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Pelvic Heart Integration Practitioner and Teacher Training

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“The unarmored, active and receptive individual has a consistent, soft yet firm tone from the skin inward to the deepest structures.”
–Jack Painter

“Grabbing for pleasure takes you outside yourself. Instead, you can stay inside your own skin and know that whatever happens, you’ll still be ok.”
–Jack Painter

2015 Teacher Training Dates

  • Module 1 Teacher Training: February 4-10, 2015 in Sebastopol, CA
  • Module 2 Teacher Training: August 4-10, 2015 near Dublin, Ireland
  • Module 3 Teacher Training:  November 1-8, 2015 in Asheville, NC
  • Module 4 Teacher Training: Feb 17-23, 2016, Lanzarote, Canary Islands Spain

 PLUS online mentoring, coaching, and community of support, video and audio library, and listing as a practitioner on official PHI website. Optional academic credit toward MA or Ph.D. available through International University of Professional Studies.

The PHI offerings will be now divided into Activation Groups open to anyone who wishes to make use of this powerful technology for shifting your conditioning and authenticity around gender, sexuality and relationship, and Teacher Training for practitioners who want to expand their professional skills in either group facilitation or one-on-one sexual healing to include PHI. It is recommended that all future participants start with Activations L1-L3 and then apply for entry into the Teacher Training if they wish to become practitioners or trainers.

After satisfactorily completing Module 1 and/or Module 2 Teacher Trainings, participants are encouraged to organize and lead three day PHI Activation groups in their local areas and will receive support in producing and marketing as well as teaching. One or two successful groups can easily cover the cost of your training. 

Note that the cost for the Yearlong Training includes all four Modules and any other PHI groups offered in person or over the Internet throughout the year. You will pay only your meal, accommodation, and travel costs.

In addition to covering the cost of all four training modules and as many other PHI groups as you choose to attend as an assistant, the Yearlong Training includes 2 monthly conference calls (one case conference and one Q&A), supervised practice sessions, access to our full video and audio library which includes 40 hours of footage of Jack Painter teaching and doing sessions, one individual mentoring session with me, and additional mentoring sessions if desired at a reduced rate.

If you prefer to approach the Trainings one module at a time, that option is available on a space available basis, but you must take the modules in order. That is, you have to take Module 1 before 2, and 2 before 3 and so on.  Note that you will get less and pay more if you do it piecemeal, but for those reluctant to commit, this is another way to do it.

Some of these modules will include guest faculty who will offer their expertise as part of the training but Dr Anapol will be involved in all four modules.

Hope to see you at a training soon!

What people are saying about our Teacher Training

“Training with and learning from Deborah is a real joy. Her energy is stabilizing and grounding and she guides, mentors and provides feedback without ever activating my defensiveness or insecurity. What a gift!”

Gwenn Cody, Psychotherapist, USA

“Having attended many sexual healing workshops over the past ten years I finally heard about Deborah Anapol and attended a weekend with her in Ireland. I was immediately impressed by the ease with which she facilitates a group whilst keeping the focus on each individuals learning process rather than her own agenda.( not always the case in these types of workshops..! ) A year later I registered for a week long pelvic heart integration workshop and was completely blown away by the depth of the work and the degree to which the various aspects of a session blend together shedding a new light on the issues I had and showing a clear path on how to heal them. The work on the parental triangle is especially illuminating and the breathwork techniques taught are extremely effective. I returned home very inspired to have discovered this healing technique and immediately incorporated my learning into my own Tantra sessions. When i heard about the PHI teacher training i signed up immediately and am now in the first month of the year long training. Deborah is continuing this work into 2016 and all i can say is check it out! It’s an amazing training and she’s an amazing teacher!”

Mick Sawtell, Ireland

Overview of Teacher Training

The training consists of 4 week-long  face-to-face training modules divided between at least two continents. You can attend 2 of the 4 modules remotely via video recordings if you choose.  In addition to these face to face training groups, the practitioners training includes monthly group coaching calls, Q and A calls and case conferences, online students forum, downloads/recordings of all webinars and teleseminars, guest teachers, additional video, audio, and print materials (including manuals for teaching Activation Levels 1, 2, and 3) for download, reading list, and listing on the practitioners/teachers website upon successful completion of the course. Students are encouraged to begin co-leading the series of PHI Activation groups with a mentor in their home territories on completion of each module. Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to lead all three Activation groups as well as offering individual PHI sessions, but are encouraged to lead and practice in tandem with another practitioner. When possible, Dr. Anapol or a recent graduate will be present at your initiation Activation groups to anchor and give feedback. A Certificate of Completion will be given upon satisfactory completion of the Training.


The intention of the Pelvic Heart Integration (PHI) Practitioner Training is to support you in becoming the best practitioner of the healing arts that you can be through the mastery of this powerful System of Whole Person, Hands On Healing developed by Dr. Jack Painter. After Jack developed his world famous integrated system for general bodywork, called Postural Integration, he realized that there is so much sexual energy locked in the pelvis that it deserves more focus to liberate this potent life force.

Unlike most transformational modalities which involve either bodywork or mental/emotional work, PHI approaches body, mind, and spirit in an integrated way. It addresses the physical, sexual, and energetic obstacles to health and harmony along with the psychological and the spiritual. While this approach demands a lot of the practitioner, it also delivers a lot to the client! Those who lack previous relevant background in the healing arts may need additional coursework and those who wish to become trainers of other practitioners may need a second year to qualify. Practitioners are encouraged to team up with other practitioners whose skills and experience complement their own and the training offers the opportunity to form this type of partnership. For example, someone with a strong bodywork background may wish to work with someone with a strong psychotherapy background so that they can support and learn from each other. When this training is completed satisfactorily participants will be qualified to offer individual sessions and/or lead group sessions, and will be listed as practitioners on the new Pelvic Heart Integration website.

Pelvic Heart Integration can take the form of a GROUP modality, or a series of INDIVIDUAL sessions. Traditionally it has been offered as five consecutive days for the Level 1A, 1B and 1C training, or as a series of 10 hours of individual sessions, usually divided into 90 minute or 2 hour blocks. Practitioners are encouraged to work in tandem with a partner whether offering sessions to groups, individuals, or couples, but this is not required. At this time, I am encouraging graduates to considering offering PHI to groups of 12 people, either in a series of three day weekend workshops, or when feasible, as a weeklong workshop combining 2 of the 3 Levels. Group work is not appropriate for everyone but it has many advantages over individual work and group facilitation skills will be taught as part as the PHI Year Long Training. Note that these Introductory PHI groups will be geared for the general public, as distinct from the accelerated groups I have previously offered for professionals and those with extensive prior work in sexuality.

About 80% of both the individual session work and the group work involves synergizing the modalities of breathwork, movement, Gestalt, psychodrama, energy work, and general bodywork. Genital touch and internal work are not introduced until late in the process. In the case of group work, this would not be until the 3rd activation level. In the case of individual sessions, this would be after six or eight hours. What this means for practitioners who are reluctant to challenge professional restrictions on genital touch, is that they still have a wide latitude to practice PHI and could consider the use of “surrogate” practitioners for the genital and internal work. What this means for practitioners who do not have professional licensing considerations, is that they may have additional session opportunities under the supervision of licensed professionals.

The training program has been planned to allow a student to complete the program in one year but you are encouraged to go at your own pace and can extend the time you need to learn the material and complete the assignments into a second year if you choose.

Training Modules

All four Training Modules can be attended either in person or remotely via video recording, but you must attend at least 1 of the Modules in person. You will need a personal computer (laptop is fine), a gmail address and Google+ account and internet access to participate in the trainings remotely. All sessions will be recorded so that you can listen at your leisure or review them as often as you wish. We will cover the following topics in the four Training Modules. Some topics will be taught by Dr. Anapol and some by guest teachers who are specialists in these areas, but Dr. Anapol will teach some part of each Module and be present throughout. Participants who have no prior exposure to some of these areas and desire a deeper course of instruction are encouraged to pursue additional coursework or mentorship with Dr. Anapol or with the relevant guest teachers who have been carefully selected for their expertise and their understanding of PHI.

Module 1 focuses on supporting a deeper understanding of the Breath Cycle and the way it relates to Reichian based character and bodytypes, gender roles, family influences, and developmental stages. More specifically it includes:

      1. Overview: Reichian Theory and Inner Marriage
        1. The four genders – human potential vs medical model of personality
        2. Harmonizing the Inner Man and Inner Woman
        3. Body types and personality types related to types
        4. Postural issues related to types
        5. Breath issues related to types
        6. Sexual issues related to types
        7. Relationship issues related to types
      2. Jack Painter’s Breath Cycle – Four parts repeating to peak (climax) and gradual return to resting state
        1. Breath
        2. Movement – undulation and subtleties of muscles involved in pelvic movement
        3. Energetic flow and streaming
        4. Images and intentions
        5. The function and purpose of breath and movement
        6. Harmonizing with a partner
        7. Stages 5-9 (which are not addressed in the 5 day Immersion course)
      3. Parental Triangle – Our Model for God and Goddess
        1. need for support from both same sex and opposite sex
        2. Holy Trinity and Holy Square
        3. Sexual guilt and sexual shame
        4. Identifying the program and creating the upgrade
        5. Linking the program with armor and releasing of armor
        6. Internalizing the support we need
        7. Facilitating triangle work – timing, resistance, closure

Module 2 focuses on working with blocks in all four phases of the Breath Cycle, identifying related sexual and relational issues, and understanding and transforming the ancestral roots of these dysfunctions. We will also address the fundamentals of somatic psychotherapy: how to identify core issues and choosing a focus for a session using body reading and/or Gestalt dialogue. Finally we will look at essential parameters such as pacing, boundaries, ethics, transference, countertransference, dealing with resistance, group facilitation skills, and using the tools of PHI to work with interpersonal issues within the group. It includes:

  1. Blocks to the Breath Cycle
    1. Links to developmental stages and personality types
    2. Stage 1 (Presence/embodiments) blocks – origin, how to work with, related sexual and relationship issues
    3. Stage 2 (Oral/Receiving) blocks- origin, how to work with, related sexual and relationship issues
    4. Stage 3 (Releasing/Giving) blocks – origin, how to work with, related sexual and relationship issues
    5. Stage 4 (Free breath/Expansion) blocks – origin, how to work with, related sexual and relationship issues
    6. Interrupted breath
    7. Post climactic breath
    8. Working with blocks in the belly and the throat
  2. Group Work
    1. Group facilitation skills
    2. Working with a co-facilitator
    3. Holding space
    4. Psychodrama basics
    5. Ancestor work, clearing the maternal and paternal lineage in a tribal context
    6. Working with couples and relationship issues using the whole group
  3. Somatic Psychotherapeutic Basics
    1. Elements of a session, finding a focus for a session
    2. Body reading, diagnostics, Gestalt dialogue
    3. Knowing how deep to go, how fast to go, and what to leave alone
    4. Dealing with resistance and letting the client lead
    5. Transference, counter-transference, ethics, and boundaries
    6. Sex therapy 101 – common issues and conventional approaches (so you know what the rest of the world is doing)

Module 3 will cover cultivating intuition and Pelvic Bodywork and Anatomy. We will also be working with the energy body (meridians, chakras, and sacred geometry of the body) to release sexual tension and armoring. Meredith Sands Keator (www.templebody.com) will be guest faculty for the energy body part of this Module.

1. Cultivating Intuition

    1. How to tune in
    2. Identifying your personal modality
    3. Preparation: Know Yourself
    4. Skillful use of intuition
    5. Pattern recognition
  1. Pelvic Bodywork and Anatomy
    1. General principles
    2. Genital anatomy and structures involved in sexual response
    3. The psoas
    4. Areas of sexual tension and ways to release
    5. Male genital massage and pelvic bodywork
    6. Female genital massage and pelvic bodywork
    7. Anal bodywork (for both genders)
  2. Energy Work
    1. Basic principles and Eastern and Western theory
    2. Meridians and acupressure points relevant to sexuality and gender
    3. Sacred Geometry and Anatomy and how to apply to PHI
    4. Mapping Eastern and Western anatomy interfaces

Module 4 will cover the inner (not visible) work of cultivating presence and acceptance, identifying beliefs and sensations and distinguishing these from thoughts and feelings. We will delve into the growing body of work on trauma and working with sexual abuse. We also address the professional and business considerations of practicing PHI.

  1. Inner Work
    1. Identifying internal sensations vs mental concepts
    2. The attitude of curiousity and openness
    3. The “truth” response
    4. Feeling vs thinking and identifying sensations
    5. Distinguishing between self and other
    6. Preverbal body memory
  2. Trauma Therapies and Working with Sexual Abuse
    1. Theoretical perspectives
    2. The catharsis/re-traumatizing controversy
    3. Victim Triangle
    4. Women and sexual abuse
    5. Men and sexual abuse
  3. Marketing and Legal Issues for PHI practioners
    1. Group vs Individual vs Couple sessions
    2. Working in Tandem
    3. The 10 hour individual format
    4. Protection = preventing complaints
    5. Ethics and professional codes
    6. International and Intra-national Legalities: Think globally, act locally
    7. Remote sessions
    8. Networking and giving and receiving referrals

Mentoring, Coaching, and Peer Support

Once a month online “case conferences” where participants can share their experiences giving and receiving sessions and receive feedback and coaching from Dr. Anapol and other experienced practitioners are included in the training. There will also be a monthly Q&A call where participants can get their questions about any aspect of Pelvic Heart Integration answered. These monthly calls are group sessions, open to all participants. Each participant will also be able to schedule one individual mentoring call or face to face session each quarter as part of the training. Additional individual calls or private sessions will incur additional fees.


All participants will have access to an online library of written materials, audio, and video including: Manuals for teaching Activation Levels 1, 2, and 3 which include a description of all processes and exercises, charts and diagrams, marketing materials and suggestions, audio and video of Jack and Deborah doing sessions and explaining the breath cycle, reading list, and film list.

Additional Learning Opportunities and Requirements

In order to complete this program, each participant will need to give ten pelvic heart integration sessions and to receive ten pelvic heart integration sessions. These sessions can be exchanges with other students, part of the face to face training sessions, paid sessions, or unpaid sessions. Participants must either videotape or provide a written report on half of these sessions (five they received and five they gave) along with their analysis (written or taped) of the sessions. If two practitioners give a joint session (which is encouraged), both may submit their own reports for the same session, and if the receiver is also a trainee, all three may report on the same session. Written permissions for video or audio taping must be obtained prior to recording. It may also be possible to arrange a “live” video session, or an all live session, in which supervision occurs in real time, in person or via the internet.

Alternatively, a student can facilitate (or co-facilitate) 2 three or five day or 5 two day Pelvic Heart Integration groups in place of giving the individual sessions, but they must still receive ten sessions themselves. A written report on this experience must be submitted.

All students must assist for at least one PHI Activation co-led by Dr. Anapol, or her appointed agent and organize and co-lead at least one PHI Activation where Dr. Anapol or her agent is present. You are encouraged to assist at as many PHI Activations as you can during your training and will pay only meals and lodging to attend. If you organize and co-lead the PHI Activation, you will receive payment of 30% of the net profit for the event.

Optional Academic Credit

Academic credit toward an MA or PhD can be earned for an additional fee through the International University of Professional Studies. Inquire if you are interested in this option.


The cost for the entire program, including all 4 weeklong Training Modules and assisting at as many Activations as you wish (meals, lodging, and travel costs not included), all webinars, group mentoring and coaching calls, four individual mentoring sessions, student forum moderated by Dr. Anapol, print, audio, and video downloads, instructions for all exercises and processes, reading list, and film list – is $6600 USD if paid in full via cash, check, or wire transfer prior to the enrollment deadline of September 1, 2016. NOTE THAT YOU MUST APPLY BY APRIL 1, 2016, BUT CAN DELAY PAYMENT UNTIL SEPTEMBER IF YOU CHOOSE. A (mostly) refundable Deposit of $1000 will reserve your place in the program. Payments made by credit card or with the “four pay” plan will incur a 5% surcharge.   We recommend using Transferwise (which supports payments made in Euros, GBP, and many other currencies) for international wire transfers as your cost is less than through a bank and there will be no surcharge on our end.


Please use this link to make payments through Transferwise:

All payments are to be made in US Dollars. Transferwise will convert most currencies to US Dollars at mid-market rates (better than most banks!)

Credit card payments are accepted (in US Dollars only) and if you prefer, you can register with a deposit of $1000 and then 4 monthly payments of $1400 (plus 5% surcharge for Credit Card Payments) USD. If you decide to enroll in the yearlong course within one month of completing the Module 1 Training and pay either the full amount or the $1000 deposit, $1000 will be deducted from your balance for the tuition for the yearlong course.

To make a deposit or installment payment (in USD only)  for the Yearlong Teacher Training with a credit card, contact us for options.

To avoid the 5% Credit Card surcharge, send a check or money order in US dollars to Deborah Anapol, POB 4322, San Rafael, CA 94913 USA. To make an international wire transfer payment, contact us for account details or use this link to pay using Transferwise.


Refund Policy:There will be no refunds given once the course has begun EXCEPT that you have the option to discontinue your enrollment within 1 month of completing Training Module 1 if you decide not to participate in the rest of the training. After this time, if you are unable to complete the training, due to circumstances beyond your control, you may be able to arrange to continue at a later date.  Please note that 2 of the 4 Training Modules can be attended remotely. Cancellations made in writing at least 30 days before the start of the course will be refunded the full amount less a $150 processing fee. Cancellations made in writing less than 30 days before the start of the course will be refunded the full amount less a $150 processing fee and a $150 cancellation fee ($300 total).

To receive an application, please send request via email. There is no fee to APPLY. If you register for any of the Training Modules or if you register for the Yearlong Practitioner Training and after reviewing your application we find that this program is not appropriate for you, we will refund your entire payment.