Continuum colleagues will travel from near and far to gather at The Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY from July 23 – 28, 2017 to offer The Somatic Movement Immersion: Inhabiting the Body, Moving the World. We are all committed to the personal and cultural transformation we believe is possible.
By way of introducing these engaging, knowledgeable teaching guides to you, I (Elaine) asked each of them for a quote – a pearl from the depths that guides them – to share with you.
Scroll down for detailed information on the Somatic Movement Immersion. Note this workshop offers 24 Continuing Education credits for body workers.
We are all looking forward to this rare collective opportunity to share the riches of Continuum with you. Please enjoy these gems of inspiration while getting a sense of what lies ahead this summer.
Elaine and Priscilla
"Beauty awakens the soul to act." - Dante Aligheri
Day 1: Linda Rabin (below) and Elaine Colandrea (right) open the retreat. Linda and Elaine have engaged in a dialogue of discovery about Continuum for over twenty years. Days 1 and 2 are dedicated to shifting from outer to inner attentional space, meeting the breath as the origin of fluidity and establishing a core exploratory movement sequence for the workshop.
“An essential portion of any artist’s labor is not creation so much as invocation. Part of the work cannot be made, it must be received; and we cannot have this gift except, perhaps, by supplication, by courting, by creating within ourselves that ‘begging bowl’ to which the gift is drawn.”
- Lewis Hyde, from The Gift: Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World
"What I want is to spring out of this personality, then to sit apart from that leaping. I've lived too long where I can be reached."
Day 1 continues with Ellen Cohen (right) and Bobbie Ellis (below) leading us in a somatic rediscovery of the bones, joints and lymphatic fluids.
"The sea is a great teacher of receiving. Always rising and falling like the clear blood of the earth, the formless water receives everything that enters it. It rejects nothing. Always transparent, the open water gently covers everything, softening whatever it touches, giving itself completely without losing any of itself. The sea is both strong and gentle, sensitive and unwavering, it only takes the shape of what holds it or enters it. Whatever breaks its surface ripples through its entire being. So much like the heart of God. So much like the heart of experience.” - Mark Nepo
Monday (Day 1) Evening Program: Somatics in Action
Martha Eddy reads from her new book, Mindful Movement:The Evolution of the Somatic Arts and Conscious Action.
Elisa Cotroneo, Executive Director of ISMETA, speaks on the role of somatics in organizations.
Susanna Knittelshares her 26-minute film, "Falling for the Mountain", the intimate and urgent story of a family that must come together to steward their ancestral home in the majestic Swiss Alps in the face of urbanization and climate change. The film follows the owners, the next generation, farmers and neighbors, all with deep ties to this open wild that asks for protection.
"Humans are a complex of patterns, of processes.
I live on Earth at present, and I don't know what I am.
I know I am not a thing, a noun, a category.
I seem to be more like a verb, an evolutionary process -- an integral function of the universe!"
-- Stated by the person representing Buckminster Fuller, as one of the wise people at the opening of the musical "Godspell"
Day 2 begins with Melanie Noblit Gambino (above) and Megan Bathory-Peeler (left) guiding us into the world of fascia, the continuous web of connective tissue that gives wholeness to embodied form, and elaborating on the experiences of Day 1 by exploring the sequence in various relationships to gravity.
“I am the dream my grandmothers didn’t even know to dream.” - Susan Harper
“Joy—vitality without discord. An unsought state of grace in which life is enhanced and the imagination surpassed; the evocation of one’s fullest aesthetic response; the surprising experience of perfection.”
- Lancelot Law Whyte, The Universe of Experience, p. xvii
Day 2 continues with Mary Abrams (right) and Rebecca Lawson (below) weaving the biology of emotion and the role of sensation into the exploratory sequence. The evening offers a special session for all to explore the core sequence in depth, incorporating the themes introduced in Days 1 and 2.
"Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things." - Mary Oliver
Stay tuned for more pearls from the Omega faculty (more than 16 in all). In coming emails, we will provide information on workshops Days 3 - 5 and special events including Watermarkings ... An Evening of Dance, Poetry, Video and Music, and a special screening of the film "Into Sunlight."
Join us this summer!
Celebrate your life as a living source
of energy, knowledge, and creativity.
By deepening into somatic-based presence, we awaken the power of our own well-being in service to creating a more humane world. Generations of somatic pioneers—including Emilie Conrad, Bonnie Bainbridge-Cohen, Laban-Bartenieff, Moshe Feldenkrais, F.M. Alexander and others—have laid the groundwork for cultivating a deep human experience of wholeness that opens new pathways of perception and action.
Practitioners of somatic movement and those inspired by somatic study and practice are invited to explore this evolving field. Together we use leading-edge approaches from Continuum to more fully inhabit our breath, bones, fascia, and vision, as well as the lymph, affect and autonomic nervous systems.
Throughout the week, we focus on applications of somatic inquiry to personal self-care, artistic expression, interpersonal relationships, professional work with clients/students, and community engagement.
Daily sessions, incorporating Continuum breathing, movement and sound practices, create a regenerative context allowing us to experience the transformative and artful nature of our own physiology. We come away able to navigate life with greater freedom, resilience, and effectiveness.
The week also includes evening talks and video presentations, as well as performances of somatic-inspired dance, music, art and poetry.
We are pleased to offer 24 CEUs for bodyworkers. Omega offers exquisite natural surroundings, delicious meals, a variety of housing options, and special services including child care.
The Somatic Movement Immersion is hosted by Elaine Colandrea of Watermark Arts and cotaught with Mary Abrams, Priscilla Auchincloss, Megan Bathory-Peeler, Ellen Cohen, Bobbie Ellis, Melanie Noblit Gambino, Bonnie Gintis, Amber Elizabeth Gray, Caryn Heilman, Ashima Kahrs, Rebecca Lawson, Val Leoffler, Linda Rabin, Beth Pettengill Riley, and Bonnie Simoa. Guest presenters include John Bianculli, Elisa Cotroneo, Martha Eddy, Marc Grossman and Susanna Knittel.