MoverWitness - Authentic Movement
Training and Retreat

19 TO 26 AUGUST 2024 at

© 2024. Eila Goldhahn. All rights reserved.

This week-long guided retreat takes place in an area of outstanding natural beauty on Dartmoor, England. Bala Brook Retreat Centre is peaceful and private, offering spacious and comfortable accommodation (mostly individual and ensuite) and two beautiful studios. This work embedded within the special area of South Devon with its ancient and new ecologies provides opportunities to envisage a new vision for the future in challenging times that supports renewed hope.

The retreat is taught by Dr Eila Goldhahn, originally trained by Dr Janet Adler and a proponent in this field. She is the author of the new book REFLECTIONS ON AUTHENTIC MOVEMENT, THEORY, PRACTICE AND ARTS-LED RESEARCH (Routledge, 2022). She has many years of experience of teaching the practice and offers an artistic and contemporary perspective. 

For complete retreat information email Eila: is the website of Eila Goldhahn and Stuart J Young to showcase individual and collaborative, interdisciplinary art making and research and creative, educational and therapeutic practices. Embodied creativity and empathetic observation are their starting points for working with others and across different arts media.

This month’s focus is on Eila’s book on Authentic Movement which is now out as an affordable paperback and the forthcoming retreat on Dartmoor.

© 2024. Eila Goldhahn & Stuart J Young. All rights reserved.

Recent publications by Eila Goldhahn

GARDENS OF CULTURE Visionen und Experimente für eine Zukunft Conference & Exhibition INTERVAL together with Stuart J Young at Abi Warburg Haus, Hamburg, November 2023. Curation and presentation on utopian, artistic communities in the 20th and 21st centuries and, specifically, on Dartington College of Arts and postmodern dance in 1980s.
MoverWitness Interdisciplinarity. Chinese /English International Conference Presentation (May 2023), Authentic Movement Summit
MoverWitness (Goldhahn 2007) is a new term (for the Discipline of Authentic Movement, Adler 2002) and aids to transfer core values and practices usefully to other disciplines.” (from Conference Proceedings, MoverWitness Interdisciplinarity, E. Goldhahn 2023)

Questioning ‘Normality’ Book Review (Goldhahn & Plevin 2022)
Freely copy available at

The MoverWitness Project and film showing Here we are now by E. Goldhahn at online event “Alongside British Art Show” (CAMP, Plymouth, April 2022)

Being seen digitally: exploring macro and micro perspectives.
Essay in Journal for Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy (August 2020)
“Human senses and social interactions evolved and adapted to function     optimally in the presence of another body equipped with the same senses. The evolutionary function of innate mirror neurons is based on individuals being in each other’s presence, of having eye contact, of being in earshot, of joining each other’s rhythm of breathing, to read and emphasize with facial expressions and gestures.” (from above E. Goldhahn 2020)

For a complete list of publications, curated conferences and exhibitions, please enquire here.

Eila Goldhahn
Art & Science: Sculpture

© 2024. Eila Goldhahn & Stuart J Young. All rights reserved.

Eila Goldhahn’s art practice reflects aspects from biological, ecological and social sciences. It is inspired by embodiment and meditation. Using found objects she creates surprising metaphors offering new perspectives on familiar objects. 

Chromosome boards, friezes

Genetics und genomics mirror individual and collective experiences and inscriptions across life spans and  evolutionary times. In these art works chromosomes are visualised as an analogy to the moving body itself. As friezes they form generational, metaphoric pathways into an archeological past, an anthropocene present and a yet unknown human future.
Material: handmade iron nails, wax and pigment on floor boards
Works shown at: Anatomical Museum  University Erlangen
Kunstraum Weissenhohe Nürnberg
Embassy Rhineland-Palatinate Bruxelles
Haus am Dom Frankfurt

Genetik und Genomik spiegeln individuelle und kollektive Erfahrungen und Einschreibungen über eine Lebensspanne sowie über evolutionäre Zeiträume. In der künstlerischen Formensprache bilden Chromosomen eine Analogie zum sich bewegenden, menschlichen Körper. Die Friese bilden generationsübergreifende, metaphorische Wegspuren für eine archeologische Vergangenheit, eine anthropozäne Gegenwart und eine noch unbekannte menschliche Zukunft.

© 2024. Eila Goldhahn & Stuart J Young. All rights reserved.


The haptic contact with materials leaves imprints  of physical movements in the emerging sculptures. These visible forms are like an echo of the movement: they mirror the fleeting performance with the  material. They also touch upon the beginnings of embryonic movement: form and folding of early developmental stages like blastula and gastrula.
Material: steel wire and gauze
Works shown at: Dartington College of Arts UK
Kunsthalle Halle
Kunstverein Basis Frankfurt
Open Studios South Devon U
Development grant for the upcycling of pocket springs with support from the  University Plymouth UK

Durch den körperlichen Kontakt mit Materialien enstehen Abdrücke von Bewegungen in Skulpturen. Diese Formen ähneln einem Echo: sie spiegeln die Begegnung von flüchtigen Ereignissen mit Materialien. Sie deuten auch auf den Anfang von embryonalen Bewegungen an, nämlich die Formung und Faltung in frühen Entwicklungsstadien wie Blastula und Gastrula.              
Material: Stahldraht und Gaze
Dartington College of Arts UK
Kunsthalle Halle
Kunstverein Basis Frankfurt
Open Studios South Devon UK

Entwicklungszuschuss für die Wiederverwertung von Federkern in Designkontexten und Produkten mit freundlicher Unterstützung der University Plymouth UK

Eine Publikation über MATRICYCLE kann hier als PDF heruntergeladen werden. Realisiert mit Unterstützung des Landes Rheinland-Pfalz.