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'Lying as relating' by Isabella Shirley-Miller

Holistic Studies in Human Anatomy
exploring the dynamic relationship between 
mind & body

A two year course in Experiential Anatomy held over 10 weekends running October to March annually.

The course studies traditional Anatomy & Physiology from a multi-disciplined approach informed by the Experiential Anatomy of Body-Mind Centering®, whole person learning and reflective practicum.


There are five modules per year including the following skeleton, Nervous, Endocrine, Muscle, Organs & Fluid Systems.


Click here for Modules & two year course content.

Click here for details of this years Course 2020 via zoom


Each module includes the study of traditional anatomy models, maps, charts & books complimented by guided explorations in embodied practice, hands-on touch & movement.


This course is based on a holistic teaching and learning approach exploring the relationship between western science (a science of quantities) and first person perception (a science of qualities).

Our next intake of first year students will be October 2021.

Course Dates will be released in Spring 2021. Please contact us if you would like to learn more or to be included on our mailing list for updates & taster workshops.


This year 2020, the second year anatomy course has been divided into two parts. Part I  - an introductory journey is being offered online as a one day introductory course to the second year this academic year. Year II: Part I Course Content click herePart I only is open to SOEL staff, grads and experienced professionals in somatics and anatomy, see course content above.


We hope to return to in person teaching in Autumn 2021 with Year II Part II and our new intake of first year students. 

"I appreciate that in this practice there is no ideology, technique or way of looking at the world, just an opportunity to (re)-consider things from a different perspective that is person centred and unique to each individual"  


Dr Tiffany Strawson 2016

Student of Holistic Studies in Human Anatomy taking notes in the circle checking in sharing research ideas enquiry feelings thoughs dreams with Rosalyn Maynard at the School of Experiential Learning or SOEL tSOEL studying Body-Mind Centering® BMC® somatics art research social experimental experiential learning teaching facilitation group community.   one to one lessons in Body-Mind Centering®,  community workshops and Body-Mind Centering® intensives, courses in Experiential Anatomy,  study groups, and creative mentorships. ​

Holistic Studies in Human Anatomy

Course Information

The course is a unique interdisciplinary approach to the study of western science and anatomy fostering our felt sensory capacities to experience the dynamic, innate intelligence guiding all our body’s functioning, internal maintenance and well being.


The focus of the course is the study of traditional anatomy and physiology supported by the complimentary embodied practice of Body-Mind Centering®.

This unique approach supports the cultivation of a deeper felt sensory understanding of human biology and our relationship to our self and other.

Students are supported to discover and develop their own interests & inquiry pertinent to their experiences. This approach is rooted in a somatics practice and informed by Whole Person Learning, Holistic Science & Reflective Practicum. Teaching includes the following modalities:

  • Anatomy models, maps, charts, articles, DVDs & books

  • Hands-on-touch and movement integration

  • Reflective dialogue, writing and drawing


People who have studied the course before include the following professions: Teachers & Lecturers, body work therapists, Play Therapists, Yoga teachers, Cranial Sacral Therapists, Writers, Visual Artists, Performance Artists, Arts Managers, Biodynamic Practitioner & growers.


Course content in brief:

240 hours taught content

10 weekend modules over 2 years

4 private one-to-one tutorials

Library membership with access to over 300 books Additional articles & module handouts

Film screenings 

Course Handbook

SOEL Certification


Course modules & content


10 modules over 2 years

240 hours of teaching time

Library membership

4 x one-to-one tutorials

Course Handbook

DVD screenings and TED Talks


Graduate workshop discounts

£850 per year

I love the spaciousness of the three day modules, the structure, the breaks and the time given to everything. I really valued the balance between inner journey, hands on and the science. 

Isabella Lazlo 2019 Cranial Sacral Therapist

Graduate Feedback

The pace, different learning styles and non-judgemental approach is something precious. To slow down in the learning and trust myself to know has given me a different outlook on learning. The tutorials were so generous and personal. I felt so seen and known. The richest experience was with the lungs and the touch on my back.

Dr Abigail Jackson 2018 Academic

I have been able to draw out and examine creativity, trauma, new and more joyful ways of being, inspiration, grounding, kindness…It continues to be a beautiful, fascinating…process of discovery and undoing. Annabie Daly 2017 Artist & musician 


I come away from this course with a deep sense of longevity in that there were many aspects of my learning that I feel I will be able to carry far into the future. Participating in this course had clear impacts on how I entered and responded to life beyond the course. Helen Williams. 2016 Director Being in Circle, Arts Manager & Stage Manager. 

Course dates, Year II: Part I: 2020 - 2021

"Balancing between individuality & connectivity - 

an introductory journey" 

MODULE 1: Muscles - an introduction

Friday 2nd October 2020

Muscle as sensory organ: tonus & proprioception   

MODULE 2: Nervous System - an introduction

Friday 30th October 2020

Nervous System: the topography of sensing & motion

MODULE 3: Endocrine System - an introduction

Friday 27th November 2020

Endocrine System: our glands, our hormones: energy & balance 


MODULE 4: Organs II - a introduction

Friday 22nd January 2021

Organs II: the brain in our gut 

MODULE 5: Reflections on Learning

Friday 26th February 2021

Reflections on Learning: an embodied perspective

course content: Year II: Part I: an introductory journey


"Balancing between individuality & connectivity - 

completing the journey" 



MODULE 1: 2 days / dates tbc / October 2021

Muscle & Skeleton: The matter of motion, tonus & proprioception   

MODULE 2: 2 days / dates tbc / November 2021

Nervous System: Sensing Movement, neuroplasticity & the senses of perception 

MODULE 3: 2 days / dates tbc / December 2021

Endocrine System: The chemical governing system: glands, hormones, balance & our universal mind


MODULE 4: 2 days / dates tbc January 2022

Organs II: The abdominal,  pelvic regions & our gut brain 

MODULE 5: 2 days / dates tbc /  February 2022

Graduation: Final Presentations & Portfolio Review

Course Dates, Year I: 2021 - 2022

"Exploring relationship to self, other & place through direct experience in the body"


MODULE 1:  three days / dates tbc / October 2021

Cells to Skin: Levels of organisation in the human body                                                  

MODULE 2: three days / dates tbc / November 2021 

The Skeleton: Structure, support & organisation


MODULE 3: three days / dates tbc / January 2022 

Organs I: Nourishment, breath, the heart brain & the kidneys


MODULE 4: three days / dates tbc / February 2022 

The Fluids: The nature of transformation 


MODULE 5: three days / dates tbc / March 2022 

Presentations & Portfolio Review

Course modules & content click here

Course dates: Year II: Part II: 2021 - 2022


Dates released for 2021 intake in Spring 2021

Taster group workshops in Devon

Practical workshops in experiential anatomy followed by course information & questions for October 2021 intake.


Booking for taster workshops opens Spring 2021.



“In a world where disease and pain has become so normal this approach to learning and knowing ourselves offers a key for our health, by listening to the wisdom of our bodies, we learn to embody a new paradigm, one where ease and grace are at the heart.”


"As a Cranial Sacral therapist it has been very meaningful to enter the consciousness of my own cerebrospinal fluid, (on the first year module: Fluids), this is a familiar consciousness that I enter every time I work with a client, and yet I had never been simply guided into the experience of my own CSF. Resting in my Cerebrospinal fluids I am filled with a luminous light, at one with the cosmic universe. I am peace and I am resting in stillness.  (Fluids module: February 2018)

Course graduate, Isabella Lazlo 2017-2019

Excerpt from article June 2018