Study Group begins 12 April

Our online weekly study group will resume for 4 weeks for participants in Part 2 of Building Vitality, Strength, Flexibility, Flow, and Ease through Embodying Our Muscles: A Body-Mind Centering® Approach, with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen. All are welcome.

Tuesdays 12 April – 3 May
11:00-12:30 CET
7-8:30pm AEST (Melbourne)
9-10:30pm NZST (Auckland)

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Please sign up for each session you want to attend as the zoom link will not be the same each week. Sessions will not be recorded.

We are offering this study group series as a fundraiser, in an effort to support people and communities facing very difficult situations. Please consider a donation to one of these organizations, or the charity of your choice, in lieu of payment:

Bundjalung Community Flood Relief – by Koori Mail (supporting remote Bundjalung Aboriginal communities devastated by the recent floods)

Community Self-Help (supporting refugees from the war in Ukraine)

For participants in Bonnie Bainbridge Cohens’ upcoming workshop series Building Vitality, Strength, Flexibility, Flow, and Ease through Embodying Our Muscles: A Body-Mind Centering® Approach, part 2.

A chance to explore material from Bonnie’s classes, ask your questions and share your experience. Sessions are facilitated by Body-Mind Centering® teachers and held on zoom.

Any questions? Feel free to contact us at

Study Group begins 1st February

We are offering an online weekly study group for participants in Bonnie Bainbridge Cohens’ upcoming workshop series Building Vitality, Strength, Flexibility, Flow, and Ease through Embodying Our Muscles: A Body-Mind Centering® Approach.

The study group is a chance to be guided through some further explorations of material from Bonnie’s classes, ask your questions and share your experience. Sessions are facilitated by SEA directors Olive, Otto and Kim and held on zoom.

You can sign up for the study group here:
Registration is on a sliding scale, from $20 – $160 for the 8 weeks. If you want to participate but can’t pay, just email us to sign up.

We’ll meet Tuesdays 1 February – 22 March 2022, 9:30-11 CET / 7:30-9pm AEDT.
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Commonalities & Distinctions: Body-Mind Centering® & Contact Improvisation

This is also something very common between BMC and CI. We are very direct, and we explore. You can be direct and precise and explore at the same time. It does not have to be like an answer; we start from a point. And also this way of transmitting has a lot to do with performance. You teach and you convey—with gestures—while looking at each other. Communication has embodiment all the time; BMC has really developed that part of it.

Otto Ramstad

Our educational director, Otto Ramstad, spoke with Gregory Chevalier about his lifelong movement practices, and connections between BMC and Contact Improvisation. The interview, published in the Winter 2019 edition of Contact Quarterly, is available here by kind permission of CQ. Otto, who started dancing at six years of age with BMC practitioner Suzanne River, discusses his recent project Lineage, and the ways that BMC and Contact Improvisation explore activism, empathy, touch, and more.

Download the full article here: Chevalier and Ramstad CQ Winter Spring 2019

CQ Winter/Spring 2019

You can subscribe to CQ and order back issues here.

Upcoming workshops

For upcoming workshops and online courses with SEA faculty, please visit:

Olive Bieringa & Otto Ramstad

Kim Sargent-Wishart

Rebecca Haseltine

Amy Matthews & Sarah Barnaby (Babies Project)

And for practitioners & teachers worldwide offering Body-Mind Centering® classes online:

International Body-Mind Centering® classes, workshops and professional trainings

Here are some opportunities to experience BMC wherever you are:

Workshops and Classes

Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen’s teaching schedule
Locate Certified teachers and practitioners of Body-Mind Centering around the world
Olive Bieringa and Otto Ramstad teaching schedule
Kim Sargent-Wishart teaching schedule

Body-Mind Centering Association Annual Conference

School for Body-Mind Centering (SBMC) Licensed Professional Training Programs

These licensed programs offer Professional trainings leading to certificates of:

  • Practitioner of Body-Mind Centering
  • Teacher of Body-Mind Centering
  • Infant Developmental Movement Educator
  • Somatic Movement Educator
  • Body-Mind Centering & Yoga Immersion Series: Foundations in Embodied Anatomy
  • Body-Mind Centering & Yoga Immersion Series: Foundations in Embodied Developmental Movement

These qualified organizations have been licensed to offer the trainings.




BMCA information for students enrolled in a licensed SBMC program

Calendar of Licensed Program Trainings Upcoming courses

Photo by Rosie Dienhart at the 2014 BMCA Conference at Skidmore University in Saratoga Springs, NY, USA,;



This is an excerpt from an article in Bonnie’s book, Sensing, Feeling, and Action. You can get a full, free copy of An Introduction to Body-Mind Centering ® here.

“Body-Mind Centering® (BMCsm) is an ongoing, experiential journey into the alive and changing territory of the body. The explorer is the mind – our thoughts, feeling, energy, soul and spirit. Thought this journey we are led to an understanding of how the mind is expressed thought the body in movement.

Our body moves as our mind moves. The qualities of any movement are a manifestation of how mind is expressing through the body at the moment. Changes in movement qualities indicate that the mind has shifted focus in the body. Conversely, when we direct the mind or attention to different areas of the body and initiate movement from those areas, we change the quality of our movement. So we find that movement can be a way to observe the expression of mind through the body, and it can also be a way to affect changes in the body-mind relationship.

An important aspect of our journey in Body-Mind Centering is discovering the relationship between the smallest level of activity within the body and the largest movement of the body – aligning the inner cellular movement with the external expression of movement through space. This involves identifying, articulating, differentiating, and integrating the various tissues within the body, discovering the qualities they contribute to one’s movement, and the role they play n the expression of mind.

The finer the alignment, the more efficiently we can function to accomplish our intensions. However, alignment itself is not a goal. It is a continuous dialogue between awareness and action – becoming aware of the relationships that exist throughout our body/mind and acting from that awareness. This alignment creates a state of knowing.”

Present and Listening and Curious and Open to Differences

By Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, Olive Bieringa & Alys Longley

“By embodying the process of embryological development, we discover the primal roots of our structure, perception, the ability to respond and to be present”


The workshop explored patterns of movement drawn from Bonnie’s research in embryological development. This work challenged many assumptions embedded in the conventional teaching of dance, yoga, Pilates and other fields, and opened space for the development of movement research practice in Australasia.

Olive: Bonnie, you’ve had this experience in Australia and New Zealand and you’ve taught in so many places. What have you learnt? Or how has this workshop in Titirangi been new or different?

Bonnie: I feel like there’s something here, there’s a receptivity to explore. There was total invitation for whatever I wanted to share, and improvise with it in the mind of the room. For me it’s a sense of place, that’s very, very strong. Also, I was really challenging a lot of basic beliefs. Nancy Stark-Smith and I just created a new article, it will be in the next Contact Quarterly and part of it was about suspending your belief system. Anyway, so what I feel often is that certainly I am asking people … I am challenging their belief systems, all of this ‘core’ business and muscle stuff.

Alys: Can you explain that a little, that we’re suspending our belief about the ‘core’, that we need to strengthen it?

Olive: Or just, how to be able to put preconceived ideas to the side and find a different set of relationships inside your body and with others and in relationship to space?

Alys: When people in the workshop found the developmental pattern, it was such a breakthrough… because suddenly we don’t need to work so hard… that realisation that over-developed core strength can prevent the organs from finding the space needed for the body to be in its healthiest alignment.

Alys: I had another thought, about politics. It’s to do with the first day of our workshop… Bonnie you ran an exercise that enabled us to see the different backgrounds we were coming from. We stood up in groups to acknowledge our training and practice. Somebody said something about ‘community outreach’ and Bonnie said “everybody should be standing up, it’s political. It’s
important that we feel that this work can be shared”. So, I just wanted to ask: What is the politics that needs to be opened up, what is it that somatics creates space for that needs to be shared with communities?

Bonnie: At this time, we have to step into community, we have to be in a community, not just invisible, or visible, we have to actually be active. Because the world needs our voices, our movement, our presence, whatever way we do it.

Alys: What do you think is enabled by the somatic practice that the world needs?

Bonnie: People being present and listening and curious and open to differences.

Olive: And something Bonnie said in Australia was about the importance of not apologising for taking up space. To take space and not apologise for who you are.

Bonnie: The one who differs from everyone else, maybe has the clue. That’s happened so often in history, that the culture’s one way, the new something comes in and its rejected but that’s the one that’s going to lead into the next round.

Alys: It’s a real skill to know when it’s time to stand out and make that political point about the importance of having practices that are about listening and responding rather than dogmatically embodying a pre-set technique.

Olive: Bonnie, how for you does the embryology fit into that conversation?

Bonnie: That we were present when we came into body. We actually have our history as a current practice. Isn’t that extraordinary? It’s extraordinary!

Olive: It’s almost like we’re time travelling (in embryology work) when we touch our tissue or we touch our partner. It’s given me a very tangible approach to work with others, from a sense that we’re creating space and that the space has consciousness.

Bonnie: When I put my hands on someone I don’t know what I’m going to do. There’s a trust in not-knowing. No matter how much experience, just keep not-knowing because we don’t know. But be present and talk to each other, whether non-verbally or verbally.

Alys: Having come into this work and being a real beginner in it, the practice of working with the body that I am now and the body that I was as an embryo has helped me to open new possibilities of alignment and movement.

Bonnie: We can guide somebody but they have to remember it. You can’t teach it, you can only guide, to help them remember at the cellular level, and then the head level after that.

Olive: What happens too is that we’re learning this embryology material but we’re also learning how we learn. There’s all kinds of ways to learn BMC. Is it best for them to watch? Is it best for them to look at pictures? Is it best for them to just receive hands-on? Or to move? So, all of those things are happening in the room … also sleep … It is an act of being present to yourself, and to the room. Then you also come to the material in a way that you’re ready to. That can be very different for different people.

Bonnie: And that there’s room for that.

Olive: I always love that from the first day to the last day of a workshop, watching people … The first day they always come up to the assistants and talk about how they’re not getting things and then by the end they’re in a different place where they realise … they’re unlearning the cortical kind of attachment of their nervous system to get all of the information…

Download the article: Present & Listening & Curious & Open to Differences
Download the full transcript: Full Interview with Bonnie, Olive & Alys

New BMC Book

Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen has released a new book on the Basic Neurocellular Patterns. 40 years in the making, it’s a treasure-trove of information on the BNPs and ways to explore and apply them in practice, filled with beautiful hand-drawn illustrations.


“Weakness, inflexibility, and lack of coordination are often not due to structural or muscular problems but caused by a lack of process. When that process is actualized, we experience strength, flexibility, and ease in our movement and our mind. The Basic Neurocellular Patterns are an exploration of that process.”

– Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen

More information here.


Thinking Bodies : Moving Minds


Thinking Bodes: Moving Minds, a symposium on the art of embodiment

Co-organized by Jane Guthrie, Heather Hill and Kim Sargent-Wishart, Thinking Bodies : Moving Minds is a symposium celebrating the art of embodiment. Leaders in the fields of somatics, dance movement therapy, somatic psychotherapy, embodied performance and more will present their latest research through engaging presentations and experiential workshops. September 15 & 16, 2018 at Abbotsford Convent, Melbourne.