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Linda Hartley MA, IBMT Director, Cert BMC, RSMT, CTP dip Psych​

Director, IBMT

Originally trained as a dancer and Body-Mind Centering® practitioner and teacher, Linda has worked since 1977 in the fields of dance and somatic movement therapy, bodywork, and transpersonal and body psychotherapy. She is founding director of the Institute for Integrative Bodywork and Movement Therapy, through which she has been running training programmes since 1990. She has also taught and practised as a therapist in various settings in the UK and internationally.

With an MA in Somatic Psychology, Linda is author of Wisdom of the Body MovingServants of the Sacred Dream, and Somatic Psychology, and editor of Contemporary Body Psychotherapy: The Chiron Approach. Her studies in Authentic Movement with Janet Adler deeply inform her work and many years of practice in Buddhist meditation give support and inspiration.

She is a member of the international collective of teachers of the Discipline of Authentic Movement who are participating in Circles of Four, a path of preparation to teach the Discipline that has been initiated by Janet Adler.

Website: www.lindahartley.co.uk

Paul Beaumont BA, Dip Coun, Dip IBMT, RSMT


Paul comes from a background in Adult Mental Health and Community Arts, and has been involved in the somatic field for 20 years. He trained in Participatory Arts and Massage in the US in the 1990s. He went on to train with Helen Poynor and then with the Institute for Integrative Bodywork & Movement Therapy.

Paul was a Trainer for over 5 years with JABADAO, delivering developmental movement based courses in Early Years Education and Learning Disability. He ran a Dads & Babies project for 2 years, and is now a visiting lecturer within Higher Education, having taught on Masters courses in Drama-therapy (University of Plymouth), Somatics (UCLan) and Dance Movement Psychotherapy (Goldsmiths, University of London). Paul has a private movement therapy practice working with people of all ages, and provides movement therapy services within the adoption field. He has a diploma in Creative Supervision and is the Co-Director of the UK IBMT Diploma programme.

Website: www.PaulBeaumont.net and read an article about him here.

Frauke Burchards Dip IBMT, Physiotherapie, New Dance


Frauke is a physiotherapist with a background in dance, contact improvisation and choreography. For over fifteen years she has worked in a psychosomatic clinic in Gottingen, Germany, combining these skills with Integrative Bodywork and Movement Therapy. In private practice she also offers individual sessions and workshops in bodywork and dance based on developmental movement patterns and body systems. In her work she connects detailed knowledge about the physical body with sensitive touch, emotion and joy of movement. A source of wisdom and inspiration is Authentic Movement, which influences her work with clients.

“My deep interest is to support the process of exploring and unfolding the individual’s potential, deepen presence and follow the flow”.

Maria Grudskaya Dip IBMT, RSMT/E


Maria has a private practice working as a somatic movement therapist. Since 2003 she has been practicing contact improvisation and somatic disciplines. Over 10 years she\’s taught CI, movement improvisation and body awareness classes in Russia, Europe, Japan, Thailand, Israel. Maria is a co-organiser and a teacher of the IBMT Diploma Programme in Moscow, Israel  and international CI festivals.

Nina Kungurova Dip IBMT, RSMT


Nina is a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist (RSMT, ISMETA) and has a diploma in Integrative Bodywork and Movement Therapy. She lives and work in Russia, Moscow. Originally trained as a dancer, for 15 years Nina has been involved in the fields of dance and somatic movement therapy. She studied Somatic Psychotherapy, Process Oriented Psychology, Integrative Dance Movement Psychology and Psychotherapy, Trauma Work.

She completed the Circle of Four, an International Program for the Preparation of Teachers of the Discipline of Authentic Movement. Nina offers individual sessions and group work in weekend seminars, year-long groups, and retreats. She believes in the wisdom of the body and the healing power of the movement.

Website: ninakungurova.com

Jane Okondo Dip IBMT, MA, RSME, RSMT, CRST


Based in London Jane has been teaching in the field of Somatic Therapy since 1995. She has a private practice in Somatic Movement therapy, Somatic Experiencing ® and Biodynamic Cranial-sacral Therapy.

She has a Master’s degree in Dance and Somatic Wellbeing from the University of Central Lancaster and was authorised to teach Continuum by Emilie Conrad who was her mentor for 14 years. Jane is a Blessed Teacher in the Discipline of Authentic Movement. A practice which deeply informs her work.

Jane offers workshops and retreats in the UK and Europe. Her focus and curiosity being on the connection between breath, fluid body dynamics and somatic inquiry. Living with a question, ‘How can movement support our resiliency and connection with self and other?’ Jane is the Co-Director of the IBMT Diploma Programme in the UK.

Website: www.somaflow.co.uk

Cornelia Schmitz Dip Psych, Psychological Psychotherapist, Dip IBMT


Cornelia studied psychology and is trained in various forms of psychotherapy and dance and movement education. She offers body-based psychodynamic psychotherapy, supervision and Authentic Movement in her practice in Braunschweig, Germany. She also teaches her own approach to supporting the unfolding of movement and the refinement of embodied conscious awareness, naming this approach “Bewegungsgewebe”.

She has taught at various Institutes in Germany. Her commitment to the Discipline of Authentic Movement, as student of Janet Adler and as teacher, is essential for her orientation in life, together with her profound interest in the subtle and material tissues that form us.