About

Faculty

Katie Sarra

FOUNDER / DIRECTOR OF TRAININGS

is the founder of Body Poem and co-founder of the Sea School of Embodiment which facilitates leading-edge professional trainings in embodiment where she is co director of the UK, Portugal & Ireland Certifications in Somatic Sex Education , Embodied Sex Coaching and Sexological Bodywork.

She brings to this training over thirty years of research, training, and experiences working with finding ways to facilitate relief from human suffering. Her special interest is in affective relational neuroscience and she draws from years of experience in psychoanalysis, the Wheel of Consent®, Playback Theatre, Sexological Bodywork, Tantra, Shamanism, and psychedelic-assisted altered states. Her quest is and has been in finding creative caring ways that support us trusting our spontaneity and feeling more of ourselves to fear less.

She believes every human being has gifts to share and that these are often grown from where we have suffered the most. Our self-acceptance, kindness and ease with ourselves, when we have felt witnessed, can ripple out to support ease with others. Body Poem is a flowering and fruiting tree grown from years of listening to hundreds of told and untold stories. When the ghosts inside us are listened to, we are less likely to be called into early graves with them. This can be liberating towards us co-creating healthy win-win, harmonious decisions with each other and all the other expressions of nature living alongside and inside us.

“It’s a joy to be hidden and a disaster never to be found”
– Donald Winnicott.


We are all the same under the skin but as humans, we have a special responsibility on this planet.
– Jaak Panksepp

Julian Marcus

CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Julian has passionately immersed himself in somatics for over two decades training, practicing and teaching bodywork and embodiment.

He is the founder of Lucid Learning teaching Relational Bodywork and supporting practitioners and public find their embodied felt-sense clarity in choice, relationships and life. 

The focus of this work follows his main passions which include combining Body Poem and Bodywork as one of the core practices. This is a powerful alchemy of client lead coaching and touch.

Katie and Julian have collaborated for some 11 years now providing each other an ongoing source of inspiration for each others artistic and therapeutic practices and teaching offerings.

Julian’s practice specialism is relational bodywork and somatic sexology which he uses together as an alchemy so support others find their embodied health.

East meets west deeply in this work, integrating ancient Chi Kung and Taoist alchemy practices with modern neuroscience, Wheel of Consent® and embodiment practices to foster fuller personal life leadership and symbiotic win-win community creation.

“The key to immortality is to first live a life worth remembering.”

– Bruce Lee

Karen Yendall

MENTOR

a Body Poet based in the North East of England.

I am not a therapist. What I offer is not psychology, analysis or treatment. I don’t have answers, or see you as someone who needs fixing. I offer my gifts in equal status and partnership with you as a means to step out of hierarchy and into a new way of seeing and relating.
Through presence, permission and acceptance I hold dedicated space for you to be deeply witnessed.

My background is in healthcare (sexual health – RGN trained) and women’s personal development, with a focus on embodied practice, nature and ritual. In 2016 I trained in Council (an indigenous way of listening) & Creative Arts Therapy. I am currently a student of Hakomi, a Taoist psychotherapy approach for assisted self-study.

I have been a member of The Healing Trust since 2008 and offer hands-on healing, attuned one to one support and Body Poem, online and in-person in the North East of England.

In my spare time, I run a small business in sustainable fashion, write poetry, study tarot and rhythms from West Africa.

For the past 20 years, I’ve walked (sometimes ran, sometimes crawled) my own path of healing from early developmental trauma. I have a deep personal understanding and intimate experience of the complex facets that form our human condition.

Body Poem has been a crucial part of my journey, it came into my life at exactly the right time, as an act of grace.
It is gentle, intelligent, nature-based, and in alignment with indigenous teachings that have supported me in my desire to heal, learn and accompany others. I find it comparable to soul retrieval while being grounded in sound nervous system theory and trauma awareness.

Body Poem supports me to hold a safe space and work with professional responsibility.

Abi Denyer-Bewick

MENTOR

Abi is a passionate advocate for cyclical living, a sea creature and lover of the seasonal changes in nature and in ourselves.

She works using Body Poem, Menstrual Medicine Circles, Yoga, Grief Rituals, Sensual Kink, Eating Psychology Coaching and Functional Medicine to design personalised programmes to facilitate deep healing.

She brings her embodied intuitive wisdom to her work with people, gently inspiring them to move towards a greater intimacy with themselves and their quiet longings.

Abi also works with young people around body autonomy, menstruality, consent and pleasure, initiating them into the the wisdom that is held in their bodies and what supports them to listen more deeply. Becoming a body poet brought Abi back to the simplicity of her essence, holding a space for people that is kind and welcoming of whatever is present, even when sometimes what is present might feel full of paradox, confusion and fogginess. Everything is welcome.

Abi remains convinced that everything we do in life can be improved by slowing down, breathing and listening to the wisdom held in the body.

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