The Foundations of UZAZU Embodied Intelligence
A 3-Day In-Person Training for Coaches & Therapists in Munich, DE
Using a holistic, somatic framework for growth and healing, unlock the power of embodied intelligence in your professional practice. Learn to access a full spectrum of balanced states through simple movements and body postures. Develop your capacity to identify and shift imbalanced states and to facilitate integrative change in 1-1 sessions.
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Embodied Intelligence: Activating the Wisdom of the Whole Self
Cultivating embodied intelligence helps us develop our capacity to coherently sense & respond in life-affirming ways to any situation.
"Intelligence" is not only a property of individual cognitive processes in the brain. In truth, intelligence co-emerges from the mind’s interaction with the body, environment, and culture. We refer to this more integrated understanding of intelligence as “Embodied Intelligence”.
A Comprehensive, Research-Based Approach to Cultivating Embodied Intelligence
UZAZU helps make sense of both our environment and our own felt experience, in service of optimally adapting and responding to our environment in a highly individualized way.
The UZAZU method helps professionals quickly identify where, and in which contexts, someone’s mind-body integration is becoming compromised or distorted. It equips those who use it with a set of simple postures and movement patterns to cultivate the states that will help them restore and strengthen their capacity to sense and respond to life.
UZAZU offers a unique approach to embodied facilitation
The Learning Journey of the Foundations Training
This 3-day in-person training introduces you experientially to the movements and postures that comprise working with the UZAZU's Nine Modes of Engagement. As a helping professional, you will learn how to work with the states of balance and imbalance corresponding to the Modes. You will learn a framework specific to UZAZU for embodied 1-1 facilitation. You will come away from the training ready to bring this work to clients.
Access a full spectrum of balanced states by engaging Body, Mind, and Awareness.
1. The Three Layers of Body, Mind, and Awareness
Understand how the three layers of body, mind, and awareness support the integrative top-down and bottom-up processing of energy & information.
2. The Three Bodymind Dimensions Framework
Learn to activate the 3 Core Bodymind Dimensions (Stimulus, Response, and Orientation) as an easy, precise way to understand & shift your embodied state.
3. The 9 Core Modes of Embodied Engagement
Combine the 3 Bodymind Dimensions with specific body movements, postures, cognitions, and imagery to activate a full spectrum of potent, balanced flow states.
Use simple movements and body postures to identify and shift imbalanced states.
4. Identifying Imbalanced Activation-States
Identify & safely activate a full range of imbalanced states in order to understand how our bodymind creates them, and further reflect on how they manifest in daily life.
5. Two Primary State-Rebalancing Processes
Learn two easy-to-use effective techniques for helping clients shift out of dysregulation or stuckness and into states of more coherent flow.
6. The Ecology & Assessment of Embodied States
Understand the dynamic ecology of someone’s overall patterns of state-activation and how these patterns help shape key challenges & growth opportunities.
Facilitate integrative change in 1-1 sessions with embodiment-based frameworks.
7. The 5-Step Embodied Change Sequence
Learn UZAZU's framework for facilitating embodied 1-1 sessions and help your clients achieve clarity and resolution on their most pressing issues with more confidence & ease.
8. Four Core Dynamics of Embodied Facilitation
Discover how to utilize four crucial elements of interpersonal embodied facilitation to enhance client engagement and co-create better outcomes.
9. Integrating UZAZU with your Current Methods & Work
Integrate UZAZU into your current methods and practice and learn effective strategies for facilitating embodied 1-1 work online.
What people are saying about using UZAZU with Clients
UZAZU has had such a profound impact on me, both as a practitioner and as a person. As a Somatic Movement Therapist, I used to rely on the various somatic practices and tools I’d trained in, but when I discovered UZAZU, I realized its immediacy, simplicity, and practical application really made it stand out—it’s mostly the only tool I use now! UZAZU helps clients shift into a positive frame quickly and effectively, and provides a simple, easy-to-use system for helping them learn to rebalance themselves in difficult situations. I appreciate the positivity that UZAZU brings to my work and how quickly it can bring beautiful breakthroughs and progress to my clients.
Corinne Vergote - UZAZU PRACTITIONER, Somatic Movement Therapist, Bodyworker
“UZAZU has transformed my coaching practice and my personal life in ways that I couldn't have imagined. It felt like UZAZU Embodied Intelligence really offered me the map, the developmental framework, and then also the tools to really support someone. Now that I have an embodied map, I can get to the roots of any issue much more quickly and then easily work with it in an embodied way, which has made me much more effective in my work with clients.
Dr. ALBERT VILJOEN, EXECUTIVE COACH & UZAZU PRACTITIONER
"I came to UZAZU with a background in dance, yoga, Feldenkrais, and other somatic practices. I find UZAZU to be a great complement to these other practices, and has become the main frame through which I offer my 1-1 work now. What I love about UZAZU is that it's so practical, and can be used in the moment, in real life. It helps us change our state and respond to our environment without having to take a long yoga class or similar practice, just to regain balance. In that sense, it means that state regulation, balance, and embodied living are integrated into our daily lives, rather than being a separate thing we do outside of our day to day. UZAZU is a unique model, system, and practice for addressing the challenges of responding in the moment. I appreciate its simplicity, immediacy, and power."
Ashley Handel - UZAZU Practitioner, Embodiment Coach
Embodied intelligence for me is all about how our body, other bodies, the world, all come together in our experience. It's what makes us who we are and gives us the ability to listen, respond, care, and create. That's why I find UZAZU so special, as it gives us a language to connect with our body, with ourselves and others. I feel passionately that cultivating our own embodied intelligence is also an important form of resistance to the disembodied culture that has so distanced us from the earth, ourselves, and each other. By getting more deeply in touch with our bodies, we can learn things that the culture won't ever reveal to us. What sets UZAZU apart in the world of embodied practices and healing is that it brings together the creative body, mind, and imagination, integrating inner and outer experiences in an intuitive way that other modalities haven’t quite for me. It's like discovering a whole new world of human experience that I never knew existed, and now I have a way to tap into it and find my inner resources at any moment. I see UZAZU as a gift for anyone looking for more embodiment, and for anyone who is doing healing work, as it helps give us access to such a vast array of embodied human experience.
Kellie Ryan - CHSE (Certified Holistic Sexuality Educator), Uzazu Practitioner, LMT
How the Training Works, and What You'll Get
While UZAZU trainings provide you with a robust underlying theory & framework to help inform skillful embodied work, the focus is primarily on experiential learning.
You'll be invited to engage interactively and experience the various postures, movements, states, and state-shifts yourself. Then you'll be guided in practicing and applying what you're learning with your co-trainees. These two modes of working -individually and relationally- are each followed with time for reflection and integration in small groups and within the whole group.
We benefit from the rich range of diverse experiences and perspectives in the room as we learn by doing, together.
Your trainers attend with great care to the coherence and flow of participants' experience.
This three day experience offers an intensive journey, so come prepared to engage, practice, absorb and integrate!
Here's what's included when you join the Foundations training:
Locations, Dates, and Pricing for Upcoming Trainings:
(Update: The only upcoming location currently still available is Munich Germany. We will be announcing more locations over the coming months, so check back periodically, and get on our mailing list to receive all the updates!)
June 1-3, 2023
This training will be in English.
85540 Gronsdorf bei München
(See website here)
The beautiful Seminarhaus Gronsdorf operates as the Munich Qi Gong Centre. Surrounded by (famed) Bavarian nature, it is easily accessible by public transportation from Munich city. The Centre itself offers us a lovely large space for our training, with a vaulted ceiling and a relaxing, temple-like atmosphere. There’s also an outside terrace for breaks and meals, if desired.
Munich Training Location Details
- By Air: Fly into Munich International Airport; from there, it’s about 30 minutes to Seminarhaus Gronsdorf.
- By Train: It takes about 30 minutes to get to Seminarhaus Gronsdorf from Munich Central Station (20 minutes on the S6 train to Gronsdorf followed by a 10 minute walk).
Premier Inn Munich
Münchener Str. 33
85540 Haar (Next to München)
(See website here)
Quality Hotel & Suites
München-Salmdorf Johan-Karg-Str. 3
85540 Salmdorf / Haar
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Novum Hotel Seidlhof
München – Haar lJohan-Karg-Str. 45
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Of course, you can also look into other Hotel or AirBnB options nearby.
There is also the option to participate in a dinner together on Friday evening at a nearby restaurant (see options at check out).
Please arrive on Thursday morning at 9:00 am, to comfortably check in and get settled.
Here’s the more detailed breakdown:
(with coffee-breaks morning and afternoon)
Morning Training Session: 9:30-12:30
Lunch Break 12.30 pm - 2:00 pm
Afternoon Training Session: 2:00-5:30
* We will also offer an (optional) evening guided movement-improv session on Friday evening, from 7:30-9:00 pm (we’ll end Friday's daytime session at 5pm, to have enough of a break before reconvening).
By registering, you agree to both of these sets of terms and conditions.
Please not that this training will be conducted in English, but questions can also be asked in German.
There are only 45 spots available for the training. If, when you go to register, the training is full then you can email Susanna Holowati to get on the wait list and she’ll contact you if & when a place opens up.
The training will take place subject to sufficient registrations. We reserve the right to cancel up until April 17th, and refund all payments (of course). But we don't expect this to happen...
As soon as a registration is complete, the following cancellation conditions apply:
Until May 1, 2023, a 50% refund of the total amount is possible
After May 1, 2023: No refunds are available
If you do not appear during the training, no money will be refunded.
If you can't come, your participation confirmation is also transferable—please just communicate the change via an email to Susanna, sharing the full name, address and mobile phone number of the new person, and be sure to cc the email to your replacement participant.
Note: If you'd like to help host a training near you, reach out via the support link in the footer and let's see if it's a fit!
Package & Pricing Options
Each option includes:
Full Training and all extras, in 1 payment
One single payment, and save €20.
Full Training and all extras, in 2 payments
One payment now, one in a month.
Meet the Trainer:
Dylan works 1-1 with coaches, therapists, teachers, entrepreneurs, and cultural creatives of all kinds to cultivate and access the specific embodied states that help empower them more effortlessly to thrive in their personal and professional relationships and take joyful, effective action on their authentic inspirations. He has led over 200 workshops and trainings for helping professionals and laypeople, teaching about self-regulation and state-shifting.
Dylan spent the first fifteen years of his adulthood (1999-2004) as a dancer, choreographer, and composer. He studied both dance and music composition at the Juilliard School in New York City and danced with the world-renowned Netherlands Dance Theater before going on to enjoy a successful multi-award-winning career as a freelance choreographer & composer.
Driven by an interest to understand the deeper effects of sound and movement on people’s experience, behavior, and relational dynamics, Dylan co-founded the Danslab Institute for Movement Research in 2003 (today called Cloud at Danslab), generously funded by the Dutch Government and multiple other grants.
After several years of research into how vowel sounds affect people’s thoughts, emotion, and behavior, Dylan began shaping his sound-movement research findings into a model—and a method—for helping people identify various forms of embodied state imbalances and then shifting and re-patterning them. This research is what led him to what is now called UZAZU Embodied Intelligence.
Dylan also holds certifications in Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), Healing from the Body-Level Up (HBLU), Psychological Kinesiology (Psych-K).
He lives with his wife Kyung-sun Baek and their 11-year-old daughter Kiana in Freeport Maine.
Meet our Munich training Host & Coordinator:
Hi, I'm Susanna, and I'm excited to be hosting this 3-Day UZAZU Foundations training in Munich.
What brought me to UZAZU is the wish to deepen my embodied facilitation skills on one side, and also to deepen into a more complete framework for working with embodiment. As a certified UZAZU Practitioner, I've experienced the transformative power of this approach now many times firsthand. In UZAZU, I found so many of the bits and pieces I've learned in various other modalities coming together in one concise, deep, and pragmatic method. I use UZAZU for my own ongoing personal growth and wellbeing, and to help catalyze transformation with leaders.
I'm excited to help change-makers like you increase the impact you have within your own client work. So if you're looking to take your practice to the next level and learn an innovative, embodied approach to creating positive change, I invite you to join me in Munich!
Don't hesitate to reach out to me at email@example.com or +49 176 55238764 if you have any questions I can help with.
Frequently Asked Questions
“Most of my clients won’t be able to use embodied approaches effectively, or even at all. They’re generally just not ‘embodied enough’ to work well in this way.”
>Your clients are ultimately coming to you for relief from their pain and solutions to their challenges and desires, and there is no one approach to accomplishing that. In the foundations training, we address the basics of how to frame working with embodiment so that you can gradually & skillfully introduce it. By knowing how to introduce bringing movement and body awareness to sessions, and how to help them understand and align with the value of bringing more of their whole, embodied self into that process, you'll find that most clients are willing to ‘go there’ with you.
>Facilitators find that UZAZU is applicable to a full range of issues and life areas addressed in psychotherapy (including trauma work), coaching, business, and education. The core focus of this work is on state-awareness and state-shifting, central to what makes us capable of relating with ourselves, feeling and being empowered, connecting effectively with others, and collaborating. As the body tells us a deeper or more accurate truth about how we are dealing with or relating to a situation we help clients bring out a more full experience of their lived reality. Through movement explorations specific to them we then help them experience greater coherence, organization, and integration in their systems.
>If done poorly or awkwardly, yes—’bringing in embodiment’ can be a misstep. However, when embodied approaches are introduced in a sensitive, articulate and attuned manner, facilitators of UZAZU often report that the level of client-satisfaction and rate of client progress rapidly and dramatically improves, leading to deeper trust and a higher level of collaboration.
>Indeed, working in a deeply embodied way can bring up strong emotions and energies. In our Foundations Training, we provide three easy-to-use strategies for handling these kinds of moments and states. So, whether you’re a therapist or coach or consultant, etc*., you’ll be able to feel confident you can safely ‘venture into the wilderness’ of doing more embodied client-work, knowing you’ll be able to offer them a safe container regardless of what comes up. *Of equal importance to having the skills to help safely contain and/or work with strong feeling states is having the ethical clarity and commitment to work within your scope of practice. For help with these considerations you may wish to seek consultation from a trusted expert in your field.
We also have a pre-recorded version of the Foundations training. It provides about 18 hours of training, and works very well in an online format. You can click here to read more about that option.
*Dylan has been teaching UZAZU primarily online for over 9 years now, and we feel very satisfied with teaching in an online context. We've worked (and keep working) to optimize the effectiveness of our online teaching methodologies, and we consistently receive feedback on how surprisingly engaging & transformational it is for people.
You will also have access to the our online UZAZU users community, where you can share and ask questions to other members.
We highly recommend you join a 'time-zone appropriate' Practice Pod, for practicing using & applying what you’ve learned— students find it to be powerful and effective to connect and meet together for practice.
Additionally, Deb provides paid consultation for individuals and small groups who are interested in having support and input for bringing UZAZU to their professional work. You are welcome to reach out to her to check on her availability.