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The UZAZU Embodied Intelligence Practitioner Certification Training

A 9-Month Transformational Embodiment Journey for Coaches & Therapists

Master a comprehensive, integrative approach to embodied facilitation and catalyze your own personal growth & embodied development

Starts September 13th, 2023. Register by July 25th to get a $1,600 discount & other bonuses.

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Dear Fellow Helping Professionals,

Are you a life coach, psychotherapist, or somatic professional looking to more effectively involve the body in your work and help your clients achieve lasting transformation? Do you feel limited by your current approach and lack a comprehensive methodology for working with embodiment?

The UZAZU Embodied Intelligence Practitioner Training offers a unique opportunity to learn a clear, integrative framework for facilitating embodied change with your clients. With a mix of online content, support materials, interactive classes, powerfully supportive small Pod Groups, and ample 1-1 sessions with both fellow experienced practitioners and the lead trainers, this 9-month training will take your skills and confidence to the next level and help you further uncover and re-pattern your own limiting patterns and blindspots.

Join us on a journey of personal and professional growth as we explore a holistic approach to embodiment that will enhance the depth and impact of your 1-1 sessions and make your work feel easier, lighter, and more enjoyable. If this training resonates with you, fill out the application to learn more and see if it's the right fit for you at this stage in your journey.

Yours in embodied transformation,
Dylan Newcomb - Founder and Lead Trainer
Deb Grant - Guest Teacher and Clinical Consultant

This Training Could Be a Fit for You If...

  • As a coach, therapist, or social worker, you're looking to bring more embodied, transformational processes to your work with clients in a way that integrates with your current methods.
  • OR, you're already trained in 1 or more somatic methods, but want to take your embodied change-facilitation skills to the next level by understanding and transforming your client's challenges at a deep neurobiological level across a wider range of life challenges & contexts.
  • You already have experience working with private clients and have completed (or can complete, before Sept. 13th) the 3-Day UZAZU Foundations of Embodied Intelligence Professional Training.
  • You’ve already taken the UZAZU Foundations Professional Training—either live online, in person, or via the pre-recorded online version (this is about 18-20 hours of training, depending on the version.) This introductory training is the foundation this certification training builds (much) further on.
  • You value engaging in your own embodied self-work, and know it will help make you a more fully authentic and powerful facilitator of change for others.
  • You value being part of a highly interactive and supportive learning & practice cohort of peers from around the world for a sustained, consistent period of 9 months.

What Recent Graduates say about this 9-Month Program

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The Three Phases of the Learning Journey

Phase One:

Awakening
Embodied Intelligence

Phase Two:

Opening to 

Inner Transformation

Phase Three:

Activating Our

Shared Potential

 ...and here are the details...

Phase One

Awakening Embodied Intelligence

Amplify you and your client’s capacity for healing & growth by awakening embodied intelligence and finding flow from within.

Phase One includes Modules 1, 2, and 3

 Module 3: 

The Energetic Alchemy of Subtle Embodiment

Work skillfully with subtle energetics to deepen healing and achieve potent mind-body coherence, using the four elements and core polarity dynamics.

Module 3 is a 5-day online intensive training focused on deepening your skills to facilitate the integrative flow of energy and information between mind, body, and environment. You will learn neurologically grounded top-down (mind to body) and bottom-up (body to mind) processing techniques to foster subtle energetic integration—potently brought to life through invoking the archetypal elements of Earth, Water, Fire, and Air.

Guided by mentors and supported by interactive exercises and your peers, you'll learn to work with the subtler currents in the bodymind, employing practices like micro-movements, sensory-motor integration, and unconscious movement re-patterning. By enhancing your skills with these subtle energetic techniques, you'll support yourself and others in safely working through deeper blocks and cultivate more natural, coherent inner strength.

 Module 2: 

Navigating the Patterns in our Embodied Landscapes

Develop a rich understanding of how activated embodied states can both empower and constrain our behaviors and experiences across different life areas.

In Module 2 we delve deep into the intricacies of embodied patterns and how they play out in our lives. Through assessments, exercises, and client explorations coupled with reflective dialogue, you'll uncover & explore key patterns of reactivity and/or dysregulation across various life areas. You'll grasp their profound impacts not just on yourself and clients, but on relationships and group dynamics.

Engaging with the '9 Core Modes of Embodied Intelligence' and '8 Life Areas', this module equips you to identify and shift restrictive patterns while cultivating inner safety and self-compassion. Your journey, enhanced by mentor-led discussions over 12 weeks, deepens embodied self-awareness and tools to support transformative experiences. By the end, you'll be able to skillfully guide clients through their embodied patterns & core challenges, fostering insight, growth and holistic well-being.

 Module 1: 

The Foundations of Embodied Intelligence

Learn to access and experience a full spectrum of embodied states, identify their various forms of dysregulation and safely rebalance them with clients.

Module 1 is the foundational 3-day training (live or online) that teaches you how to utilize posture, movements, imagery, and vowel sounds to activate a complete range coherent, embodied flow states. You will acquire skills to identify dysregulation and restore balance. You'll gain hands-on experience in facilitating embodied shifts, preparing you to support clients through an array of challenges.

In this immersive training, you'll benefit from regular guided practices and ample interaction & reflection with peers. You'll learn to work with the "3 Body-Mind Dimensions" framework and the "9 Modes of Embodied Intelligence", strengthening your grasp of embodied intelligence. Equipped with 2 pivotal state-shifting protocols and the 5-Step Embodied Change Process, you'll leave ready to start applying these tools with clients and to further build on them throughout the Certification Training Program.

Phase Two

Opening to Inner Transformation

Navigate the body-mind's unconscious layers, explore shadow, facilitate emotional shifts, and connect more deeply with clients.

Phase Two includes Modules 4, 5, and 6

 Module 6: 

The Art of Embodied Relational Facilitation

Delve into effective methods for working with non-verbal cues, empathic dialogue, and embodied role-play to foster deeper client insights and growth.

Module 6 marks our second 5-day online intensive. Having cultivated more inner-spaciousness, we now focus on increasing our capacity to engage with clients from a deeply responsive and highly relational place. You'll learn techniques for maintaining rapport, skillful dialogue, and embodied role-play to support you in responsively guiding clients each step of the way.

Over these 5 intensive, practice-filled days, you'll get ample feedback and community support to hone your verbal and nonverbal skills and evolve your ability to responsively guide clients through sensitive energetic and emotional shifts. Deepening your relational facilitation skills in this way builds on our prior energetic and emotional work, and supports you to access more embodied wisdom in the moment while facilitating shifts through shared discovery and transformative relationship.

 Module 5: 

Opening to Transpersonal Embodied Awareness

Facilitate core identity-level polarity integrations with yourself & clients to soften inner conflicts, deepen equanimity, and enhance access to embodied wisdom.

In Module 5, you'll learn powerful polarity integration practices that cultivate a more spacious, transpersonal awareness and help us shift beyond our more limiting ego perspectives & identifications. This quickly helps  decrease reactivity and cultivates deeper equanimity in relating. Transpersonal embodied awareness allows us to tap directly into our deeper wisdom & clarity while facilitating healing and growth more ease-fully.

Over 5 weeks, you'll deeply integrate these core polarity practices and soften key layers of deeper tension or holding, revealing more of your unconditioned open nature. Developing your capacity to embody transpersonal awareness—and to be able to facilitate while grounded in this spaciousness—enables you to meet clients in more of their own wholeness, and supports you to guide them into deeper healing and actualization.

 Module 4: 

The Power and Wisdom of Embodied Emotions

Learn UZAZU’s polyvagal theory-informed embodiment framework for working with emotional states, and skillfully harness their transformative potential for yourself & clients.

In Module 4, we focus on the core patterns of affect and emotion. Combining the Polyvagal Theory with UZAZU's thoroughly embodied framework and methodology, you'll learn to intuitively read - as well as help clients safely explore and process - the full spectrum of affective and emotional states. You'll learn how to bring yourself and others into more constructive embodiments of each core emotion.

Over 5 weeks, you'll become more skillful with techniques for cultivating emotional tolerance and self-regulation. You'll learn to effectively process challenging experiences, safely explore shadow, and gently reveal deeper truths & insights hidden in the emotion - releasing additional energy and flow. You'll elevate your embodied facilitation toolkit, more fully empowered to guide clients through powerful shifts and unlock their deeper truths and insights.

Phase Three

Activating our Shared Potential

Cultivate broader connectedness, align with what’s calling you, and bring your newly expanded capacities to the world.

Phase Three includes Modules 7, 8, and 9

 Module 9: 

Seeding Future Synergy, Opportunity, and Flourishing

Your journey culminates as we celebrate our growth, deepen ties with our cohort & UZAZU community, and set a course for ongoing growth as Certified Practitioners.

In Module 9, we’ll hold space together to deeply reflect and more fully appreciate the breadth and depth of our rich journey together over these past 9 months. You’ll be guided through recalling and integrating the various learnings and insights you’ve experienced. And we’ll take time in community to share our journeys, appreciate our accomplishments, and celebrate.
Over these final 3 sessions, you'll also engage in feedback, exchange ideas, and identify opportunities for supporting each other moving forward. “Rippling out” the positive impacts of your new skills, growth, and invigorated inspiration into the world requires ongoing action. Our final sessions will help us support each other in continuing to learn, grow, serve and inspire others, well beyond the end of our formal training together.

 Module 8: 

Channeling Passion & Purpose for Greater Client Outcomes

Integrate your new embodied learnings with your existing skills, strengths, and passions to refine your professional focus and amplify client benefits.

Module 8 supports you in integrating your past 8 months of learning, combining UZAZU with your existing methods, natural strengths, and interests. Discover effective and creative ways to to weave your newfound UZAZU skills more seamlessly into your other methods of helping clients and in the process enhance the positive impact you can have.

Over these 4 weeks, you will also research, develop, and present a creative integration project—combining certain elements of UZAZU with something you are specifically interested in. Lastly, we'll work on aligning your marketing communications with your clients' specific challenges and desires, ensuring that your messaging resonates strongly with potential customers. This module is about helping you find the integration, clarity and inspired focus that will help propel you forward, and make more of the impact you seek.

 Module 7: 

Embodying Values to Explore Cultural Patterns & Ancestry

Learn to embody the underlying patterns and expressions of human values and explore how they influence our cultural dynamics and ancestral histories.

In Module 7, we delve into the rich tapestry of cultural histories, core values, past experiences, and the embodied, conditioned patterns we each carry. Fostering a more embodied, compassionate understanding of our various core values, social contracts, and 'social triggers'—and coming to terms with their origins and histories—is key to addressing our deeper social challenges and fostering more easeful and resilient connections.

Over these 3 weeks, you'll learn to use the 9 Core Modes of UZAZU Embodied Intelligence for skillfully working with clients' personal and cultural values and exploring generational patterns. This module will elevate your ability to guide clients through their own journey of social-cultural growth and help them in healing generational wounds, while fostering an embodied sense of deeper shared understanding and belonging.

What Practitioners say about using UZAZU with Clients

Dates & Times of Each Modules' Live Online Trainings

Phase 1: Awakening Embodied Intelligence

Module 1: The 3-Day Foundations of Embodied Intelligence Training

WHERE: 3 Options: Live Online, or Live In-Person, or Online Recorded/Video Version

WHEN: This Training is typically offered several times online or in-person each year. The next live training dates will likely be in the late fall, but the pre-recorded version is available now on this website, and serves as a good primer for attending the Cert. Training.
WHAT: This is the Foundations 3-day Training that is a pre-requisite training for the certification, and teaches the 3 core frameworks that all further UZAZU training is built on.

Module 2: Twelve 2-Hour Sessions, Wednesdays: Sep. 13 - Nov. 29

WHERE: Live Online Zoom Sessions, Some Videos & At Home Practice

WHEN: Sep. 13 - Wed. Nov. 29. Each Wednesday, 1:00pm EST - 3:00pm EST (USA, NYC time) (Pods schedule amongst themselves)

WHAT: 12 Two-Hour Wednesday Sessions, Weekly 1-Hour Pod Meetings, Light Weekly Homework

Client Practice Sessions: Phase 1 requires you conduct twelve 1-1 Sessions with practice clients and complete Reflection Forms on each of them. (See 'requirements' below)

Module 3: The 5-Day Live Online Intensive One: Dec 4-8

WHERE: Two Live Online Zoom Sessions Each Day
WHEN: Dec. 4-8, Mon-Fri. 17. Each Day, 9:30am EST - 12:00pm EST & 1:00pm EST - 3:30pm EST
WHAT: Five Full Days of highly interactive practice & feedback.

Phase 2: Opening to Inner Transformation

Module 4: Five 2-Hour Sessions, Wednesdays: Jan. 10 - Feb. 7

WHERE: Live Online Zoom Sessions, Some Videos & At Home Practice
WHEN: Wed. Jan. 10 - Wed. Feb. 7 (Pods schedule amongst themselves)
WHAT: 5 Two-Hour Wednesday Sessions, Weekly 1-Hour Pod Meetings, Light Weekly Homework,

Client Practice Sessions: Phase 2 requires you conduct twelve 1-1 Sessions with practice clients and complete Reflection Forms on each of them. (See 'requirements' below)

Module 5: Five 2-Hour Sessions, Wednesdays: Feb. 14 - Mar. 13

WHERE: Live Online Zoom Sessions, Some Videos & At Home Practice
WHEN: Wed. Feb. 14 - Wed. Mar. 13 (Pods schedule amongst themselves)
WHAT: 10 Two-Hour Wednesday Sessions, Weekly 1-Hour Pod Meetings, Light Weekly Homework, 12 (additional) required 1-1 Sessions with practice clients & completing Reflection Forms on them

Module 6: Five -Day Live Intensive Two: Mar. 18-22, Mon-Fri.

WHERE: Two Live Online Zoom Sessions Each Day
WHEN: Mar. 18-22, Mon-Fri. Daily: 9:30am - 12:00pm and 1:00pm - 3:30pm (all EST)

WHAT: Five full days of highly interactive practice, feedback, reflection and discussion.

Phase 3: Activating our Shared Potential

Module 7: Three 2-Hour Sessions, Wednesdays: Apr. 3 - Apr 17

WHERE: Live Online Zoom Sessions, Some Videos & At Home Practice
WHEN: Wed. Apr. 3 - Wed. Apr. 17. Each Wednesday, 1:00pm EST - 3:00pm EST (Pods schedule amongst themselves)
WHAT: 3 Two-Hour Wednesday Sessions, Weekly 1-Hour Pod Meetings. 

Client Practice Sessions: Phase Three requires 1-1 Sessions with practice clients and completing Reflection Forms on each of them.

Module 8: Four 2-Hour Sessions, Wednesdays: Apr. 24 - May. 15

WHERE: Live Online Zoom Sessions, Some Videos & At Home Practice
WHEN: Wed. Apr. 24 - Wed. May. 15. Each Wednesday, 1:00pm EST - 3:00pm EST (Pods schedule amongst themselves)
WHAT: 4 Two-Hour Wednesday Sessions, Weekly 1-Hour Pod Meetings

The 'Integration / Application Project’ & Presentations will be May 1 and May 8.

Module 9: Four 2-Hour Sessions, Wednesdays: May 22, May 29 (full day), Jun 5

WHERE: Live Online Zoom Sessions
WHEN: Wed. May. 22 & Wed. Jun. 5. Each 1:00pm - 3:00pm EST. Also: Wed. May 29th will be a double-session day: 10:00am to 12:00pm &  1:00pm to 3:00pm
WHAT: 4 Two-Hour Wednesday Sessions, Weekly 1-Hour Pod Meetings, 10 (additional) required 1-1 Sessions with practice clients & completing Reflection Forms on them,

Our Graduation Ceremony will be the final ‘official’ live group session, on Wednesday, June 5th. Upon graduation—provided or once you've fully completed all your requirements—you will be able to take part in the various ongoing Certified Practitioner Community activities. 

Coursework Requirements & Time Commitments

During the three online phases, count on around 5-6 hours a week total, on average.

This training will take regular, consistent time and effort on your part. We've made it that way on purpose, and we help hold you accountable to it along the way, so you don't slip behind.


We're not interested in just giving you lots of 'interesting theories & information' about embodiment here (though you will get that too...) We've designed this learning journey for both solid skill-building and deep, impactful transformation. Multiple feedback loops and modes of interaction with each other and the content help ensure no one gets left behind, and everyone graduates with a deeply embodied set of skills that will serve them for life. (This past year, we had a 100% completion rate.)

Attend the 2-hour Online Live Sessions each training week, with Dylan & Deb

Synergizing a dual-focus on personal integration and professional application, these live sessions are highly interactive & engaging. Everyone is required to attend at least 75% of these sessions LIVE.  You must catch up afterward via replay, within a few days, when you can't attend live.

Participate in Weekly 1-hour Learning Pod Practice Sessions.

These private groups of 3-5 people will self-schedule and meet weekly as per your group's best time slots, during phases 1, 3 and 5. The work you do together in these pods is a KEY aspect of what will feed and support your learning & integration, throughout the training. Everyone is required to attend at least 75% of their Pod's meetings.

Do 30-60 minutes weekly of UZAZU practice & coursework

Watching videos & taking notes, reading, writing, reflecting, and personal UZAZU practice. Periodic, short formative assessments help ensure you are acquiring all the key concepts and skills, as the training progresses.

Receive/Experience 6 Private UZAZU Sessions directly yourself

A key requirement of becoming certified in this approach is to have experienced it directly yourself at a deep, personal level. And so having 6 private sessions—3 with one of the lead trainers, Dylan Newcomb or Deb Grant, and 3 with a Certified UZAZU Practitioner (who will be carefully selected for you), spread throughout your 9-months, is built into the cost of the training.

Conduct 32 UZAZU-based 1-1 sessions with practice clients

Over the course of the 9 months of the training you're required to conduct 34 UZAZU-based sessions 45+min with practice clients. (By phase 3, these could also be your own regular paid clients as well—up to you.) For each session, you'll complete an online reflection-form that will help you maximize your learning and help us track your progress & support you. (Participants tend to find this process surprisingly helpful!)

Attend the two 5-Day Live Online Intensives

These are full days, so plan to block these days fully off from other work! Both live intensives will run Monday-Friday, each day 9:30am - 3:30pm, USA/EST, with a 1-hour lunch break. Real-time attendance to at least 75% of this live intensive is required.

Are you interested in applying?

Follow these Steps to Secure Your Place!

Please note: To ensure ample individual attention & support, as well as helping foster a close, supportive group, this training will be limited to 32 experienced helping professionals. So if you already know you're highly interested, we encourage you to to submit your application sooner than later and reserve your spot!

What Certified Practitioners are saying about this training:

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My journey through the 9-month UZAZU certification program was quite profound. I joined the training during a time in my personal life where there was a lot of uncertainty and a lot of of transitions. And in a way, it really grounded and helped usher me through that period.

One of the best things about the training was just how much practice we did. And I felt really inspired being amongst so many professionals of different backgrounds and different skill sets and perspectives. Also, I was surprised at just how much insight and understanding I got—through UZAZU, and through my interactions with all the different people. That was really, really incredible.

And something in the nine months training that really blew my mind... I mean, a lot of things blew my mind, but just seeing all the ways UZAZU can be mapped to so many different things: from time, to growth, to energy... both individually and relationally—it just felt so total and whole. There's something so grounding about the totality of the training. And it felt very well-contained, in a way that made me feel so safe in learning and going through it all.

ASHLEY HANDEL - SOMATIC EDUCATOR + EMBODIMENT COACH, Certified UZAZU Practitioner

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I’ve been working as a psychotherapist, coach, and business-trainer for 25 years. My knowledge of UZAZU now provides me a powerful foundation that allows me to connect and strengthen the efficiency of all the other methods I use (which includes Constellations, Gestalt Therapy, working with Metaphoric Cards, Body-mind work, etc.) UZAZU is simple and yet very deep and wide at the same time. It allows fast and accurate diagnostics and it supports me to work with different layers and levels (the body-level, belief systems, relationship dynamics, business, etc.) It gave me a valuable set of new tools right from the beginning, while further immersion in this method seems to open up endless fields of new opportunities—including for my own self-growth! I highly recommend UZAZU as a very effective, well-formed system for all kinds of helping professionals.

MARINA BONDARENKO — PSYCHOLOGIST, PHYSICIAN, Business trainer, coach,  Certified UZAZU Practitioner

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The nine month certification training in UZAZU... I had no idea what I was biting off, and at times I thought I wasn't sure whether I could chew it. But I loved it because it kept pushing me outside my comfort zone and because I really, really wanted to finish. I just had to keep meeting myself in my “I can't do this”, in my own self-doubt. And then of course, I could use UZAZU to get over those moments of self-doubt! So I was using what I was learning to complete the course, and my confidence grew.

I learned so many things. I loved meeting up with people every week and being able to discuss where we felt strong, where our weaknesses were. There's theory and there's lots of practice, lots of interaction, lots of support—in a written way and also in a verbal way. I loved that we were given reviews and critiques of how we were going. So for me, it was a nine months really, really well spent, in terms of time and money and what was achieved and what I'm able to do now.

 And people who've done UZAZU with me, they say, "wow"—they can't believe how quickly it cuts through all the defenses, all the dissociations, and really hits the nub of what's going on for them.

Yvonne Cuneo - Certified UZAZU Practitioner, Game of Transformation Facilitator, Sacred Circle Dance Teacher

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I worked as a general practitioner for about five years, but felt really frustrated with the limitations of the health system in terms of supporting someone's wellbeing. Now, I do coaching full time. And while coaching is interesting and useful, with its models and frameworks, I noticed something was missing in terms of helping someone integrate it more fully into their life, and I felt it had to do with the body. But the main tools I found out there that talk about embodiment were mostly focused on posturing or breathing and seemed really basic. And then when I found UZAZU, it felt like a comprehensive system, rather than just one or two specific tools that didn't really fit together as a whole.

The 9-month certification training has transformed my coaching practice and my personal life in ways that I couldn't have imagined. It helped me to develop a greater sense of self-awareness and to access a more receptive, warm, and softer sense of self, which has been invaluable in my personal relationships. And using UZAZU, I can now 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 & Certified UZAZU PRACTITIONER

Choose the Plan that's Right for You

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Receive a Full Refund within the first 30 days...

... provided that you fully participate in and complete the first two weeks of the training, but are feeling it's not a fit for you right now, for whatever reason. Just send us email and we'll refund your entire payment, no questions asked. We just require you give it a real try first.

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This system is so vital, fresh and organic.

This system is so vital, fresh and organic. When you do it, you feel better emotionally, mentally & physically. UZAZU deserves to be studied by anyone with a serious interest in promoting mind-body integration.

Larry Stoler, PhD, DCEP President Emeritus of the Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology

Meet the Trainers:

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Dylan Newcomb

Dylan Newcomb is a mind-body researcher, coach, teacher, and founder/director of the UZAZU Embodied Intelligence method. Over the past 20 years, Dylan has taught his unique approach to embodiment training, currently called UZAZU Embodied Intelligence, to over 3,000 students across 4 continents. 

He has trained coaches, therapists, group facilitators, policemen, doctors, and business leaders in how to quickly balance their inner states to bring more ease and flow to their engagement in the world. Dylan is increasingly recognized as one of the leaders in the space of bringing the science and practice of embodiment-based personal development into the 21st Century.
 

Read More About Dylan... 

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.

Deb Grant

Deb Grant

Practicing psychotherapy for over 25 years, Deb Grant, LCSW, LSMT integrates Body-oriented Psychotherapy, UZAZU Embodied Intelligence, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Body-Mind Centering, energy psychology (including EFT), and ego state work in her trauma-informed psychotherapy and coaching work with clients to help create lasting healing and change.

She brings consultation and professional development workshops to therapists and other helping professionals, exploring the integration of somatic/body-based work with psychotherapy. As a lead trainer for UZAZU Embodied Intelligence, Deb provides clinical consultation and training for the professional workshops and certification programs for UZAZU.
 

Read More About Deb... 

Deb has co-presented workshops on polyvagal theory with Deb Dana, including at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Lenox, Massachusetts as well as at Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York. Among her many collaborations with Deb Dana, she co-authored a chapter in the book entitled Clinical Applications of the Polyvagal Theory: The Emergence of Polyvagal-informed Therapies (Editors Stephen Porges and Deb Dana).

Deb is a Body-Mind Centering® Somatic Movement Educator and a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist, and holds two yoga teacher certifications. She teaches improvisational dance using somatic and relational approaches, offering students ways of using dance as a personal practice for health, well-being and embodiment. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Are you new to UZAZU Embodied Intelligence? If so, you might also be asking yourself more foundational questions, like: "But what is UZAZU? How was it developed? How do I know if it's a fit for me and my client-base? Do I need prior movement or 'embodiment' experience?" And so on... In this case, we encourage you to head over to the About UZAZU page and/or our Foundations Training page.

Do I need to have any prior experience or training in UZAZU before joining this training?

Yes, some prior experience and training with UZAZU is required for joining this certification training. Specifically, you should have already taken the UZAZU Foundations of Embodied Intelligence course for helping professionals—in any of its various forms (live in-person, live online, or the recorded/replay version).

Taking the Foundations course ensures that everyone is familiar with the core elements of UZAZU, and how it works when facilitating 1-on-1. It also requires that you're already comfortable and experienced in working 1-1 with people, as either a coach, therapist or other helping professional. Massage and other touch-based practitioners can also be a fit, as long as you're also able to talk with clients about the various mental-emotional-social issues they're experiencing. Prior experience working directly with emotional trauma is not necessary.

This training is designed to be suitable for both therapists and coaches. UZAZU takes a hybrid approach, blending elements from both disciplines. Our Practitioner Community is made up of an equal mix of coaches and therapists, and both report really appreciating this mix. Other professional backgrounds in our Certified Practitioners community include yoga/meditation teachers, physical therapy, massage therapists/bodyworkers, acupuncture, martial arts, equine therapy, and sex education/bodywork.

What is the best way to prepare for this certification training?

The best way to prepare for the certification training is to first complete the (required) UZAZU Foundations of Embodied Intelligence, for Helping Professionals training, either live online, in its recorded/replay version, or live in-person. Taking it a second time is also a great option, as people inevitably report getting a lot of it the second time though. And while you don't need to have facilitated many 1-1 UZAZU-based sessions before starting the training, having some initial experience with this is also beneficial.

Meeting with others who have completed the Foundations Training and practicing the modes together and/or facilitating each other in sessions (online or in person) is also an excellent way to prepare for the training.

Another key way to prepare for the certification training is to practice and experience UZAZU on your own. We recommend practicing for at least 15 minutes 1-3 times a week for a few weeks before starting the training. This will allow you to anchor the core modes, postures, and states more deeply into your non-conscious embodied memory, which will only enrich your learning experience.

While we don't have any recommended pre-training reading, we often recommend resources for further study, as we go into various main topics during the training. We've found that recommending pre-training reading can actually contribute to misaligned expectations, getting people too much in their heads, and other ‘mental over-complications’, which do not serve our journey together.

We want you to have the best possible experience in our certification training, and we believe that completing the Foundations Training and practicing some UZAZU beforehand will amply set you up for success.

What kind of support will I receive during the training?

During the training, you‘ll receive ample support, personal attention, and feedback—from a variety of sources. You will be part of a small Pod group of trainees (4-5 people), and together you will have weekly Pod meetings where you will workshop the material, role-play, and give each other feedback. Each Pod is supported by a highly experienced Training Assistant (TA) who attends at least 75% of these Pod meetings and is also available via email and via our private online chat area. (Pod-mates often tend to build deep connections, over these 9-months!)You will have plenty of opportunities to practice UZAZU and facilitate 1-1 sessions with your fellow Pod members, other trainees and members of the UZAZU community, friends, and increasingly as well with actual clients. You will complete reflection forms and receive feedback from your TA on them. You will also receive a wealth of UZAZU-specific handouts, guides and other learning materials as the training unfolds. You can ask questions and receive direct guidance from Dylan and Deb throughout the training, and the two 5-day live online intensives are also key periods of deeper practice, experience, feedback, and supportive integration.

What if I can't make it live to some of the online sessions or the two 5-day online intensives?

Attendance at the live, weekly whole-group training sessions is required to a minimum of 75% of the time, with full attendance being ideal. These sessions will be recorded and available the following day in our online course area. Watching the replay soon after, and then completing the recommended follow-up practices (clearly described alongside the replay) will also be necessary, to keep up with the group and participate fully in your Pod sessions.
Attendance of your weekly Pod meetings is also required at a minimum of 75%. Each pod group will work together to find times that work for all 4-5 of them. (Pods are organized largely according to time-zones and common availability.)
The two 5-day online intensives are a must, and we recommend you make ample space for them in your schedule well in advance. You can miss up to two of the ten in-person sessions during these five days, if you must still squeeze in a few clients that week, or what have you—but preferably not. Having the time together to dive more deeply into the material, and to do sustained, interactive practice with each other, is essential to becoming a truly skilled (and certified) UZAZU Practitioner.

Can I get a refund if I decide to drop out of the certification training?

At UZAZU, we strive to ensure that every participant in our certification training is a good fit for the program. Therefore, we require everyone to complete our Foundations Training, complete the application, and also have a chat with Dylan or Deb before joining the certification training. This approach has helped us keep dropouts to a minimum. (In fact, we had a 100% completion rate last year.)

However, we understand that sometimes a participant may discover that the certification training (or the timing, etc.) is in fact not a good fit for them. In such cases, we offer a full refund within the first 30 days of the training, provided that the participant fully participates in and completes the first two weeks of the training. 

To request a refund, simply send us an email or schedule a short 1-1 chat, and we'll process your refund. We do request that you give the program a genuine try before requesting a refund. We stand behind our program and want our participants to feel confident that they've made the right decision in choosing us.

Do I automatically become certified by completing the whole training?

If you complete all the requirements listed in the Requirements & Time Commitments section, including attending all the sessions, participating fully, completing all practice sessions and reflection forms, submitting a video of your facilitation (see details below), and following up with any feedback or additional feedback based on that, then you can become certified at the end of the training.

About video submissions: As part of the training, you'll need to submit a video of yourself facilitating an UZAZU-based session and complete a reflection form on how you feel you did. Dylan Newcomb and/or Deb Grant will review the video to see how well you appear to understand the various elements & aspects of UZAZU, and how well you interact & collaborate with the client. In our feedback video to you, we also take great care to give you detailed constructive feedback, which trainees tend to find very helpful. Don't worry—we'll focus a lot on all these same skills throughout the training, so you'll be well-prepared!

In the event that your client-session video doesn't meet the minimum standards, or there’s something we’d really like to you improve on before becoming certified, we'll ask you to work on a few specific things and then submit a second client-session video for reassessment.

There will be a fee (up to $250) for this second feedback review, but we'll make sure to give you all the support you need to graduate with a solid command of all the core skill-sets taught in the training.

We know that the evaluation criteria might seem intimidating, but we (the trainers and your TA) will work with you every step of the way to help you succeed.

My current clients aren’t asking for ‘a more embodied approach.’ Is there an effective way I can bring UZAZU into my sessions without making them uncomfortable?

Absolutely! Many clients may not be familiar with or explicitly ask for an embodied approach, but that doesn't mean that they won't benefit from it (and ultimately learn that they actually appreciate and even enjoy it). In fact, incorporating embodied practices tend deepen the therapeutic or coaching experience and facilitate quicker, more transformative shifts. And clients tend to like that! Additionally, UZAZU Embodied Intelligence is generally experienced by clients from all ages and walks of life as simple, intuitive and easy to learn and use. People tend to ‘get it’ surprisingly quickly, provided you put it skillfully in context for them, and introduce it well—which is a large part of what you learn in the training...

During the first phase of our Embodiment Training, we encourage participants to start practicing with friends, colleagues, and individuals in our training program. This is a great way to get comfortable and more skillful with the UZAZU framework and embodying its core modes, facilitating its various change processes, and applying it’s core principles in a safe and supportive environment.

In phase two, we suggest working with the same groups, but doing more in-depth sessions. We also recommend you begin introducing certain simple elements of UZAZU Embodied Intelligence into your client sessions (if you haven't already). This can include inviting clients to notice their physical sensations and bodily reactions, exploring different postures and movements, or experimenting with certain expressive gestures (some trainees, depending on their professional work, will already have been providing more intensive UZAZU experiences for clients).

Finally, in phase three, we focus more explicitly on how to help clients work in a more embodied way by gradually ‘on boarding' them into learning and using (a relevant-for-them-portion of) UZAZU. Deb, Dylan, and each of the TAs has been through this multiple times, and can help you determine how to introduce UZAZU to your clients in a way that feels natural and aligned the type of work you do, as well as aligned with their needs, goals, and current level of body awareness.

Ultimately, the key to successfully integrating UZAZU into your sessions is to take it slow and build it up with them step by step. The goal is not to overwhelm or push your clients outside of their comfort zone, but to gently guide them towards a more embodied, balanced, and integrated way of being. With patience, compassion, and support from our training program, you can effectively incorporate UZAZU Embodied Intelligence into your practice and help your clients achieve new levels of transformative results.

Does this certification training offer any professional Continuing Education credits?

At this time, our certification training does not offer any professional Continuing Education Credits (However, our 3-Day live in-person Foundations Training in Maine, USA, has been approved for CE Credits for Social Workers in Maine).

Upon successful completion of all the training requirements, you will receive your UZAZU Embodied Intelligence Certified Practitioner certificate. Additionally, we can provide an overview of the training hours completed, upon request. While we do not offer CE credits, some certifying organizations and licensing bodies may honor your time investment and training. We encourage you to check with your relevant board or organization.

This training consists of a total of 264 hours, which can be broken down as follows:

Contact Hours: 
* Attending 32 weeks of Two-Hour Online Live Interactive Training Sessions (32 weeks x 2 hours = 64 hours)
* Receiving 6 One-Hour UZAZU 1-1 Sessions: 3 with either Deb Grant or Dylan Newcomb, and 3 with a Certified UZAZU Practitioner (6 one-hour Sessions = 6 hours)
* Attending two 5-Day Live Intensive Online Trainings (5 hours a day for 10 days = 50 hours)

Non-Contact Hours:
* Attending 32 weeks of 75-Minute Pod Practice Meeting with peers (32 weeks x 75 minutes = 72 hours)
* Conducting 32 One-Hour Practice Client Sessions (32 sessions x 1 hour = 32 hours)
* Completing Reflection Forms for each of the 32 Client Practice Sessions, at about 15 minutes each) (32 Reflection Forms x 15 minutes = 8 hours
* Engaging in 1 Hour of Personal Homework & UZAZU Embodiment Practices per week (minimum), for 32 weeks (32 weeks x 1 hour = 32 hours)

What can I do & not do with my certification?

This UZAZU Embodied Intelligence Practitioner Certification entitles you to use UZAZU 1-1 with clients. It also entitles you to advertise yourself as an UZAZU Certified Practitioner. While it is fine to bring some some basic elements of UZAZU into work you do with groups, this certification it does NOT entitle you to fully teach or train groups in UZAZU. That is the focus of a next-level certification training you are then qualified to join: Leading Introductory UZAZU Workshops.

Also—When bringing UZAZU to your licensed profession, we naturally expect that you practice within the scope of your license. We cannot be responsible for you determining what’s appropriate to your profession. Whether you are using UZAZU as psychotherapist, coach, PT, OT, etc., you may wish to seek consultation from a trusted expert in your field for help with these considerations.

I’m actually most interested in working with Groups. Will this training help me with that?

As we explained in the question-answer just above (What can I do & not do with my certification?), this Practitioner Certification Training focuses on using UZAZU 1-1 with clients. While it is fine to bring some some basic elements of UZAZU into work you do with groups, this certification it does NOT entitle you to fully teach or train groups in UZAZU. That is the focus of a next-level certification training you are then qualified to join: Leading Introductory UZAZU Workshops.

While our training focuses on 1-1 facilitation, much of what you learn and practice will directly enhance your group leading and facilitating skills. By deepening your own embodied presence, interpersonal confidence, and vibrancy of expression, you'll be able to skillfully flow between explaining concepts, guiding exercises, and asking reflection questions in a way that feels authentic and aligned. Additionally, we've found that by identifying and strengthening the key aspects and qualities of embodied presence and facilitation that don't come naturally or are underdeveloped in some way, 1-1 facilitation improves. This developing skill set naturally translates into facilitating in any context, including in groups.

People sometimes ask why we don't offer group training without requiring individuals to first complete our more in-depth 1-1 focused training. We have tried this approach in the past, but through our experience, we have found that with UZAZU it's important to first gain significant experience working with individuals on imbalanced and balanced states before facilitating embodiment-focused group experiences. This enables facilitators to have a greater understanding and ability to handle the various ways that different states can trigger participants and can be more or less challenging.

Doing embodied work can quickly and unexpectedly bring up things for many people at different moments... Having a facilitator who is more knowledgeable and capable of holding space for all participants makes the experience safer and more beneficial for everyone.

Is there any further support, training, or mentoring available after this certification training?

Yes, there is! Upon successful completion of the certification training, you will have:
  • Two years' access to our UZAZU Certified Practitioners online community, where you can ask questions, get peer help and feedback, and receive additional guidance and mentoring from Dylan and Deb. 
  • The opportunity to participate in UZAZU's Peer Leadership Circle, a largely self-organized group that meets in various ways through out the year.
  • UZAZU updates and practice sessions from Dylan and Deb a few times each year.
  • An invitation to join the Leading Introductory UZAZU Workshops Training, for those who wish to use UZAZU with groups.
  • Opportunities to serve as a Training Assistant for our Foundations Trainings, and ultimately also in the Certification Training (space permitting). 
  • Anticipated to begin in 2024, a ‘train the trainer program’ to train certified practitioners to start facilitating ‘official’ Foundations Trainings (this selective program will require a minimum of two years experience facilitating 1-1 UZAZU sessions and significant prior experience in leading groups.)

Do I have to have to regularly renew my certification status?

As a certified UZAZU practitioner, you will need to renew your certification every two years. As UZAZU Embodied Intelligence is constantly evolving, we want to ensure that our practitioners both stay up-to-date with the latest developments and continue to hold the core modes & states, principles, and facilitation skillset in their conscious, embodied awareness.

To maintain your certification status and continue advertising yourself as a UZAZU practitioner, you will need to take a relatively low-cost update mini-training or attend a live workshop every two years. This update training also includes your next two-year membership fee. By staying an active member of the UZAZU Practitioner Community, you can continue to co-creatively evolve and grow both professionally and personally, with the support of a loving and inspiring community of peers. We will provide more specific details about certification renewal later on in the training.

I'm very interested, but might not be able to commit now. What are my other options?

We understand and respect that committing to the UZAZU Embodied Intelligence Practitioner Certification Training is a big decision. If you're not ready to make that commitment this year, there are multiple other ways to engage with and benefit from UZAZU in the meantime. We offer other online and in-person trainings and workshops throughout the year, which you can find on our website. Dylan and Deb also have private practices, and working with them one-on-one is a great option, when space is available. You can also check out our directory of Certified UZAZU Practitioners to find someone who may be a good fit for you to work with. Lastly, we encourage you to connect with other members of our online UZAZU Community or the Practice Pods you've been part of and see if they're interested in practicing UZAZU or trading facilitated sessions with you. We hope you continue to find and create ways to engage with UZAZU that suit your needs and interests!

Ready to take the next step?

If you're a trained coach, therapist, or other helping professional feeling called to take your embodied change-facilitation skills to the next level, and what you've read and experienced so far is inspiring you... 

...Then we encourage you to submit an application and book a time for us to meet and discuss you joining! And remember: Applying and scheduling a conversation is not yet a full commitment, rather it's a great way to help ensure or check if you're indeed making a good decision for yourself.

We look forward to speaking personally with you perhaps soon, and exploring together if this training is indeed a great fit for you!

Warmly, Dylan & Deb

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The nine month certification training felt like a real community. It felt really warm. And I think that, combined with the quality of how the training was designed, the quality of Deb and Dylan's actual teaching, and then the vibe—it really is a culture of artists in a lot of ways, and it brings with it permission to experiment and to be vulnerable. There's both a real flow and real rigor. Rigor in terms of the framework, rigor in terms of the quality of the material, in terms of the handouts, in terms of ensuring that people understand, in terms of how it's organized. It's a really good mixture of creativity and structure. So I felt quite held in that. I really trusted that.

It's been an incredible gift, particularly over COVID, to feel so connected. One thing that Deb and Dylan have been able to do brilliantly is find ways to use Zoom to actually connect people, which is not easy to do. They've made a science of it. It's quite incredible. And now I'm part of an international community of people who are really cool, very skilled and really passionate about what they're doing and quite diverse in a lot of ways.

Jenny Katz - UZAZU Certified Practitioner, Psychotherapist, Registered Social Worker

I've studied a lot of the embodiment work that's out there... And UZAZU is, for me anyway, the most elegant system of embodiment that I've come across. All of the different modes, or we could say postures, fit together in such a beautiful way. It's the clearest language, you could say. I see it as a language of embodiment. And then we can use that language to model our psychology and our state, and for our clients as well. We can also use it to start to translate lots of other different modalities. So it starts to become a meta-framework that I can translate these other frameworks into UZAZU, into an embodied language.

I also really appreciated the structuring of the content and the level of care that we were given as participants. I think Deb and Dylan had a lot of sincere desire for us to understand and grow and learn and practice and are very supportive. It all felt very rigorous, and I think was a really nicely developed journey.

Khali Young - UZAZU Certified Practitioner, Embodied & Meditation Teacher; Enterprise Agile Coach

UZAZU is really special to me because it's extremely comprehensive. I've been calling it a superior form of Qigong. You're bringing the mind into the body and, from the Chinese medicine aspect, that's where the Qi resides. But unlike the classic Qigong and TaiChi movement systems, in UZAZU we're also bringing in the psychology of states of mind and emotions, and how to work with those in an embodied way. 

UZAZU has been the modality that has been most involved in my own transformations, over these past years. Whenever I've identified something in my life that isn't working, some aspect of my habitual patterns, and my processing, UZAZU has been the thing that has helped. It's been incredibly empowering.

And another one of the cool things is how versatile UZAZU is and how varied the sessions are. Every session I had with clients, and every session when I was the client, was completely different. So the creativity that you can have with it is really cool.

The nine month certification training was definitely a journey. And it was such a wonderful process to have fellow students from all over the world who I'm interacting and sharing ideas with. I really appreciated the pods, and developed what I consider lifelong friendships. That was something I really did not expect!

Beth Nolte - UZAZU CertifieD Practitioner, Licensed Acupuncturist, Chinese Herbalist, Taichi Qigong Shibashi

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The best metaphor I can give to my experience during the nine months training is like this little seed that all of a sudden start to shoot and bloom. The training was this very, very fertile nurturing ground that did not turn me into anything else, did not force things that I didn't have. It just provided such nurturing, supportive environment where things that were ready to start budding started to come out and were received in a beautiful light. I had a lot of familiarity with keeping things in me hidden and small, and a lot of focus on the outside, to 'learn what I needed to learn'. But with the conditions of the training, there was this deep appreciation for what was already there and nurturing that.  One of the main experiences, besides that blooming I discovered, was meeting reality and learning to tolerate even the discomfort of reality in a very appreciative way. And that was the ground for the evolution, but it started with reality. I think a lot of us have a hard time just sitting with reality. It's not very comfortable a lot of times. But with the training, with the groups we were in, with Deb and Dylan's leadership, reality was so valued and it was looked at and appreciated. And that's where the evolution took place.

Nivi Dean - UZAZU Certified Practitioner, Physical Therapist, Yoga Teacher, Embodiment Coach