M.E.T.A. Personal Growth

M.E.T.A. Personal Growth Training

You are the Home You are Looking for: Finding Your Full Self in Connection 

6 weekends
Friday 6pm-9pm
Saturday 10am-6pm
Sunday 10am-2pm

September 15-17
October 6-8
November 3-5
December 8-10
January 12-14
February 9-11

Early registration fee: $2,105 (Save $100!)
Registration fee: $2,205
Early registration closes a month prior to training start. Requires Discount code.
Please contact selin@meta-trainings.com before registering to get the necessary code.
3% fee for PayPal payments (via debit or credit card).

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CEU: No NBCC CE available
Presented by: Deah Baird, ND, LPC, CHT, Hakomi Teacher and Nova Knutson, BS, LMT, CHP, Hakomi Teacher
Location: 4531 SE Belmont St, Suite 300 Portland, OR 97215

About this Training

Imagine your ideal self, the peaceful you, the powerful you, the you without shame or doubt or conflict. Imagine yourself in love, in love with yourself and the world, secure, connected and whole, at ease with yourself and others, steady and free… 

Whatever gap exists between this ideal you and the you who carries yourself through your days, this training offers the opportunity to examine how you have created yourself, and to embrace a fuller, more authentic Self, whether alone or in connection to others. 

We will use lectures & discussion to outline a sophisticated map of the Self. We will also engage in uniquely designed experiential exercises to explore the inner territories of the beliefs and habits that govern your relationships to yourself and others. And, through safe and carefully led group encounters, we will help you study and challenge yourself in relationship – in the moment – to bring yourself as far forward into the ideal as you are able.

You will learn:

    • skills to improve the relationships that matter most to you
    • skills and practices for maintaining your boundaries and equilibrium even in difficult relationships
    • how to get your needs met more fully in your relationships and within yourself
    • how to be confident and empowered without losing connectedness
    • how to find self-acceptance for who you are rather than what you do
    • advanced communication, problem-solving, and decision-making skills that will help you create more fulfilling connections in all arenas of your life
    • about the science behind internal security, and how you can build secure selfhood at any age

This six-month series will emphasize both the Hakomi Method, a proven and world-renowned contribution to the field of mindful, experiential psychotherapy, and The Re-Creation of the Self (R-CS) Model of Human Systems, an innovative map of Selfhood and a powerful process for supporting personal evolution.  In an atmosphere of mindful awareness, acceptance, and kindness, each participant will be supported to explore their own inner habits, challenges, strengths and values. You will develop new skills for being in your life, both personally and professionally.

Your instructors, M.E.T.A. teacher Deah Baird ND, LPC and Hakomi Teacher, Nova Knutson, CHP, LMT draw from more than thirty-five years of combined clinical experience.

Nova Knutson is a certified Hakomi Teacher and the creator of the M.E.T.A. Integrative Bodywork Training, which teaches a fusion of bodywork with mindfulness-based, psycho-emotionally attuned techniques for hands-on practitioners of all kinds.  With close to 20 years experience, her Portland, Oregon practice offers Counseling and M.E.T.A. Integrative Bodywork.  Nova brings humor, kindness, and wisdom to her trainings, and delights in supporting clients and students in their process of self-discovery and development.

Deah Baird has been offering her gentle leadership to M.E.T.A. trainings for the last five years. A naturopathic physician, licensed professional counselor, and certified Hakomi therapist, Dr. Baird balances a successful private practice with teaching, community service and an engaged family life. She brings passion and leadership to helping people grow in self-integration and in enhancing their experience of love in relationships. 

Together, Nova and Deah present You are the Home You are Looking For: Finding Your Full Self In Connection, and invite you to join them. In this training, you will gain practical skills and knowledge that move you toward greater self-compassion, joy, and purpose; helping you make peace with your past, and create the life you truly want for yourself.

M.E.T.A. Personal Growth Introductory Workshops

Clarity, Action, Satisfaction, and Peace

This workshop is currently unscheduled. Check back soon!

3% fee for PayPal payments (via debit or credit card).

CEUs: No NBCC CE Available
Presented by: Nova Knutson, CHT, LMT
Location: 4531 SE Belmont St, Suite 300 Portland, OR 97215

About this Workshop

Each of us has formed a unique relationship to decision making, activity, rest, productivity and procrastination. ….How we figure out what we want to do next; what we wish to get done; what we actually get done; what we did instead of what we wanted to do; did we let ourselves enjoy it along the way, and finally did we get to rest and take in the goodness of it once all was said and done….

The Sensitivity Cycle is a map of the cycle of Doing and Being that we can see mirrored in nature. Quiet, stillness, listening, restfulness leads to knowing/clarity. Knowing leads to effective, efficient and incisive action. Effective action leads to satisfaction, pleasure, enjoyment. Satisfaction leads to rest and stillness. When we don’t allow ourselves to complete one of these phases, the parts of the cycle that follow are impacted and our satisfaction is reduced.

How do you know what you want to do?
How do you get clear about what the next step is?
How easy is it for you to feel your own experience, to know your own mind?
How do you get clear when life is complex or confusing?

Once you are clear about what’s right for you, how easy is it to act on your knowledge?
How do you take effective action to move in the direction of your goals?
What is your relationship to productivity, procrastination and change?

Once you take action, do you allow yourself to feel satisfied?
Are you getting deeply nourished by your efforts and accomplishments?
Are you able to take in the fruits of your labor and experience pleasure and contentment?

What is your relationship to completion?
Do you allow yourself to finish a task and let it go clearly and fully?
When you complete an action do you get to rest and take it in before starting on the next project?
Do you allow for space, quiet, and restfulness in your day?

Join Nova Knutson, Certified Hakomi Teacher for a day long exploration of The Sensitivity Cycle. Talks and experiential exercises help you get to know your unique relationship to the fundamental themes of knowing, doing, accomplishment, satisfaction and resting in contentment. This introduction gives participants a chance to study their habits and beliefs around these themes and practice new ways of being. This class is an intro to META’s upcoming personal growth training, You Are the Home You Have Been Looking For, finding your full self in connection, but is not required as a prerequisite.


4531 SE Belmont St, Suite 300
Portland, OR 97215
Training Center 503-450-9911
Counseling Clinic 503-450-9999



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