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Risa Kaparo, PhD

As a young adult, Risa successfully healed herself from a painful and life-threatening illness. The discoveries she made during her ordeal prompted her to eventually create a methodology to transform pain, stress, trauma and aging into wellness, embodied mindfulness and vital longevity. This system, called Somatic Learning® – was developed during three decades of research, clinical practice and training of health care practitioners, based on a synthesis of psychological, somatic, and meditative disciplines. As a licensed Ph.D. level psychotherapist and somatic therapist, Dr. Kaparo has offered her unique approach to self-healing to thousands around the world. She has taught Somatic Learning at many institutions internationally, including MIT, New College, JFK University, CIIS. Her new book, Awakening Somatic Intelligence: The Art & Practice of Embodied Mindfulness captures the wisdom of her teachings. www.awakeningsomaticintelligence.com.