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All continuing education courses are approved by the NCBTMB. Blue Ridge Healing Arts Academy and Rene Shuford Seminars is an

                                                                                                                      Approved Provider Number 154677-00.

My Educational Courses

Continuing Education Courses 

The Psychosomatics of Ethics: Creating Right Relationship in Non-Ordinary States of
Consciousness / 6 ce

This course is strategically crafted to harmonize the energies of the mind-body with the regulations and principles governing institutions within the state. Ethics, in this context, revolves around establishing a harmonious relationship with oneself, clients, and the business environment. The curriculum places a strong emphasis on financial security, cultivating and sustaining appropriate working relationships within the scope of practice, empowering both the therapist and the client, fostering compassion and self-care, honing effective communication skills, practicing active listening, and achieving alignment among the therapist, client, and session dynamics. Grounded in the Chakra System, the course delivers practical insights for everyday ethical considerations. It incorporates a blend of lectures, discussions, and small group activities to provide a comprehensive learning experience.

Upon successful completion of this class, students will acquire the following competencies:

 1.Identify and define the Chakra system in the context of ethical guidelines and rules.

 2.Recognize professional ethical behavior and distinguish it from non-ethical behavior.

 3.Identify and define altered states of consciousness relevant to ethical considerations.

 4.Develop thought processes that enable ethical actions and decisions from a mind-body approach.

This course is designed to equip students with a deep understanding of ethical practices within the therapeutic context, fostering a foundation for responsible and mindful professional conduct.

The Anatomy of a Teacher: Exploring the Mindful Relationship of Self, Student and Subject / 72 ce

The Anatomy of a Teacher is a unique and in-depth 72-hour Teacher Training Living and
Learning Program that offers an array of enriching education strategies that will benefit teachers
with a desire to promote positive growth and to create an interactive community.  We will
explore the themes of commencement (beginning and ending), creating fluid relationships within
the learning environment while also creating strong and fair boundaries, how a teacher's personal
will and power can be effective or in-effective, how heart-centered learning and teaching is
beneficial to the teacher, student and subject, how to effectively communicate so communication
chaos is extinguished, learning and demonstrating active listening skills, the seven learning styles
and bringing closure to the learning environment and transitioning relationships into a working
environment. If you wish to learn how to create a successful transformational learning classroom

or seminar, this program is for you.


Upon completion of this multi-dimensional learning
experience, the participant will be able to.
1. Create and maintain a sacred learning space
2. Utilize meditation skills for personal and classroom use
3. Identify and effectively manage the beginning, middle and ending relationship in an educational process 
4. Recognize and explore relationships within an interactive community by being fluid with firm boundaries
5. Understand and implement the concept of personal power and prosperity consciousness as a tool for daily living

 and implementing this into the learning environment
6. Explore and unleash their creative potential

7. Create effective lesson plans and innovative self-awareness activities
8. Demonstrate dynamic presentation skills
9. Speak their authentic voice
10. Identify the seven learning styles and implement personal instruction for each
11. Grasp the importance of right communication and extinguish communication chaos 
12. Develop skills for unlocking the inner wisdom of intuition and integrating active listening skills
13. Embrace their vital essence through spirit and self-actualization

Students are required to purchase two textbook's for this class:

1. The Courage to Teach by Parker Palmer 

2. The Seven Healing Chakras by Dr. Brenda Davies.

"Both titles are available at Amazon and most bookstores."

The Seven Healing Chakras and The Endocrine System Level I/24 ce

This course offers a comprehensive exploration of the Chakra System, delving into its energetic, physiological, and psychological healing components. Rooted in Ayurvedic Medicine, an ancient system that employs natural foods, movement, sleep, herbs, and personal empowerment for healing, the course traces the evolution of Chakras into Western/Allopathic Medicine. Participants will engage in discussions and practical experiments focused on key aspects such as security, grounding, flexibility, movement, personal power, compassion, love, truth-telling, authenticity, intuition, and spiritual connection.

The course emphasizes the glandular connections within each Chakra, spotlighting the emitting hormones specific to each gland. Additionally, it explores the neurological connections of these glands, providing insights into the areas of the mind-body that are either in balance or not reaching their full potential. Each Chakra is associated with particular mind-body conditions, allowing participants to identify root causes and understand the role of emotions in overall wellness.

This multi-dimensional and experiential course requires significant inner-personal work.

Upon completion, students will gain the following skills and knowledge:

  1. Define and discuss the Chakra System and its properties.

  2. Define and discuss Ayurvedic Medicine.

  3. Explore, evaluate, and discuss the connection between the Chakra System and the mind-body healing process.

  4. Explore, create, and demonstrate Chakra assignments to enhance the well-being of each Chakra.

  5. Integrate the main theme of each Chakra into a working system with activities and assignments.

  6. Identify and name the anatomical systems and organs associated with each Chakra and understand their impact on the whole.

  7. Identify and name the glands and emitting hormones linked to each Chakra and understand their impact on the whole.

  8. Identify and name the nerve plexus associated with each Chakra and understand their impact on the whole.

  9. Recognize the emotional impact of each Chakra on the mind-body through artistic experiments and scientific knowledge.

Manual Lymphatic Drainage / 24 ce

Discover the healing potential of Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD), a specialized massage technique designed to facilitate the natural flow of lymph back to the heart. The Lymphatic System, vital for detoxification, relies on muscle contractions to transport lymph through blood vessels, lymph nodes, and lymph ducts, ultimately returning purified lymph to the Cardiovascular System. MLD, performed with a gentle feather-like touch using five grams of pressure, plays a crucial role in maintaining a healthy lymphatic flow.

In this seminar, explore the significance of the Lymphatic System and its connection to overall well-being. Understand how lifestyle factors, including diet, movement, and sleep, contribute to lymphatic health. Delve into the role of MLD as a preventative, restorative, or alternative to traditional massage for maintaining optimal health.

The seminar will cover a comprehensive full-body MLD protocol, emphasizing technique, indications, and contraindications. Special attention will be given to mapping the Lymphatic System. Topics will include pre/post-surgery applications, considerations for Lymphedema, and the broader spectrum of diseases associated with lymphatic imbalance.

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will attain the following competencies:

  1. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the Lymphatic System.

  2. Exhibit proficiency in recognizing indications and contraindications for MLD.

  3. Discuss and comprehend various diseases associated with lymphatic imbalance.

  4. Effectively map the Lymphatic System.

  5. Demonstrate the ability to perform a full-body MLD protocol, showcasing technique and appropriate application in various contexts.

The Tao of Trauma / 24 ce

Trauma is a pervasive issue in our culture and most likely in all cultures.  It results from exposure
to an incident or series of events that are emotionally disturbing or life threatening with lasting
adverse effects on a persons mental, spiritual, physical and emotional well-being.  Experiences
that may be traumatic include but are not limited to physical, mental, sexual or emotional
abuse, social injustice of all kinds, separation from loved ones, cultural violence, cultural health
issues, substance abuse, poverty, wealth, lack of education and the list goes on.  In this seminar
we will explore the impact of trauma on the bodymind and how that impact affects muscle
memory.  Massage and bodywork can be a safe and therapeutic tool to process and aid in the
healing of trauma; it can also be a means by which more trauma may be created. 
Understanding the boundaries of trauma will be explored as well as indications and
contraindications for applying manual touch in the healing of trauma.  Although all systems of
the bodymind are affected by trauma, the primary systems we will review and discuss impacts
on are the Nervous, Endocrine, Muscle and Digestive.  Biodynamic Breathwork is introduced
alongside manual touch and in addition, we will explore the energy system of the bodymind and
how trauma impacts the movement of energies via the Chakra System.

Upon completion of this course the student will be able to:

   1. Define and discuss the properties of trauma

   2. Define and discuss how the muscle memory holds and releases trauma

   3. Define and discuss the indications and contraindications of manual touch and trauma

   4. Define and discuss properties of the Nervous, Endocrine, Muscle and Digestive Systems

   5. Discuss how the movement of energy bodies is affected by stress and trauma

   6. Define the Chakra System and its' properties

   7. Identify and name the anatomical systems that are in each Chakra

   8. Identify and name the glands and the emitting hormone identified with each Chakra and

   9. How they affect the whole bodymind

 10. Demonstrate full body protocol for aiding in the reduction of trauma

 11. Define, discuss and demonstrate Bio-Dynamic Breathwork

Extended Learning Courses

Immerse yourself in a transformative experience with our courses, "Living Into The Life You Desire" and "Beyond The Role of Caregiver." These programs go beyond traditional continuing education, offering a unique opportunity for personal growth and profound change. Meticulously designed for continuous learning, and empower yourself through a journey of self-discovery. Enrich your knowledge and explore the boundless possibilities of extended learning with our carefully tailored programs, Join us for workshops that foster both personal and professional growth, allowing you to thrive in all aspects of your life.

Living Into the Life You Desire

Envision you are living your most meaningful life.

Hone in on that vision and imagine: how do you feel? 
Those feelings are your guides...Living into the Life You Desire is an experiential workshop designed to provide a supportive space for you to be still and listen to the stirrings in your heart.  Through somatic engagement, guided practice, meditation, and journaling, you will have the opportunity to tap into your inner wisdom, and the support to step into your desired life.  This class is taught by Jessica Williams and Rene Shuford.

Beyond The Caregiver Role: Mastering the Art of Self Compassion

As we care for others, it's common to overlook our own needs.  

This workshop is about changing that! 
Join us and learn the art of treating yourself with the same kindness and understanding you give to others.  Discover the profound impact self-compassion has to reduce burnout and renew the spirit. Connect with fellow caregivers who truly understand your journey as we share, witness and heal together.  We will explore what it means to be truly present and how presence can help you find more peace in the chaos of caregiving.  Learn how to create sacred space and clear energy to nurture your well-being.  Leave the workshop equipped with a personalized self-compassion and empowerment plan ready to integrate into your daily life.  This transformative workshop will help you gain a deeper awareness of your own need, beliefs and tendencies, making it easier to reconnect to your passions and give yourself permission to prioritize self-care without guilt.

All continuing education courses are approved by the NCBTMB. Blue Ridge Healing Arts Academy and Rene Shuford Seminars is an Approved Provider Number 154677-00.

If you’d like more information about My course get in touch today.

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