Tamalpa - L2 Training

Level 2 Training: Embodied Leadership


The Level 2 Training Programme 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, arts and health 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, arts and health, 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 online in Europe with a series of five rich and stimulating seminars from October through May.  Seminars vary in length from 2 – 4 days. An online learning component provides continuity throughout the training. Faculty is comprised of the European Tamalpa Branch Directors and advanced Tamalpa Practitioners.

The Level 2 training concludes with an inspiring 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 Mount Tamalpais, surrounding hills, and the San Francisco Bay in the distance.

The summer session runs from 19 July – 7 August 2021 and is taught by Tamalpa California’s Co-founding Director, Daria Halprin with Senior Tamalpa Faculty Members Ken Otter, Rosario Sammartino, and Joy Cosculluela. 

For more information on the European Format email the Tamalpa office.

Read Programme overview here. To apply, fill out the online application here.

Online via Zoom:
27-29 November
29-31 January
26-28 February
20-21 March
27-28 March
In person in Europe:*
28 April – 2 May
27-30 May
25-27 June
In person in California:*
19 July – 7 August, 2021
*Locations To Be Announced. Please note that these classes will be moved online if we are not able to gather safely in person.
“I wouldn’t have imagined Tamalpa online. I had doubts. These doubts were coming from a place of not knowing. Not knowing how strong the Tamalpa container is, how powerful the work is and how engaged the Tamalpa community is. I was amazed to feel so much in my body and in my heart all along the program. I realized I didn’t need a dance studio to let the most meaningful and intimate dance arise. I didn’t need to see someone in person to be deeply touched by one’s sharing or to feel I’m seen and heard. I didn’t need to hold someone’s hand to feel I’m part of a Tamalpa circle. The magic of Tamalpa was happening. I was writing, drawing, dancing, singing, listening… all of this was true and felt experiences I’ll never forget. They have the smell of aliveness and the flavor of inner transformation.”
~ Jeanne Dobriansky
   Recent Level 2 Tamalpa Online Graduate


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.