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PVI International Gathering 
Potsdam, Germany 
June 14-16, 2024

Save the date!  Polyvagal Institute's International Gathering returns, this time in Potsdam, Germany, just outside of Berlin. This event will feature Dr. Stephen Porges, Deb Dana, and a line-up of international and European experts, all presenting in English. Details, including location, topics, and registration, coming soon to this page. A virtual option will also be available, as will translation via our PVI International Partners! 

Dr. Stephen Porges (photo by Rick Wilson)
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Polyvagal Theory and the Modern Family:
Finding Safety and Connection

Join Polyvagal Theory (PVT) developer Stephen Porges and world-renowned trauma therapist and PVT expert Deb Dana for this unique two-day live workshop in Dr. Porges’ hometown Atlantic Beach, Florida. This intimate event is planned as a deep dive into the clinical application of PVT in therapy, exploring it from both scientific and practical perspectives. The two days include live demonstrations followed by deconstruction and discussion, lots of time for Q&A, and meals together at the lovely beachside location.


Learning Objectives

At the end of this workshop participants will be better able to:

  • Analyze the organizing principles of Polyvagal Theory

  • Apply tools to help regulate their own autonomic state to create an environment of safety for clients

  • Assess client responses through autonomic state and state shifts

  • Use an understanding of Polyvagal Theory to create an environment for clients that encourages safety and connection

  • Employ exercises designed to engage the neural circuits of a client’s Social Engagement System to improve clinical outcomes

  • Utilize polyvagal-informed processes to help clients return to regulation

  • Modify co-regulating practices to match a client’s autonomic capacity for connection

Deb Dana and Dr. Stephen Porges

Event Details

Those who have seen Steve and Deb in conversation or presenting together know the deep connection they share and the wisdom that organically emerges as they engage in dialogue about the many ways Polyvagal Theory helps us understand how we are human, and how we can use PVT in therapy. This two-day workshop offers an opportunity to immerse yourself in that experience, and to further develop a compassionate and connecting lens for engaging with the world, and with yourself.  

Our venue for this event is a beautiful hotel situated right on the beach.  The schedule includes plenty of time for talking with Steve and Deb over meals, as well as taking time for yourself, walking on the beach, or networking.  You won’t need a car or an Uber here - restaurants, shopping and entertainment are all within walking distance. Bring a hat, your sunglasses, a notepad for clinical and personal revelations, and your most curious self.

Agenda at a Glance

Friday Morning 

The Evolution of Polyvagal Theory 

Answering the Challenges 

The Origins of Polyvagal Guided Practice

Friday Afternoon

Polyvagal Principles  

Live Demo with Discussion

Saturday Morning

Through a Polyvagal Lens

Live Demo with Discussion

Saturday Afternoon

A Polyvagal Perspective on Change

Community Conversations 

Breakfast will be served on Friday and Saturday for registered attendees. 

Accommodations & Fees



Kongresshotel Potsdam
Am Luftschiffhafen 1
14471 Potsdam, Germany

T: +49 331 907 75120

a short ride from

Berlin Brandenburg Airport

Book your room with our

special event pricing here. 


In-person and virtual attendee ticket options are available, starting at $399 for virtual, and $499 in person.




Act soon for the early bird pricing!

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