Caryn McHose

WinLab 2015 | 7 - 11 Dec | 11am - 5pm

Somatic imagination - how life moves
Caryn’s work bridges two domains: one is knowledge of anatomy, physical structure and movement capacity; the other is an inquiry into somatic imagination. Somatic imagination is a specific form of imagination, one that reveals body plasticity through persuasive dialogue with the sensorimotor brain—the movement brain—the part of us that regulates posture and movement. At the heart of somatic imagination is the biological potency of gravity orientation: the use of imagination to catch the body’s attention around weight and space, inside and outside—all the ways the body orients to establish its location and shape relative to the world.

The workshop offers a chance to experience the bridge between your particular somatic realm—dance, somatic education/therapy, structural integration, contemplative traditions or martial arts—and the efficacy of somatic imagination. It is a chance to disrupt your assumptions about the body politic in ways that offer self-discovery and inquiry into body dogma.

Each day of the WinLab experience will explore somatic imagination as it relates to finding ease in our posture and movement, flow for creativity and inter-relatedness through our social nervous system. The evolutionary story of Earth’s creatures offers a background to understanding body shape, posture and movement and the poetry of that resonance alive today.


Caryn McHose has been a somatic educator for over 45 years. Her interest in movement began at age five studying dance in a context that valued creativity and relationship to nature. She is a practitioner of the following disciplines: Rolfing® Structural Integration; Rolf Movement® Integration; Somatic Experiencing®; Biodynamic Cranial Sacral Therapy. She has a private practice and teaches workshops for somatic professionals in a variety of contexts. She is the co-author (with Kevin Frank) of How Life Moves, Explorations in Meaning and Body Awareness. She is a collaborator for Bodystories, A Guide to Experiential Anatomy by Andrea Olsen.