Somatic Movement Summit, Omega 2018

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Artful Embodiment, Diving in the Waters of Creation

JULY 1 – 6, 2018 at Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, NY


Water supports all life; it is the generative primordium that unifies existence. Embodying water, we take on its ability to adapt and remain coherent through radical change. In the felt sense of fluidity, we feel more whole and alive, enabling us to see fresh options and resiliently navigate change in our health, our relationships, our work, and our communities.

The breath, sound, and fluid movement explorations in the somatic awareness practice of Continuum take us on a deeper dive into the art of becoming like water. Daily movement sessions delve into the fluid process of embryological development, allowing us to experience the transformative and regenerative nature of our own physiology. Somatic explorers, each following his or her own stream while supporting others with presence and insight, create an enriching community. By nourishing our life force, we connect with our innate creative capacity where freedom and joy reign.

Optional offerings include an evening performance from Watermark Arts and classes applying Continuum to yoga, dance, self-care bodywork, and fabric art creation.

The skills shared in this workshop are of benefit to persons interested in moving the world from embodiment, including bodyworkers, artists, activists, therapists, teachers, and parents.

Hosted by Elaine Colandrea of Watermark Arts and cotaught with Mary Abrams, Priscilla Auchincloss, Megan Bathory-Peeler, Robin Becker, John Bianculli, Ellen Cohen, Bobbie Ellis, Ashima Kahrs, Rebecca Lawson, Melanie Gambino, Bonnie Gintis, Amber Elizabeth Gray, Beth Pettengil Riley, Val Leoffler, and Suzanne Wright Crain.


Somatic Movement Summit: Artful Embodiment, Diving in the Waters of Creation from Watermark Arts on Vimeo.

Somatic Movement Summit: Artful Embodiment, Diving in the Waters of Creation at Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, NY from Watermark Arts on Vimeo.

The Ways of  Water from Watermark Arts on Vimeo.

Moving Like Water from Watermark Arts on Vimeo.

Embryonic Origins with Continuum

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Elaine Colandrea, Continnum Teacher and Director of Watermark Arts explores Embryonic Origins with Continuum whilst in Italy with Continuum Italia.

The Embryo is a primary motif used for somatic explorations of our fluid nature and creativity in Continuum.  Read More

Beth Pettengill Riley joins the Watermark Arts Creative Team

ElaineWelcoming New Artists

Beth Pettengill Riley, Watermark Arts Education Advisor, has broken ground in re-visioning physical education to encompass the felt sense of lived human experience. Beth teaches Continuum and is also an accomplished poet; you can drink in some of her poetry on our website. In 2017 she co-taught, with Watermark Arts Associate Director Priscilla Auchincloss, the online Continuum course A Moving Inquiry: The Art of Personal Practice, now being made into a workbook (stay tuned – an excerpt will be available to Omega participants,
with pre-order open to all soon).

Brilliant blue sky, penetrated by moving monarchs-
Two dancing mid-air around my head
Admitting, in their delicate beauty,
That celebratory grace IS the pulse of the planet.

~ excerpt, “The Five O’Clock Creek”, by Beth Pettengill Riley

Watermark Arts in New Haven, CT, May 2018

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Watermarkings…somatic inspired art, dance & poetry at The Barn, New Canaan CT, May 5, 2018. Artistic Director Elaine Colandrea with Megan Bathory-Peeler, Robin Becker, Lisa Clementi, Ellen Cohen, Melanie Gambino, Lacey Ann Moore, Nicole Sclafani and special guest artist Florence Suerig. Music: Morena Boschetto Video footage and editing: Hannah Tobias. Thank you to hosts Holly & Bill Mensching. Copyright Elaine Colandrea & Watermark Arts.  Read More

Wind Dances III

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A new video by Prue Jeffries, who along with composer Morena Boschetto, movement artists Simona Arbizzani & Elaine Colandrea, created Wind Dances III – a spontaneous collaboration that combined the fruits of a day off shopping trip in Venice with a windy early evening on a hillside in northern Italy after a Continuum workshop.

As you view, please move with us, following the breeze of your own breath.Read More