About MovingVentures & Ellen WatsonMovingVentures hosts life-changing personal development and educational programs at inspiring locations in nature on planet Earth. Our workshops, retreats and trainings are designed to help you discover and reach your highest potential. MV was founded in 1996 by Ellen Watson, a globally recognized somatic, movement and healing arts educator. Ellen lived and worked in Big Sur, at Esalen for 30 years, while on a staff chef, gardener, bodyworker and mover and shaker; Ellen, from 1985-2003, rebirthed and directed 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™, Vibrance Practices (Dance, Song, Breathwork) along with various moving meditation practices. Ellen works closely with the faculties of Esalen Massage & Bodywork, Touching Essence & Vibrance to create innovative, edge-walking &timeless curriculum that remains as relevant today as it was thousands of years ago; only the technologies have changed that widen our ability to share with those hungry for our programs. Vibrance’s core faculty are: Ashley Johnson, Daphne Tse, and Ellen. Touching Essence’s core are: Elena Gilli, Daniela Urbassek, and Ellen. Read more: www.Vibrance.Global (going live on March 21, 2021).
Moving Ventures’ annual Esalen®Massage & Bodywork Certification trainings in Bali, with its' unique scholarship program teach local people how to earn sustainable income in an enjoyable and sustainable profession. They then serve their communities, from Ubud, to Seminyak, to Singaraja. The Yayasans Bumi Sehat Birthing Center and Senang Hati, center for disabled Indonesians, have sent students to us for training, and return to share with their colleagues, friends and clientele.
MovingVentures is committed to environmental sustainability in all of its programs. Click here to read our commitment to sustainability.
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Date of Birth: January 28, 1948
Married: Steven H. Lane, Husband
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Ellen WatsonEllen Watson is celebrating her 40th 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, Vibrance, 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.