MODULE 1: SOMATIC EDUCATION


January 25 – November 5, 2017

Tuition: $2,575. all four weekends. (see the ADMISSIONS page for full info)

Location: ZACCHO Dance Studio, 1777 Yosemite Ave. #330, San Francisco, CA. 94124. Phone number – ZACCHO, 415-822-6744 for questions

Participants meet for one evening (on Wed.) 6:30-9:00pm and four full days, Thurs.- Sun. 9:30-5:45.

See full schedule and the list of independent workshops open to the public on the ADMISSIONS page.

The Somatic Education curriculum is rooted in experiential exercises and supported through lectures and readings. Our program is set up so that you learn to deeply embody the work yourself before bringing it to your clients. The classes provide opportunities for you to learn about your own habitual movement patterns and how they may cause pain or restrict your full range of motion. You will learn how to change maladaptive patterns within your own bodymind first so that you can then support others through this same process with a depth of knowledge that is rooted in embodied knowing.

This 4 week dynamic movement based introductory module integrates various somatic modalities which support you to develop body connectivity, re-pattern habitual alignment and movement patterns, increase kinesthetic awareness through embodied anatomy, and learn skills for deepened communication with self and others.

The curriculum weaves together practice and theory in:

This course aims to provide an introductory overview of the anatomy of the bones, muscles, nervous system, and viscera. It introduces kinesiological terminology. Some principles of the Somatic Movement Therapy Training and of Body-Mind Centering®, as well as “Bony Landmarks” from Bartenieff Fundamentals will also be taught.
Workshop and classes aim to provide an experiential framework for movement learning. Principles of movement development will be explored through two primary somatic movement therapy systems – Body-Mind Centering® (BMC) and Bartenieff Fundamentals. Each system incorporates neurodevelopmental movement patterns, reflexes, and righting reactions – the building blocks of motor co-ordination and expressive movement. Further insights will be drawn from motor learning, and educational and psychological theories.
AXIS SYLLABUS is a compendium of information from the study of anatomy, bio-mechanics, physics, and other related fields relevant to the moving body. The intention of Axis Syllabus classes is to re-train movement patterns for respectful coherence with our anatomical design, as inherited through thousands of years of evolution. Read more…
The Alexander Technique is an educational method of body-mind reorganization that aims to promote ease in everything we do. By freeing ourselves from unconscious physical habits, we can create effortlessness in the way we live and move. Applications to voice, movement, walking, sitting, and talking will be addressed. Read more …
This class works with Patterns of Total Body Connectivity (related to a developmental progression) that facilitate the lively interplay of connective kinetic chains inside the body with expression into the outer world. Basic issues of efficiency and coordination are dealt with in relation to Breath and Core Support, clarity of proximal joint articulation (including gradated rotation), weight shift, propulsion and level change, and full three-dimensional movement. Students are encouraged to locate the sensations and feelings that are brought up by the movement, and form these in some way that is personally meaningful. (This course meets the LMA Certification Program pre-requisite.) Required for CMTSE. Read more …
This workshop will introduce students to the LMA approach, developed by Rudolph Laban, that focuses on experiencing and perceiving changes in Body, Effort, Shape, and Space – basic elemental building blocks to all our movement. Students will learn to use a clear language for speaking about movement in movement terms (as opposed to psychological or sociological terms), and will be encouraged to personally claim their own context for meaning making, i.e. interpretation.

Understanding between humans cannot happen until we are able to claim our own values and ways of moving into action, and appreciate how these are similar to, or different from those of others. These values are being constantly expressed in our movement, such that each of us has a unique LMA Movement Signature. Each of us can be valued for our own uniqueness in order for us to contribute to the world effectively. LMA helps us to look at where our own style of movement fits into the broader range of human movement; how we can accept where we (and others) are; and how we can broaden our range. (This course meets the Laban/Bartenieff Certification Program pre-requisite). Read more …

Body-Mind Centering® is an integrated approach to transformative experience through movement re-education and hands-on re-patterning. Developed by Occupational Therapist and renowned Somatic Educator Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, it is an experiential study and application of anatomical, physiological, psychophysical and developmental principles. One goal of this exploration is to understand how the mind is expressed through the body and the body through the mind. It is a creative process in which we learn to meet and recognize others and ourselves using somatic awareness. Read more …
Integrating improvisational exercises and somatic practices, this class will provide a rich and challenging laboratory for the person interested in deepening the resonance of their physical and vocal expression… Read more …
Registration is now open!

The core curriculum is supported and enhanced through other activities that serve to build community within the group and provide opportunities for deeper integration of the core material. These activities are:

A place where students and faculty gather to check-in every week and share with each other what is going on in their present experience. This is an essential part of the curriculum. It is a direct practice in utilizing the various systems we are learning in connection with the real relationships within the group.
Participatory Seminars are for presenting theory, participatory dialogue and practice in bringing the experiential into cognitive articulation of these various systems.
Integration classes provide experiential & theoretical summarizing to integrate the current weeks course material.
A time for faculty members to address the students’ curiosities and concerns related to the material and personal struggles and to provide support in the unfolding of one’s creative potential and vision.
Specifically designed to integrate the material you are learning through research and writing and/or presentations within a small group and faculty. They are shared within an attitude of mutual learning and support.
Singing together will be interspersed throughout the module. It is an opportunity to bring the voice into fuller expression, create a spirit of unity and an awareness and appreciation of difference.