Matt Licata’s

Spirituality & Healing

Immersion Group

An In-Depth Training in Embodied Psychological
Transformation, Self-Compassion, & Meditative Awareness

A YEAR LONG TRAINING PROGRAM

“It is the love of the truth that fuels the entire journey of deep psychological healing and embodied spiritual transformation. Coming together with friends and fellow travelers to honor  the unfolding of this love is the essence of this path.”

– MATT LICATA

A Special Invitation to Work With Me

Dear friend

It’s not easy to find a spiritually-oriented group or set of teachings and practices that honor the role of psychotherapy, emotional attunement, relationships, the shadow, trauma, and the body as part of an integral path of transformation and healing

Even if our primary interest is in spiritual transformation, we can’t separate out our unresolved relational trauma, attachment wounding, and the narcissistic injury we may have experienced

What I’ve discovered in my own life (through my own suffering and struggle) and also in my clinical practice is that if we fail to tend to our own wounding and trauma, it will inevitably leak out, and color any realization that we might have.

It will affect our ability to feel safe and connected, that we truly belong here, as well as our capacity to play and dream, and to truly enjoy our creative, relational, and spiritual lives. 

Unprocessed somatic, emotional, and psychic material has a way of creating a perceptual lens through which we come to imagine ourselves, others, and the world; and also how we imagine and relate with nature and with the Divine.

No matter how deep and profound our realizations have been, they will be filtered through whatever unmetabolized trauma that remains in the body and in the depth of the soul. 

In response to a longing that I’ve felt and many requests that I’ve received, I’ve created this new online group and training for those looking to make a (renewed) commitment to their inner lives, in a way that is attuned to the full-spectrum majesty of the human person, sensitive to our core vulnerabilities and sensitivities, embodied and relational, while also anchored in the deeper layers of spiritual transformation

One of the intentions for the group is to create and discover a true holding environment, an empathic we-space where we can tend to the mysteries of the heart together, including the wounds around love that we’ve all experienced. As relational beings, our nervous systems are wired and our hearts are crafted to co-regulate, and to heal within an attuned relational field.

As part of our new yearlong training, we’ll integrate discoveries, teachings, and practices from the fields of: 

  • Depth, psychoanalytic, and somatic psychotherapies
  • Relational and contemplative neuroscience
  • Developmental psychology and trauma studies
  • The clinical application of mindfulness and meditative awareness
  • The experiential discoveries of the mystics, alchemists, yogis, and shamans

Each of these wisdom streams has something unique to show us about the wildness, creativity, beauty, and full-spectrum nature of the human heart. 

I look forward to making this journey with you and supporting you in whatever I can in discovering and embodying a healing path that is truly your own.

With appreciation, 

Matt Licata

P.S. Please note that this is an educational group and not a psychotherapeutic one in any formal sense. While we’ll be speaking about trauma  – and the importance of tending to trauma on any embodied spiritual path – this is not a trauma group and in no way meant to be a substitute for individual psychotherapy. There will not be any individualized treatment or therapy available as part of the course of study.

Matt Licata, PhD

Matt’s understanding of the subtleties and nuances of the healing journey, and how meditation and psychological work fit together were a key for me which unlocked the door to a part of myself that I had forgotten about. The way he held my experience and contained it with such love and kindness allowed me to end the war with myself and to begin to perceive even my most challenging emotions and sensitivities as allies and just how he’s right when he says that the path really is everywhere. Spending time with him was a real fork in the road in my life, a true turning point that opened up a whole new way of being for me.

J.R., London

Themes We’ll Explore This Year

Over the course of the year (and into 2024), we’ll make a deep dive into various facets of the diamond that comprise the spiral path of embodied transformation and healing. It is through this trauma-informed, emotionally-sensitive, alchemically-alive weaving together of psychotherapy and spirituality that our perception will be cleansed and our hearts will be polished. 

THEME 1: Initiation and the Ongoing Journey of the Wounded Healer

Living in the Experiential Discovery That the Path is Everywhere

Many of us interested in spirituality and healing have been wounded in our lives – physically, emotionally, or at a deep soul level. Whether this wounding takes form as relational or attachment trauma, narcissistic injury, or through any other number of forms of personal betrayal, it has a way of coloring our perception and affecting our capacity to feel safe, connected, and that we truly belong here. 

For some, initiation occurs only by way of transition, dissolution, and loss, through an embodied confrontation with the unconscious and the unlived life. These experiences are not signs of error or mistake, but calls to depth and evidence of how our wounding can serve an initiatory function.

Whether or not we identify as being a “healer” in some professional sense, we are each touched by the living reality of this dimension of experience, as open, sensitive human beings. In this way, we’re all “healers” as we engage and interact with others and the world each and every day, offering the gifts of our own presence, empathy, consciousness, caring, and compassion. 

Even though it may seem as if we are alone – and in part we must walk this path by ourselves – we are never truly alone, as unseen helpers, friends, and companions are always nearby. 

Throughout the course, we’ll explore:

  • How our wounding serves an initiatory function into deeper layers of spiritual and soul-awareness
  • A deeper understanding of our unique wounding and sensitivities and how these are not obstacles to our path, but the very path itself  
  • The nature of a contemporary, embodied, emotionally-sensitive approach to the felt experience of wholeness and aliveness
  • How even our most difficult experience is a unique portal into the heart, connection with others, with the Divine, and with all of life

THEME 1: Initiation and the Ongoing Journey of the Wounded Healer

Living in the Experiential Discovery and Reality That the Path is Everywhere

Many of us interested in spirituality and healing have been wounded in our lives – physically, emotionally, or at a deep soul level. Whether this wounding takes form as relational or attachment trauma, narcissistic injury, or through any other number of forms of personal betrayal, it has a way of coloring our perception and affecting our capacity to feel safe, connected, and that we truly belong here. 

For some, initiation occurs only by way of transition, dissolution, and loss, through an embodied confrontation with the unconscious and the unlived life. These experiences are not signs of error or mistake, but calls to depth and evidence of how our wounding can serve an initiatory function.

Whether or not we identify as being a “healer” in some professional sense, we are each touched by the living reality of this dimension of experience, as open, sensitive human beings. In this way, we’re all “healers” as we engage and interact with others and the world each and every day, offering the gifts of our own presence, empathy, consciousness, caring, and compassion. 

Even though it may seem as if we are alone – and in part we must walk this path by ourselves – we are never truly alone, as unseen helpers, friends, and companions are always nearby. 

Throughout the course, we’ll explore:

  • How our wounding serves an initiatory function into deeper layers of spiritual and soul-awareness
  • A deeper understanding of our unique wounding and sensitivities and how these are not obstacles to our path, but the very path itself  
  • The nature of a contemporary, embodied, emotionally-sensitive approach to the felt experience of wholeness and aliveness
  • How even our most difficult experience is a unique portal into the heart, connection with others, with the Divine, and with all of life

THEME 2: Trauma and the Sacred: Exploring the Link Between Spirituality and our Wounding

How the Path of Healing Unresolved Trauma and Wounding is Itself a Spiritual Practice

We’re all given more experience in this life than we can process. Unresolved trauma, which is held in subcortical and somatic circuitry, shapes our perception and deeply impacts our capacity to feel safe and connected, with ourselves, others, and also with our spiritual nature. 

There is a powerful, yet mysterious link between healing early emotional wounding and the spiritual path. These two streams are not separate and intertwine together in the body and the heart. 

It is through a unique kind of holding environment that we are able to access, verbalize, make sense of, and thereby integrate psychic, emotional, and somatic material that has falled out of embodied, conscious awareness. 

Through the establishment, together, of a safe and surrounding container, we’ll explore the realities of trauma and how it is an experience of de-linking and disassociation; how it is healed, and how the felt sense of safety and connection are re-established. 

Relational psychotherapy and psychoanalysis, somatic psychology, neuroscience, and the clinical aspects of mindfulness and meditation each have something to contribute to this journey. Each will be lens through which we will deepen our understanding and experience, as we open to the reality that tending to trauma is in itself a deep and merciful spiritual path

Throughout the course, we’ll explore:

  • The nature of trauma and how each of us has unmetabolized and unlived experience which affects our perception and how we’ve come to imagine ourselves
  • How trauma organizes in the body, psyche, and nervous system; and how it is unwound and untangled 
  • The felt sense of safety and how safety is the ultimate medicine and “neural scaffolding” for healing and deeper layers of self-discovery 
  • The link between trauma and the sacred and the relationship between our deepest wounding and our spiritual lives 

THEME 2: Trauma and the Sacred: Exploring the Link Between Spirituality and our Wounding

How the Path of Healing Unresolved Trauma and Wounding is Itself a Spiritual Practice

We’re all given more experience in this life than we can process. Unresolved trauma, which is held in subcortical and somatic circuitry, shapes our perception and deeply impacts our capacity to feel safe and connected, with ourselves, others, and also with our spiritual nature. 

There is a powerful, yet mysterious link between healing early emotional wounding and the spiritual path. These two streams are not separate and intertwine together in the body and the heart. 

It is through a unique kind of holding environment that we are able to access, verbalize, make sense of, and thereby integrate psychic, emotional, and somatic material that has falled out of embodied, conscious awareness. 

Through the establishment, together, of a safe and surrounding container, we’ll explore the realities of trauma and how it is an experience of de-linking and disassociation; how it is healed, and how the felt sense of safety and connection are re-established. 

Relational psychotherapy and psychoanalysis, somatic psychology, neuroscience, and the clinical aspects of mindfulness and meditation each have something to contribute to this journey. Each will be lens through which we will deepen our understanding and experience, as we open to the reality that tending to trauma is in itself a deep and merciful spiritual path

Throughout the course, we’ll explore:

  • The nature of trauma and how each of us has unmetabolized and unlived experience which affects our perception and how we’ve come to imagine ourselves
  • How trauma organizes in the body, psyche, and nervous system; and how it is unwound and untangled 
  • The felt sense of safety and how safety is the ultimate medicine and “neural scaffolding” for healing and deeper layers of self-discovery 
  • The link between trauma and the sacred and the relationship between our deepest wounding and our spiritual lives 

THEME 3: Meditation, Therapy, and the Creation of an Internal Holding Environment

Discovering a Spirituality of Your Own and the Way of Empathic Attunement

There are many types of inner work, forms of meditation, inquiry, yoga, and therapy. What’s vital is that we begin to discover a spirituality of our own, one that is unique to our own bodies, hearts, nervous systems, and souls. 

There is an image and metaphor given to us by D.W. Winnicott of a “holding environment,” a warm and poetic description of a relational configuration rooted in empathic attunement, resonance, warmth, and presence.

It is from such a matrix of experience that we can explore ourselves and the world around us, resting and playing in unstructured states of being. From this ground of safety, we are able to take riks, lead with our vulnerability when appropriate, privilege our own integrity and autonomy in other situations, and stay embodied to the full range of human feeling.

We’ll explore together the nature of this holding environment and how both meditation and psychotherapeutic inquiry can help us to cultivate new layers of insight, wisdom, and compassion for ourselves and others.

In this, we’ll discover the reality of how all healing is relational in its essence, and what that truly means: intimacy with self, others, and with the Mystery itself. 

Throughout the course, we’ll explore:

  • The importance of a daily self-attunement and compassion practice and what is most important when it comes to deep transformation and healing
  • How to include in your “alchemical toolkit” insights and practices from the meditative and psychotherapeutic traditions 
  • How to rewire the way the way you have come to organize and work with difficult and challenging experience, and encode new neural (and soul) circuitry 
  • Engaging your own path with heart while at the same time not turning your life into one “unending self-improvement project”

THEME 3: Meditation, Therapy, and the Creation of an Internal Holding Environment

Discovering a Spirituality of Your Own and the Way of Empathic Attunement

There are many types of inner work, forms of meditation, inquiry, yoga, and therapy. What’s vital is that we begin to discover a spirituality of our own, one that is unique to our own bodies, hearts, nervous systems, and souls. 

There is an image and metaphor given to us by D.W. Winnicott of a “holding environment,” a warm and poetic description of a relational configuration rooted in empathic attunement, resonance, warmth, and presence.

It is from such a matrix of experience that we can explore ourselves and the world around us, resting and playing in unstructured states of being. From this ground of safety, we are able to take riks, lead with our vulnerability when appropriate, privilege our own integrity and autonomy in other situations, and stay embodied to the full range of human feeling.

We’ll explore together the nature of this holding environment and how both meditation and psychotherapeutic inquiry can help us to cultivate new layers of insight, wisdom, and compassion for ourselves and others.

In this, we’ll discover the reality of how all healing is relational in its essence, and what that truly means: intimacy with self, others, and with the Mystery itself. 

Throughout the course, we’ll explore:

  • The importance of a daily self-attunement and compassion practice and what is most important when it comes to deep transformation and healing
  • How to include in your “alchemical toolkit” insights and practices from the meditative and psychotherapeutic traditions 
  • How to rewire the way the way you have come to organize and work with difficult and challenging experience, and encode new neural (and soul) circuitry 
  • Engaging your own path with heart while at the same time not turning your life into one “unending self-improvement project”

THEME 4: Providing a Home for the Lost Orphans of Psyche and Soma

Holding the Pieces of Soul with Illumination, Presence, and Compassion

Much of our wounding occurs prior to the acquisition of language and is not able to be healed through the questioning and reorganization of patterns of thinking. In other words, we can’t think our way out of trauma, attachment, and relational wounding

When our capacity to process unbearable terror, panic, shame, and rage is overwhelmed, undigested pieces of experience are held subcortically and in our cellular circuitry, unreachable by thinking which is a layer removed from the fires of the alchemical body.

Encouragement to “just get over it, that’s totally irrational, you can’t really believe that, you know that’s not true” and so forth is experienced by an inflamed nervous system as the activity of violence and aggression.

It’s like an autonomic form of gaslighting and reflects a deep misunderstanding of trauma and the workings of implicit memory, and only contributes to re-traumatization, in personal, cultural, and collective networks.

In addition to shattering and unendurable experience – which is painful and terrifying enough – there is a profound sense of aloneness that goes with this, the sense that no one can understand, that there is no companionship into the dark night. I am alone in this. This is devastating to the soul.

When that raging alive little boy or aching little girl cries out longing to be held, known, felt, and heard, they’re really not all that interested in our clear cognitive analysis, rational inquiry, thoughts on the matter, or even our powerful spiritual insights. 

They’re yearning for something else… for you, your heart, your holding. To know that you will stay near, not abandon or shame them, that you will do your best to provide sanctuary and safe passage for them to return Home, to be allowed to come out of that crystallized, frozen state and live and play and breathe once again.

In this way they don’t even want or need to be healed, but to be held. And to feel safe.

Together, we’ll open to the reality of the inner family and enter into a new relationship with the richness of our inner world. In this way, we start to discover that things may be a bit more alive, open, spacious, loving, and even magical than we thought.

Throughout the course, we’ll explore:

  • The importance of establishing a caring, containing relationship with the inner parts of ourselves that have fallen out of awareness – and how to do this
  • The true nature of “inner child work” and why it is so important (and misunderstood)
  • The life-giving practice of giving a voice to the voiceless and making sense of our experience in a new, more integrated and cohesive way
  • How, in the end, true transformation and healing is not so much about insight and clarity, but really about love, and what this means

THEME 4: Opening a Temple for the Lost Orphans of Psyche and Soma

Holding the Inner Figures with Illumination, Presence, and Compassion

Much of our wounding occurs prior to the acquisition of language and is not able to be healed through the questioning and reorganization of patterns of thinking. In other words, we can’t think our way out of trauma, attachment, and relational wounding

When our capacity to process unbearable terror, panic, shame, and rage is overwhelmed, undigested pieces of experience are held subcortically and in our cellular circuitry, unreachable by thinking which is a layer removed from the fires of the alchemical body.

Encouragement to “just get over it, that’s totally irrational, you can’t really believe that, you know that’s not true” and so forth is experienced by an inflamed nervous system as the activity of violence and aggression.

It’s like an autonomic form of gaslighting and reflects a deep misunderstanding of trauma and the workings of implicit memory, and only contributes to re-traumatization, in personal, cultural, and collective networks.

In addition to shattering and unendurable experience – which is painful and terrifying enough – there is a profound sense of aloneness that goes with this, the sense that no one can understand, that there is no companionship into the dark night. I am alone in this. This is devastating to the soul.

When that raging alive little boy or aching little girl cries out longing to be held, known, felt, and heard, they’re really not all that interested in our clear cognitive analysis, rational inquiry, thoughts on the matter, or even our powerful spiritual insights. 

They’re yearning for something else… for you, your heart, your holding. To know that you will stay near, not abandon or shame them, that you will do your best to provide sanctuary and safe passage for them to return Home, to be allowed to come out of that crystallized, frozen state and live and play and breathe once again.

In this way they don’t even want or need to be healed, but to be held. And to feel safe.

Together, we’ll open to the reality of the inner family and enter into a new relationship with the richness of our inner world. In this way, we start to discover that things may be a bit more alive, open, spacious, loving, and even magical than we thought.

Throughout the course, we’ll explore:

  • The importance of establishing a caring, containing relationship with the inner parts of ourselves that have fallen out of awareness – and how to do this
  • The true nature of “inner child work” and why it is so important (and misunderstood)
  • The life-giving practice of giving a voice to the voiceless and making sense of our experience in a new, more integrated and cohesive way
  • How, in the end, true transformation and healing is not so much about insight and clarity, but really about love, and what this means

I’m not sure I’ve ever been with a teacher or therapist who saw me so transparently and so lovingly. At first it was uncomfortable, scary, and I wasn’t sure if this was for me. But the kindness that came from Matt and his insight and presence into my wounding and vulnerability melted something within me. It was like years of conditioning came crashing down and I felt real love for myself and compassion for the little girl that was raging alive inside me. There is a way that I finally felt safe, to unravel and fall apart and be fully empowered, with him there next to me. After all the healing I had “thought” that I had done, Matt helped me to see that there were always deeper realms of the body and heart to excavate and open to the light. Also, just how human and real and authentic he is meant so much to me. He wasn’t “trying” to be someone he wasn’t, honest about his own biases and brokenness, and that just made it so much more natural for me to open.

– J.P., New York

When You Join the Program, Here is What You’ll Receive

1) LIVE interactive sessions with Matt Licata 3x each month

Each month, you’ll meet live with Matt three times, for 90 minutes, for teachings, meditations and experiential exercises, and time for interaction and asking questions. The purpose of these live sessions is to provide an empathic, sensitive, and safe holding environment in which we can explore the mysteries of healing and spiritual transformation together.

Don’t worry if you’re unable to attend the sessions live, as many are unable to due ongoing commitments. Full participation in the course and training does not require that you attend live.

2) Lifetime Access to All Video & Audio

Shortly after each session, you’ll receive a link to view the video, and listen to and download the audio. You’ll have access to this content indefinitely and will be able to refer to it at any time for further study, reflection, and contemplation.

3) Monthly Readings, Inquiry, and Writing Exercises 

Each month you’ll be invited to engage with selected readings to study, reflect upon, and write about, as a way to deepen experiential connection with the material we’ll be covering. Through engaging and weaving together self-reflection, emotional attunement, body awareness, and journaling, you will be able to engage with course material in between the live sessions in a way that fosters deeper integration.

Please note that participation in these readings and exercises is optional.

4) A Private Member Portal [Website, Tablet or Mobile Phone Accessible]

All of the course video, audio, and exercises will be available in a private member portal for easy access. You can watch, listen, and access all course materials on your desktop computer, iPad, or through a mobile app which you’ll be able to access anywhere. You will be able to view the video and download the audio, save them on your device, and watch them as many times as you’d like. 

Plus You’ll Receive These Special Bonuses:

BONUS #1

Guided Meditations for Grounding and Opening to the Inner Friend

45 Minutes of Audio Meditations

In the busy world that we live in, it’s easy to lose touch with the ground and the earth. Before we know it, we find ourselves anxious, restless, fearful, and out of contact with the wisdom of Being-ness. 

It can be so helpful to slow down each day, reconnect with the ground, listen to our bodies, and rest our nervous systems. It is from this place of embodied, heartfelt presence that we can open to the vision, creativity, and guidance of the inner friend and of the sacred world that is all around and inside us. 

The following meditations you can practice daily, when you have time, or in any moment when you feel off-center, caught in emotional reactivity, unsure, uncertain, or longing for a deeper connection with yourself and with life. 

Remembering the Sacred

BONUS #2

Remembering the Sacred – Keeping Your Heart Open in Uncertain Times

Webinar

It’s an act of kindness – for ourselves, for others, for nature, and for the world – to take some time each day to slow down, breathe deeply, feel our feet on the ground, and attune to what’s unfolding in our immediate, embodied experience.

Otherwise, that which is unlived within us – unfelt feelings, grief, sadness, rage, even forgotten joy – is unable to be metabolized and mined for the soul-nutrients it contains.

When our experience remains unprocessed and undigested, we may find ourselves uninspired, flat, unexpectedly tired, or even depressed, unable to fully be here, to help ourselves and others, and to participate in the bounty of the sacred world.

But what does it really mean to experientially reconnect with what I sometimes refer to as “the lost orphans of psyche and soma,” a group of internal figures who can offer a direct path and portal into a life of presence, joy, gratefulness, and mystery? 

In this webinar, we’ll explore this territory together as we open to new layers of insight and healing. 

Alchemy of the Heart

BONUS #3

The Alchemy of the Heart: Opening into the Wild and Untamed Nature of Healing

Webinar

Healing may never look quite like we expected or imagined – it’s just too wild and untamed for all that. It requires that we question the status quo of the culture and shift our perception outside the intergenerational matrices of collectivity and trance. 

It is so vital to allow our old ideas about spirituality and healing to dissolve at times so that we might allow in something new, something more creative, more integrated, more alive. 

Inevitably on this path, an old dream will dissolve and fall away – of me and the way my life was supposed to turn out. This can lead to a certain shattering in our hearts and souls. 

But it is in the core of this shattering, inside the shards of the heart and fragmented pieces of the soul that the mysteries of healing are to be found. It is inside the wound that the tincture is flowing. 

In this webinar, we’ll open to the ways that the soul is always reaching out to us, through unique images, feelings, dreams, and synchronicities. We’ll also explore wow metaphors and images from the alchemical tradition that can help us on our unique journeys of individuation and healing. 

Meet Your Teacher

Matt Licata, Ph.D.

Matt Licata, PhD

Matt Licata, Ph.D. is a psychotherapist, mentor, and independent scholar with interests in depth and somatic psychologies, relational psychoanalysis, contemplative neuroscience and trauma studies, and the clinical application of self-compassion, mindfulness, and meditative awareness.

He is the author of A Healing Space: Befriending Ourselves in Difficult Times (Sounds True, 2020), The Path is Everywhere: Uncovering the Jewels Hidden Within You (Wandering Yogi Press, 2017), and the forthcoming The Path of the Wounded Healer: A Soulful Spirituality and the Alchemy of the Heart, expected in 2024.

Matt’s Featured Books:

What You’ll Receive as a Member

Matt Licata’s

Spirituality & Healing
Immersion Group

An In-Depth Training in Embodied Psychological
Transformation, Self-Compassion, and Meditative Awareness

As a member you’ll receive…

 

1) LIVE interactive sessions with Matt Licata 3x each month

2) Lifetime Access to All Video, Audio & Written Transcripts

3) Monthly Readings, Inquiry, and Writing Exercises

4) Lifetime Access to all Course Videos, Audios, and Bonus Materials

5) A Private Member Portal

Plus you’ll receive these bonuses:

BONUS #1: Guided Meditations for Grounding and Opening to the Inner Friend (audio)

BONUS #2: Remembering the Sacred – Keeping Your Heart Open in Uncertain Times  (video)

BONUS #3: The Alchemy of the Heart: Opening into the Wild and Untamed Nature of Healing (video)

Total Yearly Value: $2997+

We are asking everyone to commit to one year as a way to honor the deep nature of this inner work. Choose the single payment or the monthly payment plan by clicking below:

ANNUAL PAYMENT PLAN

REGULAR PRICING:

$1197 

INTRODUCTORY OFFER

$997

(for a limited time only)

MONTHLY PAYMENT PLAN

12 MONTHLY PAYMENTS OF:

$197 

INTRODUCTORY OFFER

$97

(for a limited time only)

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Our Promise and 100% Guarantee

Thank you for taking the time to read about my new 2023 group. 

My sincere hope is that you will benefit from this heartfelt offering. If you are not satisfied with the first two sessions of online experience, you can simply email us at support@mattlicataphd.com and receive a full refund within the first two weeks of your original purchase. 

This program is intended for those who want to make a commitment to a 12-month journey of deep inner work with me and fellow travelers around the world. I’d love to have you join us!

-Matt Licata

Praise for Matt’s book, A Healing Space

“A Healing Space is a brilliant weave of Jungian and Eastern contemplative wisdom. In this powerful new offering, Matt Licata guides us to a place of sacred refuge, where we can meet even our greatest moments of confusion and suffering with compassion and grace.”

  Tara Brach, PhD, author of Radical Compassion

Matt Licata pinpoints a space within us where healing, awakening, and a vibrant reckoning of who we actually are can be realized. The wisdom hidden deep within our darkest experiences comes from not turning away from these, but by directly tending to them with gentleness, love, and compassion. This book depicts a way of genuine freedom.”

  Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness and Real Happiness

“In A Healing Space, Matt Licata serves as a compassionate and insightful guide to the transformative task we all must face: how to forge our pain and sorrow into remedies of Spirit that can illuminate our way. With the soft clarity of a magnifying glass, Matt brings into view the many things that inhabit our nature, though they are seldom easily seen. Stay in conversation with this book and you will be a better friend to yourself, those you travel with, and to life itself”

  Mark Nepo, author of The Book of Soul and Drinking from the River of Light

“Weaving the wisdom of reflective practices, the insights from Carl Jung and the alchemists, and the relational truths of attachment research and psychotherapy practice, Matt Licata offers us a beautiful tapestry of truths to transform trauma into healing and strength. Adversity can constrain us, but with this wonderful book, we can find the perspectives and courage to embrace the reality of life’s innate uncertainty to guide us on a journey of growth and discovery—moving from post-traumatic imprisonment to liberation.”

  Dan Siegel, MD, clinical professor at UCLA School of Medicine, director of Mindsight Institute, and author of Aware: The Science and Practice of Presence and Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation 

“If you are looking for a book to be a companion to you during this extraordinary time, it’s this one. A Healing Space is a robust guidebook into the inner territory of yourself, assisting you in the exploration of deep and rich personal and life questions that lead, always, to wondrous realizations and growth. What a treasure to find in these times of great change.”

  Caroline Myss, author of Anatomy of the Spirit and Intimate Conversations with the Divine

“Tender, profound, and deeply useful, this book is gem. Remarkably, Matt Licata weaves together self-compassion, depth psychology, and radical acceptance into a beautiful, passionate, soaring exploration of all that it means to be human.”

 Rick Hanson, PhD, New York Times bestselling author of Neurodharma: New Science, Ancient Wisdom and Seven Practices of the Highest Happiness 

“A Healing Space is a beautiful, insightful, and moving contemplation of the journey of healing we all undertake as human beings. It illuminates how self-compassion—holding our own pain with love—transforms our experience in a profound way so that we can learn the lessons life offers us moment by moment.”

 Kristin Neff, PhD, associate professor, University of Texas, and author of Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself

“This inspiring book invites us to trust the intelligence of whatever is unfolding in our lives, especially when it hurts, and to meet it in a deeply compassionate way. Matt Licata is a cartographer of the human heart. He knows the ineffable space where healing occurs and offers us a map for getting there, right up to the threshold. The rest is alchemy. We have been waiting for a long time for a book like this.”

 Christopher Germer, PhD, clinical psychologist and lecturer at Harvard Medical School, author of The Mindful Path ot Self-Compassion

Frequently Asked Questions

Are the sessions live or pre-recorded?

All sessions will be held live, on three Thursdays each month, at 9am U.S. Pacific Time (5pm in London for most of the year). Video and audio recordings of each live session will be available in the membership site within 48 hours.

What are the days and times of the live sessions?

Each month, we will meet on the first, second, and fourth Thursdays, at 9am U.S. Pacific Time/5pm London Time. 

To see what time this will be in your time zone, please reference this time zone converter tool. 

***Please note that it is likely that we’ll need to make a change to the schedule a few times during the year to account for illness, travel, etc. We’ll update you as far in advance as possible about this. 

You will receive automated reminder emails one hour before each live event with the Zoom link and passcode to join.

What materials are required for this course?

Each month, Matt will assign readings to complete and reflect upon. Although not required,  the reading list  for the course are Matt’s two books. It is recommended that you engage with the readings, but not mandatory. 

The Path is Everywhere: Uncovering the Jewels Hidden Within You

A Healing Space: Befriending Ourselves in Difficult Times

How can I get support?

We are here to support you along the way with any questions you may have about the course, accesssing content, joining the live calls, etc.

*For support please email: support@mattlicataphd.com

 

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