June 5-10, 2018
Smith College
Northampton, MA

Main Conference:
June 6-9, 2018

June 5/6: Deborah Hay

Post Conference:
June 9/10: Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen

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Conference Committee:
Toni Smith, Chair

Programming sub Committee:
Teri Anderson
Naomi Sparrow
Cynthia Stevens

Host: Teri Anderson


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2018 BMCA Conference

The 33rd annual BMCA conference will take place at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts which will be a 'homecoming' for many BMC graduates.  We hope to see you there! In the meantime, please email Ellen, BMCA Director of Operations or Toni Smith, Conference Chair, with questions.

Seeking proposals from somatic movement practitioners and researchers for experiential workshops, presentations, panels and performances. The conference theme of “Resilience” is optional and not required.


Resilience is the ability to respond, adapt, transform, and interact with the environment in a positive way that promotes well-being and is nurtured through experiential inquiry. We invite proposals that explore and address how Body-Mind Centering and other somatic practices support personal and collective resilience and transformation.

Some suggested areas of inquiry include:

Resilience in embodiment: embryological development, body systems and embodied anatomy, neuroplasticity, epigenetics, presence and leadership

Resilience with/in community: organizational, social, environmental, spiritual, and evolutionary

Resilience in specific populations: aging, youth, mixed abilities, refugees, trauma survivors, dancers, artists, teachers

Resilience in Body-Mind Centering as a somatic discipline: sustaining an authentic voice and dynamic language that will grow and flourish into the future

June 5 – 10, 2018
Smith College, Northampton, MA

June 5/6
Pre-Conference Presenter: Deborah Hay, Using the Sky

June 6 through 9
Main Conference:

June 9/10
Post Conference Presenter: Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, Flight, Fight, Freeze, Ease

Call for Presenters Details:

Seeking proposals for, but not limited to:    
Experiential workshops, presentations, panel discussions, performance showcases, research, case studies.  Content may address diverse somatic traditions and need not be exclusive to Body-Mind Centering.

Deadline for Proposals:
September 30, 2017

Submission Format:
Presentation title, three sentence description in third person tense, four sentence biography, length of presentation (90 minutes for presentations/workshops, 10 minutes for performances), space and technical needs.

Accepted Presenters will be notified by October 31, 2017 and are required to confirm participation by registering in full for the main conference at the Presenter, non-refundable, discounted rate of $275 by November 30, 2017.  Registration for pre-conferences with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen and Deborah Hay are an additional cost.  Please note, presenters are responsible for accommodation fees plus travel to and from Northampton, Massachusetts. (BMCA will make reasonable campus dormitory housing available as well as an optional meal plan).  In return, BMCA will market presenter offerings worldwide to the somatic community and facilitate specific outreach to others at the presenter’s request.  BMCA will provide the following: access to Smith College facilities, staff and technical support for presentations, table space for marketing materials, contact information for all conferees and, perhaps most important, the opportunity to convene with a global community of somatic practitioners.