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Developmental Movement with Diane Elliot

Developmental Movement with Diane Elliot

July 25-27, 2019 (1-3:30pm) (3 afternoon classes)

(Included in the Somatic Education Module at Moving On Center – School of Participatory Arts and Somatic Research)

As a species, human beings are hardwired for certain capacities expressed through a series of early movement patterns that weave together all the body’s systems: cellular, nervous, muscular, skeletal, fluid, organ, and endocrine. From the moment of conception, our in utero experience, birthing, infancy, and throughout our lives, the latent capacities of our nervous systems are expressed in movement through the Basic Neurocellular Patterns (BNP’s), which bring us into relationship with our inner and outer environments.

In this class series, students will experience the Body-Mind Centering® approach to Developmental Movement, exploring both pre- and post-birth patterns, and experiencing how they influence the ways we live and move in our adult bodies. Re-learning and practicing the BNP’s with curiosity, gentleness, and compassion is a kind of developmental “yoga” that helps us heal gaps in our sensory, perceptual, and processing abilities, so that we may move with more pleasure, ease, and confidence in the world. The underlying principles of Developmental Movement also offer teachers and facilitators a rich treasury of images and exercises to deepen your work with individuals and groups.

Body-Mind Centering® (BMC) is the somatic work developed over the past nearly 50 years by Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen and a large network of BMC students, teachers, and somatic therapists world-wide. As a dancer and choreographer, movement teacher and somatic therapist, and now as a spiritual teacher, I have been engaged in learning and teaching the work for 40 of those 50 years! As I wrote upon completing my teacher training some 20 years ago, “for me, Body-Mind Centering has always been—beyond a fantastic accumulation of experience, information, and imagery that illuminates the states of being human in a body—a radical re-visioning of the learning process. Wisdom wells up from inside the body, literally from within each cell.”

(quoted in Cohen, Sensing, Feeling and Action, 3rd edition, p. 203)


FINNISH HALL, 1970 Chestnut St. Berkeley, CA. USA, 94702-1723.

Phone: 510-524-5013.

Access info: Unfortunately the Finnish Hall is not wheelchair accessible. There are (a number of) steps to get into the space, and the bathrooms are not wheelchair accessible.

$225 for the entire workshop (3 mornings). No one-day drop-ins.

The study of Body-Mind Centering® is a creative process in which embodiment of the material is explored in the context of self-discovery and openness. Each person is both the student and the subject matter and the underlying goal is to discover the ease that underlies transformation.


-For more than thirty years, Diane Elliot, RSMT (Registered Somatic Movement Therapist), has taught integrative somatic bodywork. Diane is a certified practitioner (1990) and certified teacher (1998) of Body-Mind Centering®, who enjoyed an international career as a modern dancer, choreographer, actress, poet, and contact improviser. She has also trained in a number of other somatic modalities, including the Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais Awareness through Movement, Elaine Summers’ Kinetic Awareness work, and Upledger Craniosacral Therapy. A longtime meditator and integrator of ritual and spirituality into movement and performance work, Diane completed a Master of Rabbinic Studies degree and was ordained as a rabbi in 2006, after six years of intensive study at the Academy for Jewish Religion in Los Angeles. Her work as a somatic movement therapist centers on a deep listening, through all the senses, to the movement potentialities inherent in each of the body’s structures and tissues, right down to the sub-cellular level. As a teacher, she integrates the physical, the spiritual, and the emotional streams, seeking to create safe, supportive environments in which people can deeply explore their inner landscapes and cultivate ease and joy. Learn more about her work at



Jul 25 - 27 2019


1:00 pm - 3:30 pm


$225 for the entire workshop. No one-day drop-ins.


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FINNISH HALL, 1970 Chestnut St.
Berkeley, CA. USA, 94702-1723