Embryo FLOW: Exploring Embryonic Development ​with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen & Christine Cole

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June 23, 2016 - 5:00pm - June 26, 2016 - 5:00pm

Our body begins creating its form during our embryological development. 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, the original processes 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, presence, and flow.

The​ weekend​ is ​​geared towards deepening into various theme​s of in utero development, and exploring ​how our cells flow and change to differentiate as we are becoming. It 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® necessary.


Thursday / Christine Cole
5pm Arrival
8-9:30pm Intro to Embryology

Friday / Christine Cole
10am-12:30pm Early Cellular Replication, Migration, Flow, & Timing
2:30-5:30pm Early Cellular Replication, Migration, Flow, & Timing
8pm Music for Dancing

Saturday / Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen
10am-12:30pm Primitive Streak - Central Axis
2:30-5pm Primitive Streak - Central Axis
8-10pm Music & Movement Jam with John Hughes

Sunday / Christine Cole
9am  House Clean
10am-12:30pm  Organ Development, Integration, & Application
2:30-5pm Organ Development, Integration, & Application
5pm Optional Dinner & Departure

Class with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen
Our central vertical axis begins with the primitive streak, the initial structure through which the middle layer, the mesoderm, arises. The site of origin of the primitive streak is the current perineal body in the middle of our pelvic diaphragm on the midline between the sitz bones. The primitive streak gives rise to the central notochord, which gives rise to our vertebral column. The primitive streak also gives rise to our peripheral limbs: our arms, legs, face, and vocal structures. In this workshop, we will explore the embodiment, differentiation, and integration of these structures from both their embryological and current structures.



Tuition, Room & Board (tiered for accessibility)
Professional: $480
Full:                $430
Subsidized:   $380

Work Study

Cancellation policy: We can refund half of your deposit if you cancel by May 23rd, After May 23rd no refunds will be available.

Christine Cole

Christine Cole is a registered Somatic Movement Therapist, Teacher of Body-Mind Centering®, and Practitioner of Integrative Acupressure, with a practice in Body-Mind Centering® that extends over 30 years. She's held faculty positions at the School for Body-Mind Centering® in Amherst, MA, and Amsterdam, Holland, and runs her own training in Boston, Vermont, Montreal, and Northampton, MA. She has a lifelong practice in Contact Improvisation, training in post-modern and improvisational dance and maintains a private practice in Developmental Bodywork in downtown Northampton, MA.

John Hughes

John Hughes is an innovative composer, kora player, percussionist and vocalist whose style ranges from traditional west African rhythms and melodies to quirky and original hypnotic grooves that cross cultural  boundaries and fuse disparate influences. Playing ancient traditional instruments not often heard in the United States, many of which he builds himself, John takes his audience on an intimate tour of universally musical expressions of joy and hope, at once soothing and uplifting.

Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen

Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen is a movement artist, researcher, educator, therapist, and developer of the Body-Mind Centering® (BMCSM) approach to movement and consciousness. BMCSM 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 books Sensing, Feeling and Action, and Mechanics of Vocalization, as well as numerous DVDs on dance, embodied anatomy, embryology, and working with children with special needs. www.bodymindcentering.com


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