Embodiment Foundations (100 hours)


NEXT SESSION IS SEPT-NOV 2023! Please apply soon!

Embodiment Foundations is a 100 hour intensive unique personal development course that takes you on a journey into discovering your body’s deep natural intelligence, strengthening your body-mind connection, cultivating a new relationship to practicing embodiment skills, harnessing your body connectivity, and enlivening your enjoyment and expression of your amazing sensing, feeling and moving body!

Our intention is that you leave this course feeling rejuvenated, inspired, clearer on your life’s path, more connected with and inside your body, and more expressive, confident and knowledgeable as a moving being. We also promise lots of fun!

This course is taught by a variety of Movement Arc instructors, who are all long-time Somatic Movement practitioners.

Our mascot for this course is The Tree, as metaphor for the human body mind and all of its unique aspects. We will explore rooting, grounding, rising, level change, spiralling, feeling the reach into space, exploring our core, and sensing our desire to express ourselves through our moving body. We will also explore through experiential anatomy practice all the systems of our body and its structural supports too.

Just like a tree, our bodies root into and rise from the earth, they respond to gravity’s support as they reach for the sky. They grow spiralically, through inward and outward pathways, and can express our inner and outer beauty. The body tingles with energy and sensation and with nerve pathways longing to be awakened. 

Come join us on your own personal embodiment journey, receiving support for your own wellbeing, body connectivity, and personal creativity, along with ideas for movement activities to share with others.

What are the benefits of this training?

~ Discover your body’s functional and expressive movement potential.

~ Harness your Body Connectivity as a neuro-muscular organizer.

~ Understand basic principles of somatic theory and inquiry.

~ Be introduced to Laban/Bartenieff Movement Studies.

~ Explore your felt sense of the inside of you using experiential anatomy. 

~ Contact the layers and beauty of your body and expand your mobility.

~ Play with peers in fun, movement-oriented expressive activities.

~ Increase your body-sourced creativity.

~ Experience more joy and wellbeing!

This 3 month long intensive course is open to non-dancers as well as those with some dance background, and is for people interested in deepening their own embodiment as a personal development and creative journey. This gives a foundation for developing one’s somatic work in the world and may as desired lead to next steps of enrolment in another level of The Movement Arc’s training programs.

Program Description:
Embodiment Foundations is a somatic self-discovery process engaging experiential anatomy, LBMS, movement/dance and expressive arts. This course draws from the natural intelligence of the body-mind and diverse modalities of embodied inquiry. This is a wellness-focused creative exploration for living a more embodied life and allowing movement expression to support your wellness.

We are not teaching you to be a facilitator (that is the focus of our other Expressive Movement Facilitator program), nor is this a therapy group; rather the focus is on using somatic education to enliven your connection with your own moving body and harness your embodied understanding, knowledge and creativity. We take you on a deep dive into your body’s many systems; into the connection you have to your own voice, into relationally attuning, embodied speaking, and into your body’s desire and capacity for movement. You will practice authentically connecting with yourself using many tools of body awareness that we offer to you.


APRIL 2023

Wednesdays on Zoom: April 5, 12, 26 from 6:00-8:00pm PST

April 18-22, 2023: IN PERSON 5 day intensive at the Russian Hall in Vancouver BC: (Tuesday-Saturday). Hours are: 9:30am-5:30pm (lunch 12:30-2). (32.5 hours total)

(Sunday, April 23: instructors available for extra 1/1 support sessions)

-Plus ‘Asynchronous hours’ of independent learning/webinars/films to watch (you can arrange on your own schedule weekly, 1hr weekly so 4 hours total per month)


MAY 2023

Wednesdays on Zoom: May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 from 6:00-8:00pm PST

-Plus Asynchronous hours of independent learning/webinars/films (you can arrange on your own schedule weekly, 1hr weekly): 5hrs


JUNE 2023

Wednesdays on Zoom: June 7, 14, 21 from 6:00-8:00pm PST

-Plus Asynchronous hours of independent learning/webinars/films (you can arrange on your own schedule weekly, 1hr weekly): 4hrs

June 23-27 IN PERSON 5-day intensive at the Russian Hall in Vancouver BC (Friday-Tuesday)

Hours are: 9:30am-5:30pm (lunch 12:30-2) (total 32.5 hrs)

(Wednesday June 28: instructors available for extra 1/1 support sessions)

Course Completion certificate given by July 15, 2023.

Course Location for IN PERSON Sessions: 

The Russian Hall at 600 Campbell Ave, Vancouver, BC V6A 3K1 (in Strathcona neighbourhood near Chinatown). https://www.russianhall.ca/

Fees: $2900.00 (29.00 per teaching hour) plus 5% GST tax: $145.00

Total fees with tax: $3045.00

(If you like, you can pay this fee in two instalments, please contact us for the payment plan option). info@themovementarc.com

Interview required with course instructor Hana Kamea Kemble in order to join this program. Please APPLY NOW using the red button top right corner of the website, to inquire.