Foundations of Embodiment Certification

Foundations of Embodiment Certification

– An online course for facilitators

FEC is an accessible 12-week online course for those wishing to get more in touch with their bodies, and learn practical tools for working with the body in training and coaching.

These days most people know that the body matters, and many feel cut off from ourselves or ill-at-ease in their own skin. Most though, are not clear about what the hell “embodiment” really is, or the nuts and bolts of working with others safely and effectively with it. People also may not be able to travel across the world multiple times for intensives, so this course brings the best of embodiment for facilitators to their homes. If you’d like a deep dive into your own embodiment, and to pick up ways of working that you can easily apply, take a look.

FEC condenses and refines many years of embodied wisdom in to the most useful personally transformative practices, and pragmatic professional applications. The course is a foundation for anyone who’d like to be more connected, and will be especially useful for coaches, movement teachers and facilitators wanting safe, effective easy-to-use techniques. It has been tried and tested as part of the Embodied Facilitator Course, and now we’re making the content available to a wider audience.

Who this course is suitable for

  • Coaches and trainers who want to develop their own embodied presence

  • Coaches and trainers who want simple effective tools for working with the body

  • Movement facilitators like yogis, martial artists and dancers who are looking to work more in business and other “mainstream” environments

  • Anyone wanting to profoundly develop their own embodiment (non-facilitators note that the two calls in July will be less relevent for you but the first part of the course can benefit everyone)

  • Curriculum focus

    The focus of the course is to build your own embodiment.

The heart of being an excellent embodied coach is your own embodied presence so this is the heart of the course. Self-awareness and self-mastery is the foundation of working with others. There are also two extended webinars on how to apply what you have learnt personally with clients. This course is a deep dive into you own embodiment, plus a bag of “quick-win” tools to work with others.

What you’ll get from the course

  • Clear embodiment models and distinctions for excellence

  • Deeper awareness of your own embodiment

  • An experiential overview of the complex embodiment world, and where any practice you do now fit in with that

  • Greater embodied depth and range as a facilitator

  • A solid daily embodied practice for long enough to establish a habit

  • Five simple yet profound practical coaching tools to work with clients

  • Access to a community of support and accountability (including after the course)



Mark Walsh

Course Director



Alexandra Vilvovskaya

Course Leader



Rachel Blackman

Course Leader



Curtis Watkins

Course Leader



Adam Barley

Course Leader
  • Adam teaches a highly catalytic movement practice, the 5Rhythms®
  • He chose to focus on the 5Rhythms 25 years ago, pouring his enthusiasm and intelligence in that direction ever since, and is now one of the world’s most experienced teachers of this practice.
  • He is the only 5Rhythms teacher to have had individual mentoring by it’s creator Gabrielle Roth to work with embodied emotional intelligence, and this is one of his areas of particular expertise.
  • His style of leadership is an electric combination of provacative, spacious, and generous, creating a tendency for participants to go deep and fast into their own journey, encounter their growth points and have the resources to develop their power.
  • He is also a master DJ, often just using soundscapes (way off the beaten track of ‘dance’ music) to guide a group through a journey.

Daniela Welzel

Course Manager



Christina Dohr

Online Host and assistant trainer



Miles Kessler

Meditation Director

Miles Kessler is an American teacher of Aikido (6th Dan Aikikai), meditation, and Integral Practice. He is a dual-lineage holder in both the Iwama tradition of Aikido and the Burmese Mahasi tradition of Meditation.

He is the founder and director of the Integral Dojo in Tel Aviv, as well as the non-profit organization Aikido Without Borders in Israel/Palestine.

For over a decade he and his team have been producing several renowned international Aikido events. For over 20 years he has been invited to teach Aikido, meditation, and Integral practice in many international workshops and retreats in dojos, organizations, corporations and think tanks.

A personal invitation

We’ve been running the Embodied Facilitator Course for eight years now in the UK and six in Russia. I’ve seen several hundred people from over 50 countries both transform personally, and gain hugely useful tools for their work as trainers and coaches. But, and it’s a big BUT, as someone whose life’s mission is to make this work available to the world, a lot of people just can’t get there for money, family or other practical reasons. I’ve also seen that the online learning that we’ve been doing as part of EFC for some years now is some of the most useful as it spreads leaning out over time to ensure integration. Putting on The Embodiment Conference also helped me to refine what great online leaning looks like (seeing 100+ embodiment trainers will do that!), and I realised A LOT can be done virtually…far more than I used to think actually. So, as people who’ve been following from afar for a while have been asking for a while, I’ve decided to put on a new accessible online here it is. I like to put a lot out for free but structure, accountably and community adds A LOT. Likely this will be more expensive the next time around so get in there.

- Mark Walsh, Brighton UK

Content and models we cover include:

  • The theory of embodied practice and transformation

  • How to choose and establish a personal practice

  • Embodied intelligence

  • Embodied meditation

  • Centring

  • A cycles model of change

  • Freedom vs form in bodymind practices

  • The four elements model

  • Simple partner work for coaches

  • Embodied improvisation

  • A morning form and efficient set of practices to develop yourself

  • Applications of all of the above to coaching

Practically what does the course consist of?

  • 19 hours of live webinars spread over 12 weeks (with a week off after 8 weeks). Each webinar has 2 trainers and a “tech host” to ensure smooth running

  • Recordings of all webinars available ongoing

  • 15 hours of high quality video to watch between webinars (you’ll have ongoing access to this too)

  • Weekly coursework pdfs

  • Support e-books from Mark Walsh (and all those that we sell you’ll get free)

  • Assignment to a small peer-group you can choose to have conference calls with

  • Access to a private online group to ask the faculty any questions

  • Access to top-up one day courses online ongoing free of charge

  • A peer-group you can meet weekly online to discuss the course with

Course philosophy

We take a “no guru” multiple perspectives approach to teaching embodiment, and course leaders are all very different. As well as viewing embodied work differently, hey also have diverse backgrounds in terms of gender, sexuality, ethnicity (despite appearances!), nationality, class and other factors. We believe there is no one right way to work with the body, and do not ask students to believe anything on faith, rather to test things for themselves. Our approach is to empower students to find their own way.

Dates and commitment

We start on 5th May 2020. There will be some pre-work like short videos to watch before this. The heart of the calls will be weekly Zoom webinars, that include instruction, as well as interactive discussion and practice in break-out groups. These are recorded in case you can’t make some and there’s coursework between webinars as practice is key to embodiment. If you want to get the most from the course we suggest having a peer-group each week, going to one class a week, and doing about 40min of practice daily.

Week 1: Tuesday 5th May 2020, 1800-2030 UK time - Launch webinar* (Mark, Daniela, Alexandra)

Week 2: Tuesday 12th May 1800-1915 UK time - Practice and embodied learning (with Alexandra Vilvovskaya and Mark Walsh)

Week 3: Tuesday 19th May 1800-1915 UK time - Embodied meditation (with Miles Kessler) 

Week 4: Tuesday 26th May 1800-1915 UK time - The four elements (with Mark Walsh)

Week 5: Tuesday 2nd June 1800-1915 UK time - Cycles and change (with Alexandra Vilvovskaya)

Week 6: Tuesday 9th June 1800-1915 UK time - Centring (with Mark Walsh)

Week 7: Tuesday 16th June 1800-1915 UK time - Free movement (with Adam Barley)

Week 8: Tuesday 23rd June 1800-1915 UK time - Improvisation  (with Rachel Blackman)

Week 9: Tuesday 30th June 1800-1915 UK time - Self-care (with Rachel Blackman)

Week 10: Rest and integration week

Week 11: Tuesday 14th July 1800-2030 UK time - Foundations of coaching with embodiment 1 (with Mark Walsh)

Week 12: Tuesday 21st July 1800-2030 UK time - Foundations of coaching with embodiment 2 (with Curtis Watkins and Mark Walsh)

Tuesday 28th 1800-1930 UK time - Graduation celebration* (Mark, Daniela, Alexandra)

Week 1:

Tuesday 5th May 2020, 1800-2030 UK time

- Launch webinar* (Mark, Daniela, Alexandra)

Week 2:

Tuesday 12th May 1800-1915 UK time

- Practice and embodied learning (with Alexandra Vilvovskaya and Mark Walsh)

Week 3:

Tuesday 19th May 1800-1915 UK time

- Embodied meditation (with Miles Kessler) 

After this you will still have life-long membership to an online group to share experience and ask further questions

*While you can watch recordings of the entire thing it’s highly advisable to attend these ones live

Three warnings

While I’m loathe to put-off potential customers off we’ve learnt over the years that it’s worth giving people three warnings. The first is that this course will take about 5 hours per week if you don it at the time, so make sure you have time to get the most from it. You do have access to the course ongoing if something comes up, or you have a week off for example, but ideally it’s done at the time to get the most out of it. The next warning is not to underestimate the power of online embodied learning. This is a genuinely transformational course and may well disrupt “business as usual” in your life. The course will be challenging at times and we don’t recommend it to anyone who has a lot of change and challenge in their life already (eg. recent bereavement), anyone suffering active mental health issues or anyone with untreated trauma (working with the body can open this up and online spaces do not provide ideal containers to manage this). That being said, I don’t want to make FEC sound just like hard work as it will also be a lot of fun…actually this brings me onto the last warning. I and some of the other trainers are not especially politically correct, we tend to make jokes, swear and generally have a sense of humour about embodiment and life in general. If you are easily offended…or actually believe in being offended at all…or a new-age unicorn shagger, please keep away for everyones’s benefit!

More warnings

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£499 super early bird (this is about $650 or €575). 20 places only

£699 early bird / bring a friend

£999 full price

£9999 anyone who doesn’t have a sense of humour and is going to be a pain in the butt

5 by-donation places are available to people working for charities full-time or from developing countries (contact us).

The course is limited to 75 people to ensure quality of care, and we expect to fill up.

Online taster

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If you have any questions or concerns about the course feel free to get in touch.


Video Resources

Why coaches need to learn to work with the body:

Easy embodiment coaching:

For a longer taste:

On learning embodiment:

ICF keynote: