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Global Congress 2017 – Notes from keynote speeches now available!

As mentioned during the congress, summaries of the two keynote speeches are now available on the website.  Please read and share these notes.  We hope that these are useful for both those who attended and those unable to travel to Tallinn.  These notes will also be placed in the online library for future reference.

Safety, Autonomic nervous system & healing trauma – Keynote Speaker Anssi Leikola
7th Rosen Method Global Congress, Tallinn, Estonia, 2017
Notes by Claire Palo

Anssi Leikola is a psychiatrist, psychotherapist, author and trauma survivor. He has worked intensively in the area of emotional trauma, and the basis of his therapeutic actions lies upon two theories above all else: the structural dissociation of the personality and polyvagal theory.

The most important aspect of healing trauma is external safety. Leikola has, as a patient, and therapist come up against the traditional model of patient care in regards to trauma, healing and mental wellbeing. He integrates an approach to care that is at its core concerned with evolution, holism, and multidisciplinary in nature.   He contends that theory and practice should be closely connected.

Leikola has certain issues with current psychiatric practices – that psychiatry is not interested in what causes disorders. Instead Leikola is more focused on a traumatherapeutic community in which holistic approaches, idea sharing and discussion are highlighted.

Complete summary


Oxytocin and Touch – Keynote Speaker Kirsten Uvnäs Moberg
7th Rosen Method Global Congress, Tallinn, Estonia, 2017
Notes by Claire Palo

Kirsten Uvnäs Moberg is a doctor and professor of physiology with a research focus on the healing aspects of oxytocin. Moberg has found among other results, that oxytocin reduces pain, anxiety, decreases blood pressure and reduces the levels of stress hormones in both sexes.

Complete summary


Relaxation Awareness and Resilience: Rosen Method Science and Practice – Ivy Green
7th Rosen Method Global Congress, Tallinn, Estonia, 2017
Notes by Rosa Frauenknecht

In her workshop Ivy Green talked about her book Experience Relaxation Awareness and Resilience: Rosen Method science and practice.

Complete summary

RI Webinar Series – The Practitioner’s Body with Alan Fogel

The Rosen Institute will be hosting webinars throughout the year to expand the continuing education opportunities for all Rosen Method professionals.  The first webinar of 2018 will feature Alan Fogel, PhD, Senior Teacher and bodywork practitioner.  Registration is now open.

The Practitioner’s Body: An Introduction to Using our own Embodied Experience as a Guide to Working with Clients in Rosen Method Bodywork with Alan Fogel, Rosen Method Bodywork Practitioner and Senior Teacher

February 27th at 10:30am-12pm PST

When working with clients, we sometimes experience feelings of not knowing what to do. We can feel lost and anxious and begin to wonder if we are capable, if we will ever become good at this work. Our Rosen Method Bodywork training teaches us to become comfortable with this “not knowing” but what if those feelings are not just our own uncertainties? What if those feelings are a reflection of how our bodies are “listening” to the client? Maybe the specific feelings of the practitioner are important clues about how the client is feeling? What might the client be experiencing when we feel lost or grounded, despairing or hopeful, irritable or pleased, frustrated or relaxed, bored or interested, sleepy or excited, tense or relaxed during a session? This webinar is an introduction to ways of creating a somatic resonance with clients that allows us to trust and relax into our own embodied self-awareness for use as a guide to bring the client closer to their own relaxation and awareness.




Fun and Inspiring Days at the Global Congress 2017

The 7th Annual Leaders Meeting and Global Congress was a wonderful 5 days of connection, collaboration and learning.  We would like to send out a big thank you to all who came!  We feel so inspired and renewed and look forward to building strong Rosen Method relationships across the globe.

We also give a big thank you to the workshop leaders and our two keynote speakers who gave such engaging and thought-provoking talks.  It was a pleasure to have such a diverse group of speakers touching on a wide range of topics.  It truly highlighted the global reach of Rosen Method.

We will be putting together some summaries of the keynote speeches and will post them to the website soon.  We hope that this will be helpful for those who were not able to attend (and for those who were).   We will also be adding additional resources that were mentioned during the Congress and may be of interest.

We hope to build on the meaningful work that was done in Tallinn and look positively toward 2018 and continuing to support Rosen Method.

The RI Executive Team (Maija, Maud, Tollie, Theresa) & Claire (RI Administrator)

A New Memoir by Odile Atthalin, founder of the Rosen Method Open Center

Odile Atthalin, founder of the Rosen Method Open Center, has written a new memoir entitled Godmother: An Unexpected Journey, Perfect Timing and Small Miracles.  She has written a special note to the Rosen Method Community and we would like to share a part of it here.  To read the complete message and learn more about the book please visit her website.  We would like to congratulate Odile on her wonderful accomplishment!

“This memoir might be of interest to [the Rosen Method community], although Rosen Method is not the main focus of my Memoir, it tells how I came to Rosen Method.

I found the Rosen Method as a calling at the end of a long search for healing, at age 50, guided by some unconscious vague sense of what I was looking for. I knew it was “not this, not that”, not just psychology, not just psychoanalysis, not just becoming a meditation teacher, nor a teacher of eastern practices, not just hatha yoga nor bhakti, nor kundalini, nor tantra yoga, and not dance therapy either.  I studied Eutony and Feldenkreis, but although all were most beneficial to my own personal process, none felt as my calling, my life’s work, as a practitioner or teacher.

I had been leaning towards practices which included the physical body and the emotional body, slowly integrating head and heart.  When a new friend invited me to receive a training session supervised by Marion Rosen, I had never heard of the Rosen Method.  At the end of their work together with me as their patient, listening to them and sensing their hands on my  body, I knew I had found it.  I did not know why, but I was convinced that this was my work, I recognized it, as if I had it in me all along waiting for me to get it.

I had no  idea where this feeling came from, and I did not mention it to anyone.  I went through the 3-year long training including internship as fast as I could, got certified, call ed myself a Rosen method practitioner and started seeing clients.  Almost overnight I had a full practice.  This was it.  This was exactly what I had always wanted to do.

It’s only a few months later, after seeing one of my clients, at the end of the day, that I remembered the defining healing experiences I had when I was 8 years old.  To read the full account, get the book! Long Live Rosen Method”

2017 Global Congress: A Sneak Peek at the Program

The 2017 Global Congress organizing team has released a first peek at the amazing workshops planned for November in Tallinn, Estonia.

Although the program is still to be completed, this first look will give attendees and those still wanting to register an idea of the high-caliber content, knowledge and expertise to be shared.

Have a look at what can be expected from some of the wonderful speakers coming, such as Mary Kay Wright, Maud Guettler, Anna Soderlind, Anais Salibian, Maja Skau-Olsen and Ivy Green among many others!  And don’t forget the two, well renowned keynote speakers Anssi Leikola and Kerstin Moberg!

The partial program can be found here and we will be sure to let you know as new speakers and workshops are added in the coming months.

We look forward to seeing many of you there in Tallinn!



The German school celebrates 25 years

Rosen Methode Körperarbeit Deutsches Zentrum, the German Rosen Method school, is celebrating 25 years since the start of the school.  Read below the beautiful tribute to the school and its history written by Juliane Knoop, school founder.

“When you return to Germany please open up a school”

Marion said this to me when I decided to return back home after a few years of staying in California learning Rosen Method Bodywork. Rosen Method was not known in Germany at that time.

Left to right: Juliane & Marion, Berkeley, 1985; Juliane & Marion; Thurid, Marion & Juliane

How it started

Back in Germany I offered sessions. The work was spread by word of mouth.

After a while some clients became interested in learning this method. Two years later, I organized an open house accompanied by an introductory workshop. A few years later, in March 1992, the first intensive took place in a small village up in a renovated barn loft. At this time intensives were ten days long. I invited Paula Kimbro to be my mentor and trainer for becoming a teacher.

Left to right: Paula Kimbro, first Intensive, March 1992 . Juliane, Anne-Marie Paris, Monica Bolling, Christel & Horst Maisel 


We assembled assistants from several different countries. Amongst the students were Christel and Horst Maisel. This course was a big success! Paula and other teachers from abroad came to support and train me. The foreign language was no problem: We had Thurid Müller for translation. In 1997 and 1998 the first students were certified. Christel was one of them. Besides coordinating internships, she was engaged in the curriculum of the training. Her husband Horst created our first webpage. He also developed a special software, a student data, which helped to facilitate the bureaucratic work. Horst is still available when we face technical problems.

Marion Rosen’s first visit to Germany was in 1993. She was accompanied by Hans Axelson, the Director of a well-known Body therapy Institute in Stockholm. Both kept coming for more than 10 years in a row to give three-days introductory workshops.

These courses seemed like a blessing for Marion. It made her happy to approach her old homeland in that way, with her own work in her suitcase.

Left to right: Marion & Hans; Juliane, Anne-Marie Paris, Marion & Monica Bolling

Rise and development 

Since 2001 most of the courses have been taking place in “Seminarhaus Waldmatt”. This is also the location of the German Center, situated in a small village in the midst of the Black Forest rolling hills, close to the famous “Spa-town” Baden-Baden.

When in 2006 the translation of the book: Rosen Method Bodywork (by M.Rosen/S. Brenner) was published, Rosen Method experienced a boost in Germany. Many people read this book and arrived from all over.

We had begun with two intensives a year, then started to offer three, later four and now even five six-day intensives. From that time on, I couldn’t handle the administrative work by myself anymore. I also felt that the responsibility was growing and becoming a big challenge. We are now a leading team of four people, supporting each other, discussing student affairs and accomplishing admin work.

I asked Maud Guettler to be trained as a teacher. She was a Rosen practitioner, certified by the French speaking school in Switzerland. She happily agreed and now co-teaches Rosen Method as a senior teacher, mainly in Germany and Switzerland. Recently Maud became a member of the executive team of the Rosen Institute.

Senior teacher Lotti Vialle, although living in France and Switzerland, found her way to the German Rosen School in order to experience and learn Rosen Method in her mother tongue. She stayed, not only because of friendships but also due to her enthusiasm for Rosen Movement.

Left to right: Maud Guettler and Lotti Vialle-Maibach; the leading team; Christel Maisel


Maud, Lotti, Christel and I are the members of the leading team.

Since the very first classes, Jane Malek has been coming every year to teach Bodywork and Movement. She established the Rosen Movement training, teaching Movement intensives twice a year. Meanwhile Lotti, senior Movement –teacher, teaches Movement intensives as well.

For many years Bill Samsel has been coming to teach in Germany. His very first intensive was an (only) men-intensive in 2002. We are very grateful that Bill keeps coming, despite of long travelling hours. On one occasion, lunch break was just over, he succumbed to his jetlag, and we found him sleeping at the dinner table in his apartment. After waking up he was ready to go and teach!

Alan Fogel and his wife Jacqueline (Movement teacher), from the US, have belonged to our teaching team for a few years now. Their special way of conveying Rosen Method brought a deep understanding of the neurological sources of embodied self-awareness.

Left to right: Jane Malek; Bill Samsel; Juliane & Alan Fogel


Eva Rask from Sweden has been teaching emotional anatomy for about 10 years at our school. One important side effect of her teaching: She initiates a lot of laughter in the class room!

Likewise from Sweden comes our loyal assistant Wolfgang Schulze. His aim is to support students on their way through the training. His devotion to Rosen Method has created a longstanding friendship with the school.

Left to right: Wolfgang Schulze; Eva Rask; Seminar Haus Waldmatt


All people named in this chronicle have supported and have helped the growth of the school. That fills us with gratitude. Special thanks to the students who come with their questions, critique, enthusiasm and their zest for learning.

When the first Rosen Method international Congress was planned Marion’s roots came into focus. In 2004 the German Center was asked to plan, organize and arrange this coming together of the Rosen people around the world. The location was a hotel up in the Black forest hills. Marion was in the middle of us, enjoying herself while she listened to songs of the twenties. Moving her feet, singing along to our Rosen choir.

It was a four day long, happy and closely being together of our worldwide Rosen community.

Juliane Knoop

Remembering Monica Bolling, Senior Teacher and Founder of the French Center

We are saddened to share that Monica Bolling, founder of Methode Rosen – Centre de Paris, the French Rosen Method center, passed away on the evening of March 25th, 2017. 

Monica was a passionate believer in the importance of Rosen Method and working through touch.  With great endurance and selfless giving, she succeeded in bringing life to the French center. 

Speaking of Rosen Method, Monica said “It’s hard to talk about this Method without reducing it.  It’s not massage, it’s not a science, nothing like psychotherapy either.  It’s all at the same time.  It is an art that can be practiced only with immense respect.”

We offer our sincere condolences to her family, friends, colleagues, students and all those who have had the great opportunity to learn from and share with her.  

Monica Bolling, la fondatrice de l’école française de la Méthode Rosen nous a quitté paisiblement dans la soirée de samedi 25 mars.

Elle était convaincue de l’importance de ce travail par le toucher.
Avec beaucoup d’effort et don de soi, elle a réussi à mettre l’école française en place.

En parlant de méthode Rosen elle disait :

“Il est très difficile de parler de cette méthode sans la réduire. Ce n’est pas un massage, ce n’est pas une science, rien non plus qui puisse être comparé à une psychothérapie… c’est tout à la fois. Impossible de l’enfermer dans des mots. La méthode Rosen est quelque chose de très subtile, mais de profondément efficace. C’est un art, qui ne peut s’exercer que dans un total respect.”

Global Congress 2017: Keynote Speakers Announced

The keynote speakers for the 7th Leaders Meeting and Global Congress (Nov 1-5th, 2017 in Tallinn, Estonia) have been announced.  The organizing team is very excited to have both these wonderful researchers come and share their insights.

These are just two of the amazing presentations that will be held during the Congress.  The program will be full of great workshops and presenters sharing diverse and relevant knowledge.

Have a closer at the expanded bios of Kerstin Uvnäs Moberg & Anssi Leikola.  To learn more about the Global Congress and to register for the event visit our website here.

If you know you will be attending the Congress please be sure to register sooner rather than later to reserve your spot.  This will allow the organizing to make the necessary plans based on numbers.

See you in Tallinn!




Looking Back: The First Year at the Rosen Method Swiss Center

The new Rosen Method Swiss Center shared a great update on their first year in operation.  Congratulations to the Swiss Center and their students on such a successful beginning!

Rosen Method Mentorship Program Goes International

The Rosen Institute spoke with Betty Ross, RI Board Member and coordinator of the Rosen Method Mentorship program in October of 2015. Since then the program has grown and Betty has been matching mentors and mentees across the US.

She is now looking to expand the program and is hoping to begin matching more people in Europe and beyond. The program took its first steps in January of 2011. Its primary purpose was to support new practitioners and movement teachers.   Mentors would assist new graduates with a variety of needs: talking about a client, how to expand their practices, how to improve their movement classes, and/or how one’s personal life could affect their professional career.

Since then, the program has evolved to encompass not only new practitioners and movement teachers but also anyone looking for support and encouragement. A very experienced practitioner or movement teacher can support a practitioner or movement teacher of many years if that is what is needed. Matching mentors and mentees is based on needs; oftentimes it is helpful to pair people who have not met before, attended different schools or even reside in different countries. Pairs are encouraged to not only connect by phone but by Skype, FaceTime or Zoom. If more face-to-face time is helpful then a mentor who resides in the same area may be best.

The program has steadily grown since 2011 and it is hoped that in 2017, 50 participants will reap the benefits of ongoing support and meaningful one-to-one support. Below are some of the wonderful experiences participating in the program has given Rosen Method professionals. Betty is excited to take the program international.

To learn more about the Mentorship program, please contact Betty Ross:               or 914-582-1118.


Below are a couple testimonials from mentors and mentees who have participated in the program.

“As a Bodywork Senior Teacher, I have mentored many students, interns, and practitioners. Participating as a mentor in the Rosen Mentorship Program, however, has been a different type of experience. The scope of my conversations with my mentee goes beyond teaching to encompass broader life issues and shared interests. Because this relationship is not constrained by training requirements, the two of us are freer to define the terms of how and when we connect to provide benefits for both. I highly recommend participation in this program, for both mentors and mentees.

I have been paired with the same Rosen Practitioner for several years. She and I talk once a month and with the benefit of time, intentional focus, her willingness to include all of her life experiences in our talks, we both feel engaged in a relationship unfolding into more freedom and clarity. As a mentor, I feel the excitement of being allowed into a personal process and encouraged to be creative in partnership. We talk about her clients, her outreach, her larger connections to Rosen Method through her community and her school / training experiences — all rich material. I like how slow we can be — even and particularly because we are on the phone — to get to the emotional heart of these issues. Being part of this program has increased my sense of belonging and contributing to the creation of a community of Rosen Method practitioners.”

“As always I find the program to be wonderful and so enjoy discussing thoughts and ideas that arise as I deepened my Rosen bodywork. I had a few life challenges that arose to assist me in my personal growth the past few months and my mentor was a beautiful open vessel with whom I felt safe enough to share what I was going through. While she was not physically available to give me a bodywork session as we live in different states I felt as though I received a session through her listening and holding a safe place for me to release what I needed to release.

What a wonderful gift! I always look forward to our talks and sharing what each of us has learned through different classes or workshops we have attended. My expectations have been met and more. Dialoguing over an extended period of time has allowed us to take the conversation deeper. We have touched deep feelings and experiences for each of us. Also the time allows the range of the conversation of Rosen Method to broaden beyond discussing only client/practitioner relationship.”