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Somatic Body Training

This 500 hour Somatic Training will lead you through the body systems organized through the developmental movement stages in two years. 

We will deeply study and explore the bones, muscles and tissues that strongly pertain to a specific Developmental Stage, and alternate with units that focus on a Body System, delving into the specific anatomy and  the possibilities of that unique system. This will allow for integration as the information will layer and segments will build.  MORE INFO HERE

The first year will focus on the developmental movement stages that humans go through once they are born (Land Patterns of Development). The second year will focus on the developmental movement stages that humans go through in the womb (Ocean Patterns of Development).  Most of the material will be introduced in stages: The spine will be taught in the first year in the Spinal unit, and then touched upon in the Muscle unit, and will return in year two with a focus on ligamentous tensegrity and vocalization.

EARLY DISCOUNTS - Full Fee $8600
Register before September 15, 2017 and pay $2000 by Oct 15 2017 - $500 discount
Before October 15, 2017 -  and pay $2000 by Oct 15, 2017 -   $400 discount
Before Nov 15 2017- and pay $2000 immediately upon acceptance - $300 discount
Before Jan 15, 2017 and pay $2000 by acceptance -  $200 discount

Year One: 

  • ·         April 11- 4/15, 2018  Fluids-Dance -Breath, Intro to SomaticBODY 
  • ·         May 16-20, 2018  Embryo, Prevertebral Patterns & Touch: Luminescence
  • ·         June or July 13-22 not at ED Organs & Spine
  • ·         Sept 12- 16 2018 Skeletal/ joints
  • ·         Oct 24-28, 2018  Tensegrity/Ligaments
  • ·         Nov 28-12/2 2018  Senses
  • ·         Jan/ Feb 1-10, 2019 Muscles

Year Two:

  • ·         April 10-14, 2019  Endocrine Glands, Chakras
  • ·         May 15-19 2019  Mouthing vocalization, neck
  • ·         June. July tbd 2019  Neuroglial, the Nervous system
  • ·         Sept/ Oct 2019  Reflexes
  • ·         Nov/ Dec 2019  Developmental Patterns: Teaching skills
  • ·         Dates tbd Jan/ Feb 2020  All in FLOW Developmental Patterns, Birth
This is a 500h training that with all the requisites will lead to Certification  as a Somatic Body Practitioner. 

Dive in 

Immerse yourself in a deep holistic learning environment. Learn how to meet others with more joy, respect, and space for development.  Learning is integrated through dance, art, meditation, and vocal and artistic expression, and supported through mentorship and group engagement.

You will learn to:

  • encourage embodied presence in yourself and others
  • observe and assess clients and students
  • repattern movement for greater ease and alignment
  • apply Somatic Body in therapy, pedagogy or art
  • facilitate emotional relational healing
  • source from cell tissue to nature to hive mind

Students will be required to meet between units for Labs with fellow students and will research material through teaching, studying, filming, creating dance, having conversations with other knowledge holders and will bring this back to the group for the morning warm-ups and other opportunities to engage in the learning. 

Learning Community

The cohort model brings out the possibility to co-create, witness and support each other, engage in dialogue in the field of somatics, write, teach, and engage in honest feedback. Personal patterns, emotional stress and relationship issues can be approached through the Somatic Body Practices, so there are opportunities to apply the material in interactive processes, using skills of witnessing, embodied presence, listening, moving, processing and integrating - all these are tools of the Somatic Body Training. 


New England Location / 2018-20

This next training will be mostly held at Earthdance, an artist-run workshop, residency, and retreat center located in the Berkshire hills of Western Massachusetts. 

252 Prospect St. Plainfield, MA 01070

Earthdance provide a dynamic mix of dance, somatic, and interdisciplinary arts training, with a focus on sustainable living, social justice, and community.  Earthdance has been spearheading innovative arts programming and maintaining a beautiful facility for rental groups in the Pioneer Valley for three decades.

 Learn more about Earthdance

How to Register 


Somatic Body is a 500h training April 2018 - Feb 2020. We will be accepting applications for the whole program until filled.  

Fill out the application form online and then print out the pdf version of registration and mail it to us with your signature or email us a scan. 

Please fill out the application questions, so we can get to know you and see if Somatic Body is right for you at this point in your life. ALL applicants will be able to have a conversation with Christine Cole, Director of Somatic Body to discuss any issues, answer your questions and get to know you better. 

Payment Plans/work study is available - contact us
Vermont Residents: VSAC Grants available - contact us for information & VSAC payment schedule

You may always email your questions to

Christine Cole is a registered Somatic Movement Therapist, Teacher of Body-Mind Centering®, and Practitioner of Integrative Acupressure, with a practice in Body-Mind Centering that extends over 30 years. She's held Faculty positions at the School for Body-Mind Centering® in Amherst, MA and Amsterdam, Holland, and runs her own training in Boston, Vermont, Montreal and Northampton, MA. She has a lifelong practice in Contact Improvisation, Training in Post-Modern and Improvisational Dance and maintains a private practice in Developmental Bodywork in downtown Northampton, MA