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Our next Beginner APP level-1 will begin Spring of 2024

Info to come soon & here is info from our last program

Somatic Energy Healing:

"Polarity Therapy" Training - Level 1


with Tree of Life Center, APTA-approved training program

facilitated by Janice Marie Durand


This Professional 225 hour training will take place LIVE in an outdoor pavilion one to three days per month.  (Fri.- Sat. or occasionally Fri. - Sun.) There will be a follow-up zoom online class 3 hrs per month as well to be determined by the group.


We will have a variety of Covid-safe protocols in place due to our close-up table work

" Energy is the real substance behind the appearance of matter & form."

- Dr. Randolf Stone, Founder of Polarity Therapy

This professional Somatic Energy Healing training is based in Polarity Therapy and the spirit of its founder, Dr. Randolf Stone (1890-1981). Polarity Therapy is steeped in the wisdom of ancient Ayurvedic, Chinese, Hermetic, Chiropractic, Naturopathic, and Osteopathic healing systems. This unique and comprehensive holistic wellness paradigm balances the body's energy field by combining gentle energetic touch, self-care through energy exercises, and self-awareness of lifestyle choices that support wellness. All of these approaches acknowledge health beyond just the physical realm and understand energy as preceding form.


Through this study of Energy Healing you will learn practical and simple tools and

effective, elegant techniques to re-establish the flow, balance, and ease of the human Electromagnetic Energy field. Woven into this training are various embodied perspectives’ to work with trauma and the nervous system with the intention of inviting wholeness and integration of life’s experiences. Janice Marie Durand will facilitate this training from her synthesis of over 25 years of study and practice of various Somatic Healing modalities.  

The biggest thread throughout this transformational training is discovering and uncovering the Intelligence and Health already present within our systems. We will “court” and feed this innately wise part of us that sometimes gets covered over by lifeʼs experiences. Practitioner skills will foster working with clients in a clear, spacious, and neutral style as well as from a place of ease & effortlessness. Your sensitive listening skills and intuition will deepen throughout this potent journey. We will also learn to track and translate life experiences into the Elemental language of Earth, Water, Fire, Air, and Ether. Each has gifts and imbalances that manifest in body, mind spirit, and emotions.


Of vital importance in all of our training programs here at Tree of Life Center is to create a supportive, inclusive learning environment that fosters personal growth while learning therapeutic skills to support another in their healing journey. Our educational model incorporates a diversity of kinesthetic, visual, and auditory learning styles to support students in how they learn best, and students are encouraged to find their unique pace and connect with tangible resources to bring more regulation to their own nervous system throughout the learning journey. Through this program, we work to support students in developing a deeply embodied understanding of Polarity Therapy.


"Be an artist and an architect of your own house, your temple, your body and your mind." 

-Dr. Randolf Stone, Founder of Polarity Therapy


Introduction to Polarity Therapy with Tree of Life Center prior to starting the Somatic Energy Healing Program to make sure we are all a good fit for one another.  TLC will offer the intro class again in Feb. & early March.  Please contact Janice Marie to set up a time to do an intro with a small group or in a one-on-one tutorial if you are interested in this Somatic Energy Healing Polarity Therapy professional training and haven't done so yet. 


Training Dates


April 20, 27
May 28; June 3-4
July 8, 9,10
August 19, 20, 21
September 16, 17, 18
October 15, 16, 17    
November 11, 12, 13
December 2, 3, 4  
January 13-14
2-3 days Live per month,
Class times vary each day. Most classes are on Fri., Sat., or Sun.,  ~Additionally we will meet 2-3 hours per month on zoom.
Zoom Dates: 7-9 pm
May 28; Jun. 21; Jul.18;
Aug. 8; Sept. 7; Sept. 28; Nov. 1; Dec. 19.
Location~ outside of Hillsborough, NC
(Our training will take place outdoors undercover in a beautiful natural environment for safety with covid-19

with Janice Marie Durand BCPP, RPE, NC LMBT & ABMP Certified Somatic Therapist

Nationally Certified Continuing Education Provider with NCBTMB  # 3129991-00

 This is the program for you if you:

  • Want to explore a comprehensive Energy system that is a bridge between ancient healing and cutting-edge science.

  • Want to be with a supportive, like-minded, group as you explore this transformational energy healing system together.

  • Are a current healing arts practitioner or licensed professional and want to bring a more refined body/mind/energy approach to your current practice as a massage therapist, life coach, yoga teacher, psychotherapist etc. (This training program offers CE hours from NCBTMB for Licensed Massage Therapists).

  • Want to begin your journey as a holistic Energy Healing arts practitioner that can eventually lead to becoming a Board Certified Polarity Practitioner (BCPP).

  • Want to learn how energy affects mind, body, emotions and acquire tools for self-care and ways to support and empower others.

  • Want to learn Energetic Touch skills that help you cultivate deeper presence and embodiment and support the physical, mental and emotional wellbeing of yourself and others.

  • Want to join a larger collective web of Polarity Therapy colleagues from all over the world and be a member of the two leading professional Polarity Therapy organizations. 


When students fulfill all the completed program requirements they can apply for an Energy Principles Practitioner (EPP) Certificate with the International Polarity Education Alliance (IPEA) and can Register with the American Polarity Therapy Association (APTA) as an Associate in Polarity Principles (APP) educational level-1.  Academic hours in this training exceed the APTA's 155 hrs. All extra hours can apply toward the Registered in Polarity Principles RPP educational level-2 (total of 520 hours with 440 classroom hours).

The American Polarity Therapy Association (APTA) is our National Organization that sets the Standards for Education, Practice, and Teaching of this holistic modality.  The International Polarity Education Alliance (IPEA) is another membership organization that provides many Polarity Therapy resources to it's members.  Students enrolling in this program receive APTA Membership free for one year and lifetime membership to the IPEA. 

Training Costs:

Total Cost:  $3,600

Deposit of $350 due with application.

Payment plans are available.

Tuition paid in full by April 10th will be discounted by $50.

Otherwise, see our available

Payment Plans Here

See application for forms of payment that we accept.

Early registration is encouraged.  This course will be open to 8-10 students. 

“For forty years I searched for a principle in the healing arts which would include all forms of therapy and act as a common denominator, an intelligent answer, to all the numerous contradictory theories and claims existing today.”

         -Dr. Randolph Stone


Included in the tuition:

  • Total of 168 hours of classroom training combining Live on-site & Live zoom meetings.

  • 21 days of Live on-site training  - total of 147 classroom hours  (7 hrs. per meeting day for 2-3 days per month)                                     

  • 7 meetings for 3 hours per month Live on Zoom - (21 classroom hours total spread out over the program.)

  • 3 hours of Phone guidance & feedback one on one with the instructor

  • 2 hours of Phone guidance & supervision with a peer.

  • Tree of Life Center’s Energy Healing Student Course Manual

  • Student Membership in the two professional Polarity Therapy organizations.         American Polarity Therapy Association (APTA) student membership for one year        and a lifetime membership into the International Polarity Education Alliance (IPEA)                                                                                          

Additional expenses outside of program tuition:

  • 5-7 private Energy Healing sessions with approved Polarity Therapy            practitioners  (a list of names and contact will be provided)

  • Books to purchase:

    • THE POLARITY PROCESS “Energy as a Healing Art by Franklyn Sills

    • ENERGY EXERCISES by Mueller & Chitty


    • HEALERS ON HEALING, (Benjamin Shield & Richard Carlson)

  • Optional books:

    • HUMAN BODY  (DK publishing)

    •  Dancing with Yin, Yang by John Chitty

  • Bodywork Table - Students will need to practice 30-35 table work sessions          outside of class and have access to a bodywork table for practice sessions                with clients. 


Requirements Outside of class to complete the program include:

  • 5-7 personal Polarity Therapy sessions with a BCPP

  • 30-35 documented Polarity Therapy practice sessions given with practice clients

  • 3 hours of supervision with instructor

  • 2 hours of peer supervision with another student

  • Class reading, journaling & assignments

  • A written open-book test

  • A short presentation on practice client session reflections & learnings


“The Life Breath has

an ebb and flow like

the tides of nature."

  -Dr. Randolph Stone

"As long as these elements or energies flow into and through                   each other, and support each other in function, all is well." 

         -Dr. Randolph Stone


Students say...

“The beauty of the work – the sacredness, the depth, the balance, the pure joy – comes to life in Janice Marie, and is clearly evident in the environment she creates and in the fullness of her teaching.” - MQ


“I felt support, freedom to explore & learn, make ‘mistakes’ and excel.” – JG

“Integrating the Polarity Process in my massage practice has enabled me to provide valuable and meaningful alternatives to my clients.” – DC

"Janice Marie embodies the divine feminine as a teacher and as a practitioner. Her style is fluid, yet grounded, and solidly backed by her many years of experience as a dedicated Polarity Therapy practitioner.  She creates a beautiful, powerful, and safe learning environment at the Tree of Life Center. As a student in her 9-month program, my study of theory, principles, and technique was exponentially deepened by way of direct personal experience and the opportunities I was offered to track and name these moments of transformation.” – CP

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