2014 London

7 – 9 November 2014

SMG Team 

Organisers: Mari Winkelman and Jane Okondo.
Assisting team: Paul Beaumont, Susanna Recchia and Mudimo Okondo
The Opening Ceremony was facilitated by Penny Collinson and Amy Voris and the Closing Ceremony was facilitated Dawn Morgan.

The theme from the 2014 Somatic Movement Gathering was, ‘Growing Edges’.

Sandra Reeve
Dr. Sandra Reeve

Practice as research. The Unknown Territory and the Map – with Dr. Sandra Reeve. 

How does someone arrive at the cutting edge of their discipline and continue to keep their curiosity alive? Letting go of the need to be ‘right’; finding the right lenses to explore and articulate a particular area of practice, first through movement, then through the spoken and written word, without losing a sense of the whole – these are the areas we will investigate together, starting from movement. Bring along some theme/task that you are currently investigating in your own practice and we will start from there. (Friday afternoon)

Susanna Recchia

Bouncing, rocking and shaking: repetitive motion to sense the edge – with Susanna Recchia.

Sensations generate movement and movement generates sensation. We will begin with finding the ground, releasing downwards to sense the rebound force that leads us towards standing, walking and running. Through small movements as bouncing, rocking or shaking the invitation is to sustain repetition and notice the personal journey that we experience once exposed to our edge of resistance. Each person is invited to work, at their own pace and alternate action and rest as needed. The session will end with a long relaxation and a moment of exchange in words with the other participants.


BodySchool : An introduction – with Malcolm Manning

When we are born into this world we first encounter it physically. The way we learn to move through it sets the ground for all the other skills that we learn in life. BodySchool is an ongoing workshop series which applies somatic and postmodern dance practices to bring awareness to how we move through everyday life situations in a way that is accessible and relevant to anyone. Malcolm will give a short introductory class to this branch of his work.



Annette moving 3
Annette Schwalbe

Mapping the Collective Body – with Annette Schwalbe.

Annette group sharing
Mapping the Collective Body workshop

A workshop to come into touch with each other and reveal our collective body through moving, marking and tracing together on one big piece of canvas.  The workshop will combine meditative movement, touch work, authentic witnessing and drawing in a way that I have developed over the past 10 years of facilitating Body Mapping with a variety of groups in different countries and cultures.

Paul Beaumont

How do we connect? Somatic based movement work with 3 – 5 year olds – with Paul Beaumont.

The themes in this workshop come from the practice of ‘making connection’ in somatic movement work with young children. You will get the chance to explore themes of space and relationship, finding ways to respond to, connect with and support others. We’ll be noticing what calls us, our impulses and felt responses, and developing our resources to draw on, in movement dialogue and play. Paul will be sharing some frameworks developed in his work in Early Years Education and Private Practice.

Tamalpa UK Level 1 student Self Portrait Performance
Tamalpa UK Level 1 student Self Portrait Performance

How to evaluate the benefits of ‘embodiment and creativity’ and why they both matter – with Lian Wilson.

Participants will have the opportunity to embody for themselves a Tamalpa life Art class and then fill out a tailored questionnaire and review a developing ‘Involvement scale measurement tool’.  The workshop will close with a collective group discussion and debate around what ‘embodiment and creativity’ means to the participants and what aspects feel imperative to be captured and reported.  The information gathered from the workshop will hopefully contribute to and help develop a resource tool that can be used not only for Tamalpa Practitioners but for other Somatic Practitioners to use in evaluating their practices and projects as well for the benefit of others.

Artwork by Tracy Burgess
Artwork by Tracy Burgess
Artist in residence for the Gathering was Tracy Burgess. 



Dark Dancing Me
Paul Beaumont

A sample of the Circles offered in 2014…

Paul Beaumont lead a circle for the men at the gathering. A chance  to get together and share experiences, hopes and ideas. The opportunity to gain support and develop links to build men’s participation in somatic approaches to movement and the body.


Angela Hayes

Angela Hayes lead a circle including an inquiry, ‘Is there space within the edge?’ Differentiation of the one out of the all is a process of creating ‘edges’. How do we  constantly renew ourselves out of the original matrix and find our rhythms that are the shape of our emergence? This inquiry goes to the heart of the question, ‘Are we simply expressions of the universal ground?’ Can we get inside the impulse to move? Can we notice the landscape? Is there even space before movement? Is there time in hesitation?



Sharing Circle at 2012 Gathering

Jane Okondo offered an open sharing circle. A meeting together with other practitioners to share about your current interests in your somatic practice. Bring your own somatic movement experiences, questions and discoveries and join this inquiry…


Mari facilitating session

Mari Winkelman workshopped a circle on on how to offer somatic movement group sessions in short but no less powerful drop-in sessions. Mari has been experimenting with drop-in somatic movement classes since 2010. She would like to explore the conscious and unconscious needs which are brought to a drop-in somatic movement class – the cultural and individual ones. She also enquires into the choice of words used to communicate what somatic movement is or could be. Mari is evolving her approach to offering the work, wanting to stay true to her sense of the potency of somatic connection whilst meeting newcomers to the work with supportive and recognisable ways in. Please come taste Mari’s approach, share your experiences and critiques in this partially experiential discussion forum.