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Ancient Wisdom, Modern Science – A Heart Reconnection Experience

January 29 @ 7:30 am - 12:00 pm



NASW approval pending | 3 CEs; NBCC Approved Provider | 3 CEs

From our earliest beginnings, human beings have sought truth and meaning in the forces of nature and in the hearts and souls of people. Only recently has modern science developed technology that gives us a glimpse into brain functioning, allowing us to see how these processes work. This workshop explores the heart-brain connection and its importance in trauma work, along with current research and practical application of ancient and modern interventions. We will introduce several heart-centered practices using breath, ceremony and ritual that will include journaling and recapitulation as the witness to our experiences. These practices offer a deep, non-personal understanding of greater choices in learning and responding to life.



Following this presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Define heart rate variability
  2. Identify how the heart-brain connection helps to manage stress, increase coherence and deepen one’s connection to self and others.
  3. Identify two therapeutic practices to enhance coherence and connection to self and others


  • 7:30 Registration and Breakfast
  • 8:30 Introductions
  • 8:45 Session 1: Understanding the role of current research and practical application of ancient and modern interventions in trauma work.
  • 10:15 Break
  • 10:30 Session 2: Explore several heart-centered practices using breath, ceremony and ritual that will include journaling and recapitulation as the witness to our experiences offering a deeper, non-personal understanding in human response to life.


Holly Cook, LPC-MHSP is a licensed professional counselor, mental health service provider with more than 30 years of experience as a therapist, program administrator and international trainer. Becoming a therapist was a natural path for Holly to follow. An avid people watcher, she has studied cultures, rituals and the use of ceremony throughout her life and believes that creating felt sense experiences is the way to healing and reconnecting with one’s heart. Holly has been described as a ‘life artist’ who works with people, helping them find and create the life they want to live. In addition to her private practice in Nashville, TN, Holly is a co-founder of the Integrative Life Center which integrates spirit and science-based approaches to healing and creating community.

Lee McCormick is the founder of The Ranch Recovery Center in Tennessee and The Canyon Treatment Center in Malibu, California. He is also co-founder of Nashville’s Integrative Life Center and IOP/PHP Community Recovery program. Through Spirit Recovery Inc., Lee facilitates the production of healing and recovery conferences and spiritual journeys around the world. He is the executive producer of the documentary Dreaming Heaven, in which he plays a leading role. He is the author of The Spirit Recovery Meditation Journal: Meditations for Reclaiming Your Authenticity and coauthor of Dreaming Heaven: The Beginning Is Near! and Spirit Recovery Medicine Bag.

Carmen Dominguez, LMHC has been a psychotherapist and consultant for 30 years. She believes in working collaboratively with her clients to address self-defeating habits, empowering them to explore their infinite potential. Carmen offers holistic modalities and ancient healing practices to assist clients in bringing their mind, body, and spirit into authentic alignment. She has specialized in working with individuals, families, and couples who have experienced trauma, addictions, and an array other mental health issues. She perceives a person’s healing as a creative process that is best achieved when drawn from many modalities to support optimal wellness.


Integrative Life Center has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6483. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Integrative Life Center is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

This activity is pending approval from the National Association of Social Workers.


University Lutheran Church
66 Winthrop St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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(617) 876-3256


Integrative Life Center