In-personal laboratory dissection workshops offer an unparalleled and inspirational opportunity to experience the integral nature of the human form. Groups of 6-7 participants per donor form dissect layer-by layer each day, a journey that is undertaken with both reverence and excitement for the great gift of learning.We create an environment of teamwork, enthusiasm, and excitement, while intending to bring what we discover to the world; Gil as guide brings his experience to create a space that affords an opportunity to learn at many levels. This profound journey will radically transform your understanding of anatomy ~ and yourself.
This course is a rare opportunity to work with two forms of particular interest having neurological issues: one with cerebral palsy (pre-autopsied, musculo-skeltal focus), and the other with multiple sclerosis (whole body). Through this 6-day program, we will have a rare opportunity to investigate the impact that these conditions had on the body. All tuitions generated from this course go directly to the Institute for Anatomical Research, to further their mission. (space limited!) Cost: $2,500, Non-Refundable Deposit $1,000. Support the Institute and enhance your knowledge! (Limited enrollment.)
Designed for those looking to radically deepen the exploration of the human body, this one-month internship is an opportunity to slowly work through the layers and structure of a fixed form. With a maximum of three students per table, you will have an opportunity to intimately get to know a given form, and explore personal projects of interest. Designed for students with a foundation in anatomy; Gil will guide the program in an advisory capacity. Cost: $6,000, Non-Refundable Deposit: $2,000
The 6-Day Intensive (unfixed) is a perfect complement to the explorations of the fixed course. Gil's experience working with both fixed and unfixed tissues informs the exploration, and the space, to the advantage of the whole group.
Through hands on dissection, you will work for six days through the textural layers of an unfixed form with a group of peers. Cost: $2,500, Non-Refundable Deposit: $1,000
This 6+4 day program is comprised of two parts. The first 6 days (Cost: $2,500, Non-Refundable Deposit: $1,500) are a soft tissue immersion, where you will work through the textural layers of an unfixed form. Extra time will be spent on the fascia, muscle tissues, and viscera.
This is followed by a 4-day extended study session (Cost: $1,300) to skeletonize the forms and study the ligaments, movable bony articulations and comparative skeletal morphology. This session is only available to those who participate in the immediately prior 6-Day session.
Preference given to those enrolling in both sessions.
The 6-Day Intensive Hands-On Human Dissection Workshop (fixed) is the tried and true, time-tested original program taken by thousands of courageous somanauts over the last 25 years.
Through hands on dissection, you will work for six days through the textural layers of a fixed form with a group of peers. Cost: $2,500, Non-Refundable Deposit: $1,000
Hands-on therapy practitioners, fitness professionals, yoga and pilates teachers: people making regular use of anatomical knowledge through touch and movement. I also admit carefully screened engineers, fine artists, sculptors, dancers and body-explorers who desire to enhance their knowledge and commit fully to the process. Prior dissection experience is not required. NCBTMB and others accredited.
Fixed tissues afford the luxury of time when exploring the human form. When the donor forms are preserved, they hold their shape well. Some structures when fixed are definitely easier to work with (eg. brain and CNS, viscera, glands, etc.). There is also an increased safety factor when tissues are fixed. There is a distinct chemical odor infusing embalmed tissues, but this is easily forgiven for the learning opportunity which they afford us. We frankly could not grasp the whole structure without the benefit of preservation.
"Unfixed" means that the donor form is preserved by refrigeration only. Time is more "of the essence" when we explore unfixed bodies. When the tissues are not preserved, their movement properties are available, while structural shapes can be more elusive. Additional care is required due to the increased biohazard situation. All donors are tested with a thorough blood screening prior to use.
You can see the individual course tuition fees on the schedule. Click on Application Packet to begin enrollment process. Submit non-refundable, non-transferable deposit: $1,000 ($1,500 for 6+4 Day Workshop). The balance is due 6 weeks before class. My course production costs are VERY high! So, no refunds made for cancellations within one month of the start date of the course. Send no deposit until you are invited and you are certain you can come. Submission of deposit is acceptance of these terms.
All laboratory workshops are structured to support the participants in a community oriented approach to hands on learning. We start each day with a sharing circle to set an intention and mindset for the process. Through various short talks, conversation, and the dissection process itself, participants gain deeper anatomical knowledge as well as greater self-awareness.
Participants bare multiple responsibilities. Dissection involves differentiating tissue, safety consciousness, care of the donor forms, workspace, and each other. We create an environment of teamwork, enthusiasm, and excitement, while intending to bring what we discover to the world.
Gil Hedley, Ph.D. is an approved provider for the NCBTMB and NY State Massage Board, as well as for IASI, the FL Massage Board, the Pilates Method Alliance (PMA), the CA Acupuncture Board, and the CMTBC in Canada! My courses also meet the Yoga Alliance Standard. We will announce additional approvals from other professions and boards as we achieve them.