Michael Sternfeld loves to span the full range of life, from the real big–producer of epic events…to the real small–as a body-centered therapist, exploring the field of subtle emotions–and everything in between. He began his performing career as a professional dancer in contemporary companies in Chicago and New York. Near the end of his performing career, he shifted from the performing arts toward the healing arts. He trained in Trager bodywork, and returned to graduated school to earn a Masters in Vedic Psychology. He then began to explore the source of movement in the human body, developing his signature approach to Body-Centered Therapy, called Body Presence. Drawing upon his movement background, bodywork training, and psycho-spiritual knowledge, Body Presence evolved into a grand synthesis, offering an embodied foundation for integrating spirit, emotions and body. Over the next 20 years, he presented workshops and private sessions to thousands of individuals, interested to learn how to become more present and at home with their brilliant Body Intelligence.
Interwoven with his work in body therapies, Michael also developed a concurrent career as a producer. Over the last 30 years, he has produced, directed and/or performed in over 400 theater, music, dance, audio, video and performance art events. Just when he was about to retire from the production world, he fell in love with the great epic from the East–the Ramayana. He has produced numerous productions of the Ramayana, culminating in his opus–the first complete audio production of this great hero’s quest. At 75 hours in length, this dramatic production–the world’s longest audio book– was awarded the “2004 Outstanding Project of the Year” by the National Endowment of Humanities.
Art and transformation inspired from the depths of consciousness has been Michael’s life-long passion. He loves deep silence–nurtured through his 40-year practice of meditation — counter-balanced with dynamic, full-bodied activity.