Online Bodynamic Foundation Training 2025

Creating your destiny is a powerful and essential part of our life journey. We often find ourselves in a space torn between what we desire and what we already have. Imagine gaining a deeper understanding of yourself that provides clarity about your strengths and weaknesses, as well as insight into the areas in which you lack resources. What more could you accomplish by choosing to add new resources and expanding your possibilities?

Embarking on this courageous journey of self-exploration requires a clear and honest look in the mirror. You will venture into a new realm of self-discovery, which can be immensely helpful in reaching your dreams and potential, as well as assisting others in achieving theirs.

In this foundation training, you will learn a new way to view yourself and others, challenging your previous assumptions. To genuinely help your clients, having a clear vision of yourself and others is crucial for your progress and success. This experience may feel like visiting another planet while simultaneously feeling incredibly familiar. You will discover that the values of mutual connection and dignity remain the same, but you will learn new ways to express, navigate, and understand them.

We hope you will join us on this remarkable journey toward your destiny and acquire many new tools to become your own Jedi!

This training is designed for professionals who work with people:

  • Therapist
  • Doctors
  • Physiotherapists
  • Yoga teachers
  • Dance teachers
  • Trainers
  • Sales people
  • Psychiatrists
  • Osteopaths
  • Naturopaths
  • Social workers
  • Cranio-sacral specialists
  • Pedagogues
  • Teachers
  • And of course parents!

This Bodynamic foundation training is for anyone who wants to make optimal use of their body and for those who want to understand and interpret the psychology behind the body. If you have questions about whether this training is for you, send us an email at:

What will we cover in this training?

During these 21 days of training, divided into 7 modules, we will present lectures on fundamental psychological and physiological development and how these two are interconnected. This unique combination will provide information about the formation of character and its various defense systems. You will learn how your character affects your body and why your physiological body appears as it does. You will understand the reasons behind your unique preferences and biases, and we will explore what has been helpful to you in those tendencies and what obstacles they can create in your life.

Moreover, you will become acquainted with different Bodynamic techniques that will teach you how to support someone in changing their behavior. These techniques can be applied to people of all ages, including children. Additionally, you will become more skilled in reading the physiological body and interpreting this information in psychological terms by identifying areas of a person’s strength and areas needing more attention. This knowledge will offer new perspectives on how to act and help you determine what would be most beneficial in contact with others. Lastly, you will familiarize yourself with the short version of the Bodyknot, a technique we teach for maintaining dignity and mutual connection in difficult situations with others and oneself. It is a valuable tool for conflict resolution and developing an observing ego.

Why should I take Bodynamic training?

The Bodynamic system has been around for 40 years and has focused on researching and understanding the body and its connection to psychology and development from the beginning. It is one of the first schools to integrate the body, brain, and human behavior comprehensively. This system offers the most extensive tools and techniques for deepening the understanding of oneself and others. It is also unique in its design to make psychological progress “measurable,” providing a new level of practicality for users of this material, whether applied in a work field or personal life.

Bodynamic core values

Bodynamic’s core values are Dignity and Mutual Connection. These values are present throughout the entire program and at all levels: in the material taught, the group experience, and the teacher-student relationship.

Relevant information:

If you want to obtain a certificate for the foundation training, which is also a required prerequisite for entering the Bodynamic Practitioner training, you will need to take a test at the end of the foundation training. The test consists of 100 yes-or-no questions, and you must answer at least 70 questions correctly.

You are allowed to miss a maximum of 20% of the total training days.


The Foundation Training is a one-year basic training program in the Bodynamic System. During this foundational training, you will learn about character structures, character positions, and the basic concepts to understand contact and communication as presented through the system (mutual connection, dignity, boundaries, centering, and grounding).

The structured description of the different phases of development during childhood, including a central developmental issue and their connection with various developing defense mechanisms, provides a framework for understanding human expression. Through this education, you will enhance your abilities, allowing you to be present and precise in your professional work.

Development of Character Structures

The focus is on the development of character structures by addressing specific needs and challenges in individual phases of development for all human beings (existence, autonomy, etc.). Bodynamic has developed a unique differentiated model of character structures through 25 years of empirical study. This model describes child development in seven phases, from the second trimester in utero to the 13th year of life.

Role of Developmental Trauma

Developmental trauma plays a crucial role in the development and creation of these structures. Lisbeth Marcher introduced and used the term before it became popularized by Bessel van der Kolk, one of the leading American psychiatrists in the field of trauma and its effects.

Loss of Self

Developmental trauma occurs when a child experiences significant and persistent rejection, neglect, etc., from their parents, in the context of the central needs of a developmental phase. As a result, the child may not develop central aspects of their self or may abandon them entirely.

Body Ego

In early childhood, a child experiences their external world primarily through their body (body ego) and its movements. In addition to physical milestones such as crawling, sitting, standing, and walking, the child must learn a variety of movement patterns.

Character Types and Positions

In this training, you will learn how the child moves through individual phases by developing motor skills and voluntarily using muscles and muscle tone to respond to specific external developmental challenges. Consequently, body and character structures are formed, divided into either a more hypotonic (early) or hypertonic (late) type, each requiring a different therapeutic approach.

These structures create a characteristic body posture and corresponding expression, facial expressions, etc. As part of the training curriculum, we explore the ability to recognize and “read” these embodied character structures. This understanding allows you to enter the age-specific “resonance” of your client and optimally integrate these respective resources into the healing process.

Additionally, this training equips you with a variety of specific body exercises and techniques, as well as the knowledge to work more precisely, effectively, and efficiently with your clients’ traumatization.

Practical information

Dates 2025

One time with Lisbeth Marcher as Guest Trainer

  1. Module – February 21-23, Ditte
  2. Module – May 2-4, Ditte
  3. Module – July 11-13, Ditte
  4. Module – September, 5-7 Ditte
  5. Module – October 10-12, Ditte
  6. Module – November 14-16,  Ditte
  7. Module – December 12-14, Ditte

Location: wherever you chose to have your Zoom connection;  Time Zone: 10.00-18.00 (CET)

21 days total

Guest teacher: Lisbeth Marcher –  present once; Hadi present multiple times

Language: English

Price: 2500,- EUR

Super Early Bird price: (valid until payment before 5th of June 2024 ) 1899,- EUR
Early Bird price: (valid until payment before 30th of October 2024 ) 2100,- EUR

Payment: send email to: and then you will receive payment information.


  • Age: over 18 years old
  • Short description about: – your profession and motivation to join
  • Signing a contract that you will get send by e-mail
  • Working internet connection, with any of the following: pc, laptop, tablet, mobile phone that can connect your camera and microphone. 

Zoom information:

We have the latest equipment to provide a crystal-clear visual and audio experience using Zoom. Multiple camera angles and sensitive microphones will contribute to an outstanding Zoom training.

The instructors are highly experienced in this method of teaching, as they have conducted Zoom workshops, trainings, and webinars since the beginning of the Corona Pandemic in April 2020.

For joining sent email to:

Trainers: Meet three generations of the Bodynamic Legacy

Ditte Marcher

Born in 1959. Daughter of the founder of Bodynamic, Lisbeth Marcher. She is a member of Bodynamic since 1994. She did the full Analytic training that she finished in 1995 and choose to be trained to be a teacher in Bodynamic. She is a therapist and supervisor. She is one of the creators of Bodynamic’s shock approach. She influenced Bodynamic deeply with the concepts of Dignity, Me and the different layers of feelings.

She has been teaching in foundation trainings since 1995 and has been a senior teacher in practitioner trainings since 2003. She has been teaching Bodynamic’s trainings in US, Canada, Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Japan, Greece, Netherlands, Denmark and Brazil. She was the CEO of Bodynamic International from 2008 to 2019.

She also has and still doing a variety of workshops and business consulting. From 1986-1992 she was working in war zones with children in crisis, mainly in Palestine, Lebanon and Israel. From 1994-1998 she was working as a consultant for the police in Denmark and Sweden for cases of young criminals. In the same period she was trainer for the teachers of AMU centers that upgrade education of unemployed workers. She was also one of the main teachers in a two-year program, teaching young adults how to be project leaders. In 1999 she was doing workshops in Seattle and Vancouver for police and fire departments for better handling communication during crisis. She has done conflict resolution and support in many crisis areas. She has been a volunteer in different projects in Africa, South America, ex-Yugoslavia and Denmark.

She is the co-author of the book “Resources in coping with shock” with Merete Holm Brantbjerg and the article “Psychophysical Approaches to working with PTSD and the Ego” with Lene Wisbom in 2014.

She has attended many various conferences and she has made a presentation of Bodynamic’s trauma experience in European trauma conference in Edinburg, a presentation in EABP conference in Athens 2004, in the International Scientific Committee (for Psycho-Corporal Psychotherapy) São Paulo 2005, in the conference for Shock and Trauma in Netherlands 2010, at EABP conference in Athens in 2016 around the Veteran Projects – Work With Traumatized Soldiers and at The Body Psychotherapy conference in Krakow, Poland 2017. She also has done presentations in various college and universities in US, Greece, Canada, Poland, Brasil and Ukraine.

Hadi Adam Bahlawan Marcher 

Hadi is the third generation, after his mother Ditte Marcher and grandmother, the founder of Bodynamic, Lisbeth Marcher that is actively part of the system. He has been the CEO of Bodynamic International since May 2019. He is working to make this system more known and applied all over the world. It is his dream that Bodynamic methods will be used in different areas of life.

Hadi’s career started with a pedagogue’s position in an integrational kindergarten. Later on he expanded his work towards working with adolescents. He has worked with the ‘Red Cross’ organization in refugee camps, using his Bodynamic skills. Part of his responsibility was to take care of the refugee unaccompanied children and adolescents and refugees that had history of being tortured.

For 4 years H. Marcher has worked with people on the Autism Spectrum, using Bodynamic methods and received tremendous results. These people differ in their extend on how well they are adapted to life. One of the outcomes of his work was that Hadi was asked to teach other pedagogues how he works with people that have Autism in different institutions in Denmark.

He has also worked with patients that suffer from personality disorders like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and PTSD as well as with people that suffer from eating disorders and sexual abuse using the Bodynamic approach. Within the Bodynamic International organization Hadi has been an assistant trainer and co-teacher in ‘Shock and Trauma Training’ of Bodynamic, in Brazil, Ukraine, Denmark and Greece. As well as promoting and participating in Bodypsychotherapy conventions in Europe.

H. Marcher gets his energy by using all his Bodynamic skills in his daily life, in his relationship with his family and friends. He is tremendously fond of doing yoga and spending time in the nature and playing football. Spirituality has a big place in Hadi’s life, as well as keeping on the desire to constantly rebuilding more knowledge around the different traditions from all over the world. He loves his work and the learning will never stop.

Lisbeth Marcher (Guest Speaker)

She is the founder of the Bodynamic System and of Bodynamic International in collaboration with various colleagues. She is the former director of the Bodynamic System, while now she is the international supervisor for all educational issues.Lisbeth Marcher is the former president of EABP.

She has presented her work and taught in many countries and at many conferences, since the 1970′s. One of her main contributions to the Bodynamic System is the recognition of the hyporesponsive reaction in peoples’ way of being, and how this behavior is represented in the muscles in the body as hyporesponsive muscles in opposition to the normally accepted armour reaction – hyperresponsive muscles. She developed this recognition into a Bodymap and a Characterstructure system, that could be taught to people.During the late 1980′s she was part of developing the Bodynamic approach to resolving shock-trauma – and developing new resources – which is now a separate training from the Foundation (20-24 days) and the Practitioner training.

Many articles about the system have been published, most often by her colleagues – but with her participation in formulating the theory. She has been working on finishing a book about the system for many years – and has been fighting with her dyslexia to make it happen – and now finally published, The Body Encycloedia.

Today Lisbeth is part of the Bodynamic international teaching team, and travels to Greece, Brazil, Germany, Holland and Denmark.