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We participate in our own evolution by honoring body wisdom, nurturing our nature and embodying new ways of being.

“If you can walk, you can dance. If you can talk, you can sing.” - Pygmy saying

As an element of nature living in a virtual world, we need to tend to our somas daily. Use the five somatic technologies to nurture your inner ecosystem; create a regenerative oasis in the midst of the whirlwind of modern life; and enjoy your practice.

Somatic Expression®

Your body is an evolving expression of nature - the inner ecosystem is intrinsically woven into the larger body of the world. Somatic Expression®, developed by Jamie McHugh over the past 35 years, is an integrative approach to the art and science of being an expressive body on Earth.

Somatic Expression is dedicated to healing the rift between the body of culture (psyche) and the body of nature (soma) by uncovering, exploring and cultivating the body’s own easily accessible natural technologies:






By getting to know your own body from the inside out with these natural technologies, an intimate dialogue is able to unfold. Your body wisdom grows through inquiry and practice, and increases your comfort, ease, pleasure and grace in daily life.

Somatic Expression is informed by traditions centered on the wisdom of the moving body, particularly Body-Mind Centering®, Continuum, and Tamalpa Life/Art Process. Other notable influences include Dance Therapy, Indigenous and Expressive Dance, and Mindfulness Meditation, as well as current research in the fields of mind/body medicine, neuroscience, somatic psychology and trauma studies.

People of all ages and backgrounds worldwide have experienced the benefits of Somatic Expression in universities, clinics and studios.

Jamie offers Somatic Expression workshops internationally.

He also offers individual sessions on Whidbey Island, WA and more in-depth individual retreats on both Whidbey Island and at Sea Ranch, CA.

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Somatic Expression® is registered service mark of Jamie McHugh