A Mind Body Approach to Trauma and PTSD: A Weekend Workshop with Matthew Sanford



February 1-2, 2019 – $275 | Register here

September 13-14, 2019 – $275 | Register here

This workshop, intended for professional caregivers, educators and yoga teachers, takes an experiential approach in exploring how trauma and PTS (post-traumatic stress) affect the mind-body relationship and how a mind-body approach creates different opportunities for healing.  Through guided experiential activities, group discussion, and creative problem solving, participants will gain an intuitive understanding of how PTS affects a person’s sense of presence both within his or her body and within the world.  Participants will hear real-life stories of PTSD and trauma and learn approaches to helping, rather than simply treating, people suffering with PTSD.

Post-traumatic stress lies on a continuum and lands in the silent, or intangible, parts of the mind-body relationship.  In this workshop, you will learn certain mind-body truths and how they relate to one’s sense of presence.  You will reconsider and rethink what a memory is and how the body holds time.  You’ll learn how to help clients realize their own sensation of “the present”.  And you will come away with intuitive strategies for helping those with PTSD move toward healing.

Some yoga experience is strongly recommended. Please wear comfortable clothing and plan to remove shoes in the studio.


What you’ll learn…

Recognize the experiential nature of PTS (Post Traumatic Stress)

Identify some of the key mind-body sensations associated with PTS and trauma.

Explore how a mind-body approach can mitigate some of the symptoms of PTSD.

Compare how a mind-body approach differs from current trauma-based therapies for PTSD and trauma.

Design a different, expanded approach to helping someone with PTSD/trauma.

Learn how to include someone suffering with PTSD into his or her own realization of healing.


Continuing Education Credits…

This course has been designed to meet the MN Board of Nursing and MN Board of Social Work continuing education requirements. 10 hours of continuing education credit has been approved for the following:

MN Board of Marriage and Family Therapy

MN Board of Psychology

MN Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy


Course Faculty…


Matthew Sanford, MA, E-RYT

Amy Samson-Burke, MPT, PYT, OYI


Workshop Agenda…


Day One | Hours: 6pm-9pm

Day Two | 8:00 am – 4:30 pm with morning/afternoon breaks and a one-hour lunch

Morning Session

Afternoon Session


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What our trainees say…

“Disconnection with one’s body can be one of the most overlooked—and possibly undervalued–aspects of trauma, whether the trauma is primarily physical, psychological, or both. Yet, finding a way to reconnect—even in small ways through gradual body awareness—can bring a type of healing that reaches where more “surface” interventions can’t.    As a VA psychologist who works primarily with Veterans who have experienced significant physical trauma, my training at MBS was both professionally and personally valuable in thinking about aspects of deeper healing.”

~  Sarah Brindle, Staff Psychologist, SCI Unit, VA Long Beach, CA