Welcome to "The Field" 
A comprehensive year-long, trauma-informed program offering in-depth training to equip leaders and facilitators with the skills to hold responsible, high-integrity events, develop specialized groups, and become heart-centered leaders.

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"The secret to embodied, emergent facilitation isn’t something you do, it’s something you are."


Rachel Rickards


The Field Facilitator Training

‚ÄúThe Field‚ÄĚ is a common phrase used by facilitators to speak into the energy or the vibe of the group.

This year-long facilitator training is an advanced education in studying and working directly (from many different layers, and perspectives) with group fields. Especially those around facilitating transformational group spaces in anything ranging from: relationships, embodiment, therapy, intimacy, tantra, dance, yoga, health & wellbeing.

As a part of our coursework, we are offering a unique education that will happen both in person and online in how to recognize and work with trauma. You will leave the program with invaluable skills and practice for bringing every one of your participants totally into the group field.

Completing this program will allow you to confidently bring your gifts out to the world as a trauma-informed somatic group facilitator.

When a group of humans gather, with nervous systems regulated, emotions vibrating, with open-hearts and in service to a greater call...

In these sacred, illuminating and vibrant spaces we create palpable fields of resonance.

This is the timeless space where simple and profound human magic happens.

There are real, basic keys to learning to facilitate group field emergence. These keys range from practical knowledge like creating and setting the space, to the essential how-to’s of utilizing marketing to attract the most resonant audience, all the way to the mystical elements of the land, culture and spirit allies and the subtle use of nervous system awareness and regulation.

What this level of navigation requires is to be able to hold and move from a space beyond ego & personality, rooted in the abundance and goodness of this present moment, while also connected to the unique essence of your soul's calling and unique purpose. Ultimately, guided from a profound attunement to the wisdom of your own body.

The Field Facilitator Training
The Field Facilitator Training
The Field Facilitator Training

Facilitating 'The Field'

Ultimately, facilitating ‚Äúthe field‚ÄĚ requires the ability to hold a space that listens with an awareness that is fluid and flowing. Simultaneously it also requires the agility to hold that space with presence, clarity, and strength.

It’s about fully stepping into the frequency in yourself that you want to invite others into. It’s about being able to be vulnerable, surrendered, yet still powerfully holding. One way to describe this is the integration of the masculine and the feminine, or the protective mother and the nurturing father becoming one.

This training is about that. Being all of you. Integrated Wholeness.

In total service of The Field.

In reverence and devotion to something so beyond yourself ‚ÄĒsomething you could never have possibly known would come from the great mysterious unknown at the center of the circle.

What’s required at this depth is the capacity to open a space and vibrate a frequency of love that allows magic to unfold naturally.

When presence permeates, it generates a field of love, and that field of love is what we are in devotion to. That is what’s creating all the Magic.

*Magic in this context assumes no specific goal other than to come together in service to the emergent mystery.

When humans gather in service of something greater than their own individual egoic desires and superficial ideas, we create the possibility to unify in service to co-create a better world. In the sheer simplicity of this commonly used phrase, "The Field" automatically implies and draws attention to the space we are each connected to through our bodies, but that also exists beyond the boundaries of our skin. This is the very shift that is needed in all our spaces at this time. In order to step into a paradigm that has the capacity to hold a new earth, and the relational evolution we all know is possible we need to attune to the space we are all ultimately connected to, as one.

In these liminal spaces we have the opportunity to take part in a much larger process of spiritual evolution that informs the direction of the future generations by how we show up in relation to ourselves and the collective as they are arising in the group field today.

The Field Facilitator Training

How can you create transformational spaces responsibly--- so that the space is both held enough that everyone in it feels safe to be brave but open enough that everyone feels free to be authentic?

How can you tap into what wants and yearns to come through the space you create with as much purity and clarity as possible?

What is the field of love calling for? How can you attune to that call, and navigate it in resonance with the wisdom arising in your own body?

The Field Facilitator Training
The Field Facilitator Training
The Field Facilitator Training

‍The Field is a year-long facilitator training that will take a group into exactly this mystery:

  • How to facilitate emergent group spaces where hearts and nervous systems can open, synchronize and the group comes alive as an embodied whole.
  • How to learn to listen together to what the group field is inviting, moment to moment, and have the confidence as a facilitator to act on it and be in service to it in real time.
  • How to stay connected to where you want to take a group, and yet also surrender so deeply that it is the intelligence of the field that leads us deeper together rather than one person's agendas.
  • How having a trauma-informed education in group facilitation can both add to and support the process of co-creation and emergent space development.
  • What practical knowledge and support is needed to create a strong enough container for the kind of “Field” any particular facilitator would like to hold space for.

‍If you are either an aspiring or experienced facilitator and you feel called to evolve your craft so you can be in deeper service to the intelligence and power of a group field, consider joining this training!

The Next Training Starts October 2024

If you have a strong YES! to being part of this work, you can begin the application process today to secure your place on next year's training. Alternatively, join the waitlist to stay in the loop until you're ready to apply. 

2024-2025 Dates
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What you can expect

This training is based on the recognition that:

  • Field Facilitation isn’t something that you do. It’s something that you are. As you guide others, you guide them into your state of consciousness. This is both extremely precious and a powerful responsibility that is not to be taken lightly. The impact we have as facilitators has the potential to reach far beyond any one event.
  • The deep skill in facilitation is learning to listen with your whole body to where the group field is inviting you to go next, and then acting on that listening in each moment to that intuitive call. This process begins before participants step into the room. It begins when the inspiration for the event lands in your field of awareness. Then there can be an opening in your body and life as you begin to hold it, feel it, play with it, speak it, dance it, move it and embody it. This dance between the facilitator and the mystery of what wants to unfold is a kind of collaborative lovemaking and the job of a Field Facilitator is to put yourself in service to this emergent process.
  • Having trauma-informed knowledge and an embodied education is important for leadership in the field beyond the reasons of “do no harm.” Trauma-informed facilitators are able to create and hold the depth and level of consciousness necessary for every participant to be fully relaxed and open in their bodies and nervous systems because this is the essential ingredient for creativity to flow.
The Field Facilitator Training
The Field Facilitator Training
The Field Facilitator Training

This training will take you on a journey to learn these skills, and to evolve you into the art of embodied facilitation.

Our experiential education will start with supporting you to connect to the inspiration and creativity of your own soul essence, its unique transmission, and what truly wants to come through you, as authentic facilitation is always an expression of what is most alive for us.

Then the focus will be on how you actually land that in matter on all the practical, physical dimensions - in the most appropriate venue, with resonant marketing, an integrated sales approach, with the perfect participants joining, and how you can fully show up for all these practical elements while making them fun, inspiring and inviting for you and your participants.

With an outstanding line-up of some of the most well-respected leaders in the field, we will take you on an educational journey experiencing the power and potential of what is possible when you learn to speak this language, and communicate through the body in real-time with the emergent field of the group heart.

During Module 5, the training group will have the opportunity to put all of this into practice as we will actually create and facilitate a large-scale event together. This is critical because it is only in the doing that we learn our greatest lessons.

Key to this part of the journey will be the questions:

  • What is my unique gift and transmission to contribute to this event?
  • What are the blocks in the way of me stepping in to fully embody the love that I am?
  • How do we work together to share leadership in service to our unique capacity and offering as a team?
  • What are we in service and devotion to as group leaders opening space for this event?

Following the module of co-creation and leadership, there will be the opportunity to unpack and integrate how the event went, and to explore what are the essential pieces for you to integrate, reflect on and learn from? Also, how do you receive feedback and up-level your facilitation so you can continue to develop yourself in a way where you are clear on your unique transmission, skills and gifts, how to deliver them, and what your personal pieces to work on are.

This will set the foundation for learning to facilitate and enter into true emergence with the group, where you listen, sense and respond to what the field is inviting for the whole process to journey and spiral deeper and deeper.

Our intention is that by the time you complete this training, you will leave with a stronger connection to yourself, your own soul guidance, and how to bring it through your work as a facilitator in a way that will also flow through to touch the personal dimensions of your life, and the transpersonal healing of the world.

The Field Facilitator Training

Once you complete this training you’ll have moved from places in yourself and your facilitation that feel shaky and tender, to one that is sensitized and self-assured, confident and deeply attuned to the fields you work with.

Although this facilitator training is named ‚ÄúThe Field‚ÄĚ and holds a large focus on embodied emergence within group facilitation work‚Ķ the intention of this year-long training experience is also broad and far-reaching. The Field facilitator training will give you a basic education in creating and facilitating events responsibly, with the most integrity and for the greatest good possible. Every participant walking away from this training will do so with the tools needed to begin running their own specialized groups.

This training will consist of 5 week-long modules. One of these modules will include a large-scale event (possibly a festival) that the training group will fully produce, run, and facilitate together as a team.

In the weeks between modules the training will continue online with group calls, mentorship calls and special guest teachers and content to support the field to continue to integrate the relevant material unique to this training class.

Full completion of the program consists of:

  • 250 hours of in person group work (5 week-long modules)
  • 200 hours of online work (happens online in between the modules)
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In these liminal spaces we have the possibility to take part in a much larger spiritual evolution that informs the direction of the future generations to come by how we show up in relationship to ourselves and to the collective moving through our group field today.

Practical Details for 2024-2025


Module 1: October 12-18, 2024

Module 2: December 1-7, 2024

Module 3: March 17-23, 2025

Module 4: May 26 - June 1, 2025

Module 5: August 25-31, 2025


ONLINE Training: October 12, 2024 - October 11, 2025 

*Module 5 will be a live event that the training will fully produce and facilitate together as a live practicum of our training.


The venue for 2024-2025 is New Eden Retreat Center.

The closest airport is Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam. New Eden is located approximately 1h 30 minutes - 1h 45 minutes away by car and 2,5 hours away by public transport.

VENUE ADDRESS: New Eden Retreat Centre, Sparjeburd 2, 8409 CK Hemrik, The Netherlands

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Pricing for


Option 1 

The in-person year-long Facilitator Training includes:

  • ¬†5 week-long in-person training modules (250 hours)
  • ¬†All food &¬†SHARED accommodation at New Eden Retreat Center
  • ¬†Professional, edited recordings from all (5) in-person modules
  • ¬†1 year¬†online training in trauma-informed facilitation¬†(200 hours) with option for professional certification
  • ¬†Hands on application as a Facilitator in the¬†live event in Module 5

Option 1 Cost:

Early Bird¬†(Before September 1, 2024): ‚ā¨10,000
General Admission¬†(September 1-October 1, 2024): ‚ā¨12,500

*Accommodation provided for all 5 Modules in Shared Room.


Option 2 

The in-person year-long Facilitator Training includes:

  • ¬†5 week-long in-person training modules (250 hours)
  • ¬†All food &¬†PRIVATE accommodation at New Eden Retreat Center
  • ¬†Professional, edited recordings from all (5) in-person modules
  • ¬†1 year¬†online training in trauma-informed facilitation¬†(200 hours) with option for professional certification
  • ¬†Hands on application as a Facilitator in the¬†live event in Module 5

Option 2 Cost:

Early Bird¬†(Before September 1, 2024): ‚ā¨13,000
General Admission¬†(September 1-October 1, 2024): ‚ā¨15,500

*Accommodation for Modules 1-4 in Private Room. Module 5 accommodation in a Shared Room. 


Option 3 

The online Facilitator Training 2024-2025 includes:

  • ¬†¬†1 year¬†online training in trauma-informed facilitation¬†(200 hours) with option for professional certification
  • ¬†¬†Includes professional, edited recordings of all modules and sessions from the (5) in-person¬†year-long training modules

Option 3 Cost:

Early Bird¬†(Before September 1, 2024): ‚ā¨2,500
General Admission¬†(September 1-October 1, 2024): ‚ā¨4,000

*Does not include participation in any of the in-person modules. 


Option 4 

The online Facilitator Training 2024-2025 + Module 5 Participation includes:

  • ¬†¬†1 year¬†online training in trauma-informed facilitation¬†(200 hours) with option for Professional Certification
  • ¬†¬†Professional, edited recordings of all modules and sessions from the (5) in-person modules
  • ¬†¬†Participation in Module 5 (the live event) as either a participant or an assistant. Includes food and shared accommodations for this single module

Option 4 Cost:

Early Bird¬†(Before September 1, 2024): ‚ā¨3,500
General Admission¬†(September 1-October 1, 2024): ‚ā¨5,000

*Includes participation & shared accommodation in Module 5 of the year-long training.

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The Facilitators

The Facilitators

Christian Pankhurst

Christian Pankhurst is a world-leading authority on heart-centered communication and heart intelligent relationships. He is the creator of the Heart IQ™ Method, a coaching framework that specializes in group dynamics and intimacy development.

Graduating as a Chiropractor in 2002, Christian has worked closely with many world-leading experts in the field of personal transformation. In 2006, after extensive study with mentors from multiple disciplines, he began developing a new approach to coaching individuals and couples that integrates practices from natural healing philosophies, various spiritual teachings, therapeutic psychology, dance and movement modalities, martial arts, embodiment practices, non-violent communication, circling and numerous healing arts disciplines. This grand synthesis provides students with a deep understanding of the human condition and gives them the essential tools they need to help individuals and couples both heal and awaken.

Christian is also the author of 'Insights To Intimacy' - Why Relationships Fail and How To Make Them Work.

Christian lives in the Netherlands at the Heart IQ™ Headquarters - a stunning four-hectare retreat and community center near Groningen. Together with his team, they spread the work of Heart IQ™ around the world.

Catherine Hale

Catherine Hale is an expert nervous system coach, educator and inspirational guide who, since 2012, has been creating powerful spaces for change-making and heart centred facilitators for deep personal and collective transformation.

She is passionate about empowering individuals to foster growth and emerge as leaders within a culture of care that not only comprehends but also reveres the profound ramifications of personal and systemic trauma, as well as the intricacies of neurodivergence.

In her transformative programs, Catherine equips leaders to embody and lead from the sacred principles of a culture of care. These principles empower them to respond with sensitivity and compassion to the diverse tapestry of needs, paces, nervous systems, and human experiences that thrive within group dynamics.

As an advocate for regenerative and feminist business she’s dedicated to the task of identifying and compassionately reducing the harm caused by systems of oppression in the way we conduct our business relationships. Her desire to create a more equitable and nurturing realm of business is embodied in her group and 1:1 coaching programs which aim to foster positive change and to heal the wounds of injustice.

Catherine's wisdom doesn't come from theory alone. She leads with compassion borne from her own personal journey - a lifelong quest to heal from the complexities of complex PTSD and learning to navigate the challenges of being neurodivergent in a neurotypical world.

Trained as a Trauma Resolution Coach and Certified Sexological Bodyworker, along with: energy healing, shamanic, psychological, transpersonal, and nature connection modalities Catherine lovingly weaves a nurturing and empathic web of care into every interaction with her clients and groups. It's her way of ensuring that everyone she touches feels seen, supported, and truly valued.

Maanee Chrystal Lynn Joy

Maanee Chrystal Lynn Joy is a Somatic Psychotherapist, Dance Therapist, Somatic Integrative Educator & Erotic Educator.

With her innate capacity for deep feeling and sensing, Maanee weaves together a tapestry of modalities including shadow work, somatics, trauma resolution, nervous system health, dance therapy, non-duality, eco-somatics, embodied leadership, sensuality & the erotic.

As the visionary founder of The Somatic Institute for Women, Maanee has created a sanctuary for women seeking to reclaim their sovereignty and embodiment. She has had over 80,000 women go through her programs and her year-long teacher trainings on somatics for women have empowered and educated nearly 300 students, equipping them with the tools to become somatic educators themselves.

Beyond her work at the Institute, Maanee also leads shadow & circle work teacher trainings with Christian Pankhurst & is the founder of a new Eco Communtiy project in Thailand that will explore themes on eco-somatics, Eros, regenerative living and sovereignty.

Rachel Rickards

Rachel Rickards is an international leader in the field of personal transformation, intimacy, embodiment, and relating. She is a group facilitator extraordinaire, event producer, and a new mother.

In 2014 she co-founded Embodied Intimacy, which has become one of the most respected organizations globally that offers trainings and events focussed on intimacy, trauma, relational intelligence, somatic education and community. The work of Embodied Intimacy supports hundreds of people each year to come home to themselves, to their body and more regulated nervous systems, and become more of who they truly are.

Since 2019, Rachel has led the Belly2Belly Facilitator Training after her teacher and mentor, David Cates, passed the torch and CEO position for this work to her. Belly2Belly offers a simple and yet profoundly healing set of embodied and relational practices, which support people to learn to regulate their nervous systems in a way that can be transformational for their relationships. Rachel has single handedly produced and facilitates most of the events with her extraordinary superpowers in the field of event planning and depth in embodied leadership.

Rachel‚Äôs newest passion project ‚ÄúThe Field Facilitator Training‚Ä̬†launched in 2022. This is a revolutionary new experiential learning environment for upcoming group facilitators who are passionate about creating fields of deep group-heart coherence and learning how to facilitate group soul emergence. This requires the development of radically new facilitation skills, such as learning to listen to the group field, collective surrender to the moment, as well as dynamic and fluid collective leadership to support the blossoming of the group soul that is longing to emerge in the space between us.

When presence permeates, it generates a field of love.

That field of love is what we are in devotion to. That is what’s creating all the Magic.

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The Field Facilitator Training


Curriculum Outline


The Field Facilitator Training consists of 5 in-person, week-long modules (250 hours) and an online educational program (200 hours) taking place October 2024 - October 2025. 

Each module will be a combination of engaging lectures, experiential exercises, lively discussions, collaborative group activities, practical training, and enriching practice sessions. Together, these diverse experiences will sculpt you into a skilled and confident facilitator, unveiling the art of transformative group dynamics and field facilitation. 


The Field Facilitator Training:

A Year-Long Journey


Join us for a transformative, year-long training program designed to immerse you in the art of Field Facilitation. Our comprehensive curriculum is built around five foundational pillars, each integrating essential skills and knowledge to prepare you for effective and compassionate facilitation.


The 5 Pillars of Field Facilitation:

  1. Personal Development & Embodied Leadership
  2. Professional Tools, Practices & Modalities
  3. Circle Work & Emergent Group Spaces
  4. The Interpersonal: Intimacy & Relationships
  5. Somatics & Trauma-Informed Education


*These 5 pillars will be woven through all training modules in in an emergent way, to best meet the training needs of the group. 

What You Will Experience:


  1. Personal Development & Embodied Leadership
  • Discovering Essence, Purpose & Wholeness:¬†Deep dive into your personal motivations and unique essence as a facilitator.
  • Reflecting on Your Facilitator's Journey:¬†Engage in regular self-reflection to assess growth and areas for improvement.
  • Balancing Ego and Soul‚Äôs Calling:¬†Integrate personal growth with the responsibilities of facilitation.¬†


  1. Professional Tools, Practices & Modalities
  • Mastering Authentic Business and Marketing:¬†Align your personal values with professional practices in business and marketing.
  • Core Competencies, Ethics & Conflict Resolution:¬†Emphasize ethical practice and learn effective conflict resolution strategies.
  • Embodied Leadership Skills:¬†Cultivate leadership grounded in somatic awareness and presence.


  1. Circle Work & Emergent Group Spaces
  • Understanding Group Dynamics:¬†Gain insights into the natural dynamics that occur in group settings.
  • Facilitating Emergence and Activating Group Wisdom:¬†Guide groups through emergent processes to access collective intelligence.
  • Keys to Group Field Emergence:¬†Learn strategies to encourage and sustain the emergence of group wisdom and intelligence.


  1. The Interpersonal: Intimacy & Relating
  • Creating the Relational Field:¬†Build strong, connected group environments that foster openness and trust.
  • Interpersonal Practices for Connection:¬†Use techniques to deepen interpersonal relationships within the group.
  • Importance of Trust in Vulnerable Leadership:¬†Build trust through authentic and vulnerable leadership practices.


  1. Somatics & Trauma-Informed Education
  • Safe & Embodied Facilitation:¬†Learn techniques to ensure safety and embody presence in facilitation settings.
  • Trauma-Informed Relational Space-Holding:¬†Create safe spaces that acknowledge and care for trauma within group settings.
  • Attuning to Your Body and Facilitating Openness:¬†Develop somatic awareness to enhance your facilitation skills.


Additional Highlights:

  • Deep Listening and Emergent Fields:¬†Cultivate the skill of deep listening to understand and respond to emergent group dynamics.
  • Enhancing Connection to "The Field":¬†Strengthen the collective group energy for coherence and attunement.
  • Collaboration and Team Dynamics:¬†Learn the art of collaboration and understand team dynamics.
  • Planning & Facilitating Co-Created Events:¬†Gain practical experience in planning and facilitating live events.


Embarking on this journey will equip you with the skills, knowledge, and presence to become an impactful facilitator. Whether you're just starting or looking to deepen your existing practice, our training offers a supportive and enriching environment for your growth.

THE FIELD Online Training Course:

Elevate Your Facilitation Skills


Our series of specialized online training modules is designed to deepen your facilitation skills and enhance your personal and professional growth. Each module provides immersive learning experiences and practical tools to become a somatic, trauma-informed group facilitator.


This (200 hr) online training is in addition and connection to the 5 in-person modules. Participants enrolled in the in-person training will also attend the online training modules. Participants who are enrolled in the online training will also have access to the recordings and content from the in-person modules. 


* Upon completion of the coursework, and the final assessment, participants are eligible to become certified trauma-informed practitioners through the IICT. 


October 2024-2025


Module 1.5

Emotional Alchemy for Facilitators 

Master the art of heart-centered leadership and connection.

Online Module *100 hours | October 20, 2024 - January 31, 2025 (13 weeks)  

 This module covers:

    • Energetic Group Dynamics: Understand the laws that govern group interactions.
    • The Heart iQ Circle Protocol: Facilitate group agreements and how to work with structure.
    • Wisdom Council and Conflict Resolution: Clear conflicts and foster a harmonious circle.
    • Giving & Receiving Feedback: Develop skills for constructive communication.


Module 2.5

Foundations of Trauma Transformation 

Unlock the power of trauma transformation through a soulful understanding of physiology.

Online Module *25 hours | February 1 - March 16, 2025 (6 weeks)

 This module covers:

    • Trauma-Informed Foundational Elements: Embrace regenerative self-care practices.
    • Culture of Care: Develop an embodied understanding of how to create a new culture centered around the nervous system.
    • Nervous System Healing: Create actionable plans for nervous system recovery.
    • Exploring Trauma and Polyvagal Theory: Learn the principles and applications.
    • Tools for Trauma Work: Prevent retraumatization and utilize neuroplasticity for lasting change.
    • Systems Level Somatics: Gain competence in addressing systemic trauma and intersectionality.


Module 3.5

Lead with Integrity

Design trauma-informed, transparent, and ethical processes and policies.

Online Module *20 hours | March 24 - May 25, 2024 (8 weeks) 
This module features:

    • Power Dynamics and Authority: Navigate power structures with integrity.
    • Relational Skills: Establish agreement fields and rules of engagement.
    • Personal Integrity: Claim and uphold your ethical standards.
    • Scope of Practice: Define your professional boundaries and responsibilities.
    • Inclusion and Diversity: Foster an inclusive and diverse environment.


Module 4.5

Regenerative Business Skills

Turn your soul passion into a thriving business.

Online Module *35 hours | June 2 - August 24, 2025 (12 weeks) 

This module includes:

    • Defining Purpose and Offerings:¬†Clarify your core offerings and business vision.¬†
    • Client Journeys and Business Ecosystem:¬†Build a unique, holistic client experience.
    • Aligning Business with Nature:¬†Integrate natural rhythms into your business practices.
    • Values-Led Marketing:¬†Embrace ethical marketing and overcome shame.
    • Consensual Sales and Relational Website:¬†Develop sales strategies and a relational online presence.


Module 5.5

Build a Secure Money Relationship

Transform your relationship with money from heartbreak to intimacy.

Online Module *20 hours | September 1 - October 11, 2025 (6 weeks) .

Key learning points include:

    • Money and the Nervous System: Understand the connection between finances and emotional well-being
    • Money Intimacy: Develop a secure attachment to money and transparent pricing.
    • Systems to Receive: Create efficient systems for financial transactions.
    • The Magic Number and Relational Website: Discover your financial needs and create a relational online presence.
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