Somatic Movement Education Program

with Sonder Movement Project, a licensed organization of The School of Body-Mind Centering®
taught by Sonder’s Director, Amy Matthews, and other BMC® faculty

Various Dates
September 2024 - October 2025

The Somatic Movement Education program explores the richness of the relationship between body, mind, movement and touch in the context of our dynamic Embodied Anatomy and Embodied Developmental Movement approach to Somatic Movement Education.

School for Body-Mind Centering® programs offer an experiential approach to movement, the body, and consciousness. People who study the Body-Mind Centering® approach come from a variety of backgrounds but they all share a common interest in the body-mind relationship and want to learn an in-depth, experiential and embodied approach. Whether you are involved with a movement practice (yoga, dance, athletics, martial arts, etc.), work in a therapeutic setting (occupational therapy, physical therapy, psychotherapy, child development, etc.), or are engaged in other expressive arts (visual arts, music, etc.), our programs offer an opportunity for professional development and/or personal growth.

Most courses in this program may be taken individually or in combination for personal growth or professional enrichment without commitment to the entire program.

You must apply and be accepted to the program before registering. 

Please click the button below or visit www.sondermoves.com/apply to apply.

Registration is only for participants who have been accepted via Sonder Movement’s application process. 

Please do not register unless you have already been accepted.

Who is it for?

For lovers of movement! 

If you teach any kind of movement practices, or simply love moving your body, this program will inspire you to keep going deeper.  The knowledge and wisdom imparted in this work is also held in mysteries and questions of what it’s like to embody consciousness.  The lessons and explorations will transport you to the depths of self-knowlege and self-inquiry – where the space to keep questioning meets the foundation for agency to act on what you know and feel.

 

Frequently asked questions

Do I have to do the courses in order? – Nope!

Can I take just one course or do I have to do the whole program? – You can take just one, many or all! And you can piece together the whole program via the BMC® licenced orgs all over the world!

Do I need any kind of previous movement experience or training? – Nope, just honest interest in moving your body and all the supports therein.

Our organs are vital and alive. They provide us with our sense of self, full-bodiedness, and organic authenticity. Organs are the contents within the skeletal-flesh container and carry on the functions of our internal survival — breathing, nourishment and elimination. Organs are the primary habitats or natural environments of our emotions, aspirations, and the memories of our inner reactions to our personal and social histories. They support our postural tone and our feelings, and give volume to our movement.

Fascia provides the tensegrity matrix of the whole body. It wraps around all other structures as one continuous spiraling, multilayered, and multidimensional network of expansive sheaths, enclosed containers and specialized attachments. These specialized attachments are the ligaments. The ligaments set the boundaries of movement between the bones. They coordinate and guide muscular responses by directing the path of movement between the bones and provide specificity, clarity, and efficiency for the alignment and movement of the bones. When all of the ligaments of a joint are actively engaged, the movement of that joint becomes highly specific and is carried effortlessly to surrounding and successive joints. Fascia supports the psychophysical quality of micromovements of condensing and expanding consciousness without specific content within the embracing context of unity. The ligaments support the psychophysical quality of detailed specificity.

Experience first occurs on the cellular level. The nervous system is the recording system of the body. It records our experiences and organizes them into patterns. It can then recall the experience and modify it by integrating it with patterns of other systems and previous experiences. The nervous system is the last to know, but, once knowing, it becomes a major control center of psychophysical processes. It can initiate the learning of new experience through creativity and play. The nervous system underlies alertness, thought, and precision of coordination and establishes the perceptual base from which we view and interact with our internal and external worlds.

The endocrine glands are the major chemical governing system of the body and are closely aligned with the nervous system. Their secretions pass directly into the blood stream and their balance or imbalance influences all of the cells in the body. The glands are the keystone between the organs and the nervous system and between the nervous system and the fluids. They create crystalline psychophysical states through which we are able to experience and understand the universal aspect of self.  This is the system of internal stillness, surges or explosions of chaos/balance and the crystallization of energy into archetypal experiences. The endocrine glands underlie intuition and the perceiving and understanding of the Universal Mind.

The muscles establish a tensile three-dimensional grid for the balanced support and movement of the skeletal structure by providing the elastic forces that move the bones through space. They provide the dynamic contents of the outer envelope of flesh encompassing the skeletal structure. Through this system we embody our vitality, express our power, and engage in the dialogue of resistance and resolution.

Completion of other SME courses is a prerequisit. Time is spent considering what it means to be a professional and how do you transition into this role? This course will cover some of the important issues facing professionals in the somatic field.



For those ready to graduate from the SME program.

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.

– Diane Elliot

The ability to sense, feel and act authentically is primary to the actor’s craft. With Body-Mind Centering®’s rich language of the body and cultivation of embodied states of being, the performer trains in techniques of transformation; developing the capacity for flexible and authentic response to any given circumstance, character, story or choreography.

– Wendell Beavers

Discovering Body-Mind Centering® has been a huge gift. I now know the magic of being human and look forward to integrating this embodiment process for the rest of my life. For me, the permission that you make space for has been the most radically transformative teaching. Thank you for creating this rare and precious space. It taught me that the guru is within – not by ideas, but by knowing in my cells.

– Malia McInerney

About Sonder

SONDER — n. the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own—populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries and inherited craziness—an epic story that continues invisibly around you like an anthill sprawling deep underground, with elaborate passageways to thousands of other lives that you’ll never know existed, in which you might appear only once, as an extra sipping coffee in the background, as a blur of traffic passing on the highway, as a lighted window at dusk.

Sonder Movement Project offers Body-Mind Centering® licensed programs in Somatic Movement Education and Infant Developmental Movement Education. Sonder is run by Amy Matthews (Program & Educational Director) and Theresa Murphy (Administrative Director), with additional SME Staff Kim Sargent-Wishart, Rebecca Haseltine and Wendy Hambidge.

See all instructor bios & Sonder Faculty.

 

Retreat Location

WildHeart is located on 46+ beautiful acres in the Hudson Valley. Retreatants will have the option to stay in a single room, double room, dorm, or camping in either our main retreat center or in private two-bedroom cabins. All options have access to shared kitchens and bathrooms. Daily events will take place in the studio, shared common spaces, and outdoors. Retreatants are welcome to enjoy the lawns, walk in the forest, and swim and boat in the lake during their stay! More info about directions and transportation options HERE.

A Note on Food

We are able to accommodate most diets. We serve meat and dairy daily, and always have vegan and gluten-free options available. If you send us your dietary preferences in advance, we will do our best to make sure there is good food for you at each meal! All living accommodations have access to a full kitchen (separate from the main/commercial kitchen). We will provide breakfast groceries for you to prepare and eat on your own. Lunches and dinners are communal shared meals. Drinks include: coffee and tea, dairy and non-dairy milk, lemon and lime juice for water, red and white wine.

Housing Options

A range of housing options at WildHeart ideally help make this retreat financially accessible. SME participants are also welcome to secure their own housing in the area, without booking through WildHeart.

  • Single-occupancy / private room: $100/night
  • Double-occupancy room, shared with one other retreat participant: $60/night
  • Single bed in our spacious “Dorm,” sharing a big room with a maximum 5 other people: $30/night
  • Camping, with shared bathroom / shower / kitchen access. (Bring your own gear.) $30/night
 
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