Advanced Somatic Shadow & Circle Work Facilitator Training
ADVANCED training


Advanced Facilitator Training

Using the Power of Somatics, Depth Psychology, Circle work & Group Dynamics to Facilitate Personal & Collective Transformation

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August 22 - September 5
The Netherlands

Currently in Process to be Accredited by the International Institute of Complimentary Therapies

Completion of this process is planned before the training begins in August.

Join Maanee Chrystal, Somatic Integrative Therapist & Teacher and Christian Pankhurst, Founder of Heart iQ Circle Work & expert in group dynamics, during a one of a kind two-week immersion into the heart of Shadow and Circle Work facilitation.

This unique blend of personal retreat and leadership training is designed to forge a deeper connection with your own shadow, unlocking the door to becoming a truly impactful, embodied leader in the realms of somatic shadow and circle work.

Dive into the art of facilitating transformational group sessions, where you'll master the skills needed to guide individuals toward uncovering and integrating their shadow selves, fostering profound personal and collective healing.

An invitation to therapists, coaches, facilitators & healers

The Advanced Somatic Shadow & Circle Work retreat & training is a transformative immersion that invites you to the depths of your being, where the intersection of your own personal process of shadow work meets your capacity to guide powerful group processes through your embodied leadership. 

This training is more than a method‚ÄĒit's a heartfelt invitation to embrace the parts of ourselves we've learned to silence and shadow in our quest for acceptance and love and in turn, learn how to support others to do the same.‚Äč

Crafted with the understanding that our deepest shame and most guarded parts of self, hold the key to our most authentic expression. 

This work intertwines the wisdom of the body, the power of group dynamics & the amplification of the group field as a catalyst for long lasting transformation that can only be found in "tribe".

This two week program is an exploration of the forgotten allies within, where our essence, beyond all of our strategies for love & approval are laid to rest and the embodied aliveness of your authenticity awaits recognition and liberation.‚Äč

Through this tender yet powerful process, we learn to gently unearth and cradle the neglected parts of ourselves, transforming our shadows into sources of freedom.‚Äč

As a facilitator of somatic shadow & circle work, you will become the alchemists of your own stories, turning pain into purpose, and shame into freedom. 

This journey not only integrates the shadow and teaches you how to become an embodied leader, it also acts as a ripple effect, touching lives and weaving communities together in a tapestry of shared healing and collective awakening.

‚ÄčEmbarking on this path as a Somatic Shadow & Circle Work Facilitator, you step into a role of profound significance, guiding others through their own shadow towards the light of their authentic, embodied aliveness.

Embodied Leadership & Personal Transformation : The heart of the Advanced Training

At the heart of our training is the concept of embodied leadership, emphasizing that your presence and being are as crucial as your professional skills. 

The difference between our level 1 foundations training & this training is that we encourage participants to explore their own shadows in a more comprehensive way. 

By doing the deep personal work on your shadow, you will be an embodied leader. 

This means, who you are is essentially more powerful than the tools, teachings & practices you facilitate.‚Äč

By integrating your experiences and insights of your own shadow into your practice, you become a more effective conduit for healing and transformation for others, capable of navigating the complexities of group dynamics and individual shadows with empathy and clear insight.

‚ÄčOver the two weeks, we will be honing in on 3 specific areas of shadow integration that you will also learn to facilitate for others or incorporate into your current therapeutic, teaching or coaching practice.‚Äč

The Constructed self: The ways we seek validation & approval. 

Projection : Integration of disowned aspects of self projected onto others. 

Shadow Ranges: Access different aspects of your own shadow through tapping into archetypal ranges.‚Äč

These three pillars are fundamental to shadow work and will open the door for an in-depth understanding of common shadows that rule and operate our personality ( and life).

Core Principles of the Somatic Shadow & Circle Work Facilitator Training


As trauma is stored in the body, We take a sensation based, nervous system & trauma informed approach : We believe true and long lasting transformation can not happen until we feel and meet our body, sensations, emotions, neurobiology & physiology as a part of any therapeutic work.


Shame is integrated when held, felt & seen by a loving presence. The group field acts not only as a powerful catalyst for collective transformation & integration of our shadow but also as a loving tribe that offers a re-imprinting of our need for community & our intrinsic need for belonging & love.


We believe a true leader is one that leads from experience. Therefore this will not only be a professional training but most importantly a personal transformation process. In order to work with other people's shadows, we must be willing to connect, feel & be with the hidden & denied aspects of ourselves as well.



Though the content of shadow work is vulnerable & tender, we work with the principle of this work being an intrinsically joyful process, not something that has to be hard, painful or that we have to push through resistance. Shadow work is an act of no longer self abandoning & this in its essence is a touching & connected journey for all.

Our Advanced Somatic Shadow & Circle Work program offers you...

Our approach is centered on refining a few core skills rather than overwhelming you with an extensive toolkit. You will engage in a personal shadow retreat, exploring your inner landscape and alchemizing your shadows into valuable assets. The curriculum includes practical tools for somatic coaching, nervous system regulation, and eliciting shadow work in a tangible, integrative way. Through circle work and focused practices, you will learn to bring shadows to light in real-time, ensuring a holistic and immediate process of integration.

  • A deep dive into your own personal shadow exploring 3 core aspects of your shadow.
  • Embodied Leadership skills
  • Holding circle work
  • Somatic coaching & facilitation
  • Hot seats- get the chance to facilitate circle while getting feedback from the group
  • How to create embodied somatic safety
  • Nervous system Regulation
  • Powerful practices & exercises in somatic shadow work that can be adapted to individuals & groups
  • Somatic Coaching / facilitation skills : Body based coaching that supports people to move from story to embodied present moment relating & self inquiry
  • How to access different ranges of our shadow within a group
  • Somatic Movement practices
  • How to create safety when trauma arises in group settings¬†

Trauma informed container

This retreat is held by expert trainers along with a team of trauma informed assistants to create personal & group somatic safety through out the program.

Interactive Experience

This program includes a balance of theory and practical, hands-on experience to help you develop your skills and build your confidence as a Somatic Shadow Work Facilitator.

Community Building

The program includes building a supportive community, which will not only help you in your personal growth but also provide lifelong relationships and mentors.

Our Advanced Curriculum Focuses on...

Embodied Leadership

This approach transcends traditional leadership methodologies by focusing on the essence of who you are, rather than merely the techniques and tools you employ. At the core of Embodied Leadership lies the belief that true leadership emanates from within; it's about cultivating a deep, authentic connection to your own emotional and energetic range.

Our training delves into the intricate process of developing your internal capacities, enabling you to authentically hold and navigate a wide range of emotions and energies. This isn't about your tool box and skills; it's a profound exploration of your inner world and its impact on your leadership and helping clients navigate their shadows in a trauma informed way. By building resilience and awareness within your nervous system, you'll unlock the ability to lead shadow work with authenticity, empathy, and effectiveness in any situation.

Heart iQ Circle Work Skills Training

Our training equips facilitators with the nuanced skills needed to create a safe, supportive environment where individuals feel truly seen and heard as they reveal their most vulnerable inner selves. You'll learn how to delicately navigate these sensitive realms, helping clients to not only confront but also understand their trauma and shadows.

More importantly, this journey transforms these shadows into gifts, unveiling the hidden strengths and resilience within each individual. The training places a special emphasis on developing skills in somatic, present-moment coaching and facilitation. This approach fosters a deep connection with the body's wisdom, enhancing your ability to respond intuitively and empathetically in real-time.


Participate in Hot Seats


In this immersive experience, you will have the invaluable opportunity to practice holding a shadow circle, under the watchful and supportive guidance of our experts. Christian and Maanee will aid you in honing your ability to keenly read and attune to the nuances of both the individual client's needs and the collective energy of the group. This hands-on approach is crucial in navigating the complex, real-time dynamics that naturally emerge in such transformative spaces.

The centerpiece of this training is the 'hot seat' session, where you'll take the lead in facilitating a session, receiving immediate, in-the-moment guidance from our mentors. This direct feedback is tailored not just to enhance your professional facilitation skills but also to support your personal growth journey.

Who is this training for?

This advanced two-week Deep Dive is tailored for experienced professionals in the fields of therapy, coaching, counseling, and facilitation who are ready to expand their practice into group settings. It's for those who recognize the power of group dynamics and are eager to harness it for deeper, more impactful work. 

  • Experienced Therapists and Counselors: Professionals who have been working one-on-one with clients and are looking to broaden their impact by facilitating group sessions.
  • Dedicated Coaches and Facilitators: Individuals already versed in coaching or facilitation who want to deepen their practice with somatic and shadow work to create transformative group experiences.
  • Committed to Personal Growth: Those who understand that to guide others effectively, they must be willing to continuously engage in their own personal and professional development, facing their own shadows and integrating their learnings.
  • Seekers of Depth in Practice: Practitioners who are not satisfied with surface-level techniques and are seeking a more profound, embodied approach to transformation and healing.
  • Ready for a Challenge: Individuals who are not daunted by the intensity of deep personal and professional work and are ready to commit to an immersive, transformative experience.
  • Willing to Be Vulnerable: Professionals who are open to exploring and sharing their own process, understanding that vulnerability is a strength in facilitating deep work with others.
  • Eager to Lead Authentically: Those aspiring to lead not just from a place of acquired knowledge but from the depth of their own transformative experiences, embodying the change they wish to facilitate.

 Your guides

Maanee Chrystal

Maanee is a Somatic Psychotherapist, Dance Therapist, and Somatic Integrative Educator & Activist.  With her innate capacity for deep feeling and sensing, Maanee weaves together a tapestry of modalities including shadow work, somatics, trauma resolution, nervous system health, dance therapy, non-duality, eco-somatics, embodied leadership, sensuality & the erotic.

As the visionary founder of The Somatic Institute for Women, Maanee has created a sanctuary for women seeking to reclaim their power and embodiment. Her year-long teacher trainings on somatics for women have empowered and educated nearly 300 students, equipping them with the tools to become somatic educators themselves & her school holds over 50,000 students worldwide.

Beyond her work at the Institute, Maanee serves as a somatic psychotherapist  working in private practice for the last 10 years. She also leads immersive trainings on shadow work, delving into the depths of the human psyche to bring about profound transformation.

Christian Pankhurst

Christian Pankhurst is globally recognized as an eminent authority on emergent group dynamics. Through the integration of various embodied modalities, he has devised a groundbreaking method to foster profound transformational spaces, employing a unique circle technology known as Heart iQ. Heart iQ is about doing deep inner work together with others in community.

This approach is both potent and intuitive, allowing the field's wisdom to steer the course, rather than the facilitator's predetermined agenda. Christian's mastery lies in imparting the art of attuning to the subtle cues within the field and deciphering group dynamics, enabling the circle itself to assume the role of the teacher. Since commencing his journey as a group facilitator in 2002, Christian has amassed an impressive 50,000 hours of teaching experience in circle at his deep dive retreats.

He had trained and certified more than 400 practitioners, facilitators, and coaches hailing from over 50 countries worldwide. Currently, he primarily teaches in the United States, UK & Europe. In 2015, Christian established and co-founded "New Eden," an idyllic transformational retreat centre nestled in the Netherlands. Spanning a breathtaking 10-acre property, this sanctuary provides an ideal backdrop for immersive and soul-stirring experiences. It serves as his spiritual haven and a sacred space where he delves into his most profound work.

Advanced Shadow & Circle Work Facilitator Training Registration

AUGUST 22-September 5

Held at the New Eden House,  a unique residential retreat centre surrounded by 50 acres of calm and quiet land, 90 minutes from Amsterdam.



includes food & accommodation in a shared occupancy room.

‚ā¨3500 early bird
‚ā¨3995 full price


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