A Year of Depth Work

       A PsychoEnergetics Approach

  A PSEN Study Group in Lisbon, Portugal

starting in 2023

                                                  Presented by Joana Carvalho

 PsychoEnergetics Training Faculty Member

Assisted by Margarida Santos

                                   Module one presented by Irene Tobler and Michael Mervosh                                                                                           Cofounders of the PsychoEnergetics Training


                               PsychoEnergetics Year of Depth Work

                                   Openness, Surrender & Mystery

The PsychoEnergetics Years of Depth Work in Lisbon, Portugal, meets in the beautiful and peaceful Hotel Seminar Torre d´ Aguilha in Carcavelos. Our Year of Depth Work  2023-24  is based on the theme:           Openness, Surrender & Mystery


Openness, Mystery & Surrender

We will work with the consciousness associated with the realm of the heart; with the felt sense of relatedness; and with the capacity to make a spaciousness that allows for deepening into connection with self and other.


We will explore entering Spaciousness and the Unknown
as vehicles for change & growth

 and we will work with developing the internal capacity
to tolerate uncertainty while facing inevitability

Openness, Surrender & Mystery  – dates


Session 1:14th Octuber ( new participants only)- online from 9.30 to 1pm

October 27th – 29th  (in person),

15th Decenber online -from 6.30 to 9.30 p.m.

13th January in person- from 9.30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Session 2: March 22th-24th (in person),

3rd May online- from 6.30 to 9.30 p.m.

Session 3: June 28th –  30th (in person),


Optional online  group: bi weekly from Octuber 23 to July 2024 (schedule to be chosen accordingly to the group needs)

830€ per year (new participants)

710€ per year ( PSEN students)

“Early-Bird”: 60€discount for registrations before August 15st with the full payment

40 € discount for registrations before September 1st  – does not apply to PSEN students


We ask for a deposit of 200€ to formalize your registration

Various payment options available

The fee for the online  group is paid separately.


The Years of Depth Work will be given in Portuguese, and the 1st module will be given in english with direct translations to portuguese


For more information or registration please contact:

Joana Carvalho: [email protected]                  




Torre D´Aguilha
Estrada Mata da Torre,
São Domingos de Rana 2785-599




The Year of Depth Work is for professional practitioners and therapists from various healing modalities

We also accept applicants with a sincere interest in furthering their own personal developmen


Embodiment is the foundation for all worthwhile pursuits. It is the ground within which the conscious self is both formed and transformed”

About our 2023-24 Year of Depth Work in Portugal


– Our 2022-23 Year of Depth Work consist of the following:

  • 4 in person meetings
  • 3 on-line meetings
  • We also offer monthly online gatherings

– During these Year we will transmit and practice various ways to increase the therapeutic awareness and ability to help deepen both the personal process as well as to facilitate a deepening of our client’s process.

– We will practice and learn how to deepen the therapeutic relationship as a way of deepening the client’s process and facilitating change.

– Our Year of Depth Work is for practitioners and therapists of various body and mind healing modalities.  It is also appropriate for anyone committed with their personal process and growth.

– Our Years of Depth Work are conducted by Joana Carvalho, member of the PSEN faculty training program in Spain, assisted by Margarida Santos graduated from the PSEN training program. We will also have the collaboration of Michael Mervosh and Irene Tobler co funders of the PsychoEnergetics Training Program.

-The 1st module of this Year of Depth Work will be facilitated by our co-founders Irene Tobler and  Michael Mervosh, and will also be an open workshop for all that want to join.

– We also offer an optional bi weekly online group for supervision for the participants that chose to deepen their personal and professional growth. This group takes place from Octuber 2023 to July 2024.

– We provide our Year of Depth Work in a peaceful hotel seminar where we also have the option of working in the beautiful gardens depending on the weather. This Years 1st module will take place in Clube do Lago, Estoril.

– We have the options of sleeping in the hotel for those who prefer to do it, or driving home at the end of the day.

  • We will have a maximum of 24 participants.


Please note:

– Hotel Seminar Torre DAguilha and Clube do Lago have accommodation and meals available, payments for the Year are made separately from the accommodations.

-The 1st module will take place in Clube do Lago, Estoril

– Participants pay for the yearlong training costs, and they pay directly to the hotel for their meals and lodging arrangements.


 To respect the cohesiveness and integrity of the group and training process, we ask the participants to make a commitment for one full year  at a time.

This year’s training themes center around our ability to let go of a helping or a ‘fixing’ agenda. Instead, we create a space to deepen into internal conflicts and dilemmas in ways that can move our lives forward, providing our clients with an essential type of companioning, of being ‘in it’ with them.

– We will embrace and open to our humanity as being part of the Mystery in life. We will do so by working with accepting the imperfections and dilemmas of being human.  

– We will also be growing our ability to appreciate paradox, tolerate uncertainty and complexity, and practice surrendering to ‘what is’ within the self and in the world.

– These practices will foster our ability to ‘trust the process’ as it unfolds in our work with another, which is key to growing a sense of mastery in our work.

We will work with the elemental force of air, and practice opening to the vastness and space within us and around us, creating an active sense of space using this as Transformative Space

-We will practice using space to create openings for new possibilities; we learn how to let go of our ego, and let ourselves come towards something larger than our own will.

-We will learn to bring this spaciousness into our practicum sessions with others, and learn to distinguish between active spaciousness and passive spaciousness.

-As practitioners we will deepen our sensitivity towards creating and using ‘the potential of spaciousness’, which the client may step into and make use of newly arising possibilities, if they are capable and ready for it.

-The same spaciousness will allow us to linger more with our experiences, with subtle and fleeting impressions, by which the client leaves a mark on us below the surface of our conscious processing.

-We will also work with our understanding and experience of countertransference as part of a transformative experience.  We can view our countertransference as being our subjective and embodied response to how the client feels, thinks, and acts with us.

We intend to make use of the connection and safety of our group to deepen on our humanity by:

-Addressing the pervasiveness and vulnerability of self-rejection, and how it leads us to the rejection of others, and eventually, of the world around us.

-We will practice suspending judgment, while accepting the imperfections of our humanity.

-We will work issues such as self-acceptance and the acceptance of others as they are; we will cultivate our capacity for deeper compassion and relatedness, especially when it is least deserved, and most needed.

-We will learn to shift our internal experiences of emptiness from a life-negating space of lacking, to a life-enhancing space of opening, readiness and vastness.

Openness, Surrender & Mystery


We will explore the curious transfer of ‘urgent errands’, which are the dynamics of Trans-Generational Haunting.


We will grow our understanding of the ‘unconscious to unconscious’ transfer of self-destructive coping strategies that we live out as a ‘mandate’ in confusing and compelling ways – due to the unresolved and deferred traumas of previous generations.






We come to understand how we enact in our present day lives what our ancestors could not consciously process or work through.

And how these dynamics are active in deeply embedded patterns of resistance that our clients carry.














Focus on Embodiment, Mindfulness and the Present Moment


We will continue to deepen our practice of Embodiment through attention to our breath moving through our bodies, bringing special attention to breath as prana or life energy being exchanged. We will practice using breath effectively as a resource in our practicum sessions.

We will learn to pay closer attention to how our client’s bodies are signaling our bodies what is underneath the content of our client’s awareness.

We will also assist our clients in becoming aware of their unconscious body messages and make sense of them within the light of their story, as well as finding resources to shift their orientation.

In addition, we will deepen our felt sense of being in the body. We will sharpen our sense of relational embodied presence, coming to understand the function of positive regard toward our clients as well as towards the process happening between us.


Our mindful morning practice will be grounding our experience of the depth of our somatic presence, finding space in the ‘here and now’ as we deepen into the experience of our physicality of the present moment. And we will explore ways in which we practice a relational Mindfulness presence.

In our Mindfulness practice we will bring awareness to self-compassion in ways that can bring a deeper and more compassionate tolerance for what it means to be human.

Present Moment

We will keep deepening our felt experience and understanding that the only place that anything is truly transpiring is in the here and now; and the only place that we can actually influence and change is what is happening here and now.

Indigenous cultures considered immersion into the present moment experience as entering eternity; and they knew that the present moment attunes us with a field of possibilities.

In our work and in our sessions we will keep coming back to the present moment experience with this awareness that it contains all of our past events and all of our future


We will provide enough safety to all participants to feel supported, so they can take the necessary risks that get them out of the habitual patterns in their way of relating, so to better learn and grow as practitioners.



Introduction to the PsychoEnergetics Years of Depth Work


What is PsychoEnergetics

PSEN combines a study of the ‘psyche’ and its depths, with a study of the body’s ‘energy’ and intelligence.We practice depth work and process facilitation, using the practitioners engaged body and mind to deepen the client growth and to support the awakening of conscious awareness, as well as the enlivening vitality of one’s interior life

Depth Work

Depth work refers to personal processes that are intended to be healing or therapeutic in nature; it is intended to shift one’s point of view and level of awareness beyond the current lens we typically use to perceive our lives.   It requires a more ‘non-linear’ approach, one where we drop further into our interior spaces, to the more subtle and unconscious aspects of the psyche, using the felt sense of our bodies to open our minds to places we have yet to see clearly, or at all.

The Art of Process Facilitation

As process facilitators, we track and follow a process that is unfolding over time, before we make any attempts to intervene upon it.  We do not direct or take over another’s experience, but instead, we profoundly accompany another to where they are, especially where they cannot accept themselves or their reality.

We also help to guide people to go where they have not yet gone, to where they have been unable or unwilling to go, without forcing them to do so, and without allowing them to remain the same – that is the art of process facilitation


Embodiment Work

Embodiment is a central component of PsychoEnergetics.  We will actively cultivate exercises and practices that support our own Embodied Presence.

We will provide participants with various opportunities to practice both embodying and transmitting their own presence in and of itself as a function of wholeness, vitality and health.

We will actively explore the differences between speaking generally about our experiences and speaking directly from our experiences, as we become more capable of being ’embodied presences’ who can bring forth and transmit the energy of our internal experiences.

Mindfulness Practice

We will be focusing on strengthening and solidifying our presence by actively practicing mindfulness.

We will be practicing Mindfulness as a way to helps us not to judge our experience. Learning to accept our experience as it is, while also learning to accept the impermanent nature in all of our experience.

Practitioner’s Mind

We consider developing a ‘Practitioner’s Mind’ essential for becoming skilled facilitators, as this fosters the ability to actively think on behalf of the client.

We will have with immediate consults available, and post-session group supervision sessions.

We work with Transference by focusing more on how to be informed by, and make use of, our own Counter-Transference as practitioners.

Process Teachings

Learning how to enter, deepen and navigate our own internal processes is fundamental  to understand the interior lives of others, making us better able to accompany them as the move through their own increasingly subtle and complex depths.

PSEN process teachings support the ongoing learning of the practitioner by deepening their awareness, appreciation and understanding of the underlying and dynamic processes taking place in our interior lives.

PSEN process teachings also provide us with useful lenses through which we can hold our attention on another’s interior space, and also to support its unfolding movement and lived experience.

We will be focusing on these specific Process Teachings:

CREATING CONTAINMENT – We learn to be deeply embodied and mindfully aware of our own interior, as well as being attuned to the body and mind of another.

CREATING SPACIOUSNESS – Deepening requires time, space and patience. We learn to make room for something to happen.

BOUNDARIES AND LIMITS – The ability to establish and maintain boundaries and to set and honor limits, are aspects of a functioning holding container. And they are fundamental in creating safety for both the client and practitioner

SLOWING DOWN THE PROCESS – We do this to be sufficiently grounded and centered in our bodies, and to be responsive to our client’s present moment experience.

TOLERATING UNCERTAINTY – We learn to trust the process of the unfolding “not-yet-known“.

CREATING AND TOLERATING DYNAMIC TENSION– we keep a ‘dynamically charged’ experience in the ‘here and now’, and staying with the experience by giving it the time, space and attention required.

BEING ATTUNED AND DIFERENTIATED – by doing so, we provide enough safety to support our clients, so they can take the necessary enlivening risks that get them out of the habitual patterns in their way of relating.

TRACKING PROCESS vs CONTENT – these is another important skill, necessary to help the client to go pass the verbalization of an event to the deeper meaning that is giving life to that event.

SUSPENDING JUDGMENTS – we practice setting aside the impulse for judgments rather than make it go away. This allows for a more vulnerable aspect of the self to emerge.

MAKING PROCESS OBSERVATIONS – making an observation about a client’s process, does not require a response from the client, rather it allows for a new orientation to arise in a way they could have do it on their own

USING QUESTIONS AS INQUIRIES – a good question does not lead to an immediate answer. It creates an owning that leads to an exploration towards something “as yet unknown”

TRACKING PECULIARITIES – we learn to notice small and subtle idiosyncrasies- those uniquely defining features that grab our attention but are unaware to the clients. We practice bringing these forward for exploration and not correction.

BECOMING A USEFUL DISTURBING FORCE – the active interest and aliveness of the practitioner is key to initiate new possibilities that disturb the sameness of the client´s cryonics habit and ways of being.

                                     Years of Depth Work Structure


We will offer four Years of Depth Work each with a specific content and theme to be practiced which meet three times a year. Our Years of Depth Work are based on the circular notion of ongoing learning, in contrast to a linear progression.  A participant can enter at any particular Year being offered, and then, if they choose to, proceed through all four years in order to complete all the themes.

Our Years of Depth Work will be conducted by Joana Carvalho, member of the PSEN faculty training program in Spain, assisted by Margarida Santos graduated from the PSEN training program. We will also have the collaboration of Michael Mervosh co founder of the PsychoEnergetics Training Program .

 We also offer an optional bi-weekly online group for personal process and supervision for the participants that chose to deepen their personal and professional growth. These group is facilitated by Joana Carvalho.



Each day of each module for the Year follows a specific format



  • Guided Mindfulness & Embodiment Meditation
  • Lecture/Presentation/ Transmission on Theme for the Day
  • Initial Experiential Practicum Session Based on Theme
  • Peer Support Group Processes Based on Theme



  • Embodied Awareness Movement
  • One to One Practicum Sessions Based on Theme
  • Demo Sessions with Supervision
  • Supervision Group Sessions
  • Community Integration Experience in Large Group



Joana Carvalho

Joana started working with groups as a yoga teacher 20 years ago. Her passion for deepening lead her to study body-mind oriented therapy, including healing work and transpersonal work. She is a PsychoEnergetics Practitioner and a Psychotherapist. She has a private practice in Lisbon where she works individually and with groups.She facilitates PSEN workshops in Portugal since 2017. Joana is a Faculty Member in the PSEN Training in Spain and a Supervisor/Trainer in AlmaSoma Transpersonal Institute in Lisbon.

Margarida Santos

Margarida is graduated in Zootechnical Engineering and worked in Hygiene and Food Safety until 2006. Since then, she follows her longing for (re)connection, embracing her process of conscientious, formative and professional development. She is now a Psychoenergetics Therapist, Transpersonal Psychotherapist and Supervisor /Trainer at AlmaSoma Transpersonal Institute.