Reid Hannan design from photos by Erik Kiviat
July 23-28 Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, NY
Somatic Movement Immersion:
Inhabiting the Body, Moving the World
By deepening into somatic-based presence, we awaken the power of our own well-being in service to creating a more humane world. Generations of somatic pioneers—including Emilie Conrad, Bonnie Bainbridge-Cohen, Laban-Bartenieff, Moshe Feldenkrais, F.M. Alexander and others—have laid the groundwork for cultivating a deep human experience of wholeness that opens new pathways of perception and action.
Practitioners of somatic movement and those inspired by somatic study and practice are invited to explore this evolving field. Together we use leading-edge approaches from Continuum to more fully inhabit our breath, bones, fascia, and vision, as well as the lymph, affect and autonomic nervous systems.
Throughout the week, we focus on applications of somatic inquiry to personal self-care, artistic expression, interpersonal relationships, professional work with clients/students, and community engagement.
Daily sessions, incorporating Continuum breathing, movement and sound practices, create a regenerative context allowing us to experience the transformative and artful nature of our own physiology. We come away able to navigate life with greater freedom, resilience, and effectiveness.
The week also includes evening talks and video presentations, as well as performances of somatic-inspired dance, music, art and poetry. CEU’s are available for bodyworkers
The Somatic Movement Immersion is hosted by Elaine Colandrea of Watermark Arts and cotaught with Mary Abrams, Priscilla Auchincloss, Megan Bathory-Peeler, Ellen Cohen, Suzanne Wright Crain, Bobbie Ellis, Melanie Noblit Gambino, Bonnie Gintis, Amber Elizabeth Gray, Caryn Heilman, Rebecca Lawson, Val Leoffler, Linda Rabin, Beth Pettengill Riley, and Bonnie Simoa. Guest presenters include John Bianculli, Elisa Cotroneo, Martha Eddy Ph.D, and Marc Grossman, O.D., LAc.
Read more about the Somatic Movement Immersion, including a Q&A with Elaine, here.
Visit the Omega website for registration information.
Welcome to Watermark Arts
Watermark Arts brings together somatic awareness and artistic expression in the belief that both are essential aspects in creating a more humane and peaceful world.
The word soma, from the Greek somatikos, implies a fullness of presence in the living, sensate, wholeness of bodily being. With awareness of the integrity of the body, comes a felt experience of the interconnection of all living things as part of a larger whole.
In our modern, technologically-advanced era, somatic explorers exist near the cultural edge, holding this way of wholeness in the face of a widespread and pervasive sense of fragmentation.
Artists, too, live at the edge of culture, working with revolutionary ideas and symbolic messages encoded in dance, poetry, stories, music and visual art. As culture creators throughout history, artists have brought about substantive, peaceful change in society.
These times call on us to become generators of the culture we wish to live in. Creative acts show up in all aspects of life — in art, in teaching, in community-building. Watermarks asks, What happens when these creative acts are informed by somatic awareness? Can we bring into being a world permeated by a sense of wholeness and interconnection?
We invite you to join us. May this endeavor contribute to a better world for all beings.
Desert Waves #3, Photograph: Prue Jeffries
Visit our galleries
Watermark Arts galleries currently feature forty artists representing all artistic media. We will continue to grow in 2017 with more somatically inspired art. Please use the menu at the top to visit galleries and learn more about individual artists, or click on any image in the slideshow.
What’s ahead in 2017?
Heading into uncharted territory has us curious and excited.
We are grateful for the love of movement you share with us.
Painting: Ocean Birthings by Satya Kirsch
Watermarkings . . . Infusions of Art, Breath & Movement
Throughout 2017, an ever-changing online exhibit introducing new artists. Infuse your daily life with somatic art experiences bringing breath and beauty to you.
Somatic Movement Immersion: Inhabiting the Body, Moving the World
A 5-day workshop at The Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, New York (July 23 – 28, 2017). A genuine, “whole-making” retreat with a stellar faculty. Learn more.
Watermark Arts Performances of Dance, Music, Art & Poetry
- May 13, 2017 at Soma Center, Highland Park, NJ
- July 26, 2017 at Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, NY