Ken Gilbert

Ken Gilbert

Nia Teacher Trainer
Santa Barbara, CA, United States

Ken Gilbert, MA, is a Theater Artist and Somatic Educator. Through his teachings of body-centered movement and creative integration he inspires, motivates and educates people in becoming more sentient and feeling as human beings living into the embodiment of thoughts, feelings and actions through the physical body. Ken is committed to developing and teaching personal empowerment through movement practices that stimulate body/mind integration, emotional agility and spiritual awakening into Creative Integration of Self-Expression. Ken’s approach to Pilates – “Integrating Pilates” – is based in The Ron Fletcher Work™; he is a First Generation Nia Trainer teaching Nia Classes and Workshops and training Nia White, Green and Blue Belts domestically and internationally.

In 1983 Ken initiated his somatic journey into self-awareness, self-realization and self-actualization when he began re-birthing. Wanting to sense more depth into his psyche and physical integration of body•mind•emotion•spirit he began Reichian Therapy in 1986, truly beginning his inner journey of “self” as an artist in the world. Two years later, he trained in Hakomi, body-centered psychotherapy; not to be a therapist, rather to be more lovingly present when he later began teaching group classes and facilitating private and semi-private training sessions.

Ken’s work in somatic and movement precision was initiated in 1994 when he began training in Pilates; studying with teachers Ellen Croft, Cathie Murakami, Pat Guyton, Ron Fletcher and Kathy Corey. He became a Pilates Teacher in 1996 when he met Ron Fletcher, with whom he studied for 10 years finding the depth, dimensionality, and expressivity of detail in spinal mechanics “for the body•the mind•the breath•the spirit.” From Ron he learned how to live in the spirit of moving in the details of each breath. Currently Ken teaches his evolution application of the traditional work “Integrating Pilates” based on the fundamentals inherent of the work of Joseph H. Pilates, The Ron Fletcher Work™, and Nia®.

In 1997, Ken began his study and work with Debbie Rosas and Carlos AyaRosas, co-creators of Nia®. In Nia Ken found a program and fusion of transformational health and fitness, well-being and life-style. He is a visual/kinesthetic learner who has adopted auditory styles of learning; practicing Nia’s “Sensation Science”. He became a Nia Black Belt in 2003 and in 2005 one of the First Generation Nia Trainers facilitating Workshops, Master Classes, and Nia White Belt, Green Belt and Blue Belt Trainings; training in New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and North America including Canada.

Expressivity has always been a part of Ken’s life journey particularly when he discovered his home in the theater at Sacramento State College (Fall 1971) and later at the University of California, Davis (1972 – 1979 with completion of his MA in 1983). He is a body-centered actor/director in the theater; directing and performing with DramaDogs, a Theater Company (www.dramadogs.org) with his wife, E. Bonnie Lewis. Currently, his theatrical artistry is evolving within DramaDogs, a theater production and education company, where as co-artistic director he produces, directs and performs. Body-centered from inception to performance, DramaDogs creates challenging and entertaining theatrical productions and provides enriching workshops and theater arts programs. His creative work gives voice to the unconventional and offbeat; providing audiences and students with the opportunity to experience a greater compassion and understanding of ourselves and others.

Living in Santa Barbara, Ken owns EmBODYment, Somatic Education in Body-Centered Movement and Creative Integration (www.embodyment.com). Ken teaches in Santa Barbara at CenterPoint Pilates and Yoga Soup as well as other locations in the United States and Internationally. Ken’s philosophy is based on the belief that we are here to Awaken into the Awareness of sensation and feelings; to become more connected to our physical•mental•emotional•spirit realms through the physical body. Ken helps people awaken into the awareness of their body through the joy and pleasure of movement.
 

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My Locations

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Auckland University of Technology (AUT) North Shore Campus
Auckland, NZ
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Auckland University of Technology (AUT) North Shore Campus
Auckland, NZ
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Better Days Yoga
7433 Hollister Avenue, Goleta, CA, US
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CenterPoint Pilates
1 West Victoria Street, Santa Barbara, CA, US
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Core / El Centro
1611 W. National Ave., Milwaukee, WI, US
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CORE / El Centro
1611 W. National Avenue, Milwaukee, WI, US
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Core Movement Center
578 Searls Avenue, Nevada City, CA, US
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Cosmotion
2343 East Thompson Boulevard, Ventura, CA, US
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Cozmic Café Upstairs Ballroom
594 Main Street, Placerville, CA, US
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Dancing Lotus Studio
40 N. Last Chance Gulch Road, Helena , MT, US
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Eight Elements West
6830 La Jolla Boulevard, La Jolla, CA, US
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Estudio Casa del Sol
Montanita, EC
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Granada Beach
1 Granada Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90803, USA
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Hohepa Canterbury Hall
23 Barrington St., Christchurch, NZ
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Kawai Purapura Wellpark
14 Mills Lane, Auckland , AUK, NZ
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La Quinta Resort & Club
49-499 Eisenhower Drive , La Quinta, CA, US
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Lincoln Event Centre
Meijer Drive, Lincoln, Canterbury, NZ
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Lotus River Retreat
1294 Scott Road, Lotus, CA, US
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LOTUS River Retreat
1294 Scott Road, Lotus , CA, US
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National Dance & Drama Centre
11 Hutchison Road, Wellington, NZ
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Natural Fitness
Sandpoint , ID, US
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OurNiaSpace
10 Anson Street, Cape Town , WC, ZA
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REDHOUSE
3488 Warbuton Hwy, Warburton, AU
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Salt Cave Santa Barbara
740 State Street , Santa Barbara, CA, US
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San Diego Convention Center
San Diego , CA, US
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Santa Barbara, CA
Tbd, Neillsville, WI 54456, USA
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Still & Moving Center
1024 Queen St, Honolulu, HI, US
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Studio Evolve
1 Kinzett Terrace, The Wood, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
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StudioNia
918 SW Yamhill Street, Portland, OR, US
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StudioNia - Boise
TBD, Boise, ID, US
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TBD
TBD, Auckland, NZ
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Rimini, IT
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Christchurch, NZ
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Wellington, NZ
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Christchurch, NZ
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Temple Space
3464 Warburton Highway, Warburton, VIC, AU
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The Abbotsford Convent
1 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford VIC , AU
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The Dance Center
24422C Hawthorne Boulevard (Walteria Shopping Center), Torrance, CA, US
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The Dance Centre
677 Davie Street, Vancouver, BC, CA
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The Oaks at Ojai
122 East Ojai Avenue , Ojai, , CA, US
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The Reach Center Eugene
2520 Harris Street, Eugene, OR, US
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Toi Poneke Arts Centre - Dance Studio
61 - 69 Abel Smith Street, Wellington Central, Wellington, NZ
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Whitireia Performance Centre
25-27 Vivian Street, Wellington, NZ
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Yelapa Mexico
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Yelapa Mexico
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Yoga Soup
28 Parker Way, Santa Barbara, CA, US
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My Nia Classes

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Monday 11:15am - 12:15pm Yoga Soup
28 Parker Way, Santa Barbara, CA, US
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Wednesday 11:15am - 12:15pm Yoga Soup
28 Parker Way, Santa Barbara, CA, US
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Friday 11:15am - 12:15pm Yoga Soup
28 Parker Way, Santa Barbara, CA, US
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Monday 12:20pm - 1:30pm Yoga Soup
28 Parker Way, Santa Barbara, CA, US
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Wednesday 12:20pm - 1:30pm Yoga Soup
28 Parker Way, Santa Barbara, CA, US
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Friday 12:20pm - 1:30pm Yoga Soup
28 Parker Way, Santa Barbara, CA, US
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Tuesday 5:15pm - 6:15pm Yoga Soup
28 Parker Way, Santa Barbara, CA, US
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Thursday 5:15pm - 6:15pm Yoga Soup
28 Parker Way, Santa Barbara, CA, US
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My Trainings

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Nia Blue Belt Training 07/19/2014 - 4:00pm StudioNia
918 SW Yamhill , Portland, OR, US
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Nia White Belt Training 11/15/2014 - 5:00pm Estudio Casa del Sol
Montanita, EC
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Nia White Belt Training 05/11/2014 Santa Barbara, CA
Tbd, Neillsville, WI 54456, USA
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Nia White Belt Training 04/03/2015 - 5:00pm Studio Evolve
1 Kinzett Terrace, The Wood, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
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My Events

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“A Nia MOVING MEDITATION” 08/03/2014 - 8:30am The Oaks at Ojai
122 East Ojai Avenue , Ojai, , CA, US
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MOVE YOUR BODY INTO BEING 08/02/2014 - 7:15pm The Oaks at Ojai
122 East Ojai Avenue , Ojai, , CA, US
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DANCE TO THE MUSIC 08/02/2014 - 10:00am The Oaks at Ojai
122 East Ojai Avenue , Ojai, , CA, US
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DANCE YOUR BODY INTO HEALTH 08/02/2014 - 3:00pm The Oaks at Ojai
122 East Ojai Avenue , Ojai, , CA, US
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