Overview of Offerings
Invest in your first home…your Natural Body!
- experience a private session
- enjoy a performance
- participate in a three hour class or healing circle
- take a day seminar or three day intensive
- enroll in a course
- commit to a professional training
Green River Dance for Global Somatics (GRDGS) is a health resource center recognized for innovative continuing education, professional trainings, research, therapeutic services and performance. Founded in 1982 by Suzanne River, creator of the Global Somatics Process, GRDGS is the only Midwest somatic school providing a comprehensive curriculum in experiential anatomy, developmental movement and embodiment of the energy field.
1. Research Center
Green River Dance for Global Somatics serves as a research center for the Natural Body, which formalizes and articulates the study of the body’s cells, systems, movement patterns and vibrational field through experiential and holistic means
Link to resources: Bibliography, Articles and Directory
2. Innovative Continuing Education
GRDGS teaches the art of embodiment, movement repatterning, intentional touch and energy healing.
- GRDGS offers classes/workshops in the Global Somatics Process.
GRDGS has courses for adults and children, most of which require no previous experience! Courses may be taken for personal growth and enjoyment and for professional development. The GRDGS faculty includes expert teachers in the field of embodiment. Suzanne River, Certified Teacher of Global Somatics is the primary teacher and creator of curriculum.
MagicMoves is an innovative movement education and dance training program for children ages 3 16 developed by Suzanne River. The curriculum integrates studies in creative movement, modern dance technique, Global Somatics Process and performance within a communal environment. Students become natural and unique dancers capable of accessing their body’s wisdom. Each class includes sharing circles, guided movement improvisation, practice of movement patterns, experiential anatomy, hands-on repatterning, composition and performance.
3. Professional Trainings
Global Somatics Practitioner Training (GSPT)
The Global Somatics Practitioner Training is one of the most creative and comprehensive somatic training programs in the world. The Global Somatics Practitioner Training (GSPT) empowers students to be leaders in the somatic field. GSPT, a masters level program in Somatics, is developed and taught by Suzanne River to foster efficient embodiment, active engagement and integrated learning of both the process and the content of Global Somatics. GSPT is a 1452 hours training in the body systems, developmental movement, the vibrational field and professional competency. It applies Global Somatics Process to self transformation, movement education and therapy, the arts, bodywork, energy medicine, developmental education for infants/children, and community activism.
To assure personalized attention, the program is limited to 12 certification students. This “handmade quality” offers students direct mentorship with Suzanne River and the intimacy and empowerment that comes from a small community .The Global Somatics Practitioner Training is designed as a sequenced study for a cohesive group. This program is affordable and convenient, encouraging professional growth while accommodating family and work life. Financial Aid is available to all those who qualify through the SELF loan program for both Minnesota residents and non- residents.
The Global Somatics Practitioner Training is offered in three formats.
The Weekly Class Format consists of four seasons (22 months) of Tuesday classes with seasonal intensives. Students live within driving distance of the Twin Cities. Students structure their lives to allow approximately 3 days a week for the program. This format is designed for those seeking a steady and thorough embodiment process with time to integrate the comprehensive material.
The Modular Format consists of monthly 5-day intensives over a 22-month period, with 8 hours of class work daily. This program is designed for mature professionals who are capable of the intensive format and self-directed in the completion of homework in between intensives. This is the ideal program for those living outside the Twin Cities and for those who learn well through an intensive embodiment communal experience followed by time to integrate personally and study cognitively.
The Summer Format consists of four weeks in August for four years. This program is designed for mature professionals who are capable of the intensive format and self-directed in the completion of homework during the year.
Global Somatics Certificate
The Global Somatics Certificate Program offers a directed course of study and evaluation for professionals in their own fields of application. Candidates are active professionals in their field of the focus application.
The Global Somatics Certificate Program (GSCP) is comprised of specified Global Somatics courses completed over a four year period and a Professional Competency Independent Study. Credit for each course is received when all written work is completed and a competency demonstration fulfilled. The Professional Competency Independent Study (100 hours) spans the entire program period and includes an application paper for each course, four private sessions and 50 hours of a Research Project designed and presented by the candidate.. On completion of all coursework and homework, the student is awarded a Global Somatics Certificate in that field of application.
The Global Somatics Teacher Mentorship
Certified Practitioners of Global Somatics or BMC (Somatic Movement Educators and Practitioners) can mentor with Suzanne River in the art of teaching Global Somatics. The Global Somatics Teacher Mentorship trains participants in the art and science of teaching the Global Somatics curriculum developed by Suzanne River. Certified Teachers of Global Somatics are eligible to be hired to teach in the Global Somatics Certification Program.
4. Therapeutic Services
The Global Somatics Process is both educational and therapeutic. It offers essential elements for the process of restoring harmony and balance and thus creating space for transformation and healing. Global Somatics Process has helped heal poor posture, perceptual difficulties, chronic pains, disease, mental and emotional difficulties, developmental delays, sports injuries and soul trauma.
Every Global Somatics Session is unique and personalized medicine! Your Global Somatics Practitioner engages with you in an embodied relationship. Through mutual exploration, s/he offers you personalized attention and creates the exact movement, touch and sound explorations to empower your embodiment process. Through resonance, your body’s innate intelligence is activated and you are reconnected to your essential self.
The Natural Body of a Global Somatics Practitioner is a magnificent perceptual instrument capable of conscious resonance and communication from all aspects of the energy field and the body's cells and systems (fluids, fat, fascia, senses, bones, organs, ligaments, muscles, glands and nerves). A Global Somatics Practitioner is capable of the continuum of movement from vibration through cellular initiation to full body dancing in space and offers this potential for you.. Every Global Somatics Practitioner is unique and many offer expertise in other somatic modalities.
Growbody are private sessions and play clinics for infants, children and their families. These sessions are helpful whenever parents sense that something is not right. Growbody aids infants/children born prematurely, stressed in utero or during birth, adopted, suffering from colic, gas or reflux, experiencing developmental delays, suffering from brain injuries, cerebral palsy, ADD, Autism, and Down’s Syndrome. It is beneficial for attention and behavior problems, language problems, reading and other learning challenges.
Green River Dance for Global Somatics is a performance venue featuring the work of its community.
Green River Dance for Global Somatics offers ceremonies to energetically benefit many causes.