Paula Josa-Jones CMA, MSME/T, SEP

Amy Matthews MSME/T

  • Four Saturdays and Sundays
  • September 14 & 15, October 12 & 13, November 9 & 10, December 14 & 15, 2024 from 11 am – 3 pm ET
  • Please find your local time for this event HERE.
  • Registration Deadline: September 1, 2024

WISDOM OF THE MOVING BODY The full class sereis is an experiential, four-module course designed for movement educators and therapists, somatic practitioners, body workers and psychotherapists who wish to bring movement practices more fully into their work. Skills covered in this class will build confidence in participants’ ability to integrate movement as a tool for both deepening embodiment and supporting trauma recovery by expanding their somatic movement understanding, vocabulary and practice. In learning to move from the body's innate rhythms and impulses, we open to deeper expressivity and vitality. Grounding experience in the moving body dissolves the separation between inner and outer and deepens the connection to ourselves. Conscious movement, breath, touch, sound and imagery allow us to sense and feel ourselves and others with greater clarity and curiosity. 

Some of the modalities used in this class include:  

  • Fundamentals of Laban Movement Analysis 
  • The practice of Authentic Movement 
  • Deep Listening strategies of composer Pauline Oliveros 
  • Perspectives of Body-Mind Centering® (guest presenter, Amy Matthews) 
  • Perspectives drawn from Somatic Experiencing® 
  • An introduction to Stephen Porges’s Polyvagal theory 
  • Titration and the basics of the threat response cycle 
  • The anatomy of trauma 
  • Touch skills drawn from both Tellington TTouch and from Kathy Kain’s Touch Skills 
  • Improvisational strategies drawn from my 50 years as a movement educator, choreographer and performer.

My intention is to share perspectives from more than 45 years of embodied exploration: experiences that have shaped my work, as well as practices that I have found to be revelatory and transformative in my practice. The workshop is framed by a 200-page richly visual PowerPoint that will be made available to students as a downloadable pdf. One individual mentoring session per participant is also included in the class format. The course is experiential and interactive, offering an opportunity to dive into our questions in a playful, open-hearted way. Albert Einstein says that play is the highest form of research! How can we find more playfulness in our bodies? In our minds?  

Participants will learn to:  

  • Build skill and confidence in their ability to integrate movement exploration into their therapeutic or educational practice. 
  • Cultivate movement awareness to enhance their observational, relational and attunement skills, including the ability to track their own systems as they observe changes in another person. 
  • Learn specific ways of weaving both improvisational and intentional somatic movement and touch practices into their work with students and clients. 


Paula Josa-Jones


Paula Josa-Jones CMA, MSME/T, SEP is a dance artist, choreographer, author, somatic movement educator and therapist, who brings an improvisational perspective to all her work including choreography for humans, inter-species work with horses, dancers and riders, film and video. Much of Josa-Jones's solo work arises from her own experience of being gender fluid, and movement explorations of the complex architecture of identity and expression. Her background includes deep research into somatics, improvisation, Deep Listening, Somatic Experiencing®, the psychophysical anatomy of trauma, Body-Mind Centering®, equine studies, Authentic Movement, and embodied psychology. www.paulajosajones.org



Amy Matthews


Amy Matthews has been teaching movement workshops and courses in the US and internationally since 1994. Integrating experiential anatomy, kinesiology, embryology and developmental movement with inquiries into pedagogy, educational philosophy and movement practices, she has taught on somatic certification programs and in a variety of university and studio settings.

Amy is a Body-Mind Centering® Teacher, an Infant Developmental Movement Educator, and a Certified Movement Analyst. She co-founded Babies Project with Sarah Barnaby, and co-authored the book Yoga Anatomy. She is currently based in Maine. www.movementpractices.com



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Course Information

Module One: Recordings of the Wisdom of the Moving Body Class Series (Following each weekend, once available)

Module Two: Recordings of the Wisdom of the Moving Body Class Series (Following each weekend, once available)

Module Three: Recordings of the Wisdom of the Moving Body Class Series (Following each weekend, once available)

Module Four: Recordings of the Wisdom of the Moving Body Class Series (Following each weekend, once available)