Unveiling Continuum, with Elaine Colandrea

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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.

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Produced by Watermark Arts, 2019, 4 minutes.
Video filming/editing:Hannah Tobias

Unveiling the Value of Fluidity

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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,
Elaine

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Celebrating Earth Day

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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.

Spring News!

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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.

Buona Primavera!

Elaine

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)

Somatic Movement Summit: Notes from past participants

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“I’ve attended the last three Somatic Movement Summit retreats at Omega led by Elaine and an esteemed group of Continuum movement practitioners and teaching guides. I’ve left each retreat feeling the most vibrant and alive I’ve ever felt. The week-long series feeds my soul, my inspiration and my passion, for the year and beyond. Being among women and men pioneering and passionate in this field has brought me so much personal joy, growth, and support, in my being and on my path. Peers who have attended with me have expressed that it feels almost like going to camp and seeing old friends. The environment is just so rich and nurtured with love, creativity, joy, compassion, vibrancy… I wouldn’t miss it!” – Nicole Faustini, Movement Educator, Havenview Pilates & Movement, Nyack, NY


“It has been my pleasure to attend the Somatic Movement Summit retreats for the last several years. I have experienced peaks of insight, a felt sense of my physical interior life, and both tranquility and deep emotion at various moments during this special time away from everyday life. The expert group of teachers, following a common vision for the week, is wonderful at inviting the attendees to find and explore what is alive within them. Omega is a comfortable and sheltering environment, offering a lovely, natural setting for this experience. The people attracted to this work tend to be soulful and friendly, which helps to integrate the week and lead to new connections.” — Ray Greenberg, Owner YogaLifeStyle.com, Yoga and Hanna Somatic Education Instructor


“Being able to attend the Somatic Movement Summit as a family offers us a shared language that nourishes and inspires us. We feel support pulsing through all of the teachers and participants, and this gives us a reset of connectivity that carries us back into the world. So deeply thankful!!!” – Noelle, Marc, Talia & Jonah, New Paltz, NY

Mirroring Nature — A Continuum Meditation in Movement

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The growth patterns of all life forms, from plants to animals,
involve folding, unfolding, spreading and gathering.
Continuum movers explore these universal fluid movements
in the Medicine Wheel at Gufieallodole, Monteveglio, Italia.

Filmed & edited by Prue Jeffries for Watermark Arts. With Elaine Colandrea (US),
Mirco Dondi (IT), and Naomi Walker (FR). Original music by Morena Boschetto (IT).

Somatic Movement Summit: The Creativity of Health, Mirroring Nature

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Health is not a stable state. Living at the center of a complex and changing set of circumstances, how do we nourish our well-being? The somatic movement practice of Continuum teaches us to engage more willingly, effectively, and artfully with our circumstances. In sequences of breath, sound, and movement, Continuum brings us back to the fluid nature that runs through the natural world, encouraging us to remain curious and engaged.

This retreat, with focused movement sessions throughout the week as well as a period of silence, fosters the integration of Continuum practice into intentional art making, verbal expression and core experience of the world.

Retracing in movement the evolutionary journey that has brought humankind to this place and time, we gain a powerful perspective and recover key elements of our cosmic, fluid, and terrestrial origins, which become resources for our current personal and cultural situations.

The somatic skills shared in this workshop are of benefit to anyone interested in embodied engagement with issues of health and well-being. Continuing education (CE) credits for bodyworkers. Childcare available.

Somatic Movement Summit, June 30 – July 5, 2019
The Creativity of Health, Mirroring Nature

A 5-day retreat for personal renewal. 
A space to engage with others to bring forth collective wisdom.

An experienced faculty led by Elaine Colandrea includes Priscilla Auchincloss, Robin Becker, John Bianculli, Ellen Cohen, Suzanne Wright Crain, Bobbie Ellis, Ashima Kahrs, Melanie Gambino, Bonnie Gintis, Amber Elizabeth Gray, Linda Rabin, Beth Riley, Val Leoffler, and Sharon Weil.

Join us! Register today at: eomega.org

(Photo art by Prue Jeffries)

Find the Somatic Movement Summit on page 46 of your Omega catalog.