Category Archives: the body


DSC_0991.JPGDeAnna Pellecchia with Pony

I am thrilled to be presenting a Conscious Touch, Conscious Movement with Horses workshop at the University of California at Santa Barbara as part of the annual Body-Mind Centering Association conference.

Conscious Touch and Conscious Movement is way of improving and deepening our relationship horses through the shared languages of touch and movement. Learning to connect with horses in this way helps us become more comfortable in our own skin, confident, trustworthy to ourselves and the horse, as well as sensitive and skillful in our riding and training, regardless of the discipline.  In my experience, this work with horses translates pretty seamlessly to our relationships with our spouses, children, friends, and ourselves.

When I am working with a client and a horse, I never know just how that session will unfold.  It is what I love about the work – it is deeply improvisational, and allows the essential invitation of Authentic Movement to undergird the process:  “wait to be moved.”  That means that the human has the opportunity to go underneath the cognitive habits of language, interpretation, analysis, and planning.  To rest in the moment and to listen.  To speak when moved in the shared, primal, intimate, and unpredictable languages of the body: movement and touch.


To arrange a session with Paula and a horse partner, contact me.





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.