work.

When you engage the entire body and the energy forces around you, you will be able to create a more sustainable change for both your personal journey and those of your clients.

During this immersive, hands-on, in-person course, you’ll learn how to:

  • Use touch, breath, sound, movement, and gestures to walk yourself or your client through sustainable change and transformation

  • Work with the body as a direct and immediate way to shed your limiting conditioned tendencies and teach your clients to do the same

  • Develop a path to free yourself and your clients from your old way of being

  • Learn to create a setting that is welcoming, comforting, and engenders trust 

  • Develop bodywork as an additional instrument for your practitioner’s toolkit

Whether you’re a coach, therapist, counselor, bodyworker, or someone who manages and leads others, or you want to dive deeper into your own personal change and transformation, this course is for you.

The self and body are intimately linked together. By working with and through the body, you’ll experience new ways to work through the issues plaguing you and those you work with.

During Somatic Bodywork Level One, you will:

  • Learn techniques, practices, and timing to help yourself and those you work with move towards desired goals and fulfillment
  • Develop a perception to see the world in a more holistic, comprehensive way
  • Create a presence that engenders trust, mutuality, and connection with those around you
  • Discover how Somatic Bodywork is a powerful way to heal old wounds, allowing one to be more present with themselves, their environment, and those around them

Each morning...

You will start with embodied mindfulness practices to support you in developing the skills of presence, empathy, connection, and openness. You will face into what we need to cultivate as practitioners and how to embrace the concerns of others with clear-eyed compassion. You’ll then be led through a discussion of the history and theory of Somatic Bodywork inside of the methodology of Strozzi Somatics. 


You’ll observe a seasoned teacher and bodyworker move through a live Somatic Bodywork demonstration, followed by a question and answer session to help you dive deeper into the material you’re learning.

In the afternoon...

Your teachers will lead you through an exchange of practice sessions with a fellow student. On the last day, you will have the opportunity to move through an unguided session with a fellow student in which you will be both roles of bodyworker and client.

At all times...

Our experience team of teachers will be present to help you develop your Somatic Bodywork competence and distinction. Throughout this course, you will receive grounded assessments and feedback on your shape, quality of touch, presence, and connection as a bodyworker and on your own somatic openings and embodied transformation.

Our goal is to build a safe and trusting environment where we can learn and grow together.

September 4 – 8, 2024
Petaluma, California
This course is held: 

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

In our 5-days together, we will…

  • Introduce distinctions of armoring, breath, touch
  • Develop the observer of the body that you are
  • Develop the observer of the bodies that others are
  • Introduce Somatic Bodywork techniques
  • Build relevance of Strozzi Institute for Somatics’ Bodywork to physical self, psychological self, and action

Successful completion of our Embodied Transformation course is the required first step of the journey. If you have not completed this course, you can learn more here.

Course Tuition – $2450

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September 4 – 8, 2024 in Petaluma, CA

with Richard Strozzi-Heckler and Namiko Uno

What students are saying about Somatic Bodywork

“She presents things with extraordinary clarity…”

“Staci Haines is one of the best teachers I’ve ever encountered. She creates a safe and engaging space in which to explore and learn. And, Staci has a very grounded and warm presence, she presents things with extraordinary clarity, and she responds to inquiries and offers demos with the utmost respect and care. In addition, the content and somatic practices of the course complement each other beautifully and have the power to be transformational.”

Misty Perez Truedson

“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

“This course is one of the most important I’ve ever taken.”

Not only has it changed the way I show up for my clients, it’s increased my capacity to be fully present in my life. And it even has changed my understanding of what life is and how it moves. Everything I learned in the course applies to every aspect of my life: work, intimacy, relationships, creativity, all of it. I’m so grateful.

Amanda Yates-Garcia

“The world needs this work.”

The power of this work in terms of impact and speed of change is unparalleled in my experience. This course both changed my understanding of my physical and emotional place in this world and gave me the basic skills to help others do the same.”

Teilo Berquier

“It’s really the course that had me understand the essence of embodiment.”

Hard to put into words but truly a felt sense of what rests in our soma. I feel deeply humbled by the body. The teachers were so incredible, inspiring, and so attuned. I’m in awe.”

Zeena Ismail


The cost for this 5 day course is $2450, which includes five (5) full days of instruction, course materials and lunch on each course day. Tuition does not include lodging or transportation to and from the venue.

Payment plans are available.

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


The sessions run from Wednesday to Sunday, from 9:00 am – 5:30 pm daily. The exception to this is the last day of the course, which completes early, at 4:00 pm.

Arrival and Departure Times

To give yourself enough time to arrive, check-in, and ground, please plan to arrive no later than 8:30 am each morning.

For the final day, we suggest that you be generous with yourself as you say goodbye and plan to exit by 5:00 pm.

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

Transportation and lodging are not included. See our recommended lodging options for our Petaluma location here.

Connect with other course mates in the SOMA Community to coordinate around ride and housing share opportunities.

Yes. Successful completion (in person)  of either Strozzi Institute’s foundational course, Embodied Transformation (formerly Embodied Leadership) or completion of School of Embodied Leadership (SOEL) is required.

The foundational work covered in our prerequisite course supports the integrity of our methodology and prepares our participants for advanced work.  

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.

If you are interested in bringing our Somatic Bodywork Seminars to your team or company, please fill out the interest form on our Teams & Companies page.

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

Staci K. Haines has been experimenting at the intersections of personal and social transformation for the last 30 years through the work of somatics, trauma healing, embodied leadership, and transformative justice. Staci is the author of “The Politics of Trauma: Somatics, Healing, and Social Justice” (North Atlantic Books 2019) and “Healing Sex: A Mind Body Approach to Healing Sexual Trauma” (Cleis 1999, 2007), which has been translated into German, Japanese and Spanish.

Staci is a leader in the field of Somatics focusing on how it can bring transformative capacity to social and climate justice movements, and help to heal the impacts of trauma and oppression.  She runs programs and teacher training, and partners with social change organizations.

She is the co-founder, and prior executive director, of generative somatics, a multiracial social justice capacity building organization. She is a senior teacher at Strozzi Institute, a core contributor to that methodology, and co-leads their teacher development. In 1999 Staci founded generationFIVE, a non-profit whose mission is to end the sexual abuse of children within five generations, using transformative justice approaches.

Richard Strozzi-Heckler, PhD is founder of Strozzi Institute. He has spent over four decades researching, developing and teaching Somatics to business leaders, executive managers, teams from Fortune 500 companies, NGOs, technology start-ups, non-profits, the U.S. government and military.

He was named one of the Top 50 Executive Coaches in The Art and Practice of Leadership Coaching, and in Profiles in Coaching. He is the co-founder of the Mideast Aikido Project (MAP), which brings together Palestinians and Israelis through the practice of Aikido. He is the Chairman of the Board of the Institute for Social Advancement (ISA) that is based in Ethiopia which brings Aikido and Embodied Leadership to East Africa.

Richard is the author of nine books, including The Leadership Dojo, In Search of the Warrior Spirit, The Anatomy of Change, Holding the Center and The Art of Somatic Coaching: Embodying Skillful Action, Wisdom, and Compassion, and Embodying the Mystery: Somatic Wisdom for  Emotional, Energetic, and Spiritual Awakening. From 2002 to 2007 he was an advisor to NATO and the Supreme Allied Commander of Europe (SACEUR) General Jim Jones,  who was also the National Security Advisor.

Richard has a PhD in Psychology and is a seventh degree black belt Shihan in the martial art of Aikido.

For over 25 years Stephanie Meux has been committed to the study of pathways and modalities that foster embodied awareness and somatic transformation. Her studies have lead her to become a licensed bodyworker, dance and movement facilitator and to develop and run her own equine guided education programs. She has also had the great fortune to produce educational programs and events in both the corporate sector and for organizations dedicated to personal transformation and leadership development.

Joining the Strozzi Institute team as program director is an exciting opportunity to align her commitments to contributing to the field of somatics and supporting the cultivation and delivery of transformational programming to leaders and organizations, in service to a more whole and just future for all beings.

When not looking at a computer screen, Stephanie can be found spending time with her horse, playing out in nature or dancing.

Iman Nacer Boundaoui is a somatic practitioner and facilitator with a deep commitment to working with individuals and communities to heal and transform collective, intergenerational and politicized trauma. As a practitioner, she grounds in her indigenous North African cultural and spiritual wisdom lineages, and draws from traditional African-Sufi healing and embodiment practices, which she resources from in her own life and healing. Iman is also an attorney and has practiced as a social-impact litigator, civil rights litigator and immigrant rights activist and organizer, working with individuals, communities and social justice organizations to curb the impact of state-sponsored discrimination and corrosive profit-driven corporate behavior and policy. Her experiences working with law and policy to defend human life and dignity led Iman to seek out alternative pathways to working with individuals and communities in their fight for safety, dignity and belonging.
After a few years of training with the Strozzi Institute as a practitioner, she is now a teacher-trainee at SI, where she continues the fight for wholeness and justice that she began years ago as a lawyer. When she’s not reading, writing, thinking about, or facilitating embodied transformation and healing work, you can find her hiking and foraging for wild herbs in the Santa Cruz mountains, a place she currently calls home that closely resembles her ancestral homeland in the Atlas Mountains.

​​Namiko Uno (she/they) is a a politicized somatic coach and somatic bodyworker. They are passionate about healing trauma through the body, building more equitable and just futures, and living a joyful life in service to Spirit. Namiko identifies as a bi-racial, cis gender, queer woman of color, with white-passing and currently able-bodied privileges living on unceded Ohlone land (Oakland, California). Namiko’s personal and professional lineages hold many contradictions, she seeks to hold these complexities with skill and compassion.

Namiko is a certified somatic coach through Strozzi Institute and the International Coaching Federation. She is on the teaching team at Strozzi Institute, and holds a MA in Global Development & Gender Studies, a BS in Communication, Ethnic Studies, and Psychology, and is a 300-hr RYT in hatha, restorative yoga, yin yoga, and yoga nidra traditions. Prior to walking an intentional path of somatics, Namiko worked at the intersection of the arts & social justice organizing, produced international leadership conferences, and led coaching initiatives at mental health startups.

In addition to coaching and teaching somatics, you can find Namiko practicing qigong, studying reiki, communing with the trees, swimming in a body of water, dancing with loved ones, organizing a community healing event, befriending a random dog, and doing absolutely nothing.

Erika Lyla is a Somatic Coach and Bodyworker with a practice in Oakland, CA (unceded Ohlone territory), and also teaches with generative somatics and Strozzi Institute. Erika works with people to reveal their power, potential, and purpose. She guides with love and laughter towards life grounded in authenticity and shaped by dream. She has been training groups and individuals in social and emotional development as well as creating and launching social emotional programs for over 15 years.

Erika holds a Master’s Degree in Social Welfare from UC Berkeley and specializes in working with people facing psychiatric crises, survivors of sexual violence, and individuals healing from complex trauma. She has also worked with school age children as an afterschool teacher and program director. She continues to offer healing for individuals and communities as we collectively move towards liberation. In her free time, Erika loves family time, camping, snowboarding, hiking, paddle boarding, and delicious food.

Monica Murarka (she/her/hers) is a senior business leader with 25 years experience advising thousands of B2B and B2C companies and executives across Consumer, Life Sciences, Healthcare, Technology, Financial Services and Manufacturing industries on strategy, operations, talent and organizational topics while working at two global consultancies: Towers Perrin and McKinsey & Company.

Simultaneously, she has spent the last 20 years in deep study of embodiment, leadership and personal development, energy, personal/intergenerational/collective trauma healing, and interfaith religious practices through various teachers and disciplines. Her personal mission is to help people BE – uncover, connect, transform and amplify themselves for the sake of living their purpose. She works with executives, coaches and teams to help them develop their own skills and practices to continuously embody themselves such that they can feel congruence and alignment with how they walk through the world. She also mentors Asian Americans in how they navigate workplace bias and systemic oppression, racism and patriarchy, an offering born as a result of her own personal lived experiences in corporate America.

Monica earned her BA in Economics, International Relations and Community Health from Tufts University, and her MBA with honors in Finance, Marketing and Organization Behavior from the University of Chicago School of Business (now called ChicagoBooth). She lives in the San Francisco Bay area, and enjoys spending her time meditating, diving into personal development and personal growth activities, playing tennis and spending time with family, friends and her nephews.

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About Strozzi Institute of Somatics

Strozzi Institute for Somatics

Strozzi Institute for Somatics is committed to developing transformative leaders, coaches, and organizations that can meet the challenges of our times — changing systems and shifting conditions towards a future where people and the planet thrive.

Our transformational methodology, Strozzi Somatics, draws on the latest in neuroscience, psychobiology, holistic practice, action-oriented communication, and mindfulness. We mobilize our methodology to help coaches, leaders, and organizations learn to create trusting relationships and take new actions aligned with their vision and our values of sustainability, interconnectedness, and social equity.

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.