483. Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen and Don Hanlon Johnson – With Mark Walsh

From ‘Best of the Embodiment Conference’.  A conversation with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen and Don Hanlon Johnson – not to be missed. 

Body-Mind Centering® (BMC®) is an integrated approach to transformative experience through movement re-education and hands-on repatterning. Developed by Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, it is an experiential study based on the embodiment and application of anatomical, physiological, psychophysical, and developmental principles, and utilizes movement, touch, voice, and consciousness. This study leads to an understanding of how the mind is expressed through the body and the body through the mind.

Body-Mind Centering® has an almost unlimited number wide areas of application. It is currently being used by people in movement, dance, yoga, bodywork, physical and occupational therapy, psychotherapy, child development, education, voice, music, art, meditation, athletics, and other body-mind disciplines.

Please visit the Body-Mind Centering® website for more information.

Bonnie’s Bio 

Bonnie is a movement artist, researcher, educator, and therapist, and the developer of the Body-Mind Centering® (BMC®) approach to movement, the body, and consciousness. For over 50 years, I’ve been exploring the anatomical, embryological, and developmental foundations of movement and how they relate to our psychophysical processes and wellbeing.

Don’s Bio

I have spent nearly half a century studying how transformative body practices can enhance personal and social change, and how they can impair it. I came to these practices out of a study of philosophy, which luminously articulates the disastrous social and personal results of the mind/body split embedded in mainstream thinking and institution-building. I have tried to find methods for healing these splits in the academic world of writing, pedagogy, and research; in the personal realm of self-cultivation; and in the larger world of social change. At the deepest level, I look to these practices as a source of a spirituality grounded in the flesh of human yearning. My work is centered in the graduate degree programs in Somatics at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco.

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