Founded by Gloria Desideri in 2005 as a cultural association, Leben became a limited liability company in 2009 and was renamed Leben nuova. Based in Tuscany, a medieval village of Center Italy, Leben has offered Body-Mind Centering® certification programs in Italy since 2006.
Body-Mind Centering® Certification Programs
Between 2006 and 2012, two cycles of the Infant Developmental Movement Education (IDME) Program and two cycles of the Somatic Movement Education (SME) Program have been completed. Leben nuova is currently organizing the BMC® Practitioner Program: a continuation into the third and fourth year of training, open to those who have completed the SME Program. The start of the Practitioner Program is planned for April 2013 and courses will continue until the fall of 2015. Because of the many inquires of people interested in the applications of the BMC® approach, and specifically in the work with babies and children, the Leben Staff is also planning a new cycle of the IDME Program that will start in July 2013, as well as a series of projects in the field of child development and children with special needs.
Courses are taught in Enlgish and Italian with consecutive translation.
Committed to promoting the growth of consciousness in individuals and groups through the embodiment process, in addition to offering qualified BMC® training accredited by The School for Body-Mind Centering®, Leben represents a stable reference point for the rapidly growing Italian BMC® community, facilitating communication and networking among those who share the BMC® experience and are engaged in applying it in their lives, work places, and local communities.
Since 2006, Leben has organized in Italy three international conference-workshops featuring Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen and other presenters and teachers in the Somatics field. The first one, "BMC® and Children: the experience of movement", in collaboration with the Infant Neuropsychiatric Complex Unit (public health service) of Viterbo, took place in Tuscany in 2006. The second and third ones took place in June 2011: "The Conscious Body: Body-Mind Centering® stoking the dialogue around neurosciences, psychology and movement studies" in Milano, and "Engaging the Whole Child: Body-Mind Centering® and facilitating children with special needs and their families" in San Martino al Cimino (VT).
All events were attended by a large number of people from various professional and cultural backgrounds, and contributed to bring the field of Somatics to the attention of the public, deepening the interest for the BMC® approach among people interested in this study and its applications.
The Leben Staff
Educational and Administrative Director: Gloria Desideri
IDME Coordinator: Gloria Desideri
Practitioner Program Coordinators: Jeanette Engler, Thomas Greil
Administrative Assistant: Marcella Fanzaga and Angelica Gaspar Costa
Assistant for the Leben Network webpage and social network: Angelica Gaspar Costa
Translation of Italian-English texts and editing work: Eleonora Parrello and Donatella Levi
Assistant in the organization of the IDME program: Marcella Fanzaga
BMC® Certified Teachers Gloria Desideri, Jeanette Engler (CH), Thomas Greil (D), Bob Lehnberg (US) and Piera Teatini (I) have formed the core faculty in the years 2011-2012. Previously, highly experienced BMC® Teachers from all over the world contributed with a rich variety of teaching styles and experiences in applying the BMC® work: Gale Turner, Michal Shahak, Sandy Jamrog, Walburga Glatz, Mette Anne Bruhn, Jens Johannsen, Katy Dymock, Frances Saliq Savage, and for the IDME program Anka Sedacklova and Ferenc Kalman.
All BMC® courses in Italy are taught in two languages, Italian and English with consecutive translation. Carol Berenyi is our experienced translator for most of the courses.
Gloria Desideri is a BMC® Certified Teacher and Practitioner, Somatic Movement Educator and Infant Developmental Movement Educator. She is also a Certified Teacher of Kinetic Awareness™ and practitioner of Somatic Experiencing® (Dr. Peter Levine’s approach to trauma and post-traumatic stress symptoms). With a background as a professional dancer and choreographer (1977 – 1992), she integrates in her work several movement practices and body-mind disciplines. Upon returning to live in Italy in 1998, after 15 years in the U.S., she established her home base in Tuscany (VT) and started to collaborate with the Public Health System (ASL-Viterbo) directing BMC-based projects for children with severe disabilities and their families. She also directed training programs for the educators of the public day care centers of Viterbo. In 2005 she founded Leben and since 2006 has been directing BMC® training programs in Italy. With Piera Teatini, she translated in Italian Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen’s book Sensing, Feeling and Action, published in 2011 by SomaticaEdizioni. She holds a private practice in Rome and in Tuscany, for adults and children.
Jeanette Engler trained in movement, modern and postmodern dance, releasing techniques, improvisation, tai chi chuan, aikido and qi gong. While living and dancing in NYC, she studied BMC® with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen. She is certified as a movement and dance teacher, BMC® Practitioner and Teacher, Craniosacral Therapist, Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner and as a certified Osteopath C.O. She lives in Zürich, teaching experiential anatomy and dance improvisation in a professional educational program and maintaining a private practice in Osteopathy, Craniosacral Therapy and Body-Mind Centering®. Since 1998 she has been teaching in European certification programs, and she has been collaborating with Gloria Desideri in BMC® courses organized by Leben in Italy since 2006, feeling a strong affinity with the Italian culture and deepening her relationship with the BMC® Italian community. Under the direction of Gloria Desideri, Jeanette, along with Thomas Greil, will coordinate the BMC® Practitioner Program in Tuscany, 2013-2015.
Thomas Greil is a Practitioner and Teacher of Body-Mind Centering®. Together with Myra Avedon, Jens Johannsen and Friederike Tröscher he started the Chiemsee Program of 2003-2007. He worked for many years as an administrator for BMC® programs and is currently the Educational Director of the Association SOMA, which has been offering BMC® Certification Programs in France since 2006. He travels frequently teaching in other European BMC® Programs and he has been specifically committed in the Infant Developmental Movement Education (IDME) Programs in Italy and Bratislava. He offers private sessions, group classes and parent-baby groups, working with babies, children and adults, specializing in neurological and muscular/skeletal challenges. With Jeanette Engler he will coordinate the Practitioner Program 2013-2015, in Tuscany, Italy.
Marcella Fanzaga is an Occupational Therapist, graduated in Contemporary Dance at the School for New Dance Development in Amsterdam, and attended several other trainings in dance and dance therapy. She is a Somatic Movement Educator (SME) and an Infant Developmental Movement Educator (IDME). She deals with education through somatic movement and dance to support each individual's growth and full development of their expressive, cognitive and emotional capacities. For more than 15 years she has been developing projects directed to people of different ages and educational and therapeutic environments, collaborating with public and private schools of all grades, organizations for supporting birth and parenting, groups of adults, teenagers and children with special needs.
Angelica Costa graduated in psychology and psychomoticity at the Pontificia Universidade Catolica in San Paolo, Brazil. She is a Somatic Movement Educator (SME) and an Infant Developmental Movement Educator (IDME), and has extensive experience working with children 0-6 years old, parents and care-givers. She has lived in Italy since 2006 and has been spreading somatic education through projects designed to support parenting and facilitate movement in educational activities.