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