Fall/Winter 2022-23


Moving Between Worlds: Restoring Easeful Movement

Workshop and conversation with Andrea Olsen

Saturday, November 19th, 12 – 2pm

Bitters Co. Barn, Mount Vernon, WA

Workshop: Exploring three practices for embodied living and communication.

A long-time teacher of Authentic Movement and a certified Holden Qi Gong instructor, Andrea has taught internationally for four decades. As well an author of a quartet of books on the body including the just-released Moving Between Worlds: A Guide to Embodied Living and Communicating. She is professor emerita of dance at Middlebury College in Vermont.

Lunch: Warm & light
Conversation: Focused on Andrea’s newly released book, Moving Between Worlds

Andrea will open discussion on the multiple ways that creativity and learning manifest throughout a lifetime.

(includes copy of book)

To confirm participation – 360-466-3550/ (Capped at 10 participants)

Location: Bitters Co., 14034 Calhoun Rd., Mt. Vernon
As we plan to be both in and out of doors for or practice and lunch please dress warmly, with comfortable shoes.


Workshop: Exploring Seven Movement Practices for Embodied Living and Communicating

Sunday, December 4

Dance Studio 33 Hawley, Northampton, MA

11:30 am-12:45 pm

This event is based on explorations in Olsen’s newest book: Moving Between Worlds: A Guide to Embodied Living and Communicating($30, preregistration recommended:

Book Celebration 1-2 pm

A conversation hosted by Sarah Lass with Andrea Olsen, Chris Aiken (preface author), and collaborating visual artists about embodiment in creative work and daily living. (Free)

Books available on site or at Broadside Bookshop in Northampton.


Moving Between Worlds: A Conversation & Workshop about Embodied Living and Communicating.

Wednesday, December 14, 5:30-8pm at Springhouse in Floyd, VA

5:30-6:15 A conversation hosted by Sarah Merfeld Stabler with Andrea Olsen, Scotty Hardwig, and Julia Basso about embodiment in creative work and daily living. This event is based on collaborations for Olsen’s newest book: Moving Between Worlds: A Guide to Embodied Living and Communicating.

6:30-8 pm Workshop: Exploring three movement practices for embodied living and communicating.

Spring 2023 (Details coming soon!)

Friday, February 10, Gainesville, FL             With Alex Springer and Xan Burley @ University of Florida, 10:40 am-12:10 pm

Friday-Sunday, April 14-16, San Francisco, CA (TBC)                              With Molly Rose-Williams and Jill Randall

Thurs, April 20, Monterey, CA    With Ann Flower @ the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey Library 12:30-1:30 pm

Thursday, April 27, Boulder, CO                                         With Caryn McHose @ Boulder Book Store 6:30-7:30 pm

Friday-Sun., June 16-18 (TBC), London            With Caryn McHose & Eeva-Maria Mutka @ Independent Dance, Siobhan Davies Dance Studios 

Early Fall 2022

Moving Through: Celebrating Peter B. Schmitz

A weekend of events honoring dance/theater artist Peter B. Schmitz. For the public as well as those who knew Peter well. Co-hosted by A.P.E., SCDT, and NOM

October 14th-16th, 2022, A.P.E.’s WORKROOM Theater, 33 Hawley, Northampton, MA

  • Felt Presence of an Absence: an installation gathering space

Friday, Oct 14, 12-7 pm & Saturday, Oct 15,2-4 pm; Free and open to the public.

  • Moving Through: Performance of works created in relationship with Peter Schmitz

Saturday, Oct 15, 12 PM (with live stream option by NOM); 5 pm (in person only)


  • Reset: Restoring Easeful Movement Workshop with Caryn McHose and Andrea Olsen

Sunday, Oct 16, 2-4 PM

Pre-register at:

Information and ticketing:–projects.html

Information about Peter Schmitz:

Celebrating the Life and Work of Peter B. Schmitz

Middlebury College, Mahaney Arts Center

October 29, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Hosted by the Departments of Theater and Dance

Winter / Summer 2022 

Moments of Magic: Movement Matters

Talk by Kirstie Simson & Andrea Olsen
19 February

6.30 – 8pm
Siobhan Davies Studios/London & Online

Movement artists Andrea Olsen and Kirstie Simson meet virtually in this public talk to discuss the importance of embodied knowledge for the future we are entering into. How can artistic practices build resilience, grounding, and skills to equip us for meeting life’s challenges and joys?

Experiential practices with integrated discourse have much to offer as we move forward in this time of climate crisis and global interconnectivity.

Andrea and Kirstie will speak from their experience of having been immersed in dedicated movement practices for more than four decades. They will consider how these practices and the moments of epiphany they have engendered have shaped their lives.

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Residency and film creation in Tornio, Finland

With Scotty Hardwig and Eeva-Maria Mutka, Mother’s Lands

Residence house hosted by the City of Tornio Cultural Services

June 16-29, 2022

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8th Annual Evans/Williams
July 6-10, 2022


CO-DIRECTORS: Bill Evans (founder) and Cynthia J. Williams (coordinator)

Dedicated to the Memory of Cadence Joy Whittier (1977-2021)
“Embodying Joy: Empowering Students and Ourselves with Somatic Knowledge”

KEYNOTE PRESENTERS: Onye Ozuzu, Andrea Olsen, and Peter DiMuro

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Stay tuned for Somatics Festival II at 33 Hawley, Northampton, MA. Date TBA

2021 and 2020  




Chris Aiken, Doug Anderson, Miguel Castillo, Kathy Couch, Rosalyn Driscoll, Angie Hauser, Rachel Jenkins, Shayla-Vie Jenkins, Lauren Horn, Cameron McKinney, Paul Matteson, Andrea Olsen, Kati Payne, Claudia-Lynn Rightmire, Laurie Sanders, Simon Thomas-Train, Anne Woodhul, HATCHERY and MORE! feet-to-the-floor-fundraiser–festival

Live at: 33 Hawley Street, Northampton in the Workroom/Theater

Featuring classes, workshops, performances and events with a natural historian, poets, dancers, visual artists, teens, and musicians.

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September 24-27, 2020

Northampton, MA

Fifth Annual Practicing Presence Festival

Four Days of Adventurous Moving and Making
Register at
(a virtual event!)

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Build-A-Floor Project Honoring Dance artist Nancy Stark Smith

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October 14-25, 2020 (Online)

The Embodiment Conference 

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Rhinebeck, NY (Postponed until 2022)

Body and Earth Workshop at the Omega Institute

Link: (Details TBA)



January 8-February 3, 2019

Northampton, MA

Bodies in Motion Festival

Morning Movement class with Andrea Olsen, Music by Peter Jones

Friday, January 11, 2019, 10 a.m.-12

See Festival Schedule:


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May 24-26, 2019

Practicing Presence Festival

Workshops and Performance of New Works

with Scotty Hardwig, Paul Matteson, Andrea Olsen, Jen Polins, and Peter Schmitz
At 33 Hawley Street and the School for Contemporary Dance and Thought, Northampton, MA

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June 6-9, 2019

Vilnius, Lithuania 

Body and Earth: Restoring Easeful Movement 

Contact Agniete Laurinaityte for further information:

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July 5-7, 2019

Holderness, New Hampshire

Body and Earth: Restoring Easeful Movement – A Weekend Introduction

In this introductory workshop, we orient participants to our approaches to embodiment practices and contextualize key topics from our books and immersive trainings. The goal is to encourage easeful movement, refreshing connection to our bodies and to the places we live and love.

Begins Friday at 6 p.m. and ends Sunday at 3 p.m.
$375 plus $50 per night housing ($350 for registration by Feb. 1 with $50 non-refundable deposit).

Click here for more information (PDF file)
To register, contact:

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July 9-14, 2019

Holderness, New Hampshire

Body and Earth: In-Depth Training

In this immersive residential workshop, we draw from ten Body and Earth themes that we have investigated and articulated over the last three decades as movement artists, educators, and authors. Modeling collaborative teaching, we both differentiate themes and approaches, and appreciate the overlapping interconnectedness of topics that circulate between science and embodied experience, stimulating creative imagination, artistic forming, and self-care. Our intention is that these practices are useful for daily life as well as profound resources for facilitating others in embodied awareness and experiential learning.

Begins Tuesday at 10 a.m. and ends Sunday at 1 p.m.
$900 plus $50 per day housing ($800 for registration by Feb. 1, 2019 with $100 non-refundable deposit)

Combine both workshops: $1200 plus $50 per day housing ($1100 by Feb. 1 with $150 non-refundable deposit)

Body and Earth Training Topics include evolutionary movement, experiential anatomy, body and earth systems, authentic movement, the tonic system, voice and language, the nervous system, creative forming, the Be-ing score, and sustaining mystery.

Both workshops are held at Resources in Movement on beautiful White Oak Pond in Holderness, New Hampshire. Housing is self-catered in Cloverly Cottage, an elegant gathering site for movers and thinkers that has hosted in-depth conversations throughout the past century—including Gregory Bateson, Margaret Mead, and many others—considering how best to honor our global home, including the human body.

Click here for more information (PDF file)

To register, contact:

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September 19-23, 2019

Northampton, MA

Somatics Festival 2019

Celebrating the Work of Janet Adler, Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, Nancy Stark Smith and the 45-year Heritage of Contact Quarterly

For information and registration:


February – May, 2018

Monterey, CA

Spring Intercultural Arts Series at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies

Supported by the Ron and Jessica Liebowitz Fund for Innovation, with project host Tangut Degfay ‘18

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June 6-9, 2018

Northhampton, MA

33rd Annual Body-Mind Centering Conference: Resilience

Body and Earth with Caryn McHose: Thursday June 7th, 9-10:30am, Berenson 3.
Panel with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen and Nancy Stark Smith: Friday, June 8th, 3:50-5:35pm.

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June 9, 2018

Middlebury, VT

Middlebury College Reunion Award Ceremony

9:30-10:30am Celebrate Professor Olsen
Join fellow dancers and friends across reunion years in honoring Professor Andrea Olsen—dancer, writer, educator—on the occasion of her retirement after 36 years at Middlebury. Come share a memory and a movement. Shruthi Mahalingaiah ’98 has organized a short program with remarks.

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June 18th-23rd, 2018

United Kingdom

Body and Earth International Retreat 2018: Refreshing Whole Body Intelligence

with Caryn McHose and Andrea Olsen

At The Old Mill Centre, village of Skeeby, on the edge of Yorkshire Dales See
Hosted by: Susanna Recchia and Fabiano Culora – See;

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September 14, 15, 2018

Northampton, MA

Historical Footnotes: Dancing Through Northampton’s History

At 33 Hawley Street. 7-8 p.m. music; 8-9:30 performance

A collaborative performance between Historic Northampton and A.P.E.@ Hawley Street, linking contemporary dance works, site-specific films, music, and visual art with Northampton’s rich history. Twelve area artists and their collaborators will offer a range of surprising ecological and cultural perspectives, all with ties to Northampton’s past. Engaging the imagination in multiple forms, this event will celebrate the opening of the Flexible Performing Space at 33 Hawley Street, a project of the Northampton Community Arts Trust.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Northampton Arts Council and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

$15 at the door/$12 in advance at

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Saturday, September 15, 2018

Northampton, MA

A.P.E. at Hawley & SCDT Presents

Body and Earth: Restoring Easeful Movement

A workshop with Caryn McHose and Andrea Olsen
10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Break 1-2:30); $65.00 ($40 for students)
33 Hawley Street, The Arts Trust’s Building, Northampton, MA

This class is an opportunity to work with perception and movement to foster changes in coordination that evoke easeful, natural movement. 

Register with the School for Contemporary Dance and Thought, Northampton, MA @


January-May, 2017

Monterey, California

Communicating in a Changing World, course and workshop with Nükhet Kardam

At the Middlebury Institute of International Studies
Faculty in the Department of Development, Policy, and Practice
Monterey, CA

Embodied Intelligence Lecture and Workshop Series:

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May 29-June 3, 2017

United Kingdom

Body and Earth International Retreat 2017: Refreshing Whole Body Intelligence

with Caryn McHose and Andrea Olsen

At The Old Mill Centre, village of Skeeby, on the edge of Yorkshire Dales See
Hosted by: Susanna Recchia and Fabiano Culora – See;

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June 10-11, 2017

Northampton, MA

Practicing Presence Festival

Connecting contemplative and somatic practices with articulate dancing

with Paul Matteson, Andrea Olsen and Caryn McHose, Jennifer Polins, Scotty Hardwig and Peter Schmitz

Workshops Saturday and Sunday, Performance Sat. 8-9:30pm

At STUDIO4, 25 Main Street 4th floor (The School for Contemporary Dance & Thought)
Saturday, 8-9:30 p.m: Performance with Jen Polins, Andrea Olsen, Paul Matteson, Scotty Hardwig and Peter Schmitz
Sunday 2-5: Moving/Writing (Caryn and Andrea)
Contact for details.

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Saturday June 24, 2017

Maine and Global

Global Water Dances

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July 7-9, 2017

Chicago, Illinois

The JIM (Joy in Moving) Workshop

Hamlin Park Theater, Hamlin Park Fieldhouse, 3034 N. Hoyne, Chicago
The Chicago Moving Company:
Friday, July 7  7:30 PM: Informal performance with Lisa Gonzales

Saturday, Sunday Workshop: Moving/Writing Registration and information:

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July 25-30, 2017

San Marcos, Texas

The Fluid Body: A Somatic Journey

32nd Annual Body-Mind Centering Association Conference
Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas, USA
July 25/26: Pre-conference with Barbara Dilley
July 26/27: Pre-conference with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen
July 27-30: Main Conference.
Sunday, July 30: 3-hour workshop with Andrea Olsen, Featured Presenter



Middlebury College Institute of International Studies at Monterey, California

February-May 2016
Visiting faculty (2016-18)
Co-teaching with Professor Nükhet Kardam: Communicating in a Changing World

Embodied Intelligence Series (see Films)

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June3-5, 2016

Northhampton, MA

Practicing Presence Festival

Connecting contemplative and somatic practices with articulate dancing

The School for Contemporary Dance and Thought presents with Paul Matteson, Andrea Olsen, Jennifer Polins, and Peter Schmitz
SCDT Studios, 25 Main Street 4th floor and the Smith College Crew House, Northhampton, MA

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July 16-August 7, 2016

Lewiston, Maine

Bates Dance Festival

Professional Training Program Faculty
Body and Earth: Cultivating Connections

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Sept. 22-24, 2016

Middlebury, Vermont

Mindfulness in Performance

Friday, Noon-1:30 p.m.

Wilson Hall, Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vermont
Panel discussion with Erin Quinn, Andrea Olsen, Nükhet Kardam, and Bob Hanson
As part of the 2016 Clifford Symposium, Fully Present: The Art and Science of Mindful Engagement

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December 9-11, 2016

Austin, Texas

Body and Earth: Cultivating Connections

Friday Dec. 9, 7-9 p.m.: Body and Earth book reading
Sat. Dec. 10: Awakening Whole Body Intelligence 1-6 p.m. ($125)
Sun. Dec. 11: Moving/Writing 1-6 p.m. ($125 or both for $195)

Experiential anatomy, Authentic Movement, Writing
Hosted by: Susan Prins and Beverly Bajema
Percentage of proceeds supports the Bates Dance Festival 35th Anniversary!


Microworks Exhibit APE

Window at 126 Main St, Northampton, Massachusettes

December 18th, 2015 5 – 8pm
Display of film by Scotty Hardwig and reception
Exhibit December 17th – January 4th
A display of 100+ artists celebrating A.P.E.’s 38+ year history of exhibitions
413 586-5553

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Riff Talk/ Invisible Histories

25 Main Street, 4th floor, Northampton MA

Friday, November 13, 2015  6-7:30 p.m, Contact Quarterly 40th Anniversary Celebration, 7:30-8 p.m.

with Yoshiko Chuma, Peter Pleyer, Nancy Stark Smith, Aretha Aoki and Andrea Olsen

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Residency at Colby College

Waterville, Maine
October 25, 26, 2015
Sunday workshop; Monday lecture/performance

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Celebrating 50 Years of Environmental Studies at Middlebury College

Performance of Dancing in Wild Places: Seaweed and Ocean Health
Sunday, Oct 4, 2015, 2 p.m. at Middlebury College Dance Theatre, Middlebury, VT. Free as part of celebration events October 8-10, 2015

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Middlebury College and Smith College

Teaching Body and Earth and Anatomy and Kinesiology: Middlebury College
Scientific Principles in the Teaching of Dance, Graduate Course: Smith College
September-December 2015

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Maine Seaweed Festival

Performance of Dancing in Wild Places: Seaweed and Ocean Health
Saturday, August 29, 2015
Portland, Maine

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Body and Earth Training, Andrea Olsen and Caryn McHose

6-Day Immersion: Deepening the Investigation, Andrea Olsen and Caryn McHose
August 11-16, 2015
Holderness, NH, USA
Begins Tuesday at 10 a.m. and ends Sunday at 1 p.m.
$800 plus housing ($700 for early registration by February 1, 2014 with $100 non-refundable deposit).
Contact: Kevin Frank at Resources in Movement 603-968-9585

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Film Project:

With Caryn McHose, filmmaker Scotty Hardwig, and dance artists Susanna Recchia, Eeva-Maria Mutka, and Fabiano Culora
June 14-22, 2015. Pen Pynfarch, Wales and London, England

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Body and Earth Advanced Practitioner Retreat at Pen Pynfarch, Wales

5-Day Immersion June 14-19, 2015

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Distinguished Visitor Programme at University of Central Lancashire, Great Britain with Caryn McHose

Lecture: Reimagining our Relationship to the Dancing Body; Somatics workshops for students, faculty, and guests.

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June 8-12, 2015

Embodied Writing Retreat with Mandoline Whittlesey

Aveyron, South of France. June 1-6.
Information and registration:

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2015 BMCA European Conference

Ghent, Belgium. May 27-June 1. Presenting May 31.

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Dancing in Wild Places: Seaweed and Ocean Health

Performance: Sunday March 29, 2 p.m. at Kendall Hall Studio 3, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA. Free.

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Improvisation Workshop with Peter Schmitz

Class on Saturdays, January 31-February 21, 10-12 a.m. The School for Contemporary Dance and Thought, The Northampton Arts Trust Building, 33Hawley Street, Northampton, MA. 413 695-1799


Lecture and Workshop at the Sophia Institute

January 10-11, 2014
Contact Carolyn Rivers: 843 720-8528
Friday Night Lecture 6:30-8:30pm “Re-imagining our Relationship with the Natural World”
Saturday Retreat 9:30am-5:00pm “Writing Yourself Home: Embracing Your Authentic Voice”
Sophia Institute, Charleston, SC

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In-Depth January Body and Earth Retreat, with Caryn McHose

Event Rescheduled – Now November 2014 with Olsen
Ecological Retreat Center Sacha Jí,  San Pablo del Lago
Imbabura, Ecuador
$1500 ($1,350 for early registration by October 31, 2013)
Contact: Alegría for Sachi Ji:

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Lecture and Workshop at Wesleyan University

Lecture/Performance: “Moving through Time and Place”
Tuesday, March 4 at 5 p.m.
Place: (TBA), Middletown, CT
As part of the Schumann Lecture Series: Re-Envisioning the Commons
Contact: Nicole Stanton
Wesleyan University College of the Environment Website

Workshop: “Body and Earth: Perspectives on Dance as Culture”
Wednesday March 5, 2014 10:30-12:30 & 1:30-3:30
Location: Bessie Schonberg Dance Studio
Workshop for Perspectives on Dance as Culture

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Residency and Lecture at the Monterey Institute of International Studies

Exhibit by Josie Iselin: Seeing the Unseen: The Secret Life of Seaweed
March 8-27
William Cole Tellman Library
425 Van Buren Street
Monterey, CA

Lecture/Performance: Andrea Olsen and Josie Iselin
Thursday, March 27, 12:30-1:30
William Cole Tellman Library

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The Place of Dance Book Celebration at Middlebury April 5-6

Place of Dance Book Celebration Performance
Sunday, April 6, 2 p.m.
Middlebury College Dance Theatre, Middlebury, VT
Dancers Christal Brown, Catherine Cabeen, Andrea Olsen, Peter Schmitz, and Doug LeCours; MC’s Caryn McHose, Alex Draper and Helen Young; lighting designer Jennifer Ponder; musician/author John Elder; and dramaturg Dana Yeaton. Free, but limited seating so come early.

Workshop: “Finding Your Feet” with Caryn McHose and Andrea Olsen
Saturday April 5, 2-4 p.m. Dance Theatre

Book Photo Exhibition from The Place of Dance
Ten images including faculty, alumni, and current students
February 21-May 8
Davis Family Library, Upper level, Middlebury College

An Ocean Garden: The Secret Life of Seaweed
Book Photo Display by Josie Iselin
April 4-18, 2014
Davis Family Library, Atrium, Middlebury College

Josie Iselin and Andrea Olsen, lecture
Thursday April 10, 12:30-1:20 (books available)
Woodin Colloquium Series in Environmental Studies
Hillcrest, The Orchard Room 103 (free)

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The Place of Dance Book Celebration April 12-13

The Place of Dance – Book Reading
Saturday, April 12, 5 p.m.
WINDOW, 126 Main Street, Northampton, MA.
Contact: 413 586-5553 (free)

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The Place of Dance – Performance
Sunday, April 13, 2 P.M.

Scott Dance Studio, Smith College (off Green Street), Northampton, MA.
Featuring artists from the book: Chris Aiken and Angie Hauser, Lisa Gonzales, Paul Matteson, Peter Schmitz, Nancy Stark Smith and Mike Vargas, and Pamela Vail. Lighting by Kathy Couch. Video installation by Jim Coleman
Free; limited seating—come early!
Contact (to confirm location): 413 586-5553

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Landscape, Design, and the Environment

Speakers Series at Smith College
Monday, April 14, 2014
“Designing Space With the Body in Mind”
2:40 pm, Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall

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Residency and Lecture at the University of California at Santa Barbara

Public workshop: Remembering Flow: Balancing the Nervous System in Movement
Saturday, May 17, 12-5
$60-95 sliding scale; Registration opens March 1
Department of Theater and Dance
HSSB Ballet Studio, University of California, Santa Barbara
Registration Contact:
Plus additional classes and lectures during the residency May 17-21

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29th Annual U.S. Body-Mind Centering Association Conference

June 27-29, 2014
Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York
Workshop: “Dancing Through the Nervous System”

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Austin, Texas Workshop

July 5, 6
Contact: Susan M. Prins

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Body and Earth Training and CELEBRATION with Caryn McHose  

3-Day Introduction
August 8-10, 2014
Holderness, NH, USA
$350 plus housing ($300 for early registration by February 1, 2014)

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10th Year Body and Earth Anniversary: Deepening the Investigation, with Caryn McHose

August 11-16, 2014 – A retreat for experienced practitioners
Holderness, NH, USA
$800 plus housing ($700 for early registration by February 1, 2014)
Contact: Kevin Frank at Resources in Movement  603-968-9585

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3rd Annual Embodied Writing Retreat, with Mandoline Whittlesey

August 31-September 6, 2014
By the ocean in Brittany, France
Register with:

Information soon on projects and retreats in England, Ireland, and New Zealand, fall 2014


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