Somatic Energy Healing:

"Polarity Therapy" Training - Level 1


with Tree of Life Center,

facilitated by Janice Marie Durand

Our next Professional 160 hour training will take place LIVE in an outdoor pavilion starting in March of 2022 outside of Chapel Hill, NC.   

*Pre-requisites with Tree of Life Center:

Introduction to Energy Healing - Polarity Therapy - Part 1 & 

Introduction to Elements and Chakras - Polarity Therapy - Part 2

This course goes toward the American Polarity Therapy Association (APTA) Associate Polarity Principles (APP) level of training. Tree of Life Center is an APTA approved national training program.

Continuing Education credits available for NC LMBT’s

with Janice Marie Durand NC LMBT & ABMP Certified Somatic Therapist

Nationally Certified Continuing Education Provider with NCBTMB  # 3129991-00

This course series is also open to non-bodyworkers interested in Polarity for self-care or students

whose intention is to go thru the complete 3 levels of training to become a

Board Certified Polarity Practitioner (BCPP).



This Professional Somatic Energy Healing training is based in Polarity Therapy and the spirit of its founder, Dr. Randolf Stone. Polarity Therapy is steeped in the wisdom of ancient healing traditions of Ayureveda, Chinese, Hermetic, Chiropractic, Naturopathic, and Osteopathic healing systems. All of these healing approaches acknowledge “Health” beyond just the physical realm and understand energy as preceding form. Woven into this training are various ‘embodiment healing perspectives’ to work with trauma and the nervous system with the intention of inviting wholeness and integration of life’s experiences. Janice will facilitate this training from her synthesis of over 25 years of study and practice of various Somatic Healing modalities.

Training Dates 2022

March *18,19,20
April 23-24              
May  *20,21,22
June 18-19
July *15,16,17
August 20-21
September *
October *15,16,17          
November 13-14
December *10,11,12      
January 23-24
One Fri. & Sat. per month, 9am-5:30pm
Plus *Thur. 12:30-5:30pm every other month
Location: outside of Chapel Hill, NC. 


Tree of Life Center is an American Polarity Therapy Association (APTA) approved program  to teach the three educational levels of Polarity Therapy:

~APP-Level 1 (Associate in Polarity Principles);

~RPP-Level 2 (Registered in Polarity Principles); ~BCPP Level 3 (Board Certified Polarity Practitioner): students completing these educational & supervision hours at the BCPP level are then eligible to take the Board Certified Polarity Practitioner exam.

Hours included in this particular training are APP-Level 1 plus additional hours toward RPP-Level 2. 


Together we will embody our holistic anatomy and explore and integrate the esoteric energy maps that weave us into form. Through movement, deep listening, stillness, and lots of hands-on table work, we will experience and explore this comprehensive approach. Our educational model incorporates a diversity of kinesthetic, visual, and auditory learning styles to support students in how they learn best. 


We will open to the world of energy in its many forms, exploring the energy blueprint that precedes the form and breathes life through every cell in our body. We will integrate old Osteopathic principles, exploring Craniosacral anatomy and what Dr. Stone called the ʻwireless anatomyʼ or energy blueprint of the body.  Included in our studies will be a nervous system approach to trauma resolution work that incorporates inner awareness of our sensation body, strengthening our resource base and ability to resolve undigested life experiences. Meditation and Movement such as Polarity Energy Yoga, Chi Gong exercises and Brain Gym exercises (right/left brain integration) will be woven in throughout our time to embody the teachings and provide you with tools to work with your clients. 


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 innate wise part of us that sometimes gets covered 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. 


As a naturalist, I will invite us into the inner and outer landscapes to explore in a multi-faceted way the Elemental world of Earth, Water, Fire, Air, and Ether.  Each has gifts and imbalances that manifest in body, mind spirit, and emotions. We will learn to track and translate stories into “elemental language.” 

This program is designed to support you to access more of your authentic potential on a personal and professional level ~ to listen to your deep intuitive voices and to shed the layers that cover up your soul's true yearnings. 

​After the completion of the optional Experiential "Project Client" Practicum this Level 1 program prepares students to apply for an Energy Principles Practitioner (EPP) Certificate with the International Polarity Education Alliance (IPEA) and fulfills the Associate in Polarity Principles (APP) educational level-1 with APTA.  Academic hours in this training exceed the APTA's 155 hrs. APP-Level 1 and extra hours  apply toward the next APTA RPP level 2 (Registered in Polarity Principles).


Training Costs:

Total Cost:  $3150

Cost per segment is $300.

Deposit of $350 due with application.

Click here for Application and Payment plan.

Payment plan is available spread out over duration of the program.  (soon to be available)


Included in the tuition:
  • Total of #22 training days = 160 classroom hours

  • 2 hours of Phone guidance & feedback

  • #3 Group Guidance & Supervision meetings       (3 hrs. each)

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

  • Student Membership to the International Polarity Education Alliance IPEA.  This is a lifetime membership in this Polarity Therapy organization.

  • Students will finish program with the potential  of 185-215+hours (these extra hours are applied toward  American Polarity Therapy Association  (APTA) education level 2 RPP


Additional costs:
  • 6 private Energy Healing sessions with approved practitioners (a list of names and contact will be provided)

  • Books that you will need to participate:

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

    • ENERGY EXERCISES by Mueller & Chitty


  • Optional books:

    • HUMAN BODY  (DK publishing)

    •  Dancing with Yin, Yang  by John Chitty

  • Bodywork Table - Students will need to practice 25-30 table work sessions outside of class and have access to a bodywork table for practice sessions with clients if you are a NC LMBT and with friends and family if you are taking this course for Self-Care. These sessions will help integrate training content outside of class and are required for EPP & APP levels.

**Please note as of Feb. 2020 the American Polarity Therapy Association APTA Board of Directors has changed the nomenclature of Associate Polarity Practitioner APP & Registered Polarity Practitioner RPP to Associate Polarity Principles and Registered Polarity Principles Educational levels;  These are no longer practitioner designations and are now designated educational levels now required of all our APTA approved schools.  The Board Certified Polarity Practitioner BCPP is the highest practitioner level for Polarity Therapy.  To be eligible to sit for the BCPP exam students must complete an additional 125 hrs. of supervision and advanced courses.  The BCPP grants non-licensed practitioners the right to practice Polarity Therapy as a stand alone therapy. Already licensed practices such as Massage Therapists can practice and add in polarity therapy to their already existing practice at the APP and RPP educational levels without becoming a BCPP.  

Students say...

“The beauty of the work – the sacredness, the depth, the balance, the pure joy – comes to life in Janice, 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 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