SME Program Information

About the Somatic Movement Education program

The Body-Mind Centering® Somatic Movement Educator program introduces students to the foundations and fundamentals of embodiment, through a highly experiential study of embodied anatomy and developmental movement. Students explore the material through multiple modalities, including solo, partner and group movement, giving and receiving touch, witnessing, dialogue and group discussion. Movement, touch, sounding, vocalization, drawing and writing are all engaged in the exploration of cellular liveliness, and in processes of aligning inner experience with outer awareness and expression.

Courses may be taken individually, or, upon successful completion of the entire 500 hour course, students may become a Certified Body-Mind Centering® Somatic Movement Educator, and a Registered Somatic Movement Educator through ISMETA (The International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association). It is also possible to combine courses from BMC programs worldwide to attain certification.

This training is for you if you
•are inspired by the process of embodiment
•want to develop ways to move in consciousness and presence
•have an interest in embodied anatomy and developmental movement
•want to teach movement and hands-on in any setting
•are an artist, therapist, educator or researcher and want to include Body-Mind Centering® in your work

“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.”

-Text copyright Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen,

Schedule and Fees

Courses for the 500+ hour Body-Mind Centering® Somatic Movement Educator program began in October 2019. After a long break due to the pandemic, we resumed with Module 3 in October 2022.

Upcoming courses:

Exact days off may vary slightly pending venue availability.
Classes run approximately 9am-6pm daily.

Notes on course fees:
Fees shown include 10% GST.
New Zealand residents receive a 15% discount.
Course payments received after the listed due date will incur a $75 administrative fee per course ($150 per module).

Homework requirements for those seeking certification include several guidance and private sessions with a certified BMC practitioner or teacher. Fees for these sessions are paid directly to the practitioner, and not included in the course fees.

*The first four courses of the Infant Developmental Movement Educator (IDME) Program – Senses and Perceptions 1, Ontogenetic Development, RRR and BNP – are part of the SME program. These courses can also be taken individually for people who wish to complete the IDME program (not currently being offered at SEA but are available at several other program locations. We hope to be able to offer this in a few years’ time.)

How to Apply

We will review your application and reply as soon as possible. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until the course is full. Once your application is accepted, you will need to pay a deposit of $250 per course to confirm and hold your place.

We request that the remaining balance be paid 3 months before the start of a course. Payments after this date will incur a $75 administrative fee per course.
The balance must be paid in full before the first day of the course.