14th Annual Zurich Trauma Days
Left and Right Hemispheres


Date: 28 – 30 June 2024
Time: each 10:00–17:30

Teacher: Marianne Bentzen (DK)
Annette Hemmerich (DE)
Dr. med. Fritz Helmut Hemmerich (DE)
Dr. Peter A. Levine (USA)
Language: English translated into German
German translated into English
Costs: CHF 890.00

Day passes at 320 CHF available in limited numbers

Course location: Kirchgemeindehaus Oberstrass
Winterthurerstrasse 25
8006 Zürich

Tram- and bus-stop is called "Seilbahn Rigiblick"

Dr. Peter A. Levine, Marianne Bentzen,
Annette Hemmerich, Dr. med. Fritz Helmut Hemmerich

Friday: 10.15 am - 1 pm
Ways of remembering the hemispheric dialogs

Annette Hemmerich und Dr. Fritz Helmut Hemmerich (DE)

Both hemispheres of the brain differ structurally and functionally only slightly, despite all pop psychology claims. However, the differences are highly significant in HOW they perform these functions. Traumas fragment us. Trauma healing is the reintegration of the dissociated parts - these can be split-off memories, withheld movement impulses, buried or silted-up sources of energy, lost life plans ... and what will be central this morning: a break in the attunement and cooperation of the two hemispheres of the brain, which complement and enhance each other in a healthy state. Together with the participants of the Trauma Days, the Hemmerichs want to explore and discover how everyone can contribute to "remembering".

The two course leaders will introduce Anafonesis, a voice method that has been tried and tested for 40 years to strengthen the body. Together with the participants, they practise how to improve the hemispheric "dialog" and how the implicit life energy can unfold. In this approach, unprejudiced listening as perception training is the gateway to a coherent experience of the present.

Friday: 2.30  pm - 5.30 pm
Sunday: 10 am - 1 pm

Knowledge and Wisdom

Marianne Bentzen (DK)

The right hemisphere experiences our deep-rooted and true connection to the world. It is the first part of our brains that mature. It is also our deepest resource. The right hemisphere develops during the first couple of years and strengthens during adult life. It is also the constant seat of wisdom and insight. However, from around 2-3 years, the verbal left hemisphere develops and accumulates knowledge, and we begin to trust our inner maps more that the reality that they represent. A simple way of putting this is: Some people check whether it is raining by reading the newspaper … others look out the window!

Wisdom may develop later, since the hemispheres cooperate more from middle adulthood. Components of wisdom include empathy, compassion, personal ethics, altruism, emotional stability, self-understanding and a tolerance for others’ values. These abilities tend to grow with age, but can be cultivated from early childhood as well. All of these skills begin in the deep wordless spaces of the body and in our own ability to hold them in our awareness without being identified with them.

We will start with a bit of theory and then work with awareness, interaction exercises, meditative experiences and dialogues.

Saturday: 2.30 pm - 5.30 pm

Trauma-related survival techniques between obstacle and springboard

Annette Hemmerich und Dr. Fritz Helmut Hemmerich (DE)

Trauma can be a source of suffering or a driver of personal growth and development. The critical pivotal point here is how we deal with the survival techniques that have shaped us, which have enabled us to survive the trauma situation(s) and which can become an obstacle or springboard in the present. In the present moment, the consequences of the traumatic impact act as reaction-determining conditioning. In precisely this short interval between trigger and reaction, people need a tool that can create enough leeway to allow self-determining responses to succeed. At the same time, retraumatizing reactions are prevented from deepening the conditioning. This is how brain yoga can succeed: to unite what has been traumatically shattered into a "bicameral psyche".

The practical part of this sequence focuses on a feedback breathing technique that can make a modest yet important contribution to creating this space. Those present are invited to explore this space for themselves.

More Information soon to follow.


Marianne Bentzen

Marianne Bentzen is a somatic psychotherapist and author. She has also taught and supervised mental health professionals internationally since 1982. She has presented at more than forty international and national conferences and written numerous articles and books. Since the early 1990s, she has developed the theory of Neuroaffective Developmental Psychology (NADP), which bridges personality …

Annette Hemmerich

As an art therapist, it has fascinated and inspired me from the very beginning to accompany people on their way to getting closer to themselves. To constantly re-immersion myself in each individual's very own world, visual language and form of expression and to gradually find ways out of patterns and one-sidedness together with them: to encourage them to dare and endure the tension and challenge …

Dr. med. Fritz Helmut Hemmerich

Dr. Fritz Helmut Hemmerich is a specialist in gynaecology and obstetrics with a focus on gynaecological oncology and a broad background in salutogenesis and meditation.
The decisive event that shaped my professional career did not happen during surgery and primary therapy, but during many years of caring for cancer patients alongside my clinical and therapeutic work. I was 30 and had been a …

Dr. Peter A. Levine

Peter A. Levine, Ph.D. (USA) is the originator and developer of Somatic Experiencing® and the President of the Foundation for Human Enrichment. He holds doctorate degrees in both Medical Biophysics and Psychology. During his forty plus year study of stress and trauma, Dr. Levine has contributed to a variety of scientific, medical, and popular publications. His best selling book, Waking the …

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