The healing power of embodied presence: A professional training for healing arts professionals

By Joan Whitacre

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Joan Whitacre has been passionate about healing since her first massage in 1969. Though massage was regarded as one step from prostitution, she experienced joyful embodied presence, an emotional, spiritual revelation. She immediately apprenticed with that master massage therapist and entered into a lifelong path, motivated to restore her and others’ embodied presence.

The Healing Power of Embodied Presence:
A Professional Training
for Healing Arts
Fri, Mar 28, 10am-6pm
and Sat, Mar 29, 10am-1:30pm
Misión de Los Angeles
Carr. San Miguel – Celaya Km. 2
1,700 pesos (includes coffee/tea service);
1,500 pesos (paid in full by Mar 22);
2,000 pesos for
training & one private consultation (a 2,300-peso value, paid in full by Mar 22)


This training introduces embodied presence to participants through presentation, experiential exercises and dialogue. The training will cultivate capacities to open to feeling and its underlying energy and meaning, to steady with uncertainty and to release, thus opening space for the next moment of healing. We will address Gendlin’s felt sense, numbing habitual patterns, being with and doing to, deep listening/not-knowing and presence for another. Mindfulness-awareness, loving kindness, grounding, uplifting and opening practices will uncover embodied presence and strengthen its healing power.

Embodied presence practice transforms our ordinary presence into natural wisdom, kindness and elegance, which radiate whether we are still, moving, speaking, touching, looking or listening. We can face wild energy, listen for its intelligence, trust not-knowing and open to the other.

Since 1969, Joan has engaged in the study and practice of meditation, various forms of experiential work, including sensory awareness, body-mind centering (BMC), contemplative arts, non-violent communication and Welwood’s Unconditional Presence. She obtained BMC certification, an MA in movement sciences and completed psychology and education doctoral studies at Columbia U. She is a Shambhala Buddhist teacher and a registered somatic-movement therapist.

Joan founded the School of Responsive Massage, Embody the Journey and Whole Women Healing. She developed and conducted doctoral research in mind-body programs for HIV+ adults and at-risk adolescents. Whole Women Healing, in US and San Miguel trainings and events, expresses her whole-hearted commitment to women’s healing and empowerment as peacemakers. In teaching and in writing, Joan continues to explore this way. Please join her on this path.


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