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Being In Movement ® Mindbody Training

  • Empowered Spaces 7602 Big Bend Boulevard St. Louis, MO, 63119 (map)

Being In Movement ® Mindbody Training
Exploring the Relationships Among the Body, Intention, and Trauma

led by David van Buskirk

Day 1 - Saturday, 9/14/19, 1:00 - 3:30 pm: Introduction and Beginning Exercises.
Day 2 - Saturday, 11/2/19, 1:00 - 3:30 pm: Intermediate Exercises and Personal Application.
***attend one or both training***

Workshop Outcomes
Participants will learn exercises at the heart of Being In Movement. These exercises are simple actions you can practice to improve self-awareness, self-regulation and interpersonal connection. On this foundation you can act in effective and ethical ways in your daily life.

More specifically, for practitioners of health and well-being disciplines, these actions will help you perceive and understand your clients better. They will also help you maintain professional boundaries and not take on your client’s pain.

These exercises are simple enough that you can teach them to your clients. Practicing these exercises will enable them to think more clearly and remain calm while engaging their own story and while working with you.

Description of Being In Movement
David van Buskirk ( has been studying Being In Movement since 2017 and began teaching in 2018.
Being In Movement ( was developed as an open source somatic method of instruction by Paul Linden, PhD. This workshop will utilize his method and exercises. Being In Movement (BIM) is defined as “an empirical, educational process which examines how the structure and function of the body both shape and are shaped by self-concept and meaning.”

BIM does not aim to unify the mind and the body; it takes the approach that each person is always a unified mindbody. What is often meant by ‘feeling disconnected’ is actually the practice of paying careful attention t o one aspect of the human experience and not to another. BIM will help a person understand how they use their body to feel disconnected from specific memories, people, or circumstances, particularly those in which they have experienced powerlessness. The goal of BIM training is to become aware of available choices and to choose actions that help us live well.

Method of Teaching
Being In Movement is not a therapy. It does not treat disorders or illnesses. BIM teaches people how their awareness, intentions, and body-use interact to create their sense of self. Being In Movement uses movement exercises to enable a client to replace helplessness with powerful, loving actions and a sense of safety, dignity and wholeness. This is accomplished through a carefully graded series of simple, non-strenuous movement challenges.

My teacher, Paul Linden PhD, developed Being In Movement from his practice of Aikido, a non-violent martial art. Because of this, some of the challenges may be in the form of minimal physical ‘attacks’. These movements provide an opportunity for participants to give attention to their internal experience. They are not meant to cause harm, but to provide an opportunity to respond in new ways. Participants are encouraged to attend to their own comfort level before and during every exercise and are always free to choose not to participate or to ask for modification.

Times and Location
Day 1 - Saturday, 9/14/19, 1:00 - 3:30 pm: Introduction and Beginning Exercises.
Day 2 - Saturday, 11/2/19, 1:00 - 3:30 pm: Intermediate Exercises and Personal Application.

We are offering a self-determined way to invest in this training. The scale is based on your self-determined access to privilege, social capital, and resources. In your self-determination, please consider your positionality of privilege based on aspects of your personhood that do, or do not, grant you privilege/access to social capital e.g. race, gender & sexual identity, socio-economic status, educational background, able-bodied-ness, etc.

Tuition Investment:
Abundant Access to Resources:
$55 for one day // $90 for both days

Sufficient Access to Resources:
$45 for one day // $80 for both days

Limited Access to Resources:
$35 for one day // $70 for both days

To Register
Email David van Buskirk at Please include your name and the dates you plan to attend.
Payments are accepted via
1) Venmo (@david_vanbuskirk) or
2) By check - made out to David van Buskirk and mailed to,
Empowered Spaces, LLC, 7602 Big Bend Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63119.

Empowered Spaces offers limited need-based scholarships.
Email Kelly Caul for more information
Space is limited to twelve participants.
For additional questions contact:
Kelly 314-952-3199 or
David (814) 574-3251 or

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