Building Personal and Community Capacity
Kerry Brady & Brad Kammer
Living Resiliency: Building Personal and Community Capacity
with Kerry Brady & Brad Kammer
In this current planetary moment, we are presented with an extraordinary opportunity to create a truly regenerative Earth and thriving human communities. To do so, it is essential that we find ways to support ourselves, individually and collectively, to be effective instruments of change. Given what we face and all many of us live within our day to day lives, it is easy to feel overwhelmed. Living Resiliency teaches tools, based on cutting edge research, about the brain and our biology, that increase our resiliency and ability to adapt to change. This course is for mental health practitioners looking to further their skills in working with clients, or any person looking to develop tools to bring into their own lives and communities.
As farmer and philosopher Masanobu Fukuoka says, “we are nature working.” Just as ecosystems have the ability to self-regulate, we too have the capacity to bring our bodies and minds into balance by aligning with the brilliance of our own biology. By working with the innate regenerative capacity of our nervous systems, we support our overall physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health.
Over the course of two days, we will draw from fields such as somatic psychology, interpersonal neurobiology, living systems and permaculture to cultivate support for ourselves and to learn effective tools to integrate into the work we are already doing in our wider communities. We will explore the basics of current neuroscience, including physiological responses to stress and overwhelm, as well as interventions to restore our natural capacity for self-regulation and well-being. Our time will weave together didactic lecture and experiential process where we will put into practice the tools we’ve acquired.
What you will Learn:
- Understand that our ability to develop resilience and capacity begins with a regulated nervous system
- Realize our natural human response to ongoing stress and overwhelm, including personal, collective and intergenerational trauma
- Recognize when you are out of balance and learn gentle interventions to encourage a return to physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health
- Increase your capacity to stay present and available when faced with potentially overwhelming experiences
- Expand upon permaculture principles through applying them to ourselves, as nature
Dates: November 3-4, 2018
Times: Saturday 9:00 – 6:00 with 1.5 hours for lunch; Sunday 9:00 – 5:30 with 1.5 hours for lunch
Location: The Permaculture Skills Center, 2185 Gravenstein Hwy South, Sebastopol, CA
Early bird: $295 (First 6 registrants receive 15% off)
Early Bird Registration
Kerry embodies the qualities my favorite teachers have had: humility, transparency, deep wisdom in her area of specialty, sensitivity to the group’s needs, a mastery of language to share her ideas, and an obvious passion and love for the work she does.
Brad is a magnificent teacher. His intelligence, eloquence, and passion come through clearly. The way he holds the container is artful. I am inspired by the content of the class and even more so by his expression of the connections between generational trauma and social justice. Exploring healing through the understanding of that connection is my passion and hearing him reflect that passion yesterday gives me a tremendous boost of encouragement.
This work is helping me to be more fully myself and to understand how to continue to show up in these chaotic changing times on the planet.
It was a great pleasure to learn from Brad. I have learned much and my life has been enhanced by what he has taught me. I apply the techniques I have learned from him in all areas of my life and predict this experience will have a lasting effect on my overall health, well-being, and professional work.
Brad Kammer, MFT, LPCC, SEP, NMT, is a psychotherapist, college professor, international trainer and community educator, who focuses on personal and social change through healing stress and trauma. His approach is informed by his experiences working internationally, particularly with indigenous cultures dealing with cultural oppression, war and other collective trauma. Brad is a practitioner and trainer in such body-mind therapies as Somatic Experiencing (SE) and NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM). Brad is a professor at Sonoma State University and Mendocino College. He also presents, teaches and consults with groups and organizations in Northern California and throughout the world. He lives on a small homestead with his family in the hills of Mendocino County. (Body-Mind Psychotherapy)
Kerry Brady, MA, SEP, is a deep ecologist who focuses on supporting the shift in consciousness needed to create a truly regenerative culture, for people and the planet. She is the co-founder and director of Ecology of Awakening, which offers programs that facilitate individual and collective awakening, beyond the story of separation into the realization of our inherent place within the larger unfolding web of Life. Kerry has more than 25 years of experience in transformational modalities including non-dual wisdom approaches, psychotherapy, Somatic Experiencing trauma work, deep ecology, permaculture, nature-based retreats and vision quests. Kerry and mathematical cosmologist Brian Swimme have co-taught graduate students at the California Institute of Integral Studies. Kerry created and teaches Living Resiliency workshops at the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center and Permaculture Skills Center, integrating biologically based trauma work with permaculture principles and practices in order to increase our adaptive capacity as we navigate this momentous time.