Somatic Movement Summit

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Note: Due to COVID, this event was cancelled.

Somatic Movement Summit

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 leads 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.

Featuring Elaine Colandrea of Watermark Arts 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.

Enrollment is limited for this program; register early. Teachers are subject to change.

Register on the Omega website here.

Recommended readings

Faculty recommends the following books to enhance your workshop experience:

  • A Moving Inquiry: The Art of Personal Practice by Beth Pettengill Riley and Priscilla Stanton Auchincloss
  • ChangeAbility: How Artists, Activists, and Awakeners Navigate Change by Sharon Weil
  • Engaging the Movement of Life: Exploring Health and Embodiment Through Osteopathy and Continuum by Bonnie Gintis
  • Life on Land: The Story of Continuum, The World Renowned Self-Discovery and Movement Method by Emilie Conrad

4:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. Check In (Rooms available after 5:00 p.m.)
7:30 p.m.–7:50 p.m. Welcome & Orientation

8:00 a.m.–8:45 a.m. Commuter check-in (if not checked-in the previous evening)
9:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Workshop
2:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m. Workshop
7:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m. Workshop (Optional)

8:45 a.m.–9:15 a.m. Workshop (Optional)
9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Workshop
2:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m. Workshop
7:30 p.m.–8:45 p.m. Workshop (Optional)

8:45 a.m.–9:15 a.m. Workshop (Optional)
9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Workshop
2:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m. Workshop (Optional)

8:45 a.m.–9:15 a.m. Workshop (Optional)
9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Workshop
2:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m. Workshop

9:00 a.m.–Noon Workshop
1:00 p.m. Check Out

The above schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the faculty.

The Children’s Program is generally available during standard workshop hours only. Contact Omega registration at 877.944.2002 for details.

Dining Hall Hours (Meals begin with dinner on arrival day and end with lunch on departure day.):
Breakfast: 7:00 a.m.–8:45 a.m.
Lunch: Noon–2:00 p.m.
Dinner: 6:00 p.m.–7:15 p.m.

Daily Open Classes in meditation, yoga, tai chi, or movement (subject to availability):
7:00–8:00 a.m., 12:15–1:00 p.m., 5:30–6:15 p.m., 5:30–6:30 p.m.

Somatic Movement Summit Presenters

Elaine Colandrea

Elaine Colandrea explores how the somatic arts shape consciousness, inform and inspire the creative process, and foster connections with nature, organically creating a more humane world. Elaine is the artistic director of Watermark Arts. She is also a movement artist, Continuum teacher, somatic educator, and massage therapist. Her work has been deeply influenced by her association with Emilie Conrad, founder of Continuum. Her abiding passion is bringing people together to directly experience the body’s transformative capacity.

Megan Bathory-Peeler

Megan Bathory-Peeler is a somanaut, fully engaged in a moving inquiry of what it takes to thrive in a human body and within the human experience. For 27 years, Megan has explored the frontiers of embodiment and human relationships. Megan shares her ongoing discoveries through her interdisciplinary work as a Certified Somatic Therapist and educator, performance artist, activist, and mother. She has trained in a number of modalities, including Continuum, craniosacral therapy, Matrix Repatterning®, Somatic Experiencing®, Maya Abdominal Therapy®, Pre- and Perinatal, Birth, and Attachment Therapy, and more.

Cory Blake

Cory Blake is a musician, music therapist, educator, Duke Certified Integrative Health Coach, and authorized Continuum teacher with a lifetime fascination of mystery. He is coauthor of Overcoming Post-Deployment Syndrome.

Ellen Cohen

Ellen Cohen’s experience as an improvisational dancer developed her respect for the sacredness of the moment and the wisdom that can emerge from the unconscious. Her passion is deepening one’s perception of the creative intuition and nature’s magic.

Suzanne Wright Crain

Suzanne Wright Crain, MEd, is an artist and Continuum teacher. Her passion is engaging with water from a living source and cocreating textiles that are intended for interactive ceremony. Each piece emerges through and then becomes the container for her Continuum practice. Suzanne is gifted in guiding others in hooking up and growing the neurology to be in dialogue with body processes, accessing the latent power of the imaginal realm, and allowing them to work collaboratively and shift physiology. She has been a Continuum teacher since 2004, after being mentored by Emilie Conrad and Susan Harper. She is also a U.S. veteran and lives and works on Otter Bend Farm in Woodford County, Kentucky.

Melanie Gambino

Melanie Gambino is a founding member of Watermark Arts and the Continuum Teachers Association and is a seasoned master teacher in the practice of Continuum. She holds several credentials, including BFA, MA, OMH, ISMETA Board Member, and RSMT/E. Melanie brings 30 years of Continuum experience to her vast background in teaching, performing, choreographing and directing. Melanie assisted, studied with, and was authorized to teach Continuum by its founder, Emilie Conrad. Melanie teaches Continuum on faculty at SUNY Purchase Dance Conservatory and is the resident choreographer, director of dance, and somatic movement, mindfulness, and meditation teacher in the Performing Arts Department at the Harvey School.

Bonnie Gintis

Bonnie Gintis’ approach to Continuum is informed by her experience as an osteopathic physician, 25 years of explorations with Continuum, and her meditation practice.

Rebecca Lawson

Rebecca Amis Lawson, MA, R-DMT, synthesizes 20 years of studies with Emilie Conrad and Susan Harper in the field of Continuum and exploratory consciousness with 38 years of extensive somatic trainings, psychological mindedness, and dance profession. She facilitates discoveries that are revelatory, expressive, and creative.

Elisabeth Osgood-Campbell

Elisabeth Osgood-Campbell is an expressive arts therapist and educator who cherishes the body as an ongoing, creative process. As a member of the Continuum Teachers Association and the Tamalpa Institute faculty, she facilitates creative, embodied awareness practices for groups and individuals in Boston and New York. Elisabeth also presents internationally on somatic movement therapy and education. 

Linda Rabin

Linda Rabin is a Continuum teacher in Montreal. Her love of movement and teaching is informed by a lifelong career in contemporary dance, as well as her training in Body-Mind Centering® and other somatic practices. Linda is a Member of the Order of Canada and a Distinguished Member of the Quebec Order of Excellence in Education.

Kori Tolbert

Kori Tolbert has been a licensed bodyworker since 2001 and is also a member of the Continuum Teachers Association. She has practiced Continuum since 2008 and began teaching after receiving approval from Emilie Conrad, the founder of Continuum, in 2013. She has also cotaught workshops for people living with chronic conditions, as well as several exploratory sounding/yoga workshops. Kori’s offerings invite her clients and students to dive under their layers of restriction and find places of flow and nourishment.

Lauren Wadsworth

Lauren Wadsworth has been in private practice as a somatic movement therapist and educator since 1985 and as a bodywork/manual therapist since 1980. She has been practicing Continuum since 2000 and it the exploration into inner landscapes continues to delight and inspire her. Lauren is registered as a somatic movement therapist/educator with ISMETA, is nationally certified as a bodywork professional with NCBTMB and is a certified mindfulness teacher with IMTA and a member of the Continuum Teachers Association.

Sharon Weil

Sharon Weil, RSME, is a healing artist, deeply engaged in the conversation about courage, change, and possibility as a writer, speaker, activist and somatic educator. An Authorized Continuum Teacher since 2000, she is the founder of The AgelessBody®. Sharon is the author of ChangeAbility: How Artists, Activists and Awakeners Navigate Change and ChangeAbility Playbook: How to Navigate Your Own Change, as well as the novel Donny and Ursula Save the World. She is founder and host of the podcast Passing 4 Normal: Conversations about


Workshops at the Dharmakaya Retreat Center

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Gathering safely in an idyllic landscape.

Watermark Arts has been invited to a new mountain top retreat location in Cragsmoor NY, in the company of oxygen rich forests. 

With a spacious outdoor pavilion, currently under construction, where Continuum movers can safely practice, as well as a vast indoor studio.

Revel in the expansive quiet of the natural landscape; our gathering will be the only workshop meeting at Dharmakaya.

Farm to table vegetarian cuisine, prepared and served with enhanced health and safety precautions, for all workshop participants. Serene private rooms available. Commuters welcome.

To allow for physical spacing group size will be very limited.

July 30 – August 1st
My Body, The Wetland: A Somatic Movement Workshop
with Elaine Colandrea, Continuum Guide

The somatic movement practice of Continuum opens the door to experiencing the tangible reality of connection and wholeness deeply rooted in nature. Based on biological awareness and the primacy of the fluid system as the connecting thread uniting humans and the planet, this program combines fluid movement with Continuum breath and sound explorations. Students will learn to work with their own health and wellbeing, gaining awareness of the parallels between caring for themselves and for the environment.

Register here

September 17 – 19
Continuum Explorations: Dissolve. Dwell. Discover.
With Elaine Colandrea, Continuum Guide

Dissolve habits of mind and tensions of body with the Continuum process of breathing, sounding and fluid movement. Dwell in the liquid pool of being, universally available to everyone. 
Discover your own stream of vitality, renewal, self care and creative living. In this program you will work with your own health and wellbeing, connecting with nature’s life force; it’s the perfect antidote to today’s overly programmed and homogenized world.

Register here


See you in the countryside!

World Dance Alliance Conference

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The World Dance Alliance Conference will be held this year virtually, April 22 – 29. This year’s theme is Ecologies of and through the Body.

Watermark Arts will be participating in the conference with a workshop entitled  “The Elemental Nature of the Body: A Continuum Workshop.”

Craft an embodied understanding of the four elements, Air, Earth, Fire, and Water, through the somatic awareness practice of Continuum. Continuum breath, sound, and fluid movement slow perception, so that sensations from deep within our living tissues emerge, leading to a sense of wholeness and belonging with nature.

By investigating the vital chemistry of all life, we can move with empowerment, creativity, and courage, manifesting meaningful contributions in the world.

We will tune into our bodies through guided breathing and sounding practices. This preparation will lead to the exploration of movement patterns from nature – spiral and waves, folding and unfolding, branching, and more. This class is appropriate for and inclusive of all bodies and all levels of movement experience. 

What is Refuge?

Additionally the site specific dance film, What is Refuge? Che Cose il Refugio?, was accepted into the World Dance Alliance Online Concert Program. This collaboration between dancer Elaine Colandrea, film maker Prue Jeffries and composer Morena Boschetto examines the timely concept of refuge. Filmed in a Unesco World Heritage site in Matera, Italy.

Breathe, Move, Create at Shantigar

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Moving Body: being with trees

A weekend workshop with Elaine Colandrea, Jean-Claude van Itallie and Megan Bathory-Peeler

OCTOBER 4-6, 2019

Take a weekend to slow down among vividly colored trees.


Breathe, Move, Create

Moving slowly, spontaneously in Continuum, gently guided by teaching artists, awaken the ocean of awareness within.

As the Amazon’s forests are decimated, and our climate suffers human-made catastrophe, we dedicate this Moving Body workshop to our friends the trees.

Movement Sessions with seasoned Continuum teachers.

Channeling your moving body into forms of creativity.

Quiet times to metabolize, meditate, and muse among Shantigar’s trees.

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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:

(Photo art by Prue Jeffries)

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

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.

Moving Body at Shantigar, Sept. 2017

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Omega 2017 participants and students of Megan Bathory- Peeler & Elaine Colandrea receive 10% off registration fee.

Sign up by September 1st and also receive the additional 10% early bird discount. Total 20% savings to honor your commitment to Continuum.

Somatic Movement Immersion, Omega, July 2017

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July 23-28 Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, NY
Somatic Movement Immersion:
Inhabiting the Body, Moving the World

Come celebrate your life as a living source of energy, knowledge, and creativity in the Somatic Movement Immersion.

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.