Embodied Leadership@Columbia University
Participants in this experiential course explore embodied/somatic learning through an interdisciplinary lens of relevant literature from psychology, adult learning, eastern and western philosophy, neuroscience, and leadership best practices. Through readings, experiential, expressive, and reflective exercises learners explore the relationship between somatic or “mind/body” practices, learning and leadership, and understand ways to apply this learning to enhance their professional development as well as the development of those they lead.Throughout the course, participants explore ways to bring these approaches into everyday events such as crisis management, decision-making, communication, and strategic thinking and apply them to real-world situations. They also come away with simple, practical tools they can use individually as well as with teams within organizations.
“Dr. Bennett embodied what she was teaching us in the way she showed up to every class; listened and responded to each of us with respect, often seeking clarity or providing feedback and observations that were insightful; applied the theoretical aspects to her teaching practices and classroom activities.
What was unexpected is Dr. Bennett’s openness and support, helping us to develop integrated wholeness and a state of being and embodiment that ultimately felt very personally and individually customized for me. This liberated and inspired me. Dr. Bennett’s approach in this way represented and embodied the general essence, premises, and application of somatics.” — Kaarina R.
- “Finally, she modeled to us how to hold space effectively and cultivate an atmosphere of opening and trust and bonding. This made all the difference in the class.
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Mindfulness in Action: Embodied LeadershipEmbodied Leadership cultivates deep insight into our largely unconscious patterns of perception, emotion, and action that result in the leaders we show ourselves to be. Somatics expert Dr. Carmela Bennett will facilitate a workshop to explore what it means to dig into these unconscious perceptions that guide how we present ourselves.
“My Somatic learning experience has been extraordinary. It was an eye-opener on how our minds and bodies can work together. Learning about the mind-body connection has made me more aware of the importance of how our bodies can be used to convey messages to others about ourselves. I wondered how it could make people better in what they do and the relationships they have, it was only when I truly started incorporating it into my life that I understood its power and beauty.” — Grace A. former HR Practioner
“I felt like there was an immediate awareness, application, and shift that I experienced as a result of my learning in both my personal and academic life. I am becoming more centered and grounded, better able to connect and be present and embody within my presence that which I value. I also learned with somatic awareness and practices, I can make fundamental shifts and change my habits and tendencies. This ultimately has inspired me with confidence and hope, learning that change is possible and that I can be more focused and resilient than I previously thought. I feel empowered to have created a toolbox of somatic practices and to have learned how to discern what practices to use when and not revert to conditioned tendencies and habits.” — Kaarina R.
“My Somatic learning experience has been extraordinary. Learning about mind-body connection has made me more aware of the importance of how our bodies can be used to convey messages to others about ourselves. The energies that are encapsulated within us can be harnessed to bring about positive changes within our lives. . It was an eye-opener on how our minds and bodies can work together. Although there were times when I wondered how it could make people better in what they do and the relationships they have, it was only when I truly started incorporating it into my life that I understood its power and beauty. ” — Grace A. former HR Practioner
“I had some amazing results. The awareness I gained in the practices with Carmela helped me catalyze the development of aspects of myself that will have great influence in the years to come. With Carmela’s support I explored my pattern of avoiding conflict and realized how it was ingrained in my emotions, my thought process and the way I relate to people.” — Agustin C.
“Carmela is very focused and eager to see progress in her clients. She understands a situation quickly and accurately and made me feel very understood. She brings a fresh approach that uses the whole body, made connections where I hadn’t seen them, and suggested ways of thinking about a problem that I hadn’t heard of or thought of before.” — Julia D.
“Working with Carmela has given me new insight into my work as a teacher-leader, the way I relate to people, the way I relate to myself, how I react in times of stress, how I handle challenges coming at me, what helps me stay grounded and centered, and what areas of the body I tend to hold tension in or what areas I can focus on to tap into peaceful strength.” — Jimi H.
“Enlightening, because she has observational opportunities, she notices the things that really matter and can link that back to how the person is presenting themselves.” — Sara
“The information I learned about myself, the self-awareness of how I show up and how I react, has already started to inform my actions on a daily basis, it’s become a part of me.” — Client