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Eastwest Somatics Network Conferences
   & Writing & Reading Roundtable

Ecosomatics in Pracatice, May 6, 2024
Saint George, Utah, upcoming

 

Ad for workshop in Utah
Kelly, Sondra, and Ali East in New Zealand

Archive of selected past conferences below

 

Performing Nature: Color Country Conference  

May 15th, 2023. 10 AM to 5 PM,

In-Person and on Zoom.

Workshop May 16-19 in-Person Only.

 

Propose 20 min Papers, 40 min Workshops,

Short Performances

Proposals due by April 1, 2023

Send one paragraph description & a short bio.

Send to workshops@eastwestsomatics.com,

Kelly Ferris Lester: kferris.kfl@gmail.com,

& Sara Gallo: sarapfeiflegallo@gmail.com

Conference only registration, $95

Presenters, $75

Conference at Utath Tech University in St. George

Saint George or Las Vegas Airports

Inquire about recommended accommodations

Topics to consider

  • Somatics in Dance for Personal Development

  • Dance Improvisation and Human Development

  • Contemplative Dance

  • Decentering the Human 

  • Place Dance Performances

  • Nature as a Bridge to Language

  • Dance, Somatics and Ethics

  • Ecology and Dance

              

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Zion Winter Retreat Conference

Zion Lodge

January 3, 2023, In Person only

Propose 20 min Papers, 40 min Workshops, Short Performances

Proposals due by Nov 1, 2022

Send one paragraph description & a short bio.

Send to workshops@eastwestsomatics.com

& Kelly Ferris Lester: kferris.kfl@gmail.com

Welcome at 2 PM

Conference from 3 PM to 7 PM

Dinner at Zion Lodge or in Springdale

Daily Workshop begins on Jan. 4.

$96 Conference Only Registration

$86 Early Bird Registration by Nov. 16

Elmira Conference 2022

Oct 7, 2022

​Elmira is located in the beautiful Finger Lakes of Western NY

Conference on Trauma-informed Somatics

Other Themes Welcome

Call for Proposals

Propose 20 min Papers, 40 min Workshops, or Short Performances

Proposals due by Sept 1, 2022

Send one paragraph description & a short bio.

Send to workshops@eastwestsomatics.com

& Kelly Ferris Lester: kferris.kfl@gmail.com

Conference in-person and on Zoom

Conference Welcome, Link Movement Arts at 2 PM

Conference in-person and on Zoom EST 3 PM to 7 PM.

Conference Hosts: Kelly Ferris, Michelle Ikle, Amy Bush,

and Sondra Fraleigh

$96 Conference Only Registration

$86 Early Bird Registration by Sept 16

See Samples of Past Conferences Below

Color Country Retreat & Conference 22

UTU, Utah Technical University in St. George

May 16-20, 2022

Conference, May 16, in Person & Zoom

Mountain Standard Time: 1 PM - 6 PM

Conference Only Registration $65

Ecosomatics Theme

Propose 20 min Papers, 40 min Workshops

Proposals due by April 5.

Send one paragraph description & short bio

Send to workshops@eastwestsomatics.com

& Kelly Ferris Lester: kferris.kfl@gmail.com 

$96 Conference Only Registration

$86 Early Bird Registration by Sept 16

Shin Somatics Moving Way 

Conference 2021

Online from Elmira New York

Conference Oct 16 

All Sessions Online, 9 AM - 2 PM, Mountain Standard Time

In Person in NY, 11 Am - 4 PM

In-Person/Online Conference on Somatic Practices in Nature  

Annual Conference Oct. 16

  

Call for Presentations and Performances

Topics for papers and workshops, suggested but not limited to:

Why Dance in Somatic Studies

Performative Somatic Practices

Eco-Somatics

Communicating with Nature

Teaching Anything Somatically

Dance Somatics for Personal Development

Dance Improvisation and Human Development

Contemplative Dance

Decentering the Human 

Place Dance Performances

Nature as a Bridge to Language

Dance, Somatics and Ethics

Ecology and Dance

Dance, Somatics and Social Justice

 

Possible formats: Paper (20 minutes), Workshop (45 minutes), Somatically Inspired Concert Performances (10 minutes maximum). Send one-page proposals to Conference Programs Chair Kelly Ferris Lester: kferris.kfl@gmail.com, Amy Bush in Elmira, amy.shinsoma@gmail.com, and ESN Advisor Sondra Fraleigh workshops@eastwestsomatics.com. Send a brief description of your paper, workshop, or performance, and a short biography of no more than 200 words. One submission for paper or workshop, and one submission for performance. Submissions deadline: Sept 5, 2021. Notification of acceptance by September 12.

Contact Amy Bush for further information 

Amy.shinsoma@gmail.com

Contact Sondra Fraleigh for general questions.

workshops@eastwestsomatics.com

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$96, Conference Registration

$86, Conference with Early Bird

Early-Bird Discount for Conference and Workshop by Sept 16. 

Hawaii Conference 2023  

On Somatic Therapies,TBA 

Conference Themes      

Intuitive Dance, Somatic Yoga, 

Shin Restore Bodywork

Hands-on Education & Thearpies

Somatic Practices in Nature                   

Possible formats: Paper (20 minutes), Workshop (45 minutes), Somatically Inspired Performances (10 minutes maximum). Send one-page proposals to Kelly Ferris Lester, kferris.kfl@gmail.com and ESN Advisor Sondra Fraleigh: workshops@eastwestsomatics.com. Send a brief description of your paper, workshop, or performance, and a short biography of no more than 200 words. One submission for paper or workshop, and one submission for performance. Submissions deadline: Oct 18, 2021. Notification of acceptance by or before Nov 1.

Contact Sondra Fraleigh for further information 

workshops@eastwestsomatics.com

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$96, Conference Registration

$86, Conference with Early Bird by Nov 8

$140 After Nov 8.

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Writing Roundtable with Sondra

Want to improve your writing, get feedback on a project, learn about publishing, meet potential collaborators, become part of a community of thinking dancers and somatic educators? Through the Roundtable, you can share ideas for writing projects in process.

 

Sondra remembers how much she enjoyed mentoring writing and research projects when she was active as a professor, and she still gets requests. Thus, the Roundtable! As moderator and mentor, she will chair the meetings and give written critical feedback on all materials submitted. Her areas of expertise are phenomenology, research and writing in dance, somatic studies and practices, dance and theater, performing ecologies, philosophies of the body, and butoh.

Submit your project to Sondra Fraleigh, workshops@eastwestsomatics.com. She will organize the Roundtable of participants after the registration deposit and provide a link to the roundtable online. Roundtable is limited to 4 participants. A list of times will be provided for your choice. Sessions are from 40 to 60 minutes as follows:

2 participants, 3 sessions of 60 min or 4 sessions of 40 min.

3 or 4 participants, 4 or 5 sessions of 40 min. 

Hopefully, we can schedule 3 or 4 sessions within a month. Sundays are preferred, as most people are free then. We will connect through Zoom, which can be downloaded free.

 

The Roundtable is for seminar discussion, and doesn't include close editorial processes. To prepare for discussions in advance, all participants will receive and read materials submitted: papers, book ideas, essays, theses, and other Roundtable projects. Sondra will provide written feedback and suggestions on all submissions, but doesn't edit them. She will also discuss keys to good writing, how essays differ from research, possible venues for publication, and give advice on preparing book outlines and summaries for potential publishers. Publication is not guaranteed, but one can learn best practices. To submit after the deposit, be sure to include your name at the top of your project with a copyright symbol next to it ©. 

 

Registration is $$285, with a nonrefundable deposit of $35 to hold your place. Balance due two weeks in advance of meeting. Balance is refundable with cancellation by one week in advance, or can be transferred to another time.

*These instructions are subject to periodic review and may change somewhat as the Roundtable            progresses.

Recently Completed conference

Zion 2019

Somatics in Phenomenology, Performance & Leadership 

Winter Retreat: Workshop, Conference and Concert, December 14-18

Conference and Concerts 14 & 15, Preceding & Overlapping the Workshop

Call for Conference & Concert Proposals

 

Topics for papers and workshops, suggested but not limited to:

Why Phenomenology in Somatic Studies?

Kinds of Phenomenology

Performative Somatic Practices

Principles of Somatic Leadership

Leadership and Communication

How Teaching and Leadership Intersect

Teaching Somatically

Dance for Personal Development

Somatics and Professional Development

Improvisation and Human Development

Meditation in Personal Development 

Dancing the Chakras in Yoga

Somatic Dance Performances

Dance and Meditation as a Bridge to Language

Conscious Use of Body and Voice in Leadership

Somatic Leadership Games in Child Development

 

Possible formats: Paper (20 minutes), Workshop (45 minutes), Informal Concert Performance (10 minutes maximum). Send one-page proposals to Conference Programs Chair Kelly Ferris Lester: kferris.kfl@gmail.com, ESN President Ashley Meeder ashley.meeder@gmail.com, and ESN Advisor Sondra Fraleigh, workshops@eastwestsomatics.com . Send a brief description of your paper, workshop, or performance, and a short biography of no more than 200 words. One submission for paper or workshop, and one submission for performance. Submissions deadline: Oct 22, 2019.

 

Performing Ecologies, two informal concerts as part of the conference.        

Zion Tree in Winter dance performance by Eastwest Students and Graduates for Sondra Fraleigh's 80th birthday in 2019.

To receive participation information for Zion Tree in Winter, contact Catherine Schaeffer: Catherine.shinsoma@gmail.com  

 

Early-Bird Registration with a deposit by Oct 10, 2019.  

 

Conference without workshop is $165 (inquire about overnight stay

 

at Zion). Workshop tuition includes room for 4 nights, workshop & conference.

 

Registration information on Schedule Page. Inquire about shuttle information for

 

airplane arrival and departure through St. George or Las Vegas.

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Past Conferences, samples below:

 

Lucky 7 Somatics Conference Zion 2017

Shin Somatics Workshop for Personal or Professional Development

Zion, Utah Dec 15-19

Conference 15-16, first 2 days of the workshop

17/17 Lucky Dance Improvisations/Canyon Explorations

 

Call for Conference Proposals

 

Topics for papers and workshops, suggested but not limited to:

Teaching Somatically

Improvisational Dance for Personal Development

Improvisation and Human Development

Meditation in Somatics

Teaching Dance Somatically

Dancing the Chakras in Yoga

Guiding Somatic Dance Performances

Interface of Language, Dance, and Somatics

 

Possible formats: Paper (20 minutes), Workshop (45 minutes), Informal Performance (10 minutes maximum). Send one-page proposals to Conference Programs Chair Kelly Ferris, Kelly.ferris@q.com, ESN President Ashley Meeder ashley.meeder@gmail.com, and ESN Advisor Sondra Fraleigh, workshops@eastwestsomatics.com. Send a brief description of your paper, workshop, or performance, and a short biography of no more than 200 words. One submission for paper or workshop, and one submission for performance. Submissions deadline: Oct 22, 2017.

 

Early-Bird Registration with a deposit by Oct 1, 2017. See Workshop page for details. Conference without workshop is $165. Workshop tuition includes room for 4 nights, workshop & conference. In Saint George, Inquire about home-stay at $45 a night.

 

Lucky Dance 17/17/77 improvisation for workshop participants

lead by Sondra Fraleigh. 

www.eastwestsomatics.com

eastwest@q.com  

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