Tuesdays, June 8, 15, and 22, 2021
6:00 – 8:30 pm (Location TBD)


Body Awareness, that of sensing into our sensations and emotional responses, helps us understand and access our humanity in a deeper way. When we value what our bodies are telling us, we engage with our innate capacity to Feel, Deal and Heal, not only for ourselves, but for the interconnected web we live within.

How do we learn the language of our bodies? How does being familiar with our own automatic responses help us understand the actions and feelings of others?

The practice of sensing into our own bodies opens our hearts, engages our vital life force, and builds our capacity to address the suffering of each other and our earth. Conscious awareness of our bodily experiences helps us find balance and resilience in our daily lives. We gain agency to make healthy choices, become more available to connect meaningfully and to compassionately meet our world.

Join somatic practitioner Kris Nourse for a three-part series to discover the language of your body through sensations and emotions. Explore the basics of your nervous system and engage in interactive practices to help you befriend and learn from your body’s responses. Discover how what we meet within us helps us meet each other with care and understanding.

Part 1: Learning the Language of our Bodies
Bring tender curiosity toward your primal human reactions to understand what makes you and others feel and act the way we do. Explore the difference between Cognitive Awareness (“thinking about”) and Body Awareness (“sensing into”) and how they work together for the benefit of our whole being. Learn the basics of your nervous system:

  • Activation Response: Fight, Flight, Freeze and Appease
  • Relaxation Response: Rest, Digest, Repair
  • Nervous System Regulation (being calm, aware and connective)

Learn practices that help you ground and collect yourself, hear what your body is telling you, and connect with your loving nature and creative flow.

Part 2: Stress and Painful Experiences: How we heal
What do our bodies need to release stress and find relaxation?

How can we meet our feelings without being overwhelmed by them?

How can we be aware and engaged with others without being overwhelmed?

We are wired for strong emotions—they are our primary connection to our humanity. If we have the right support and nervous system regulation, we can own and allow them as they naturally pass through us, be informed by them and be awakened by them. The capacity to feel the full range of human emotion is critical to our health and well-being, and the ability to feel love and practice compassion.

In this segment, we will deepen into understanding the nervous system under stress. We’ll explore our Threat Response Cycle–how our bodies naturally handle stress–and what support we need to recover from painful experiences.

Learn simple practices that help our bodies feel safe, dissipate overwhelm and awaken us from apathy or shut down.

Part 3: Embodiment: The practice of coming home to ourselves, to our world
What does it mean to embody? Why is it important? What supports our embodiment? What gets in the way? Inhabiting our bodies with awareness and allowing our experiences of emotion and sensation helps us meet life with care and consciousness. We become more able to meet the world around us as it is and become active and compassionate forces for global transformation.

In our final segment, we will share what it’s like living in these times as embodied human beings. Living with the intention to feel, see, and experience the truth of what is within and around us is not for the feint of heart. We deeply need each other in order to feel safe, regulated and comforted enough to face the work of social justice, earth stewardship, and just getting through the day.

Share resonant community, learn practices, and discover further resources to support embodiment.

This series offers basic information and practices to help participants begin to explore a deeper relationship with their nervous and emotional systems in relation to spirituality. It is not therapy, nor a support group. Participants may want to engage support from a therapist as they participate in this program. Classes will include short presentations, individual discovery, and interactive practices with small groups to help you befriend and tend your body’s responses.

COST:  $75.00; the location of this class (online or in-person) will be determined as the date gets closer and further monitoring of COVID-19 safety precautions are taken into account.


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Kris Nourse, BS, SEP, ISPP is a Somatic Bodywork Practitioner in private practice since 1993 in St Paul. Teaching somatic awareness and using a variety of bodywork modalities, she helps people reconnect with their hearts and bodies as they heal from injury and illness, explore personal and spiritual growth, and align with goodness and justice in the world.

Kris is a Board Certified Massage Therapist, a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, an Integral Somatic Psychology Practitioner, and holds a Bachelor’s of Science from the University of Minnesota.  She teaches “Befriending our Bodies” workshops with her collaborator Marjorie Huebner, a fellow Rosen Method Bodywork Practitioner. Kris is currently in her second year of Wisdom Ways’ spiritual companion program “Transforming Soul and Soul and Society” as part of the 2021 cohort. Kris enjoys presenting to various groups on the benefits of touch, somatic awareness, and embodied spirituality including faith communities, couples, veterans, and grief support groups, and wellness programs at Macalester College and the University of Minnesota.

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Participants are required to attend each date in this event.  Use  the “Subscribe to filtered calendar” button at the bottom of this event list to add each date to your calendar. For questions about this event, please contact Wisdom Ways at 651-696-2788. 


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