Kian de la Cour BA, BSc, CSSE brings a thorough grounding in Somatic Sex Education modalities to the training. He first encountered many of them when training as a Sacred Intimate with the Body Electric School at Wildwood, California in 1994. He qualified as a Certified Sexological Bodyworker in the UK in 2014, and interned with Deej and Uma at the subsequent UK trainings, gaining the CSSE in 2015. He is a structural integration bodyworker, Certified Cuddle Party™ and Certified Wheel of Consent® Facilitator as well as a co-founder and Chair of the Association of Somatic and Integrative Sexologists (ASIS).
He co-founded the Sea School of Embodiment with Katie Sarra which presents leading-edge international trainings in somatic sexology for the public as well as for other sexuality professionals, including from Betty Martin, Deej Juventin, Ellen Heed, Kimberley Johnson and Caffyn Jesse.
He is passionate about sharing the joys and trials of greater embodiment with the world. www.kiandelacour.com
Katie Sarra CSB, CSSE, PostGrad Dip Art Psychotherapy is a Certified Somatic Sex Educator, Certified Sexological Bodyworker, Certified Wheel of Consent® Workshop Facilitator, Art Psychotherapist, Playback Theatre performer, Artist and co-founder with Kian of the Sea School of Embodiment.
I believe that every human being has needs to feel useful, having gifts to share with others intimately and as part of community. Our ease in intimacy with ourselves ripples out to feeling at ease with others.
When we've been hurt and felt alone with it, the nervous system effectively restricts receptivity through the senses to make it less painful to bear. Traumas big and small or adaptive habits can be held in the body over time in a myriad of ways creating unseen adhesions that restrict function and emotional connectivity. We can find ourselves in looping patterns of inhibition or distress. We discover together your naturalness and what you are wanting to welcome into your life. I guide and support effective step by step routes into embodiment enabling felt foundations of intuition and sensory awareness to come back online.
Sensory awakening also opens us to feeling the feelings we have felt alone with. It takes courage. Here is an opportunity to come home to yourself liberated from loneliness. I understand how it can hurt feeling separation from joy, creativity and gratitude. Learning to feel our bodies physical, emotional, sensual and erotic inner and outer landscapes as resources with our senses back on line supports us to be more in choice with our relationship and intimate decisions.
Feeling connected again requires repeated trusted experiences of feeling relaxed and safe enough to feel more. Betty Martin's Wheel of Consent® informs the foundations of my practice supporting the foundations of trust to be felt. Here is hope for creating new neural pathways to fire and, with practice, to wire. www.katiesarra.com
Joseph Kramer, Ph.D., provides the content for module one.
Joseph is the foremost teacher of erotic bodywork in the world. In 1984, he founded the Body Electric School in Oakland, California, where he trained thousands of professional massage therapists, erotic bodyworkers and somatic educators. The Body Electric is the world’s largest community network offering safe sex education today–and for the last twenty-five years.
In 1992, he started the Erospirit Research Institute, a think tank exploring the connection between spirituality and sexuality. In 1999, he founded The New School of Erotic Touch.
Joseph founded the new legal profession of Sexological Bodywork™ in 2003. Professional trainings are now being offered in California, Europe, Canada, Brazil and Australia. He is on the faculty at The Institute For Advanced Study of Human Sexuality and The International Institute of Sexological Bodywork in Zürich. Joseph has produced over a dozen educational DVDs and has been featured in the HBO series Real Sex.
To find out more about Joseph's work, visit: www.eroticmassage.com
Ellen Heed, PhD (Cand), CSB, provides the anatomy and physiology content for module one. Ellen’s areas of expertise include postpartum sexuality, smooth muscle massage, and functional anatomy. Ellen has been teaching somatic professionals since 2000 - work that she loves. During this time, she has taught alongside Ana Forrest, Joseph Kramer, Hugh Milne and Vincent Medici. She has taught in all kinds of environments, including yoga studios, birthing centres, the Certificate in Sexological Bodywork, massage schools, US universities and on professional training programmes internationally. She registered with Yoga Alliance UK as a Senior Yoga Teacher and has taught anatomy trainings for yoga teachers all over the world, from Cape Town to Singapore.
Ellen's mission is to share her knowledge about scar tissue remediation, ancestral nutrition and embodied practices to everyone who desires to live a radiant life. She has pioneered bold new approaches to healing sexual pain, and continues to influence the development of somatic sex education and practice worldwide. In 2016 the Sea School of Embodiment presented Ellen and Kimberley Ann Johnson's first iteration of the Scar Tissue Remediation And Management (S.T.R.E.A.M.) training, in Dawlish, Devon.
She maintains a thriving private practice in Los Angeles, where she is completing her doctoral dissertation on the psychology of somatic sexual healing. ellenheed.com.
Dr. Betty Martin will be presenting her Wheel of Consent via video link at the Embodiment Intensive. She is a Chiropractor, a Body Electric School-trained Sacred Intimate, Certified Sexological Bodyworker, Foundations of Facilitation trainer, and a self-propelled erotic adventurer and intimacy coach.
She has about 30 years as a hands-on professional, first in therapeutics – Chiropractic, Somato-Respiratory Integration, Educational Kinesiology, Reiki, Neuro-Emotional Integration – and later in body-based erotic education, including sensual massage, Taoist Erotic Massage, Kashmiri tantric massage and Sexological Bodywork.
She has taught peer counseling, gender liberation, embodiment and empowerment, fantasy play, goddess awakening and erotic massage, played with contact improv dance, Authentic Movement, Non-Violent Communication and Shaivic tantra. She is a student of The Work of Byron Katie. She is a Board member and trains and certifies new facilitators for a touch and communication workshop called Cuddle Party.
To find out more about Betty's work, visit bettymartin.org
Deej Juventin, CSB, M.A.: curriculum development and supervision.
Deej is our mentor for the course structure and delivery. He has over 20 years experience in adult education, teacher training, embodied counselling and various forms of bodywork. He trained as a Sacred Intimate at Wildwood in California, and as a Certified Sexological Bodyworker at the Institute for Advanced Studies of Human Sexuality in San Francisco, and interned with Joseph and Ellen at the first Australian training.
He has helped pioneer somatic sex education training in Australia, founding Sex Coaching and Therapy in Brisbane and facilitating somatic sex trainings internationally. He is the founding president of the Somatic Sex Educators’ Association of Australasia (SSEAA).
To find out more about Deej's work, visit: embodiedtherapy.com.au