Fri, Sat, April 12, 13, 2019

(GROUP 3: Fri, Sat, Sun, April 12, 13 & 14)

5441 SE Belmont St
Portland, OR 97215, USA

Tel:  503-238-3904

(Day 3 for Group 3 only, at
Think Somatics
3135 SE 63rd Ave
Portland, OR 97206


Workshop Leader: Laura M Gates, CHSE, CCSE, NYC

Hosted/Assisted by: Kristin Jackson, CCSE, CPT

This workshop addresses uneven posture, scoliosis and offers effective, non-invasive techniques for changing, improving, and preventing it. We will celebrate our curves, improve our relationship to our bodies, and explore the natural ability of the brain and nervous system to change itself, towards more mobility, improved posture, sensation, control, and less pain. You will go home with an illustrated manual, and videos to support your learning process.

Essential Somatics—also known as Hanna (Clinical) Somatic Education, is a hands-on technique, a movement practice, and a comprehensive system for changing the brain, nervous system and muscular function initially developed by the late neuromuscular pioneer, Thomas Hanna, Ph.D. This weekend emersion in the movement practice offers excellent self-care techniques to change your quality of life, lower stress, with benefits to all systems of the body. We will focus on scoliosis specific movements and strategies.

Your questions are welcome!  Contact Laura.


Read about Laura's Own Story with Scoliosis


Workshop Details

Three levels of participants will collaborate in this creative learning laboratory:

  • Group 1: Those with uneven posture, scoliosis (please take intro class if new to work)

  • Group 2: Somatic Movement Teachers, clinical students pre module 4, teachers of other modalities that have some experience in somatics.

  • Groups 3: Clinical Practitioners/Clinical Students Post-Module 4

All payments made through this website in US dollars.

What to bring:

  • Water bottle. Mat or something to serve as, plus 2 large towels to serve as props.

  • Wear comfortable, flexible clothing and socks.

  • Housing: There are many airbnbs in Portland. Look for ones near the South Tabor in the SE Portland neighborhoods.

All groups will receive:

  • Manual with illustrated materials.

  • Videos to support their learning process.

All participants may schedule a 1-on-1 session at discounted rate, see below.


Cost & Options



Those with Uneven Posture, (with or without Diagnosis of Scoliosis)

Workshop cost: $350/Early bird rate: $275 (by Mar 12) *

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* Early bird promo code: PORT-1

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Those with uneven posture, (with or without diagnosis of scoliosis) will learn somatic solutions for chronic pain, improve alignment, mobility.

  • Includes all of Day 1, afternoon of Day 2.

  • Includes support materials:

    • Illustrated manual

    • Audio visual support

  • 1-on-1 sessions with Laura may be scheduled April 15–18 at discounted rate, see below.

Students must have at least an introduction to this work. If you are new to this work, please take a class prior to the workshop.

Here is a (link to Kristin Jackson’s classes) in Portland, OR. Other options, online classes with Kristin, online session with me.

Fill out the evaluation form below as soon as possible.



Somatic Movement Teachers, Clinical students pre module 4, and teachers of other modalities with some background in this work

Workshop cost: $400/Early bird rate: $325 (by Mar 12) *

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* Early bird promo code: PORT-2

Enter promo code in the order summary section during checkout.

Somatic Movement Teachers (HSEC or ESMTT trained, levels 1 or 2, or clinical students pre-module 4. Learn assessment skills, teaching strategies, and plenty of somatic floor time for you!

  • All of Day 1 and 2.

  • Includes support materials:

    • Illustrated manual

    • Audio visual support

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Clinical Somatic Practitioners/Students Post-Module 4

Workshop cost: $650/Early bird rate: $550 (by Mar 12) *

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* Early bird promo code: PORT-3

Enter in the order summary section during checkout.

Clinical Somatic Practitioners/Students Post-Module 4. All of Day 1, 2 and Day 3 will include observation of Laura working with 2 clients, with time following each session for debriefing, Q&A, practice with colleagues, mentoring.

  • Includes all of Day 1, 2, plus Day 3.

  • On Day 3, Sunday April 14—Observation of Laura, Q&A, practice with colleagues, mentoring. (note different location for Day 3, Think Somatics, 3135 SE 63rd Ave, Portland OR 97206)

  • Includes support materials:

    • Illustrated manual

    • Audio visual support

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At Discounted Rate

All participants may schedule discounted 1 on 1 sessions with Laura, featuring hands-on techniques, very important to accelerate change and improve and prevent scoliosis.

Schedule directly with Laura or Contact Laura below. Questions welcome.

Pay for the session and fill out evaluation form:

See scheduling option below.

Choose time slot (as available)

  • Oct 31

  • Nov 1

  • Nov 2

Note Different Location: at Think Somatics, 3135 SE 63rd Ave, Portland OR 97206

Discount for workshop participants: $120 (usually a $160 value)
Session length: 90 min.

To Schedule: Click here to choose your session time April 15-18. 

By appointment. Contact Laura to schedule session:

Laura M Gates is a Certified Hanna Somatic Educator (CHSE) and Clinical Somatic Educator (CCSE) and practitioner based in New York City and Averøy, Norway. As a former professional dancer, she toured internationally with the Lar Lubovitch Dance Co in the 70s and 80s and earned an MFA degree in dance from Bennington College. She brings over 40 years experience as a movement educator to her work and studied kinesthetic anatomy with celebrated master teacher Irene Dowd in NYC. She was certified by both Somatic Systems Institute, Northampton, MA and Novato Institute, CA. She currently assists Martha Peterson, CHSE, director, and the Essential Somatics team, training clinical practitioners and somatic movement teachers internationally. Laura’s own journey with scoliosis has brought her to this excellent work and developing scoliosis specific strategies.