Learning opportunity

“Embodied practices educate the brain/body-mind, and can untangle self from the historical strata of culture.”  Lee Saunders

Resonance is delighted to co-present a week of workshops – Dance of Neuroplasticity; Developmental Movement, and Reflexes with esteemed somatic movement therapist, educator, and dance artist Lee Saunders. This learning opportunity is in collaboration with Louise Moyes-Docudance.

Lee Saunders– somatic movement therapist, educator, and dance artist – is a Naturopathic Doctor and ISMETA- Registered Somatic Movement Educator and Therapist. Her deep knowledge of neuromuscular re-education, and neuro-developmental movement, comes from professional study, decades of practice and teaching of practitioners, research, writing, and lifelong experience with neurodevelopmental injury.

Introductory workshop:

Dance of Neuroplasticity; Developmental Movement, and Reflexes Sunday, February 16, 1:00-4:00 (3 hours)

Lee Saunders workshop, St. John's, 2017.

Suitable for curious professionals in education, somatics, counselling therapy, nursing, OT, yoga, dance, and more.

Through movement, support of developmental patterns, and reflexes, this workshop will deepen participant understanding of how all movement can be an entryway to greater brain health, mobility, and function. 

$90 + GST for professional healthcare practitioners

$50 +GST for laypeople

Please email connect@loriclarke.com for registration, which is limited to a small number of participants.


Lee Saunders is a natural teacher who works with children, infants, parents, caregivers, and who teaches her work to professionals in several disciplines. Lee’s work, grounded in evidence-informed research, connects our understandings of anatomy and neurophysiology with clinical applications for children and adults, including those with healthy living issues such as autism, digestive syndromes, paraplegia, and a range of neuro-motor challenges.

I have actively participated in work with Lee using many movement techniques:  pilates, yoga, movement work with ropes, balls, floor mats, blankets, styrofoam tubes on the floor & in the swimming pool, dance & nature walks. This work strengthens the core, postures & balance, & reduces fear & anxiety.

Led by Lee, I have improved my own strength and mindfulness practice over the last 2 years.

Deb Merchant MN, COHNC

Advanced Professional Training

During this five-day workshop, participants will deepen skills of assessing, and working with neurodevelopmental patterning within their professional scope of practice, through supportive movement, play, and touch-based interventions. (prerequisites apply)

February 17-21, 9:00-12 (15 hours) $500. + GST (Registration closed)

Lab/Playgroup for professionals, caregivers, and children on the autism spectrum.

During this five-afternoon workshop, participants will learn skillful and playful means to support families/students/children on the autism spectrum in thriving. February 17-21, (20 hours) $720. + GST (Registration closed)


Lee worked with my son Charlie (diagnosed with pervasive developmental disorder, autistic tendencies) and myself. I found the sessions to be the most remarkable of any therapeutic work I have witnessed with Charlie. There was immediate rapport between Charlie and Lee, an innate, apparent communication with and without spoken word. Lee found roads into Charlie’s world using even his own sound responses.

The visible result of Lee’s body-grounding and centering work with Charlie was of a child completely connected with his surroundings, relaxed, and willfully participating in the human relations present.

I would strongly urge parents with special needs children to investigate Lee’s work. It reaches children’s inner most essential need – acceptance, connection and communication with the surrounding world.

Cynthia Bartlett, Mother of Charlie Bartlett-Robertson.

London England


Lee Saunders (bio)

Lee grew up working on the family farm with animals, tractors, tools, tasks and responsibilities, under the honesty of weather and guidance of her elders. Lee’s training in technique and improvisation as a dance and voice artist became the foundation for adapting and transforming anatomical, physiological and neurological knowledge into embodied, experiential movement and sound practices that meet the goals and needs of the people she works with, in a playful and authentic approach.

Lee Saunders as guest performer, "Long's Hill Walk" dir. Louise Moyes, 2019.

With more than 40 years as an award winning dancer, visual artist & published author, Lee embodies an ironic sense of humour and unrelenting grinding commitment to spread the word – embodied practices educate the brain/body-mind, and can untangle self from the historical strata of culture.

As a survivor of a catastrophic head injury she is a living example of the healing power of movement and dance to enhance neuroplasticity that she affectionately identifies as movement culture. She is an advocate for movement culture as it is presently or absently reflected in all aspects of self, society, food, medicine, politics, economics and environmental concerns. She has an ironic sense of humour, best travels with a companion, and is perceptually challenged by the visual tactile deficiencies of computers & e-transfers.

Lee has a private practice in Moncton and Intervale, NB. Her clients range in age from newborns to seniors, at all levels of movement ability. In collaboration with her husband, Ruell Sloan, she designed programs for the Dragonfly Centre for Autism in St Andrew’s, New Brunswick, Canada where she was clinical lead for five years. Here, Lee was able to integrate a lifetime of research into a holistic, neuroscience-based experiential program for children and staff. Meeting the child where they are (rather than where we think they should be) Lee’s approach is a humanistic approach using movement and touch-based interventions and play with primitive reflexes and developmental movement.  Both education and therapy, this approach is integrated through all forms of play and daily life activities. Lee works with stroke survivors, children and adults with learning disabilities, trauma survivors, and more. In addition to her NB practice she has worked as an invited neuro-developmental movement specialist at the Centre Ostéopathie Louisa Burns, in Rigaud, QC; and for Circus Stella, Moncton, NB.