From Leben to Leben nuova
In 2005 Gloria Desideri founded the Associazione di Promozione Sociale Leben, that she led until 2008 promoting somatic education in Italy, specifically Body-Mind Centering, an innovative approach to movement analysis and reeducation developed by Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen in the U.S. since the mid 70’s.
Based on the results achieved, initially at a local level, in 2009 Gloria founded Leben nuova, the company that since then has been promoting and spreading the BMC approach nationally, also through a consistent work of translation from English into Italian of the BMC educational material used in the training courses, and internationally, through training programs licensed by The School for Body-Mind Centering® offered in two languages, as well as through networking and collaborating with other BMC® centers all over the world.
Leben’s identity can be outlined in the following way:
- organizing BMC® training programs, that are directed in Italy by Gloria Desideri;
- collaborating with the other licensed BMC® centers in the world, more specifically in Europe;
- being a reference point in Italy for the community of people who share the BMC approach, by organizing meetings, workshops, study groups, website and dedicated social forums (see Leben nuova‘s page and Leben Group on Facebook), thus encouraging the exchange of experiences and information among professionals and other interested people within the Leben network.
A glance at the past
Leben nuova digs its roots in experiences realized by Gloria Desideri in the province of Viterbo starting from 1999, at the Day Centre for Disabled Adult Rehabilitation, in Tarquinia, the Mental Health Department and the Infant Neuropsychiatry Complex Unit, ASL-VT, and the Day Care Centres of the City of Viterbo. Specifically, the BMC approach was applied in creating and implementing special projects for adults and children with severe disabilities, their families and the professionals caring for them.
In 2006, in collaboration with the Italian Public Health System (ASL-Viterbo), Leben organized an international conference in Tuscania, The Experience of Movement: the Child, the Parent, the Caregiver, with the participation of Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, the developer of BMC, and teachers and practitioners coming from all over the world.
In 2011 Leben organized two more international conference-workshops: one in Milano, The Conscious Body, and the other in Viterbo, Engaging the Whole Child: Working with Children with Special Needs and Their Families, both featuring Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen and attended by a large number of practitioners, professionals of various fields and families of children with special needs.
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