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, 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 around the world. In 2013, she is a guest instructor of movement education at Hsinchu University in Taiwan, and at Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine’s Department of Physical Education in China.
Valerie served as a choreographer and movement trainer for the four international 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 the 2010 Hands in Peace Festival 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 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 The Adventures of Uffe the Gnome, an illustrated book of movement imagery for children, the new Uffe the Gnome’s Giant Adventure, 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.
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
Jeff Kellem is a dancer and rehearsal coach for the vintage ballroom dance performance troupe Danse Libre (@danselibre), recreating social dances from the 1840s to 1930s in formal period attire. Dancers around the world have learned from DL’s choreographies and performances. Jeff is also a regular guest performer with the Boulder/Denver, Colorado vintage dance troupe Watch Your Step!
Olivia Huff, RSMT, Agile Aging instructor, Sacramento region
Molly Hughes, Agile Aging instructor, SF Bay Peninsula region