Engaging Embodiment:

Somatic Applications for Global Health, Education and Social Justice

October 22nd – 25th, 2020

Pacifica Graduate Institute

Santa Barbara, California



Opens November 15th

Proposals Due by March 1, 2020

Presenters Notified of Acceptance ~ by April 1, 2020

Letter of Commitment required by ~ April 30, 2020

Early Bird Registration by June 15, 2020

All Presenters Conference Registration Deadline ~ August 15, 2020


ISMETA’s vision is to transform the world and ourselves through conscious movement. Through our organizational partnerships and involvement in international conferences and symposiums, we see the innovative contributions that somatic professionals are making in healthcare, education and social justice. ISMETA is excited to provide an opportunity through this conference for us all to share our experience, strength and wisdom in these three areas.

This conference will focus on ways somatic practitioners use conscious movement to help people enhance their functioning and body-mind integration in healthcare settings, in schools, and in communities.  In particular, the conference wishes to highlight innovative strategies, novel applications, and overlooked populations when considering how somatic movement is evolving across boundaries and cultures to deepen our understanding and experience of embodiment.

We invite proposals that highlight practical applications for specific populations in healthcare, education and social justice. Please consider submitting a proposal for an experiential session, panel discussion, current research presentation, and/or curriculum design workshop. Special attention will be given to new somatic approaches, applications and entry points.

Call for Proposal was open from November 15, 2019 through March 1, 2020.

We are ecstatic at the response we received to our Call for Proposals.  We received over 150 Fabulous proposals !!!  We are deeply grateful to all who submitted.  The breadth of knowledge and diversity represented is inspirational and will surely make this groundbreaking conference one not to miss.

Potential presenters have been notified of acceptance.

A letter of commitment to present will be required by April 30th, 2020.

The conference will span four days and include meals (for all but dinner Friday night.)  Lodging is not included, but is available onsite at an economical rate.  There are also lodging options a short distance from the conference.

Conference Registration Fees:

  • $295 Students and Presenters
  • $350 Alumni, Seniors and ISMETA Members
  • $450 General Rate

A $20 Early Bird Discount is Available Through June 15th.

Conference Registration is now open.

A $20 Early Bird Discount is Available Through June 15th using the Code: EARLYBIRD

The conference will take place at Pacifica Graduate Institute’s Ladera Lane Campus in Santa Barbara, California.

Learn more about this location including driving directions, parking, accommodations, accessibility and more at Pacifica’s General Infomation Page.

ISMETA is committed to making this conference accessible to all and to diversify the field. If you are experiencing financial hardship or the cost of the conference is a barrier to your attending, we have created a scholarship fund. This fund will provide support to participants with financial limitations or hardship.

The number of scholarships we can offer is dependent upon the  ISMETA Social Equity Scholarship Fund balance.

We encourage you to apply only for the amount of assistance you need, as we seek to spread our scholarship fund to as many participants as possible. If you have any questions or need additional assistance contact

Scholarship Applications will be accepted through June 15th.  Notification of Awards will be sent by July 15th.  (If you are also submitting a proposal to present, we ask that you submit your scholarship application prior to March 1st.)