Tension & Trauma Releasing Exercise Training

Module 1 Training

Lynea Gillen, LPC, TRE Trainer

TRE® General Public Workshop & Module 1 Certification Training

Lynea Gillen, LPC, TRE Trainer

October 12-13, 2024
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.

TRE Training Experiences

Hear what recent participants experienced.

New Live Online Format

The Covid-19 pandemic has changed our world, leading us to new ways to collaborate and develop our skills. 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.

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.


Bonus! Video Sessions with Dr Berceli

Dr. David BerceliWhile Dr Berceli is now retired, we are honored that he allowed us to record and provide his lectures for our Module 1, 2 and 3 trainings. These 14 recordings include his latest insights into the art and science of this practice.

In addition to providing you with a powerful training experience from the founder of TRE, these videos will also be made available to you after the training so that you may review, refresh and deepen your understanding of TRE.




TRE Certification

You need not be planning on becoming a Certified TRE provider to take this Module 1 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 as well as supervision sessions required to become a Certified TRE Provider. If you plan on working toward Certification, make sure you mark these dates:  Module 2  on December 7-8, 2024 and Module 3 on March 8-9, 2025. (Other Module 2 and 3 trainings will also be available in 2025.)  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 jim@yogacalm.org 


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).



October 12-13, 2024
9:00 am – 4:00 pm PDT (Los Angeles time)
Live, online training format

$300 Training Fee ($350 after September 12, 2024)
$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 JIm@yogacalm.org  for discount code.

10% Group Discount for groups of three or more. Contact registration@yogacalm.org for registration information.

Purchase orders accepted. Send PO to Jim@yogacalm.org 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 requirement is waived for those that attended a previous TRE Intro with Lynea.)

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, discuss any personal health issues, ask questions about the certification program, 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, Licensed Professional Counselor, Registered Yoga Teacher, Global TRE Trainer, is a pioneer in the field of health and wellness education. Her heart-centered, creative and effective tools were developed directly from her 40+ years of 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.

Both Lynea’s Yoga Calm and Empower programs feature neuroscience education, nervous system regulation tools and mindfulness practices in a context of social support.

Lynea has extensive experience with TRE having organized and assisted with dozens of certification trainings over the last 12 years with Dr David Berceli, including the development of TRE’s online global certification trainings.

Developing emotional literacy, community and resilience are the hallmarks of Lynea’s approach and are exemplified in her award-winning books and media: Yoga Calm for Children, Mindful Moments Cards, Good People Everywhere, Little Banty Chicken and, her latest, Little Book of Healing: A Coloring Book for Grief and Loss. Lynea has also been featured on TV regarding children and trauma and writes frequently on this and other health subjects.

​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. 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.

Original price was: $350.Current price is: $300.

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