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Olivia Corson, originator of Body Tales®, is a spirited and inspiring somatic educator, and long-time San Francisco Bay Area movement theater artist and teacher. She is an adjunct faculty member at John F. Kennedy University, Artistic Director of Third Stone Productions, the non-profit aspect of Body Tales, and serves on the board of the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association. Her academic background includes an M.A. in Culture and Spirituality, with focus on Expressive Arts, and a B.F.A. in Dance Performance. Olivia has taught and performed extensively in the Bay Area and beyond for over 30 years, powerfully infusing the Body Tales practice with her passion for the Earth, and for the movement and stories that renew and sustain us.

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"This work opens up the body and the emotions. It softens the hard places. Olivia creates a space where people are free to express themselves — in solitude and with others. It has made me comfortable with not knowing what's going to happen next — a valuable life skill."
— Tom Hardy, corporate consultant & actor


Lysa Castro has been teaching Body Tales and Authentic Movement for over a decade. She is a former faculty member of the Authentic Movement Institute, has completed the Hakomi Comprehensive Training, and has offered workshops and guest presentations at many Northern California universities and retreat centers. Lysa brings her finely tuned ability to create warmth, safety and sacredness into her Body Tales and Authentic Movement groups and individual sessions in Berkeley and Sebastopol, California.

Olivia and Lysa have worked together since 1997; co-running Body Tales and supporting all aspects of holding and growing this work. They have taught and performed together extensively. They devotedly maintain extraordinarily safe and creative spaces for groups and individuals to experience this profound healing practice. Together, Olivia and Lysa have developed and offer a comprehensive range of Body Tales classes, workshops, retreats, performances, teacher trainings and teacher certification.

"Olivia and Lysa graciously create a space that moves me through the greatest challenge: trusting my Self from the inside out."
— Lisa Kully, MFT

Certified Body Tales Teachers
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