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2019 Conference Committee
Toni Smith, Chair
Pat Ethridge
Kim Sargent-Wishart
Gill Wright Miller

Programming Sub-Committee
Corrine Hammet
Toni Smith
Cynthia Stevens
Alison Zuber

Site Liaison and Host:
brooke smiley



Banner photo: Toni Smith 

34th Annual BMCA Conference

Self and Other
University of California, Santa Barbara, CA, USA
August 7-10, 2019

August 6/7:
Pre Conference Workshop with TBA

August 10/11:
Post Conference Workshop with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen

August 7-10:
Main Conference


Submit a proposal/s
Deadline for submissions: September 30, 2018  

BMCA is seeking proposals from somatic movement practitioners and researchers for experiential workshops, presentations, panels, and performances. We invite proposals that respond to the theme of “Self and Other” while equally welcoming other topics. 

How do we meet Other? Be it in nature, be it the unaccepted, be it the unknown, isolated or mysterious, the way we meet Other is a powerful space for choice. How does the answer live in the intelligence and organization of the body-mind? Can we meet where there is a place to explore and invite our differences, experience a new way of relating? How in meeting Other do we learn more about ourselves? 

In a culture which is shifting, how we value our right to personal safety, authentic expression, agency in relationship, and empowerment of Self and Other is responsive. Can we explore the potency of two different people, materials, or systems, in political, natural, and technological areas of difference, where a meeting beyond the performance of roles, sides, and even functions is possible? How the Self organizes in the external world — through sensory perception, movement, touch, and the relational response cycle — offers room for pause and choice. What somatic tools are available which honor our unique lineage, personal development, and inclusion of diversity? How do we value what one needs, wants, and receives? 

Valuing Self and Other acknowledges difference and begins to reveal our vibrant interdependence. What somatic practices or rituals foster our ability to meet with a deeper awareness of Self, while finding discovery and heartfelt respect for Other? Can we meet without assuming another’s experience? What does somatic research bring forth? 

BMCA would like to express gratitude to 34th BMCA Conference Site Liaison, brooke smiley, for focusing the theme for this event.

Seeking Proposals for (but not limited to): Experiential workshops (90 mins), research presentations (papers, case studies, films, etc.), panel discussions, performances (up to 8 mins), somatic writing. Content may address diverse somatic traditions and need not be exclusive to Body-Mind Centering.  (If you are not familiar with the  BMCA conference format, please see our past conference programs).

Deadline for submissions: September 30, 2018  
All those who submitted a proposal will be notified by November 15, 2018.

Unlike most professional organizations, BMCA does not require presenters to be BMCA members to submit a proposal. However, to offset our costs, BMCA requires non-members to pay a $25 fee. Non-members will be required to pay this submission fee only once, regardless of the number of proposals submitted.

Please consider joining BMCA at this time, in which case there is no additional submission fee. Members also receive a $50 discount upon conference registration.

Submit A Proposal/s


Accepted Presenters will be notified by November 15, 2018 and are required to confirm participation by registering in full for the main conference at the Presenter, non-refundable, discounted rate by December 15, 2018. Registration for pre and post conferences with TBA and Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen are an additional cost. Please note, presenters are responsible for accommodation fees plus travel to and from Santa Barbara, California. (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 University of California at Santa Barbara 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.

If you do not receive a notification by November 15, 2018, please check your spam folder and/or contact BMCA at operations@bmcassociation.org.