2 years mentorship programme with Paul Linden

Who is it for?

People who want to:

  • to become one of the best embodied facilitators humanity has produced
  • to make a decent/better living from it
  • to build a life-long learning network of friends and colleagues
  • to have a good time doing the above


Duration: 2 years

Mentorship offer

LIVE mentorship elements:

120 minute small group session every other week (46 calls over 2 years)

We will cover the following topics:

  • Relaxation: Comfort and ease in breathing, posture, and movement. Centered ways of dealing with pain and stress.
  • Personal growth: Learning to sense the body foundations of emotional and spiritual states. Moving toward a way of living based on awareness, power and love.
  • Task improvement: Efficient, injury free, confident functioning in areas such as music, sports, computer use, pregnancy, or daily life activities.
  • Trauma work: Reclaiming the body after physical or sexual abuse, surgery, injuries, or other overwhelming events.
  • Conflict resolution, communication, and assertiveness: Creating a body state of non-violence, confidence, and strong boundaries.
  • Environmental sustainability: People must be able to act from power and love to overcome the terror and hopelessness of incipient ecological collapse and act effectively to prevent it.

50-minute online small group session with Karin van Maanen monthly (once-per-month until the end of 2023)

In-person events:

  • Possible live get together (with the permission of coronavirus)

Additional materials from Paul:

  • “It’s All the Same Except for the Differences: Body Awareness, Wholeness, Peace, and Sustainability” — My 50 Years of Martial Art Practice
  • “Confusion: Body Awareness, Intentional Movement & Clear Language as Foundations for Aikido Practice” – My 50 Years in Aikido (4 hour video)
  • “Winning is Healing: Body Awareness and Empowerment for Abuse Survivors”
  • “Embodied Peacemaking: Body Awareness, Self-Regulation and Conflict Resolution Hands-On Teaching: Enhancing Body Awareness and Self-Regulation”
  • “Feeling Aikido: Body Awareness Training as a Foundation for Aikido Practice” and “Embodying Power And Love: Body Awareness & Self- Regulation” (10 hours of video).
  • “Talking with the Body: Training for Helping Professionals” (10 hour video)

* The first three months will be a trial period which will allow people to experience how all of us will begin to build the teaching/learning structure. If it is not a good fit, we will mutually decide how to proceed.

**Strong priority will be given for applicants who are currently practicing martial arts.


How you will benefit

Ways to use tutorials with Paul (N.B. these will still follow the structure as detailed above):

  • Encouragement and love!
  • Practice and course selection support (you can’t do them all at once)
  • Challenge 
  • Technical questions 
  • Marketing help, sales funnels and brand discussion 
  • Feedback (must be open to this
  • Accountability (also a “must be willing”). This will likely be done peer-peer and with the course manager 
  • Coming with 1-2 things to work on 
  • Reframing and getting new perspectives 
  • Brainstorming ideas 
  • Establishing practices and routines 
  • Further resources – sign-posting
  • Requesting connections (e.g. people, newsletter or social connection) 
  • Building embodied capacities – e.g. saying no

Your commitment:

  • You attend all live mentorship sessions
  • You attend peer group meetings
  • You attend one in person events
  • You keep a regular daily meditation and 5 hours a week MINIMUM embodied practice (you choose but we’ll check and challenge).

This stuff will not be policed, you’re a grown up. 

The relationship is:

  • Co-creative
  • Mature. Teacher-student, but adult-adult 
  • Ethical (free choice etc.)

How it works:

You’ll get immediate access to all self-paced content

This round of the programme finishes two years from the starting date.

How to apply:

This offer is limited to 15 people.

Fill in the form and we’ll set up an interview with you.

We’re more likely to take people we know well and trust, and who are open and humble – as frankly, nearly two is a long time, so we have to get on.

If you’re not sure if you can be a real student open to learning DO NOT APPLY.

Be sure, as you’re taking a precious place we can’t fill later and there are no refunds.

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