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A Place for Collective Wisdom

Live online conversations to deepen understanding through sharing of knowledge and insight as Somatic Movement Practitioners.

Join us in our virtual gathering place to stay engaged, learn something new or simply connect with colleagues. We have been getting wonderful feedback from the Somatic Movement Educators and Therapists who have been joining us at the ISMETA Somatic Cafés. They see it as an informal place to come together to share collective wisdom and be inspired by new ideas from colleagues.

Our Cafés follow the format of beginning with a guided somatic experience designed to spark a lively conversation. Just as if we were together live, we will move into smaller groups to explore some guiding questions, before coming back once again into the full group.


Upcoming ISMETA Somatic Café



Past ISMETA Somatic Cafés

Friday December 15th at 1pm Eastern US time
Martial arts, an ancient discipline encompassing mind, body, and spirit—also known as life arts—offers rich insights into medicinal, therapeutic, and spiritual traditions. These systems, often with long, unbroken lineages, have effectively transferred knowledge across generations. Our discussion will explore the connections between these timeless disciplines and the modern practices of somatic movement and therapy. We'll delve into their worldwide application, celebrating the diverse cultural tapestry from which these practices emerge. This session will not only be a forum for learning but also an opportunity for experiential engagement, led by experienced practitioners. Participants can look forward to a blend of theoretical insights and practical applications, gaining a deeper appreciation of how these ancient arts continue to enrich lives globally.


Applied Somatic Movement Therapy
Saturday, November 4th at 11am ET
In what work environments do we practice as RSMTs, with what populations, with what issues? This cafe provides an opportunity for members to share best practices, challenges and questions.


Next Generation Gathering for Student Members
September 6, 2023 from 12–12:45pm ET


Meet the New Team
July 24th, 2023 at 12pm ET

Click here to read more About ISMETA.


Friday, June 16, 2023 • 1pm Eastern U.S. time
After 15 years of service on the Board of Directors and as Executive Director, Elisa Cotroneo retired on Monday, June 19, 2023.
If you did not make the café on June 16 and/or would like to communicate something to Elisa in writing, please write through this Google form. This will help assure that she does not miss your important words.


Learn about the NEW CREDENTIALS
April 17th at 11:30AM EDT


International Community Gathering
What's Happening in Your Part of the World?
March 13th, 2023 at 2:00-3:00 pm EDT


We hope to see you at the Café!

ISMETA Members

What topics are you most interested in discussing with your ISMETA colleagues?

We invite you to view recordings of our Somatic Arrivals from past Somatic Cafés and to suggest ideas for future Somatic Cafe topics below.

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