Trauma Releasing Exercise Training

Lynea Gillen, LPC, TRE Trainer

& Dr. David Berceli, Founder


Lynea Gillen, TRE Trainer, with David Berceli, TRE Founder, joining the training for Q & A and demonstration sessions

Nov 6-7, 2021
9:00 – 4:00pm (PDT)

Live, Online Training


New Tools… New Hope…

Is stress affecting your effectiveness, relationships and health? Do you want to find more effective ways to support your health and help others manage chronic stress and traumatic experiences?

Since stress and trauma reside in, and manifest through, the body’s physiology, trauma researchers such as Bessel van der Kolk, MD, and Bruce Perry, MD, recommend body-based interventions like yoga, mindful movement and other forms of body awareness to release stress, regulate the nervous system, and develop a sense of safety and control.

Contributing to this exciting new field is Dr. David Berceli’s Trauma Releasing Exercise (TRE®). Developed from over 20 years of experience supporting victims of abuse, natural disaster, and war, this revolutionary approach helps to release tension and the neurological imprint of trauma from the core of the body by evoking an innate, therapeutic response — self-controlled muscular shaking.


What’s TRE?

Have you ever noticed your body shaking in response to a stressful situation or seen a child shaking their legs back and forth when nervous? That shaking is called neurogenic tremoring — an innate release system that nearly all mammals are born with and that is an important component in how the body handles stress.

Recognizing that shaking is a normal, healthy response to release tension, TRE mobilizes it through six yoga‐like exercise. The process is unique in that this shaking originates deep in the core of the body, with gentle waves of movement that reverberate outward along the spine, releasing tension from the sacrum to the cranium. The exercises are a simple form of stretching and are used to gently start these voluntary muscle releases.

TRE can be done by anyone, in any setting, to release the stress or tension that accumulates from everyday life, difficult situations, immediate or prolonged stressful situations, or past traumatic life experiences (e.g., natural disasters, social or domestic violence).

Currently being researched by the Veteran’s Administration, TRE is being used worldwide for individual health support and by therapists, counselors and human service providers as a low-cost complement to cognitive and behavior-based therapies. They report that TRE decreases anxiety, emotional reactivity, physical pain and hypervigilance, and improves resilience to stress.

This training is particularly useful for teachers, counselors, clinicians, social service workers, parents, foster/adoptive parents, or anyone working with populations affected by stress and trauma. It is designed for the English-speaking general public and anyone interested in leading TRE sessions as a Certified Provider.

Learning to manage our stress and regulate our nervous system is fundamental to helping others develop their self-regulatory capacities, positive attachment and social/emotional competencies. Therefore, learning TRE as a self-care strategy is the overarching goal of this training.

In addition, this training is part of a certification series for those interested in becoming certified to lead others in TRE.

What else you will gain from this training:

  • Insight into how shaking and flight, flight and freeze reactions are “intelligent“ physiological responses to stress and how to work with them
  • How to develop your personal TRE practice and firsthand experience on how TRE works to help manage stress, tension, trauma and post-trauma reactions
  • A basic understanding of the physiology of stress and trauma from leading theorists, including an introduction to Stephen Porges’ Polyvagal Theory and the power of the “social engagement nervous system” to mitigate the stress response
  • How TRE can support the recovery from childhood/complex trauma

Most importantly, you’ll gain skills to help you manage your own stress, trauma and post-trauma reactions from personal and professional experiences — benefiting your work, your relationships, and your well-being.


Bonus Session with Dr Berceli

A highlight of this training will be David Berceli’s live Q&A session and live demos with training participants where you will gain powerful insights into the art and science of this practice.


TRE Training Experiences

Hear what recent participants experienced.

New Live Online Format

The Covid-19 pandemic has changed our world, and thus the need for TRE is greater than ever. Recognizing this has led TRE’s governing body, TFA, to develop and provide new online methods of teaching individuals how to benefit from TRE, and training and certifying those interested in becoming TRE Providers.

Therefore, this Module 1 Certification Training will be delivered live, online via a private Zoom videoconferencing link.

Our team has many years of experience in delivering online training, and piloted TRE’s first online trainings. Our goal is to mirror what you would receive in an in-person training. Technological limitations and challenges could arise, so we will be prepared to ameliorate them.

In addition, If the course instructors deem that additional online sessions are necessary to ensure proficiency, we will inform you after the training.

We will do our best to protect all communications during the training. However, the nature of electronic communication and remote access and viewing presents some privacy risks and considerations. Related, it’s important to remember that this training is not therapy but instruction in how to use a stress reduction technique.  Please read the training Terms & Conditions when registering for more information.


TRE Certification

You need not be planning on becoming a Certified TRE provider to take this training and can just take this training for personal benefit.

For those working toward certification, in addition to this Module 1 training, there are two other two-day trainings (Modules 2 & 3) as well as supervision sessions required to become a Certified TRE Provider. If you are working toward Certification, make sure you mark the dates for the upcoming Module 2 and Module 3 trainings. (All upcoming training dates are available under the TRE section of our Calendar.)

Please review Certification Requirements & Costs here.

For more information on the certification program contact [email protected] 


Certificate & CEUs

1 semester-level graduate credit is available from University of the Pacific/Benerd College, for $62 (billed by them upon course completion). Documentation of 12 Clock Hours and/or CEUs can be made upon request. (CEUs are provided from Yoga Calm. Please check with your licensing board for applicability.)

For yoga teachers, this training also qualifies as 12 hours of CE toward Yoga Alliance continuing education requirements for existing RYTs (Yoga Alliance requires that RYTs submit a minimum of 30 hours every three years).



Nov 6-7, 2021
9:00 am – 4:00 pm PDT (Los Angeles time)
Live, online training format

$325 Training Fee ($350 after October 6)
$85-100 Required pre-training orientation session
(see below)

$62 for 1 UOP graduate-level, semester credit (optional)

$50 Discount for Certified Yoga Calm Instructors and Yoga Calm RYT Graduates. Contact [email protected]  for discount code.

10% Group Discount for groups of three or more. Contact [email protected] for registration information.

Purchase orders accepted. Send PO to [email protected] along with registrant names and email addresses.

Installment billing available. Select “PayPal CREDIT” for six months of interest-free financing

Cancellation/Refund Policy  


Pre-Training Orientation Session

Whether or not you have had previous TRE experience, in preparation for the training, it is required that you schedule an online Orientation Session with Lynea Gillen before the Module 1 training.

This orientation session will provide you with information on how to participate online (setting up and testing your camera/mic), as well as an opportunity to experience a short TRE session, ask questions and develop a plan to be successful during the training. In addition to preparing you for the Module 1 training, you will personally benefit from this experience and advance information.

To schedule your Personal TRE Intro Session with Lynea please go to this link (sliding scale of $85-100).

Schedule your orientation session early as the weeks before a training fill up.



Lynea Gillen, LPC, RYT, Certified TRE Provider, and Trainer, is a pioneer in the field of health and wellness education for youth. Her heart-centered, creative and effective tools were developed directly from her 35+ years of supporting youth as a school teacher, counselor and clinician.

Lynea’s Yoga Calm program was developed in a behavior classroom in a rural Oregon elementary school 20 years ago and is now being used with tens of thousands of children around the world in diverse settings such as urban classrooms, clinics and psychiatric hospitals like the Mayo Clinic.

​Lynea is also an adjunct professor at Portland State University, Lewis & Clark College and the University of the Pacific where she has created over a dozen courses in counseling and special education and has taught thousands of teachers, counselors and therapists. Her books and media have also won nine national awards. Lynea is a current Licensed Professional Counselor with the state of Oregon, holds an MS in Counseling in Education from PSU and is a registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance.

Lynea will be acting as the training’s lead instructor with Dr David Berceli joining the training for Q & A and demonstration sessions.


David Berceli, PhD, is an international expert in the areas of trauma intervention and conflict resolution and the founder of TRE. For 22 years, Berceli lived and worked in war‐torn countries of Africa and the Middle East. Along with individual trauma counseling, he has provided specialized trauma recovery assistance to United States military personnel, national and international relief agencies, and government and non‐government organizations whose staff are living and working in trauma inducing environments.

David Berceli’s books include Trauma Releasing Exercises: A Revolutionary New Method for Stress & Trauma Recovery and The Revolutionary Trauma Release Exercises: Transcend Your Toughest Times. A clinical social worker, licensed massage therapist and certified bioenergetics therapist, David currently travels around the world teaching the TRE™ self‐healing modality.


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