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Somatic Movement Education (SME)

The SME program continues a new cycle once the current cycle of courses is finished with the Muscular System and Professional Issues in July/August 2017, Dates for 2017- 2020 are being finalised and we have new exciting venues, in Edinburgh, the Roman city of Bath and a mountain lodge in Snowdonia.

This program explores the richness of the inter-relationships between body, mind, movement and touch, in the context of a dynamic approach based on the experiential study of all the body systems and human developmental movement processes. Throughout the training you will learn the fundamental layering and interweaving of principles that establish the richness of embodiment practices; in guided explorations, in partnering through movement or hands-on techniques. We use touch, movement, sound and verbal dialogue to access the body’s wisdom. The nature of this self inquiry enables us to work more knowingly with others, embodying anatomical and physiological principles related to our physical structures.

The SME material has immediate applications to movement based disciplines— such as dance, yoga, sports, martial arts – and to other therapeutic modalities such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy, psychotherapy, bodywork and massage.

The program is of more than 500 hour leading students to qualify as Somatic Movement Educators, and is accredited by The School for Body-Mind Centering®.

It includes 12 courses: 4 developmental courses, 7 courses on the body systems, 1 course about professional issues and a one day course of Competency. To register please go to the course registration page or contact us form.

Course timing and accreditation information The Somatic Movement Education (SME) programme runs over two years but the courses can be taken individually or as part of the full accredited training. You can take the courses in your own time over different 2 year cycles. You will need to complete all the courses and the homework to attain the SME certificate. You will then be able to register as a member of the Body Mind Centering Association and ISMETA (International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association USA).

PLEASE NOTE, UNLESS OTHERWISE INDICATED: The first day is a full day and last day ends around 4 p.m. Depending on the location each day starts at 9:00 /9.30 in the morning and end at 18:15. There is a 1.5 or 2 hour lunch break. The course fees do not include accommodation. If registering two month before the course there is a reduction of £5 per day per course except for Competency. If you cancel up to 2 weeks before a course starts we retain an administration fee of £50 and refund the remaining, within two weeks of the start date the whole course fee is retained. Further conditions of attendance apply to pass the course and are available in the course notebook provided. To graduate as SME, Practitioner and IDME courses, all students need to complete specified homework requirements; a homework pack is available to all students during the course and copies can be requested.. Each course may be taken individually without any prerequisites except Competency.

The Courses