BMC Workshops at Dharma Circle

BMC series 2019

BMC workshop series at Dharma Circle in West Footscray
Saturdays 2-5pm. $55/50 each or book all 6 for $270.
Bookings  at

15 December- Balancing the Nervous System: rest, readiness, action
Come and experience the nervous system as a responsive, dynamic network of communication, awareness and learning, through guided movement exploration, experiential anatomy and hands-on support. Based in Body-Mind Centering®, this workshop will introduce embodied approaches to exploring the nervous system, including the head, heart and belly ‘brains’, sensory/motor flows, and autonomic rhythms of rest and alertness. This work helps support the release of excess tension by calibrating states of rest, readiness and action. Support your nervous system with mindful attention – it’s a great way to finish the year!

19 January – Prespinal patterns: Foundations of movement

The prevertebral developmental patterns are models of full-body organization that underlie and support all subsequent movement development. Explore patterns of vibration, cellular breathing, sponging, pulsation, navel radiation (starfish), mouthing and pre-spinal as a developmental sequence, emerging from space into form. These patterns develop a sense of multidimensional presence, inner/outer relationship, radial symmetry, and the beginnings of front/back and top/bottom organization.

2 February – Moving on the earth: yield, push, reach and pull

Yield is an active meeting and readiness to respond. In yielding we more fully meet earth, space and other beings, and this meeting gives us options: to remain, push, reach, or pull to new experience. Explore the developmental movement patterns through which we organize in relation to gravity, space and the surrounding environment: spinal, homologous, homolateral, and contralateral.

23 February – The fluids: rhythm, coherence, adaptability

“The fluids are about transformation – multi-expressions of one flow. When uninhibited, the basic fluid medium changes its specific qualities as it transforms from one energy state to another.” – Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, ‘The Dynamics of Flow’ (in Sensing, Feeling and Action)

Explore the dynamic adaptability of the fluid system and its support of expression and responsiveness. Accessing the blood, lymph, cerebrospinal, synovial, cellular, transitional and interstitial fluids supports a range of movement and feeling states and opens up options for presence, change, clarity, playfulness and connection.

16 March – Contents & Container: heart, lungs and upper limbs

Explore embodied anatomy and presence of the heart and lungs in relation to the diaphragm, ribs, thoracic spine, shoulder girdle and arms for easier strength, support, mobility and expression.

6 April – Senses: perceiving inner and outer environments

How do we receive, perceive, and interpret sensory experience? How does this reception inform and affect who, what and where we are? We will explore bringing the internal felt senses into dialogue with the senses of vision and hearing.

27 April – Being and becoming: introduction to embodied embryology

Early embryology tells a story of our first organization from a cluster of cells into a becoming-body. This workshop will introduce some of the milestones of early embryological development, weaving this history into current bodily experience. The embodied study of our becoming supports active being with ease and possibility.

All workshops Saturdays 2-5pm. $55/50 each or book all 6 for $270.
Bookings available at

Workshops are open to anyone with an interest in somatics, body-mind inquiry, and movement-based practices. Dharma Circle Collective – 3/569 Barkly St, West Footscray. Please note the venue is upstairs and not wheelchair accessible. Please contact me if you have any questions.

Body-Mind Centering (BMCsm) is a highly experiential approach to inhabiting the lively and responsive territory of our body-minds. Based in embodied anatomy, physiology and embryology, BMC recognizes the interdependent, developmental and creative nature of being a human being in the world. For more about BMC please visit