Somatic Movement Summit Presenters

Somatic Movement Summit Presenters

Priscilla Auchincloss earned a PhD in physics, following a passion to understand the world at an elemental level. After a successful academic career, she returned to an earlier calling to investigate, teach, and write about movement. She completed teacher authorization in Continuum under Emilie Conrad and Iyengar yoga certification with Francois Raoult. She is the associate director of Watermark Arts.

Robin Becker, MA, RSME, is an internationally recognized teacher, dancer, choreographer, and founder of Robin Becker Dance. Her teaching weaves together her lifelong experience in dance, 27-year study of Continuum with Emilie Conrad and Susan Harper, 35 years of experience in meditation and contemplative healing practices, and study with Gary David in Epistemics and Affect Script Theory. Robin was selected by Emilie Conrad to be an authorized teacher of Continuum in 2001. Chapters from her master’s thesis, /Continuum: The Alchemy of Movement/, have been published in two anthologies on somatic movement practices. She teaches at Hofstra University and leads workshops nationally and internationally.

Ellen Cohen, a life-long dancer, has been practicing and teaching at the cutting edge of body-mind explorations throughout her career. She was an authorized Continuum teacher from 2006 through 2015 and continues to teach in the Philadelphia area. She has a private practice as a body-oriented psychotherapist, drawing from a combination of body and energy techniques.

Suzanne Wright Crain, M.Ed, is a studio artist, playworker, and Continuum teacher. Her work, The Cosmic Body, cultivates an appreciation for the imaginal through retreats, classes, and individual sessions. As an artist, Suzanne invites the visual aspects of movement experiences into form as paintings and textiles through the medium of “Living Water.” She was mentored by Emilie Conrad from 1999 to 2014 and taught as an authorized Continuum teacher from 2004. Other significant influences are Marshall Rosenburg’s Nonviolent Communication and Quakerism.

Bobbie Ellis teaches Somatic movement inquiry, yoga, GlobalBody, and intuitive writing at her studio in Highland Park, New Jersey, and abroad. She loves exploring the rich creative territory of inquiry through the wisdom of the body, and also adores creating ceremony for all of life's most meaningful passages. 

Melanie Gambino is a passionate teacher, director, choreographer, performer, and ISMETA Somatic Movement Educator/Therapist. She teaches Fluidform, her own blend of movement and meditation work that is the culmination of more than 30 years of experience. Melanie teaches at the Conservatory of Dance at SUNY Purchase. She is a resident choreographer and director of dance, Somatic Movement meditation, and mindfulness studies at The Harvey School.

Bonnie Gintis, DO, has synthesized her approach to transformative self-care and moving inquiry through 20 years of study with Emilie Conrad, 30 years of osteopathic practice, and 40 years of meditation. She is the author of Engaging the Movement of Life: Exploring Health and Embodiment Through Osteopathy and Continuum.

Amber Elizabeth Gray has been a Continuum teacher in Santa Fe, New Mexico, since 2006. She is an award-winning dance movement therapist, a licensed psychotherapist, and an internationally recognized somatic trauma therapist who has been a champion and a pioneer for the use of somatic psychology, dance movement therapy, and Continuum Movement with survivors of war and torture in the United States as well as in conflict and post-disaster contexts overseas. Amber teaches regularly 
in Haiti, Australia, New Zealand, Tonga, and Lebanon.

Val Leoffler was authorized as a Continuum Teacher by Emilie Conrad and is a Registered Somatic Movement Educator and Therapist, bodywork and Trager practitioner, and clinical hypnotherapist. She has more than 35 years of experience teaching movement, self-care, and embodiment practices to individuals and groups. Inquiry, curiosity and innovation are at the heart of her teachings.

Linda Rabin teaches Continuum in her native Montreal, Canada. Her love of movement and teaching Continuum is informed by a lifelong career in contemporary dance, training in Body-Mind Centering and other somatic practices. In 2018 Linda was honored as a distinguished member of the Ordre de l’excellence en éducation du Québec. For full bio:

Beth Pettengill Riley, MA, is a seasoned somatic movement activist with more than 40 years of experience facilitating workshops in Continuum, yoga, and meditation around the world. Beth passionately engages embodiment as a spiritual path. Beth is a founder of Mount Madonna Center and vice president of the board of the International Somatic Movement and Therapy Association. Her latest project is “The Embodied Generation.” Focusing on teens, it is re-imagining and inspiring true physical education in the 21st century.

Sharon Weil, RSME, is a healing artist, deeply engaged in the conversation about courage, change, and possibility as a writer, speaker, activist and somatic educator. An authorized Continuum teacher since 2000, she is the founder of The Ageless Body ®. Sharon is the author of ChangeAbility, How Artists, Activists and Awakeners Navigate Change and ChangeAbility Playbook, How to Navigate Your Own Change, as well as fiction. Since 2015, she hosts the podcast, Passing 4 Normal, conversations about change.