2019 Southern California Bioenergetic Conference Details

 


Fear Of Life ⚡
Increasing Our Capacity For Aliveness

February 21-24 2019
Lake Arrowhead, CA

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Our human capacity for aliveness is enormous. What happens when our aliveness is challenged by our fear of life?

Fear contracts our bodies and shuts down our hearts. When we feel threatened, fear serves as a cue for us to act… to run, to fight, to freeze or hide. Our muscles contract in response.  When a sense of safety is not restored and fear remains, our bodies become locked in the form of chronic tension. This chronic tension becomes unconscious; we wonder why we feel stuck, unhappy, and/or riddled with physical pain. We seek outside of ourselves to feel something other than what we are feeling, we do more, buy more, we go after the next promising thrill, inevitably coming back to the same stuck feeling. Living in the contraction of our fear, we lose our feelings of aliveness.

Fear is another emotion that is strongly suppressed. We cannot afford to be afraid, and so we don’t allow ourselves to sense and feel the fear within us. We lower our brows to deny it, set our jaws to defy it, and smile to deceive ourselves. But inwardly we remain scared to death.  — Alexander Lowen

The good news is that we have the capacity to return to our bodies, where fear resides, and address the chronic tension. Bioenergetics helps to do this through grounding, relational and body work and ultimately surrendering to the process of re-awakening our aliveness.

Join us for a weekend of Bioenergetics. Tune in and discover your body’s innate capacity for feeling alive.

 

Keynote Speakers

Danita Hall LCSW, CBT, is a licensed clinical social worker in private practice in New York City. A certified Bioenergetic Therapist, she is a faculty member for the IIBA, New York Society for Bioenergetic Analysis, and China teaching team, and currently serves on the IIBA Faculty committee and is Chair of the IIBA Faculty Committee. In addition to her work with adults, she has extensive experience with children and adolescents which contribute to her sensitivity to the developmental issues that arise over the lifespan. Danita’s acute capacity for insight and perception allows her to see and know people as they are.

Dr. Jörg Clauer MD, CBT.  Born in 1951 in Hamburg, Germany, Dr. Clauer is a CBT and faculty member of IIBA. He has trained in different European societies on topics that include psychosomatics, embodied resonance and comprehension, primary-triangle and cooperation, and bodywork with pairs/couples.  He is a biochemist and medical doctor with psychotherapeutic education in Psychodrama, Psychoanalysis and Body Enlightenment besides Bioenergetic Analysis. As a specialist in psychosomatic medicine, psychiatry, psychotherapy and relational psychoanalysis he was co-director in a psychosomatic-specialist clinics for residential patients. He has worked in a psychotherapeutic practice since 1999, presented as a lecturer and teaching therapist for psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, and bioenergetic analysis, and he is a teaching supervisor (DGSv) at the University of Oldenburg.

 

Workshops

During the conference, a variety of clinical workshops will be offered in line with the conference theme. Each will be led by Bioenergetic therapists, and will be both didactic and experiential workshops.

 

Daily Process Groups

As a conference participant you will have the opportunity to work Bioenergetically in a supportive group. You will be placed into one of the following groups with special care being given to avoid dual relationships and to provide the most positive experience for all.

  • Non-therapist group
  • Student / Graduate group
  • Graduate / CBT group
  • Couples group
  • Therapist group
  • Faculty group

 

Schedule

Day 1Day 2Day 3Day 4

Thursday, February 21, 2019

2:00p–2:45p  REGISTRATION CHECK-IN OPEN

Please plan on arriving at this time to complete the registration process and begin your acclimation. With an early arrival you might even get in a short walk along the lake or a brief trek amongst the pine trees.

3:00P–3:45p  CONFERENCE OPENING

The opening presentation begins promptly at 3p so plan to arrive early. This is an important transitional experience to help you “arrive”.

4:00p–6:00p  PROCESS GROUPS

As a conference participant you will have the opportunity to work “Bioenergetically” in a supportive group. You will be placed into a group of participants with similar bioenergetic experience and special care will be given to avoiding dual relationships and to provide the most positive experience for all.

6:30p  DINNER & FREE TIME AFTERWARDS

A plated delight served in four courses. Vegetarian and special needs will be accommodated as needed. Please communicate your requirements at least two weeks prior to the conference start. Bring music, instruments, dancing shoes, and/or games for after dinner. Or just circle up around the fireplace to enjoy the mountain air.

Friday, February 23, 2018

6:45a–7:45a MORNING EXERCISES

Roll out of bed for an early morning energizer. Guest Bioenergetic Professionals will be leading exercises to ground, connect, and enliven you before breakfast.

8:00a–8:45a  BREAKFAST

Delicious buffet

9:00a–10:15a  KEYNOTE PRESENTATION

Our keynote presentations are specific to the theme of Fear of Life: Increasing Our Capacity for Aliveness. This is an opportunity to learn from members of our Bioenergetic Community and be touched by their illuminations.

10:30a–12:00p  PROCESS GROUPS

Head off to meet with your group and see what the keynote presentation has stirred up.

12:00p-1:00p  LUNCH

Sit down for a variety of lunch choices or make yourself a “to-go” box and take your lunch outside for a picnic.

1:15p–2:45p  WORKSHOPS

A choice between two presenters (for CEU’s) or a self-care afternoon. We try match an experiential workshop and lecture formatted workshop so you can choose your activity level. Or if you prefer you can explore the beautiful conference center grounds.

3:00p–6:00p  PROCESS GROUPS

Plenty of time for whatever is coming up for you.

6:30p  DINNER & FREE TIME AFTERWARDS

A plated delight served in four courses. Bring music, instruments, dancing shoes, and/or games for after dinner. Or just circle up around the fireplace to enjoy the mountain air.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

6:45a–7:45a  MORNING EXERCISES

Do you dare roll out of bed for an early morning energizer again? Each Bioenergetic exercise class is different depending on who is leading and how touched they are by our weekend theme. Join in to ground, connect, and awaken your spirit.

8:00a–8:45a  BREAKFAST

Delicious buffet

9:00a–10:15a  KEYNOTE PRESENTATION

Our keynote presentations are specific to the theme of Fear of Life: Increasing Our Capacity for Aliveness. This is an opportunity to learn from members of our Bioenergetic Community and be touched by their illuminations.

10:30a–Noon  PROCESS GROUPS

Maybe you will support one of your group members.

Noon-1:00p  LUNCH

Sit down for a variety of lunch choices or make yourself a “to-go” box and take your lunch outside for a picnic.

1:15p–2:45p  WORKSHOPS

A choice between two presenters (for CEU’s) or a self-care afternoon. We try match an experiential workshop and lecture formatted workshop so you can choose your activity level. Or if you prefer you can explore the beautiful conference center grounds.

3:00p–6:00p  PROCESS GROUPS

Personal work is what you make of it.

6:30p–7:45p  DINNER

A plated delight served in four courses.

8:00p–10:45p  SKIT-NIGHT AND DANCING WITH THE DJ!

Bring your sense of humor and your dancing shoes and release some bioenergetic energy!

Sunday, February 25, 2018

6:45a–7:45a  MORNING EXERCISES

Ground, connect, and seize the day!

8:00a-8:45a  BREAKFAST

Delicious buffet

9:00a–10:45a  PROCESS GROUPS

Enjoy a final connection with your group and say thanks to your process group leaders.

11:00a–Noon  CONFERENCE CLOSING CEREMONY

Gather for our review of the weekend and share hugs and take photos for our memories.

Noon–1:00p  LUNCH

One last opportunity to break bread with those who have touched your heart before heading down the mountain with a new perspective.

 

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Southern California Institute for Bioenergetic Analysis is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs. Southern California Institute for Bioenergetic Analysis maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. Approval #57012. Course meets the qualifications for 15 hrs of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

Learning objectives

Learning objectives for attending scheduled presentations and participating in group process.  Participation prepares professionals to be able to:

  • Discuss Bioenergetic group dynamics and interventions to facilitate interactions.
  • Identify the effects of muscular contractions resulting from fear and emotional blocks.
  • Assess the effects of fear on the development of body awareness and openness to intimate contact in their own bodies.
  • Identify the differing emotional and body reactions to fear and safety
  • Identify different expressions of fear in body posture and non-verbal communication.
  • Describe different therapeutic methods for relieving the effects of fear.
  • Identify a bioenergetic technique to work with contractions caused by fear.
  • Identify defensive reactions to fear and vulnerability.

Additional learning objectives will be added as workshop presenters are confirmed.

Additional details
  • Add CEUs to your registration fee for $25.
  • Certificates of attendance will be provided after the evaluation is completed.
  • CEUs will not be awarded for meal breaks, breaks, morning exercise classes, and evening discussions and activities.

 

Questions?

What should you wear/bring?
Wear comfortable clothing that allows you to move and express yourself freely. For workshops and process groups, shorts, leotards, sweats, and T-shirts are appropriate. During the end of February and early March temperatures in the San Bernardino Mountains in general, average 40-60 degrees during the day and in the 30s at night. Weather conditions vary from sun to rain or snow. Thus, it’s wise to be prepared for the possibility of wet or snowy weather. Bring snow boots that have good traction in the snow, and be sure to plan your wardrobe to account for this possibility. Typically, March is the driest of the winter months; however weather in the mountains during February is a bit unpredictable, so, we suggest you check weather reports prior to your trip.
Are there any discounts available?
We want to make this event open and accessible to all. If you have financial hardship, please get in touch with us and we will do our best to accommodate you.
Can I attend part of the event?
The Bioenergetic Conference offers an opportunity for deep personal work, therefore partial attendance at the conference is not available. The connections made with your group members and other participants at the conference can become life changing experiences and emersion into the entire four day experience offers the best experience for a wholehearted transformation.
What is the refund policy?
Please see our refund policy here »
All refund requests and grievances must be received in writing to conference@sciba.org.
What if i have accessibility needs?
Facilities and programs are accessible to persons with disabilities. If you have a special need and plan to attend the conference, please contact us at
conference@sciba.org or (858) 900-3155.

Please allow as much advance notice as is possible to ensure we have ample opportunity to meet your needs.

Questions?
Contact us at conference@sciba.org or call (858) 900-3155.