Embodied Change

Introduction to Embodied Learning
Free tutorial
Rating: 4.3 out of 5 (88 ratings)
3,956 students
2hr 30min of on-demand video

Foundations and benefits of embodied learning
Creating a safe and supportive learning space
Main principles of facilitating body-based and movement-based learning processes
Practical methods for embodied educational work
Tools and tips for improving your facilitation skills and presence


  • Basic understanding of experiential learning
  • Conversational English


Are you working with young people or in the field of education? Looking for ideas and inspiration on how to bring in more movement, playfulness and impact into your educational work? This online course is for you!

We will introduce you to the main elements and principles of embodied learning – a contemporary pedagogical theory of learning, which emphasizes the use of the body in educational practice. In the embodied learning process, one's body becomes a laboratory through which one learns – through movement, touch, drawing, journal writing, reflection and other activities.

Embodied learning is a powerful tool to develop young people's social and emotional skills, sense of initiative and entrepreneurial mindsets and also to build more peaceful, connected and responsible communities. Moreover, the education that connects us with our bodies, gives us power – the ability to trust ourselves, navigate through difficult situations and changes, to know how to learn and bring to life our learning. 

The course has been prepared by an international team of trainers, who will share their experiences and the best practices of delivering body awareness, learning and movement based on non-formal learning programs, for both young people and adults.

The learning content is structured in four modules:

  • Introduction to the concepts and principles of embodied learning.

  • Embodied learning methods that help to develop social and civic skills, entrepreneurship and initiative.

  • Tools and tips to improve facilitation skills and boost professional achievements.

  • Insight into the future, where instructors will explore the newest developments that combine embodied learning and technologies, for the sake of learning.

The course includes brief inputs from instructors, links to useful resources and methods that can be adapted for your work, and practical assignments. As you will discover, there are no right or wrong answers to the assignments - their purpose is to deepen an understanding of the topic, to encourage reflection and to develop and share ideas with other learners that will prove useful in your work.

Upon successful completion of the course, you can receive a Youthpass certificate, which is a recognition instrument for projects supported by Erasmus+ program. The Youthpass Certificate is recognized and respected internationally and can be helpful when looking for job opportunities, especially in youth, non-formal education and the non-governmental sector. Please, note that in order to request Youthpass, all the assignments must be completed.

The project Embodied Change is financed with the support of European Commission's Erasmus+: Youth in Action, administered in Latvia by the Agency for International Programs for Youth. The European Commission's support for the production of this publication does not constitute an endorsement of the contents, which reflect the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

Who this course is for:

  • Experiential learning facilitators
  • Youth workers
  • Teachers


Experiential learning facilitator
Inese Priedīte
  • 4.3 Instructor Rating
  • 88 Reviews
  • 3,956 Students
  • 1 Course

Inese has been working as a trainer and coordinator of educational programs since 2007. She has master degree in communication and media studies, and her educational approach has been developed through explorations and experiments while living in Latvia, Macedonia, Estonia and France and learning and working with organisations from different parts of the world. As trainer Inese focuses on creative learning approaches and methods and at the moment she is researching how to design learning spaces and process to support wellness of learners and their communities better.

Movement educator, bodyworker and body-based facilitator
Ilze Jece
  • 4.3 Instructor Rating
  • 88 Reviews
  • 3,956 Students
  • 1 Course

Over the past decade, Ilze has been bringing a holistic approach to the well-being of people all across the world, in international and national organizations, yoga and wellness studios, as well as hospitals, women prisons, and youth camps. Ilze is motivated to empower individuals and communities to put their well-being, and the well-being of the planet, as a priority.

Ilze is a proud graduate of the Vancouver School of Bodywork and Massage, the Integration Institute of London, the Sunshine Massage School of Thailand, and many more movement and bodywork courses led by amazing body-workers and humble teachers.

As a law graduate, she is passionate about social justice, and thus, since 2004, Ilze has been working as a facilitator for various organizations which tackle global topics, as well as fostering personal leadership and engagements like the British Council, United Nations Environment Program, Louis August Jonas Foundation, Europe-Asia Foundation, International Young Naturefriends, Federation of Young European Greens, Cooperation and Development Network Eastern Europe, Youth and Environment Europe and many others.

Ilze’s dedication to education lies in bringing the restorative potential of touch and movement within a social change community. Thus, in the past years, she has worked extensively on concepts of embodiment for leadership, creativity and peacebuilding, such as the "Women for the Planet" (2012), “Creative Bodies” (2013), “Embodied Leadership” (2015), “Embodied Peace-building” (2016) and “Your body is your statement” (2016).

Now, after so many years out in the world, Ilze has moved back to her hometown in Latvia, but still travels internationally and delivers individual and group sessions and workshops on practices like partner yoga, Thai massage, functional and mindful movement, and bodywork, and social change.

Creative education trainer
Anne Merlin
  • 4.3 Instructor Rating
  • 88 Reviews
  • 3,956 Students
  • 1 Course

Anne is a creative explorer. She works as a non formal education trainer since 2008. Born in France, Anne studied art and interaction design there. She lived in Greece, Brazil, Seychelles, Portugal and many more countries, where she collected myriads of creative tools & methods to share, using movement, art and stories to foster creative learning & social action.

Antonio Cargnello
  • 4.3 Instructor Rating
  • 88 Reviews
  • 3,956 Students
  • 1 Course

Antonio is an appassionate trainer who loves to craft experiences for self development, group awareness, creative expression and pursuit of a wise and joyful freedom. He regularly facilitates workshops, for teenagers, students, youth workers and adults, using and mixing his expertise and experiences from theatrical improvisation, contemporary dance, martial arts and contact improvisation.

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