Our online program is easy to work with anywhere in the world and you can take as much or as little time as you need to complete it.
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Online access, DVD’s and written manuals are offered for you to complete Level One and Level Two of the training program. You can become certified to teach after the Level One training.
Personalized video calls:
You will have 6, hour-long calls to go over your specific physical needs, questions and track your progress with Meredith Sands Keator, or one of the graduated trainees. These calls are essential to support you along your journey as you transform old aches and pains into greater joy and ease, as you navigate through different responses while your body shifts and improves. These are one-on-one sessions that will guide you, alongside our extensive manuals, to get where you want to go in a body with freer movement and less risk of injury. Once the six calls are complete, we assess your needs and if you wish to further your studies or aim for certification, we add another 6 calls until your process is complete.
While attending workshops is not a requirement for completing the program, this kind of immersion is what can catapult you into your next level of somatic awareness. Our workshops are open to anyone wanting to learn about their bodies and how to help themselves, and are joined by our trainees. This allows trainees to learn first hand how to work with new students and a range of issues, while students receive all around support. so you have some very knowledgable care all around you! Click to access Meredith’s website for upcoming workshops and events. These live events feature homecooked, organic food, deep practice, added teachings and, depending upon each location, events ranging from swimming with dolphins to participating in a sweatlodge or visiting the home and laboratory of Wilhelm Reich.
You can become a Certified Somatic Stretch® instructor by completing the requirements at the end of Level One.
Level One and Two Details
Level 1 …
gives you access to deep states of relaxation where you learn to work with the stretch reflex effectively, elongating muscle fibres and increasing mobility to allow vital nutrients to flow freely to all of your cells, while you gain a powerful understanding of how the exercises rejuvenate your body and how to teach them to others.
Level 2 …
takes you deeper into the stretching exercises and begins strengthening the internal “core” muscles that establish good posture and that support body weight against the constant pull of gravity. Strengthening these supporting muscles not only gives tone to your body, but also alleviates the aching and stiffness that happen when the more internal, skeletal muscles are neither stretched nor strengthened, but left to atrophy.
There are 21 Exercises in Level One and 23 Exercises in Level Two, giving you a broad range of knowledge to bring to your own body, or your classes.
Our Home Study Course is complete with:
- 6 DVD’s and two one-hour class videos of all exercises for Level One and Level Two training
- extensive written manuals with detailed graphics, teaching guidelines and class development sequences
- optional live workshops
- Personalised calls scheduled at your own pace to address your specific needs.
- work with this material at home and as it fits your schedule
- Improve your wellbeing, health and vitality in ways that will surprise you
- come to workshops for added learning, community and fun
- become certified in your own time, if the call of teaching is calling you!
Somatic Stretch® requires an approach to working with your body that is different from most other bodywork methodologies. It is to be learned and taught from an experiential standpoint, rather than as a series of movements or positions. This process should not be hurried and will progress at exactly the speed YOU require to embody, integrate, transform and work with your own issues while you hone the skill of teaching others.
To teach Somatic Stretch® classes, certification by the Somatic Stretch® organization is required.
To become certified, you are required to:
1) Complete a short essay that will help you feel clear about the essential tenets of Somatic Stretch® and how these concepts can be expressed easily to students. This also can be written in an article format for your own local or online promotion as a teacher.
2) Teach a Level 1 class and submit it for evaluation. This can be done via Skype/Zoom with you teaching a small group of friends or students, or you can record a video and send it to us for evaluation. Or, if we are in your locale or you come to us, we will attend your class in person.
After feedback and evaluation you may be certified to teach Level 1, or you may be asked to make changes to your class presentation and invited to resubmit another class for evaluation. The cost for evaluation to certify is $250 USD for a complete review of your class with notes from Lilian and/or Meredith. The cost for re-evaluation, if and when required, is $175 USD.
Re-evaluation is rare due to the direct contact and support you receive during your training. That being said, there are specifics to certifying, the primary one being that we certify teachers when they are teaching from the inside out – this means you have embodied the work, at which time it becomes easy for you to teach. This is not a program to ‘pump out teachers.’ It is a program that can re-design many aspects your body and movement, and the ease of that and the thrill of it is what happens when a person is ready. So when you’re ready, you’ll know, and you’ll be really happy when it arrives!
After completion of Level One, you are certified to teach Somatic Stretch®. Contact Meredith for more information.
This program is tailored to specifically cater to your needs and to coach you along every step of the way. In keeping our program affordable, we have divided the Somatic Stretch training into two levels and the most affordable way to enroll is to purchase both the Level One and Level Two programs for a savings of $190.
Whether you plan to teach, are thinking about sharing this work with others or just want to improve your own health in a paced and supportive environment, this program guides you at the level and pace your body – and life commitments – require.
Each level is $1695 US dollars, however both levels can be bought together at $3200, offering you a $190 savings.
Upon acceptance to the program, your manuals and DVD’s will be mailed to your door and you will be immediately registered into the online membership portal, allowing you to study on the road, in the office, or at home. We have a Facebook page for students to share insights and any personal workshops so that your active participation is supported and augmented by our international tribe.
In order to ensure you are kept motivated along the path we also include 6 personal, hour-long check-ins via skype/zoom to get your personal practice up and running. This is essential to helping you ground your own practice, cover things you may be experiencing as you ‘unwind’ and strengthen your body, and create more focus until our next call. To support this level of personal coaching, there is an additional cost of $900 and this keeps you motivated to dive into your body slowly but surely, keeping you working with the technique in the best way suited to your needs.
After six coaching calls, some may feel that this is enough for them to continue on their own, and others may feel the need to do another call, or a series of six again, to go deeper. For those wanting to teach, some teachers have certified after six calls, and others have gone on to do another 2-4 sessions. It’s all entirely individual, and you can pace this in support of your financial parameters, and level of involvement that works best for you and your body.
After the first, mandatory six calls to get you well into your own practice, we evaluate your needs together to determine what path is most supportive for you. You will be involved in the program as much, or as little, as fits your lifestyle, and we are always here to coach and guide you through the somatic terrain as questions arise.
We are interested in helping you find avenues to relieve aches and pains, prevent injury and help strengthen and align your postural muscles for a healthier body, inside and out. Personalized support is what will get you started, and keep you going until you are satisfied with the results.