Linda Hartley has studied, practised and taught in the fields of somatic movement and dance, somatic and transpersonal psychotherapy, and Authentic Movement for almost five decades. In 1990 she founded what became the Institute for Integrative Bodywork & Movement Therapy, developing and running a three-year Diploma Programme in Germany, the UK, Lithuania and Russia since that time. Based upon the practice and principles of Body-Mind Centering®, and integrating in-depth studies in Authentic Movement and Somatic Psychology, IBMT is an ISMETA Approved Training Program.
Linda’s studies in the somatic dance approach of Release Work (Mary O’Donnell Fulkerson), T’ai Chi Ch’uan and Buddhist meditation, and the Process Oriented Psychology of Arnold Mindell have also informed the development of a holistic approach to learning, growth and healing. She practised for thirty years as a somatic movement therapist and somatic & transpersonal psychotherapist, and has taught for numerous organisations across the UK and Europe.
Currently Linda focuses her time on her writing and teaching the Discipline of Authentic Movement in North Norfolk, UK, where she now lives.
She is the author of several books including Wisdom of the Body Moving (1995), Servants of the Sacred Dream (2001), Somatic Psychology: Body, Mind and Meaning (2004) and Contemporary Body Psychotherapy: The Chiron Approach (Editor – 2009). Information about these and some of her articles and chapter contributions can be found at https://www.lindahartley.co.uk/index.html