BodyCartography’s Ecosomatic Adventure in Montezuma, Costa Rica

Olive Bieringa and Otto Ramstad

Los Almendros, cabinas y estudio, Montezume, Costa Rica

Date and Time

July 27- August 1


REGISTRATION includes tuition, accommodation in a shared room with one other person, food and transport from San Jose.

Early bird US$925 - 50% paid before June 1 , 2023
Regular US$1050

Central and South American students
partial scholarships available



5 day immersion with Olive Bieringa and Otto Ramstad featuring our host Ninoska Gómez and local artist Laura Cruz
July 27- 31, 2023

Dance - Body-Mind Centering® - water dancing - forest walking - relational practices - contact improvisation

On our 25th anniversary BodyCartography joins with an intergenerational teaching team from Costa Rica exploring dance and ecosomatics in the tropics. Through movement and voice we will immerse ourselves in the elements and ecosystems of Montezuma.

We will share embodied practices to extend our relational webs into more-than-human ecosystems of earth, forest, river and ocean. We will offer practices for living, dancing and dying together on a damaged earth. Together we will practice breathing, moving, sensing, perceiving, digesting, and decomposing to help us perceive more of the whole scale of the sensitivities and intelligences within us and around us, the human and non-human, the transforming spaces, the before and after.

Body-Mind Centering® is an integrated and embodied approach to movement, the body and consciousness. It is an experiential study based on the embodiment and application of anatomical, physiological, psychophysical and developmental principles, utilizing movement, touch, voice and mind.

Montezuma is a small town on the Nicoya Peninsula situated between two natural reserves, Cabo Blanco National Park, the oldest in Central America and the Nicolás Wessberg Absolute Reserve, and the splendor of the Pacific Ocean. Montezuma started as a small fishing village and is now a multicultural town full of art, creativity and community life. Costa Rica has become one of the first tropical countries to reverse deforestation and recover its loss of nature. Today, around 51% per cent of its land is once again covered in forest and 25% protected. Costa Rica has 5% percent of the world’s rapidly shrinking biodiversity, though environmentalists there are also fighting to resist extinction.

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Intructor's Bio

Teachers bios
Olive Bieringa and Otto Ramstad have been collaborating for 25 years as the BodyCartography Project, an award winning international dance collaboration who engage with the vital materiality of our bodies and minds to create live performance that facilitate a re-enchantment of embodiment, relationship, and presence. Their work has been presented internationally across Norway, Europe, USA, and Aotearoa/New Zealand. Olive Bieringa and Otto Ramstad are certified Teachers of Body-Mind Centering®. Together they run the Body-Mind Centering® Somatic Movement Education certification in Melbourne, Australia as Program and Educational Directors of Somatic Education Australia.

Our host Ninoska Gómez holds a Ph.D. Developmental Psychology and is a Certified Practitioner of Body-Mind Centering®. Since 1983 she has created the SOMARHYTHMS approach and Estudio Los Almendros. She served as a Professor and researcher in the Department of Physical Education from the University of Montreal and Dance Department of the University of Québec in Montreal. She was a founding member of the Body-Mind Centering® Association, as well as a somatic therapist and educator registered by the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association from 1991 to 2009. She shares regularly with her promoting empowerment through somatic education, playful activity, dance and contact with nature, with workshops and performances.

Laura Cruz
Costa Rican artist, researcher and facilitator of experiences that involve movement arts, somatic techniques and ecology, as a naturalist guide.Founder of SomaLab Costa Rica.
For the past 12 years, she has investigated and shared ways of inhabiting landscapes, especially waterscapes (rivers, sea, hot springs, lakes, cenotes), through contact improvisation in water, somatics, deep dance (using free-diving techniques), and the liquid body. She has facilitated workshops in Finland, Denmark, Portugal, Mexico, Guatemala and Costa Rica. She was a guest speaker at the II International Congress of Aquatic Therapies-Costa Rica 2018. She has been invited to teach Aquatic dance at the National University of Costa Rica. Her current interests and research are related to touch, embryology and ecosomatics from a tropical perspective.

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