Jaw, Vocalization & CSF
Nov
9
to Nov 10

Jaw, Vocalization & CSF

The embodiment of Jaw, Larynx and Vocalization

A workshop for singers, bodyworkers, therapists and embodiment enthusiasts.

This workshop will offer a deep focus on the areas of the neck and jaw and introduce somatic exercises to support the creation of vowels and consonants as they are formed in the mouth and throat area. We will introduce the anatomy and play with the possibilities of sound creation.

Just about every client and student has significant pain, alignment issues in this area. The Jaw is a common area of holding it can hold stress and is the gateway to eating/nourishment/ kissing, opening and engaging with the world. We will look at the prespinal pattern and add detailed information on nursing and mouthing, which related to food and sex and vocal expression.

The neck, throat and vocal cords coordinate our relationships through sound and word and song. These studies will bring introduce fine bodywork and open up pathways of making sound, as well as communication skills.

The Students of the 2 year Somatic BODY Training will continue on Monday and Tuesday with the Cranial- Sacral Rhythm and other details on integrating this knowledge into the endocrine system and breathing – The CSF is another beautiful key movement coordination fluid in the body! We will see how this ebb and flow relates to the movements in the joints for a whole body movement. We will look in detail at the cranium and the dura, the ventricles and the flow within.


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 Tensegrity/Ligaments/Fascia
Nov
20
to Nov 24

Tensegrity/Ligaments/Fascia

Our somatic understanding of fascia is a gateway to understanding self and the relationship between inner and outer space. Not only can we discover aliveness in our tensegrity, our inner guiding strength, we can also learn how to connect into the web of community.

We don't need to employ effort to hold ourselves together! The inherent molecular structure of fascia and ligaments allows for rebound - the elasticity and strength is in the fabric and does not need extra effort. When the ligaments are in flow, awake, alive they provide a support for our actions, which are  orchestrated by our muscles. Muscles get to ride on  this tensegritous cohesion of the ligaments through our body.

Fascia separates and connects our organs, muscles, nerves and ligaments provide close connection and guidance for our actions - Exploring this layer of tissues can dramatically shift the ways that we hold ourselves and act int he world.


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Muscles & Kinesthetic Integration
Jan
18
to Jan 26

Muscles & Kinesthetic Integration

This is a deep dive into the CORE of the Somatic field: CONSCIOUS  MOVEMENT and the ability for action in our lives, in relationships , family and in relationship to nature!

We will be exploring the ways that we gain movement awareness, measuring, fine motor skills and strength. This process relies on access to energy through our mitochondria, flow and

Muscles are the way we interact with the world, create our life and play! Did you know that our muscle cells are multi nucleated… that one muscle fiber reaches from bone to bone? that we balance in our joints, ready to tip into motion and acceleration?


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Senses & Perception Moscow
Mar
29
to Apr 2

Senses & Perception Moscow

Our senses connect us and illuminate the world for us. In this workshop we will travel through the senses, their embryological origins, their function and integration into our lives. Touch, taste, balance, proprioception, hearing, smelling and vision.
Somatizations and movement explorations will allow students to discover their own pathways of these special senses and their role in development.



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The Fluid Body
May
15
to May 19

The Fluid Body

… the rhythms of blood, lymph, cranial-sacral, cellular and interstitial fluids set the timing and experience of ourselves. We can allow feelings to be known and express or transform. Join this workshop to rejoin these ancient rivers, this ancient state of awareness and being!

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Neurology, Memory & Learning
Jun
19
to Jun 28

Neurology, Memory & Learning

Learn ways to find ways to integrate, express, your truth, play, move and come to presence by learning about the ways your body/mind actually function!

Somatizations, bodywork, dance, and learning

Understand the anatomy function and gain access to:

  • The Gutbrain – Intuition, ancient brain,

  • The Vagal system – Polyvagal theory

  • Clearing the Synapse – Trauma recovery

This is a special opportunity to join us for a 9 day intensive workshop of Somatic Body Training by Christine Cole

Most adults trim their movement options, narrow their choices, and eventually get tired. Bored or depressed.
Let’s look at how the BODY gives us ways to support the clarity of our thinking and organizing: through meditation, dance and learning about this system. We will be looking at how memories are made , stored and retrieved. We will go deep into the vagal and autonomic nervous system and its embryological underpinnings. We will research emotions and movement, coordination, sensory integration and the thinking mind. This is an opportunity to go deep!
The photo shows the nerves securing the synapse on a muscle.

Our belly brain - the brain of the gut actually sets the tone for the rest of the nervous system. Would you like to feel more at ease with yourself? Calm in your organs and digestion? In this workshop you will learn hands on techniques to support and rebalance the depth of your gut and so you will get the opportunity to release and enter into the mind of the OLDEST nervous system: that of the gut! 

If you have any issues with digestion or would like greater access to your intuition - your gut feeling: this will be an opportunity to receive some touch and somatization to unwind these tissues.

Before animals had an nervous system, they were supported by the flow of fluids carrying information through the body. This chemical receptiveness is still in us. We can still rely on the flow of our movements and our fluids to support our nerves

When Organisms grow a Nervous System - which they do AFTER the muscles start moving - they are drawn to the movement - they perceive this muscle action and slowly start to coordinate these possible variants. The other information flowing back to the brain from the skeletal muscular system: sensation, digestion, tone are assembled into a whole 3 dimensional experience. 

We CAN keep going back to that initial sense of wonder. When we improvise/ play we offer our nerves a NOVEL experience to record and its sets a line of re- coordinations, relearning, surprise and AWE. Most adults trim their movement options, narrow their choices, and eventually get tired. Bored or depressed. Let’s look at how the BODY gives us ways to support the clarity of our thinking, through meditation, dance and learning about this system. The photo shows the nerves securing the synapse on a muscle

We plan our actions, receiving input from our movement and sensations - and our brain learns: Our brain learns through this amazing coordinated orchestral hum of activity. The brain is always active - not just when we are thinking.  We learn - when different nerves join into a same frequency! 

Activities such as singing lullaby, drumming, and dancing in rhythm can now be seen as supportive of learning and understanding.

  • Are you wondering how to support your clients in changing patterns they are stuck in?

  • Would you like to have different ways to shift out or fear or stuck places?

Lets looks at ways to support these loosenings, these shifts as a group - Let's look at how our ways of relating can support ease and flow of our ideas, plans and imagination! We  can dream and flow as well as think and plan – all of these are the body working with the Mind.

This underlying sense of flow, which can be experienced through sound, meditation of movement is a great tool for yourself, or your practice with clients in psychology, or body therapies.

In this course you will experience new ways to find FLOW in your body and allow your mind to rest, recuperate and re- ignite.


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The WILD Body - Hormones, chakras & chemistry
Sep
16
to Sep 20

The WILD Body - Hormones, chakras & chemistry

Our WIld Body - Tuning into our intuition, our pheromonal knowing and the alignment of our spiritual self - we will enter into the super-conscious/ unconscious , and certainty of this system. This is a great opportunity to research and balance these powerful forces that set our metabolic balance and allow us to dream and our thoughts to fly.

Sometimes relegated to the mysterious, we will explore ways to access these powers through movement , voice and touch.


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Jaw, Vocalization & CSF Moscow
Oct
14
to Oct 18

Jaw, Vocalization & CSF Moscow

The JAW, Vocalization and Cranial sacral Rhythm

THis unit will offer a deep focus on the areas of the neck and jaw; just about every client and student has significant pain, alignment issues. The Jaw is a common area of holding it can hold stress and is the gateway to eating/nourishment/ kissing, opening and engaging with the world. We will look at the prespinal pattern and add detailed information on nursing and mouthing, which related to food and sex and vocal expression.

The neck, throat and vocal cords coordinate our relationships through sound and word and song. These studies will bring all of the previous learning in the program together and introduce fine bodywork and communication skills in this realm.

Cranial Sacral Rhythm – this is another beautiful key movement coordination fluid in the body! We will see how this ebb and flow relates to the movements in the joints for a whole body movement. We will look in detail at the cranium and the dura, the ventricles and the flow within.


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 Embryo, Prevertebral Patterns & Intro to SomaticBODY
Apr
14
to Apr 18

Embryo, Prevertebral Patterns & Intro to SomaticBODY

Practicing the return into embryonic time allows us to access our being before our nervous system ran the show. It is a time of amazing growth organized by cellular choice making, renewal, change and growth: these can become templates for our lives now and can heal our organism, our neuro-endocrine balance.

Notocordal time (the soft spine appears and disappears before our now spine) is  time of moving in the dark - the underwater headless fish that swims side to side. Deep water holds embraces  supports buoyancy. IT is less sensing out but feeling one-self moving. the bubbles filled with fluid propelling the body through space. Pressure fields of ocean, currents meet the movement of your body - this embryonic stage supports deep inner knowing, inner focus and movement.


This is the first unit of the MOSCOW Somatic BODY Training - which is open to students of the full program and a few other folks with some background in the field of somatics for single workshops.

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 Spine & Bones, Skeletal - Spinal Patterns
Jun
9
to Jun 13

Spine & Bones, Skeletal - Spinal Patterns

Developmentally we are now leaving the ocean and the pre-spinal patterns and moving onto land , therefore growing our cartilage into bones! This support against gravity through the bones and joints allows easeful movement in space.

We will look at the actions at joints and their integration across the body - this sets our mind to perceive clarity and structure in space. This provides the basis for structural repatterning techniques that throughout the program add in the ligaments, muscles and organs.

Our bones harbor and protect the creation of blood in the marrow - so we can embody this depth in our lives. We can also learn more about the aliveness and the ability to constantly rebuild and re- form in our bone tissues - each of our movements in relationship to gravity incite growth. Here we re- define the resilience of these tissues and can offer our clients and students this sense of resilience.

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Organs/ Homologous / Ribs, Pelvis
Sep
22
to Oct 1

Organs/ Homologous / Ribs, Pelvis

Here we are dancing and exploring the dIgestive tract, our relationship with taking in and letting go, also our lungs and breathing, our spiral heart and circulation. The sexual organs embryonic development gives information about our ability to treasure our DNA, keep it from changing and deliver it into the the next generation.

We tap into the enteric nervous system, which is independent from the brain and operates with a wide range of chemical and microbiome choicemaking and collaboration. Then we move into the Autonomic Nervous system, which includes the Vagus and Sympathetic nerves and provides the rhythm of wellbeing and trust from within our own body.

Each organ has its own function and expresses itself in dance in a wide range of different ways. In fact - one can diagnose clients by organ, as it supports or falls out of developmental movement patterns. The organs FILL us, they provide a fullness and depth to our movement and expression in life.

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EmbryoFLOW
Mar
8
to Mar 9

EmbryoFLOW

A BMC COURSE: Embryos develop in repetitve waves of movement: what is outside moves in, swathes of tissues translocate, some disappear - yet in each bifurcation/transection,and spiral flow there is a new opportunity for you to join the process of growth.

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Oceanic Movement/ Fascial Flow
Feb
22
to Feb 24

Oceanic Movement/ Fascial Flow

Friday :  'Introduction to the Fluid Nervous System'

Regaining the origins of our movement cycles throughout the time in the womb, underwater. will be the focus of this weekend workshop. Motion in water, this buoyant state, where the outside pressure matches our inside space, precedes our experience of gravity. Even our nervous system is still floating in the cranial-sacral fluid in our body. Feel more alive!

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Muscles & Kinesthetic Integration USA
Feb
1
to Feb 10

Muscles & Kinesthetic Integration USA

EARN WAYS TO FIND WAYS TO INTEGRATE, EXPRESS, YOUR TRUTH, PLAY, MOVE AND COME TO PRESENCE BY LEARNING ABOUT THE WAYS YOUR BODY/MIND ACTUALLY FUNCTION!

SOMATIZATIONS, BODYWORK, DANCE, AND LEARNING

Understand the anatomy function and gain access to:

The Gutbrain – Intuition, ancient brain,

The Vagal system – Polyvagal theory

Clearing the Synapse – Trauma recovery

Before animals had an nervous system, they were supported by the flow of fluids carrying information through the body. This chemical receptiveness is still in us. We can still rely on the flow of our movements and our fluids to support our nerves

This underlying sense of flow, which can be experienced through sound, meditation of movement is a great tool for yourself, or your practice with clients in psychology, or body therapies.

In this course you will experience new ways to find FLOW in your body and allow your mind to rest, recuperate and re- ignite.

Movement is FIRST! 

When Organisms grow a Nervous System - which they do AFTER the muscles start moving - they are drawn to the movement - they perceive this muscle action and slowly start to coordinate these possible variants. The other information flowing back to the brain from the skeletal muscular system: sensation, digestion, tone are assembled into a whole 3Dimensional experience. 

We CAN keep going back to that initial sense of wonder. When we improvise/ play we offer our nerves a NOVEL experience to record and its sets a line of re- coordinations, relearning, surprise and AWE. Most adults trim their movement options, narrow their choices, and eventually get tired. Bored or depressed. Let’s look at how the BODY gives us ways to support the clarity of our thinking, through meditation, dance and learning about this system. The photo shows the nerves securing the synapse on a muscle

We plan our actions, receiving input from our movement and sensations - and our brain learns: Our brain learns through this amazing coordinated orchestral hum of activity. The brain is always active - not just when we are thinking.  We learn - when different nerves join into a same frequency! 

Activities such as singing lullaby, drumming, and dancing in rhythm can now be seen as supportive of learning and understanding.

Are you wondering how to support your clients in changing patterns they are stuck in? Would you like to have different ways to shift out or fear or stuck places? Lets looks at ways to support these loosenings, these shifts as a group - Let's look at how our ways of relating can support ease and flow of our ideas, plans and imagination! We  can dream and flow as well as think and plan – all of these are the body working with the Mind.

Our belly brain - the brain of the gut actually sets the tone for the rest of the nervous system. Would you like to feel more at ease with yourself? Calm in your organs and digestion? In this workshop you will learn hands on techniques to support and rebalance the depth of your gut and so you will get the opportunity to release and enter into the mind of the OLDEST nervous system: that of the gut! 

If you have any issues with digestion or would like greater access to your intuition - you r gut feeling: this will be an opportunity to receive some touch and somatization to unwind these tissues.

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BMC Somatic Exploration special date
Dec
21
2:00 PM14:00

BMC Somatic Exploration special date

TUESDAyS 10 - 12 am

Beware! this group is now ending after 4+ years of weekly classes! Please contact me or go to facebook to SomaticBODY and see the dates till Jan 1 2018 - there might be an afternoon in Dec or January. Thank you all for the years of somatic research - Look out for dates in MAY 2019 in Noho.

A geeky, embodied study group – focus is on personal weekly discovery, anatomy and rebalance. We dance, play with person performance structures and Do bodywork into dancing.

Please leave a message if you plan to come - in case of sickness or travel teaching I will let regular students know! 

SIGN UP HERE!  or just come!

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5 th  Annual Body-Mind Centering® Festival Albany, NY
Dec
1
to Dec 2

5 th Annual Body-Mind Centering® Festival Albany, NY

5 th Annual Body-Mind Centering® Festival Albany, NY December 1&2, 2018 Center for Nia & Yoga, 1720 Central Ave, Colonie, NY, 12205 Featuring Certified Body-Mind Centering PRESENTERS: Christine Cole, Amanda Erin, Michele Feldheim, Dora Gaskill, Sylvia Maes, Toni Smith, Kate Tarlow Morgan The BMC Festival commences at 10:30 am on Saturday, 12/1 and concludes Sunday, 12/2 at 3:15. No programs on Saturday night. The following, economical hotels are walking Distance from the Festival: Howard Johnson, 1614 Central Avenue, Colonie, NY Days Inn, 1606 Central Avenue, Colonie, NY Econo Lodge 1630 Central Avenue, Colonie, NY The Festival studio shares a parking lot with a large grocery store and is close to restaurants. TO REGISTER: Send name/s, email, phone address, payment and desired days/workshops to: Toni Smith (check payee) 11 Locust Avenue, Troy, NY, 12180 tsmith818@nycap.rr.com Registration Fees: $175 full weekend $125 one day $50 one workshop A PORTION OF THE PROCEEDS WILL BENEFIT THE BODY-MIND CENTERING ASSOCIATION Questions? Toni Smith, 518-629-0034, tsmith818@nycap.rr.com Updates on the Festival: www.tonismithdance.com

Entrance is at back of building Enter grocery store parking lot and turn left.

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MOSCOW Embryology Intensive
Apr
29
to May 2

MOSCOW Embryology Intensive

Our body begins creating its form during our embryological development. As tissues and structures develop, some remain with us, some are transformed into other structures, and some fade into the background, no longer existing or recognizable as the original structure. As with all development, the original processes have left us with deep-rooted patterns and templates that affect our movement, mind, and spirit. In exploring the embryological developmental process, we discover the primal roots of our structure, perception, presence, and flow.

The workshop is geared towards deepening into various themes of in utero development, and exploring how our cells flow and change to differentiate as we are becoming. It is for movers, dancers, yoga practitioners, bodyworkers, and those from other body-mind disciplines interested in unraveling the mystery of embryological development as it relates to cellular consciousness, and movement.

Some of the themes: Fertilization, cellular choicemaking, circulation and heart development, placenta, the three layers of the body, neurulation, kidney development and rotation of the limbs.

The workshop will be both meditative, somatic as well as offer times to move/ dance as well as support processes through hands-on touch.

Students will have access to an online Embryology guide, to learn about this amazing field before, during and after the workshop. You will also receive some materials and make models.

  1. Introduction to Somatic Embryology - Fertilization
  2. One Cell – Many Cells
  3. Blood and Circulation, Placenta, Vessels
  4. 3 Germ layers to body
  5. Notochord - Neurulation
  6. Embryo: Rhythms of movement in Development
  7. Yolk/ Amnion - Autonomic rhythm
  8. Yolk to organs
  9. Limb Rotation
  10. Kidney / Bladder - migrations/ reinventions
  11. Integration / Overview
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Developmental Movement MOSCOW
Apr
21
to Apr 22

Developmental Movement MOSCOW

Developmental Movement Patterns from birth to walking

The Developmental Movement Patterns provide  different ways for the growing  baby to negotiate and engage with the world. These are basic neurological patterns the baby genetically evolves through, from birth to walking.  These movement templates are potent tools for coming into relatedness.

You will be guided through movement patterns and your own personal experience, through dance and touch.

This workshop will study the profound integration of relating and movement patterns: ways to be still and in tune with self, able to interact with others through reach, pull or push. Dancers will have opportunities to examine and expand their movement repertoire advance their Improvisation and Contact skills , Therapists will get more tools to assess and interact their clients in this spectrum, bodyworkers will add in new tools to approach the body in sessions.

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 Embryology of the Clitoris
Feb
26
7:00 PM19:00

Embryology of the Clitoris

Somatic Exploration through research, meditation and dance. These teachers are engaging in live conversation on this NEW field of embodiment.
Jan 27, 28 2018 - SAT 11 am to 6 pm, SUN 11 am - 5:30
This is a workshop to explore the unknown territory of female genitalia - based on the embryological development from a undetermined 10 week embryo to a grown woman, This workshop is an EXPLORATION, dance, study, art and writing. 
All genders are WELCOME to this committed feminist space!

Christine and Nicole will be combining their substantial knowledge and will embark on a conversation in this evolving field!
 

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Embryology of the Clitoris
Jan
27
to Jan 28

Embryology of the Clitoris

Somatic Exploration through research, meditation and dance. These teachers are engaging in live conversation on this NEW field of embodiment.
Jan 27, 28 2018 - SAT 11 am to 6 pm, SUN 11 am - 5:30
This is a workshop to explore the unknown territory of female genitalia - based on the embryological development from a undetermined 10 week embryo to a grown woman, This workshop is an EXPLORATION, dance, study, art and writing. 
All genders are WELCOME to this committed feminist space!

Christine and Nicole will be combining their substantial knowledge and will embark on a conversation in this evolving field!
 

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Embryology Online Jan/ Feb
Jan
15
to Feb 13

Embryology Online Jan/ Feb

6 week study guide, conversation and exploration on EMBRYOLOGY for the Moving Body.

SIGN UP HERE!

Have you wanted to learn embryology from a somatic point of view?  Or deepen your understanding?

Delve into the mystery of your own becoming!

Get in DEEPER – Study  Course offers:

  •  One intro video – to watch anytime
  •  5 LIVE online WebVideo classes
  •   Live discussion time after class
  •  4 recorded audio somatizations 
  •  ONLINE community- share your experiences, questions, discoveries
  • Reference materials and handouts per class 

EmbryoFLOW - ONLINE

6 week study guide, conversation and exploration on EMBRYOLOGY for the Moving Body.
http://www.embodyourlife.com/courses-events/

Embryo ONE: starts week of Jan 15 2018

Sun 11 am Melbourne AUS = Sat 7 pm USA EST
Monday 12 noon USA EST = 19:00 Berlin/ EUR = 20:00 St. Petersburg

1.Introduction to Somatic Embryology - Fertilization
2.One Cell – Many Cells
3. Blood and Circulation, Placenta, Vessels
4.3 Germ layers to body
5. Notochord - Neurulation
6. Summary Wrap up

Embryo TWO

Jan 16 - Feb 20
TUE 12:30pm USA EST / 20:30 Russia/ 19:30 Berlin

1.Embryo: Rhythms of movement in Development
2.Yolk/ Amnion - Autonomic rhythm
3. Yolk to organs
4.Kidney / Bladder - migrations/ reinventions
5.Neuro and brain/ Knowing SELF
6.Genitals, pelvic floor

Embryo THREE April 2018 dates coming

1.Intro - Applications
2.Kidney / Bladder - migrations/ reinventions
3.Genitals, pelvic floor
4.Mouth, palate, skull face
5.Ears, Eyes, nose - Perception
6.Integration / Overview

This class provides a framework for your studies, opportunities for your questions, and a community to bounce around your thoughts and inquiry.

 Christine Cole

studied Embryology with Bonnie Bainbridge-Cohen since 1998 and cotaught EMBRYOflow at Earthdance, MA in 2016.

This course is a surprise – as an online Skype supervision went fabulously and opened my eyes to the possibility of conveying somatic embodiment through my voice, visuals  and conversation.

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BODY meets MIND
Aug
25
7:00 PM19:00

BODY meets MIND

3 Events over 2 days featuring visiting Australian speaker Miroslav Petrovic and local Embodiment Expert Christine Cole.

• FRI 7 pm Risk Authenticity- Experiential Talk w/ Miroslav Petrovic (Aus)
In this experiential talk we will explore the drive of our inner impulses and the power they have to alter our outer world, spiritual path, and day to day relationships.
SAT 5pm Cellular Intuition - Movement Class w/ Christine Cole
Christine will lead a somatization on the cellular matrix of the body and its significant decision making power for our life, dance and healing. Learn, rest and move your body!

• Sat 7:30PM Body Meets Mind/ Live Conversation w/ Miroslav & Christine
This is an experiment in conversation between Miroslav Petrovic, an Australian speaker and Christine Cole, a local embodiment expert and dancer. Expect the unexpected.

BIOS
Miroslav Petrovic has spoken across Australia and worked with over 4,000 people supporting them to reconnect to their hearts purpose. His work has been featured across mainstream media. Over the last 10 years he has traveled globally pushing himself to his own limits - from Amazonian jungle immersions to ashrams in India.
Speaking from the heart, his workshops are highly engaging and immersive, with a presence that softly yet powerfully invites the audience into the intimacy of the present moment, and a collective part of the dialogue, allowing them to speak and break through their own personal challenges.

www.miroslavp.com

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
SomaticBODY.com

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