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Dr. Julie Henderson

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  • Founder
    Zapchen Somatics


  • Ph.D.
  • PhD
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Web References Dr. Julie ..., 17 Feb 2009 [cached] Dr. Julie Henderson, founder of Zapchen Somatics, California, USA. Julie teaches in Australia in November each year Yoga and SomaChi studio in Prahran, Melbourne.
Australian contact for Julie Henderson's Zapchen Somatics work. Julie is returning to Australia in November 2009 for workshops and a residential retreat Accredited training in Buddhist psychotherapy and wholistic counselling.
GlobalChicago: Associates, 29 Mar 2000 [cached]
Julie Henderson, Somatic Psychologist and Teacher, Zapchen Somatics, Napa County, CA
YOGA Healthy Body Fitness Classes Iyengar/Ashtanga Zapchen Yoga Meditation Massage Counselling WELLNESS STUDIO - Articles, 17 Feb 2009 [cached]
3. The Body As Story - the life of Dr. Julie Henderson,an essay presented by Karen Bell on Inter-being & Interconnectedness in Buddhist Psychology, Sophia College coursework, 2005
Dr. Henderson, in her book Embodying Wellbeing, about moving 'towards bodily, energetic, and mental well-being', cites yawning as the number one exercise from practices graded into basic, mid-range and advanced moves, to well-being.
The Body As Story - the life of Dr. Julie Henderson (A Study in Compassion)
Introduction. he aim of this essay is to document expressions of kindness and compassion of Julie Henderson. Examples of her compassion are shown in the form of anecdotes from some of her hundreds of students around the world. Also, stories and observations from her colleagues, friends and family offer further examples of her loving-kindness and compassionately beneficial activity for all living beings. (For the purpose of easier reading references withinin the body of the original paper have been deleted).
A Place In Time. The writer of this short biography met Julie Henderson in 1988 in Melbourne, Australia on a year long training in somatic integration therapy. The text for the module Julie taught was The Lover Within, written as her theses in 1984 in the USA. A more recent publication was released in 1999. Over the next few years a connection was formed with Julie, as she continued to teach in Melbourne whilst living in Sydney, where she lived since coming to Australia in 1985, "largely because my work was being met with enthusiasm and appreciation here". On hearing in 1993 that Julie was returning to live in the USA an inner sense of loss arose, subsequently manifesting as an impulse to invite her to return to Australia to teach the following year on an Easter retreat. Since 1994 Julie has returned annually to teach in Melbourne, Sydney and Northern NSW.
In the year 2000, a long term Australian student of Julie Henderson spontaneously composed a verse titled Great Mother of Compassion, as a long life prayer offering to Julie.
The Body As Story - the life of Julie Henderson.
Student: Does awareness have a heart?
Julie Henderson: Yes, Awareness is heart.
Dr. Julie Henderson in Being Bodies, suggests that 'the body is just very slow mind' and 'most of our consciousness is tied up in making body'. The body of Julie Blair Henderson was born in 1941 in Texas, USA to Virginia and Charles. As the eldest of two children Julie speaks of 'her parents complete confidence in her capacity to learn anything' as the pre-curser to her college years of 'voracious investigating of a number of sciences, theatre, languages, and various psychotherapies'.
The diverse fields of somatics and Tibetan Buddhism came together in 1975. In that year Julie began studying somatic psychotherapy and met Tarthan Tulku Rinpoche, who went on to establish Naropa Institute in California.
For the next fifteen years Julie combined three styles of Western psychotherapy in her work with clients and students.
In 1985 Julie moved to Australia as the release of her first book was being well received there. She came with a Masters in Counselling Psychology, as a bioenergetic analyst, and somaticist. Julie was the founding president of the Australian Association of Somatic Psychotherapists, and taught somatics in Australia, New Zealand and Germany. Around this time her kindness and compassion was impacing more and more students. In the late 80's she began introducing students to her Tibetan teachers Gyalsay Tulku, Kundun Gwalwang Drukpa, and his father Vairocana Tulku. In Devotion, Marhsall states that Julie was 'one of the few people who could translate the teachings into the language of therapy', and that 'she unselfconsciously and naturally brought many, many others into the Dharma, as a natural extension and progress of her own work and who she is'.
An example of Julie's kindness and compassion, in the form of tonglen, a Buddhst practice of exchanging self for other is indicated from a long term Australian student.
'I first met Julie in the early nineties when she taught a weekend of somatic training for a personal development organistion. Over the last ten years I have been on fifteen residential retreats led by her as well as several one day teachings and this has given me ample opportunities to benefit from her skills as a teacher, mentor and guide at both somatic and spiritual levels.
My understanding of Julie's work has grown over these years and, as I became more able to incorporate her teaching into my daily life, my physical and emotional wellbeing has improved. Julie brings many attributes to her teachings but my observation is that all these are enhanced by her compassion, which I experience as the foundation on which all else is built.
It was on the Easter Retreat in 1995 that I witnessed what was, to me, a profound example of her compassion. She had been talking about the tendency to contract around pain, both emotional and physical, and techniques to create more spaciousness to ease these contractions. The participants had paired off and my partner for the process was a woman on her 50's. Early in the process she became distressed and Julie came to help her. After 'being with' the woman for a short time, Julie took her hands and said 'give me your pain'. The woman soon became calm and her distress subsided.
My understanding of this event is that because of Julie's 'spaciousness' she is able to allow feelings to exist in that space without contraction and thus avoid the feelings becoming the entire momentary experience. That capacity enables her, with her compassion, to absorb another's distress, which becomes only a small part of Julie's experience.
This was a perfect parable of the contraction and spaciousness that was demonstrated by Julie on that retreat and on may subsequent occasions'. BH
Julie listened very patiently and encouraged me to express all of what I felt. She stayed with me, sitting close by on the floor, and I knew she was listening and could understand where I was. She very gently, but firmly, asked me if I made ANY difference to ANY of my clients. I answered 'yes'. She kindly suggested that was I was doing in my work must be of benefit even though I thought I was a fraud. This was a very new idea for me.
The work we did together that day, quite a few years ago, has never left me. Her gentleness, the feeling that she really cared what was happening for me, her staying with me in my distress, her listening to me and then her suggestion, all had a significant impact on my attitude to wards myself and my work'.
In 1993 Julie returned to the USA when 'two of my heart teachers pointed me back towards the United States'.
'One time I was seeing Julie as a therapist. She was proposing that I decompress. I could not believe she knew what I was talking about - that she had ever been as tight and drum-like as I was feeling. She said she did know what I was going through. I did not believe it and said something like 'show me'. She changed in front of my eyes, tightening and shrinking with lines and bitterness on her face. She became the person she might has been if she had embraced disappointment and blame. I was open-mouthed, and knew that she 'did' know what I was experiencing. Then she shook herself and I realised just how miserable she made herself to convince me.' BW
From another of Julie's USA students indicating Julie's kindness. 'I find Julie's availability the most generous of kindnesses. No matter what's happening in her life she is there for each of us at any time'.
Firstly, Paul Ekman speaks highly of Julie's 'wisdom in understanding the body and emotion'.
According to Julie, 'Zapchen is a practice lineage - that is, in Western terms, a shaped collection of exercises - designed to deepen well-being progressively and, where appropriate, to support that disjunct shift in perception from local to non-local called 'waking up'. Since 2002, Julie's annual ten-day international retreats have been held in Kathmandu, at Bairo Ling Monastery, where her main 'root' teachers reside, Kundun Gyalwang Drukpa and his father the 38th Vairocana Tulku.
In 1997, Friendman and Moon invited a range of Buddhist female practitioners such as Pema Chodron, Toni Packer, China Galland, Joan Tolifson, Julie Henderson, and others to contribute to their book, Being Bodies, about being a woman, a Buddhist and being embodied.
In this same article one can clearly hear the Bodhisattva ideal voices by Julie as, 'whenever we self-regulate for more of life than our personal experience - for more beings than one -
Michael Herman: WhatIsCompassion, 9 May 2011 [cached]
Long story short, it reminded me of something I've learned from Julie Henderson, of fame...
Michael Herman: PatternLanguage, 13 Aug 2007 [cached]
Somatic Psychologist, Julie Henderson and colleagues are translating Tibetan Buddhist practices into Western terms and forms, that allow human neurochemistry (since we are, as bodies, mostly water) to embody the Coherent shapes of compassion, love, balance and joy.
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