Ken Gilbert . . . About me:

Ken Gilbert, MA, is a Theater Artist and Somatic Educator. He is a physical-based actor/director in the theater; directing and performing with DramaDogs, a Theater Company ( with his wife, E. Bonnie Lewis, in Santa Barbara, California. Ken is one of the First Generation Nia Trainers in White and Green Belts (currently apprenticing in Blue Belt); a visual/kinesthetic learner who has adopted auditory styles of learning. He taught group fitness and practiced as a Personal Trainer for 20 years at Santa Barbara Athletic Club. Since 2007, he teaches “Integrating Pilates” and Nia Classes; practicing Nia’s “Sensation Science” at local studios.

Ken initiated his somatic journey into self-awareness, realization and actualization in 1983 when he began re-birthing. Wanting to sense more depth into his psyche and physical integration of body•mind•emotion•spirit he began Reichian Therapy in 1986, truly beginning his inner journey of “self” as an artist in the world. Later on, he trained in Hakomi, body-centered psychotherapy; not to be a therapist, rather to be more lovingly present when teaching group classes and facilitating private and semi-private training sessions.

Recovering from a divorce, in 1987, Ken decided to take responsibility for his health, well-being and fitness. Receiving a professionally traded membership at Santa Barbara Athletic Club he began finding wonder and satisfaction in group fitness classes as well as the weight room. During his 20 years at SBAC he taught High/Low Impact, Interval Training, Step, Slide, Spinning and Resistance Classes. For 5 years he worked with the Aerobic and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) as a Certification Specialist – training and testing Aerobic Instructions at the level of Primary Certification. He also worked with clients one-on-one using the Personal Training principles of the National Academy of Sports Medicine.

Ken’s work in somatic precision was initiated in 1994 when he began training in Pilates; he became a Pilates Teacher in 1996 when he met Ron Fletcher, with whom he studied for 10 years finding the depth, dimensionality, and expressivity of detail in spinal mechanics “for the body|the mind|the breath|the spirit.” From Ron he learned how to live in the spirit of moving in the details of each breath. Currently teaching “Integrating Pilates” based on the fundamentals inherent of the work of Joseph H. Pilates, The Ron Fletcher Work™, and Nia®.

Expressivity has always been a part of Ken’s life journey. In 1997, Ken began his study and work with Debbie Rosas and Carlos AyaRosas, co-creators of Nia® ( In Nia, Ken found a program and fusion of transformational health and fitness, well-being and life-style. He became a Nia Black Belt in 2003 and in 2005 one of the Nia Training Faculty (, internaionally facilitating Workshops, Master Classes, and Nia White and Green Belt Trainings; training in New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and North America including Canada.

His theatrical artistry is demonstrated within DramaDogs, a multidisciplinary theater production and education company, where as co-artistic director he produces, directs and performs. Somatically based from inception to performance, DramaDogs creates challenging and entertaining theatrical productions and provides enriching workshops and theater arts programs. His creative work gives voice to the unconventional and offbeat; providing audiences and students with the opportunity to experience a greater compassion and understanding of ourselves and others.

Currently living in Santa Barbara, Ken owns EmBODYment, Somatic Education in Movement and Creative Integration ( and “Awakening into AwarenessJourney into Body•Mind•Emotion•Spirit.” Ken teaches in Santa Barbara at CenterPoint Pilates and Yoga Soup as well as other locations in the United States and Internationally. Ken’s philosophy is based on the belief that we are here to Awaken into the Awareness of sensation; to become more connected to our physical|mental|emotional|spirit realms through the physical body. Ken helps people awaken into the awareness of their body through the joy and pleasure of movement.




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  2. Hi Ken,

    I was revisiting Rina’s website and came across the link to your blog. What an A MA Z I N G story about your journey. I can see how your work would resonate so strongly with Rina’s and sure hope our paths cross a little more in the future. Keep on keepin’ on. Your story entered my life at just the right time & for this I thank you.

  3. Dear Ken

    I love your Blog, thank you for the link.

    Thank you for touching my life in the way that you did while being here in Africa, teaching the Nia white belt intensive.

    My life will never be the same again… for now I am awakening to my body, mind, emotion & spirit – coming to self.

    I am starting my journey of teaching; as from 15 June at the Virgin Active Gym in Paarl. I will also give class to my local community in the Riebeeck Valley. I taught my first 3 songs of Routine Sanjana on the 28th of May in Kathy’s class in Obz, it was a great experience & I trust that my life will inspire those who dance with me as much as you have inspired me.

    Have a wonderful day with lotsa blessings


  4. Darlene Hansen · · Reply

    Dear Ken,

    Your blog writing for me gives another layer of a way to learn from you. After our session today, the relationship of body, mind, emotions, movement enables me to access a deeper healing and pushing beyond my comfort zone. Dancing into communication via your blog is a new movement for you and will gain momentum in gathering a tribe of people who are growing in this body/mind/emotion connection. I feel clear and peaceful after my morning of taking time for my own personal meditation/prayer time, jumping and flying through my fear with tears and then coming home to your words which instruct me further in my process of moving into this day with clarity and strength. Thank you, Ken, for your genuine care for my process and your creative wisdom to guide me into a place of inner strengthening.

  5. Benedicte Bergman · · Reply

    Hi Ken
    Thanx for the link to your Blog. Really happy to see that life is treating you well and that you are walking your passion!! My life has been really hectic since the White Belt but I am not stressed about it and am trusting the prosses of “The Moment”. Hope to see you back in Africa again and until then,take good care of yourself and keep on dancing!!!
    Benedicte (Cape Town)

    1. Benedicte . . . thank you for your comments!

      _/|\_ Ken Gilbert Nia Education Trainer Nia Black Belt Santa Barbara, CA 805.452.7164 (cell) 805.687.6814 (fax) “Changing the Way We Move in the World” EmBODYment @ Yoga Soup & CenterPoint Pilates

  6. Joann Rothman · · Reply

    You ARE a brave soul–jumping into that unknown again, huh?

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