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The Institute for Integrative Bodywork & Movement Therapy hosted a public weekend event to share practice and research with people interested or working in the wider field of somatic practice.

Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th July 2018

Dartington Hall, Totnes, Devon, England TQ9 6EL

ISMETA 30th Anniversary Logo


We are proud to be a part of The International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association’s 30th Anniversary.

The evening event on Saturday was made possible by the generous support of the ISMETA.



Celebration Group Photo

Saturday 7th July: There were 2 daytime options, and an evening event:

Option 1: For those new to IBMT: 10am – 5pm.

Paul Beaumont and Jane Okondo and assistants will be hosting an introductory workshop offering a taste of the three main strands of the IBMT Diploma programme; Infant Movement Development, Authentic Movement and Embodied Anatomy and Movement Re-patterning, for anyone interested in the new IBMT Diploma programme in September 2018 at Dartington Hall, Devon. Full Details about the workshop here.

Option 2: For those wanting to try a series of IBMT based workshops: 10am – 5.30pm. 

  • 10.00-10.20am Welcome & Introduction
  • 10.30am workshop 1: with Elaine Westwick: ‘Playing with Yield and Push’
  • 11.30am break
  • 12.00pm workshop 2: with Aistė Kriukelytė: ‘Being Moved by Scent’
  • 1.00-2.30pm lunch – Greentable café on site or bring your own picnic.
  • 2.30pm workshop 3: with Rachel Lambert: ‘The Heart Beat of a Tree’ (outdoor workshop)
  • 3.30pm break
  • 4.00-4.30 Space for what’s needed.
  • 4.30 – 5.30pm Plenary and Q&A

6 – 7.30pm: Pre-dinner Social.

  • A chance to connect, network and celebrate.
  • A selection of films by IBMT practitioners from around the world, will be shown, celebrating the wide variety of work that we do. 
  • Gaelin Little will also be performing her movement solo from an existing quartet; Circle of Perpetual Choirs. 
  • Spontaneous performative happenings welcome!
  • Drink and nibbles provided. No meal.
  • The studio will be available until 10pm for anyone who wishes to stay and use it.

Sunday 8th July: 10am – 5pm

Workshops, presentations and discussion, exploring the application of IBMT to the broader field of somatic, therapeutic and creative practice.

Please meet at Studio 1

  • 10-10.20am Welcome & Introduction by Barbara Erber.
  • 10.30am workshop 1: with Sally Ridgway: ‘Beginning with a breath… Navel Radiation’. Research and creative application of early breathing pattern and subsequent movement.
  • 11.30-12pm break
  • 12.00pm Pathways from IBMT to academic research, with Barbara Erber.
  • 1.00-2.30pm lunch – Greentable café on site or bring your own picnic.
  • 2.30pm workshop 3: with Paul Beaumont: ‘IBMT and Adopted Children’.
  • 3.30-5pm Final Moving Circle & Close. Led by IBMT faculty: Linda Hartley, Jane Okondo & Nina Kungurova.

Details about the venue, travel, accommodation and food can be seen here.

We would very much like to welcome you to join us for this weekend of celebration and exploration!

With love from the ‘Celebration team’,

Charlotte, Mari, Barbara and Red.

…and here is a personal note from IBMT founder Linda Hartley:

Dear Friends and Colleagues

In the summer of 2018 it will be twenty-eight years since I began to teach what has become the three-year IBMT Diploma Programme. The first Programmes were offered in Germany and they continue to run in the UK, Lithuania and Russia, supported by teams of skilled organisers, co-ordinators, assistants and, of course, our wonderful IBMT Faculty.

I am happy to be inviting you to join us for a Celebration of IBMT at this moment in time, as I hand over the running of the UK Programme. The new UK Programme will be very ably organised and held by Jane Okondo and Paul Beaumont, who will also join Beverley Nolan and myself on the Faculty.

As I gradually step back from direct involvement in co-ordinating the IBMT Programmes, I envision that the work might evolve under a collective leadership, with others engaging in ways that meet their skills and interests as time goes on.

Already this is happening: I am very grateful to Charlotte Darbyshire who graciously accepted my invitation to organise this Celebration, and to Mari Winkelman, Barbara Erber and Red Elders who have generously volunteered to help her.

It is exciting to me that the Celebration, and also the new Diploma Programme, will take place at Dartington, in Devon. It was here, in 1974, that I began my own studies in somatic dance with Mary Fulkerson, when I entered the Diploma in Dance and Theatre at Dartington College of Arts. My time there was transformative in profound ways: the education I received not only deeply changed my approach to dance and set me on a life-long exploration of embodiment practices, but also laid the foundations for a way of learning, research and creative practice which has enabled me to pursue my own path over many decades. Without the special ethos of Dartington’s spirit of creative immersion, I may never have found the inspiration and courage to do this.

So I am immensely grateful to be returning to Dartington in July of 2018, and I hope that many of you will be able to join myself, the ‘Celebration team’, and IBMT Faculty members, as we gather to share our practice, our dreams and our vision for the future – of IBMT and Somatics in our own lives, in our work, and in the world.

With warm wishes