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Beth Pettengill Riley, MA, RSME

Dance educator and Continuum instructor

Beth Pettengill Riley is a seasoned somatic movement activist with over 40 years of experience facilitating workshops in Continuum, Ashtanga Yoga, and mindfulness meditation around the globe. A founding member of Mount Madonna Center, she has been an invited presenter at Esalen Institute, Omega Institute, Mount Madonna Center, Open Center, and the Skyros Institute in Greece. She holds a master’s degree in dance education from Stanford University.

Beth passionately engages embodiment as a spiritual path. She has offered a combination of yoga and Continuum for over 35 years in accessible and inspiring formats. With a degree in English, she interweaves poetry throughout her classes and workshops.

Her latest project, focusing on teens, is called The Embodied Generation, and is reimagining and inspiring true physical education in the 21st century. For 10 years she has run a program for teens in the health and wellness curriculum at Kirby School, in Santa Cruz, combining mindfulness, yoga, and nonviolent communication to help alleviate the epidemic of student stress and teen anxiety.

Beth started the first Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction yoga class on the west coast in conjunction with Bob Stahl at El Camino Hospital in Mountain View. She is also president of the board of the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association based in New York and winner of the Good Times Best Yoga Teacher of Santa Cruz award.

Upcoming Programs

Fluid Heart, Open Mind

February 3 - 8, 2019

Sunday - Friday, 5 nights

We are born moving. Movement is a primary language that connects our inner and outer worlds: a reflection of the neurological underpinnings of our human expression and a pathway that connects us to the places, spaces, and people we love. Interpersonal neurobiology’s contributions to our current understanding of the brain and nervous system suggest we...

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Previous Programs

Fluid Body/Fluid Life

February 19 - 23, 2018

Monday - Friday, 4 nights

All life is movement. Everything living has, at its most elemental level, an elaborate constellation of waves, pulsations, and undercurrents. Through movement we are connected to life itself and every aspect of our biosphere—from the furthest stars in the universe to the molecules spinning under the skin. Join Beth Pettengill Riley, MA, RSME, to experience...