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MBR December 2017 Newsletter
Monthly Newsletter

December 2017
Eleven months of this year have passed. 
Eleven months of experiences too endless to count. 
Eleven months of news reports
I still can't wrap my heart-body-mind around. 
Eleven months of precious life to pause, consider,
and be grateful for. 
Eleven months of limitless caring
for all we hold dear. 
And eleven months of tirelessly striving,
hoping and dreaming for a better world
despite the limitations of our time-space reality.
As we wake up in the twelfth and final month of 2017, may we discover unexpected support for accepting all of our human limitations,
and even more support to keep striving for a world where
kindness within ourselves and with each other
is an ongoing priority. 
December at MBR is striving with you.  Our classes, workshops, and private sessions are on for the holiday season. Below check out the highlights for December-January and see our website for further details. 
A HUGE THANK YOU to all who attended and supported the Moving Body Festival in November.  The overall consensus--LET'S DO IT AGAIN! So we hope you will join us in 2018.
And, we also hope you will join us at the MBR Holiday Party, December 18th!!!  See the info below and please, pretty please, RSVP.
With a full heart-body-mind
striving with hope for kindness,
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
No class Dec 7, 26, 28
Fees: $30/single class
$130 / 5 class series
See info below.
Two Fridays this December: 
Dec 1, Dec 15, Jan 26
9:30 am - 1 pm
MBR Community Classes:
Taught by Laura V. Ward
Tuesdays 10am - 11am
See below...
MARTIAL ARTS LAB with Gregory Soon
Beginning January 15, 2018:
Mondays 6pm - 7:30pm
See below...
Power Yoga Challenge & Condition
Taught by Sherah Sydney
Wednesdays 6:30pm to 7:30pm

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

Moving Body Resources' Holiday Party!  

Monday December 18 ... Save the Date!
See below...
January 1
4-7 pm
See below...
January 5-7
See below...
STILLPOINT Presents Professional Training in 
Craniosacral Biodynamics t
aught by Franklyn Sills, Christina Morrow, Shannon Dailey and Clara Favale
Module 2: The Ground of Resource and Motion:
The Holistic Shift, the Mid-tide and Motility
Dec 6 - 10

See below...
Seminar 2: Principles of Craniosacral Biodynamics
Taught by Roger Gilchrist
Dec 11 - Dec 15

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 
No class Thursday, Dec 7, 26, 28
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
Save the Date!
Monday December 18, 2017
MBR's 2017 Holiday Party
MBR invites you to our annual Holiday Party!
Join us for a WHoly Body Celebration to 
honor the season & your well-being.
WHEN: Monday December 18th, 6pm - 9pm
WHERE: Moving Body Resources
Eat, Drink, Dance and Be Yourself!
We will have food and drinks for your enjoyment,
bring something to share and add to the bounty.
We look forward to celebrating with you!
Mary and Greg
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:
New Year's Day
Moving Body Dance
Breathing, sounding, feeling your fluid authentic dance from within, dance your celebration, dance your personal sacred ritual, dance  your dreams, dance your wildness, dance your tenderness in community.
Led by Mary Abrams
January 1, 2018
4-7 pm

 Led by Mary Abrams
January 5-7, 2018
Fri 2pm – Sun 5pm
Fee: $225
During this weekend of silence, we will deepen our awareness of inner silent body experience with breath, sound, and movement, to facilitate our dreams and intentions, and open to a new year of life.  Letting go of words, we will dwell with the inner pulsing, murmuring, oozing, and soft vibrancy of our living bodies. 

We gather on Friday afternoon to review and practice a sequence of breath, sound, and movement that becomes our mantra for diving into silence.  We will have a dinner break and return without words to commence our silent exploration which lasts until Sunday between 3-4 pm (2 nights & almost 2 days!).  We will emerge from silence back to words, sharing reflections from our journeys and cultivating support for what comes to life from our silent level experiences.  
TO REGISTER via email or phone contact: or 212-206-7542 

Professional Training in

Craniosacral Biodynamics

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

Module 2: The Ground of Resource and Motion:
The Holistic Shift, the Mid-tide and Motility
Dec 6 - 10
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

Wellness Institute:
Craniosacral Biodynamics
Professional Training

Taught by Roger Gilchrist
Seminar 2: Principles Craniosacral Biodynamics
Dec 11 - 15
Craniosacral Biodynamics is a quantum approach to healing.  
Physically, there are the bones and membranes of the craniosacral system, and the connective tissues of the rest of the body.  Structure and function.  Neurologically, there are the autonomic set-points, activation levels, and discharge cycles.  
Rhythms of life.  Emotionally, there is history, and attachment or freedom.  Spiritually there is clear view.
Complete course description is on
This seminar may be taken as a stand-alone introduction to Craniosacral Biodynamics, however, it is intended as the first module of a ten seminar series leading to the RCST® credential with the Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy Association.   
Instructor:  Roger Gilchrist, MA, RPE, RCST  is the lead instructor.  Roger has taught Craniosacral Biodynamics in the USA, Australia, and Europe.  He is the author of Craniosacral Therapy and the Energetic Body.  Roger is a direct protégé of Franklyn Sills and is a principal author of the BCTA’s forthcoming Standards of Practice.
Watch this video for a taste of Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy and Roger Gilchrist's teaching style:  Craniosacral Biodynamics with Roger Gilchrist
Applications for Admission are required.
Contact us at 718-797-2282 to receive an application packet,
or email your request to

 with Gregory Soon

Taught by Gregory Soon
Mondays 6pm – 7:30pm
Fee: $20 per class
or $100 for 6 classes
Please pre-register: 
(646) 209-5373
This class is based on the Martial Arts of Boxing, Wrestling
and Aikido: 

The Martial Arts Lab is designed introduce self-defense techniques and skill to new students and may enhance the training and practice of experienced martial artists.
This class is non-competitive and open to men and women of any age.
(If you are able to perform a squat and to bend down to touch your toes you will be able to do the techniques in this class!).

Mindset / philosophy of martial art training;
"Ma-ai" The "Art" of Timing & Distancing;

Striking / blocking & Pad-work;
Partner Drills;

Footwork and body movement that creates powerful technical skill.
Each class will focus on a different theme and technique.
Techniques will be broken down to clear step-by-step detail.
Everyone will get to practice the technique with a training partner.

For more information visit:

Sacred Journey to Bali, Indonesia
April 16-28, 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.
Even with current news of Mt. Agung erupting ash and some lava flow, most of the island of Bali is safe and sound. 
Ceremony abounds as we all honor the unseen forces, praying for safety and healing for the Balinese and the entire planet.
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

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 - 2018.
Movement Studio rates range from $47 to $130 / hour.
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
December 2017
New Year's Day Moving Body Dance
STILLPOINT PresentsProfessional Training inCraniosacral Biodynamics
Wellness Institute: Craniosacral Biodynamics Professional Training
MARTIAL ARTS LAB  with Gregory Soon
Sacred Journey to Bali, IndonesiaApril 16-28, 2018
Contact Us
Continuum, A Moving Inquiry Training Program: Module 1Values, Principles, and Methods of Practice
Contact Us
112 West 27th Street. Suite 402.
New York, NY 10001.
(Between 6th and 7th Ave)

112 W 27th St.
Phone: (212) 206-7542

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

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