Trauma, Pleasure & Your Nervous System:

a workshop for women
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Sunday 1 March, 2020
10:00 am to 5:30 pm


149B Glenlyon Road, Brunswick VIC 


Have you attended countless feminine embodiment retreats but still find pleasure elusive?

Do you keep busy so that you don’t have to feel your feelings?

Does your body feel like a war zone or have pockets of nothingness?

Do you find it hard to say No to some people?

Or do you loop around in patterns of relating that are not serving you?


 If this sounds like you, it could be that your protective survival instincts are hijacking your desires in attempts to keep you safe. It may also be a sign of unresolved trauma from the past playing out in your current life.

As a human mammal, you are hard-wired for safety as well as connection. But sadly, these don’t always come in the same package for some.

Your autonomic nervous system underlies all of your other functions, including your ability to make rational and considered choices. It operates to protect you in moments of threat or challenge. When there are unresolved challenges and triggers from the past, these old survival patterns can constantly run the show. They stop you from being fully present and responding in a novel way in the here and now.

Both ‘big and little T traumas’ can lead to uncomfortable feelings and sensations in your body. These may be felt as pain and a lack of flow, numbness, or anything in between. And to avoid those feelings, you may have unwittingly placed a tight lid on top of them. This would have led to further numbing out and disconnection from your body, and your pleasure.

Depending on how long these default patterns have dominated, they can lead to a lifetime of frustration, helplessness, isolation, shutdown, shame, and chronic unwellness.

They may also predispose you to attracting people into your life who help you replay persistent trauma loops.

This inaugural trauma-informed workshop has been been especially curated to help you slow right down in order to:


  • understand how your survival physiology shapes your behaviours, your life choices and your access to pleasure

  • explore the impact of past challenges on your nervous system and body

  • feel into your instinctual boundaries

  • clarify your true Yes and No

  • awaken sensation in your sublime female body

  • recognize your ‘brakes’ and ‘accelerators’ in opening to pleasure

  • appreciate how your early patterns of relating may play out in current relationships

The workshop will be a blend of somatic and cognitive learning, including feminine embodiment practices and interactive processes in pairs or small groups. There may be consensual touch involved but the processes will not include any nudity. Due to its content, the workshop is open to vulva-owners only. 

While the facilitators both work in the field of trauma, this workshop is not a substitute for 1:1 therapy. It is also not suitable for anyone attempting to manage acute symptoms of trauma. If you have experienced trauma in the past, it may provide a useful springboard for further exploration of your patterns with a therapist.

Unravelling your outdated patterns which restrict your experience of pleasure will take time and dedication. However, every forward step in your journey will translate to accessing greater flow and pleasure in order to live the life that you desire.

The information is drawn from our combined experiences of working in the fields of trauma, counselling, Art therapy, Mindfulness and ACT, bodywork, birth, human sexuality and women’s Tantric yoga. 

In particular, it is influenced by our work in Somatic Experiencing® and Somatic Practice®, two mind-body approaches to trauma resolution which are underpinned by the Polyvagal Theory and are gaining momentum in Australia and NZ.

Your Facilitators

Nisha Gill works holistically in the field of trauma via Somatic Experiencing® and Somatic Practice, specialising in birth and sexual trauma resolution. She draws from her extensive experience in bodywork (integrative, Lomilomi, remedial, perinatal and intravaginal), counselling, birth education, birth attendance as doula, and teaching women’s Tantric yoga.

Rachel Penn specialises in working with trauma, addictions, mental health and grief. Her trainings include Somatic Experiencing,® Somatic touch skills, attachment psychology, Integral Somatic Psychology, Art therapy, Mindfulness and ACT. She facilitates women’s circles and healing groups, and has a keen interest in sexual trauma and erotic embodiment.


$209 – Early Bird

(until 26th January)

$239 – Full Price

Terms & Conditions

Safety and Wellbeing

The content of this workshop may be triggering for some as it touches on trauma.  If you are currently unable to care for yourself in groups and maintain clear interpersonal boundaries, or experience distressing dissociation, psychosis, or extreme mood states, then this workshop is not suitable for you at this time.

Please confirm on booking that you understand the nature of the workshop and have considered its suitability in terms of your own safety and wellbeing.



Please read these Terms and Conditions carefully before completing your registration:



All participants are responsible for their own wellbeing in the workshop.

While all care is taken to provide a safe-enough space, the workshop facilitators cannot be held liable for adverse reactions in response to group participation.


Cancellations & Refunds

Booking with payment ensures that your place is reserved for the workshop. Cancellations up to two weeks prior to the workshop will be refunded the amount paid minus a $15 handling fee. No refunds will be available in the two weeks prior to the workshop. 

Tickets may be transferred to another person who fits the suitability criteria, but no less than one week before the workshop. The new participant must book in via this form independently, upon which your payment will be refunded. 

If for unforeseen reasons the facilitators are required to cancel the workshop, your payment will be refunded in full. 


Boundaries of Practice

This workshop does not train participants to work therapeutically with clients, paid or not, on any issue relating directly to trauma. Participants cannot claim, verbally, in writing or online, to be “trauma trained” by participating in this workshop. 


Arrival Time

Because of the nature of this workshop and the need to create a safe container, it is essential that participants are ready to start by the listed time. That will mean arriving between ten and thirty minutes before the start time.

Participants arriving late, for whatever reason, will not be able to join the workshop and will forfeit their fees. If you arrive late, please do not attempt to enter the workshop space as it will be disruptive to the group energy field. 

By purchasing a ticket you agree that you have read, understood and agree to the Terms and Conditions outlined above.



Nisha Gill ~ 0402 039 341 

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