Science On Our Side Somatic Circle — September 28th


September’s Somatic Circle will focus on connecting with inspiration. What makes you come alive? How can we cultivate our inspiration as a source of resilience, a force to help us overcome our obstacles, protect ourselves from the daily stress and pain of living in an unjust society, and as a means to more deeply connect with who and what we love?

Using clear scientific concepts, this session will provide participants with a foundation in the neurobiology of the social nervous system as a tool to help participants understand the ways in which our bodies are built for resilience and connection. We will also experiment with somatic techniques as a group and in dyads allowing participants to develop increased capacity in body awareness and transmuting negative feeling states into positive ones. By virtue of how the autonomic nervous system functions, this is the embodied alchemy we are all capable of.

If desired, as part of attendance, all participants will have the opportunity to receive:
1. individualized ‘homework’ and a 15 minute somacise check-in with Mordecai – that’s a check-in on how you are progressing on your somatic exercises & homework, should you choose to accept it. (Yes I made up this word especially for you – Science!)
2. Or, a 15 minute distant healing session

Event Logistics:

September, 28th, 7 pm – 9:30 pm at the Omicron in Oakland

Space is limited so please RSVP to enroll at:  You will be provided with the address at this time.

The requested offering is $40. You will be welcome whatever you can offer!

About the facilitator:
Mordecai Cohen Ettinger, MA, is adjunct faculty at CIIS where he teaches Science and Technology Studies. He has over 20 years experience as a holistic healer, educator and social justice activist. Trained as a somatic, Reiki, and Cranial Sacral practitioner, Mordecai’s Masters research explores the social nervous system and the neurobiology of trauma and its transformation — particularly trauma stemming from injustice — as it relates to collective and individual resilience, healing and social change. Learn more at or email Mordecai: 

What’s Somatics:
Grounded in the belief that the body in its wholeness is the foundation for healing, somatic practices bridge science with the sacred combining body awareness techniques with findings in neurobiology and neurophysiology. These practices support & enhance the body’s innate self-regulatory and resilience-building capacities. Used with focused intention, these practices can lead to symptom reduction and deeper insight about who we are, the world as a whole, and the catalyzing impact of inner and outer change.