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'Lying as relating' by Isabella Shirley-Miller

Holistic Studies in Human Anatomy
& additional courses in experiential anatomy

exploring the dynamic relationship between 
mind & body

Courses at SOEL include the study of traditional Anatomy & Physiology from a multi-disciplined approach informed by the Experiential Anatomy of Body-Mind Centering®, whole person learning and reflective practicum.


SOEL are currently offering online courses and finishing the second year of their 2019/2020 intake of students at their venue in Devon.


Experiential Anatomy Online: October 2021 - March 2022

click here for details

Holistic Studies in Human Anatomy Year II Part II

Summer Intensive August 2020, Devon

click here for details


Holistic Studies in Human: two year course, Devon

click here for modules - dates to be announced March 2022

Holistic Studies in Human Anatomy Year II Part I

online via zoom 2020: click here


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. ​
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All courses are modular and include the study of Skeleton, Nervous System, Endocrine System, Muscle System, Organs & Fluid Systems. 


The teaching and learning includes traditional anatomy models, maps, charts & books complimented by guided explorations in embodied practice, hands-on touch & movement.


Courses are 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).

We hope to be able to offer our two year, in person anatomy course, Holistic Studies in Human Anatomy, here in Devon again soon and plan to announce the dates in March 2022 for October 2022 intake.

" This style and method of learning has been life changing for me.

For the first time in my life, I felt the ability to learn by feeling, experiencing and embodying. 

Exploring and sensing the body in such a profoundly beautiful and nurturing way [...] has deepened all forms of relationship to myself, others and this incredible earth we are so privileged to inhabit [...] 

truly nourishes the soul."

Pippa, anatomy student 2018-2019

"I really appreciated the clarity in the approach to the work – the clarity in the language – the care and support of the language – and the warmth and the invitation in the manner of the teachers to join them in exploration. Valuable and deep. Thanks."

Paul, workshop participant, Skeleton, 2016

Holistic Studies in Human Anatomy

(two year course, Devon)

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

"SOEL offers a refreshing and rare learning environment."

Isabella Lazlo Course Grad 2019

Holistic Studies in Human Anatomy
(2 year course)

in brief...

10 modules over 2 years
teaching Oct -  Mar annually

total 240 hours of teaching time
Library membership
4 x one-to-one tutorials
Course Handbook
DVD screenings and TED Talks
Graduate workshop discounts 

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. 

       Holistic Studies in Human Anatomy

       2 year course, Devon

       Course Dates, Year I: released Spring 2022      

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


MODULE 1:  three days / dates tbc / October

Cells to Skin: Levels of organisation in the human body                                                  

MODULE 2: three days / dates tbc / November

The Skeleton: Structure, support & organisation


MODULE 3: three days / dates tbc / January

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


MODULE 4: three days / dates tbc / February 

The Fluids: The nature of transformation 


MODULE 5: three days / dates tbc / March

Presentations & Portfolio Review

Course dates: Year II: released Spring 2022

"Balancing between individuality & connectivity - 

completing the journey" 



MODULE 1:  three days / dates tbc / October

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

MODULE 2: three days / dates tbc / November

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

MODULE 3: three days / dates tbc / December

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


MODULE 4: three days / dates tbc / January

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

MODULE 5: three days / dates tbc / February

Graduation: Final Presentations & Portfolio Review

Course modules & content click here


Dates released for 2022 intake in Spring 2022

Taster group workshops in Devon

Practical workshops in experiential anatomy followed by course information & questions for October 2022 intake.


Booking for taster workshops opens Spring 2022.



“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