Events and Workshops

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Student – $25   Buy Now Button      Professional – $55   Buy Now Button

In today’s world of performing arts, individuals are trained to be exceptional performers. What about how to sustain a career as a creative individual? Performers are constantly asked to be vulnerable without being given support or skills to manage the vulnerability and emotions once a class or a performance is over. They are asked to put themselves out there in auditions, and then are faced with rejection but no skill to manage it. They are told that “this is a safe space” but there is no explanation of what safety is or who is responsible for creating safety. Performers come up against self imposed blocks and are met with very little guidance of how to identify them and move through them. Performers face additional stresses of getting in and out of character with a limited number of resources to support that transition. All of these concerns have, for the most part, continued to go unaddressed in school.

This work uses a foundation of safety and trust to support and develop embodiment. Embodiment is the skill of utilizing the body as an informational tool to create a relationship with yourself, to create a relationship with others and to create a relationship with the environment you are in, be it on or off stage. When safety and trust are not present it is very difficult to take creative risk or sustain creative expression over time. The key elements utilized are:

  • movement exercises
  • group discussions
  • writing
  • mindfulness

Through this program you will gain knowledge about creativity, safety, trust, and embodiment. You will begin to develop a relationship with yourself, your fellow performers and the environment (audience). You will learn skills to understand and work with emotions, vulnerability, blocks and relationships. You will learn techniques for stepping over the creative edge and how to come back to a sense of self once the class, scene or performance is over. All the while, continuing to cultivate sustainability of your craft and creativity.

Marika Reisberg is a therapist, teacher, and performer. She holds a BFA in Acting from the University of Hartford’s Hartt School and an MA in Somatic Counseling Psychology, Dance/Movement Therapy, from Naropa University. She is an LPC in Colorado and currently works as the director of utilization review for Northstar Transitions, a substance abuse treatment center in Boulder, CO. She has had extensive training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and mindfulness and has run intensive outpatient programs for the past several years. She taught a specialized class in group skills at Naropa University in the Graduate School of Psychology. She was a presenter at the 2015 Body, Mind, Centering, Conference, in Portland, OR, a guest artist at Michigan State in 2015, and a guest lecturer at CU Boulder in 2016. By combining her degrees in acting and psychology she developed a series of workshops/classes to support performers and artists in sustaining creativity and working toward an embodied self.

Date: Sunday, November 12, 2017
12:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Location:  4949 Broadway Suite 132 Boulder CO 80304
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Cost: $55 for professionals, $25 for students
Registration: The workshop will be capped due to limited space.
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Student – $25   Buy Now Button
Professional – $55   Buy Now Button
Please Bring: A comfortable seat / pillow / cushion
CPD’s: (continuing professional development credits) will be provided for those who need

** PLEASE READ: LOCATION NOTES ** This is a private studio in a strip of older / under-finished office suites. Going North on Broadway toward Lyons, just before you hit the stoplight for highway 36, make a left into the turn where “The Amazing Garage Sale” antique consignment shop is. Go to the right toward a strip of a private – looking residence building, there is an unfinished parking lot and park there. Please leave a few extra minutes for parking and finding the suite. We are grateful to a private connection for providing us this lovely studio space.


A Huge Thank you to Jenny Epstein Kessem for our Spring 2017 Workshop ! This workshop centered on ‘Relational Mindfulness’ . Many of us, in our lives and work, come up against a tension between Self and Other. How can I serve others and still be embodied and at home within myself? How can I foster my own mindfulness without disappearing into self-obsession? How can I be open to others’ realities without losing my own reality? If I am not for myself, who will be for me? These questions, paradoxical in their very nature, are not questions that one ever figures out, but rather, questions ripe for continual asking. This is especially helpful in a political environment where the conditions and stakes are rapidly changing. In this workshop, we explored our own relational habits through experiential practices that bring your style and biases into more awareness. We created a space of inquiry that is not about a right way to relate, but rather a space to get curious. This kind of awareness may support you to be more effective in your work and in your life, and may even help you to make the changes you want to see in the world.


Jackie Ashley has a clinical supervision group for those working in the field or who want to clarify their vision. There are two spots left. Having a full supervision group of DMT’s is inspiring and mutually supportive, and more affordable than individual supervision for those of you working towards your LPC or BC-DMT! Please consider joining. The group meets every other Friday from 10 am – 11:30 am in Boulder. Please email Jackie if you are interested or have questions:

Upcoming Group!
Moving to End Sexual Assault (MESA) presents “Wild At Heart” : Healing Sexual Trauma: The Power of Relationship between Women & Horses
MESA & Wild at Heart are collaborating to partner individuals with a history of sexual trauma with horses. The extraordinary sensitivity of horses, their unique and powerful response to women and capacity to facilitate healing will be experiences. This unique partnership will inspire and challenge the work of women in recovery to regain mastery and confidence in their own lives. This group meets in a beautiful spacious setting where our sense perceptions and bodies are engaged and active.
** No horse experience necessary

Starting soon! Saturdays from 10 am – 12 pm in Longmont, CO. For information or to register, call Jackie Ashley at (720) 308-2728 or email . Jackie (MA, LPC, BC-DMT) is a Somatic Psychotherapist, Board Certified Dance Movement Therapist, certified Equine Assisted Psychotherapist, and is a practitioner of Somatic Experiencing. Through the use of movement, body awareness, contemplative practice and the creative process, Jackie helps her clients and students further integrate their emotional and physical experience.