Mission Statement: The Continuum Advisory Council is a supporting body; we rely on our experience in Continuum, along with the directives Emilie Conrad gave us, to advise Emilie Conrad D’aoud Inc. The advisory council members use consensual decision making to advise Emilie Conrad D’aoud Inc. The advisory council does not set policy or legislate action. As stewards of the work, we help guide the unfolding development of Continuum. We are committed to the on-going presence of Continuum in the world.

Advisory Council Members

Caryn Heilman is an Authorized Continuum Movement teacher®. She has an MFA in Dance from the University of California, Irvine where her graduate fellowship study focused on a somatic fluid system approach to choreography and improvisational dance performance and training supported by organic interactive media. Caryn is the Artistic Director of LiquidBody media, movement, and dance and of Topia Arts Center, a green arts and education center in the Berkshires. She was a member of The Paul Taylor Dance Company for 10 years performing in over 50 countries and collaborated on over ten new works. She is currently Vice President of ISMETA, a Continuum Teacher Association member, and has served on the Professional Advisory Committee of the Dance Notation Bureau and of the Somatic Movement Arts Festival. She teaches in-person and virtual classes/workshops worldwide.

Gary David has led numerous lives: professional musician, teacher of applied epistemology or Epistemics: the Science-Art of Innovating (Ph.D.) since 1966, and steward of The Art of Learning, a monthly online forum. A student and guide in the biology of emotion and the Affect-Script Psychology of Silvan Tomkins. Met Emilie Conrad in 1966. Emilie and Gary married in 1975 and were together for over 20 years. He participated in Continuum for 15 years as musician, consultant, and student, and is currently a member of the advisory board of Continuum Movement. Learning and living with Emilie and her community was a turning point in his development.

Jamie McHugh, RSMT is a teacher, performer, and visual artist living on the Mendocino Coast.  Jamie has been teaching body-based work worldwide for the past 40 years and is the creator of Somatic Expression, a somatic-expressive approach to rewilding the body. Jamie first encountered Emilie Conrad and Continuum in 1994 at Esalen, which was the beginning of a life-changing, delightful 20 year mentorship and friendship.  www.somaticexpression.com  www.naturebeingart.org 

Teri Carter RSMET, CMT, CC is a movement artist, educator, and therapist with a BFA and Masters in Dance. She shares over 35 years of experience in mindful body approaches internationally through workshops, performances, online webinars, and private sessions to assist individuals in cultivating their innate potential. Teri is an Authorized Teacher and current Director of Continuum Movement®, and she had the honor of performing with Emilie Conrad in the Continuum Movement Theatre Ensemble. She is a Registered Somatic Movement Educator and Past President of ISMETA, a Body-Mind Centering® Practitioner, Vice President of Not Man Apart Physical Theatre, and an editorial board member of the Journal for Dance and Somatic Practices. Based in Los Angeles, Teri founded  SOMAfestSomatic SummitSomatic Movement Arts professional training, and Somatic Equine Arts.

Thomas C Goelz has a BA from Stanford University (1978). He is owner and Chairman of Flotech Inc.  He started studying Tai Chi in 1978, was asked to teach Tai Chi at UNF in 1990. He has continued to teach Tai Chi with his wife Donnalea at their integrative health center, Cobalt Moon, in Neptune Beach, Florida.



Advisory Council Consultant

Donnalea Van Vleet Goelz, PhD, is executive director of Continuum Movement®, founded by Emilie Conrad-Da’oud, and also Chair of the ECD Initiative for research in the somatic movement arts. She is the founder and owner of Cobalt Moon Center, a center for integrative health in Neptune Beach, Florida, and a Tai Chi Instructor (1990). She is on the faculty of Esalen Institute, Hollyhock Educational Institute and teaches workshops nationally and internationally in Continuum, Tai Chi, and healing arts. She has a PhD in Somatic Clinical Psychology. Currently, she is working to develop a research and education institute with Dr. Stephen Porges and Dr. Sue Carter that will examine the biology and possible interventions of trauma. She also has a research project underway at the University of North Florida on stress and military veterans which will utilize Tai Chi as one of its main interventions.