Body Matters: Somatic Intelligence in Everyday Life

“...there is no real person whose embodiment plays no role in meaning, whose meaning is purely objective and defined by the external world... Because our conceptual systems grow out of our bodies, meaning is grounded in and through our bodies.”
― George Lakoff

The everyday life matters. How we perceive, think, make decisions, act and interact, all these are rooted in the experience of the body. This event investigates various aspects of how somatic intelligence is expressed, developed and lived in a variety of material and immaterial circumstances of the everyday life. In Western culture, we often experience a strong dominance of the intellect and a primary appreciation of mental intelligence. The body is frequently treated like little more than a vessel to carry the brain around. This empiriocentric mindset often disregards the significance of subjective impressions. There is little more subjective than how one feels in ones body. Somatic intelligence, the ability to identify and relate to patterns in body related expression and sensation, is of course and necessarily a fundamental component of how any human interacts and conducts themselves.

This event is open for everyone interested in or working with the body as not necessarily an exclusive but an essential point of access to the world and their own reality as well as those of others. Whether it is personally or professionally.

This time it will be a fluid format between a mini-symposium and an unconference, expanding our usual evening open space to a half day self-organised sessions, in order to enable a community of everyone participating to pursue the multitude of purposes that exist within the range of talents and interests present in the room.

It should serve as an environment of focused exchange around the myriad ways we use and develop the sensitivity of and around our bodies to interface with the world. It should provide an opportunity to share practices and ideas, to deepen our understanding of the extent of this concept/practice and it is highly encouraging towards creating collaborations amongst those who do or want to work in this area professionally.


11-12 May 2019



10-11h Adrian Iselin & Sabina Enéa Téari: welcome, introduction and landing into the body session

11-11:30: Embodiment in Education (info coming soon)

11:30-12h: Embodiment in Business (info coming soon)

12-13h: Lunch

13h - 14h presentation of unconference topics and creation of afternoon schedule

14h - 18h Unconference


10-10:30 Embodied Relations (info coming soon)

10:30-11h Embodied Cognition (info coming soon)

11-11:30 Embodied Story-telling (info coming soon)

11:30-12h Embodied Movement (info coming soon)

12h - 13h Lunch

13h - 14h presentation of unconference topics and creation of afternoon schedule

14h - 18h Unconference


Pricing of this event is based on individual income. There are 3 kinds of tickets: standard, low income, and supporter.

Standard, 1 day: 30 Eur
Standard, 2 day: 50 Eur
Standard, 2 day + follow up: 80 Eur

Low Income, 1 day: 20 Eur
Low Income, 2 day: 30 Eur
Low Income, 2 day + follow up: 50 Eur
(Limited Availability, please email us)

Supporter, 1 day: 50 Eur
Standard, 2 day: 80 Eur
Standard, 2 day + follow up: 130 Eur
(Surplus goes to enabling extra Low Income spots)

This event is part of our Body Matters Series. To stay tuned sign up for our NEWSLETTER here.