A 5-Day In-Person Course

October 16 – 20, 2024 in Petaluma, CA

with Staci K. Haines, Stephanie Meux, Namiko Uno, Viveka Chen

Successful completion of Somatic Bodywork Level One course is a prerequisite for this advanced course.


Increase the width, depth, and breadth of your skills.
Achieve a deeper transformation for yourself and your clients.

The Somatic Bodywork Level Two course is an expansion of the fundamentals of bodywork that is taught in Somatic Bodywork Level One.

To move a client through sustained change and transformation, it is essential to incorporate the body. 

Working with and through the body creates the space for what wants to come to life in emotions, desires, commitment, longing, and life goals.

It also allows the client to be a stronger observer of how their conditioned tendency keeps them from a fulfilled life, and how the conditioned tendency is also a valuable informant into the emotional life and the healthy expression of needs.

In this course, you will learn how the soma holds our evolutionary thrust towards wholeness, complexity, interconnectedness, and love — and how to free these virtues from habituated contractions.

This course is designed for:

  • Those who want to make bodywork a more established and centered part of their coaching practice.

  • Those who want to be able to offer a greater transformation to their clients.

  • Those who really want to focus on their own greater transformation.

What to Expect Out of Your Time in Petaluma:

In the morning sessions, we will:

  • Experience different somatic shapes that are connected to our emotional, psychological, energetic, and spiritual lives

  • Explore how to work with these shapes with our clients

  • Observe a live demonstration by one of the teachers

  • Take part in a question and answer period to help you obtain a fuller understanding of the material you’ve learned

In the afternoon, we will:

  • Work with these distinctions with a fellow student as client and bodyworker

  • Receive feedback on your shape, openings and transformation, quality of touch, presence, and connection.

  • Learn and grow with each other in a supportive and embracing environment powerful way to heal old wounds, allowing one to be more present with themselves, their environment, and those around them

We Promise You Will…

  • Develop an authentic presence that supports safety, belonging, and dignity
  • Learn new somatic bodywork points and breath patterns that build upon those you learned in Somatic Bodywork Level One
  • Deepen listening, feeling, and compassion for the shaping and longings of your clients
  • Stay centered during a wide range of emotional states—our own and with others
  • Know how to work with the history and emotions that emerge during somatic bodywork
  • Understand Sites of Shaping and somatic anatomy
  • Develop keener observation and somatic assessment skills
  • Design somatic bodywork sessions that meet your client’s needs—through perceiving the soma and shaping, your client’s declarations and their emotional range
  • Build and deepen self-trust as a somatic bodyworker through experimentation, practice, and feedback
  • Learn to listen to your intuition, while staying attuned to your client and their soma

Course Tuition – $2450

2-Pay Plan

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3-Pay Plan

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of $816.67


The cost for this 5 day course is $2450.

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.

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 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.

Yes. Successful completion of our foundational course, Embodied Transformation (formerly Embodied Leadership) and Somatic Bodywork Level One

The foundational work covered in our prerequisite coursework 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.

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Meet Your Teachers

Richard Strozzi-Heckler, PhD is founder Emeritus 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 DojoIn 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.


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.


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.


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. Her offerings are available at www.namikouno.com

Viveka Chen (she/they) has worked for social, racial, gender, economic, environmental and healing justice for over 25 years, across a spectrum of movements, cultures, communities, and sectors. Viveka is a certified somatic coach and a teacher with Strozzi Institute, as well as a leadership coach and trainer, organizational development consultant, and facilitator.

Viveka co-founded a women of color consulting group, co-LAB Collective, with Maura Bairley and Monica Dennis. We specialize in guiding transformational processes: deep race equity and liberation work, team building, vision and strategy, alliance building, working through conflict, change and transition.

co-LAB partners with organizations to design and facilitate cohort leadership programs grounded in race and gender justice and centering BIPOC leaders (for example, for women of color community organizing leaders, philanthropic CEOs, new women of color social justice executive directors, reproductive justice and environmental justice innovation cohorts). Viveka is also a Rockwood Leadership Institute trainer.

Viveka brings a commitment to liberation and joy. She is also a Buddhist dharma and meditation teacher, ordained in 1997 whose teaching is grounded in an embodied approach.

The proud child of Chinese immigrants, Viveka lives with beloved partner Rene Perez on Ohlone land.

Katina Bishop has studied somatics for over a decade with both Richard Strozzi-Heckler and Staci Haines. She is a SI Certified Somatic Coach and works individually with clients who identify as non-profit leaders, activists, writers and survivors of trauma.

Katina brings over 15 years of experience in organizational leadership, serving as a director, activist and consultant. She is also a certified mediator, and a teacher of conflict resolution, peace building, and mediation. Katina holds an MFA in English and Creative Non-Fiction from Mills College. She continues to deepen her own embodiment through training Aikido at Two Rock dojo and through her ongoing practices of both meditation and music. 

About Strozzi Institute for 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.