612.327.1447 dg@uptownom.com

Daniel Gaustad, DC, RYT, SEP

~ A Mindful Approach To Chiropractic & Somatic Experiencing ~

Somatic Men’s Group for White Allies

On-going monthly meetings

The body is where we fear, hope, and react; where we constrict and release; and where we reflexively fight, flee, or freeze. If we are to upend the status quo of white-body supremacy, we must begin with our bodies. – Resmaa Menakem, My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies

This group provides opportunities for men to gather and connect through Somatic Sharing, Feedback and Tracking of the Relational Field. There is a requirement that anyone joining this group has done Individual Somatic Experiencing work with me or has previously participated in one of my Somatic Experiencing Men’s Groups.

This group is for White Men who truly and deeply care about ending racism in all of its forms and who want to experience how engaging in Somatic Antiracism work can lead to personal empowerment, collective mobilization and societal change.

If interested, please inquire about current openings in this group.

This group is limited to 6 participants and meets approximately one Monday per month.

A few of the books that inform this group:

  • 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
  • White Fragility – Robin DiAngelo

Location:

In-Person Group – 2736 Lyndale Ave S #210 Minneapolis, MN 55408

and

Online Group – via Zoom

 

 

Newsletter

Connectedness is a biological imperative.

– Stephen Porges

Somatic Antiracism Group For White Allies

4 Thursdays – February through May, 2020

The body is where we fear, hope, and react; where we constrict and release; and where we reflexively fight, flee, or freeze. If we are to upend the status quo of white-body supremacy, we must begin with our bodies.

– Resmaa Menakem, My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies

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

This group is open to All Genders.

The following books are strongly recommended:

  • My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies – Resmaa Menakem
  • White Fragility – Robin DiAngelo
  • How To Be An Antiracist – Ibram X. Kendi

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

Thursdays from 7:00pm-9:30pm

  • February 20th
  • March 5th
  • April 16th
  • May 14th

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.

Registration closes on February 1st, 2020

 

 

6-Month Somatic Men’s Group

June-November 2019

This Group Is Now Full

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

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.

Stepping Into The Hero’s Journey

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

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

– bell hooks

The Polyvagal Theory: Safety and Connection in Daily Life

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, RYT, SEP          Phone - 612.327.1447          Email - dg@uptownom.com