Beth Pettengill Riley is a seasoned somatic movement activist with over 40 years of experience facilitating workshops in Continuum, Ashtanga Yoga, and Mindfulness Meditation around the globe. A founding member of Mount Madonna Center, she has been an invited presenter at Esalen Institute, Omega Institute, Mount Madonna Center, Open Center, and the Skyros Institute in Greece. She holds a master’s degree in Dance Education from Stanford University and passionately engages embodiment as a spiritual path.
Beth began studying Continuum with Emilie Conrad and Susan Harper in 1978. For many years she accompanied Emilie to New York and other locations to assist in both the traveling and the teaching. She has over 1000 hour of training with Emilie and Susan and now mentors others who wish to take the Continuum path of embodiment into their lives.
Her latest project, called The Embodied Generation, is re-imagining and inspiring true physical education in the 21st century. For 10 years she has run a program for teens in the health and wellness curriculum at Kirby School, in Santa Cruz, combining mindfulness, yoga, and nonviolent communication to help alleviate the epidemic of student stress and teen anxiety.
Beth started the first Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction yoga class on the west coast in conjunction with Bob Stahl . She is President of the Board of ISMETA based in New York and Education Advisor for Watermark Arts. She was the winner of the Good Times Best Yoga Teacher of Santa Cruz award.