Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen

Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen is a movement artist, researcher, educator and therapist and the developer of the Body-Mind Centering® approach to movement and consciousness. An innovator and leader, her work has influenced the fields of bodywork, movement, dance, yoga, body psychotherapy, childhood education and many other body-mind disciplines.

Bonnie began her research in movement therapy and anatomy in 1958 and has an extensive background in movement, including various dance styles, dance therapy, bodywork, martial arts, yoga and voice. In 1973, she founded The School for Body-Mind Centering®.

Bonnie is the author of several books and numerous videos. She taught at colleges throughout the United States, and has been a guest teacher at Naropa, Esalen and Omega Institutes. Bonnie has also taught workshops across the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia, South America, Australia, and New Zealand, and for the past forty years, she has had a private practice in occupational therapy and the Body-Mind Centering® approach to somatic education and therapy.

I visited Bonnie in March 2020 in her home in El Sobrante, CA, where she lives with her husband Len. We had a spirited conversation about movement and healing, about a life spent exploring and sharing.

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