Embodiment Foundations (50 hours)

Embodiment Foundations is a 50 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 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 2.5 month long 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 50 hour training

This 50 hour course is composed of one 5 day IN PERSON intensive in Vancouver, followed by online classes. The next course coming up is September 25-29 2023. This is supplemented by online learning on Zoom for weekly classes on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8:00pm Pacific Time, during October through November. See schedule below. Please email us: info@themovementarc.com

Fees: $1875.00 plus 5% GST tax 93.75  for total = $1968.75


Students can arrive ready to move! They 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 the intensive in person. We are not able to accommodate hybrid learning by filming the intensive. If you were to miss the 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 September 20, 2023. However if you see this after that date, please contact us as we do not start classes until Sept 25 in person 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.

Course fees are: $1875.00 CAD plus 5% GST tax for total of 1968.75, required to register and due by September 20, 2023. (Payment plan may be available if needed, please inquire).

*Please see FEES section for Refund policy.

Fall 2023 Embodiment Foundations Schedule

In Person Training Component:  5 day intensive –  35 Hrs total

  • Monday Sept 25 – Friday Sept 29, 2023, at The Russian Hall, Vancouver, BC: For 35 hours over 5 days, 9:00am – 5pm (7 hour days, with lunch from 12:30-1:30pm) 

    (Saturday Sept 30 the lead instructor is available for additional 1/1 somatic movement coaching sessions as wanted: please pre-schedule).

Online Training Component: Zoom classes  – 13.5 Hrs total

  • Online weekly classes live via Zoom: from Sept to Nov – Wednesdays from 6:30pm-8pm (Pacific Time Zone).

    Dates: Oct 4, 11, 18, 24 and Nov 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

    PLUS 1.5 Asynchronous independent learning hours: watching films, webinars, assignments with partners etc.



Online classes through Zoom:


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

Dates: Sept 25-29, 2023 (Mon-Fri)

Times:  9:00am-5:00pm (lunch breaks from 12:30-1:30pm) 

Pacific Time Zone

Sept 30: Instructor staff will be available for 1/1 coaching as may be wanted by students if asked for.

Asynchronous Learning 

Assignments for September: 1hr (organized on student’s own schedule)



Online classes through Zoom: 

Wednesdays Oct 4, 11, 18, 25

6:30-8pm Pacific Time Zone 


Asynchronous Learning

Assignments for October: .5hrs (organized on student’s own schedule)




Online classes through Zoom:

Wednesdays Nov 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

6:30-8pm Pacific Time Zone

Asynchronous Learning 

Assignments for November: .5 hrs (organized on student’s own schedule)


Online classes through Zoom:



Certificates of completion sent for those who have completed assignments and attended 80% of course hours.

BEFORE DEC 14, 2023:  Follow-up SUPPORT CALL

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.


Instructors may include any of the following:

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 movement experts, as available) 

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