Somatic Movement Summit: The Creativity of Health, Mirroring Nature

Somatic Movement Summit: The Creativity of Health, Mirroring Nature

Health is not a stable state. Living at the center of a complex and changing set of circumstances, how do we nourish our well-being? The somatic movement practice of Continuum teaches us to engage more willingly, effectively, and artfully with our circumstances. In sequences of breath, sound, and movement, Continuum brings us back to the fluid nature that runs through the natural world, encouraging us to remain curious and engaged.

This retreat, with focused movement sessions throughout the week as well as a period of silence, fosters the integration of Continuum practice into intentional art making, verbal expression and core experience of the world.

Retracing in movement the evolutionary journey that has brought humankind to this place and time, we gain a powerful perspective and recover key elements of our cosmic, fluid, and terrestrial origins, which become resources for our current personal and cultural situations.

The somatic skills shared in this workshop are of benefit to anyone interested in embodied engagement with issues of health and well-being. Continuing education (CE) credits for bodyworkers. Childcare available.

Somatic Movement Summit, June 30 – July 5, 2019
The Creativity of Health, Mirroring Nature

A 5-day retreat for personal renewal. 
A space to engage with others to bring forth collective wisdom.

An experienced faculty led by Elaine Colandrea includes Priscilla Auchincloss, Robin Becker, John Bianculli, Ellen Cohen, Suzanne Wright Crain, Bobbie Ellis, Ashima Kahrs, Melanie Gambino, Bonnie Gintis, Amber Elizabeth Gray, Linda Rabin, Beth Riley, Val Leoffler, and Sharon Weil.

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(Photo art by Prue Jeffries)

Find the Somatic Movement Summit on page 46 of your Omega catalog.


The Creativity of Community

The Creativity of Community

A Note from Elaine:

First, I want to remind you about The Somatic Movement Summit: The Creativity of Health, Mirroring Nature, June 30 to July 5, at the Omega Institute and why it matters.

What happens at Omega is a rare kind of community, a confluence of intelligent streams that creates something beyond what any individual could do alone.

Perhaps it comes from the people drawn to the somatic adventure of Continuum. Perhaps it comes from a group of teachers so steeped in this work that you learn as much from how they communicate as what they say. The connecting element is Continuum itself, fostering mutual respect between people, as it brings awareness to the fluid intelligence moving in each of them.

In such a community, fresh ideas emerge, personalities blossom, and faith in humanity, as a living system of nature, can be restored. This retreat has several features designed to enhance your experience: small-group learning/exchanging “pods,” opportunities for private time with experienced practitioners, plus a full day and evening of Continuum “silence”, so you can attune to the underlying rhythms of your being.

The Somatic Movement Summit has filled in each of the past three years, so please register early to ensure your place.

Additionally, I am pleased to share with you the second video in our series on Continuum & The Creativity of Health, with Omega 2019 faculty member, Bonnie Gintis.

Last but not least, Watermark Arts welcomes Lali Jurowsky, whose striking artwork graces this message. Scroll down for more from Lali and visit her gallery on our website.

Moved with gratitude,
Elaine Colandrea, with the Watermark Arts Creative Team

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The incomparable Emilie Conrad, captured by filmmaker Hanna Heiting

The incomparable Emilie Conrad, captured by filmmaker Hanna Heiting

A note from Elaine Colandrea

I am excited to tell you that filmmaker Hanna Heiting has made available to Watermark Arts three films that emerged from her friendship with Emilie Conrad, as well as from Hanna’s own experience of Continuum.

This remarkable triad begins with Em Moves, an intimate portrait of Emilie as ground-breaking teacher, mentor and mover. The Many Faces is a treasure of interviews with people whose lives Emilie touched. Alphabet follows the “Words and Waves” workshop process combining Continuum and creative writing.

Hanna was one of the few persons whom Emilie trusted to chronicle her life, and from these films it is easy to see why. As Rebecca Marks, co-creator of “Words and Waves”, puts it, “Hanna’s artistic decisions are those of an insider who lives the movement she is filming. Her visual compositions, her informed stillness, her directorial attention, all mirror and follow Emilie Conrad’s life-long exploration of movement in an unfolding call and response.”

Below, read more from Hanna herself, with links to each film.

I am also pleased to let you know that Omega has opened registration for the

June 30 – July 5, 2019 Somatic Movement Summit:
The Creativity of Health, Mirroring Nature

With pleasure,


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Gain a powerful perspective on health: A message from Elaine

Gain a powerful perspective on health: A message from Elaine

During an evening of “silence” last July at Omega, something ignited in me. A vision of the next workshop suddenly welled up, complete with theme and title, along with a deeper understanding of the importance of Continuum retreats.

Somatic Movement Summit June 30 – July 5, 2019
The Creativity of Health, Mirroring Nature
A 5-day retreat for personal renewal. 

A space to engage with others to bring forth collective wisdom.

I am fascinated by how new forms emerge out of the creative flux generated when people come together. For the past three years, I have collaborated with colleagues to prepare the summer’s workshop, and I have witnessed the ideas and experiences that occur in the flow of somatic community at Omega. These fruits of somatic intelligence then spread out to our individual communities.

The Creativity of Health, Mirroring Nature will build on the past and be its own unique event. What new approaches to health, to communication, to education, to art, politics and social life will emerge from this gathering of diverse individuals in all their somatic intelligence?

I am also delighted to launch a new video series, “The Creativity of Health”, from Watermark Arts. First up, an interview with Kori Tolbert, describing the enlightened ways Continuum supports her in living with cystic fibrosis, a condition that challenges her breathing on a daily basis.

For me and all of us at Watermark Arts, creating the Somatic Movement Summitat Omega is a way of transmuting our love of movement into something that heals the world.

In that spirit, I would love for you to join us.
Elaine Colandrea, Artistic Director

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Touch the Sensory Flow of Life

Touch the Sensory Flow of Life

We are delighted to bring you Watermark Arts’ Fall 2018 Journal, a commingling of words and visuals offering you the sensory-rich and beauty-filled possibilities of somatic-inspired art.

The Journal opens with Beth Pettengil Riley’s reflections on a lifetime of writing, movement and Continuum. Included is our video interview with Beth on the creative process.

Next, we feature eight works by Watermark Arts’ poets. Journal designer Prue Jeffries has delved into the artistic wealth of Watermark Arts to find visual images to accompany each of the poems.

The final section brings together the remaining 10 interviews of our “Continuum & Creativity” series. These video gems, ranging 2-6 minutes each, let you watch and listen as artists describe the intimate process of creation informed by movement.

Whether you immerse yourself all at once or dip in from time to time, there is something here to move you and draw you closer to the sensory flow of life.

View the newsletter here.  View the new issue of the Journal here.

With great pleasure,

Elaine Colandrea   Priscilla Auchincloss   Prue Jeffries       Sandra Capellaro
Artistic Director      Associate Director       Media Director   Galleries Administrator

New Art Videos for the Holiday Season

New Art Videos for the Holiday Season

The Watermark Arts newsletter for the holiday season 2018 features a new video, “In the Heart of the Cave,” filmed on location in Matera, Southern Italy.  The performance is by NY-based choreographer and dancer Elaine Colandrea, whose grandparents are from the Basilicata region of Southern Italy.  With music composed by Morena Boschetto with vocals from Simona Arbizzani & Morena Boschetto. Filmed & edited by Prue Jeffries.

The newsletter also welcomes artist Raine Brown to Watermark Arts with a video poem entitled “Hidden Warrior,” and there’s a new video in the Continuum and Creativity series featuring Sharon Weil.

Plus, remember to save the date for the 2019 Somatic Movement Summit at Omega, June 30-July 5.

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All of us at Watermark Arts wish you an art full Thanksgiving Holiday weekend!
The Watermark Arts Creative Team,
Elaine, Priscilla, Prue & Sandra

Like falling leaves

Like falling leaves

Like falling leaves in the Northeast U.S., this Watermark Arts newsletter makes a gentle landing in your mailbox, bringing somatic-inspired art to you.  Read the newsletter here.

First, please join us for a live performance, including the dance poem, My Body of Water (2-min. video), all part of The Moving Body Festival in New York City:

Watermarkings: An Evening of Dance & Poetry
Saturday, November 10 at 8 pm
Moving Body Resources
112 W 27th St. (between 6th & 7th Ave) Suite 402, New York, NY 10001

With Noelle Adamo, Megan Bathory-Peeler, Sandra Capellaro, Elaine Colandrea, Melanie Gambino, Caryn Heilman, Elisabeth Osgood-Campbell, Dana Rudikoff and Robin Becker Dancers Lisa Clementi, Lacey Ann Moore, Nicole Sclafani

Second, watch two new interviews, both with dancers, speaking on Continuum in dance, creativity and life, as part of our creativity series:

  • Nicole Sclafani, of Robin Becker Dance (Into Sunlight), and
  • Linda Rabin, Canadian dance pioneer and Continuum teacher.

Dance embodies the reality of change, carrying us along the edge between where we have been and what is to come, with beauty making it bearable. As the seasons shift, Watermark Arts is delighted to offer you the nourishment of creative expression.


(Image: Leaves #1, Prue Jeffries)

The World According to Art (somatic art, that is)

The World According to Art (somatic art, that is)

What if art isn’t something we do or make?

What if we are art, living art?

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The World According to Art (somatic art, that is)

The path of somatic art leads to a new world – a world where people, guided by their felt senses, live in the moment-to-moment experience of being unfolding creative processes, responding and adapting to the flow of changing circumstances.

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Making art, living art: skillfully riding the creative edge

Elaine Colandrea

After many years in the practice of Continuum, I discovered in myself a longing, not just to make art, but to realize myself and others as living art. It is the artless, unstudied quality of the natural world in moment-by-moment human experience that has been revealed to me in the movement of Continuum.

Now, writing to you while teaching and filming in southern Italy, I am surrounded by a landscape that also calls me to this deepest longing. Perhaps this stirs something in you, too. If so, I invite you to partake of three new offerings from Watermark Arts in our latest Mailchimp issue here

~ Elaine Colandrea, Artistic Director, Watermark Arts




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