Embodying Empathy — An April Workshop In Berkeley!

August 21, 2012

A new workshop with Nick Walker and Karla McLaren

Statue of GuanyinSaturday, April 6th, 2013 in Berkeley

Empathy is everywhere in the news, in books, and in our conversations about each other and our world — and empathy is possibly the most important social skill you possess. However, empathy can be very fragile.

It is common to get triggered and lose the capacity to empathize in the presence of conflict, difference, anger, fear, anxiety, and defensiveness. You may attack or withdraw, or you may become unable to think or feel your way to a more workable response.

The solution: Learn to fully embody your empathy so that it becomes a safe and reliable stance that you can return to in times of trouble.

Empathy as an embodied practice

Photo of Nick Walker and studentIn Embodying Empathy, somatic psychologist and aikido sensei Nick Walker and empath Karla McLaren will help you access your empathy tangibly so that you can work through your triggers and use all of your emotions as the essential resources they are.

This one-day experiential workshop will help you befriend and strengthen your natural empathic abilities and access your emotional awareness with support and ease.

You’ll learn to stay grounded and empowered in difficult interactions, speak your truth and set boundaries compassionately, bridge differences, identify and work with emotions in yourself and others, understand how emotions interrelate (and how they sometimes don’t), and bring empathy to even your most challenging relationships.

Photo of Karla McLarenWe really look forward to seeing you at Embodying Empathy! Thank you for bringing your empathy and your emotional awareness to a waiting world.

When: Saturday, April 6th, 2013, from 10am to 5pm (please arrive by 9:45am).

Where: Studio Twelve, at 2525 Eighth Street (between Dwight & Parker) in Berkeley, California.

Registration: $85 per person; $75 for students and seniors.

Please use the PayPal button below to register. Advance online registration is required.

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Please contact us if you have any questions.

Studio Twelve is part of the Sawtooth Studio building in West Berkeley. Come in the door numbered 2525, and Studio Twelve will be on your left. There’s good on-street parking, plus a parking lot across the street from the studio.

There are several good restaurants within easy walking distance of the studio. You’re also welcome to bring a lunch and eat it in the studio during our lunch break.

Wear comfortable clothes for moving, and layers for changeable weather. Cushions and some back supports will be provided, but please feel free to bring your own. Please arrive by 9:45am.


Barb Kobe August 21, 2012 at 4:46 pm

Wish I could come, I’m in Minnesota. Any chance of this being something offered online?

Karla August 21, 2012 at 5:50 pm

Hello Barb! This workshop is hands-on and experiential, with lots of interactional work, so I don’t think it can translate to an online format. However, I do have an online course in empathy that incorporates video, audio, journalling, and other exercises — and it may be useful to you. It’s called Emotional Flow, and information about it is here: http://karlamclaren.com/emotional-flow-becoming-fluent-in-the-language-of-emotions/

K Petterson August 22, 2012 at 12:05 pm

Hi Karla,
Wondered if you’ll be coming to the east coast, perhaps Atlanta to offer Embodying Empathy?

Karla August 22, 2012 at 3:40 pm

Hello K! I will be presenting a 2-day workshop in February in Sarasota, Florida. Would that work?

mary ann ribble August 31, 2012 at 7:18 pm

Hello from a participant in March online course. I am really wanting to connect with others who are interested in doing this work! I was thinking of starting a local reading /sharing the work /group locally.

last month when I was the last to write on the Sounds Forum, I felt like it wasn’t going to continue to be really used. After the course was over, somehow the interest waned. I live in Rochester, NY. So am wondering if you have any ideas or if you would be willing to work live with a group that might be willing to do the online course, in the sense that you would answer questions and give feedback as you did when the course was running originally.

Karla September 3, 2012 at 5:53 am

Hello Mary Ann,

I don’t think the online course at Sounds True is really an ongoing venue. I’ve looked at other online options, but haven’t found anything yet. Sharon Ellison (Taking the War Out of Our Words) is doing some regular workshops online now, and I haven’t been able to take one yet, but I’m really interested in what she has found. I’ll keep you updated on this blog and in the newsletter if I find a workable option. Just an FYI – I’m in grad school and writing two books, so my workshop time is very limited right now!


Antoinette September 1, 2012 at 3:26 pm

Hi Karla. I’m in Colorado. Any chance you’ll be in the area anytime soon?

Karla September 3, 2012 at 5:55 am

Hello Antoinette, yes, I will be in the Boulder area in December or January to record a new audio learning set on empathy — but I don’t know if I’ll be able to get a workshop into the visit. I’ll have to check into venues. Besides Naropa, what’s available?

Gail Kenny September 3, 2012 at 5:13 pm

Here is a Radiolab podcast link to one called “Where am I?” There is some discussion of the mind-body-emotions, proprioception and neurobiology. I thought you and this group would find it interesting: http://www.radiolab.org/2006/may/05/

Karla September 4, 2012 at 7:16 pm

Thank you Gail! I love Radiolab, and I’m looking forward to listening. See you soon!

rita martin October 6, 2012 at 3:37 am

dear karla,
i’m so excited to go to the workshop.
i’ve had a stroke 16+ years ago in tibet. i’m an acupuncturist and done (before and after the stroke)chi gung. my right side is effected.
maybe i can sit on the floor but i can sit on a chair.
kind regards,

Karla October 6, 2012 at 3:56 am

Hello Rita, and welcome! I’m happy that you’re coming to the workshop! There are back jacks at the dojo, and I can also bring pillows for you. What would work best?


Ariane Zurcher October 14, 2012 at 5:35 am

Hi Karla and Nick, unless they develop an instant transport device in the next 5 days I won’t be able to make it as much as I’d love to! Tried to order the online course, but was told there were some site issues. I’ll try again later.
It all sounds wonderful and something I’m very interested in!

Karla October 14, 2012 at 10:38 am

Thanks Ariane! Nick and I are looking to take this workshop on the road, so we could get to the East Coast soon!

April Welch October 18, 2012 at 11:30 am

Hi Karla! Are you coming to Chicago? We have big choirs and great food here 😉

Karla October 19, 2012 at 10:07 am

Chicago? I love Chicago! We don’t have any plans as of yet, but we’ll keep it in mind. What kind of easy workshop venues have you got now that Transitions is gone? Also, what choirs will let a ringer come in from California and sing with the sopranos? 😉

April Welch October 20, 2012 at 10:53 am

Wow! OMG! Its so exciting to get to talk to you! Your books are awesome! I run the Idea Shop at the Illinois Institute of Technology, we could seat 150 in our lecture space with room to break into small groups. (We have other venues on campus too!) http://ipro.iit.edu/ideashop

Trinity’s choir is the one that comes to mind, everybody in the place sings, we are on the south side of chicago and boy would it be awesome to have you here!


Karla October 26, 2012 at 11:13 am

Thanks April! We’ll talk on e-mail!

Gail Kenny October 23, 2012 at 3:18 pm

I just blogged about some of what I learned and had validated at the Embodying Empathy workshop. Here is the link to the blog post. Please feel free to share it:

Karla October 26, 2012 at 11:12 am

Thanks Gail! It was great to spend the day with you, and I’m glad the workshop was useful and integratable (is that a word?)!

April Welch November 5, 2012 at 12:12 pm

Awesome! Glad your workshop was a success. I put my work email in this form.


Karla November 5, 2012 at 1:43 pm

Huh, I sent you an e-mail a while ago. I’ll send again to the new address.

Bruce Schmidt April 7, 2013 at 4:38 pm

Karla, sorry, I had at first intended to attend when I saw this last month, then realized there were no CEUs (I am an LCSW), then began to consider whether I wanted to attend for my personal reasons… reading The Language of Emotions and looking at my “anger issues”… but then my income taxes took precedent over everything, and cost me $$… mailed them out Friday… so I decided to stay home in my refuge in the redwoods and do internal work in solitude. Thinking of you and the class on Saturday, and missing the opportunity to process with support, but c’est la vie. I hope to attend another course in the near future. Thanks!

Karla April 7, 2013 at 7:12 pm

Sorry we missed you, Bruce! But I’m glad you got some time for your internal work.

You say redwoods — anywhere near Monte Rio? I’ll be doing a different workshop next month — on the shadow, in West Sonoma County. Embracing Your Shadow.

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