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EMBODIED PRACTICES – online workshop

16 May 2023 @ 2:00 pm5:00 pm CEST


Date: 16 May 2023
Time: 2-5pm CEST
Location: Zoom
Language: English

Horizontal, self-directed and non-formal education are supporting us to stretch beyond traditional structures of learning spaces. These approaches encourage us to show up as the embodied humans that we are – with our mind, emotions and body. But this can sometimes be challenging – we are used to staying focused on cognitive aspects of learning. In many spaces the body with its many signals and emotions are still being neglected or ignored. This, as well as our trauma responses or stress reactions can limit our ability to fully engage with the learning process. By designing Embodied learning spaces, we not only have a wider range of possibilities, we also strengthen our resilience as a facilitator, which support the prevention of burnout. Our workshop aims to support all those working with groups who want to create a more safer and inclusive learning spaces.

The workshop covers:

  • exploring basics of neurobiology to understand better our nervous systems and reactions
  • discussion of what does it mean “safer” learning space and how can we support it as educators, facilitators and trainers
  • tools, practices and ideas for self-regulation and co-regulation to support a safer learning environment
  • learning how to understand our own emotions and needs to raise our self-awareness
  • exploring embodied practices which can support us in raising self-awareness and deepening the connection with our body

You will experience:

  • an interactive online session delivered by experienced facilitators
  • reconnection with your body and mind
  • a good balance between input and practice
  • learning by experiencing embodied practices
  • space for your questions and peer exchange

This workshop is for you if:

  • you are interested in designing transformative learning spaces that go beyond traditional cognitive-focused approaches.
  • you want to create safer and more inclusive learning spaces as an educator, facilitator, or trainer.
  • you are looking for tools to support a safer learning environment.
  • you want to deepen your self-awareness and connection with your body and mind and start practicing culture of care with your team, participants and groups

This workshop is part of a series called Designing Transformative Learning Spaces which aims to rethink different ways of learning in a world that is constantly changing. Regularly reviewing our learning approaches is necessary to ensure personal and societal growth, especially in light of issues such as personal and societal trauma and systemic crises. Transformative learning involves profound changes in a person’s perspective, beliefs, values, and behaviour through self-reflection and inquiry. This workshop series invites educators, facilitators, change-makers, and community builders to explore four topics essential to creating transformative learning experiences.


Christa Cocciole is a Berlin-based body-oriented systems therapist and consultant for Embodied Leadership. Her background as a dancer, choreographer, and social activist, combined with her spiritual practice, is woven into the approach she has coined “Radical Presence: moving with playful compassion.” Her work supports organizations and communities to strengthen their resilience and systemic social impact. Her 30+ years of international experience as a movement therapist specializing in trauma has taken her to places like Bosnia-Herzegovina during and after the war. She also worked in psychiatric hospitals and team and community building around embodied social justice issues in the USA and Europe. She works as a therapist and trainer in her private practice (live and online) with individuals, teams, groups, and organizations.


Betka Wojcik’s background is in pedagogy, and she has worked as an educator and facilitator since 2010. Her topical expertise includes dialogue, empathic communication, conflict transformation, youth empowerment, and civic and non-formal education. She is passionate about creating safe spaces for authentic exchange and learning together. Most of all, she enjoys working with young people and all those who support their growth and development – trainers, educators, and teachers. Several years ago, Bětka encountered the field of non-violent communication, and it became the essence of her life and her work: she observes how it changes people’s lives, relationships, and communities. The dream of creating a world where everybody’s needs matter drives and motivates her work. In her community work, Bětka supports and co-creates projects and designs programs that empower young people, changemakers, and communities in Poland and Georgia. She feels at home in different places worldwide, and most of all, she enjoys spending time with her children, the greatest teachers in her life.




16 May 2023
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm CEST
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