We are excited to announce new Body-Mind Centering® programs in Melbourne, Australia and New York City, United States!
Somatic Education Australasia join the current licensed training organizations around the world and Sonder Movement Project is adding a second program to their current offerings.
Somatic Education Australasia (SEA) is happy to announce the first Body-Mind Centering® certification program in Australia.
The Body-Mind Centering® Somatic Movement Education Program begins October 2019 in Melbourne. SEA is a collaboration between Olive Bieringa, Otto Ramstad and Kim Sargent-Wishart, created to provide Body-Mind Centering® licensed trainings to Australasia and support the development of somatic arts, education and research locally and worldwide.
Olive is a dance-maker, Certified Practitioner and Teacher of Body-Mind Centering®, Registered ISMETA Somatic Movement Therapist and Educator, with an MFA in Performance & New Media, a BA in Dance, and a shiatsu certification. She has been co-teaching internationally with Otto for over twenty years. Originally from Aotearoa/New Zealand, she has been wanting to bring a BMCsm certification program to New Zealand and Australia for many years to cultivate an expanded conversation around movement, consciousness, education, and somatic practice.
Otto is a choreographer, dancer, Certified Practitioner and Teacher of Body-Mind Centering®, and currently pursuing an MA in Choreography at Oslo National Academy for the Arts. His BMCsm journey began at just six years old in his first dance classes with Suzanne River, a Certified Body-Mind Centering® Practitioner. Otto has been co-teaching internationally with Olive for over twenty years, offering BMCsm workshops annually in New Zealand since 2004. He also applies somatic work in skateboarding and snowboarding.
Kim has been a Certified Body-Mind Centering® Practitioner since 1999, is a Registered Somatic Movement Educator and Therapist with ISMETA, and is currently enrolled in the BMCsm Teacher Training. She has a BA in Dance, worked as a bodyworker and Pilates-based movement instructor for over 20 years, and completed a practice-led PhD in Performance Studies in 2016. She regularly offers workshops and professional development in the greater Melbourne region, with a special interest in the dialogue between somatics, creative arts practices, and meditation.
Kim, Olive, and Otto first danced together in the San Francisco Bay Area in the 1990s, and collaborated, along with Michael Ridge, to host Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen on her 2017 Australia/NZ teaching tour. It was during this tour that the idea for Somatic Education Australasia began to crystallize and become a reality.
The 2019 – 2022 Body-Mind Centering® Somatic Movement Educator program will be held at the beautiful and historic Abbotsford Convent in Melbourne. Course modules will be held twice a year for approximately three years.
The program will be taught in English with an international faculty, including program directors and senior teachers. In addition to Olive, Otto, and Kim, teachers include Jens Johannsen (DE), Friederike Troscher (DE), Gloria Desideri (IT), Mary Lou Seereiter (USA), Rebecca Haseltine (USA), Amy Matthews (USA), and Sarah Barnaby (USA).
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New York City
Sonder Movement Project is happy to announce that it will be offering the Infant Developmental Movement Education Program (IDME) in Rhode Island and New York City.
The four developmental movement courses are being offered in conjunctions with the Somatic Movement Education Program in Cranston, RI, beginning February 16, 2019. Those courses are:
- Senses and Perception 1
- Basic Neurocellular Patterns (BNP)
- Primitive Reflexes, Righting Reactions, and Equilibrium Responses (RRR)
- Ontogenetic Development
The IDME 1 and IDME 2 courses will be offered beginning in October 2020 at Babies Project in New York City.
Sonder Movement Project’s SME and IDME programs are directed by Amy Matthews, who is a Body-Mind Centering® Teacher and Practitioner, and a graduate of the Infantant Developmental Movement Education program. Amy is also the co-founder and co-director of Babies Project in NYC, where she works with Sarah Barnaby to offer free and low-cost IDME sessions to babies, caregivers, and other adults.
We are delighted that IDME training and certification will be available in the United States, and in New York City where Amy has worked with hundreds of babies since 2008. We hope the program will draw professionals who are interested in expanding their approach to working with infants as well as anyone interested in developing and deepening their understanding of how we all began the life-long process of learning to move, learning to relate to others, and learning to learn.
The IDME courses will be taught in English by Thomas Greil and Amy Matthews, with additional teaching by Sarah Barnaby.
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