Category Archives: the body


IMG_3166Drawing by Rebekah Nagy


A mountain stream inside a breathing sac.  A palm and some garnets.

from Anatomy/Geography/Ethography by Audrey Gidman

 I spent the last week diving into the Body-Mind Centering perspectives on the organs at the Sonder Movement Project, with excellent teachers Amy Matthews, Walburga Glatz and Gloria Desideri.  All week I was entranced by the delicious drawings of fellow student Rebekah Nagy.

This drawing is of a capillary bed, the microcirculation place where arterial blood transforms into venous blood. It is the place of return and exchange from its long journey from the heart. The fluid that leaks out of the capillaries is known as interstitial fluid. It’s this leaked interstitial fluid that bathes your body cells in nutrients. The interstitial fluid is retrieved by lymphatic vessels, which return it to your bloodstream. Blood from the capillary bed is drained by the venules, which carry blood back toward the heart.

Body-Mind Centering identifies the place of this transformation and exchange as “capillary isorings” with qualities of suspended rest between going and coming, restful alertness and expanded peacefulness when the tone of this exchange is balanced.   IMG_3181 2

I love the way that Rebekah has captured to collaborative, friendly, reciprocal quality of this mysterious, transformative place – hands, meeting hands – exchanging, connecting.  The body doing its continuous labor, effortlessly.



Mountain Horse Farm


I am at the beautiful Mountain Horse Farm in Naples, NY in the Finger Lakes region, teaching a Conscious Touch & Conscious Movement with Horses workshop.  The farm itself is beautiful, inviting, expansive.  Suzanne Vullers, the owner, is welcoming, wise and playful.

This morning I met the herd, and had the gift of an impromptu, improvisational dance with the lovely mare Cricket. Statsen, the Morgan gelding, formerly a breeding stallion, reminds me a bit of Nelson (above) and of my stallion, Capprichio.  Something about both the sensitivity and the confidence.

Teaching is never a display of what I know.  It is sharing questions, being open to what is unfamiliar, practicing what the brilliant Pauline Oliveros calls the “unique” strategy, meaning that every moment, every experience is new, subtly different from anything that has preceeded it.



Authentic Movement


Authentic Movement is perhaps the most profound and nourishing part of my personal practice.  It has reshaped my inner landscape in mysterious and unexpected ways.  It continues to nourish, unravel and reveal me to myself, after 30 years.  The echoes of that ritual exploration send their ripples out into everything I touch and perceive.

Some years ago I wrote this about my first experience of Authentic Movement:

Dropping into the vastness the stillness, the silence, and finding there an emptiness, a balm, and then an eruption, a commotion, a chaos. Wild ropes of movement that had laid dormant, waiting –  woven like ganglia into the spaces between the cells, knitted into the ligaments, wrapped around the tendons, sewn into the fibers of muscle, soaked into the bone, into the marrow.

Entering one’s movement is a leap of faith. That you will survive the cellular tintinnabulation of your stillness, as well as the storms of your movement. Entering knowing that you can dive into the abyss and emerge to have lunch and a cappuccino across the street; as if you had not just feasted on your own moving dreams in the corner of a sunlight studio.

I will be teaching an Authentic Movement Workshop in June, open to all.  I hope that you will join me.  Here are the details:

Moving from the Source:  an Authentic Movement Workshop

June 29, 1-5 pm


Danica Center for Physical Therapy and Movement Integration

101 Gay Street
Sharon, CT 06069

information and registration: