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Waking the Tiger

A Somatic Experiencing® Trauma Healing Retreat

October 4th - 11th, 2021

Retreat Program - Waking the Tiger

7 days and 7 nights + all retreat services, meals and follow-up care = $6,500


Waking the Tiger is an intensive seven-day Somatic Experiencing® (SE™) trauma healing retreat protocol presented by Dr. Peter A. Levine's Ergos Community Health SE™ & Eightfold Path.

In the Somatic Experiencing method the tiger personifies our aliveness and instinctual capacity to heal. In Eastern spiritual traditions the tiger exemplifies the transmutation of anger into wisdom and insight and offers protection from harm. Therefore, Waking the Tiger, represents the re-negotiation of our trauma history into a new narrative of transformation, wisdom, and aliveness.

Waking the Tiger is based on a social model of treatment with demonstrated results in facilitating Somatic Experiencing (SE) and integrating the core components of the SE model with therapeutic disciplines that enhance recovery from PTSD and other traumatic stress related conditions that include chronic physical and emotional pain, professional burnout, depression, anxiety, fatigue, migraines, IBS, insomnia, and self-destructive behaviors.

In a Social Therapy model, the emphasis of recovery is based upon the relationship between the participant and her/his/their environment (including other participants and staff as a whole). Healing is created by everyone’s accumulated knowledge, collective experiences, wisdom, and cohesiveness that make the social model process work.

In light of the global pandemic and widespread social disconnection and isolation the social model can help re-engage the ventral vagal system, known as the social nervous system, reinforcing inner resources and co-regulation through human connection that are necessary for trauma healing, stress reduction and emotional balance.

In order for Waking the Tiger participants to experience consistent stress reduction strategies and resiliency building techniques from a Somatic Experiencing perspective, we’ve developed a ‘toolkit’ of simple and repeatable SE interventions. These interventions address basic SE concepts of titration, pendulation, grounding, embodiment, presence, resourcing, and sensing that will be integrated with all aspects of the retreat program including individual and group SE sessions, therapeutic movement practice, Social Presencing Theater, Somatic Art Therapy, Acupuncture, Cranial Sacral Therapy, hiking, meditation, boating, and during meals.

This retreat protocol was proven to be effective in 2019 when Dr. Peter Levine launched Returning Home, our first SE intensive retreat with military veterans suffering from combat PTSD. The preliminary results of our research study indicated that as an initial intervention this treatment program had a meaningful impact, both clinically and statistically, on clinical symptoms of PTSD, depression anxiety, dissociation, and increased quality of life. This study added to the literature of SE evidence-based trials and served as a “proof of concept” for a multi-day SE integrated trauma treatment program for returning veterans. It is our belief that Waking the Tiger will be of similar benefit to our civilian participants.

Sample Schedule

7:00am wake up bell - coffee and tea ready to go

* silence in the morning until 9am

7:45 to 8:15am - guided group meditation

8:15am to 9:00am - breakfast

9:00 - 9:30 am - free time

9:30am to 11:30am - individual SE sessions

11:30 am to 12pm - free time

12 to 12:45 - movement practice (dance, yoga, qi gong)

12:45 to 1:45pm - lunch

1:45pm to 4:00 - group session

4:00 - 4:30 - tea break - rest

4:30pm to 6:00pm - group session

6-6:30 - Sunset Break

6:30 to 7:30pm - Dinner

8:00 to 9:30pm - Fire Circle

9:30 pm - Silence until 9am

Returning Home Veterans Retreat

October 10th-15th, 2019

Returning Home is a Somatic Experiencing® (SE™) trauma healing retreat for veterans presented by Dr. Peter A. Levine's Community Health SE™ and the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute (SETI). This retreat demonstrates the value of the Somatic Experiencing® model in addressing military service related trauma and PTSD. The retreat includes a community outreach program to provide post-retreat support for each veteran and a research component to ensure the effectiveness of future SE™ intensive trauma healing retreats for veterans and military service members. Returning Home is part of Dr. Levine's vision for ongoing programs that support those who have given service to our country and who suffer from PTSD.

Article: 2019 Returning Home Retreat Aids Veterans with PTSD

Website: www.returning-home.com

Returning Home Veterans Retreat

TBA 2023 Dates