Somatic Circle — Transmuting Pain to Power

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A BodyEclectic Event at the Omicron, Monday May 11th, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm!

BodyEclectic’s Somatic Circles use the social nervous system to support participants to connect deeply and develop practices to alleviate and transform the symptoms stemming from trauma. Participants will also experience the magic and alchemy of which we are all capable: transmuting pain to power.

While the cause of much suffering, trauma can be an amazing teacher and guide, leading us through the labyrinth of our deepest distress to vast possibility, grace, serenity and an expanded capacity for vitality. Trauma can also act as a bell of mindfulness to awaken us to our true gifts and most authentic, powerful selves.

Somatic Circles hold trauma as a sacred opportunity for transformation, both of ourselves and the world. It is a safe and nurturing space structured as a facilitated group providing:

1) Somatic education and experiential techniques grounded in neuroscience such as: the neurobiology of the social nervous system and of affect states, otherwise known as emotions, to facilitate grounding, mastery of boundaries, connection, empathy and new capacities
2) An approach to healing which situates trauma as a self-evident consequence of oppression and injustice

The requested donation is $20-$40. If people cannot offer currency they are invited to offer barter or work exchange to help keep the Omicron thriving. Please RSVP at: for the Omicron’s address!

About the facilitator:
Mordecai Cohen Ettinger, MA, is adjunct faculty at CIIS and 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 combine 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 how we wish to inhabit it.

On Trauma:
Trauma first became a popular concept when World War I survivors returned home with ‘shell shock’. A diagnostic criteria for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder was developed over time. After World War II, a body of theory and treatments for intergenerational trauma was developed. Most of this work has occurred in the confines of western psychology and psychiatry, and while these disciplines offer some helpful explanatory tools to understand and treat trauma, they are limited and all too often stigmatize the people they are trying to help.