A Moving Inquiry: The Art of Personal Practice
A Moving Inquiry: The Art of Personal Practice

A Moving Inquiry: The Art of Personal Practice 

is an invitation to discover the inherent gifts 

of living an embodied life. 

October 21 - December 7th, 2021

Launching on October 26th, 2021 this 7-week course is also an introduction to Continuum, the somatic movement modality that has informed, infused and inspired my own movement practice, as well as my teaching, writing, relationships and professional life for the past four decades. 

Continuum is an inquiry into the nature of all movement.  It invites you to directly experience your body's interconnectedness with the wholeness of life.  The simple yet profound practices we will explore in this course make an art form of dissolving constraint, welcoming the liberation of the entire person at every level. 

Using breath, sound, and somatic movement, you are invited to enlarge your capacity to live from the inside out - your capacity to move, speak, think, love, play and work as a fluid organism in a bio-intelligent world. Stepping outside of the cultural models of "body" and "shape" you can discover the deep inner world of flourishing life that reveals itself with grace and ease. 

Continuum has revolutionized the role of somatic movement in health, education, relationship, physical fitness, creativity and spirituality. I am honored and delighted to share this work and guide you in creating a life-enhancing personal movement practice.

This course is for anyone who longs to more fully inhabit this life, and anyone who senses the need for more authentic, embodied engagement in the world we share. All are welcome.

* A portion of the proceeds from this course will be donated to The Firelight Foundation, an organization near and dear to my heart.

Course Features:

  • Weekly video and audio content to support you in growing your practice.
  • 3 Live zoom classes: 10/26  11/16 and 12/7 - Tuesdays from 9:30 am - 11:30 am PT
  • Specific guidelines to support you in establishing a home embodiment practice
  • Facilitated movement practices with Continuum
  • Group sharing online in small cohorts
  • One-on-one Coaching

Course Requirements: 

1.  The 3 Live weekly zoom classes are required, so that we can build momentum together  - this is an important part of growing your practice. 

2. The Course Companion Manual:  A Moving Inquiry: The Art of Personal Practice is required for this course. Please purchase prior to the start date. The book is through several outlets listed here: 


Please purchase prior to the start date.

How much time should you allow for this course?

Here is a rough estimate: In addition to the 3  Livestream 2-hour classes, plan for about 1.5 hours weekly for the work associated with this course. This time includes reading/watching course material, actual movement practice, and responding to the written assignments. 

What Participants will take away from the experience:

  • Enhanced commitment to participate in your own self-care

  • An approachable method to diminish the physical strain of daily life a corresponding chronic stiffness

  • Experience with an embodiment practice that complements and enriches all forms of movement and exercise, bringing increased vitality, engagement and satisfaction in the felt sense of living in your body. 

  • Establishment of a home practice and cultivation of movement-centered meditation into your daily life.

About the Facilitator and Course Creator:

  • Beth Pettengill Riley, RSME/T, CYT, MA in Education, Stanford University, is a global leader in somatic movement education and therapy and a seasoned somatic movement activist, with over 40 years of experience facilitating workshops in Continuum, yoga  and meditation. Beth passionately engages embodiment as a spiritual path. A founding member of Mt Madonna Center, she has also been an invited presenter at Esalen, The Open Center in NYC and the Skyros Institute in Greece.  She has developed successful programs in universities, schools, hospitals and clinics, and houses of worship. She currently serves as education director of Watermark Arts (www.watermarkarts.com) and is staff movement teacher at the recently-opened 1440 Multiversity in Scotts Valley, CA. For the past 6 years, Beth served on the Board of Directors of The International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association, (ISMETA), and as President of the Board for three of those years. She maintains a private practice in Santa Cruz, CA, teaching classes and workshops and assisting individuals in finding greater freedom of movement. During the Covid-19 pandemic, her unique classes blending music, movement  and poetry have provided a vital source of support for her students. For further information please visit her website at : www.themovingwell.com.


Beth Pettengill Riley and Priscilla Auchincloss, with generous support and inspiration from Elaine Colandrea and Watermark Arts (www.watermarkarts.org), first offered "A Moving Inquiry" as an online course in 2017.  Based on that course they co-authored and published the beautifully illustrated handbook that serves as the foundation of this new offering. 

As noted above, the course companion manual is available at:



“A Moving Inquiry: The Art of Personal Practice, is an exquisite roadmap to the ‘how’ of engaging in a sensuous practice of embodiment based on the philosophy and theory of Continuum. To be in genuine somatic inquiry, knowing body as process and aware of the fluid forces that guide our healing and creative unfolding, is life-changing. “

                                                      ~Susan Harper, Founder, Continuum Montage

“A Moving Inquiry offers you a guide to exploring health and well-being from within, from the inherent wisdom of your body. (The course ) opens a path for cultivating the ability to appreciate the silent, felt experience of embodiment. (and) guides you how to understand your body as an ongoing, creative process and how to integrate your movement practice into a life of wholeness.” 

 ~  Bonnie Gintis, DO Continuum Teacher,  and author of : Engaging The Movement Of Life: Exploring Health and Embodiment Through Osteopathy and Continuum

A Moving Inquiry is a wonderful offering. A practical and wise guide and companion to interconnecting with the mystery of oneself and the whole of life. A journey into intimacy, “in-to-me I see”.

  ~  Bob Stahl, Ph.D., co-author of A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook,          and others.

Continuum lifts me from a place of no-action (sometimes called depression) to a place of appreciation and grace, inviting movement and fluidity. It's a real gift at those times when I feel down or stuck. Something new can and will arise with my practice of Continuum. I know this experientially now. My life has shifted since we began just a few months ago. I am more relaxed and attentive to my sensations throughout the day.

                                                                                          ~Janet L, Ore


A Moving Inquiry Course was a nurturing, safe and intimate space to explore somatic and fluid movement. It was refreshing to share time weekly with others  with similar interests... to drop into a different language and practice than what's required of us in our day-to-day lives. Beth's guidance was illuminating, grounding and encouraging. The richness of knowledge that comes from learning different sounds, movements and anatomies is invaluable, and the opportunity to spread this work to others is an important form of activism. I highly recommend this course to anyone looking to dive deeper into themselves, to explore their own fluidity, and to develop the resilience needed to tap into these parts of ourselves when we're under the pressure and demands of everyday life.

                                                                                       ~Mara Waldhorn, CA


“I feel that what you offered was precious beyond words, immeasurably supportive and deeply inspirational”…In the same way that I am touched when I participate in a 'real' workshop, I have been deeply touched by your teaching, with ripples and ripples and ripples. - I am deeply grateful that you were able to use technology to provide such powerful teaching and that technology did not get in the way of this”…I will be working from the course notes for a long time to come”…

                                                                                        ~ Naomi W, Italy


“Very clear and logical structure and sequence throughout the course, which helped me attach myself to the course, and which is like a template for me now that will support me forever (truly!). 

                                                                                         ~ Sandy F, CA