Public event

In this experiential Coffeelogue – Conversations with body: learning to listen as bodies speakMark Kelly will introduce, discuss and explore the pioneering work of Dr Peter Levine, creator of somatic experiencing trauma therapy. This is a naturalistic body-based approach to overcome trauma and stressful life experiences.

Date: Saturday 1 February 2020

Time: 10.00am–12.30pm

Venue: Room 2, Elizabeth House, 39 York Road, Waterloo, London SE1 7NQ

This event is now full. We have a waiting list, so please email us if you would like to be added to it.

About the topic

“Our feelings and our bodies are like water flowing into water. We learn to swim within the energies of the (body) senses.”

Tarthang Tulku

The aim of this morning is to explore together – in a fun, curious way – the body and sensations from a place of agency and resilience. With opportunity for questions and explorations, participants will also be invited to take part in some gentle and fun experiential exercises.

This Coffeelogue will be at a gentle, slow pace, giving space and opportunity to connect with yourself and others. Mark’s hope is that we find ease and comfort as we share and play as a group.

Somatic practices help clients and practitioners alike become more aware of their bodies and more connected to their innate resourceful capacities. By practising slowing down and getting in touch with sensations in the body we can move from ‘fixity to flow’. As survival energies stuck in the body get to complete and integrate slowly, one moves towards embodying more of themselves.

In this workshop, Mark will introduce you to the pioneering work of Dr Peter Levine. He is the creator of Somatic Experiencing Trauma Therapy, which is a naturalistic, body-based approach to overcome trauma and stressful life experiences.

As the body dances with an organic fluidity within its structures – Mark hopes too that the loose structure of this workshop will allow space for contributions and questions that may lead us in a different directions and explorations.

What we will cover

  • Introducing somatic experiencing
  • How a session would feel: sample practices
  • Practices to settle the nervous system
  • Grounding and orientating exercises
  • Questions and answers
  • Exploring stimulating the vagus nerve through sound, voo sound

About Mark

Mark is a dance artist and teacher of over 20 years’ experience. During his professional performing career he danced with Rambert Dance Company and Scottish Ballet. Some 5 years ago he retrained as a somatic coach and therapist.

The cultivation of presence and creativity in his performing years has been such a gem of resource in working with groups and individuals therapeutically. Dancers are often expressing non-verbally which has given Mark a high degree of sensitivity to the expression of the body.

Mark is a certified somatic coach trained at the Strozzi Institute and an advanced-year trainee of somatic experiencing trauma therapy, the work of Dr Peter A. Levine, PhD.

Mark’s own journey of healing and returning home to the body has been profound, allowing him to access more aliveness and inspiring him to share these powerful healing modalities with others. For Mark, working therapeutically is a moment to collaborate and improvise with another, creating playful trusting therapeutic relationships.

About the Coffeelogue

For those new to this event, the Coffeelogue is a space where we get together to learn and socialise, meet some new colleagues and find out what others are up to, as well as digest new ideas over coffee and croissant.

The term ‘Coffeelogue’ was coined by Doron and Darren, to depict both causal and deep space that can occur in short and informal settings.

We hope to learn together and from each other in the form of a casual learning community in a friendly atmosphere with the added fun of late morning coffee/tea and pastry.

(And of course for all you health freaks like us there will be alternative surprises…)

The added bonus is that we structure it as a CPD event so you’ll be able to count it as CPD hours (a CPD certificate will be provided as well).


10am–10.30am: Coffee/croissant/meet etc

10.30am–11.15am: Presentation

11.15am–12.30pm: Writing, sharing and discussion

Booking information

This event is now full. We have a waiting list, so please email us if you would like to be added to it.

Places are:

  • free for Relational Spaces members
  • £15 for non-members

Relational Spaces members

Book your free spot by emailing us at


Places cost £15.

Cancellation policy: please note that for non-members we do not offer refunds for our Coffeelogue events.

How to book

To confirm your booking please email us at and we will reply with details of how to pay.

Please use your name + CL8 as reference.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Warm regards,

Darren, Dianne, Doron and Cressy

07848 013 328
07426 336 322

Photo: Doron Levene