35th Annual BMCA Conference
Resonance, Repatterning, and Revolution
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
June 23-28, 2020
April 11, 2020
Dear BMCA Community,
The care for each other and our collective whole is the heart of BMC® embodiment. The recent changes to our environments due to COVID-19 have international impact, requiring many of us to stay home in respect to the safety of ourselves and our extended communities. At this time, we truly come into awareness of how interconnected we all are and how important it is to continue to nurture those connections.
It is with a heavy heart that BMCA has chosen to postpone the 2020 conference at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. While the situation continues to evolve, we believe that this choice honors the safety and health of all involved. As experts indicate, many infections circulate from asymptomatic individuals and verified treatments will likely not become available before June. With this uncertainty, continued investment in conference development is not a sustainable path. We hope that this announcement will provide ample time to adjust travel plans.
We invite everyone to sit with us in a moment of pause, gathering energy for a new blossoming in 2021. Hobart and William Smith Colleges has graciously accommodated a postponement of the conference to June 22-27, 2021. At this time, the invited presenters Bebe Miller, Stephanie Skura, and Christal Brown have agreed to return to offer their workshops. The program of concurrent presenters and performers will all be invited to present as scheduled. We will also reopen the application for additional offerings. The ground has been laid for a fabulous conference and we look forward to gathering together next year.
We are so deeply grateful to everyone who has put their creative energy into the manifestation of this conference, including, but not limited to: presenters and performers, our site host, HWS event staff, the conference committee, BMCA board of directors, conference staff, and work-study volunteers who were positioned to create a memorable experience together.
The postponement of the BMCA conference is as unprecedented as the events of the world today. BMCA is committed to providing the conference as a forum for continuing education in BMC® and somatic practice. In the light of this commitment, BMCA is forming a team of community volunteers to organize other meaningful opportunities for us to gather, share, and support each other online in the coming months. If you are interested in contributing to the creation of an online gathering please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What this means for you…
Registrants: If you are registered for the 2020 conference, you will receive an email in the next day regarding your refund options. If you do not receive refund information, please email email@example.com. Refund requests for housing and meals must be directed to Hobart and William Smith Colleges, PIETRUSINSKI@hws.edu.
Presenters: All accepted presenters and performers will be invited to present in 2021. Expect an email shortly with further information on confirming your 2021 participation.
Work-study and Scholarship Recipients: You will receive an email with details on transferring your award to 2021.
Important Dates for the 2021 Conference
Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY
June 22-23, 2021: Pre-Conference with Bebe Miller
June 23-26, 2021: Main conference, including Plenary with Christal Brown
June 26-27, 2021: Post-Conference Stephanie Skura
The call for presenters will be open May 1, 2020 - September 30, 2020 for presentations, workshops, panels, and performances. If you have already been accepted to present in 2020, you will not need to submit another proposal. We invite proposals from interdisciplinary somatic modalities on the theme of Resonance, Repatterning, and Revolution or open topics.
Registration for the 2021 conference and applications for financial aid will open in autumn 2020.
All student discounts and special registration codes provided for 2020 will apply to 2021.
Most of all, the conference committee, the board, and staff send wishes of well-being to you and yours in this time of great challenge.
Toni Smith Conference Chair,
Megan Renfro, BMCA Administrator, and
BMCA Board of Directors: Marila Annibelli Vellozo, President & Chair, Sophie Centenero, Vice President, Corinne Hammet, Secretary, Vickie Hawks Love, Treasurer, Janet Kwantes, Roxlyn Moret, Ka Rustler, Odile Seitz-Walser, Angélique Willkie