Belinda Gore, PhD.

Cuyamungue Institute

The Cuyamungue Institute continues the work of renowned anthropologist Felicitas Goodman who discovered in the artwork of indigenous people worldwide a system of body postures used for religious rituals.  Using a simple method, these ritual postures appear to activate the human nervous system’s natural capacity for reorganizing perceptions to include expanded states of awareness.  The method is linked with deep relaxation, improved immune function, and the development of the pre-frontal cortex of the brain, the site of insight, integration, and moral maturity.

Belinda is the former President of the Cuyamungue Institute and is now the Director of Training.  Her two books, Ecstatic Body Postures: An Alternate Reality Workbook (Bear & Company, 1995) and The Ecstatic Experience: Healing Postures for Spirit Journeys (Bear & Company, 2009).  Ecstatic Body Postures has been translated into German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, and Polish.  Both books are available at many bookstores as well as on

A new workshop, “Awakening the Ecstatic Experience”, is based on her most recent book.  Workshop participants learn a well-defined five-step process for using ritual postures as well as how to use the postures for spiritual practice.

Belinda teaches workshops based on the method described in both books throughout the United States and internationally, and trains other teachers in the Cuyamungue Certification program.  There are now certified practitioners and instructors of this method in the United States, England, Chile, Israel, and Portugal, as well as through The Felicitas Goodman Institute in Germany.  For a schedule of workshops with Belinda and other certified instructors, see Workshops or to arrange a workshop in your community, contact

A certification training program for practitioners and instructors is offered through The Cuyamungue Institute.  For more information, visit


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Healing Postures for Spirit Journeys

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