Every leader has a unique action style made visible in her movement signature. Find out how your intentional thoughts are linked to movement behavior and are an unconscious source for understanding yourself; get physical training to extend and increase your expressive choices to allow for more conscious communication.

There is evidence that women may be more aware than men of the potential costs of leadership. Women do worry about the contradictions between acceptable feminine behavior and the requirements of powerful positions. Some describe themselves as potentially very unlikable in such roles, using words such as "dominating, aggressive," "opinionated," "power hungry, ... mean," "bossy, direct and aggressive. Clearly, they recognize the near-impossibility of "softening" one's image while yet maintaining the air of authority, determination and competence necessary to convince others that they can exercise strong leadership.

The Embodied Leadership workshop is designed for Women in leadership roles to regenerate, refocus and refine their leadership capacity. Using a choreographic model and "somatic mindfulness", we will develop strategies for more effective business interactions. The setting for this weekend is a beautiful retreat center in Northern California.

Movement and the body are the starting points for Embodied Leadership. We will focus internal Body Wisdom to address "burn-out", extend influencing skills, deepen intention for greater Presence, and stimulate intuition for direct knowing. Play, creativity, movement and quiet are channels for becoming Embodied. Experience how body knowledge can be used in your personal and professional lives to bring greater balance, value and enjoyment as a leader.

Embodied Leadership training is based on the Laban Movement Analysis System, Choreographic processes; and facilitated through the listening training of Council.* (Council is a listening and speaking practice drawn from diverse cultures.  Council fosters attentive listening, authentic expression, creative spontaneity, and a pathway to self-discovery.)

Workshop Outcomes

Translate intentions into action in your leadership style

• Discover how to extend your body movement to actuate a wider range of communication techniques

• Learn to speak from a grounded and centered place in your body

• Become more fluid with improvisation to manage situatiions that require thinking-on-your-feet

• Increase Body Wisdom to manage stress

• Make new choices for investment of personal energy based on the principles of exertion and recuperation

Who Should Attend

Women in leadership positions

Business, Education, Medicine, Mid-to-Senior level women managers who want to become stronger leaders through a feedback-intense learning experience, or coaches working with women in leadership.

Fees And Registration

  Early Registration (before Feb. 1st)
  Regular Registration (after Feb. 1st)

An advance deposit of $350 is required at the time of registration. Enrollment is limited. The training tuition includes all meals and 2 nights of lodging with a private bedroom in a shared cottage with one other workshop participant.

To register or for more information

Judy Gantz
e-mail: judy@cmer.info
phone: (310) 600-0664






Peggy Hackney and Judy Gantz

will lead this training. They are both Certified Laban Movement Analysts and each has over thirty years of teaching experience at numerous universities including UCLA, UC Berkeley, USC, and University of Washington. They use Laban in private consulting and in personal coaching.

Our Approach

We are arts educators dance/movement specialists.We know high level performance and we know how to bring awareness to expression. Our learning environments are infused with a creative approach, positive support and a rigorous analysis for direct honest feedback.

We are specialists in Laban Movement Analysis, which is a comprehensive system of movement study and training. Role playing only goes so far. You will learn to translate expressive behavior from you "head" into your body. You will identify motion factors that can expand your adaptive movement behavior..



Ralston White Retreat

A venue for group retreats or special events nestled in the slope of Mt. Tamalpais. Located on 43 acres in beautiful Mill Valley, California, the Ralston White Retreat was designed by one of San Francisco’s most prolific architects, Willis Polk.

The 14,000 square foot home has three stories, nine relaxing porches and balconies with spectacular views and beautiful furnishings throughout. There are several walking paths on the property as well as connecting trails that lead to the top of Mt. Tamalpais. Visit RalstonWhiteRetreat.org for more information.



The Center for Movement
Education & Research (CMER)

for more information, please visit CMER.info