creating somatic movement training

Creating a Somatic Movement Training Environment

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Creating the Container for Somatic Learning



Creating a Somatic Movement Training Environment

Explore how to create a training environment where true embodiment can happen.   What are the criteria that need to be met, processes put in place for students to be able to participate in the process of their own unfolding? What is the balance of learning/ following and self-creation? In this workshop we will demonstrate how to create an environment of discourse and community learning that models the way the body as an organism re-creates itself daily. What is different about somatic learning versus learning facts about the body? How can we set the timing of the class to allow for varying ways of integrating, transforming, resting, repatterning? What is the balance between kinesthetic movement, touch sensing and book learning?

This process necessitated the unpacking of assumptions around teaching, relating, leadership, communication - all the while balancing mentorship with exchange and co-explorations. We would like to share these dynamic engaged conversations with you and use some short excerpts of teaching styles to demonstrate our conversations. Christine will be joined by some of her trainees;  Anna Titova, Artem Markov, Nitzan Lederman.

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Christine Cole

MSMT, Director: Somatic Body Training 

Christine Cole is the director of the Somatic Body Training program. She is a teacher of Body-Mind Centering®, and a practitioner of Integrative Acupressure and Infinity Healing. Christine runs training programs worldwide. 


Creating the Container for Somatic Learning

With Eleanor Criswell - Hanna, Ivana Sejenovich, Gayatri Schriefer, Jane Okondo

In this video we bring attention to the vital components that support a learning environment for Somatic Movement Education and Therapy. Together with the panelists we explore the skills involved in facilitating a transformational space working with clients and teaching groups. One of the focuses of this conversation is how to hold space and access a resonant field to create the best teaching and learning environment. 

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Eleanor Criswell Hanna

MSME/T, PhD, Director: Novato Institute 

Eleanor Criswell Hanna, EdD, C-IAYT, MSME/T is an emeritus psychology professor at Sonoma State University (1969-2009) and founding director of the Humanistic Psychology Institute (now Saybrook University). She is on Meridian University’s faculty and Board of Directors, and a Fellow of the American Psychological Association. 

Jane Okondo

Jane Okondo

MSME/T, ISMETA Board of Directors, Faculty: Institute for Integrative Bodywork and Movement Therapy 

Jane Okondo has a private practice in somatic movement therapy and SE ®. She serves as Board of Director for ISMETA and is on faculty for Diploma in Integrative Bodywork and Movement Therapy, teaching in the UK, Vilnius and Moscow and on faculty at the Karuna Institute for Continuum Flow mentoring retreats. She offers groups and retreats in the Discipline of Authentic Movement and Continuum and has a particular interest in integrating Somatic Movement approaches to working with trauma and runs workshops in this subject.

Ivana Marina Sejenovich

Ivana Marina Sejenovich


Ivana's somatic practice started 40 years ago. She has been teaching Somatic Movement Education and Yoga for 25 years in México and South America. She is now part of the faculty of The Center for BodyMindMovement, in México, Chile and Brazil and served on the ISMETA Board of Directors 2019-2022. In 2019, she organized the First Somatic Gathering in México, supported as part of ISMETA’s 30th Anniversary. She co-created a somatic practice platform called Liberiasomatica. Ivana served on the ISMETA Board of Directors from 2019-2022


Gayatri Schriefer

MSME BEcEd, ISMETA Board of Directors 

Gayatri is the co-founder of Living Somatics and a certified Hanna Somatic Educator. She is an ISMETA board member and serves on the Communications and International Weavers Committees and co-chairs the Events Committee. Gayatri is a co-host and co-creator of the virtual Somatic Movement Summit. She now lives in Sweden and consults clients and teaches practitioner trainings internationally in-person and online. 

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Teri Carter

MSME/T MA, BCTMB, CMT, CC, Director: Somatic Movement Arts 

Teri Carter is the founder of Somatic Movement Arts and loves to share embodiment practices from her years of mentorship with Emilie Conrad of Continuum and embodied anatomy with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen. Teri has been influential in the world of Somatic Movement, founding SOMAfest, Somatic Summit, Somatic Equine Arts, and a board member of Journal for Dance & Somatic Practices and former President of ISMETA. 




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