Somatic Practice

Trainings with Kathy L. Kain

The Somatics of Emotions: A Special Opportunity
with Kathy L. Kain & Tony Richardson

Kathy and Tony will be teaching together again in the U.S. for the first time in eight years, continuing their exploration of somatics, touch, and emotions. This workshop will provide an experiential framework for understanding the somatics of emotion.

It is universally accepted that infants have emotions (affects) well before they have developed the cognitive skills to remember, assess, or name them. In our work, we have observed that there are somatic and behavioural patterns that are pre-, or non-cognitive expressions of affect, which can be accessed via somatic interventions.

In this workshop we will examine the somatic and behavioural components of these simple affects, practice somatic interventions, and knit together an understanding of the way in which the body gives access to these emotions. A somatic approach can give access to settling, and to using our Affective States as information, enabling us to use them to enrich our emotional experience of life.

In this workshop we will be specifically engaging the patterns affiliated with emotions such as fear, anger, sadness, excitement, gratitude, and joy. For each of these affects we will consider things such as

  • Body changes during the emotion
  • Behaviours associated with the emotion
  • Information conveyed by the emotion (watch out, change something, accept something, life is great, oh — others are here too)
  • The usual observers’s response (how do you respond to each emotion? Expressed or unexpressed)
  • Pro-social value of the emotion
  • Common disorders of the emotion (psychological, somatic, behavioural)


This workshop is appropriate for practitioners with professional practice experience, and who have a grounding in a somatic practice/approach of some sort - or have taken any form of somatic-based training such as Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Somatic Experiencing or similar.

It is for those who have an interest in integrating all aspects of a person’s function in their work. Attendees will have been working in their profession long enough to have come naturally to the question of how emotions and somatic expressions of affect interrelate.

Please Note: The Somatics of Emotions workshop is not appropriate for those just starting out in their professional practice.

If you are not sure if you meet the prerequisites, you are welcome to submit your professional background information and it will be reviewed by Kathy and Tony to determine if this workshop is a good fit for you (or one of them will contact you for further information).

About the Instructors

Kathy L. Kain

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Tony Richardson

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September 21-23. 2019
SF Bay Area CA, United States
Saturday & Sunday: 9:30am - 5:30pm
Monday: 9:30am - 4:30pm


Best Western Plus-Corte Madera Inn
56 Madera Blvd.
Corte Madera, CA 94925
United States
+1 (415) 924-1502


Early-Bird Rate: $650.00

Note: The Early Registration rate for this class is earlier than usual, so that Tony can make his travel plans to best advantage, and with confidence.

Full payment is required to reserve your place, paid online or postmarked by June 23, 2019.

Regular Rate: $750.00

A deposit of $200.00 is required to hold your place.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations received by the workshop’s Early Registration deadline will receive a full tuition refund; cancellations received after the deadline will receive a tuition refund less the $200.00 deposit.


Please Note: This workshop is now full. Registration is open only to students who have been admitted from the waiting list, or have already reserved their space by paying a deposit. However, it is possible that space may become available, so you may join our waiting list, and we will contact you to complete your registration. Please click the link below to be added to the waiting list.

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If you have previously paid your deposit, or been admitted from the waiting list:

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Andrea Gage
+1 (415) 730-3007