Biographies for workshop presenters and circle facilitators 2014

Amy Voris

Amy Voris is a somatic movement facilitator and choreographer.  She has worked in higher education for over a decade delivering a range of of dance-related subjects at Laban, London Contemporary Dance School, Birkbeck College and Coventry University.  Her artistic practice is process-oriented and collaborative.  Her current research is exploring Authentic Movement as a choreographic and creative methodology.

Angela Hayes

Angela Hayes – after other careers in the world of restaurants, French teaching, Angela discovered massage 20 plus years ago and still loves this work and is astounded by the power of touch. She found that her hands, with touch and attention gradually refined until she was often working slowly and quietly, and thus she entered the world of Craniasacral. She has though been puzzled for a long time about the place of movement within all this stillness and longs to explore this hinterland.

Ania Witkowska

Ania Witkowska is a registered Somatic Movement Therapist and Educator (ISMETA). In addition to her private work with adult clients, Ania has a specific focus on working with babies and their parents and offers individual work and a range of courses and workshops on baby development through movement and embodied parenting. Ania spent over a decade in Manchester working with young children and their parents in socially deprived areas and on various projects for the Sure Start scheme in Manchester and Stockport. Having begun her Somatic enquiries with a program at the School for Body Mind Centering in the US  in 2000, she subsequently trained with Linda Hartley in the UK and has assisted on the IBMT Diploma programs in Moscow and Vilnius.  Her workshop series for parents and professionals: “Being Longing Doing: Understanding your Baby’s development in the first year will take place in Moscow in early October.

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Annette Schwalbe

Annette Schwalbe trained as a movement psychotherapist at the Laban Centre London and since 1998 has been working in private, educational, health and creative arts settings. These include her own studios, NHS psychiatric wards and special needs schools in the UK, women rights organisations in Pakistan, and a home for homeless pregnant girls in Kenya. Annette set up and runs a graduate training course in Dance Movement Therapy at Makerere University in Uganda, and co-founded Art2Be, an association of artists and creative therapists who work globally with people experiencing discrimination in their society. Her particular expertise is in working with gender and sexuality, complex psychosomatic symptoms, life threatening illness.

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Dawn Morgan

Dawn Morgan, has been working with movement and dance for 25 years, she is a trained Heartbeat level 5 Rhythms Teacher with a  degree in Psychology and a Masters Degree in Somatic Education. She is currently training with Ray Castellino in Pre and Perinatal Psychology to work with early imprints. Her current ‘Growing Edge is Dancing with Horses as a way to remember and honour our essential connection to the natural world and our wild instinctive selves.


Jane Okondo

Jane Okondo is based in London and has a private practice in Continuum Movement, Somatic Movement therapy and Biodynamic Craniosacral therapy. She is an authorised Continuum Movement teacher and runs regular workshops and retreats in the UK. She is a registered Somatic Movement Therapist RSMT and Educator RSME with ISMETA (International Somatic Movement Education Therapy Association) and continues to run workshops and CPD training for health practitioners in ‘conscious breath in therapeutic practice’.

Lian Wilson
Lian Wilson

Lian Wilson the Creative Director of Tamalpa UK, offering training programmes and public workshops in the Tamalpa Life Art Process® an internationally-recognized expressive arts approach, which combines movement, visual art, and creative writing to access the innate wisdom of the body.  She leads and facilitates Tamalpa Life Art workshops/classes from private to community care, working with Kensington and Chelsea’s Mental Health Carers Support Network, ARRCC (Activities, Respite, Rehabilitation Care Centre); She has presented at The Royal Society for Public Health’s Art and Wellbeing Conference, RESEO Opera & Dance Conference, The Somatic Movement Gathering and the Mind, Body, Spirit Festival. Lian is also a Research Assistant at Canterbury Christ Church University in the Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health, with a special interest in dance and movement and a key role in assisting Professors Stephen Clift and Paul Camic in their role as editors of the forthcoming Oxford Textbook of Creative Arts, Health and Wellbeing. She is a Tamalpa Practitioner, Dancer and registered Movement Therapist RSMT and Movement Educator RSME with ISMETA (International Somatic Movement Education Therapy Association).

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Malcolm at impulstanz by Marta Lamovsek

Malcolm Manning is a somatic movement researcher, educator, mentor and artist. Through his classes, he shares his inquiry of what it is to be a thinking, feeling, moving subject in this world by developing a dialogue with ourselves and our environment in which we are empowered to be our own experts. For the last 13 years he has been based in Finland. He teaches at the Finnish Theatre and Performing Arts Academy and helped establish the one-year Dance And Somatics programme at ISLO, Joensuu. He offers his work as a resource for performing arts professionals in dance centres, for dance companies, at festivals, and on higher education programmes in Europe and the USA. He has also developed a workshop series for the general public called BodySchool in which applies his work to everyday life situations. He is certified to teach the Feldenkrais Method® and the Body And Earth work developed by Andrea Olsen and Caryn McHose. He studied for two years at SNDO Amsterdam and has an MA in Dance Pedagogy. He made extensive studies of Contact Improvisation, Authentic Movement, Movement Shiatsu, Body Mind Centering and experiential anatomy.

Mari Winkelman

Mari Winkelman is an ISMETA registered Somatic Movement Therapist and Educator with an MA in Dance and Somatic Wellbeing and a PG Diploma in Psychosynthesis Counselling. She is currently undertaking studies with Linda Hartley and embarking on the Circles of Four apprenticeship of the Discipline of Authentic Movement as taught by Janet Adler. She is passionate about embodiment as a recognition of who we are on Earth, being willing to really come home to ourselves for our own health and for the health of the natural world. She offers group classes and one-to-one sessions in Stroud, Gloucestershire and her approach is meditative experiential anatomy, encouraging each person to slow down and find their unique rhythms and movement shapes. Mari has also co-founded Health Moves, a not-for-profit partnership with the aim of bringing somatic movement and dance for health and wellbeing to service users and staff in public health, education, the voluntary sector and corporate organisations.

Paul Beaumont
Paul Beaumont

Paul Beaumont is a practitioner and trainer working with Somatic and Developmental Movement based in Devon. He has studied in USA (at Moving On Centre) and the UK (with Helen Poynor & Linda Hartley) in a range of body/movement disciplines, and is a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist (ISMETA). He has taught in Higher Education and was an Associate Practitioner with JABADAO, a national charity that focuses on the significance of movement for our learning, development & wellbeing, working intensively with their Developmental Movement Play Approach. Paul now works in Early Years Education, 1:1 with children with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties and has a private practice working with babies, young children and their parents, as well as adults. He has also had an interest in supporting men’s somatic work, through his ‘Men Moving’ workshops.

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Penny Collinson

Penny Collinson is Course Leader of MA Dance & Somatic Wellbeing: Connections to the Living Body, an ISMETA Approved Training Programme at the University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK, and is Senior Lecturer on the New York City sister programme. Penny has worked as a contemporary dance performer (Ludus, Motionhouse, Penny Collinson & Co) and lecturer since 1992. She has trained for many years with Linda Hartley and holds a Diploma from the Institute for Integrative Bodywork and Movement Therapy (IBMT). She has also studied Authentic Movement with teachers Joan Davis, and Susan Schell, and was fortunate to receive the Lisa Ullmann Travelling Scholarship Fund (2002) to attend a summer workshop at the Authentic Movement Institute, with Tina Stromsted and Neala Haze. Penny completed her Masters by Research in 2005 entitled, “See and Be Seen: A Quality of Presence. An Investigation of Authentic Movement in creative process and performance” (Manchester Metropolitan University, UK). Penny is a registered Somatic Movement Educator with ISMETA and runs a private practice from her home in Lancashire. Forthcoming publications include:  Collinson, P. (2014) ‘Re-sourcing the body: embodied presence and self-care in working with others (2014): A chapter submission in ‘Attending to Movement: Somatic Perspectives on Living in this World’ (Coventry University). And, Collinson, P. (2014) ‘Embodied dialogue: Applying principles of presence in somatic movement education with clients.’ in the online Journal of Authentic Movement and Somatic Inquiry.

Susanna Recchia

Susanna Recchia is a dance-artist and somatic movement teacher. She has taught release technique, improvisation and movement research extensively in the UK, Italy, Germany, The Netherlands and Iceland. Her fields of practice are dance, improvisation and yoga, and she shifts between performing and teaching in academic, professional and community contexts. The thread between the forms she teaches is Experiential Anatomy and the moving self experienced from within. She is deeply interested in Improvisation, Somatic Practices, Experiential Anatomy and the living body in relation to the environment. Her main interest at the moment is in finding joy, pleasure and flow in movement and she believes in the importance of playing seriously, combining deep attention and lightness of spirit.

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Tracy Burgess

Tracy Burgess is a London based Artist, Tutor and explorer of Spontaneous Qigong, Breathwork, Sounding, Movement and Dance. Artistically she works across disciplines of Abstract Painting, Mixed Media Drawing, Photography and Poetry and runs her own Drawing classes and Teaches 1 : 1.  She also works closely in collaboration with Dancers, Choreographers and Musicians exploring the interplay between art forms and is an Associate of Spiralarts Dance Theatre company. She practices 5Rhythms dance regularly and Qigong daily. She studied Fine Art at Nottingham Trent university in the early 90’s where she specialised in Sound installation. Her approach to creativity is organic, intuitive, exploratory and spontaneous and is heavily influenced by her interest in Eastern philosophies and movement practices which are integral to her process in painting and drawing. Her focus is on Movement both physically and visually and on allowing a creative freedom of expression to flow and evolve within a creative space. Giving space to enable the work to breathe into life in unexpected and surprising ways, responding and being present to interact with the possibilities of what might arrive in the moment, through the movement of energy.