About MovingVenturesMovingVentures hosts life-changing educational programs at inspiring locations around the world. Our workshops, retreats and trainings are designed to help you discover and reach your highest potential. MV was founded in 1996 by world-renowned movement teacher Ellen Watson, who developed the Movement Arts Program at the historic Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California.
Decades of in-depth somatic arts study inform Ellen’s teachings: Esalen® Massage & Bodywork, Touching Essence, SpiritDance SoulSong and other moving meditation practices. She is one of only 20 teachers authorized to teach Esalen® Massage.
Our yearly massage certification training in Bali and unique scholarship program teach local people how to earn a living as they serve their community at Benih Kasih Orphanage, Bumi Sehat Birthing Center and Senang Hati, a center for disabled Indonesians.
MovingVentures is committed to environmental sustainability in all of its programs. Click here to read our commitment to sustainability.
Ellen WatsonEllen Watson is celebrating her 35th year on the staff and faculty at Esalen Institute, Big Sur, CA, where she studies, practices, and teaches various modalities of moving meditation practice.
A licensed minister, Ellen believes that the core of all healing begins in the realm of the heart and the Spirit. Among her great pleasures are opening the door for people to dance, to sing and play and pray, to touch and be touched. She is passionate about spreading the good news about how waking up can heal and transform the mind, body and soul.
Ellen is a teacher of Esalen® Massage & Bodywork, Gabrielle Roth's 5Rhythms, Holotropic Breathwork, SpiritDance SoulSong, Touching Essence, Wake Up & Roar and Your Body is a Musical Instrument.
From 1984 through 2003, Ellen developed and administered the Movement Arts Program at Esalen. In 1996, she founded MovingVentures whose mission is education in the somatic arts, focusing on women and men in developing countries, and the southern USA.
MovingVentures faculty offer workshops, retreats, and trainings at Esalen, in Bali, and at other inspiring locations around the globe.
Our Faculty, Team and PartnersWhilst the majority of our programs are led by Ellen Watson, we invite a range of teachers from Esalen® Institute and other organizations and practices to join us from around the world. Our partnerships with organizers and promoters across the globe make possible the work we do.