Anna_Halprin_95th_BDay_Performances_0715_0951In this 5-day workshop Anna Halprin will present her approach to body and movement that connects the science, philosophy, and art of dance. This workshop offers time to feel and to listen deeply to the powerful intelligence of the body, to play and express with imagination through the arts, to create personal and collective dances that have meaning, and to bring new vision to the life themes that matter to us in our daily lives. Maria Luisa Diaz de Leon, Tamalpa Institute faculty member, will be facilitating several of the afternoon sessions.

This is a special workshop with Anna, now in her 95th year, at the historic Mountain Home Studio designed for her by her husband, famed architect, Lawrence Halprin.  Mountain Home Studio is set amidst redwood and oak trees on the flanks of Mount Tamalpais in Kentfield, California. It is a short drive to San Francisco, Berkeley, and the Sonoma and Napa wine countries.

Art materials supplied.
Accommodations list provided.

June 20 – 24, 2016
10AM – 5PM

Cost: $900
$150 non-refundable deposit
Full workshop fee due by June 1, 2016
Held at the historic Mountain Home Studio, Kentfield, California

The Dance Heritage Coalition has named Anna Halprin one of “America’s 100 Irreplaceable Dance Treasures.” Her diverse career has spanned the field of dance since the late 1930s, creating revolutionary directions for the art form and inspiring fellow choreographers to take modern dance to new dimensions. A dance innovator, she was an early pioneer in the use of movement/dance as a healing art. She founded the groundbreaking San Francisco Dancer’s Workshop in 1955 and the Tamalpa Institute in 1978 with her daughter Daria Halprin. She is the author of several books, and has numerous dance works documented on film, most notably Breath Made Visible by director Ruedi Gerber.

Maria Luisa Diaz de Leon is a psychologist, researcher, and movement specialist. A Core Faculty member at Tamalpa Institute, she obtained her M.A. in Engaged Humanities with Emphasis in Depth Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute. Her Master’s thesis, Somaphilia: Remembering the Soul and the Aesthetics of Being, expands upon the somatic, mythological, depth psychological, and archetypal dimensions of Tamalpa Institute’s Body Part Mythologies. Maria Luisa’s professional experience in psychology and the arts spans fifteen years and includes the areas of education, private practice, and community intervention. Maria Luisa has worked with diverse populations, most recently with Latin American immigrants in San Francisco and she has conducted research projects on addiction in her native Guadalajara, Mexico and on trauma associated with domestic violence in San Francisco, CA. Maria Luisa teaches seminars and presents in conferences internationally and serves on the Board of Directors of the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association (ISMETA).


Cultivate more artful relationships with yourself, others, and the land using the transformative tools developed by Tamalpa Institute co-founders, Anna Halprin and Daria Halprin. Engage in dance/movement, drawing, and poetic writing to discover the stories living in your body. Harvest new insights and options for your Life/Art in both the studio and the natural environment of Earthdance in the Berkshire hills. The workshop will culminate with self-portrait drawings and improvisational rituals in which you embody the new resources you have gained.

This workshop is designed to give participants an experiential understanding of the work of Tamalpa Institute, and is recommended as an introduction to their training programs. No prior experience necessary.

The beautiful setting and natural landscape of the Earthdance retreat center provide workshop participants with a beautiful studio, healthy meals and many hiking trails. A wonderful complement to this immersive Tamalpa workshop ~ come enjoy!

You can follow these links for information about Earthdance visitor information and directions.

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DATES: May 30 – June 4, 2016
(There will also be a Planetary Dance held at Earthdance on June 5!)

PLACE: Earthdance, Plainfield, Massachusetts

COST: $600 – $800 (The cost includes workshop tuition, room and board for May 30 – June 4)

For details and to register click here.

Elisabeth Osgood-Campbell, a faculty member of Tamalpa Institute, cherishes the body as a primary medium for learning, creativity, and growth. She has taught creative arts to people of all ages in a variety of contexts, from a private elementary school for girls to the Harvard Graduate School of Education. For the past 7 years, Elisabeth has supervised graduate students in Lesley University’s Self-Designed Master’s Degree Program and has served on the Board of Directors of the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association. Elisabeth is delighted to be the first faculty member to offer the Tamalpa work in New York and Massachusetts.

Meet The Work - TamalpaMEET THE WORK:

An Introduction into the Life/Art Process
With Maria Luisa Diaz de Leon

May 20, 2016
7 – 9PM


Join us for a special free introductory evening of the Tamalpa Life/Art approach. The evening will include an experiential ‘taste’ of the Tamalpa work using movement, drawing and poetic writing, a presentation of our training programs through an interactive slideshow and Q&A.

Held at the historic Mountain Home Studio in Kentfield, CA

Registration required:


May 21 – 22, 2016
10AM – 5PM

Cost: $150 with payment received by May 9th;$200 after May 9th

($50 credit towards Level 1 application fee)

The Tamalpa Experience introduces an approach that enlivens dialogue between body and imagination, life experiences and art making. Using movement, drawing, poetic writing, and improvisational performance, participants will tap into art’s symbolic language to explore current life themes and generate new resources.

These 2-day intensive workshops are offered twice a year and are designed to give participants an experiential understanding of Tamalpa’s work in movement-based expressive arts. This year we are excited to offer an optional Friday evening open house to start off the weekend with a special opening. The Tamalpa Experience workshops are recommended as an introduction to our training programs.

Held at the historic Mountain Home Studio, Kentfield, California


Rosario is a psychologist, artist and researcher. She is a Core Faculty member at Tamalpa Institute, has an MA in Psychology, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Somatic Studies at Pacifica Graduate Institute. Rosario is the Associate Director of Tamalpa Institute and co-founder of Tamalpa Latinoamerica. She is also the founder of Anthropos Institute, an Art and Self Development Center located in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she is originally from. Rosario has worked in various settings, such as psychiatric hospitals, shelters, and educational centers, and with diverse populations, including incarcerated women, the homeless, and at-risk youth. Through the years, Rosario has conducted numerous lectures, seminars, and professional presentations in the United States and internationally, including in Argentina, Peru, Mexico, and Portugal. Currently living in the San Francisco Bay Area, Rosario continues to teach and lead community projects in the Tamalpa Life/Art Process.