What is Continuum?

Continuum is a somatic approach that invites us to tune into our body as a living process, as an ongoing orchestration of communication and resonance, as a creative intelligence inherent in every cell.

What is Continuum?

We can experience that we are movement, and that the movement we are influences the movement we do. We come into direct sensory contact with an all-pervading regulative dynamic.
Breath and voice, a gentle dynamic stimulation of movement and a receptive sensory form of attention allow us to perceive movement impulses that arise within the body. Consciously giving space to these movements promotes complex processes of self-regulation that are often accompanied by mental and emotional clarity - a feeling of nourishment, connection and security that is often described as "coming home".
We leave our conventional rational orientation and linear thinking is replaced by a multi-directional embodied body-mind thinking that can be felt as beneficial and connect us to greater completeness and "informedness".


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Beth Pettengill Riley

Beth Pettengill Riley, RSDE/T, MA, CYT is a global leader in somatic movement education and therapy, as well as a seasoned somatic movement activist with over 40 years of experience in facilitating workshops in Continuum, Yoga and Meditation.  She has a Master’s in Education with a specialization in Dance from Stanford University. Beth is an award winning Yoga teacher and founding member of Mt Madonna Center. She was honored as one of 25 Prime Movers of Santa Cruz County at Cabrillo College in 2016 where she served on the dance faculty for over 20 years. Beth is a Signature Yoga Teacher at the new 1440 Multiversity and passionately engages embodiment as a spiritual path while maintaining a private practice in Santa Cruz, CA, assisting individuals in finding greater freedom of movement. She currently serves as President of the board of the International Somatic Movement and Therapy Association (ISMETA). She studied extensively with Continuum’s founder for nearly 4 decades.

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Cherionna Menzam-Sills

Cherionna Menzam-Sills has been a therapist since 1978. She was authorized by Emilie Conrad as a Continuum Movement teacher in 2007 after moving to Santa Monica to dive in deeply with her. Also a Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist, she has taught across Europe, the USA and Canada, often with her husband, Biodynamics pioneer Franklyn Sills. Her recent book, "The Breath of Life: An Introduction to Craniosacral Biodynamics" (North Atlantic, April 2018), draws on Continuum and other somatic practices to explore Biodynamics from a feminine perspective.

Cherionna has also studied extensively with prenatal and birth therapy pioneers, William Emerson and Ray Castellino, completed doctoral studies in Pre- and Perinatal Psychology. She has practiced and taught in this field, including teaching embryology through movement since 1998, and teaching graduate students at Naropa University and Santa Barbara Graduate Institute. Her passions for embryology and prenatal psychology are now contributing to a book conceived when she first met Emilie and infused with Continuum insights and inquiry. Currently living in the UK, Cherionna has a private practice including online and in-person mentoring and supervision in Continuum, Biodynamics and prenatal and birth trauma/therapy.  

Drawing on her experience as a dance/movement psychotherapist, prenatal and birth therapist, and years of practice in different forms of bodywork, yoga, breath work, mindfulness meditation, she has been exploring effective ways of working with trauma using Continuum as the main modality. Cherionna is committed in her life and work to embodied presence.

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Jane Okondo

MA, RSME/T, a London based somatic movement artist, continuum teacher, biodynamic Cranio Sacral therapist

She has been in the field of healing arts for 30 years - a Continuum teacher, Biodynamic Cranio Sacral therapist with Somatic Experiencing being integrated into her practice. She is on the faculty of the Integrative Bodywork and Movement Therapy training which is based in the UK, Lithuania and Russia, and currently on the board of ISMETA. Her work very influenced in her participation in the Discipline of Authentic movement and is based on the principal of 'listening' as the access to supporting presence and wellbeing. She loves being and moving in nature as a natural counterpoint for being a long term Londoner.

Sensory Experiencing: Touch & Trauma

EN | 6-day workshop Somatic Hands On with Jane Okondo
Sep. 30 2025 – Oct. 5 2025
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Jo Koppe

Continuum teacher | Somatic researcher | Sociolgist | Embodied Social Justice

Jo is on a continuous journey of weaving, integrating and sharing a variety of different experiences, practices and perspectives that help us to connect more deeply with ourselves, each other and the more-than-human world. He has studied dance as well as sociology and gender studies, and has worked as a performer and dramaturg, anti-bias trainer, personal assistant for people with disabilities and in end-of-life care, among other things. Since 2022 he has been teaching the somatic movement research method Continuum, in which we use breath, sound, movement, imagery and conscious awareness as portals to experience fundamental principles of our aliveness and use them as a source of renewal.

Photocredits: Björn Scheele

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Kai Ehrhardt

Founder of the Somatic Academy Berlin, Breath Therapist/based on the work developed by Prof. Ilse Middendorf, Continuum Teacher and Heilpraktiker (Psychotherapy)

"I had the honor and privilege to learn from the two founders Prof. Ilse Middendorf (Perceptible Breath / Erfahrbarer Atem) and Emilie Conrad (Continuum) and I am pleased to be able to pass on this work." Since 2012, Kai has been developing professional trainings at the Somatic Academy as well as programs dedicated to the application of Somatics in everyday life. He has been a co-curator of the Body IQ festival since 2015. Since 2003, he has developed the approach "Authentic Eros", which integrates - as a somatic application - bodywork, relationship communication and group-dynamic processes in the area of personal and interpersonal development. He is a member of the professional associations Atem, Continuum and ISMETA.

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Mary Abrams

Mary Abrams, MA, RSME, founder/director of Moving Body Resources in New York City since 1999, leads classes, workshops, and private sessions with people ranging in age from 23 to 99 years old.  She loves movement in every dimension, has been immersed in Continuum for 25 years learning with Emilie Conrad, Susan Harper, & Gary David; holds a masters degree in Consciousness Studies; and teaches on the MA Dance & Somatic Wellbeing course at the University of Central Lancashire, UK. She is eternally grateful to every person who has given her the honor to move and learn with them.


Megan Bathory-Peeler

Megan Bathory-Peeler is an expert somanaut, fully engaged in the moving inquiry of living in a human body and within the human experience.
For 30 years, Megan has explored the frontiers of embodiment and human relationships. She shares her on-going discoveries through her interdisciplinary work, Somanautiko, as a Certified Somatic Therapist, bodyworker, educator, performance artist, activist, and mother. 

Founding member of the Continuum Teachers Association

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Robin Becker

MA, RSME, is an internationally recognized teacher, dancer, choreographer, and founder of Robin Becker Dance
Her teaching weaves together her lifelong experience in dance, 27-year study of Continuum with Emilie Conrad and Susan Harper, 37 years of experience in meditation and contemplative healing practices, and study with Gary David in Epistemics and Affect Script Theory. Robin was selected by Emilie Conrad to be an authorized Continuum teacher in 2001. She has a BA in Dance and a MA in the Humanities. Chapters from her master’s thesis, Continuum: The Alchemy of Movement, have been published in two anthologies on somatic movement practices. She currently teaches at Hofstra University and leads movement workshops nationally and internationally.
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Susan Harper

Susan Harper is a Continuum teacher, a heart-soul-counselor, and inspired guide for soulful and perceptual inquiry. 

She has been teaching and contributing to Continuum since 1975, and brought Continuum to Europe for the first time in 1992. She has the ability through demonstration of sounds, breaths, and movement to transmit a primal and spiritual fluidity that inspires participation resulting in embodied innovative discoveries.

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Tone Gilje

Norway-based RSMT, body and psychotherapist and Continuum teacher

Tone was trained as a Bodywork/massage therapist in 1977, in private apprenticeship and at ESALEN, CA. She is an advanced Rolfer® since 1988. She was introduced to Continuum when she trained as a Rolfer® in theUS, in 2005 she got her authorization as a Continuum teacher by Emilie Conrad. She has worked with Susan Harper since 1999. She is a certified as Psychodrama director.
From 14 years old Tone has delved into movement and meditation using various methods and expressions. In her practice and workshops, the passion for the mysteries imbedded in us is a driving force in her way of teaching and exploring. She is a member of the professional associations: PSYCHODRAMA, ROLFING®, CONTINUUM and ISMETA.


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