612.327.1447 dg@uptownom.com

Daniel Gaustad, DC, RYT, SEP

~ A Mindful Approach To Chiropractic & Somatic Experiencing ~

6-Month Somatic Experiencing Men’s Group

People say that what we’re all seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking. I think that what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonances within our own innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive.
– Joseph Campbell

Somatic Experiencing encourages us to look with curiosity at the body and the nervous system in a pragmatic and functional way. When we have a felt sense experience of the connection between the “physical plane” (body and nervous system) and “our own innermost being and reality” (thoughts, emotions, meaning), we can begin to answer questions such as:

– What happens in the body when we experience stress or trauma?
– How can listening to the body have an impact on how we respond to stressors in our life?
– How can we reduce the impact of stressors, reduce our reactivity and really feel alive and engaged in the world?

When we begin to understand how accumulated stress and traumas from our past can show up and limit the quality of our lives in the present, we can begin to move through those limitations and into the fullness of life.

Each session will include learning through presentation of information and group discussion/experiences. There will also be opportunities for individual sharing and feedback. Through sharing and feedback, we will learn from one another and support each other over this 6-month arc of growth and connection.

With the intention of maximizing opportunities for connection and coherence, this group is limited to 8 participants.

A few of the books that have inspired my work:

  • Waking the Tiger – Peter Levine
  • The Will To Change: Men, Masculinity and Love – bell hooks
  • My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies – Resmaa Menakem


2736 Lyndale Ave S #210
Minneapolis, MN 55408

Mondays from 7:00pm-9:30pm

June 10, 17 & 24
July 15 & 22
August 12 &19
September 9 & 16
October 7 & 14
November 4 & 11

$195 deposit reserves your spot (your deposit will be applied as payment for the last 3 Mondays)

$65 per session

You can miss up to 2 Mondays at no cost. Any Mondays missed thereafter will be charged $65.

PLEASE NOTE: If you haven’t worked with me before, please contact me to schedule a 10-15 minute phone or Zoom call for a quick introduction.


Submit your $195 deposit:

PayPal: paypal.me/danielgaustad
Venmo: venmo.com/danielgaustad

If paying by check, please let me know when you have mailed it to:

Daniel Gaustad, DC
2736 Lyndale Ave S #210
Minneapolis, MN 55408

Registration closes on June 3rd, 2019

Cancellation Policy:
If you need to cancel, a refund, less $50, will be offered through May 27, 2019. After May 27, 2019, a refund will only be given, less $50, if your place can be filled by another participant.




Connectedness is a biological imperative.

– Stephen Porges

Through the Lens of Safety and Connection

A 4-Week Series For Men

Mondays, 7:00-9:00pm :: Feb 4, Feb 11, Feb 18, Feb 25 2019

This Group Is Now Full

(If you would like to be informed of future groups, please sign up for my newsletter or email directly at dg@uptownom.com)

Men of feeling often find themselves isolated from other men. This fear of isolation often acts as the mechanism to prevent males from becoming more emotionally aware.

– bell hooks, The Will to Change: Men, Masculinity and Love

Each week will include presentation/discussion on a theme related to safety and connection followed by opportunities for practical application through group work. The combination of discussions and group work will encourage interactions between our autonomic nervous systems. Deb Dana in her book, The Polyvagal Theory In Therapy, states that “it is through reciprocal regulation of our autonomic states that we feel safe to move into connection and create trusting relationships.”

Drawing upon principles of Somatic Experiencing and Polyvagal Theory, we will explore different aspects of our nervous systems in action, the neurobiology of safety and connection and the tracking of our inner felt experiences leading to more authenticity and compassion in our relationships with ourselves and with others. “When we have a direct perception of interconnectedness, the four immeasurables (Buddhist virtues of loving kindness, joy, compassion, and balance that are the antidote to negativity) arise and are inherent.” – Mukara Meredith

This group is open to men. No previous experience with Somatic Experiencing or group work is required. Group size is limited to 8 participants.

This group is facilitated by Daniel Gaustad, DC, RYT, SEP

Location: 2736 Lyndale Ave S #210 Minneapolis, MN 55408

Fee – $250 for 4-week series

Cancellation Policy – If you need to cancel, a refund, less $50, will be offered through January 21, 2019. After January 21, 2019, a refund will only be given, less $50, if your place can be filled by another participant.

Stepping Into The Hero’s Journey

Dates: Coming Soon

Man is the animal that doesn’t know what to do with itself. The mind has many possibilities, but we can live no more than one life. What are we going to do with ourselves?

– Joseph Campbell

Patriarchy and the Experience of Being a Man

Dates: Coming Soon

No male successfully measures up to patriarchal standards without engaging in an ongoing practice of self-betrayal.

– bell hooks

Somatic Experiencing Basics

Dates: Coming Soon

We use our minds not to discover facts but to hide them.

– Antonio Damasio


The Polyvagal Theory: Safety and Connection in Daily Life

Dates: Coming Soon

We live a story that originates in our autonomic state, is sent through autonomic pathways from the body to the brain, and is then translated by the brain into the beliefs that guide our daily living. The mind narrates what the nervous system knows. Story follows state.

– Deb Dana

Daniel Gaustad, DC          2736 Lyndale Ave S #210          Minneapolis, MN 55408

Phone – 612.327.1447          Email – dg@uptownom.com