The Heart of Trauma

Healing Our Embodied Brains in the Context of Relationships

A workshop/retreat series exploring the nature of trauma and planting seeds for our ongoing recovery

with Bonnie Badenoch, PhD, LMFT and Oren Raz, LMFT
April 14 – 16 and June 16-18, 2016
at Bonnie’s home and garden in Vancouver, WA (15 minutes from Portland International Airport) offered through Nurturing the Heart with the Brain in Mind

Interpersonal neurobiology is pointing the way toward a broader, kinder understanding of the roots of trauma and then providing guidance for how we can best support healing – for others and for ourselves. It appears that trauma is much less about what happens to us than about who is truly with us before, during, and after any event.

Oren and Bonnie are dedicated to cultivating a safe, warm, nonjudgmental space in which we can develop a deeper understanding through gently exploring our own small and large traumas. Over the years, we have found that this kind of embodied learning, combining didactic and experiential processes, helps to anchor the principles in our bodies so that they are available in our daily lives, personally and professionally.

To support this healing/learning experience, we will

  • Cultivate a nourishing environment of mutual support – this is the foundation.
  • Deepen connection through Listening Partnerships.
  • Work with sand, miniatures, and art to facilitate gently touching our implicit memories.
  • Converse about how relational neuroscience can help us develop the kind of presence that facilitates healing from trauma.
  • Explore how working with the wisdom of our bodies, our divided brains, and nervous systems can provide a safe healing space.
  • Share stories about healing experiences, personal and professional.
  • Practice contemplation to help us deepen our capacity for stillness and presence.

Space for 16 participants

Cost: To hold your place - a $200 non-refundable deposit
sent to NTH at 13108 SE Forest St., Vancouver, WA 98683
Full tuition - $1,300 - or $1,200 if paid in full at time of registration or no later than January 15, 2016
Cost includes: Tuition, Art Supplies, Breakfasts and Lunches – Dinners and lodging on your own

To Register and for questions: Contact Bonnie Badenoch or Oren Raz

36 hours CE credit available for LMFT, LCSW, some psychologists and nurses for a $40 additional fee.
At this time, the NBCC will not accredit NTH because of the personal growth component of our workshops. Please check with your local LPC organization to see if they will allow credit.

Oren Raz, MA, MFT, is a licensed psychotherapist and educator. He incorporates the insights of attachment theory, emotional intelligence, interpersonal neurobiology and mindfulness practices while focusing on the healing power of the relationship. For more information about Oren please log onto


Bonnie Badenoch, PhD, LMFT, is a marriage and family therapist, teacher, and author who is integrating the discoveries of relational neuroscience into the art of therapy. Supporting the developing mental health of fellow therapists while helping them internalize the principles of interpersonal neurobiology brings her particular joy. She is the author of Being a Brain-Wise Therapist (2008) and The Brain-Savvy Therapist’s Workbook (2011). For more about Bonnie and her nonprofit organization - Nurturing the Heart with the Brain in Mind.