Learning Environment and Educational Philosophy
GRDGS maintains professional liability insurance through the Association of Body Workers and Massage Professionals (ABMP). Students in the Global Somatics Practitioner Training are required to purchase individual liability insurance through ABMP at a student level rate of $49.
GRDGS uses large movement spaces with wooden floors, mats, massage tables, movement props such as gymnastic balls, assorted balls, weights, scooters, stretch bands, video tapes, books, life-size skeletons, anatomical models, charts, tables, chairs, television, VCR, music compact discs, and other related materials. All resource materials must remain at the school.
GRDGS does not provide housing. However, there are many B&B's, motels and hotels nearby. Names and locations of accommodations are available upon request.
Green River Dance for Global Somatics courses are an initiation into the intimate mystery of the Natural Body and the subtle energy field. The curriculum is rooted in the core mappings of body systems and developmental movement as it is taught and developed by Certified Body-Mind Centering® Teacher, Suzanne River.
Relevant principles and techniques from other somatic and movement modalities are interwoven into the curriculum. These include Craniosacral Therapy, Massage, Rolfing, Reiki, Dance, Authentic Movement, Continuum, Movement Therapy, Contact Improvisation, Yoga, Visual Art, Ceremony and Voice. The energy field is explored through Vibrational Aspects, a curriculum created by Suzanne River.
Global Somatics Process requires a radical re-visioning of education and courses at Green River Dance for Global Somatics are a repatterning of traditional schooling. Students are invited to be dynamic participants in the process of a learning community, and each is honored for her/his unique learning style. Students are encouraged to question, play, acquire knowledge and deepen intuition.
GRDGS education applies both the scientific method and creative process to open system of embodiment. Each class is a living laboratory that offers experiential seeds for embodying a specific body system, developmental movement, or the energy field. Classes weave explorations in movement, touch, voice and consciousness with the study of anatomy, physiology, psychology and spirituality. Each class differs in presentation depending on the subject material, the chosen lens and the learning community.
Through these courses you will learn to:
- Embody the personal Self
- Perceive embodiment in self and other
- Understand anatomy/physiology, and the principles, techniques and process
- Facilitate others through perception, movement, touch, voice and dialogue
- Create and apply the work in personally meaningful ways and bring embodiment to the larger community
The curriculum includes the following unique characteristics:
- Weekly classes
- Small class size composed of changing student body with core Trainees
- A primary teacher who adapts the curriculum to meet the learning requirements of the class and material.
- Guest teachers, experts in their applied disciplines, offer a variety of teaching and embodiment styles
- Sequential integration of the body systems and developmental work
- Interdisciplinary approach to the study including the arts and sciences
- Direct application to the arts, movement education and therapy, yoga, body work, voice, energy medicine, developmental education for infants/children and community
Frequently Asked Questions about Classes
Do I need to be a dancer or body worker to take classes?
Previous study of BMC, dance, bodywork or the arts is not required for taking individual classes. Global Somatics classes are for any person desiring more knowledge and experience of her/his own body. GRDGS is committed to making this program available to a diverse population and encourages people of all cultural and social orientations to apply.
Can I take individual classes in Global Somatics or do I have to register for the entire certification program?
You can register for individual classes or a combination of classes to meet your own study track. Space availability may vary between 4 - 10 openings per course depending on the number of certification students matriculated. Acceptance is based on the timeliness of registration and eligibility. Stated prerequisites must be satisfied for some courses.
Is there Continuing Education Credit for Global Somatics courses?
Green River Dance for Global Somatics is currently being reviewed for approval by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education provider under category A. Inform the office about the possibility of receiving CEUs from other organizations. There is an additional $130 CEU fee for an initial planning meeting with Suzanne River, a personal competency evaluation, paperwork and certificate. (See Serious Student Contract)
Are written materials included?
Each course includes a comprehensive Global Somatics Workbook that serves to complement the experiential work with word maps including bibliography, course outline, goals and learner objectives, articles and worksheets. The Anatomy Coloring Book is required for all classes in the body systems.