Teacher Training



Become a more skillful, effective and satisfied teacher at the
Center for Embodied Teacher Education


CS_nov2016_CETE-pageFounded and directed by Carey Smith, the Center offers a range of opportunities for teacher training and educational leadership.

The Center recognizes the value and contribution of diverse perspectives to enrich the learning environment. We honor the unique history, skills, gifts, challenges and talents of each student.

Whether you are a beginning teacher; a seasoned instructor or program director in a school of massage or somatic therapies; a provider of continuing education seminars; a heathcare educator or life coach; or a practitioner who wants to learn how to better educate your clients, the Center will help you become more skillful, effective and satisfied in your work.

Important Note: While the Body Therapy Institute is no longer offering its entry-level Massage Therapy Diploma Program, the Center is continuing to offer teacher training at South Wind Farm in 2018 and beyond.


Upcoming Programs:


The Spirit of Learning®

A Teacher Training Program for
Massage, Somatic & Healthcare Educators

This 100-hour training provides a comprehensive foundation in the core competencies required for effective teaching – while exploring the dynamic relationship between philosophy and methodology in an embodied learning environment. The Spirit of Learning embraces and integrates the cognitive, emotional, physical and spiritual aspects of the educational process.
Click to view the information page on The Spirit of Learning.


Somatic Educational Leadership

Embodying Personal and Professional Mastery

This six-day advanced training program offers transformational theory and methods for therapists, teachers, coaches and managers. We will study the practical application of somatics in three domains – healing, education, leadership – and how they come together as a mighty river that carries us forward. This course can be taken either before or after The Spirit of Learning®.
Click to view the information page on Somatic Educational Leadership.



CE Approval: Body Therapy Institute is designated by NCBTMB as a Board Approved Continuing Education Provider. All courses through the Center for Embodied Teacher Education meet requirements for recertification, license renewal in North Carolina, and membership renewal for AMTA and ABMP. Be sure to check the exact requirements for your particular renewal situation.


carey-teaching-triptychAbout the Director

Carey Smith is a master teacher trainer, creator of The Spirit of Learning®, and a Master Somatic Coach. She is Co-director of the Body Therapy Institute and served as the school’s Director of Education for 17 years. She began her work in the education field in 1978 with the Montessori Method of Childhood Education, and has provided teacher training, team-building and inspirational programs for both public and private schools. She is the recipient of AMTA’s 2009 National Teacher of The Year Award, and is a 2011 inductee into the Massage Therapy Hall of Fame. Carey specializes in body-oriented learning, curriculum design and the creation of optimal educational environments.

Through her work with both teachers and students, she holds a vision of the inherent worth, dignity and originality of each person as they manifest their life’s purpose. Carey has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan in romance literature and languages, as well as a teaching certificate from the American Montessori Society. She is a BTI graduate and is certified in DansKinetics from Kripalu Institute. She has completed advanced studies in Embodied Leadership through the Strozzi Institute, and has a private practice as a Somatic Coach.

She is a contributing author to the book, TEACHING MASSAGE: Fundamental Principles in Adult Education for Massage Program Instructors (2008, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins). To document her work as an artist and poet, she published Awakening Wisdom: Exploring the Confluence between Learning, Healing and Creativity (2006, Southwind Press).