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Welcome to the Field Facilitator Training.

Join us for this rare opportunity to train in Field Facilitation in the USA with this one-week Specialized Module: Embodied Relational Intimacy & Trauma-Aware Facilitation.

September 9-16, 2024

USA week-long Training September 9-16, 2024


"In the realm of transformative facilitation, the most profound shifts arise not from what we do, but from the embodied presence we bring to the group."


Rachel Rickards




The Field Facilitator Training USA


The Field Facilitator Training

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.

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Facilitating 'The Field'

Ultimately, facilitating “the field” 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 —something 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.

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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?

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Core Focus:

This module is a synthesis of advanced education in trauma-informed facilitation and the nuanced art of nurturing group fields that support embodied transformation and relational depth. It delves into the essentiality of embodying the qualities we wish to cultivate in our spaces - presence, connection, authenticity, and safety.


Key Aspects:

  • Embodiment and Somatic Presence: Cultivating a facilitator's ability to be fully present in their body, thereby inviting participants into a similar state of embodiment. This practice is crucial for creating a safe container where trauma can be approached with sensitivity and care.
  • Relational Intimacy: Exploring the dynamics of human connection and intimacy within group settings, understanding how deep connections can facilitate healing and growth. This includes navigating the balance between vulnerability and boundaries, ensuring a space where participants can explore their relational edges with support and safety.
  • Trauma-Informed Practices: Integrating a profound understanding of trauma, including how it manifests in the body and affects relationships. Participants will learn to recognize signs of trauma and respond in ways that contribute to healing and generative connection rather than derailing and retraumatization.
  • Facilitating from Wholeness: Emphasizing the importance of facilitators bringing their whole selves to the process, blending strength and sensitivity, logic and intuition, structure and flow. This wholeness becomes a model for participants, encouraging them to embrace their full selves in the journey of growth.
  • Magic of the Group Field: Harnessing the collective energy and wisdom of the group to facilitate a shared journey of discovery and transformation. This involves learning to listen deeply to the emergent needs of the group and responding with attunement and agility.


Transformational Objectives:

Completing this module equips facilitators with sophisticated skills and deep insights into the interplay between embodiment, relational intimacy, and trauma awareness in group facilitation. Graduates emerge ready to confidently navigate the complexities of facilitating transformational spaces, enriched with the ability to foster profound connection and healing.

This Training Starts September 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. 

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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.
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What we will also cover: 

  • Embodiment: Opening through the body to your soul, where the naked heart, inspiration and creativity live.
  • Learn how to use your own body navigation in service of the emergent form of the group heart.
  • What it takes to bring a group into resonant presence.
  • What is a group heart field and how to work with it.
  • How to transmit your love and passion through your facilitation.
  • The fundamentals (and secrets) of leading a Belly2Belly practice and creating instant relaxation and connection. 
  • The tools and techniques that help our animal bodies to relax and human hearts to open.
  • How to guide others to meet and connect in the present moment- where real healing happens. 
  • How to simplify, deepen, and amplify the work you’re already doing in the world through understanding the language and skill set of The Field.
  • How to read “The Field” and listen to the subtle dimensions and cues coming through one or more nervous systems.
  • Core competencies for holding a professional trauma-informed space when working with embodiment and relational intimacy.
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Is This Module for You?

This specialized training is tailored for aspiring or experienced facilitators drawn to the depth of trauma-aware work, keen on integrating embodiment and relational intimacy into their facilitation practice. It's for those who feel called to contribute to personal and collective healing through the power of conscious, authentic group facilitation. Fill out the application to get a sense if this is the right next step for your career as a group facilitator. 


Embark on This Journey:

If you are moved by a deep calling to enrich your facilitation practice with these essential qualities, we invite you to join this training. This is an opportunity to deepen your craft, touching lives and facilitating spaces of healing and connection with newfound depth and sensitivity.


Are you ready to embrace this challenge and opportunity? Begin your journey with us by applying for this specialized module, and step into a community of facilitators committed to the transformative power of embodied relational intimacy and trauma-aware facilitation. Together, let's pave the way for healing, growth, and profound connection in the spaces we hold.

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This dance between the facilitator and the mystery of “the field” is a kind of collaborative lovemaking. The role of a Field Facilitator is to put yourself in service to this emergent form. This training is carefully designed to enable you to do exactly that.

Practical Details for 2024



Monday, September 9 - Monday, September 16, 2024 

Arrival: Monday, September 9 @ 6:00pm

Departure: Monday, September 16 @ 12:00pm


The venue for this training is Orange Springs Retreat Center in Florida, USA. 

️Orange Springs retreat center is a magnificent 100-acre retreat located on the gentle rolling hills on the edge of Florida’s Ocala National Forest and on the shores of a spring-fed lake.

VENUE ADDRESS: 168 Shalom Camp Trail, Orange Springs, FL 32182, United States

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The prices listed below include all food and accommodations:  

High-income: $2100

Average-income: $1600

Low-income: $1100 

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The Facilitators

The Field Founder:

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’s newest passion project “The Field Facilitator Training” 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.

Devorah Bry, MA, CHT, CMT

Hakomi Therapist, Couples Counselor, Group Facilitation in service of Soulfulness, Relationship, and Community.

Dev has been working therapeutically and facilitating groups and rites of passages for 20+ years. She received an ordination from the IM School of Healing Arts in 2004 and then a masters degree in Somatic Psychology in 2007.

She is a Certified Hakomi Therapist and has years of study and practice in a variety of body-oriented healing modalities, including Somatic Experiencing and Biodynamic Cranio-Sacral Therapy.

Dev enjoys the potency that lives in the center and the views that can be accessed at the edges. 

She is a solo mama, a death doula, a sex therapist, a forever student, assisting couples+ in the dance of relationship is one of dev’s greatest gifts and deepest passions.

Dev is also the founder and director of HoneyRoot --  a somatic education organization in service of inclusive embodiment, relationships, social justice and intergenerational community.​ 

​At her essence, Dev is a dancer, a bridger, a ceremonialist.  she is a certified Soul Motion™ teacher and offers movement ministry (with her child) wherever she goes.

David Cates

David’s passion is listening to bodies.

In nearly 50 years of teaching about sex, intimacy and connection, David has become an outspoken advocate for slowing things down and learning from our bodies in real time, breath by breath.

He’s guided thousands through unresolved trauma in their own nervous systems, using his profoundly simple Belly2Belly practices in workshops, trainings and private sessions around the world.

His specialty is generating deep experiences of trust, safety and loving connection between lovers, friends, parents and children, and most surprisingly, even random strangers.

Beyond individuals, he’s been expanding these explorations into groups, helping to create synchronized, coherent group heart-fields in gatherings and crowds. In Rachel Rickards “The Field Facilitator Training”, he’s teaching a new generation of group facilitators the secrets of leading from the inside out, listening to the wisdom of the group body, and speaking from vulnerable connection.

It seems inevitable that, as he approaches his seventies, David would also turn his attention toward dying. How can we help ease loved ones towards a peaceful death? How can we collectively grieve and honor the world that’s dying around us?

As always, the answers are right here, in our bodies, if we slow down and listen.

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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