Embodiment Foundations (100 hours)

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 you will have lots of creative 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 our supported reach into space, exploring our core. Participants will learn how to express through the moving body and follow organic impulse. Using experiential anatomy we will also engage with 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 gaining new tools and ideas for movement activities that you may wish to share with others.

What are the benefits of this PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM?

  • 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 your body using experiential anatomy. 

  • Contact the layers and beauty of your body’s systems and expand your mobility.

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

  • Learn how to harness 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, 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.

Applicant criteria

  • Have curiosity and interest in the world of somatic movement.
  • Have good capacity to work well in a group learning environment.
  • Have an open mind to learning through embodied experiential processes.
  • Have energy, time and commitment to fulfilling the course hours and participating in earnest.

Admissions process

  1. We recommend all students applying to this program have taken our introductory workshop Dipping Your Toes In as a way for instructors and students to meet and get to know each other through movement.

    Next workshop: Sunday February 26, 2023 10:00am to 3:30pm Pacific Standard Time (Online)


  2. Students are asked to submit a short letter of intent that includes information about their current work and background in somatic movement or dance or yoga. 
  3. Submission of a short 2-3 minutes video of a dynamic dance created and performed by you. We suggest the dance be an expression of your interest and passion for movement/dance and working with people. 
  4. To be followed by a 30 minute conversation with a faculty member by phone or Zoom to confirm enrollment and answer any questions the student may have.

Contact Us

All questions and application submissions can be sent to:

Monica Hernandez, Administrative Coordinator info@themovementarc.com

or call Hana at 604-781-6040

What is involved in this 100 hour training

This 100 hour course is composed of two 5 day IN PERSON intensives in Vancouver BC during April and June 2023. This is supplemented by online learning on Zoom for weekly classes on Wednesday evenings from 6:00-8:00pm Pacific Time, during April through June. See schedule below.


Students will come ready to move. Students will work to create group agreements which everyone can agree to. Students will make any special needs, including learning differences known to instructors before program start (we welcome students of all abilities, gender identifications, ages).

**In-person courses are dependent on COVID safety protocols; if we cannot meet in person due to any new government regulations we will meet online, likely with revised schedule. In person, we may request mask wearing and daily Covid home testing in order to participate, if required by gov’t. We honour medical exemptions.

***Students are expected to attend intensives in person. We are not able to accommodate hybrid learning by filming the intensives. If you were to miss an intensive due to illness or other emergency, you would be welcome to attend the following year’s in person intensive and would receive your course completion certificate after all classes are completed. Students need to attend 80% of the classes in order to receive a completion certificate.


DEADLINE to register is March 31, 2023. However if you see this after that date, please contact us as we do not start classes until April 12 (class will be recorded) and in person April 19 in Vancouver!

Students are invited to register after a phone interview with course Director Hana Kamea Kemble. To start, click on the  Apply Now button below and send us your registration form. You will then be contacted for a phone interview.

A $1500 plus $75.00 GST tax deposit* is required to register once you are invited into the course, and is due by March 31 at latest (Total of: $1575.00). Final payment is due by April 12, 2023.

*Deposits are non-refundable (please review our policy).

2023 Embodiment Foundations Schedule

In Person Training Component: Two 5 day intensives –  65Hrs total

  • Tuesday April 18 – Saturday April 22, 2023, Russian Hall, Vancouver, BC: 32.5hours, 5 days, 9:30am – 5:30pm (6.5 hour days, with lunch from 12:30-2pm) 

    (Sunday April 23 instructors are available for additional 1/1 somatic movement coaching sessions as wanted).

  • Friday June 23 – Tuesday June 27, 2023, Russian Hall, Vancouver, BC: 32.5hrs, 5 days, 9:30am – 5:30pm (6.5 hour days, with lunch from 12:30-2pm)

    (Wednesday June 28 instructors are available for additional 1/1 somatic movement coaching sessions as wanted).

Online Training Component: Zoom classes  – 22 Hrs total

  • Online weekly classes live via Zoom: from April-June – Wednesdays from 6pm-8pm Pacific time zone.

    Dates: April 12, 26,  May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31,  June 7, 14, 21 (2023) with a 2 hour follow up session in July 2023 TBA.

    PLUS Asynchronous independent learning hours (13 in total): watching films, webinars, assignments with partners etc.

APRIL 2023 


Online classes through Zoom:

Wednesdays April 12, 26

6-8pm Pacific Time Zone

In person class Vancouver, BC (The Russian Hall): 

Dates: April 18-22, 2023

Times:  9:30am-5:30pm (lunch breaks from 12:30-2pm) 

Pacific Time Zone

April 23: Instructor staff will be available for 1/1 coaching as may be wanted by students.

Asynchronous Learning 

Assignments for April: 3hrs (1hr per week, organized on student’s own schedule)

MAY 2023


Online classes through Zoom: 

Wednesdays May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

6-8pm Pacific Time Zone


(No in person classes in Vancouver this month, just meeting on Zoom and doing your own embodiment practices in your home and in your own community.)

Asynchronous Learning

Assignments for May: 5hrs (1hr per week, organized on student’s own schedule)


JUNE 2023


Online classes through Zoom:

Wednesdays June 7, 14, 21

6-8pm Pacific Time Zone

In person class Vancouver BC (The Russian Hall) 

Dates: June 23-27, 2023

Times: 9:30am-5:30pm (lunch breaks from 12:30-2pm)

Pacific Time Zone

June 28: Instructor staff will be available for 1/1 coaching as may be wanted by students.

Asynchronous Learning 

Assignments for June: 4hrs (1hr per week, organized on student’s own schedule)

JULY, 2023 


Online classes through Zoom:

1 Wednesday in July (TBA) 2 hours on Zoom for follow-up post intensive. 

Certificates of completion sent for those who have completed assignments and attended 80% of course hours, once student Embodiment Foundations course completion checklist is received by The Movement Arc.

SEPT/OCTOBEr 2023: Follow-up SUPPORT

1hr student support call by Zoom or in person meeting in Vancouver with Hana to see how you are doing with integration of your Embodiment Foundations experiences and to discuss potential next steps in your Somatic field interests and training.



Hana Kamea Kemble, MA, RCC, BC-DMT, CLMA

Laurie Potter, R-DMT, RCC, RDT

Veronica Berezowsky, RCC, MA-DMT, RSMT

Amy Kiara Ruth,  BSc (Educational Kinesiology)

(we may have visits from other somatic experts, as available)

and Courses

On Demand and live courses, including the introductory workshop Dipping Your Toes In on Zoom.
Embodiment Foundations is a 100hr course for personal or professional development focused on Somatic Movement and Education.

Expressive Movement Facilitator Training

1 year (non-clinical) certificate program, which offers skills training for professionals in the facilitation of expressive movement, dance and embodiment practices for community applications.
1 Year

Dance/Movement Therapy Training

3 year clinical training to become a professional Registered Dance/Movement Therapist or for clinical professional development for Masters level Counsellors, Psychologists or related Therapists.
3 Year