Elemental Movement for Creative Wellbeing: A Continuum Retreat
Workshop Organizers: Megan Bathory Peeler & Elaine Colandrea
Co-faculty: Robin Becker, Ellen Cohen, Melanie Gambino, Bonnie Gintis, Elisabeth Osgood-Campbell, Linda Rabin
June 26 – July 1st, 2022
Registration is now open!
Embody the qualities of earth, air, water, and fire through the practice of Continuum. Allow the primordial aspects of nature to unfold via movement, breath and sound practices, taking us on an expansive journey inward to discover the elemental self. Cultural patterns dissolve, liberating our innate biological capacity for innovation in the face of global crisis and personal adversity.
During this restorative retreat, the practice of Continuum awakens the body’s fluid capacity for healing, insight, and creative engagement. Guided movement sessions, periods of silence, and opportunities for community exchange awaken our inherent interconnection with nature. Reclaiming this sense of belonging empowers the manifestation of meaningful contributions in the world.
This weeklong retreat is suitable for educators, health-care practitioners, artists, activists, and all who wish to sustain themselves from a state of wholeness and well-being.
Megan Bathory-Peeler: Workshop facilitator Megan Bathory-Peeler is an expert somanaut, fully engaged by the moving inquiry of what it takes to thrive in a human body and within the human experience in the 21st century. Her unique Somanautiko approach synergistically weaves together three decades of professional interdisciplinary study and practice as a teacher of Continuum, Certified Somatic Therapist/Educator, bodyworker, choreographer, performance artist, activist, and mother. Megan’s greatest pleasure comes from co-creating safe spaces that allow people of all ages to return home to themselves, reclaim the power of their own creativity, and find ease in the innate wisdom of their bodies.
Elaine Colandrea: Workshop co-organizer Elaine Colandrea explores how the somatic arts shape consciousness, informing and inspiring the creative process as well as fostering connections between self, others and nature that organically create a more humane world. Artistic Director of Watermark Arts, as well as 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.
Robin Becker, MA, RSME, RSMT is an internationally recognized teacher, dancer, choreographer, and founder of Robin Becker Dance. Her teaching weaves together her lifelong experience in dance, 30-year study of Continuum with Emilie Conrad and Susan Harper, 40+ years of experience in meditation and contemplative healing practices, and study with Gary David in Epistemics and Affect Script Theory. Robin was selected by Emilie Conrad to be a Continuum teacher in 2001. She currently teaches at Hofstra University and leads movement workshops nationally and internationally.
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 to welcome what is present for each student and synthesize that with Continuum’s rich and vast possibilities. There is always movement, even in stillness. The music of the spheres exists, even in silence.
Melanie Gambino is a Continuum teacher and a Registered Somatic Movement Educator and Therapist. Continuum is the basis of her work and life. A performer from age 3, Melanie combines the fine performing arts with the healing arts and education. She is Resident Choreographer and Director of Dance and Somatic Movement/Meditation in the Performing Arts Department at The Harvey School and teaches Continuum on the faculty at SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance.
Bonnie Gintis lives in northern Vermont. She has taught worldwide, addressing a wide variety of people interested in exploring embodiment through Continuum and Osteopathy. Bonnie’s approach to Continuum is informed by her experience as an osteopathic physician, 25 years of explorations with Continuum, and her lifelong meditation practice. She devotes herself to teaching, writing, and exploring new ways to foster health and wellbeing. She is the author of Engaging The Movement Of Life: Exploring Health And Embodiment Through Osteopathy And Continuum, as well as many popular articles.
Elisabeth Osgood-Campbell is an expressive arts therapist and somatic movement educator who cherishes the Body as an on-going, creative process. A member of the Continuum Teachers Association and the Tamalpa Institute faculty, she facilitates embodied awareness practices for groups and individuals across the lifespan, and across the world. Elisabeth also serves as the Co-chair for the Equity, Justice and Accessibility Task Force and the Research and Publications Committee of ISMETA.
Linda Rabin teaches Continuum in her native Montreal, Canada. Her love of movement and teaching Continuum is informed by a lifelong career in contemporary dance, training in Body-Mind Centering® and other somatic practices.