Tamalpa - L2 Training

Level 2 Training: Embodied Leadership


The Level 2 Training Program focuses on advanced personal practice and the development of professional applications of the Tamalpa Life/Art Process®. This assists participants in career options for several fields of practice, including expressive arts therapy, somatics, education, consulting, community service, health care, and the arts.

The overall educational goal of Level 2 is to develop embodied leadership and learn the skills to teach and facilitate the Tamalpa Life/Art Process at a professional level.

The training is designed to help students deepen their theoretical, experiential and practical understanding of the Tamalpa Life/Art Process. Students develop the necessary skills to coach individuals, facilitate groups, and apply the principles of embodied awareness into such fields as expressive arts therapy, somatics, education, consulting, health care, the arts, and social change.

Level 2 students are encouraged to further develop their own gifts, style, and special interests in order to take the work back to their communities. Students are also encouraged to serve under-privileged communities through the cultivation of greater social awareness and with the support of Tamalpa ArtCorps, our social engagement program.

The Level 2 Training is offered in two different formats for Level 1 graduates from Tamalpa’s European Branches.


This training begins with a rich and stimulating 3-week summer intensive at the Halprins’ Mountain Home Studio in Kentfield, California. Mountain Home is the historic indoor-outdoor studio of Anna Halprin, and is the original site where the Tamalpa work began. Hidden away in the residential neighborhood of Kent Woodlands, the studio and outdoor deck are surrounded by redwood trees, views of the mountain, surrounding hills, and the San Francisco Bay in the distance.

The summer session begins in July and is taught by Tamalpa California’s faculty, co-founder Daria Halprin with Ken Otter, Rosario Sammartino, Joy Cosculluela, and a special visit by honorary guest, Anna Halprin.

The Level 2 training continues in Europe with a series of 3-day weekends and two 5-day intensives from October through June. An online learning component provides continuity throughout the training. Faculty is comprised of the European Tamalpa Branch directors and advanced Tamalpa Practitioners. For more information on the European Format please email the Tamalpa office. To submit an online application form go here.


This 3-month training takes place every year from February – May at the Halprins’ Mountain Home Studio in Kentfield, California. Classes meet 4-5 days a week, Monday through Friday 10am – 5:30pm. Each Immersion period also includes two weeklong breaks. See the current schedule here. Visit the admissions page of the Tamalpa website for application information for the Immersion Format or email the Tamalpa office.


 Successful completion of the Level 2 training prepares you for Level 3: Fieldwork Supervision – the final step in our training leading to certification as a Tamalpa Practitioner and as a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist/Educator with the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association (ISMETA). Our trainings also lead to professional registrations through the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association (IEATA).

If you are interested in pursuing an advanced degree in conjunction with your certification in the Tamalpa Life/Art Process, our collaboration with the European Graduate School provides a pathway for you to apply your Tamalpa training toward an MA or PhD.

For more information please email the Tamalpa Institute office or call us at +1-415-457-8555.