The Fluid Body: A Somatic Journey

July 25-30, 2017
Texas State University
San Marcos, TX, USA

Main Conference:
July 27-30, 2017

Pre Conferences:
July 25/26: Barbara Dilley
July 26/27: Jens Johannsen

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Conference Committee:
Toni Smith, Chair
Pat Ethridge
Naomi Sparrow
Cynthia Stevens
Gill Wright-Miller

Host: LeAnne Smith


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2017 BMCA Conference

This year's conference will take place at Texas State University in San Marcos, TX which is located just 30-minutes from Austin. Something new for this year's conference is the addition of another full day of workshops and offerings.  We hope to see you there! In the meantime, please email Ellen, BMCA Director of Operations or Toni Smith, Conference Chair, with questions.

The Fluid Body: A Somatic Journey

Three-quarters of the earth's surface is covered by ever-shifting flows of water. The San Marcos River runs through the campus of the 2017 BMCA Conference host site at Texas State University. Arising from the San Marcos Springs, that water is a biologically diverse environment that provides a home to many animals, including several threatened or endangered species. Water flows through the human body just as it flows through land. The body of an adult human being is 60% water. In the body, as in the river, the flow of water is vital to sustaining life through a healthy ecosystem.


Thursday, July 27 through Sunday, July 30, 2017
Main Conference:

Tuesday, July 25 and  Wednesday, July 26
Pre-Conference with Barbara Dilly:
Contemplative Dance Practice: A Dancer’s Meditation Hall/A Meditator’s Dance Hall

Wednesday, July 26 and Thursday, July 27
Pre-Conference with Jens Johannsen:
Embodying Flow

Main Conference Fees:

  • If registering prior to April 30, 2017, a non-refundable $100 deposit is required and will secure your discounted registration and place at the conference. All registrations after April 30, 2017 require full payment upon checkout.
  • All payment balances are due on or by April 30, 2017 and will be automatically charged.
  • Please note, main conference fees do NOT include the pre-conferences, meals or accommodations.
  • The fees and additional generous BMCA Member, BMCSM student and Texas State University current faculty and student discounts are listed below.
  • PLEASE NOTE: BMCA has made a contractual commitment to presenters. Consequently, there will be no refunds of any kind offered by BMCA after April 30, 2017. 

Early Bird Registration through Feb. 28, 2017


Registration through April 30, 2017


Registration through June 30, 2017


Registration after June 30, 2017   


Presenter’s Registration


BMCA Member (-$50), BMCA Member not residing in North America (-$75) Currently enrolled SBMC student (-$25), Texas State University current faculty/student (-$50)

Tuesday, July 25 (2-5PM) and Wednesday, July 26 (9AM-12PM)
Contemplative Dance Practice: A Dancer’s Meditation Hall/A Meditator’s Dance Hall
Presenter: Barbara Dilley

Wednesday, July 26 (2-5PM) and Thursday, July 27 (9AM-12PM)
Embodying Flow
Presenter:  Jens Johannsen

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Texas State dormitory accommodations are within quick walking distance to the main conference building and a 10-minute walk from downtown San Marcos. Rooms can be booked directly on your registration form.
Room rates are: $40 per night for a single room and $30 for a double/shared room.

  • All rooms are air-conditioned.
  • All rooms share a communal hall bathroom.
  • All rooms contain a twin size bed, desk, chair, dresser, and closet.
  • Rooms do not include any linens or a pillow. Please be sure to bring your own sheets for a 76” long twin bed, a light blanket if needed, towels, a pillow, and any toiletries.
  • Parking on campus is available for $6 for the week and can be purchased on your registration form.
  • Free wifi is available in the dorm lobby and all conference buildings. To access a free internet connection in your dorm room, please be sure to bring an Ethernet cable.
  • Each hall in the dormitory provides access to a kitchen with a very limited number of pots and pans and refrigerator for all hall residents. No dinnerware (plates, utensils, glasses, etc.) is provided.
  • Local grocery stores are a 10-15-minute walk from the dormitory.

Hotels near Texas State University


Texas State University cafeteria will be open to all conferees and accepts cash and credit cards at the door. No pre-order is necessary. The dining hall is about a 15-minute walk from the conference building and a 5/10-minute walk from the dorms.

Restaurants within a 5-10 minute walk to Texas State University Campus.

BMCA Benefit Dessert Reception and Silent Auction:

On Saturday evening, July 29, BMCA will hold a dessert benefit reception following a showing of a wonderful documentary about the San Marcos River.  This event will end with the close of the Annual BMCA Silent Auction. Tickets are available on the conference registration form and at the door.
$20 per person, cash bar

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Travel to San Marcos:

Jowers Dance Center
Texas State University
601 University Drive
San Marcos, TX 78666

Airport Information:
Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (Austin TX)
San Antonio International Airport (San Antonio TX) 

Travel options to/from the airports to/from Texas State University campus:

There are many options for bus, transportation companies, shuttles, limousines, rental cars from both airports: 
Austin-Bergstrom and San Antonio International.

Parking on campus:

On Campus parking is available for $6 for the week, Monday, July 24 through Sunday, July 30, 2017. Parking (Tower Garage 106) is a 10-minute walk from the conference center (Jowers Center) and a 5-minute walk from the dormitory housing (Lantana Residence Hall). If you would like to park on campus during the conference, please purchase a pass for the week on your registration form.

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For further information or if you have questions, please contact Ellen.