Attachment-Based Yoga & Meditation for Compassionate Trauma Recovery: Practical Ways to Shift Attachment Patterns

Workshop in Derby 30th May 2019 - one day theoretical workshop 31st May - 1st June 2019 - two day experiential workshop

Conference Details

Presented By: Deirdre Fay

Date/Time: 30th May 2019 at 8:30am until 1st June 2019 at 4:00pm

Venue: Hallmark Hotel Derby, Mickleover Court, Etwall Road, Mickleover, Derby, DE3 0XX

Location: Derby

Ticket Information
Standard Rate: 1 Day workshop on 30th May 2019
Standard Rate: 3 Day Package
Student Rate: 1 Day workshop on 30th May 2019

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Student Rate: 3 Day Package

Student number must be quoted when ordering. For those who are on benefits, or a low wage income, please contact the admin team to apply for this rate (


Event Description


Thursday 30th May 2019

Our bodies, minds, and hearts are natively wired to connect. When these implicit connection(s) are broken, or betrayed, especially in affectively intense manner, internal patterns become disorganized. We split off the unresolved bits, functioning as best we can on top of the disorganization.  The threat system takes over, making it hard to access our compassionate selves.

These underlying, unresolved attachment patterns are the main reasons PTSD doesn’t resolve. Repairing and shifting those patterns happens in gentle, compassionate body-based approaches to reach below the cognitive representations and help people remember and cultivate their true nature.

The first day, which will focus on theory, is sponsored by the Compassionate Mind Foundation and will look at research in constructed emotions (Feldman Barrett) as it applies to CFT, making life more granular which helps ease the fears of compassion, and explore the psychology of yoga as a motivational map.  

You will learn: 

- To identify the 7 Components of a Secure Attachment
- Deconstructing emotions to find compassionate choice points
- Integrating the body with CFT
- Developmental Needs of Child and the Developmental Task of an Adult
- Integrate the Embodied Movements of Attachment
- Highlights of the motivational map derived from yogic psychology



Friday 31st May & Saturday 1st June

Having a map grounded in compassion helps our wounded mind and heart be willing to take the journey into our body. This two-day experiential workshop/retreat, organised by Compassionate Wellbeing, arises from Deirdre’s newest book which Chris Germer called “a radically positive approach to heal trauma.”  Knowing that developmental trauma happened in connection we’ll consciously create an “Intersubjective Matrix” (Daniel Stern) together to integrate the seven core attachment qualities that build a solid, secure self. Using gentle body based explorations we’ll listen under our fears for the compassionate energy that has no story or content and carries hope.

Cultivating a listening space, we’ll attune to this gentle, uncompromising compassionate guidance that wants to move us toward a more fulfilling life. This life force, we call prana in yoga, is consistently and persistently pressing us to listen and hear that life can kinder, easier, we can be more content despite what happens externally. It does require, though, that we let the pain clean our hearts, clearing the internal debris so we can find the direction. And it’s on this nascent song, carried in the body, that a melody of compassionate hope arises, letting us know the healing path doesn’t have to be as hard as it is.

If we live in a world where pain is so heavily emphasized, life becomes hard and often unbearable. Learning to listen to the deep compassionate rhythms of life can provide a path through, making life a more fulfilling experience, providing gentle comfort, easing the mind, calming the body, and softly opening the heart.   

Instead of continuing to steel ourselves against what did happen or might happen the art of body-based compassion opens the soft door to our body.  This is the heart of a Modern-Day Bodhisattva Training where we cultivate the field of kindness and compassion, providing community for each other, so that that field of goodness provides safe harbor for our bodies, hearts, and souls.  

You will experience:

- Using yoga postures to move from PROTEST to Nourishing Opposites
- How to make life more granular
- Practical ways to deal with fears of compassion

- How to ground the core of the body to shift the fight/flight pattern
- Body based practices to bring the present moment alive
- Integrate the Embodied Movements of Attachment
- Cultivate affiliation through Daniel Stern’s Intersubjective matrix
- Integrate the motivational map derived from yogic psychology


Hallmark Hotel Derby, Mickleover Court, Etwall Road, Mickleover, Derby, DE3 0XX, Derby

Additional Information

This workshop will take place in two parts. If you wish to attend the two day experiential workshop only, please click here.

When booking, please select the appropriate ticket by choosing the '30th June 2019' if you wish to attend just the one day theoretical workshop, or '3 Day Package' if you wish to attend all three days.

Accommodation is available at the hotel at a reduced rate (£75 per night b&b) for workshop attendees. Please email for more information.






Workshop Leader 


Deirdre Fay, LICSW has decades of experience exploring the intersection of trauma, attachment, yoga and meditation. Having meditated since the 70’s and lived in a yoga ashram for six years in the 80’s and 90s Deirdre brings a unique perspective to being in the body.  In the 90’s Deirdre was asked to teach yoga and meditation to those on the dissociative unit at McLean Hospital.  Having amassed skill sets in trauma treatment (as a supervisor under the guidance of Bessel van der Kolk at the Trauma Center), attachment theory (13 years of training with Daniel Brown), body therapy (as a trainer in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy) Deirdre now teaches an integrative approach which Chris Germer calls “a radically positive approach to healing trauma.”  Deirdre founded the Becoming Safely Embodied skills groups and is the author of Attachment-Based Yoga & Meditation for Trauma Recovery (W.W. Norton, 2017), Becoming Safely Embodied Skills Manual (2007), and co-author of Attachment Disturbances for Adults (W.W. Norton, 2016) as well as the co-author of chapters in Neurobiological Treatments of Traumatic Dissociation. For more information, visit her website

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Lunch provided at the event will be vegetarian and will include eggs, but no meat or fish. However, please advise us of any dietary requirements in the notes section whilst booking online and we will try to accommodate your request.