A Mind Body Approach to Trauma and PTSD

A Weekend Workshop with Matthew Sanford


September 14-15, 2018 – $275 | Register here
February 1-2, 2019 – $275 | Registration coming soon
September 13-14, 2019 – $275 | Registration coming soon

This workshop, intended for professional caregivers, educators and yoga teachers, takes an experiential approach to 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.



Learning Objectives

Participants will develop knowledge in the following areas:


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


Hours: Friday from 6-9pm; Saturday from 8:00am-4:30pm

Location:  MBS Studio


Course Faculty:

Matthew Sanford, MA, E-RYT

Amy Samson-Burke, MPT, PYT, OYI


“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


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