33rd Annual BMCA North American Conference

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

June 5/6
Deborah HayUsing the Sky, a six hour workshop

Main Conference
June 6 through 9

June 9/10
Bonnie Bainbridge CohenNew Frontiers in Body-Mind Centering


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

Call for Presenters Details:

Seeking proposals for, but not limited to:    

Experiential workshops (90 mins), research presentations (papers, case studies, film, etc), panel discussions, and performances (up to 10 mins), somatic writing. Content may address diverse somatic traditions and need not be exclusive to Body-Mind Centering.  (If you are not familiar with BMCA conferences, please see our past conference programs online at bmcassociation.org/conferences)  

Submission Format:
Presentation title, description in third person tense (maximum 400 characters), biography (maximum 400 characters), length of presentation, space and technical needs.

Deadline for Proposals:
September 30, 2017

Submit a proposal

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 and post conferences with Deborah Hay and Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen 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.