Omega 2020: The Elemental Nature of the Body

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The Elemental Nature of the Body: Somatic Movement Summit V
July 19th to 24th, 2020, Omega Institute
Rhinebeck, NY

Choosing a path of opening in the face of global crisis and personal adversity begins a journey inward to connect with the most primordial movements of nature and with the elemental self to reveal our inherent biological capacity for innovation.

Through the somatic awareness practice of Continuum, this restorative retreat investigates the vital chemistry of all life. Embodying the qualities of earth, air, fire and water awakens the body’s fluid capacity for healing, insight, and creative engagement.

Meeting our intrinsic selves through movement, breath and sound leads to a sense of wholeness, refreshment, nourishment and belonging with the natural world. From this inner space of knowing, we can access the empowerment, creativity and courage that lead to manifesting meaningful contributions in the world.

Movement sessions, periods of silence, and opportunities for artful expression, personal reflection, and community exchange combine to offer a fresh model of alive, sensory presence pertinent to educators, health care practitioners, artists, activists and all who wish to learn skills for life-force growth.

Elaine Colandrea with Megan Bathory-Peeler, Cory Blake, Ellen Cohen, Suzanne Wright Crain, Melanie Gambino, Bonnie Gintis, Rebecca Lawson, Elisabeth Osgood-Campbell, Linda Rabin, Kori Tolbert, Lauren Wadsworth, and Sharon Weil.

Continuing education credits available for bodyworkers. Child care program available.

Register on the Omega website here.

Book Signing for “A Moving Inquiry”

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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 Blessing

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“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!

Tree Tryst

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“Tree Tryst” performed at Pine Grove at Omega by Bea Ehrsam, Lauren Grady, Nicole Faustini, Melanie Gambino, Lila Greene, Meredith Johnson, Elisabeth Osgood-Campbell, Rori Smith, and Kori Tolbert.

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, 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

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.

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(Photo art by Prue Jeffries)

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

Moving Body: Shantigar, Oct. 5-7

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Moving Body: Awakening Creativity, with, Elaine Colandrea, Jean-Claude van Itallie, and Megan Bathory-Peeler, October 5 – 7

Create art directly from your moving body. An inspirational retreat with master teachers on Shantigar’s glorious remote New England mountainside.

With sound, breath, movement, and silence we’ll use the fluidly moving body to awaken the deep ocean of creativity and awareness within. To make art always means going to the edge of your comfort zone but Continuum makes that experience exhilarating, not intimidating. You skillfully ride the creative edge of not knowing.

Elaine Colandrea, Jean-Claude van Itallie, and Megan Bathory-Peeler

Each day:

  • Movement Sessions with two experienced Continuum teachers.

  • Art explorations with a skilled master, channeling the moving body into different forms of creative expression.

  • Quiet times in Shantigar’s pristine woods and fields to metabolize, meditate, and muse.

Workshop starts promptly at 3:00 PM on Friday, October 5 and ends at 1:00 PM on Sunday October 7.

  • $333 for weekend.
  • Organic meals included.
  • Some onsite lodging available, and free tenting.
  • Some full and partial scholarships available.

Please apply by downloading and filling out the form below, and attaching it to an email to:

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Watermark Arts at Omega

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A collaborative project from Watermark Arts, mixing poetry & dance, bringing 7 creator/performers together. Thank you Omega Institute AV crew for the great lighting.

My Body of Water, Watermark Arts Interdependence Day Omega concert. Noelle Adamo’s poem performed live with Melanie Gambino, Dana Rudikoff, Megan Bathory-Peeler, Sandra Capellaro, Elisabeth Osgood-Campbell & me. A joy to create & perform together; next up 11/11 at Moving Body Resources, NYC, 8 PM.


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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.