Courses & Programs

The Movement Arc offers unique and distinct 3 month, 10 month and 3 year long personal development and professional training programs as well as shorter workshops designed for students with different personal or professional goals. We draw from a diversity of dance and movement modalities, movement observation and current therapeutic somatic arts. 

We recommend all students interested in our programs take part in our 4 hr introductory workshop called Dipping Your Toes In. These workshops take place four times per year.

Consider which program or workshop/course is right for you!

ONLINE & IN PERSON (Certificates & Programs)

Embodiment Foundations Course

A 50 hour course for personal (or professional) development focused on introducing somatic movement and embodiment skills to those with or without prior movement experience. 25 hours are taught online (over 3 months) followed by a 25 hour in-person embodiment retreat on Saltspring Island.
50 Hours

Expressive Movement Facilitator Certificate Program

A 250 hour 10 month long (non-clinical) certificate program, which offers skills training for professionals in the facilitation of expressive movement, dance and embodiment practices for community applications. This program is mainly focused in the Laban/Bartenieff Movement Studies framework.
10 months

Movement Therapy Advanced Training Courses

Intensive Courses for ADTA Alternate Route advanced students. We are from time to time offering intensive courses in the use of dance and movement for psychotherapeutic goals, as well as special workshops in this area that are open to allied psychotherapy professionals upon interview.

Embodiment Tools: 21 Day Journey

A 21 day journey of 7-8 minute videos introducing a variety of tools for your embodied learning, including an introduction to the Patterns of Total Body Connectivity, Body Systems, and moving spontaneously from sensations, images and music. Guided by Hana Kamea.

Moving with Infants and Children (0-7)

This is an on demand self-paced course which explores the important role that movement plays in a child's development from age 0 to 7. Focus includes best practices for securing attachment and healthy bonding, emotional-social skills, cognitive and physical development.

Moving with Youth and Teens (8-16)

This is the second in this series of on-demand courses focused on moving with children and youth. The focus of this self-paced course is on the developmental and movement needs, ideas and strategies for applying movement for healthy development and well-being with youth.


Dipping Your Toes

A 3 hour introductory live online workshop (by Zoom), that offers an introduction to somatic movement experiences and provides information about the Movement Arc's courses and programs for those considering enrolment. Come get an embodied sense of our offerings!
3 Hours

Somatic Movement Classes

This 1 hour weekly class series (12 classes) focuses on knowing and engaging different areas of your body for fuller body connectivity as well as expressivity. Includes experiential anatomy and discovering new movement potential. We welcome diversity and different ability!
12 Hours

Special Workshops

The Movement Arc hosts special workshops with esteemed somatic movement teachers from time to time to support in depth learning in particular areas of somatic and expressive movement inquiry and practice. Join our mailing list to ensure you know what is upcoming soon!