Brain, Mind and Body: Trauma, Neurobiology and the Healing Relationship

‘Coming Home to the Body: Healing the Body/Psyche/Soul Split through Conscious Embodiment’ celebrates the pioneering work of BodySoul Rhythms® and its contributions to engaging the body’s wisdom in healing work. Pioneers in the field will link body and mind research from biology to integrative healing methods in working with trauma, drawing from current affective neuroscience research, Jungian, and embodied approaches. Join us, as science marries soul! Sponsored by the Harris-Woodman Chair in Psyche-Soma at University of Western Ontario, Department of Psychiatry.

Guest speakers: In addition to Tina Stromsted, the following guests will be Allan Schore, Bessel van der Kolk, Margaret Wilkinson, Ruth Lanius, Ed Tick, Margaret McKinnon, Paul Frewen and Colonel Rakesh Jetly

Prerequisite: Designed for healing practitioners, mental and medical health professionals, and those who wish to deepen their knowledge of current research and integrative methods in working with trauma through brain, mind, and body integration within the healing relationship.

Free Webinar-Soul’s Body®: Healing the Body/Psyche/Soul Split Through Conscious Embodiment

I’d like to invite you to join me for a free webinar that I will be hosting Monday, February 27 at 2pm PST (Pacific Standard Time); 5pm EST (Eastern Standard Time) – or whatever time zone you are in!

In this webinar we will engage the following questions:

• What is the Body/Psyche/Soul Split and how does it manifest somatically?
• What is conscious embodiment and how do we achieve it?
• What role to dreams and imagination play in healing process?
• What is Soul’s Body® and what integrative healing methods does it involve?
• How do we apply these methods in clinical practice (demonstrated through case examples)?

A replay will be available for 48 hours for those who register.


Alchemy: Body & Soul in Transition

Alchemy TinaAlchemy is most often understood as a primitive scientific attempt to create elemental gold, yet alchemy also sought the ‘inner gold’ through engaging the elemental makeup of matter – the wisdom of Nature- in order to reveal her secrets and evoke spiritual experience. So too, modern psychotherapy has the capacity to transform prima materia, the unwanted, uncomfortable material of everyday life, into something meaningful, thus helping us find the ‘gold’ in the shadow.

In this brief didactic and experiential seminar, images will be shown from a painter’s journey in becoming her true self, the treasure we all seek. Though deeply personal, her story reflects universal themes, such as the death of the protective adaptive self, the reawakening of the soul spark buried deep within, and the birth of the authentic self. Her images take us from life’s earliest beginnings, depicted as an embryo that lodges itself in an ordinary stone, through the stages of growth, death, dismemberment, despair and new life reshaped by the transformative elements of fire, water, wind, and earth. Here we see the alchemical process at work.

Participants will have an opportunity to witness the process as a whole, and to engage the alchemical metaphor in relation to bodily experience through movement and discussion.

This program will be held at the IAAP International Congress is Kyoto, Japan. A passport is needed to travel to Japan (from outside countries).

Prerequisite: This international analytical congress (IAAP) is open to members of the Marion Woodman Foundation.

Anima Mundi in Transition: Cultural, Clinical & Professional Challenges

PreConf TinaThis pre-congress day-long workshop interweaves theoretical, experiential, cultural and clinical material through presentations, embodied explorations, and discussion. We will explore dance/movement as a form of active imagination, with special attention to the living body in analytic practice. By listening to the body to access and express the imagination, individuals may discover inner-directed movement as a way to bridge the realms of conscious and unconscious, body and psyche, instinct and spirit, affect and image, memory and emergence.

This workshop offers a structure within which participants can both have a practical experience of their own moving imagination as well as enrich their understanding of its application to verbal psychotherapeutic practice.

Morning and afternoon sessions include short papers, images, discussion, bodily awareness, reflection, movement experience, dialogue and exchange. Participants are invited to wear comfortable clothing and to bring a notebook and/or drawing materials to record their images and experiences.

This program is held as a Pre-Conference program at the IAAP International Congress in Kyoto, Japan. A passport is needed to travel to Japan (if coming from another country).

Tina Stromsted, Joan Chodorow, Antonella Adorisio, Margarita Mendez; with invited guests Takane Hirai, assisted by Yukari Sakiyama

Authentic Movement: Dance Therapy and the Moving Imagination

This course in Dance/Movement Therapy explores movement as active imagination in healing and transformation. Beginning with the contributions of early pioneers, we will engage Jungian concepts and their evolution into Authentic Movement, and explore more recent developments in the practice related to group and individual therapy.

Authentic Movement is a depth-oriented therapeutic approach, bridging body and psyche through natural movement, augmented by drawing and writing.

This course will reflect on the history of Authentic Movement, including Jungian theory, elements from BodySoul Rhythms®, neuroscience, discussion of the readings, and clinical applications of inner-sourced movement in therapy.

This workshop will deepen your understanding of moving and witnessing practice. In the process participants can continue to develop their ability to be present, with oneself and with another, in a more vital, increasingly conscious relationship, inviting a level of perception of self and other that can evoke deep respect and empathy.

Tina Stromsted

Tina Stromsted, PhD, MFT, LPCC, BC-DMT, RSME/T, is a Jungian Psychoanalyst, Board Certified Dance therapist and Somatics educator. Past co-founder and faculty member of the Authentic Movement Institute in Berkeley (1993-2004), and a founding faculty member at the Women’s Spirituality Program at California Institute of Integral Studies, she teaches at the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco, the Depth Psychology/Somatics Doctoral program at Pacifica Graduate Institute, and as a core faculty member for the Marion Woodman Foundation. With over 40 years of clinical experience and a background in dance and theater, she offers programs at universities and healing centers internationally, and has a private practice in San Francisco.

Founder and director of Soul’s Body Center®, her work in further developing Authentic Movement, Dreamdancing®, Embodied Alchemy®, and other conscious embodiment practices can be found in her numerous articles, book chapters, and webinars which explore the integration of body, brain, psyche and soul in healing and transformation. Dr. Stromsted’s work supports individuals in listening for the soul’s call, and working with obstacles to its fulfillment – a process that can assist women and men in re-inhabiting their bodies, reclaiming their instinctual wisdom, and nourishing their authentic sense of self. Tina has studied with Marion Woodman since the 1980’s, co-facilitated Leadership Training Intensives and teaches BodySoul Community Workshops regularly for the Marion Woodman Foundation. She completed the Marion Woodman Foundation BodySoul Rhythms® Leadership Training Program in 2003. For more information see Tina’s website at

Embodied Alchemy: Authentic Movement, Neuroscience and the Somatic Unconscious

Tina Stromsted
April 25, 2015

“As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of being….”  C.G. Jung

Many traditional verbal and cognitive therapies prioritize mental insight over the impactful role of embodied experience. Yet, as contemporary neuroscience shows us, genuine healing involves more than verbalization: deeper integration requires the body.
Alchemy, an ancient practice involving both material and spiritual elements, was rediscovered by C.G. Jung as he sought to understand the imagery in dreams. Jung noted that reappearing images heralded changes in the embodied psyche, reflecting a deeper transformative process at work.
Alchemy’s transformative processes can find expression through the practice of Authentic Movement, a therapeutic and meditative body/mind approach. Participants move in response to felt sensation, emotion and imagery in the presence of a compassionate witness, bringing light to the somatic unconscious.
In this workshop, participants will engage the alchemical metaphor in relation to the embodied individuation process as it relates to the practice of psychotherapy. Elements from Jungian theory, BodySoul work, neuroscience and attachment work will be interwoven and further integrated through drawing, writing and discussion.


Saturday, April 25, 2015, 9 am-5 pm

How to Register:

Contact Tina Stromsted at



Dreamdancing® Group

Tina Stromsted
September 2014-May 2015

Bring your desire to feel more at home in your body, and the courage to live your dreams! In an atmosphere of acceptance, curiosity, and care we engage the body’s vital energies, contacting the deep feminine and learning to live her wisdom in our daily lives.

Unresolved physical and emotional wounds and new potentials are held in the body until they are brought to consciousness, and are reflected in the images in our dreams. Once we connect with these energies, the flow of unconscious material can find expression through the body, so we can heal and grow.

Beginning with an introductory weekend, monthly three-hour sessions (Friday, 10am-1pm) offer participants the opportunity to enrich their explorations of body, psyche, and spirit through an integrative Jungian depth-oriented approach.

Elements include working with dreams in the body (Dreamdancing®), Authentic Movement (“active imagination in movement”), creative methods from Marion Woodman’s BodySoul Rhythms® approach, Somatics and neuroscience.  Myths, fairy tales, and Jungian theory enhance our discoveries. Join us in celebrating soul in the body.

September 19-20, 2014, Friday 10am-5pm, Saturday 3-6pm, then monthly Fridays to follow.

Monthly meetings thereafter: Fridays, 10 am-1 pm: October 18, November 8, December 12, 2014,  January 9, February 13, March 20, April 10, May 1, 2015 (Dates subject to change).


$1,490 for the series.
Tuition includes $140/session for 8 months, $320 for the initial weekend, and a one time $50 materials fee. The entire tuition for the series needs to be paid, even if you miss a session, and is due at our first meeting. Monthly payment plans are also available.


30 CEUs for MFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, DMTs & BC-DMTs