Our Journey Here
Prenatal and Birth Experience
and Lifelong Influences
An Experiential Training for Practitioners
Our Journey Here is a postgraduate training for practitioners wishing to extend their therapeutic practice or deepen their understanding of pre- and perinatal psychology and therapy approaches. The training will cover important developmental concepts including early pre- and perinatal memory, learning and intelligence, significant embryological events and their psychological correlates, and essential skills in identifying, being present with and resolving primal trauma.
The course is highly experiential, with somatic explorations grounded in relational, heart-centred, mindfulness and inspired by the work of pre- and perinatal pioneers Ray Castellino and William Emerson, as well as somatic practices like Body-Mind Centering (BMC) and Continuum. Participants are encouraged to investigate their own early life experience.
A major intention is to practice recognizing early trauma and being able to orient to the original potential the trauma may have occluded, both in oneself and in one’s clientele. This training is open to accredited psychotherapists, craniosacral therapists and other complementary and orthodox health professionals. The curriculum is covered in six three-day seminars offered online via Zoom.
A major premise for the curriculum is that we are most able to be present with our clients’ early material when we have worked through our own. This training is designed to enhance awareness of and ability to be with pre- and perinatal issues and to support yourself and your clients in bringing mindful presence to your experience.
The Course Includes:
6 live interactive 3-day seminars online via Zoom
Lifetime access to the video recordings of presentations and demonstrations from each class
Guided experiential explorations in triads supported by an assistant within Zoom break-out rooms
Somatic movement explorations within the group
PDFs of PowerPoint presentations from each class that you can print or download
Handouts and readings between each seminar
Recommended reading and reference list for further study and exploration
Specific assignments between seminars including a final essay on a relevant topic of your choice to be reviewed with feedback from Cherionna
Certificate of completion
Seminar 1. May 28 – 30, 2021
Seminar 2. July 30- Aug 1, 2021
Seminar 3. September 17 – 19, 2021
Seminar 4. November 5 – 7, 2021
Seminar 5. January 14 – 16, 2022
Seminar 6. March 25 – 27, 2022
The course has been adapted to an online format of six three-day seminars, Friday – Sunday, starting in May 2021.
We will meet 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. UK time each day with a 2-hour lunch break and shorter breaks as needed.
Between each seminar you will have assignments to complete as a way to further explore and integrate the material.
- Lectures 6
- Quizzes 0
- Skill level All levels
- Language English
- Students 1
- Certificate No
- Assessments Yes
Seminar 1: Journey to the Womb 1 – Pre-Conception 3
Establishing the field: introductions, intentions, introduction to the Castellino principles Introduction to clarifying intention as initiating our journey here, Present-time heart-centred, embodied exploration, Introduction to pre- and perinatal trauma, healing and potential with essential trauma skills; Pre-conception: sperm and egg journey presentation and exploration
Seminar 2: Journey to the Womb 2 - Conception and Implantation Journey 0
Further arriving into our field, Conception and implantation journey presentation and exploration, introduction to double bind concept, differentiation, preverbal memory, learning and intelligenceNo items in this section
Seminar 3: Life in the Womb 1 – Implantation and Umbilical Affect 0
Establishing layers of support, effects of stress and support for mother and baby, communicating with baby, Implantation and umbilical affect presentation and explorationsNo items in this section
Seminar 4: Life in the Womb 2 - Discovery and Prenatal bonding 0
Introduction to twin dynamics, haunted womb, reviewing double bind dynamics; Discovery and prenatal bonding presentation and explorationsNo items in this section
Seminar 5: Passing Through the Portal - Birth Dynamics 0
The blue print – “normal” natural birth, Common challenges and medical interventions, presentations and explorations including creative opposition and birth forcesNo items in this section
Seminar 6: Beyond the Portal – Birth, Bonding and Beyond 0
Supporting bonding before, during and after birth: Birth language, somatic expressions, creative expressions – myth, art, dance, ritual – birth, initiation, death, presentations and explorations. Completion celebration!No items in this section
General Course Resources 3
These are general resources to support you in your journey through this training and beyond. Please peruse and use as is helpful to you.