Lian Wilson

Lian-Wilson: Tamalpa UK - Creative Director & Faculty

Lian Wilson


Creative Director & Core Faculty

Lian Wilson is the Creative Director of Tamalpa UK and established Tamalpa Practitioner.  She has spent over 25 years working in the field of somatic movement, arts and health. Lian is a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist RSMT and Registered Somatic Movement Educator RSME with ISMETA (International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association).


Lian graduated as a Tamalpa practitioner in 2003 and served on the Tamalpa Institute’s Board of Directors from 2003-2005 as Chair of the Marketing Committee, International Reps Committee and Overview Committee before being invited to serve as the Tamalpa Institute’s President of the Board of Directors from 2006-2008.

In 2012 Lian launched Tamalpa UK with Audicia Lynne Morley to offer the Tamalpa trainings in the UK for the first time. She trains students to facilitate the application of the Tamalpa Life/Art Process®.

One of her core interests is in the development of health and wellbeing in individuals and diverse communities through the participation and education of the benefits of dance and movement based expressive arts, notably through the Tamalpa Life Art Process®.  She has worked with the Kensington & Chelsea’s Mental Health Carers Support Network and with Folkestone Mind’s mental health wellbeing programme, facilitating Tamalpa Life Art classes.

Alongside Tamalpa UK Lian also worked with the Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health, Canterbury Christ Church University as a Research Assistant from from 2012 – 2019.  Notable projects were a 2-year collaboration with Green Candle Dance Company researching the benefits of dance for people with dementia and more recently researching ‘Dance to Health’, a falls prevention dance project commissioned by Aesop.

She had a key role in assisting Professors Stephen Clift and Paul M Camic in their role as editors of the Oxford Textbook of Creative Arts, Health and Wellbeing published in 2016.

Lian also sat on the Royal Society for Public Health’s Arts, Health and Wellbeing Special Interest Group steering committee from 2015-2018.