Introduction to Embryological Foundations of Movement: An Embodied Approach

Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen

Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen

Date: Saturday February 20th and Sunday the 21st, 2016
Time: 10AM-4:30PM (Lunch 12:30-2:00)
Location: HSSB Ballet Studio Theater, University of California, Santa Barbara. Map (PDF) Follow the red line on the map.
Cost: $300 for those who register by December 20th, $340 after December 20th.
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It is during our embryological development that our body begins creating its form. As tissues and structures develop, some remain with us, some are transformed into other structures and some fade into the background, no longer existing or recognizable as the original structure. As with all development, though the original processes are no longer with us, they have left us with deep-rooted patterns and templates that affect our movement, mind and spirit. In exploring the embryological developmental process, we discover the primal roots of our structure, perception, respondability and presence. The understanding and integration of these aspects of development give us a doorway into:

1. Inner and outer processes (self and other), the embryonic disc and development of our front body (endoderm), back body (ectoderm) and middle body (mesoderm)
2. Development of our central vertical axis (notochord)
3. Development of our arms and legs

This workshop is for movers, dancers, yoga practitioners, bodyworkers, and those from other body-mind disciplines interested in unraveling the mystery of embryological development as it relates to cellular consciousness, and movement. No prior experience with Body-Mind Centering® is necessary.

Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen is a movement artist, researcher, educator, therapist and developer of the Body-Mind Centering® (BMC®) approach to movement and consciousness. BMC® is an exploration of how we embody our body systems, tissues and cells as well as our developmental movement patterns and embryological development. In 1973 she founded The School for Body-Mind Centering®. Her work has influenced the fields of dance, bodywork, yoga, body psychotherapy, infant and child development and many other body-mind disciplines. She is the author of the book, Sensing, Feeling and Action and numerous DVDs on dance, embodied anatomy, embryology and working with children with special needs. For more information, visit

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