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The UK IBMT Newsletter April 2021


Here in the UK we are slowly, slowly moving out of lockdown restrictions. It’s been a long process of adapting and holding the continued committment of our students. Many people have joined us from far and wide as we’ve worked online for short workshops. Our current diploma students have applied themselves so well to continuing their Embodied Anatomy & Movement Repatterning study, as well as those on the Somatic Psychology module. We are so looking forward to being able to meet again in the studio, having this in our sights for June & July.

In this edition of our newsletter:

  • Book your place on Intro Workshops – Online and Outdoors. Preparations in place for the next Diploma Cycle with details of Infant Movement Development and Authentic Movement & Therapeutic Presence.
  • Podcast from Recovery Devon: ‘How can moving your body make a difference to mental health recovery?’
  • New Book Out Now: ‘Understanding Babies’ – Ania Witkowska.
  • Lockdown ‘Brain Fog’? Noticing and responding to what our body-mind is telling us.

Paul Beaumont & Jane Okondo – UK Diploma Programme Organisers.

Infant Movement Development



In September we begin this year long module, that explores the fundamentals of human movement. We study the map of development that we all go through from conception, birth and throughout our lives. We track the enormous changes that evolve in these early months that accompany our psychological and relational development. 20 days of study over 6 long weekends.

Have the chance to:

  • take some time to land in your body and movement, and develop resources to support well-being.
  • reconnect with fundamentals of movement to support you in everyday life.
  • learn frameworks to be able to observe and understand the movement of others.
  • develop knowledge of antomy and physiology.
  • learn hands-on bodywork techniques.
  • develop an embodied understanding of the process from the single cell, conception, inutero patterns, birth process and how we respond to gravity and space.

Take time out to study in a quiet rural location, working in a small, supportive ongoing group.

Mel Softley, previous participant on the module writes:

On a professional level this module has supported me in my teaching of human movement patterns in yoga classes and embodiment workshops. The training gave me a lens to witness movement expression, what is emergent, where an individual may need resourcing. It gives approaches to process and practices that can be offered to my private therapy clients in co-creative enquiry.

The module offers a powerful map for personal process and professional practice.
The somatic approach allows for multiple levels of conscious and unconscious material to be engaged through the body rather than the mind. It delivers theory, practice and experience in the inter and intra personal domains of talk, touch and movement. This investment and exploration invites integration for the practitioner.


If you are interested to know more about this module, we have these events coming up – Book now to ensure your place:

Authentic Movement & Therapeutic Presence

Throughout the year Jane Okondo has been running introductory workshops and will teach this module of the diploma along with Beverley Nolan, starting in October 2021 in Devon.

The module consists of four long weekends of study in the discipline of Authentic Movement and its relationship to therapeutic and educational practice, exploring how it can help cultivate clear presence in our work with others. The course is intended as support for the development of skills which can be used in various fields of work.

  • explore your own unconscious movement process.
  • develop your ability to ‘be with’ other’s movement, emotional and psychological material.
  • practice skills of observing, tracking and naming movement.
  • clarify therapeutic awareness of self and other.
  • develop an ability to hold space, establish containment and ground experience.

If you are interested in joining this module please get in touch to ensure your place – we are now accepting applications. Details of the module can be seen here.

Why Movement Matters Podcast

Em Flint is a year 2 IBMT diploma student and her work with Recovery Devon CIC is about helping people explore what constitutes meaningful recovery to them, through offering hope, choice, and opportunity. Since lockdown they have moved from in-person open meetings (to which anyone is welcome off the street) to online seminars and podcasts. The aim is to introduce listeners to approaches, philosophies, and resources that they might not otherwise come across.

In this episode they ask ‘How can moving your body make a difference to mental health recovery?’ . IBMT practitioner and faculty member, Paul Beaumont, joins conversation with Em, together with Karen Dudley, Dance Movement Psychotherapist working within Devon Partnership Trust and Sami Goulding, who also holds an MA in Dance Movement Psychotherapy.


Understanding Babies – Ania Witkowska

NEW BOOK OUT NOW: How engaging with your baby’s movement development helps build a loving relationship

Ania was a long standing, key member of the IBMT faculty and wider somatic community who sadly died in 2019. Her work included a dedication to supporting parents to develop an embodied understanding of their baby’s developmental process in order to enrich the child-parent bond. Before she died she was nearing completion of this book that is out now.

Order Understanding Babies Here

Lockdown ‘Brain Fog’?

Noticing and responding to what our body-mind is telling us.

Guardian Article Screenshot

Some interesting perspectives shared in this Guardian article about the impact of lockdown, with many of us not going out as much, stuck to screens and having less contact with others. The article brought our current student group to mind, as we offered seminars online. We’ve tried to vary our ways of working as much as possible, with moving explorations, paired work, mark making and writing. We’ve built in regular breaks and where the curriculum has allowed had shorter training days. And many of us are feeling the impact of this lockdown-online world on our health and well-being.

Reading the article, our Embodied Anatomy curricullum comes to mind, as there is a description of the interaction of mind and body, through the connection between our hormonal and nervous systems, together with immune and psychological responses to life challenges. We’re reminded too of connections with Somatic Psychology and our emotional/psychological drives we might experience at different times of our lives. In our client work as IBMT practitioners, we can work with these different drives towards activity or rest and vitality or depression, to discover something about their meaning and what’s needed for balance.

It is a reminder that amongst all our life challenges, now more than ever we need to listen to our body-mind states, and where we can shift to follow what’s needed. This somatic practice of noticing, tracking and responding is at the heart of our IBMT work.

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