Wellspring Institute

The Wellspring Institute is a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering an integrated approach to health and well-being, one that integrates mind and body.


Neurorelational Development and the Embodied Mind
September 2018 – June 2019

Year One of A Two-Year Training Program for Professionals

At the core of our being there is an indestructible “tender soft spot,” a place of openness through which life moves. It is the source of our basic goodness. When encountering threatening situations, we instinctively attempt to protect that soft tender spot in the center of our being. Over time, the protective layer becomes the habit of mind that thinks this small hut we have built for ourselves is who we are, and we become disconnected from our wise resourceful center. We forget that the only real safety is found in our innate wisdom and compassion, that the only sure protection for our vulnerability rests in openness.

Traumatic stress occurs when we are overwhelmed by life-threatening experiences and are unable to process or assimilate various reactions (cognitive, emotional, and physical). Failure to integrate these experiences results in post-traumatic stress disorder. Developmental and relational injury resulting from disturbance in early attachment experiences can lead to limiting beliefs about ourselves and the world and to a wide variety of adult relational problems. Understanding how the brain, mind and body process, remember, and perpetuate traumatic & impaired developmental patterns holds many keys to their successful treatment.


We aim to develop ways of knowing – ways of thinking, perceiving, experiencing, and acting that enable openness and responsiveness to life. Cognitive approaches and verbal dialogue are integrated with embodied awareness – mindful explorations of sensing, feeling, and action that underlie how the body/mind processes information and integrates emotional and cognitive meaning-making. We consider the fundamental nature of self as a relational being, integrating body, mind, spirit and relationship within a neurodevelopmental process. In working with the effects of trauma, we introduce ways of stabilizing the reactive mind and carefully disentangling the sticky web of defensive patterns that naturally arise when safety eludes us and we are overwhelmed by threat of harm.


Development occurs sequentially, in overlapping phases, each step integrating what came before into a more complex whole.  This can be seen in the evolutionary pathways that underlie our neuro-developmental movement process, and in the forming of attachment patterns and character strategies.  It is also apparent in the phases of therapy, which parallel the phases of attachment/early relational development. Therapy follows a sequential phase: from building a container of safety, therapist and client engage in a process of accessing, processing, transforming and integrating the unhealed wounds.  This sequence occurs over the course of therapy as well as within a single session.

In this training participants will be able to articulate and demonstrate a conceptual understanding of the material, and an integrated, embodied awareness of and skill in applying knowledge in ways that allow clients to connect with an innate wisdom beneath the armoring, restore a pathway to the core of their being, reconnect with their energy, resources, and potential.


Guiding Principles
The Attachment Process & Emerging Patterns: Prenatal to Adult
Interpersonal Neurobiology: Developing a Sense of Self
Developmental Movement & the Evolving Nervous System
Somatic-Based Therapeutic Skills to Integrate Experience
Ethical Issues Inherent in Relational Therapeutic Work


Attachment Patterns & Character Strategies
The Process of Repair
Somatic-Based Therapeutic Skills to Integrate Experience


Flow of Process
Child States, Regression
Intervention for Character Structure
Working with Core Beliefs, Transformation
Somatic-Based Therapeutic Skills to Integrate Experience
Integration and Closure


Group Study

Beginning September 2018, we meet bi-weekly Wednesdays, 9-4:30, over the course of 10 months, for a total of 120 hours. There is a one-month break in December.

FALL: September 5 – November 28, 2018
WINTER: January 9 – March 20, 2019
SPRING: April 3 – June 26, 2019

Personal Practice

Over the course of 10 months, each student meets with a trained therapist for 5 individual 1-hour sessions. These sessions may be private (therapist and student) or semi-private (2 hours with therapist and 2 students, with an opportunity to observe and process together). Session should be scheduled within two-month blocks of time: September-October, November-December, January-February, March-April, and May-June.

Professional Practice

Over the course of 10 months, each student is required to submit a monthly session report, describing how they have understood and applied the course material in a professional experience.


Principles & Practices of Somatic Psychology
Two Year Training Professional Training Program

BEING & BELONGING: Neurorelational Development and the Embodied Mind
CEU 125,  6 CEU in ethics


$3420 (5% discount) prior to July 1, 2018
Options for financial assistance include VSAC non-degree grants, scholarships and payment plans.


Balance is due prior to start of course, unless other arrangements have been made. Financial aid (VSAC & scholarships) and payment plans must be arranged no later than 30 days prior to the start of the program. Please send a check payable to Wellspring Institute to: Wellspring Institute
, PO Box 147, Hardwick, VT 05843.


If for some reason you decide to discontinue with the training program, you will be reimbursed as follows:

  • 30 days or more prior to the start of the program, you will receive a full refund of all payments made.
  • Less than 30 days prior to the start of the program, you will receive a full refund of all payments made, minus a $25 application processing fee.
  • Anytime during the Fall Module, you will receive a refund of 2/3 of the tuition paid.
  • Anytime during the Winter Module, you will receive a refund of 1/3 of the tuition paid.
  • No refunds after that.