Advanced Practitioner Certificate

The Advanced Certificate training deepens your knowledge of Soma philosophy, theory and practice. The Advanced courses comprehensively explore the Soma paradigm, including exploring your own internal experience. New research and information will be presented to continue your professional and personal growth. The Advanced courses provide an environment for somatic discovery, in-depth dialogue, and expansive perspectives. We believe that an Advanced Soma Practitioner includes the development of mature interpersonal and self-reflective skills in addition to technical skills. All of our courses are also a great way to create connections, geek-out with your tribe, soak up some Island rejuvenation and receive some wonderful Soma bodywork.


2024 Advanced Training Offering:

Embodiment: Bodyreading and Movement Strategies

What is movement? What can we learn from our clients’ movement? How can we guide them into more embodiment through movement? In this Advanced Training we will be exploring dynamic bodyreading and creative movement education for richer client embodiment and transformation. Innovative benchwork, cueing and visualization strategies, integration approaches and somatic awareness will be explored. What movement “blind spots” do you have that are keeping you from fully seeing and supporting your clients? Get ready to move and play in your body and learn how to guide others into more awareness and embodiment.

August 23-26, 2024, 9am-6pm, Fri-Mon.  Soma Institute: Langley, WA.
$1,250. (Early bird saves $150. Payment plan option available.)

Lead Teachers: Jesse Guerrero, Alex Goldstein, Kelsi Giswold

CEU’s: 32 hours (4 Ethics)
Core Module B. This course fulfills 1 of the 3 Core Modules required for the Advanced Certificate.

Apply to 2024 Advanced Training Here.

2025 Advanced Training Offering:


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Advanced Artistry: Working Outside the Recipe

What is creativity? What is an Advanced Session? How can we work in a way that really meets and supports all the parts of our clients? In this Advanced Training Module we will discuss how to approach and create an Advanced Series. Developing an Advanced Series is an important way to personalize and deepen our sessions. We will explore both the theory and applications of Advanced work to support our clients’ evolution and integration. We will discuss and practice movement education concepts and applications as well as strategies for adapting the 11-Series or an Advanced Mini-Series to complex issues. This will include treatment planning for clients that need thorough work, have complicated issues and injuries, and/or time sensitive performance goals. We will also discuss and develop what you need to keep your work innovative and effective for years to come.

The next one will be in October 2025.
Soma Institute: Langley, WA.

Lead Teachers: Jesse Guerrero, Jennifer Lovejoy, Kelsi Giswold

CEU’s: 32 hours (4 Ethics)
Core Module C. This course fulfills 1 of the 3 Core Modules required for the Advanced Certificate.


2026 Advanced Training Offering:

Becoming Whole: Integrating the “Soma”

How can we be more present while we work? How can, and does, our internal presence change the connection with our clients and the container for their transformations? What does Integration really mean and how can we support our clients (and selves) in finding it? Where does trauma and “emotional releases” fit in? Deepen your sessions and the way your clients (and you) connect and integrate. Join us for four days of deep exploration, connection and awe and an exploration of the essentials of body psychology, client relationships and self-integration.

The next one will be in October 2026. (9am-6pm. Fri-Mon)
Soma Institute: Langley, WA.

Lead Teachers: Jesse Guerrero, Jennifer Lovejoy, Kelsi Giswold

CEU’s: 32 hours (4 Ethics)
Core Module A. This course fulfills 1 of the 3 Core Modules required for the Advanced Certificate.

Thoughts from the last Advanced Training: Becoming Whole— Integrating the “Soma”

“You are all amazing and have much to offer. Great flow from one lecture to the other. A nice balance of playfulness, presence and knowledge. The pace felt right. Gave me many things to practice and soak in. I will remember what it felt like to be here and held by so many people. To be seen and feel accepted fully. I will continue doing the work while letting my heart/core lead more that my left brain.”
– 2023 Becoming Whole Advanced Training Soma Practitioner

“What each of you bring melds and merges together so brilliantly and sweetly. Thoughtful. Caring about giving yourselves and us a meaningful experience. You’re each vibrating so brightly. I will re-enter my practice and my life with a solid tool for presencing and trusting that will communicate through the relational space and help my clients even more deeply.”
– 2023 Becoming Whole Advanced Training Soma Practitioner


Advanced Training Details

How does the Certificate Program work?
The 128-hour Soma Advanced Training is offered as three core modules and two electives. Students must complete all three Core Modules (totaling 96 hours) and two Electives (totaling 32 hours). Coursework can be taken over the course of more than three years as needed. Upon completion practitioners may use the title of Advanced Soma Practitioner (ASP).

In order to apply for the Advanced Soma Certificate Program the practitioner must be in practice for a minimum number of 2 years, and/or have instructor approval.

Core Modules: 96 hours of Core Modules course are required. There are three modules. One Core module will be offered each year, so it will take a minimum of 3 years to complete the Soma Advanced Certificate Program. The Three Core Modules develop key skills of the Advanced Soma Practitioner. One Core Module is offered each year, and includes 4 ethics credits.

  • Becoming Whole: Integrating the “Soma”
    Creating connection, integrating split parts, and supporting wholeness.
    Core Module A

    October  2026, 4-days, 32 CEU’s
  • Embodiment: Bodyreading and Movement Strategies
    Advanced bodyreading and creative movement education for richer embodiment.
    Core Module B
    August 23-26, 2024, 4-days, 32 CEU’s
  • Advanced Artistry: Working Outside the Recipe
  • Deepen your sessions by working outside the recipe.
    Core Module C
    October 2025, 4-days, 32 CEU’s

Electives: 32 hours of Elective courses are required (typically two, two-day CE courses). They may be taken at any time, prior or after being accepted to the Core Advanced Training. Students will be required to provide documentation of completed elective hours. Most non-Core Module courses offered by the Soma Institute or its faculty, counts as an elective.

Upcoming Electives: (See all CE courses here.)

  • Craniofacial Harmony: Balancing the Head, Jaw and Neck (Teachers: Kelsi Giswold, Jesse Guerrero)
    Date TBA (2-days). Langley, WA.
  • Uncaging the Ribs: the Tensegrity of Breath. (Teachers: Jesse Guerrero)
    Date TBA (2-days). Langley, WA.

In-Process Advanced Practitioners: For practitioners who have done previous coursework toward an Advanced Certificate under the Soma Institute of Neuromuscular Integration®, they are required to take all three of the Core modules to complete their Advanced Certificate. Previous CE through the Soma Institute will counts toward the Advanced Training electives. Students will be required to provide documentation of completed elective hours.

Practitioners who have previously completed the 100-hour Advanced Training: All practitioners are welcome to attend and receive CEU’s for the Advanced Training Core modules. Upon completion of one Core module they will be issued a new Advanced Certificate with the updated program hours. Students will be required to provide documentation of completed previous 100-hour Advanced Certificate.

The Soma Advanced Practitioner Certificate Program is for graduates and is not part of the basic Soma Structural Integration® Certificate training.