“In Life on Land,
Emilie Conrad offers us pulsating stories and bold insights intounscripted awakenings. This book engages those of us who dare to perceive our primordial self in the mystical and practical journey through oceanic depths of existence. Rich and alive. A great book.”—Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, founder and educational director, The Schoolfor Body-Mind Centering and author of Sensing, Feeling and Action
“In this magnificent volume, Emilie Conrad details her courageous journeys–from the raw movements of jazz through the ecstatic rituals of Haiti to the pulsing rhythms studied by neuroscience—weaving these seemingly disparate worlds together into a discipline for those of us who have to find our way through the confusions of this strange era. This book gives a clear sense of the origins of Conrad’s healing work and its major implications for reshaping a more humane world.”—Don Hanlon Johnson, Professor of Somatics, California Institute of Integral Studies and author of Everyday Hopes, Utopian Dreams
“…Emilie Conrad boldly unfolds the larger mystical and practical implications of her lifework, positing a “life on land” in which both the human body and consciousness can be restored to its original fluid, innate, intelligent participation in the cosmic dance of life. A provocative and thoughtful distillation of an extraordinary life and inspired work from one of our somatic elders and healers, rooted in direct shamanic experience and wisdom.”—Amanda Foulger, faculty member of the Foundation for Shamanic Studies
Emilie Conrad's unique approach to movement education, health and healing is as varied and deeply textured as her life story. "Life on Land" gives us both, interwoven to create a picture of the author's own bodily and social education, and its evolution into the modality known as Continuum, which she teaches internationally. The book is a heady blend of experiential knowledge of her own body as it collapsed under the pressures of life and then came back stronger, and Conrad's revolutionary theories of the body-mind frontier and how we can access it for healing and self-knowledge. This true story of Conrad's childhood, coming of age and discovery of dance and other doorways to self-actualization culminates with the maturation of her theory of movement. Now in her seventies and still going strong with a full schedule of workshops and classes, Emilie Conrad puts her ideas and insights in her own full-length book for the first time.