Coming to Omega, July 2017

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The ways of water at Omega with Continuum and Watermark Arts


Dear Friends,

As we began to plan in earnest for the Somatic Immersion, Inhabiting the Body, Moving the World, we felt a remarkable confluence occurring around commitment to the role of water: the Omega Institute’s commitment to water reclamation, Continuum’s commitment to fluidity of movement, and Watermark Arts’ commitment to the ways of water informing art, education and community building.

In this summer’s July 23-28 retreat, these three pieces are coming together in a truly unique way.

Omega is reclaiming all waste water from it’s campus and purifying it through an “eco-machine” (pictured above). It’s a beautiful facility that resembles an indoor tropical paradise, using plants growing in slow moving water to draw microbes out of the water. It basically functions the way wetlands work in nature.

On the wall of the Omega Center for Sustainable Living  is written this “gem” by Khalil Gibran:

“In one drop of water are found all the secrets of all the oceans.”

Further down you’ll find general information about the retreat and a link to register.

Join us for this remarkable opportunity to tend your internal waterways with Continuum, at Omega, where there is respect and care for water and a beautiful, spring-fed lake.

Enter this peaceful breathing space of learning and self-renewal, in service to the future you want, for your family, community and the natural world. 

With appreciation,

Elaine and Priscilla

p.s. This workshop/retreat offers 24 CEUs for bodyworkers. Omega offers a variety of housing options and many special services including excellent child care

(Photo: Omega Center for Sustainable Living, Rhinebeck, New York)

Join us this summer!
  Celebrate your life as a living source
of energy, knowledge, and creativity.

Somatic Movement Immersion:
Inhabiting the Body,
Moving the World

July 23-28, 2017

Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, NY

Register at


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.

We are pleased to offer 24 CEUs for bodyworkers. Omega offers exquisite natural surroundings, delicious meals, a variety of housing options, and special services including child care.

The Somatic Movement Immersion is hosted by Elaine Colandrea of Watermark Arts and cotaught with Mary Abrams, Priscilla Auchincloss, Megan Bathory-Peeler, Ellen Cohen, Bobbie Ellis, Melanie Noblit Gambino, Bonnie Gintis, Amber Elizabeth Gray, Caryn Heilman, Ashima Kahrs, Rebecca Lawson, Val Leoffler, Linda Rabin, Beth Pettengill Riley, and Bonnie Simoa. Guest presenters include John Bianculli, Elisa Cotroneo, Martha Eddy, Marc Grossman and Susanna Knittel.

Join us! The world needs your embodiment – your ability to know through the physical ground of being.