Are you feeling overwhelmed by the challenges of being alive in this moment on the planet?

We’re living in an era of widespread individual and collective dissociation. It’s easy to lose touch with a sense of self, become disoriented and disconnected from the world in which we live.

This workshop is an opportunity to slow down, center yourself and reawaken your innate capacity for connection with what is going on inside and around you in the incredible surroundings of Østmarka.

Ecosomatics is a dynamic approach to living and learning which engages us in embodied practices to bring is into deeper relations with the world in which live. In this workshop we will engage with ecosomatic practices for living and dying together on a damaged earth. Together we will practice living, breathing, moving, sensing, perceiving, digesting, dying, and decomposing to help us perceive more of the whole scale of the sensitivities and intelligences within us, the human and non-human, the transforming spaces, the before and after. We will hone our skills, to improvise, to play, to experiment, to be receptive, to be in the unknown and trust we have the resources in our bodies to negotiate, survive, and thrive.

Ecosomatics draws on tools from dance, Authentic Movement, the somatic practice of Body-Mind Centering®, ecology and eco-philosophy.

We will work together in the forest in Østmarka over 6 days. This research will be the catalyst for creating new formats for performance. Together we will create informal performance experiments for an audience on July 7.

Who is the course for?

  • Artists who are ready to feel into their connection with and love for life on Earth.
  • Artists who are available for growth through their bodies in connection with other humans and the the more-than-human world.

Who are the facilitators?

Olive Bieringa and Otto Ramstad are choreographers and certified practitioners and teachers of Body-Mind Centering®. They have been collaborating for 25 years as the BodyCartography Project, an award winning international dance collaboration. They engage with the vital materiality of our bodies and minds to create live performance that facilitates a re-enchantment of embodiment, relationship, and presence. Their research questions how tools from dance, choreography and somatics can support our collective evolution in this moment of planetary crisis. Their work has been presented internationally across Norway, Europe, USA, and Aotearoa/New Zealand. They run the Body-Mind Centering Somatic Movement Education certification in Melbourne, Australia.

Cost: 6 day intensive 5500 NOK / 480 Euros
EARLY BIRD 4500 NOK/380 Euros if paid in full by May 30

Participation is by application only. To apply please send an email to with a paragraph about your motivation, a bio or CV, website or video links to your work.