Valerie Baadh Garrett
Founder and Director
Valerie is a movement therapist, a movement consultant to schools and businesses, a personal movement coach, and an international teacher trainer. A certified Spacial Dynamics® Movement Educator and Registered Somatic Movement Therapist, she conducts workshops and courses around the world, specializing in Movement for Executive Leadership, Agile Aging, Women’s Wellness, and New Movement Education for the 21st Century.
On the faculty of Rudolf Steiner College in Fair Oaks, Ca, she teaches in the Art of Teaching courses and has been a guest instructor for Spacial Dynamics Institute, California Coastal Lifeways, RSF Social Finance, and at schools and teacher training programs in the US and Asia.
In 2013, she was a guest instructor of movement education at Hsinchu University in Taiwan, and at Chengdu University of Technology in China. With the success of the 2013 Women’s Wellness program near Chengdu, China, new workshops for A Women’s Journey will be held in Shanghai and the lovely lake resort of Dali in June, 2014.
A lifelong dancer (BFA California Institute of the Arts), Valerie served as a choreographer and movement trainer for the five nternational children’s Peace Festivals. These festivals took place from 2001 through 2009 in Olympia and Delphi, Greece, Quito, Ecuador, and Beijing, China, as well as in Sacramento, California.
Valerie leading children at the Hands in Peace Festival 2006 in China.
Photo: Benno Klandt.
An invitation to lead movement in a Stanford University’s dSchool course on mobility for seniors led to the founding of Agile Aging, a unique movement program designed to maintain mobility and prevent falls for the elderly in the community, in assisted living facilities and for their eldercare workers. Valerie has twice been a guest presenter for CALA, the California Assisted Living Association. Read more on our Agile Aging website. To take a peek at this class, watch an interview with Valerie, recorded December, 2008.
With husband and creative partner, theater designer Michael Garrett, Valerie published several children’s books, and with Joan Carr Shimer Games Children Sing and Play (Hawthorn Press, 2013), a collection of movement games for adults to play with young children, as well as Dance As Movement History (AWSNA, 2001). Order books here.
Valerie is affiliated with Spacial Dynamics Institute, Fourfold Healing Clinic, City of Brisbane, and is a performing member of the nation’s foremost vintage ballroom ensemble, The Academy of Danse Libre.
Edmund Knighton, PhD
Dr. Edmund Knighton is Department Chair and Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology, Somatic and Pre/Perinatal Psychology Concentrations, at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. A somatic educator for more than two decades, he has served on the faculty and administration of nine graduate institutes and four Waldorf Schools. In addition to earning his PhD in Clinical Psychology at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology in Palo Alto, Edmund was trained at University of California-Davis Medical Center & Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (a Regional I trauma center and teaching hospital), where he provided neuropsychological assessment and therapy as a member of a multidisciplinary medical team that used a biopsychosocial model to treat neurological disorders, including traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, and stroke. Having completed a five-year training in Spacial Dynamics® Movement, Edmund’s current research interests lie in how spatial awareness may be developed through imagination and play. Valerie and Edmund have been teaching colleagues in public and private settings for over 20 years.
Valerie and Edmund at 2014 Movement Education Week
Other talented colleagues work together for our various programs:
Allegra Alessandri-Pfeifer, PhD, Education and Leadership programs
Heather Lanier, RSMT, Spacial Dynamics – Women’s Wellness Retreats
Terry Walters, Spacial Dynamics® practitioner and chef extraordinaire, Spacial Dynamics – Women’s Wellness Retreats
Joan Carr Shimer, MA, Movement and Learning, early childhood programs and dance
Olivia Huff, RSMT, Agile Aging instructor, Sacramento region
Molly Hughes, Agile Aging instructor, SF Bay Peninsula region