You are a healer who heals healers. It’s time for you to take your training to the next level and enhance your capacity to serve. The Training Ground is for you.
► The Training Ground is a year long group mastery program to cultivate your intuitive gifts and integrate them into your personal modalities of service. The experience is facilitated by me, Sophia Wise One, with a select group of master teachers who visit throughout the year. We create a space to receive skills and practice the lost arts of being an empath, intuitive, seer, and walker of mystery, faith, and medicine. This program invites and supports reclaiming of lost ancestral (blood and spiritual lineage) practices.
► The Training Ground is an opportunity to weave and collectively heal. The Training Ground offers a container designed to let your massive, expansive, and powerful self have space to exercise and solidify your ability to stay present and be of service in all states of being. This process deepens your knowledge of self and your relationship with spirit/source/god/universe/higher self/mystery/nature.
► This is a masterclass for facilitators to optimize healing opportunities when they arise throughout life with deep presence so you’re prepared to walk people, circles, groups, through profound transformation. The curriculum is focused on skill building for transmuting and alchemizing whatever arises including rage, grief, shame, fear, sexual fantasy, desire, and dissociation through spiritual and body based perspectives.
What happens at The Training Ground?
Each cohort meets for a three day weekend every other month.
Opening on Friday afternoon and closing on Sunday afternoon, the weekend gatherings are high intensity, deeply healing, rigorous, fun, and transformational.
What do we actually do at The Training Ground? Each in person gathering includes body-based and spiritually centered skill building.
Many weekends include a full healing circle where each participant takes a turn receiving attention and medicine from the other participants.
Through this process, new modalities are shared, intuition is honed, and many teaching opportunities arise as edges are met, cared for, and the personal landscape expands.
Is there support in between intensive weekends? During the month in between in person retreats, there are two phone calls for integration and teaching, totaling twelve calls for the year. One call is for all students in The Training Ground and the other call is for each individual cohort. The calls are recorded so you have lifetime access to the wisdom, healing, and support offered during these times.
There’s a moderated email thread for each cohort each cycle so writing, art, and requests for support are accessible to the group. Additionally, as a cohort, you’ll be kept on my altar for daily practice, prayers, and integration.
The peace-making, camaraderie, and deepening of personal mastery through expanded presence is palpable as each season turns through the course of The Training Ground.
Where is The Training Ground located? There are three cohorts in the 2018 – 2019 class so you can choose the location that works best for you: Philadelphia, PA, The Bay Area, CA, and Taos, NM.
All meals and class materials are included in the course investment.
There’s an early bird registration offer, and payment plans are available.
Resonating? Enrollment is currently closed. Make sure you’re signed up for email updates to be notified when The Training Ground opens again.
Who leads The Training Ground?
I lost my mind and my life broke apart at the age of 19. It took about 7 years for me to get it back and then make my life into something I wanted to have.
Over that time, I learned what I needed to became good company to myself. Lest you have the wrong picture, I still danced, sang, created, worked, dreamed, loved during these years, it was just really hard to live a life every day.
Let’s be clear. The things I learned during that time are skills that have been hunted, murdered, and silenced out of many of our lineages. Things that cultures know and knew to pass on and teach to most people and especially their more sensitive ones. These are the emotional and spiritual skills that support optimal health and power in one’s own being, allowing for sanity within sensitivity.
These are the essential elements of training that I had to master in myself to heal and become a sane and, honestly, happy person:
– Knowing how to feel and process feeling (stop disassociating) including anger, rage, shame, guilt, and pleasure
– Knowing what I am thinking and deciding which thoughts I am going to listen to and how to create new patterns of thought
– Having a visceral, real, not theoretical experience of presence in my own body and being
– Understanding there is a language of the body and being able to listen to and communicate with my body (and then others)
– Working with my spirit guides and trusting my intuition
– Being in and facilitating Ceremony
– Knowing my needs and desires
– Setting and keeping peacemaking boundaries
– Ability to relax, clearing stress and discerning whose feelings and thoughts are whose from my emotions, mind, body, & spirit
These are BASIC and required skills for a sensitive empathic person to know. These skills, when mastered, result in sanity, power, well being, and enjoyment of one’s life, even when it feels shitty. These skills make people harder to control, dominate, indoctrinate, and oppress.
Without these skills I WAS INSANE. Dysfunctional. Lonely. Bitter. Exhausted. Angry. And overwhelmed by other people’s feeling.
Untrained medicine people go insane.
All the sensitivity and none of the skill is a recipe for addiction, abuse, masochism, controlling behaviors, and list goes on and on.
Everything I learned and mastered (and continue to master) is what I teach in The Training Ground.
I am on a mission to equip people with the skills of sanity.
Through this lifetime body of work, I’m trained in over 20 different modalities including being a licensed massage therapist, Reiki Master Teacher, and Holistic Pelvic Care Provider™. I’ve lead thousands of people through healing ceremony, group programs, and personalized intensives.
Participants of The Training Ground can upgrade support. Enroll in an additional 6 personalized, individual bodywork and personal mentoring sessions with Sophia over the course of the year.
Topics & Skills Covered in Past Rounds of The Training Ground
– storytelling as medicine
– seasons and cycles of transformation
– how conception, gestation, birth, and new life of a baby mirrors the transformational journey in healing realms and creative pursuits
– dark sexual fantasy
– prayer practices
– medicine songs
– altar building and tending
– path of the warrior
– path of the healer
– connecting with your own spirit guides
– group healing work
– meditation practices
– shamanic journeying
– candle and fire work
– animal guides
– tea ceremony
– facing the personal saboteur
– under the care of professional facilitation, when students come with practice in particular modalities, we all end up depening our understanding of those tools including reiki, massage, cupping, crystal resonance therapy, music, food, gua sha, art making, yoga, mindfulness, and non violent communication (NVC)
Who is The Training Ground for?
– Transformational & Thought Leaders
– Bodyworkers, Massage and Reiki practitioners
– Cultural Creatives
– Medicine People
– Highly sensitive people
As a graduate of The Training Ground, you’ll receive certification as a Soul Unification Practitioner.
Soul Unification is the process of identifying and locating disconnection in a being, be it on the physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual level of a person, and bringing soul connection, inhabitance, and presence to those spaces, unifying the Truest Self with the living self. Through guided meditation, group exercises, and facilitated personal work, students will become equipped and certified in this modality.
I’ve learned how to listen and trust my intuition, to connect more deeply with my guides. I gained confidence in my own innate healing abilities.
I get so much out of working with Sophia, new insights, shamanic rituals, etc. One thing that I’ve especially appreciated about Sophia is that she takes the time to see you, hear you. She makes you feel special.
— Danica Arizola | ALoveThingHealingArts.com
Sophia’s ability to bring community together, tribe, is something that touches me deeply. Her ability to bring people together who are willing to show up and do the work.
The Training Ground is for a specific kind of person. Specific in the way, looking back at myself, there has to be a readiness to shift big things in your life.
No matter what comes up in The Training Ground, the results are amazing. And the experiences you get to share with people who are willing to take risks in their life, is amazing.
— Nerissa Love Sun Shaman Seed of Ruby Light | Tender | IG: @gemstonestories
Being in The Training Ground has shown me there are new ways of going inside myself, new ways of finding that authentic voice within myself and being able to connect to it.
— Linda Marshall
One of the most important and noticeable changes I’ve noticed in my life after going through The Training Ground is my stamina and capacity to stay present — in my body, in my mind, with other people, with my practices, and with my work. When I do leave (dissociate, space out, forget), I’m able to notice much sooner and bring myself through and forward into the present again. Answered prayers.
I’ve done an enormous amount of one on one work with Sophia, which I’ve enjoyed and continue to do. Getting to do The Training Ground was an accelerated learning classroom. I loved having classmates, group healing, and the space to deepen my own modalities as a practitioner and as a person, in general.
I’d completely recommend The Training Ground to anyone who is ready to have a completely different life a year from now. If you’d like to remember who you are, what you came here to do, and how to go about the business of being more conscious and alive, The Training Ground is for you.
— Leah Moon | Business Care & Healing for Spiritual Entrepreneurs | withleahmoon.com
After The Training Ground, I noticed a deeper connection to myself, intuition and personal healing practices. Things started to move where I once was stuck. Specifically, with patterns that were playing out for years and years. I started to notice the teachings in The Training Ground went hand in hand with what I needed in order to create some new pathways energetically and literally in my everyday life. I started to make small but noticeable changes to my daily life that cumulatively added up. I also trusted myself and trusted the process! One teaching that stuck with me wholeheartedly, is to pay attention to what is happening versus what I think should be happening. This was a game changer! I applied it in my everyday life and to my healing work. It opened up a whole world of presence and synchronicity for me. Moreover, I also started facilitating more workshops, group healing circles, and experiencing creativity and clarity in future projects I am co creating with others.
What I liked working with Sophia is the large container of support you receive in The Training Ground. We spent consecutive days together each time we met in person throughout the program. It allowed me to truly reserve the time for myself and fully immerse into the experience. In between the in person meetings we had scheduled phone meetings which served as great extended support right when I needed it. I loved that Sophia also gave us access to the recordings of these times together so we could reflect.
I would highly recommend The Training Ground experience, as the design of the program truly allows you to cultivate a deep relationship to what you are learning through experiential practice. I developed a deeper relationship with myself and beloved classmates. Through the witnessing of each other’s journeys under the guidance and support of Sophia, it amplified the experience of vulnerability and allowed me to experience greater personal healing. It also equipped me with new tools as a healing facilitator. Our potent medicine circles were an invaluable source of information from the perspective of being the participant, co-creator, witness and facilitator. It was amazing to be conscious of the multi-dimensional layers that are present in powerful healing groups. Sophia is brilliant at weaving together our experiential work with her teachings, which makes a dynamic flow of insight, understanding, and mastery.
— Christel Alberez, Crystal Resonance Therapist & Workshop Facilitator