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Wellness at Westbeth: Mind/Body/Spirit Equilibrium on the Urban Front Lines
Mindfulness and Movement Workshop

Photo: Keetch Miller

How do we survive the sensory onslaught of navigating daily life in New York City, acquire the necessary self-care resources to maintain mindfulness, and find space to reap the bounty of the city’s artistic and cultural resources? Participants joined licensed creative arts and dance movement therapists Johanna Climenko and Corinna Hiller Brown in a secret-treasure studio space at the western edge of Manhattan for a sunset collaborative-movement workshop to foster mind, body, and spirit equilibrium. This event offered an introduction to dance movement therapy, Laban movement analysis, and Reichian mind-body character analytic therapy as we explored how to balance urban overstimulation and fully inhabit the city and ourselves.


Johanna Climenko, LCSW-R, LCAT, BC-DMT, is a pioneering Dance/Movement Therapist, Laban Movement Analyst,  Certified Reichian Character Analytic Mind/Body Psychotherapist, and Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has worked with populations from infants—geriatrics, taught and consulted, in and out of academic settings in the U.S. and the Netherlands. She is currently the Director of Center for Reichian Energetic Therapy, which employs the combined modality of DMT, LMA, and RT that she created, and works with individuals, couples, groups, systems analysis, and professional training.

Corinna Brown, LCAT, BC-DMT, is a Dance/Movement Therapist, Certified Reichian Character Analytic Mind/Body Psychotherapist and the Co-director of the Center for Reichian Energetic Therapy. She has 26 years of group experience (16 years with addiction at Bellevue Hospital), teaches at Pratt Institute’s Graduate Creative Arts Therapy Program, and is in private practice. She works with individuals, groups, and couples in Brooklyn & Manhattan.

This event was part of u feel ok?: Health & NYC, Van Alen’s fall program festival from November 11-13 exploring: How does the shape of the city impact our health? What is the physical imprint of healthcare in a city as dense as New York? How can designers and everyday citizens create spaces for everyone to thrive? We prescribed the urgent topic of health to design and other arenas like transportation, land value, and race, through four days of back-to-back debates, tours, and provocations across New York City.