Sept  26-30  2018​​

Los Angeles

Exploring Fluid Being​​​​​​​​​​


Somatic Movement Arts Festival​​​​

Inspiring Conscious Embodiment in Practice, Performance, and Daily Life

Arts Gallery
Call for Presenter Proposals
Come celebrate your body as a living inquiry, part of an unfolding planetary process. Our bodies are ecosystems inter-relating with diverse communities within the natural world. 

Body Wisdom
Creative Innovation
Synergistic Exchange

Engage in a rich exchange of ideas and diverse somatic practices that motivate creativity and innovation, tapping into our human potential by allowing the body to lead the way in cultivating sensory awareness, well-
being, embodied presence, and engaged community.

Since 2007 SOMAfest enlivens artists, audiences, and participants from all walks of life to move beyond expected experiences of physical self-discovery & expression. 

Join us to explore diverse movement practices in over 20 workshops, performances, and panel discussions that cultivate body-mind integration, creativity, presence & community.   Signup for our enews and updates
Fluid Being, Fluid Body . . .
The 12th annual Somatic Movement Arts Festival is an immersion engaging the creative inquiry of embodiment. Our 2018 focus is FLUID BEING for workshops, performances, art gallery and panel discussions, providing participants from around the world an opportunity to grow the capacity to take their health and creativity into their own hands, to deepen into the greatest version of who they truly are and consciously embody each day with watery resiliency and adaptability.
Movement is core to what it means to be human and key to experiencing an interconnected relationship to body, place and global community. 
  1. Caryn Heilman performing iSpecies
    Caryn Heilman performing iSpecies
  2. Jamie McHugh, Nature Being Art
    Jamie McHugh, Nature Being Art
  3. Georgianne Cowan Underwater
    Georgianne Cowan Underwater
  4. Emma Destrube, Continuum & Meridians
    Emma Destrube, Continuum & Meridians
  5. Continuum Creative Edges with Teri Carter
    Continuum Creative Edges with Teri Carter
  6. Prairie Home
    Prairie Home
  7. Emilie Conrad's "Kafka in Love"
    Emilie Conrad's "Kafka in Love"
  8. Camille Maurine
    Camille Maurine
  9. Emilie Conrad, Continuum Movement Theater Ensemble
    Emilie Conrad, Continuum Movement Theater Ensemble
  10. Ashley Johnson & Nicole Schafenacker
    Ashley Johnson & Nicole Schafenacker
  11. Daria Halprin, Planetary Dance SOMAfest NYC
    Daria Halprin, Planetary Dance SOMAfest NYC
  12. SOMAfest Faculty Improv Performance
    SOMAfest Faculty Improv Performance
The Somatic Movement Arts Festival is a profound opportunity to cultivate freedom to be your essential self.  Engage in the inquiry of embodiment with people from around the world, grow the capacity to take your health and creativity into your own hands, and deepen into the greatest version of who you truly can be.

Our Workshops, Performances, and Dialogues support you in cultivating a dynamic and responsive connection to your body's intelligence. Learn how your body-mind has the innate capacity to transform, heal and flourish.  Explore bio-creative approaches to every-day-life and body-mind innovation.

Through somatically inspired learning experiences, performance, art, and community engagement, our FACULTY, PERFORMERS, ARTISTS, and SOMATIC SUMMIT PANEL SPEAKERS will explore with you myriad aspects of embodied earth wisdom, water matters, species inclusivity, exaptation, and movement as life! There is an ocean of environmental energy or information flow within our body-mind, let's dive in together.

"Life is a process, not in a linear series of events. Everything that happens is connected to a planetary and universal system. All things in Nature move in cycles, and everything is interwoven into a living system of the Earth."       Andrea Olsen 

Check out some of the myriad somatic movement methods SOMAfest has featured since 2007.

Body-Mind Centering®
Somatic Expression
Contact ​Improv
Sound, Movement
& Storytelling
Dancing the Mythic Feminine
Skinner Releasing TechniqueTM
Mindful Movement Yoga
Twelve years, featuring over 100 Somatic Artists, Educators & Performers from around the world presenting myriad somatic methods, including some of the world's most prominent movement innovators, such as Emilie Conrad, Anna Halprin, Simone Forti, and Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen!

"Movement is what we ARE, not something we do."
Emilie Conrad (1934-2014) 

We celebrate the 50th anniversary of Continuum Movement®!
Emilie was a visionary in the fields of Somatic Movement, Dance, and a pivotal figure in the 2007 co-creation of SOMAfest in collaboration with Founder and Artistic Director Teri Carter.

Prairie House,  photby Daniel Paquet