Featured in the Omega Bookstore and a best selling book of the week – A Moving Inquiry: The Art of Personal Practice by Beth Riley & Priscilla Auchincloss. Cover art by Barbara Mindell. Learn more about A Moving Inquiry here.
“Water Blessings” ~ a new Continuum dance from Watermark Arts during the Somatic Movement Summit. Inaugural performance at The Sanctuary at Omega Institute with Rori Smith, Melanie Gambino, Kori Tolbert Doherty, Beatrice Ehrsam, Lauren Grady, Elisabeth Osgood-Campbell, Nicole Faustini, Meredith Johnson, Lila Greene and me. Joy, Joy, Joy!
Inspired by Prue Jeffries’ nature photographs from around our planet, the Moving Art Cards awareness practices are drawn from Elaine Colandrea’s years of teaching Continuum. The intention is to create an artful home practice that extends a class/workshop experience.
The first edition is a set of 36 living art experiences wrapped in a silver organza bag that you can take with you anywhere.
Your order of the Moving Art Cards is a donation to the Watermark Arts Fund.
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The Somatic Movement Summit at Omega
The Creativity of Health, Mirroring Nature
Our biology, like all of nature, is inherently creative.
All living systems move towards growth.
Explore your inner nature in the
fertile Hudson Valley of New York.
June 30 – July 5, 2019
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“I don’t know how to define what a ‘life force’ is, but I know when I feel really alive.” – Elaine Colandrea (4 min.)
In words and movement, Elaine Colandrea on how Continuum helps her “meet the moment to moment unfolding of life,” an essential skill for meeting the challenges of life in this fast paced, often overwhelming, world of options. Continuum develops “inner authority” by connecting with the most primary level of knowledge – the sensory systems. Includes demo of the life force itself in motion after preparing with a breathing and sounding preparation – this movement expression is unique to each person, each time – and a source of renewal.
“Direct experience” is the only way to understand Continuum: consider giving yourself a personal retreat within community to explore “The Creativity of Health, Mirroring Nature, the theme of the Somatic Movement Summit at Omega, June 30 – July 5, 2019.
Produced by Watermark Arts, 2019, 4 minutes.
Video filming/editing:Hannah Tobias
For the direct experience of refreshing your own life force, in your own way, I hope you will make plans to attend the Somatic Movement Summit: The Creativity of Health, Mirroring Nature, June 30 – July 5, at the Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, NY.
Some of the benefits of practicing Continuum are unveiled in the video above. Continuum cultivates the capacity to hold presence in the direct experience of movement. Movement in turn becomes meditative, fluid and artful, nurturing an ongoing sense of well-being and self-trust. This inner authority then makes it easier to respond fluidly and effectively to challenges in the world.
Watermark’s Creativity of Health video series continues with Elisabeth Osgood-Campbell, who eloquently reveals the value of Continuum in traversing some of life’s most intense and most personal experiences, such as childbirth. A life-long educator, she carries a radical vision for the somatic education of children to reduce stress and support resiliency throughout their lives.
What is our collective potential, when the deep inner knowledge that comes from somatic practice is united with the callings of our hearts and minds? From such a sense of wholeness, what new ways of being and solutions to difficult problems can emerge?
Please join me in this quest,
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Celebrating Earth Day, every day ~ Continuum has given me the most felt sense of how my body and the earth’s body are an expression of one fluid stream of planetary existence.
Explore this at the Somatic Movement Summit: The Creativity of Health, Mirroring Nature, Jun 30 – July 5, 2019.
Find out more: www.eomega.org/workshops/somatic-movement-summit
Continuum teacher Melanie Gambino in a photo by Hannah Tobias; photo art by Prue Jeffries for Watermark Arts.
The practice of Continuum is what enables me, an introvert, to reveal myself in videos, workshops, and these mailings. Today, I am riding the energy of the spring season to send you updates about emerging Watermark Arts projects. View the newsletter here.
Please watch the short video, “Mirroring Nature“, a beautiful outcome of my recent workshops in Italy and collaborations there.
Currently underway, behind the scenes, are the stimulating, thoughtful faculty meetings taking place in preparation for the Somatic Movement Summit, June 30 – July 5, during Arts Week at the Omega Institute. Scroll down to hear what past participants say about this one-of-a-kind experience.
Also in this mailing, you can watch the newest video in the Continuum & The Creativity of Health series. Self-described “somanaut” Megan Bathory-Peeler shares how Continuum brought her dance performance and bodywork practice together into a complete vision of healing for herself and others.
Always feel free to contact me directly about the Somatic Movement Summit. Whether you are experienced in Continuum or new to this revitalizing practice of breath, sound and movement, I want to open the door for you to the creativity of health, through this immersive retreat experience.
PS – Also emerging: Prue Jeffries and I are putting the finishing touches on the Moving Art Cards. Meanwhile, progress continues on A Moving Inquiry: The Art of Personal Practice, by Beth Pettengill Riley and Priscilla Auchincloss (with assistance from Maryanne Gallagher). We invite you to sign up below so you will be informed when each of these projects nears completion.
(Photo: Spring at Omega)