Applying Principles of Somatic Intelligence to Achieve Wellness and Resiliency
12:00pm-12:30pm: Introduction to Program – Team Building Challenge
12:30pm-2:00pm: Speaker Presentation & Q&A
The COVID‐19 pandemic has presented a major challenge to the emotional wellbeing for most people, as our daily lives have been drastically transformed by a myriad of occurrences outside our control. Many of us are likely stressed out and exhausted from having to maneuver the daily realities of living in a global pandemic, constantly worrying about the possibility of contracting the devastating virus, figuring out how to show up with our best selves when working from home where unexpected distractions and unique issues may be present, and even fearing what the future may hold for us. We may feel trapped physically and emotionally.
There are ways to come back to center, back to who we know ourselves to be. To recover our natural physiological equilibrium, maintain wellness and build resiliency, we will learn to apply the principles of “somatic intelligence,” a mind-body science that explains how the spirit, mind and body are intricately connected, forming who we know ourselves to be and how we see the world. We will learn to appreciate the subconscious intelligence of the body that is constantly evaluating the environment we are in and the risks that we face. Through somatic intelligence practices, we will become aware of the warning signs it provides to us when we are facing adversity and tools to take preventive positive actions to minimize our stress responses and bounce back from daily challenges, big or small. The term ‘soma’ is a Greek word that means ‘body’.
Our speaker will explore somatic intelligence, how managing and leveraging our physiology and nervous system can help us be more relaxed, confident, and at ease in high-pressure situations. This engaging workshop will discuss the intelligence hidden in posture, gesture, and sensation, will feature exercises and techniques to increase our awareness of what our body is telling us, tools to manage our nervous system when we feel threatened or “off,” and questions to ask ourselves and others to engage the whole person, not just the mind.
A facilitator and coach with expertise in organization development (OD), Becca Bartholomew has extensive experience working with groups and individuals to foster communication and effective collaboration among diverse stakeholders. Becca helps her clients implement strategies that increase their emotional intelligence and efficacy. She is known for her clear communication, innate ability to foster trust, and firm, yet gentle approach to helping others recognize their blind spots and engage specific tools to articulate and reach their goals. She gracefully supports her clients toward self-reflection, new learning and increased awareness of their impact on others. Becca coaches leaders across the globe and has a special passion for working with people who hold societal privilege and want to address their role in upholding and dismantling systems of oppression. In addition to coaching and OD consulting, Becca is a facilitator with American University’s Masters Program in Organization Development and manages all the facilitators who support cohort-learning throughout the program. She holds an M.S. from Tufts University and a B.A. from Hampshire College. She is certified in the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) which helps people identify their personality preferences and how those influence their impact and effectiveness, as well as the Emotional Quotient 2.0 (EQi/EQ-360) which measures a person’s social and emotional intelligence (EI) and is a jumping off point for increasing EI—a vital part of effective leadership. She strongly believes in the importance of engaging the whole person (mind, body, emotions and spirit) to create lasting change.
She is a certified yoga teacher, has a regular mindfulness practice and, where appropriate, brings these and other somatic tools to her clients. Becca lives in Baltimore, Maryland with her husband and son and works with clients across the globe. When not working, you can find her traveling, enjoying art, doing yoga or playing with her son.