James S. Gordon, MD, founder and director of the Center for Mind-Body Medicine (CMBM), former chair of the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and author of Unstuck: Your Seven-Stage Guide to the…
Full Bio & Programs
Psychological trauma—suffering the losses we most dread or being wounded where we are most vulnerable—comes sooner or later to all of us. It may cause chaos in previously ordered lives, freeze progress in active ones, or both. Trauma, which often calls into painful question who we are and what we do, can also be deeply transforming.
James S. Gordon, a Harvard-educated psychiatrist, has worked with traumatized people in Kosovo, Israel, Gaza, Haiti, and southern Louisiana, US military personnel, and American civilians of all ages. In this workshop, he teaches safe and practical physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual ways to access, explore, learn from, grow through, and move beyond trauma. By becoming aware of and sharing what has challenged and is challenging us, we transform our lives.
In this program, learn to
- Understand the psychobiology of trauma
- Identify post-traumatic stress symptoms
- Practice meditation to quiet hyper arousal and gain perspective
- Appreciate the role of group support and self-expression in stress and trauma relief
- Resolve psychological numbing and physical freezing
- Understand the spiritual lessons found in trauma.
Required reading James Gordon, Unstuck: Your Guide to the Seven-Stage Journey Out of Depression (Penguin).
Recommended reading Stephen Cope, The Great Work of Your Life (Bantam Books);Robert M. Sapolsky, Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers (St. Martin’s Press); Marion Solomon, Healing Trauma (W.W. Norton and Company); and Bessel A. van der Kolk, Traumatic Stress (The Guilford Press).
- 11 credits for Psychologists (PSY), $20 additional charge
- 11 credits for Certified Counselors (NBCC), $20 additional charge
- 11 credits for Social Workers (SW), $20 additional charge
- room & meals pricing
9:00 am–5:00 pm, Monday–Friday
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Choice of Accommodations
Rates below reflect total housing costs for all program nights.
The dorms allow for 5–22 people per room, and offer simple bunk beds and nearby hall bathrooms.
- Standard Rooms
- $256 and up
These spare and peaceful rooms measure 8' x 12' and include a double or queen-size bed or platform twin beds.
- Standard Plus Rooms
- $392 and up
These quiet rooms are perfect for those who want a real retreat, and include simple décor, a double or queen-size bed, or twin beds.Learn More