Ecosomatics is an emerging interdisciplinary field which connects healing arts, movement education, improvisation, psychology, performing arts, and good old-fashioned play, with ecological consciousness.

Nala Walla on her definition of eco-somatics describes it thus:

“WHAT IS SOMATICS?

In order to understand what ecosomatics is, it will be helpful to begin with a definition of somatics.

If you were to pose the question, “What is somatics?” to ten different somatic practitioners, you would get ten different answers. I attempt my own version here.

When you look at me, you can objectively see that I have a body. What you cannot see is my subjective experience, my proprioceptive, or felt-sense, of my own body. In 1976, Thomas Hanna coined the term somatics to distinguish this “inner body” from the outer, or gross, body. He based this on the wholistic Greek concept of soma, which means, “the living body in its wholeness.”

Thus, somatics refers to the art and practice of sensing the soma or “the body as experienced from within.” The somatic sense is a veritable “sixth” sense, as it cannot be adequately explained by any of the other five categories: taste, touch, hearing, sight, or smell.

In an age where experts and professionals in the health field often give conflicting diagnoses and ineffective treatments, somatics is an empowering concept that affirms our innate knowledge of our own body, and encourages us to deeply participate in our own healing.

By tuning into our direct sensory experience, we can learn to release habitual tension and pain, instead optimizing for ease, efficiency and enjoyment. Any

We can also apply these sensing-skills in service of restoring a sustainable relationship to Earth, like planting trees, using a shovel, or creating a community dance. For example, combining the patterns we sense in nature and in our bodies can help us understand efficient design in a garden project. When we do this, we venture into the realm of ecosomatics.

ECOSOMATICS

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1- The art of sensing the ‘inner body’ as a way to connect to the greater social and planetary(Gaiac) bodies. 2- The view of somatics as inseparable from ecological health and sustainability. 3- The practice of using somatic principles to facilitate and enhance sustainable work in the landscape–i.e. gardens, farms, village building.”