(The following seminars are listed in no particular order.)
Updated as more details become available.
Building Fearless Flawsome JEDI Leaders (Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion): Disrupting Oppression through Self Reflection
Presenter: Farah Fancy
Description: This interactive session will build resilience as Fearless Flawsome Leaders without feelings of shame, imposter syndrome, or self-doubt as BIPOC (or those who support BIPOC communities). We will examine our implicit bias that limit our potential and cause stress, burnout, and further engrain oppression. We will take radical ownership of our power as we harness the potential of our suppressed selves. Visceral and embodied exercises will help to reveal our individual values followed by participants developing a personal roadmap of self-reflection, re-evaluation and action that leads to daring to be audaciously visible, aligned, and in harmony with “do no harm”. Imagine the possibilities if we model diversity and inclusion in practice and allow our authenticity to rise as we strip off the cultures that do not belong to us. It is time to eliminate the binary and rise from the unique place you are.
Bio: As an international public speaker and consultant, she shifts mindsets and strips away norms to increase respect, inclusion and justice. Farah’s holistic approach as “Artist Doula”, fuses the arts, therapeutic techniques and ethnography for leaders to reduce shame, and improve self-worth, relevance and resiliency. As an Indigenous woman, and a divorced mom of two girls she commits to building a diverse community of leaders who are proud to be fearless and flawsome.
For 25 years, she has been working with organizations, institutions and communities using the arts and creativity as a tool to resolve structural problems and foster economic development, cultural understanding and innovation. Her successes include facilitating programs and workshops for over 100,000 people, producing over 30 performances, implementing 6 community projects for social change, co-founding the Dance Movement Therapy Association in Canada and Le Groupe Herencias.
Farah promotes a focus on identity, respect and empathy to de-colonize behaviours so we can dare to be audaciously visible and aligned beings.
Right to Embody: Polyvagal-informed DMT--A Human Rights Framework
Presenter: Dr. Amber Elizabeth Gray
Bio: Dr. Amber Elizabeth Lynn Gray, Executive Director of The Kint Institute, is an award winning dance movement therapist and human rights psychotherapist. Amber has worked for 23 years with people who have survived human rights abuses, war and torture. She originated Restorative Movement Psychotherapy , a framework for dance, movement, mindfulness and creative arts therapies with refugees and survivors of torture, and Polyvagal-informed Dance/Movement and Somatic Therapies for trauma, based on many years of friendship and collegial idea sharing with Stephen Porges.
She is an innovator in the field of staff care for first responders in disasters and complex humanitarian emergencies. She is a regular conference presenter and keynote speaker, and has authored many peer-reviewed publications on movement therapies and trauma. A lover of all things wild, she regularly leads eco-somatic, “wild-zeness” retreats for survivors of trauma.
Using Movement to Release Relationship-Rooted Trauma
Presenter: Dr. Charla Lewis
Description: Dr. Char will discuss the concept of relational trauma and the impact it has on clients' ability to feel safe and form healthier relationships. In this experiential workshop, participants will learn basic grounding techniques, embodied storytelling activities, and practical ways to heal fractured attachment processes. The intention of this workshop is to help participants, their clients, their loved ones foster more genuine connections and community with others.
Bio: Dr. Charla Lewis (Dr. Char) is a clinical psychologist who is pursuing her R-DMT credential. She currently works at an outpatient facility providing psychotherapy, professional training/ supervision, and psychological assessment services in the Dallas /Ft. Worth area. Dr. Lewis brings over 15 years of mental health work and her lifetime love of dance and expression to create unique healing experiences for her clients and workshop participants.
Moving Through Mud: Holding the Grief Your Clients Carry
Presenter: Grace Bella Harman, R-DMT, LPC
Description: This workshop is designed for therapists/clinicians/space-holders to understand and more effectively hold the grief the people they work with carry. It will include meditation, reflection, didactic discussion and an embodied experiential. It will be guided by an understanding of grief as both sacred and unbound by the rules of linear time and as the root of many mental health challenges and therefore a potent source of individual and collective transformation and healing. The goals are:
For participants to more deeply understand their own beliefs about grief and how they communicate those beliefs non-verbally.
To destigmatize grief and the myriad of ways it is embodied.
To offer clinicians a framework and tools to work with grief using the body
Bio: Grace is a dance/movement therapist and counselor currently based in Chicago. Following the death of her mom in 2018 and the personal transformation she experienced as a result, she completed her master’s thesis on the relationship between embodied grief and spirituality. After George Floyd’s murder in the summer of 2020, she began holding Move Your Grief groups to support folx attend to their grief. She now supports individuals who feel stuck in their grief, and holds regular groups, retreats and workshops. All of her work is designed to uplift grieving as an inherently sacred process and support people in accessing their own embodied wisdom and creative processes to attend to the grief they carry.
Creative Dialogues: Explorations of Personal Experiences Across the Globe During the COVID Pandemic Using Creative Arts Improvisations Online
Presenters: Steve Harvey PhD, RPT/S, BC-DMT, RDT, E.
Connor Kelly, MA, BC-DMT, LPC, DTAA
Description: The presenters began the Creative Dialogues project in early Feb 2020 when the pandemic had closed China. We invited a small group of creative arts therapists from the East and West to join in a Zoom room and used dance, art, poetry, and storytelling improvisations to communicate personal experiences with the COVID pandemic. As the health crisis spread across the world we decided to continue and reached out to others in different countries and cultures. We initially began with a person from one country telling a story of their experiences with the health crisis and they would select a person from another country to improvise a dance in response to see if we could develop understandings of the subjective experiences of people in other parts of the world. As the crisis continued, our improvisational forms expanded to include musical vocalization, use of duets and trios and co-creating fairy tales that used different languages to help summarize the themes for our sessions.
In this workshop, we will use video and art examples to present the major themes that have emerged from these expressions and how themes have changed with the spread of pandemic and over time. We will offer the opportunity for participants to join us in co-creating improvisations of their personal experience with the health crisis if interested. We plan on including some colleagues from the East and a singer from here in Guam.
Steve Harvey PhD, RPT/S, BC-DMT, RDT is currently doing psychological consultations in schools and is an adjunct faculty member in the Clinical Psychology department at the University of Guam. Previously Steve worked as the Consultant Psychologist with the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service in New Plymouth, New Zealand. Prior to becoming involved in mental health, Steve was active in improvisational dramatic/dance performance. He and his wife Connor have developed and continue to practice Physical Storytelling in several countries. Besides being a clinical and educational psychologist, Steve is a registered with the American Dance, Drama, and Play Therapy Associations and has been an active contributor towards the integration of expressive modalities. He has led workshops in movement-based family play therapy internationally for last thirty years. He is currently presenting and publishing arts-based research using Physical Storytelling in cross cultural contexts.
E. Connor Kelly, MA, BC-DMT, LPC, DTAA (Prof DMT) is currently a Professional Lecturer in the Dance/Movement Therapy program at the University of Auckland, New Zealand and works as a DMT in a school setting and with Circle of Care for cancer survivors. She supervises and mentors DMTs and students in Australasia where she introduced introductory workshops in DMT and Authentic Movement in the early 2000s. She continues offering retreats in NZ and currently teaches an online Authentic Movement course. She has experiences with many different populations including people with disabilities, brain injured adults, frail elderly, and children. She has attended workshops with many DMTs pioneers and interned with Dr Judith Kestenberg. She teaches DMT in many countries including Taiwan, New Zealand and Australia and is on the faculty of Inspirees Institute in China. She currently acts as regional convenor for the DTAA committee and splits her time between Guam and New Zealand.
Aligning Your Inner Self
Presenter: Christina E. Fontenelle
Description: Aligning Your Inner Self series is based on the Expressive Arts modality to focus on self-control, emotional regulation and empowerment. Participants will enjoy a workshop experience created just for them! This workshop will be a holistic wellness experience for all the participants' mental, emotional and physical needs. It is specifically designed to review tangible self-care strategies as a vibrant e-community to encourage participants to reflect on their needs as a caregiver.
Bio: Christina E. Fontenelle is a tri-lingual Holistic Health Coach. She identifies as an Afro-Latina Artist that focuses in psychotherapy and works from an Expressive Arts multi-modal approach specializing in Art & Dance/Movement Therapy. She is also the author of 𝘈𝘭𝘪𝘨𝘯𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘠𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘐𝘯𝘯𝘦𝘳 𝘚𝘦𝘭𝘧 𝘔𝘦𝘥𝘪𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘑𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘯𝘢𝘭.
She attained her Masters of Arts in Art Therapy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) known as one of the most influential programs in North America and internationally. Christina also graduated from 92Y Harkness Dance Center’s Alternate Route Dance/Movement Therapy program in New York.
Christina is the CEO & Founder of two mental health companies Fontenelle Art & Aligning Your Inner Self. Fontenelle Art, LLC is a Mental Health & Creative Arts Wellness company that aims to serve communities by providing 𝐀𝐫𝐭 & 𝐌𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭–𝐛𝐚𝐬𝐞𝐝 approaches to professional development, mental health awareness, and community cohesion to help you 𝐀𝐥𝐢𝐠𝐧 𝐘𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐈𝐧𝐧𝐞𝐫 𝐒𝐞𝐥𝐟. Aligning Your Inner Self, LLC provides 1:1 life coaching to help individuals strategize effective ways to shift your life to live a purpose-filled life.
CREATIVITY UNLEASHED: Disrupting our own inner narratives and expanding the possibilities of the ways we work and live.
Presenter: Jennifer Giuglianotti
Description: Creativity -- bringing something to life that hasn’t existed before -- Is the direct result of challenging yourself to think and move differently.
Topics we will explore:
How our inner inner-dialogue is either limiting or expansive.
Ways dance/movement therapists can embrace other art-forms through the lens of movement
How to release self-doubt in growing your business
A day in the life in private practice and how each session can be creatively unique.
Whether it’s building your own practice YOUR way or creating retreats, we can create the life we have dreamed about. Our existence in this moment in history has been the ultimate challenge of creativity: We can perceive this stressful time by thinking “out of the box in a pandemic”;. As creative beings, we have been offered a creative challenge: What is possible to make with limited resources? From modeling clay to therapy games, movement meditations to creative drawing, and sound healing, integrating modalities provides a multimedia approach to your client’s progress. We will explore all of the ways you, as a human first, love to express your creativity. Not limiting yourself to one practice in your own life prepares you to hold space for your clients and expands your opportunities for growth.
Creativity is really just your ability to associate two disparate ideas in a way that others haven’t thought of before. I will share my own creative process of combining two modalities into “Choreography on Canvas”; and how this led me to where I am today.
Bio: Jennifer Giuglianotti is a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist and Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist in New York. Jennifer is the founder and Clinical Director of Balanced Life Movement, a Creative Arts Therapy, PLLC with a team of diverse Creative Arts Therapists offering individual and group therapy for all ages. Jennifer blends talk therapy with body-centered approaches, such as Dance/Movement Therapy (DMT), play therapy, meditation, and art-making into her practice. Her creative approach is grounded in Gestalt therapy, which asserts that our bodily experiences form the base of our relationships in the world. When words are not enough, movement and art languages can communicate the feelings surrounding trauma and illness in an effort to better understand and heal those complex feelings.
Te Kanikani: A dance of bicultural practice in Aotearoa New Zealand
Presenter: Jan McConnell DTAA (Prof), MAAT, PGDip HSc, PNZ is a Dance
Description: This experiential workshop invites you to explore your own cultural resonance and references through the lens of the NZ Māori health model Te Whare Tapa Whā. This model was developed by Sir Mason Durie, a Māori academic, in the early 1990s in Aotearoa New Zealand. Maōri are the indigenious peoples of New Zealand and this model gave voice to a Te Ao Māori worldveiw of wellbeing within the New Zealand health system. Te Whare Tapa Whā is based on the four walls or pillars of the wharenui (meeting house) and that in order for the house to be strong, each pillar must also be strong otherwise the house will be unbalanced. These four pillars of Hauroa (well-being) represent Taha Tinana (physical), Taha Wairua (spiritual), Taha Hinegaro (mental and emotional) and Taha Whanau (family and social wellbeing).
The gifting of this model to New Zealand by Sir Mason Durie means that within New
Zealand health frameworks sit indigenous models of health that emphasize social-emotional-spiritual and physical connection in wellbeing, not only for Māori, but for all New Zealanders. This supports the development and evolution of bicultural, equitable and co-created DMT models and practice. Through exploring our own expression of cultural being through the lens of this Maōri model, we are invited to listen and learn from the ancient wisdoms of peoples and tribes that hold within them the understanding of deep interconnections of the whole. Perhaps this listening must come through the universality of our bodies, supporting a shared embodied understanding of the other while honouring the difference of our dance.
Intellectual: Mid to high - suitable for practitioners and those more experienced in
embodiment and movement practice
Emotional: Mid to high - ability to self-manage and self-regulate and to reflect and
practice self- compassion
Bio: Jan McConnell DTAA (Prof), MAAT, PGDip HSc, PNZ is a Dance
Movement Therapist, Arts Therapist and Physiotherapist based in Northland New
Zealand. She holds a Masters of Arts Therapy with a special interest in integrative
dance therapy. Areas of specialty include community mental health, child development, disability and care of the elderly/dementia/palliative care. She is active in the development of dance movement therapy in Aotearoa. Her work centers around
bicultural practice in collaboration with Kaupapa Māori (Māori theory, prinicpals and
practice) to provide relevant DMT models for the groups and populations she works with in Northland New Zealand. She believes the voice of first nation peoples have much to offer the DMT community globally and that DMT can become a medium for embodied listening and cultural understanding. She is of Scottish and Irish decent and identifies with Nagti Kahu and Te Rarewa though her children.
Embodied Ethical Decision-Making: Pathology vs. Spirituality & Cultural Relationships
Presenter: Megz Roberts, MA, R-DMT, RMT, CPT
Description: In this interactive presentation, we are addressing power dynamics in ethical decision making in healthcare environments. We will explore a real case scenario where ethical decision-making deeply impacted not only the client, but also the clinician, and healthcare practice. This case involves a Mexican-American male client, diagnosed with severe PTSD, who could see, feel and talk to spirits. His therapist, an African-American interning dance/movement therapist who identified as spiritual, hit a staggering halt in their treatment journey when the client began to experience negative symptoms with his spiritual gifts. The client refused to tell his White-American identifying psychiatrist out of fear of being labeled with a diagnosis that could potentially strip him of his spiritual identity. For this presentation, we will discuss and experiment with embodied ethical decision making steps and explore different solutions for navigating cultural dilemmas in every day practice. My goal is to help people work with spirituality in healthcare settings and to also provide an effective way of managing culturally embedded ethical decisions.
Bio: Megz is an entrepreneurial therapist who currently incorporates dance/movement therapy and Reiki healing techniques into their sacred spiritual healing center, Wys Wellness. Megz built a power-sharing ethical decision-making model that is used for therapy, corporations and communities as they navigate culturally embedded dilemmas and relational dynamics. Their model is currently published in the Journal of Dance Therapy and is the foundation of their healing center. Megz embodies cultural and spiritual healing practices as they travel across states educating and learning from other healers.
The Power of Rhythm to Unify & Honor Diversity
Presenter: Suzanne Hastie, MA, BC-DMT, NCC, LPC
Description: “Everything in the Universe has Rhythm, Everything dances.”- Maya Angelou
In this workshop we will explore the richness of rhythms—the rhythms of our most basic biological, development & attachment needs, the rhythms that make us unique, shaping our personality & way of being in the world, the rhythms that influence us--from our family and culture. Moving in a shared rhythm can bring us together and experiencing rhythms that are different than ours can help us honor the diversity in each other while simultaneously expanding who we are individually and collectively. This workshop will draw from the work of Judith Kestenberg and her extensive observations of infants, children and parents’ as we explore, move, and experience the power of rhythm together.
Bio: Suzanne Hastie, MA, BC-DMT, NCC, LPC, Certified KMP Analyst has a private practice in the Lehigh Valley, PA. She studied the Kestenberg Movement Profile (KMP) with Susan Loman and interned with Dr. Judith Kestenberg at her Center for Parents and Children. She has been teaching the KMP since 2000 at Kinections, Drexel University, Naropa University and as an alternate route educator integrating vast clinical skills to enrich teaching. She has written articles and chapters on the KMP. In response to expanding international interest in the KMP, she is teaching KMP online--with students in Israel, Poland, Norway, Netherlands, Australia, Chile, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Canada, United Kingdom, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Thailand, India, and China. She is passionate about the KMP and all it has to offer.
Introduction to the BodyMind Approach® for somatisation
Presenter: Professor Helen Payne, PhD; Reg. UKCP
Description: This innovative, research-informed intervention has been derived from dance movement psychotherapy, the discipline of authentic movement in the lineage of Dr Janet Adler, and integrating mindfulness, experiential learning, group psychotherapy, insecure adult attachment and emotional regulation. The presentation introduces participants to The BodyMind Approach® (TBMA) which has been specifically designed for people experiencing chronic bodily symptoms (medically unexplained symptoms/MUS) for which all tests and scans return as normal. Overall MUS totals 26–35% in primary care and 50% in secondary care. They are extremely costly and there is no proven pathway for recovery.
The TBMA model is biopsychosocial and based on the bidirectionality between body and mind to support people to self-manage their symptoms. Extensive research has been conducted and reported in numerous publications. It has been delivered successfully in the UK National Health Service (primary care) and training is now conducted to practitioners in body and dance movement psychotherapies to deliver in private practice and their health systems.
Bio: Professor Helen Payne, PhD; Reg. UKCP integrative psychotherapist and registered dance movement psychotherapist and supervisor with ADMP UK.
Helen works part time at the University of Hertfordshire, UK where she holds a Chair in Psychotherapy. She conducts research, supervises clinical practice and PhDs, teaches and examines at doctorate level nationally/internationally. She is one of the global leaders in embodied psychotherapy, based on her dance movement psychotherapy background and is trained in Laban Movement Analysis, Person-Centered and Psychodynamic Counselling, Group Analysis and the Discipline of Authentic Movement. She works, or has worked, with children, adolescents and adults and has a small private practice. She is the founding editor-in-chief for the international peer reviewed journal ‘Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy’ published by Taylor and Francis www.tandfonline.com/toc/tbmd20/current
Her publications include: Effectiveness of The BodyMind Approach® for women with depression and medically unexplained symptoms in Taiwan, https://authors.elsevier.com/c/1cYogivMu9WkV
Follow the Flags
Presenter: Dr. Kathlyn Hendricks, Ph. D., BC-DMT
Description: Flags are unconscious signals that something is emerging to be welcomed and included in the wholeness of being. When you learn to get curious about these fascinating movements you can partner more effectively with clients while promoting discovery and agency and disrupting old patterns in friendly ways. Our objectives in this session are to:
• Explore experientially the central movement flags that arise in sessions
• Practice “flag moves” and letting the flags lead
• Consider presence, timing and catching the waves
• Integrate flag moves within existing practices
You can read about flags and other body-centered practices in my book At the Speed of Life, co-authored with Gay Hendricks.
Bio: Kathlyn Hendricks, Ph.D., BC-DMT, has been an evolutionary catalyst, successful entrepreneur and body intelligence pioneer since the 1970s. Kathlyn earned a Ph.D. in Transpersonal Psychology and has been a Board Certified-Dance/Movement Therapist of the American Dance Therapy Association since 1975. Passionate about the power of embodied integrity and emergence, her work explores the how of consciousness, the structures and practices that befriend and transform fear into presence, connection and creative solutions. She is the co-author of twelve books, including the best-selling Conscious Loving, At The Speed of Life and the new Conscious Loving Ever After: How to Create Thriving Relationship at Midlife and Beyond. Katie has developed a unique coaching and leadership program that has trained hundreds of leaders in the U.S. and Europe. She co-founded the Spiritual Cinema Circle and the virtual Body Intelligence Summit. She has appeared on over 500 radio and television programs and traveled well over one million air miles as the ambassador for the work that she and her husband Gay Hendricks have developed.
Soma and the Body: A Panel Exploring the Intersections of Theory, Practice, and Education in Somatic, Movement, and Therapy
Panelists: Dr. Ryan Kennedy, T. Zea Leguizamon, Elisabeth Osgood-Campbell, Susan Bauer, Dr. Rae Johnson, Dr. Martha Eddy, Dr. Isha Vela
This panel is designed to explore the similarities and differences among fields of dance/movement therapy, somatic movement therapy, somatic psychology, somatic education, dance education, and more! It is starting point for necessary conversation in challenging education and practice standards.
Dr. Ryan Kennedy, PsyD, RN, BC-DMT, CIGT, CLMA, CMT, RSME/T, E-RYT-200, YACEP, is the founder and executive director of Noeticus Counseling Center and Training Institute® in Denver, Colorado, USA as well as former core faculty in the MA Somatic Counseling Psychology degree program at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, USA. He has practiced as a psychotherapist in a broad range of psychiatric and addiction recovery treatment settings since 1993 and served as a clinical supervisor and counselor educator since 1996. His professional background includes extensive work with graduate and post-graduate training, particularly in the areas of experiential learning, contemplative education, spiritual emergence, diversity and equity, social and restorative justice, addiction and recovery, creative process work, expressive arts therapies, and body-centered psychotherapy. He has served on the Boards of Directors for both the American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA) and the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association (ISMETA) as well as on the advisory panel with the international journal, Body, Movement, and Dance in Psychotherapy, published by Routledge/Taylor and Francis.
T. Zea Leguizamon RMST/E has worked at the intersection of violence prevention & health disparities since 1996. In 2001 Zea turned towards embodiment; became involved in the birth of the transformative change movement; herein distilling their lens of somatics through sociosomatics or somatics in relations. Zea’s work has been noted in: Embodied Social Justice, Mindful Movement, and The Embodied Teen.
Zea had furthered sociosomatics at locations including : the U.S. Social Forum, Association for Joteria Arts & Activism & Scholarship, Women’s Environmental Institute, Friends for a Nonviolent World, Asian Women United of MN, and Ramsey Country Sexual Assault Services, and the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy.
Elisabeth Osgood-Campbell is a somatic movement educator and expressive arts therapist who cherishes the Body as an ongoing, creative process. As a member of Tamalpa Institute’s faculty and the Continuum Teachers Association, she facilitates embodied awareness practices for groups and individuals across the lifespan. After serving on the Board of Directors of ISMETA for 9 years, Elisabeth currently acts as Co-Chair of its Research and PublicationsCommittee and Co-Chair of the Diversity, Equity, and Justice Action Group. She authored an academic article on the educational implications of the philosophical concept of embodied cognition* and presents internationally on the impact of movement on human development. For more information: elisabethosgood.com.
Susan Bauer (MFA, RSME/T, RSDE) is a dance and somatic educator living in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is the founder of Embodiment in Education™ and offers workshops and teacher certification trainings internationally. Susan is the author of The Embodied Teen: A Somatic Curriculum for Teaching Body-Mind Awareness, Kinesthetic Intelligence, and Social and Emotional Skills (North Atlantic Books), based on 30 years of teaching in the U.S and abroad. She also has a private practice as a somatic educator/therapist, informed by her background in dance, Authentic Movement, and Body-Mind Centering®. Susan served on the Board of the International Somatic Movement Educators and Therapists Association (ISMETA) and has taught at several universities, including University of San Francisco and Denison University in the U.S., and Taitung University in Taiwan. Susan is also a past Fulbright Scholar to Bali, Indonesia. She holds and MFA in Dance from UCLA and a MALS in Dance and Movement Studies from Wesleyan University. www.susanbauer.com.
Dr. Rae Johnson, PhD, RSW, RSMT, BCC is a queer scholar/practitioner who chairs the Somatic Studies specialization in the Depth Psychology doctoral program at Pacifica Graduate Institute. The author of Embodied Social Justice, Rae teaches internationally on embodied activism, nonverbal expressions of implicit bias, and the poetic body. Rae’s community work centers on advocacy and capacity-building in higher education, with a special focus on mental health and the link between social injustice and health disparities. For nearly a decade, they worked closely with equity office colleagues at one of Canada’s largest and most culturally-diverse universities to create and implement a model for supporting students-in-crisis that took into account the social barriers students experience. During that time, Rae authored a guide to supporting students in crisis that was adopted by colleges and universities across the country.
Dr. Martha Eddy is a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist, Teacher of Body-Mind Centering® and Certified Movement Analyst with a doctorate in Movement Science, on the faculty at Empire State College, SUNY, and Princeton University. She is the founder of the non-profit organization Moving For Life as well as the somatic movement therapy trainig Dynamic Embodiment. Martha is a passionate advocate for health through somatic awareness and active embodiment, with a lifelong commitment to the art of dance.
Dr. Isha Vela is a trauma psychologist, somatic-expressive energy alchemist, and founder of (R)evolutionary Rompereglas, an online healing community and coaching business. Through movement, breath, and sound, Isha helps healers, connectors, bridge builders, and purpose-led leaders decolonize their bodymind to harness their fiercest and fullest expression of their life force energy. Before starting Rompereglas, Isha worked with marginalized communities on the Lower East Side of New York and with heart-centered social and racial justice organizers in New Haven. Isha believes everyone has something unique to contribute to the whole and that cultivating one's own sovereignty is key in supporting our collective evolution. She is currently working on a book about internalized colonialism. Isha employs expressive techniques such as sensual movement, breathwork, and vocalizations to help people resolve early trauma, re-member their primal power, and use it in service of connected, embodied leadership. Embodied Relational Presencing is an interoception tool with which one can track sensations with curious, compassionate observation and attention.