I cannot speak highly enough of this training or the facilitators. What an amazing experience to be able to dive into this work in such a beautiful landscape, surrounded by nature. Each of the facilitators has a unique and valuable offering to contribute the highly comprehensive course material. They work together very skillfully to hold a strong container for learning, as well as holding space for the vulnerability that can arise from this work. I found this experience to be enriching for my own personal growth and equally for my professional development.
My time on Salt Spring Island studying was one of the most connected and enjoyable learning experiences of my life. I learned things that week that stayed with me professionally and personally. I treasure the connections I made there with colleagues who also became friends. I rewired my life, my brain, and my sexuality based on that one week. I apply a lot of the principles and practices every time I work and in other parts of my life. The embodied connection and learning during that week helped me sharpen my skills as a sexbod and softened my being as a human. I highly recommend this experience for every person, especially those of us who walk at the edge of sexuality, healing, and creative personhood.
During the course we studied anatomy, the nervous system and trauma. This is so important for practitioners who are working with the body. We explored different ways to market ourselves. We engaged in somatic exercises that activated the mind/body connection that enabled us to discover ideas for creating or advancing our websites and developing our mission statements and we even practiced using video as a way to market our brand or message about our services. My favorite part of the in-person intensive was the intimacy. Since there was a smaller circle of people, we bonded. Also, the opportunity for each attendee to receive attention in many different ways - sometimes that can be tricky during a bigger training.
This training was amazing from start to finish. The teaching team are some of the most amazing people I've ever met, and such a great complement to each other in their strengths and differences. I was so grateful to be in a space that was trauma-informed and held an anti-oppressive lens. The intensive was the most valuable piece for me, so much transformation and the opportunity to go deep into our own personal healing - which feels so crucial in order to be able to hold space for others. I could never have imagined that doing this training would be so life changing and I'm so grateful to now be a part of this stunningly beautiful community!
"The content of this training was incredible. Invaluable, really. I learned far more than I was anticipating and it has brought me to such a deeply connected texture within myself. Each member of the teaching team brought such unique skill sets to the table. Since starting this program 5 months ago, I am changed; I can feel my spirit dance through me. The most valuable piece for me, what I was looking for but did not know it, was building community and meaningful connections with myself and others."
"My experience with the SSEA training was a game changer for my life and direction in the best possible way. I benefitted so much from the purposeful, well structured, and substantive learning. The instructors are personally invested one’s individual growth, learning, and challenges in the most loving and supportive way. I was encouraged to be curious, explore, ask and share, with the goal of best serving my intentions to become a Somatic Sex Educator, and being of service to my clients and community. There was an adeptness to fostering a sense of inclusiveness and careful nurturing of our group dynamic that resulted in learning so much from my classmates as well. Through this training, I have made friendships that I am certain will last a lifetime, and am blessed to be able to carry this emerging and ground breaking work forward, with confidence and continued support."
"This training was one of the most transformative and rewarding experiences of my life and I feel extremely grateful to have trained with an outstanding team in this new modality of Somatic Sex Education and Sexological Bodywork. All facilitators bring a huge knowledge base, warmth, profound ethics and humour to the training and I have felt deeply seen, supported and held through the journey and in any challenges the training brought up for me. I have learned so much more about my connection to my sexuality and my body and feel empowered and affirmed in my passion to support people to reclaim their sexuality and expand possibilities for pleasure. I would wholeheartedly recommend this training to anyone who would like to dive deeply into their own sexuality and make a difference in the world by bringing this empowering and deeply healing work to those who have been looking for it."