Dharma of Trauma Training 2021-2022 (DoT)

Founder and Trainer: Manuela Mischke-Reeds, MA

If you’re a therapist looking for in-depth transformation and a new way of working with trauma, Dharma of Trauma (DoT) will provide the inner and outer tool sets for you. 

DoT is a unique trauma training. It integrates Somatic trauma therapy techniques, Psychobiological models of trauma in the body, ancient wisdoms from Buddhist psychology and theory with the cultivation of the inner development of the trauma therapist. Transforming traumatic experiences in your client’s life is not just about savvy skills and known interventions. It requires a willingness and a refined inner skill set to see deeply into your client’s suffering and trust their innate health.

These are skills that require a different kind of training. Dharma of Trauma is based on the belief that the inside-out transformation of the therapist is essential in supporting the client’s journey towards a whole and self-sustaining life. We must make the journey first so we can guide our clients safely and precisely into the vast healing reservoir that they hold in their body and heart. 

Trauma is not just in the clients story. We live in a time where trauma is all pervasive and collective. As therapists we need to understand the interconnection of trauma from generational and community level to the somatic inner workings of how trauma shapes the inner life. Because the contemporary therapist faces the complexities of multiple, intertwined trauma, we need to train differently. It’s no longer enough to just have skills; we need to become a different kind of therapist: one that’s unafraid to sit with suffering in a deep and compassionate somatic way. We need to become a trauma change agent who can see beyond the stigma of trauma and value growth in our clients and the sacredness of their life journeys. We can’t fix past traumas, but we can learn how to inspire others in their longing for wholeness, and help them to trust that trauma has deep purpose. We need clinicians that can sit in themselves with kindheartedness and work with others when triggered themselves.

We are a new generation of helpers that can transcend the old paradigm of healing and deliver precise and effective tools for self-healing and transformation. This training provides a clear pathway to becoming this kind of healer. The lasting tools it offers provide a multi-layered approach that helps both therapist and client to understand our lives in connection with the contemporary forces of trauma and how they impact our biology, our sense of connection and our life purpose and calling.

The influences of media, world events and terror are impacting everyone. We need to understand this influence and train our nervous system responses so we can become agents of nervous system change. We are training for a kind of warriorship of the body, heart, mind and community. It is no longer enough to deliver techniques, approaches or thoughts; we have to become someone that knows how to inspire healing in others.

Dharma of Trauma draws from a variety of influences, including Hakomi Mindful Somatic Psychotherapy, Somatic Experiencing, Continuum Movement, Buddhism and Taoism, body-centered meditation, mindfulness and compassion practices and systems thinking. It’s designed for therapists, healers, social workers and medical professionals who are willing to dig deep and be changed in order to become more effective healers. This unique training requires a commitment to learning outside of your comfort zone and beyond your intellectual knowing, and a willingness to delve into the mysteries of the body’s healing powers.

Level 1 – Online Course

In Level 1 of Dharma of Trauma, you’ll build a solid theoretical foundation for working with trauma and gain a deeper understanding of what trauma in the body means. You’ll also learn basic Buddhist principles and personal mindfulness and somatic practices for resourcing your work as a trauma therapist. This training provides a rich online learning environment that includes downloadable MP3 audio files, articles and contemplative exercises. 

Level 1 can be taken alone, or in combination with Level 2. This is a great way to learn this model of trauma work in the comfort of your own home at your own pace.

Dharma of Trauma Level 1 offers six modules of self-paced online learning. If you’re busy during a given week, you can make up that week’s course material at your own pace. 

The course commences Mon 3rd May 2021.  Each module is sent one week apart.

  • Module 1: The Inner Worlds of Trauma
  • Module 2: Global, Community and Intergenerational Trauma
  • Module 3: Arousal and Self-Regulation Theory
  • Module 4: Ground, Resource and Referencing the Sacred in Trauma Work
  • Module 5: The Importance of Soma, Nondual Awareness and Mindfulness
  • Module 6: Posttraumatic Growth and Resiliency and New Frontiers of Trauma healing: Psychedelic Assisted Therapy for Trauma

Course materials will remain available online until 31 August 2021. 


Level 2 – Training in Sydney

Level 2 is a 2 x 5 day experiential training with Manuela Mischke-Reeds being held in Sydney, available for those who have completed Level 1 Online.

  • Module 1: Wednesday 23 to Sunday 27 June 2021
  • Module 2: Saturday 29 January to Wednesday 2 Feb 2022

Time : 9.30 – 6.00pm

Venue: Crows Nest Centre, 2 Ernest Place, Crows Nest (Sydney) NSW

NOTE: In the event that Manuela is unable to travel to Sydney from California by June, due to COVID-19 restrictions, then we will either shift Module 1 to online, or postpone Module 1 to the Module 2 dates, and an additional module will be held in it’s place, from   Sat 2nd to Wed 6th July 2022. Manuela is fully vaccinated and ready to travel as soon as restrictions ease. The international travel situation will be assessed in late May/Early June.


For more detailed information, including overview, curriculum and costs, please download the DoT Training Brochure here.



To register for LEVEL 1, LEVEL 2 or LEVEL 1 & 2 please click here.



For more information contact:
Karen Baikie via email.
Or phone: 02 9436 0919