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MBR October 2017 Newsletter
Monthly Newsletter

October 2017
Recently as I rushed out the door of MBR running late to my final client of the day.  A random homeless man looked straight at me, seeing something about my preoccupied, rushing being, and beamed a sincere smile.  This unexpected gift from a complete stranger with nothing of monetary or material value, continues to soften my entire body, ease my breath, and reminds me to appreciate the preciousness of life that is right in front of me.
In this moment, I invite you to pause from all the world's challenges, all your personal dilemmas, and feel the smile given to me radiating through my eyes, face, teeth, and lips now passing on to you.  Breathe this smile in and notice what happens.
When the time feels right, next time you walk on the street or in your mind, pass the smile on to someone you love, someone in need, or a perfect stranger.
During October MBR has a wonderful array of workshops, classes, special events, and private sessions to keep you smiling. Check out the highlights for October-November below and see our website for further details and endless opportunities. 
Smiling right back
at you,
Mary Abrams &
All at Moving Body Resources

Classes with Mary Abrams
Taught by Mary Abrams
Tuesdays 11 am - 1 pm  Ongoing 
Thursdays 10 am - 12 pm Ongoing
 Fees: $30/single class
$130 / 5 class series
See info below.
One Friday each month
Oct 27, Nov 17
9:30 am - 1 pm
Oct 10, Nov 14
Fees: $30/single class
$130 / 5 class series
See info below.
Oct 24, Nov 28
6 - 8 pm 
Fees: $30/single class
$130 / 5 class series
See info below.
MBR Community Classes:

Taught by Laura V. Ward
Tuesdays 10am - 11am
See below...
Power Yoga Challenge & Condition
Taught by Sherah Sydney
Wednesdays 6:30pm to 7:30pm
See below... 

Led by Adam Brown
Thursdays 8 - 10:00 pm (pre-registration required)
Hatha Yoga Mend & Melt
Taught by Sherah Sydney
Saturdays 4:30pm to 5:30pm
See below...

RESTORING CORE RHYTHMICITY: The Art of Play and Social Engagement for Trauma Restorative Movement Psychotherapy
Taught by Amber Elizabeth Gray
October 6, 7, 8
See below... 
STILLPOINT Presents Professional Training in
Craniosacral Biodynamics

Taught by Franklyn Sills, Christina Morrow, Shannon Dailey and Clara Favale
Module 1: Relationship, the Neutral and the Breath of Life 
Oct 11 - 15

See below...
MBR endorsed event:
Children & Authenticity 2017 Conference
Children's Arts Guild
Oct 22-23
See below...
Moving Body Festival:  Engaging Somatic Realities
Nov 10-12
See below...
Taught by Mary Abrams & Colleagues 

These classes are an amazing opportunity to awaken your senses, experience your body as movement, interrupt your habitual ways of thinking and feeling, and to develop new clarity, awareness, strength, and liveliness in your entire being. We will explore with breath and sound play, sensing, feeling, micro-movement, expressive movement, and deep stillness.
Beginners are welcome anytime.

Every Tuesday 11 am-1 pm
Every Thursday 10 am-12 pm 
Drop-ins welcome to ALL classes.
Fees for 2017:
$30/single class
$130/ 5 class series

Pre-registration via email or phone 24 hours in advance is appreciated but not necessary.

TO REGISTER via email or phone contact: or 212-206-7542
Taught by Laura V Ward
Tuesdays - 10am - 11am
Somatic Solstice Mat classes emphasize the subjective experience of embodiment by inquiring into the potential space inside and outside of the body with playful awareness. Through this approach we lean into greater connectivity, fluid resilience and functional integrity. Simple user-friendly exercises elicit healthy movement patterns that stimulate, massage and hydrate the soft tissues and the nervous system. This class cultivates a level of body intelligence and fitness that will continue to support your agility throughout life.  Drawn from diverse movement forms including Ballet, Pilates, Yoga, Dance, Laban Movement Analysis, Bartenieff Fundamentals, Sounding, Continuum Movement, and Connective Tissue Therapy, there is balance of specific form-based exercise and non-judgmental free moving improvisational work. IT SHOULD BE FUN and FEEL GOOD!
No prior experience required. This is appropriate for all levels, ages and body types. 
To register, or for more information:
Restoring Core Rhythmicity
The Art of Play and Social Engagement for Trauma Restorative Movement Psychotherapy
Taught by Amber Elizabeth Gray
October 6, 7, 8
10am - 5pm
Fee: $450
Exposure to traumatic events literally and metaphorically “freezes” our bodies, minds and spirits in a “lock-down” of jumbled memory fragments. Current neuro-psychiatric research has shown that when someone is traumatized, a majority of traumatic memory is implicit— sensory-motoric and image-based. This research endorses non--verbal therapies for survivors to fully integrate the past with the present and restore well-being and balance. Movement is the medicine that creates new healing pathways and re-connects survivors to themselves and their lives.

This training will support clinicians, dance movement therapists, art therapists, and somatic therapists to work with survivors of trauma (in particular, relational trauma, complex trauma, and trauma secondary to violence) using a variety of very practical, body, movement, rhythm and dance-based approaches. It will benefit all mental health professionals who work with survivors of trauma and wish to integrate body-based and creative arts approaches into their work in individual and group contexts.
The pathways we explore include Polyvagal Theory, Dance/Movement Therapy, Somatic Psychology, Continuum, and Embodied Developmental Psychology. This workshop will integrate Polyvagal-informed Dance Movement Therapy, a framework for working with rhythmicity co-collaborated by the facilitator with Dr Porges, based on their recent publication Polyvagal-informed Dance Movement Therapy with Children Who Shut Down: Restoring Core Rhythmicity.

Amber is a pioneer in the use of Dance Movement Therapy, Continuum, and Somatic Psychology with survivors of trauma, particularly torture, war and human rights abuses. Amber is the 2010 ADTA Outstanding Achievement Award recipient. She originated a resiliency-based framework and clinical approach -- Restorative Movement Psychotherapy -- for mind-heart-spirit, somatic, movement and arts-based therapies with survivors of trauma in cross cultural, low resource contexts.
To Register Contact Amber:
Amber Elizabeth Gray

Professional Training in

Craniosacral Biodynamics

Taught by Franklyn Sills, Christina Morrow,
Shannon Dailey and Clara Favale

Module 1: Relationship, the Neutral and the Breath of Life 
Oct 11 - 15
Stillpoint CST is proud to present this practitioner training in Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy consisting of ten five-day modules. Franklyn Sills is the course director and will be joining us in person to teach two of the ten modules, teleconferencing additional live lectures.  The teaching team for this training will also include Shannon Dailey, Clara Favale and Christina Morrow who have been assisting and teaching with Franklyn since 2007 and have over 50 years combined BCST experience. 
Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy is a deep listening to forces that have effected the client's system from the time of conception onward.  Healing can occur in the present moment as the practitioner orients to the forces organizing the human system allowing healing intentions to unfold.  Students will learn to hold these process which are based in anatomy and physiology of the human body and the deeper universal forces that support life through clearly defined palpation and therapeutic skills.  This training will provide an integrated approach that includes the insights of many innovators in the field, influences from other relevant fields, and the healing principles of the Breath of Life and its manifestation in the human system.
Successful completion of this training leads to a diploma in Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy and eligibility for accreditation by these associations. The training is also affiliated with other biodynamic training institutions worldwide via the IABT, the International Affiliation of Biodynamic Trainings, and confers the graduate designations of RCST and BCST upon successful completion of the training.

Purpose of the Training

  • To provide an integrated training in Craniosacral Biodynamics that includes the insights of many practitioners in the field, with influences from other relevant fields, and which clearly orients to the healing principles of the Breath of Life and its manifestation in the human system
  • To provide an in depth understanding and appreciation of these principles and to be able to safely apply them within a clinical context
  • To teach, within this context, clearly defined palpation and therapeutic skills with the ability to apply these skills in a clinical context
  • To nurture and encourage the personal development of both tutor and student alike
  • To graduate skilled, safe and therapeutically effective practitioners

For more information, prerequisites, and to request an application please contact:  Clara Favale e-mail:
Telephone: 212.532.8539

MBR Endorsed Event: 
Children's Arts Guild 
Children & Authenticity 2017 Conference

“Exploring the Heart of Education”
Sunday - Monday, October 22nd-23rd
Borough of Manhattan Community College
Day Pass: $150 / day
Full Conference: $250
Registration includes breakfast, lunch, and closing reception. 
Mention the MBR Friends & Family
Discount Code:  Guild2017
to receive 10% off your admission!

To Register:

The theme of our second annual conference on children and authenticity is “Exploring the Heart of Education.” The two-day conference will focus on the role of authenticity in children’s development as lifelong learners. Guided by experts in a wide range of disciplines, we will explore more deeply the personal, social, and economic utility of authenticity.  And through hands-on workshops and in-depth presentations we will examine the many ways educators can help children explore and develop their authentic selves.
We hope you can join this gathering of thinkers passionate about education, including teachers, education leaders, parents, policy makers, public-opinion leaders, philanthropists, and business leaders.
For more information:
Moving Body Salon
Moving Body Salon
Saturday, October 21
7 pm
Moving Body Salons create a space for artists to share their work,
live in real time, with real people
to create living resources for us all.
Artistic expressions may be raw, fermenting, fully cooked, and more. 
Performances, conversation, schmoozing, and who knows
what else will MOVE us!
Performing Oct 21:
Mary Abrams, dance 
David Belmont, reading

Corazon Tierra, dance/poetry
Calling all artists of all kinds and all levels
for November, & December
To let us know you want to perform, please contact:
Moving Body Festival: 
Engaging Somatic Realities

Moving Body Festival:
Engaging Somatic Realities

Nov 10 – 12, 2017 

The first ever Moving Body Festival of
Somatic Movement!


Move, relax, breathe, connect, express, and create through exploring Somatic Movement Education: an embodiment approach to cultivating your innate capacities for well-being and community engagement.
This Moving Body Festival offers a weekend of deeply personal and fully connected classes, workshops, and events that invite you to enjoy the wonders of your moving-thinking body. Develop tools for health, distress and pain relief, creativity and community connection, in an environment that honors diversity, self-expression and loving leadership.
This event is open to people from all walks of life. No previous experience in Somatic Movement Education is necessary.
Friday November 10 Festival Schedule & Registration
Saturday November 11 Festival Schedule & Registration
Sunday November 12 Festival Schedule & Registration
Please CLICK to learn more about:
Festival Teacher Biographies
Somatic Movement Education
Festival Committee:  Jennifer Maeve Moloney, Lee Fogel, Lillian Stamey, Cindy Shum, Ali Fischer, Corazon Tierra, and Mary Abrams
Sacred Journey to Bali, Indonesia
April 16-29, 2018
With Mary Abrams & Kenneth Ballard
It is time to dance into your full potential. Time to dream a new dream & embody your heart’s wildest desires. It is time to say Yes to you. If not now when?
We are on our way with a committed group
REGISTRATION is open until December 31st!
Limited spaces available.
Mary Abrams, Kenneth Ballard, Dharma, Samphos and Ken’s amazing Balinese healing family invite you to join us in Bali for a profound Transformational Celebration, a rare travel treasure!
Travel with us on this potent journey, gaining exceptional entree into the hidden inner world of Bali. Awakening. Healing. Re-Membering who you really BE. A time of unbridled bliss filled with unconditioned Love. A time of renewal and rejuvenation.
A time to celebrate Love and exponential expansion.
This Journey unfolds during the potent April sacred time and we will immerse ourselves in Bali’s ceremony & ritual. The group will be small and intimate 14 aspirants maximum.
This is a soul call, and we trust exactly the right synergy of travelers to say Yes.
In Lotuz Love & with Aloha,
Kenneth, Mary, Dharma, Samphos and our Bali dream team.
For itinerary & fee info:
or contact Mary:

For info on Ken go to:

Sacred Journey to Bali Group 2015

Photo credits: top & bottom anonymous, middle K.Ballard 2005
Continuum, A Moving Inquiry Training Program: Module 1
Values, Principles, and Methods of Practice
Taught by Mary Abrams
Somatische Akademie Berlin, Germany 
December 7 - 10
Every somatic movement practice encompasses principles and values that guide the methods it embraces.  Principles serve as the fundamental truths and foundation for the practice, while values are what is important within the art of the practice. 
In this first module of the training we focus our learning on deepening our understanding through practices of breath, sound, movement, touch, and witnessing along with non-verbal creative expression and verbal dialogue; as they express principles on which Continuum is founded: 
  • Learning through self-inquiry,
  • Attuning to the silent level (non-words) movements of our being,
  • The human body is a fluid organism in resonance with all life on this planet and with the movements of the cosmos; and
  • Movement is what we are.
We will also offer our enduring interested and open attention to the values of:
  • Awakening sensation awareness,
  • Exploring micro and macro movement expression, developing sequences and layering in service of deepening inquiry,
  • Developing more language at the descriptive level of our experience,
  • Slowing down, pausing, and suspending habitual movement, thought, and feeling patterns; and
  • Opening to the emerging unexpected and discovery of new meaning.
By focusing on the principles and values of Continuum, the intention of this first module is to provide a well-grounded experience in the foundations of Continuum to support further modular study and your ongoing development as a teacher/practitioner.
Mary Abrams, MA, RSME, founder/director of Moving Body Resources in New York City since 1999, leads classes, workshops, and private sessions with people ranging in age from 23 to 98 years old.  She loves movement in every dimension, has been immersed in Continuum for 23 years  learning with Emilie Conrad, Susan Harper, & Gary David; holds a masters degree in Consciousness Studies; and teaches on the MA Dance & Somatic Wellbeing course at the University of Central Lancashire, UK.   She is eternally grateful to every person who has given her the honor to move and learn with them.
For more information email or phone contact: or 212-206-7542

Power Yoga Challenge & Condition and 
Hatha Yoga Mend & Melt
Taught by Sherah Sydney
Power Yoga Challenge and Condition
Wednesdays 6:30pm - 7:30pm 
Hatha Yoga Mend & Melt
Saturdays 4:30pm - 5:30pm
From the beautiful Island of Barbados, Yogacharya Sherah Sydney began her personal yoga journey as a teenager, then later in the 1990s her curiosity led her to exploring & connecting with yoga teachers & communities worldwide.  As her interest grew stronger, her passion took shape on another level in 2004 - when she deepened her connection to the practice - by obtaining her teacher certification - under the skilled guidance & leadership of Kavi Yogiraj Alan Finger - ofBe Yoga’s” 5th Ave Studio - which today, is known throughout Manhattan as Yoga Works”.
Her yoga interests and studies include Hatha, Vinyasa, Astanga + Iyengar and the base root of her teaching style - affectionately known as ISHTA - was created by Kavi Yogiraj Alan Finger - as a blending of the ancient & contemporary sciences of Hatha, Tantra & Ayurveda. Sherah is a highly spiritual artist and an executive within Manhattan’s lighting design industry.
Life By Yoga” - Is a gentle reminder for us all, to bring into life - into our spaces & exchanges - that same essence and quality one brings to the yoga mat. Focus, sincerity, gratitude, regard, compassion, peace, integrity, kindness, humility. Together Sherah and her special team members create a no pressure - no pretense” environment - which really supports students in their own process of letting go. Passers by can often hear bouts of laughter behind closed doors while classes are in session. There is never a dull moment and quiet times are savored. Her students describe her classes as exciting, fulfilling & addictive. When asked what she loves the most about teaching yoga?  Sherah’s response is - In our classes I gather with some amazing friends to pause, share, teach, laugh, meditate, unplug, learn, love, uplift, reflect, listen and repeat” - followed by her well known 100 watt smile.
For more information contact Elizabeth Polanco / Sherah Sydney:
(646) 698-8493

MBR has wonderful spaces
for teaching
and healing arts
of all kinds.

MBR has 3 office spaces and 2 group spaces available by the hour and by the day.  Any space can be rented for one time, one hour, a few hours, a full day, an entire weekend, or for ongoing classes.

Our 3 offices are ideal for a variety of private practice sessions. Our 2 group studios -- 400 sq. ft. Small Studio and 1300 sq. ft. Large Studio -- are great for classes, workshops, and other group events.

The more you rent, the better your deal!
Office rates begin at $30/hr for 2017.
Please inquire for daily rental rates for offices.

Movement studio rates range from $47-$130/hr.

Go to our website and click RENTAL INFO &
call Greg at (212) 206-7542 - Mailbox option 2  

Please Note: If you contact us after 7 pm, on weekends, or at short notice please email rather than call. 
Photo by Barbara Schaefer
In This Issue
October 2017
Restoring Core Rhythmicity
STILLPOINT PresentsProfessional Training inCraniosacral Biodynamics
MBR Endorsed Event: Children's Arts Guild Children & Authenticity 2017 Conference
Moving Body Salon
Moving Body Festival: Engaging Somatic Realities
Sacred Journey to Bali, IndonesiaApril 16-29, 2018
Continuum, A Moving Inquiry Training Program: Module 1Values, Principles, and Methods of Practice
CLASS HIGHLIGHT:Power Yoga Challenge & Condition and Hatha Yoga Mend & Melt
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112 West 27th Street. Suite 402.
New York, NY 10001.
(Between 6th and 7th Ave)

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