Steve James travels internationally teaching somatic practices, meditation, as well as leading explorations in contemplative, mystic, & relational realms.
Known for his intelligent, grounded approach and his dedication to first-hand research he has extensive experience in elite athletic performance, contemplative and spiritual disciplines, the arts, extreme outdoor survival, and human behavior.
Steve’s background in somatic practices began with dedicated martial arts and physical training from the age of 5. A member of the Scottish Fencing team in his teens, as an elite athlete he engaged in high-level competition and peak athletic performance strategies. He went on to study and graduate under yoga master Godfrey Devereux, and continues to deepen his education in yoga, qigong, and physical performance.
In 2016 Steve released ‘The Movement Koan Method®’ DVD – a 72minute video presentation of his movement method, synthesizing 25 years of experience in the movement arts to blend joint-nourishing movement with body-based mindfulness. Incorporating cutting edge neuroplasticity techniques in a straight-forward, accessible approach.
Contemplative and Spiritual Disciplines
Through a chance encounter at a writing group, after winning a young writer’s award for his first novel at 14, Steve met and was later apprenticed to a Christian mystic from the
Celtic tradition of Christianity, resulting in multiple years of close personal instruction in various forms of prayer, contemplation, writing, textual study, and service.
Steve continued his contemplative studies with a long-time meditation practice, many extended silent retreats, and consistent study into theology, philosophy, and world mysticism. Steve currently studies with meditation teacher Shinzen Young.
Steve’s work in the arts as a session guitarist and musical director included international touring with multiple #1 best-selling pop artists and extensive film, TV, and studio recording work.
Steve’s in-field, practical research approach has seen him explore the limits of physical and psychological performance in extreme outdoor survival trainings and expeditions. Including advanced survival courses in Europe (notably a seven-day, no food, minimal equipment advanced winter survival scenario). Most recently an 11-day arctic survival expedition in the boreal forests of Sweden at daytime temperatures of -24°C, using the cold-weather survival strategies utilized by the British and Swedish military and the Sami people including arctic shelter techniques (no tents), winter navigation, and extreme cold weather techniques.
Steve’s unique range of experiences and deep understanding of human behavior, elite performance, spirituality, and interpersonal relationships is highly sought after by leading figures at the highest levels of the arts, entertainment, and business. In his private client practice he specializes in the unique interpersonal and strategic challenges faced by very successful and highly visible individual
Ongoing clients include Oscar-winning actors, multi Grammy winning musicians, CEO’s, and multi-billion dollar fund managers. In addition to private client work and international public workshops, Steve has recently designed ground-breaking teacher training programs with Michaela Boehm. These industry firsts include comprehensive training in the area of intimacy and relationships, coaching skills, and the original Non-Linear Movement Method®.
What others say about Steve James:
Having worked in the field and attended personal development an leadership training at some of the most prestigious universities and venues in the world; Steve’s program is absolutely distinct, unparalleled, and revolutionary. His understanding of embodied expression and non-linear thinking and movement has transformed my life…Innovation in this field is exceedingly rare. Steve and his essential contribution to the training continues to reset the paradigm of the human evolutionary process. – James Carswell
Steve’s teaching philosophy is rooted in a deep and authentic compassion and concern for the well being of others. I first met Steve in late 2015, he was teaching a human relationship workshop that I took. I recognized a couple things immediately: he really knew the material on a level far beyond memorization, and he was using cutting edge physical-neurological techniques to prepare our minds and bodies for the difficult work we would be doing during the workshop.
The techniques he was using are the kind that are used by some of the world’s top athletes today to fine-tune their nervous systems in order to maximize their physical performance gains. I also know that this stuff is so new in this kind of application that most people just don’t know about it yet. Steve had created a synthesis of methods which I had never seen used this way before. According to Bloom’s Taxonomy of Learning Domains, synergy is the second highest form of learning, followed by evaluation which is the highest. Steve was using both. – Greg Tczap
Steve is really unique in his extremely grounded educational style and his depth of experience, his ability to integrate the teachings bodily and intellectually and this without loosing connection to real people and our life…Meeting Steve James, following his work and attended all of his teachings in Amsterdam since our first meeting has been pivotal in both my own spiritual and personal development. – Dennis Thomsen
In 2012 I was diagnosed with reactive anxiety and was advised by my doctor to try different mind-body therapies to manage the work related stress. I tried Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, mindfulness meditation and many different types of yoga but none of them worked for me.
When I started working with Steve and applying his high performance and body awareness techniques, my mind became much clearer, my body started to relax and since then I have had no anxiety attacks.
His teachings are unique, innovative and refreshing in that there is no stress or pressure put on the mind or the body during the movement practices. – Thao D
I have trained with over 25 teachers from around the world and participated in over 50 workshops across 4 continents, from this perspective I am able to clearly indicate to my event participants who is worth their time and investment…Steve’s ability to mentor in a range of areas, from personal growth through to business/teaching practice is something I have never experienced before and am benefitting from on a daily basis. Personally, it is a relief to not have to research teachers any more, now that I have found such a strong combination of skills in one person. – Alex White
I have been a student of Steve’s for over three years and I have been the carer for my unwell mother during the past five years until she passed away in June. I found that attending Steve’s workshops and being taught by Steve has helped me cope with the difficulties and stresses of life in a far more relaxed way than I ever thought possible.
Steve has shown immense generosity of time and energy to teach me. Sometimes arranging additional training days to assist with my learning. He has created powerful somatic learning exercises at the many workshops I have attended. I have been so deeply impressed by his work that I have been inspired to teach this work myself.
It’s a testament to Steve’s generosity and openness that, in a field characterised by hoarding of knowledge and closed doors to career progression, Steve has created a program for others to learn and become teachers themselves. – David Shubhaker
Ever since I have met Steve James in 2012 he has led me to change in my deepest ways of being as a man and as a teacher, coach and psychotherapist by his profound knowledge and irreplaceable example of modern time representative of age old wisdom, reaching back more than a thousand years, likely much more. – Marc Heusser
For 2 years now I have been deeply involved with the work of Steve James whose somatic as well as spiritual approach to emotion, relationships, meditation, sports/performance and music have been more than transformative for me. Steve’s impact on my life is nothing that is put into words easily, yet is best described as a profound exploration of everything human life might entail. – Jan B.
In my personal life I have gone through some very intense and difficult events over the last year. Without the training from Steve from both his public workshops and private sessions I am sure I would not have been able to pass through these troublesome times unscathed.
Before meeting Steve and beginning to follow his work, I had been looking for a similar teacher in the field and had not found anyone with whom I felt comfortable working with. I can not only recommend highly the material that Steve has developed but also his integrity and dedication to his craft. – Dr Mark Bowmaker Ph.D
Steve’s profound knowledge into bodywork and meditation have improved my understanding of the subject greatly. His gentle patience and strong commitment have inspired me and lead me to further exploration. Having experienced many offerings in this field over the years, I consider the work of Steve James as a teacher and trainer of teachers to have been the most effective for me and consider him unique and irreplaceable in my explorations in this field. – Andrea B.
I am an author and personal development pioneer based in Byron Bay, Australia. I’ve written 3 books, created my own healing modality, taken over 1000 people through that process and trained over 60 practitioners in my methods. Amongst the extensive study and training I’ve done in the last 18 years, I’ve found the training that Steve James delivers to be completely unique in a number of ways.
As a result of my attendance in Steve’s programs, I’ve found myself more connected and aware of my physical body and inner emotional state. The impact of this in my life has been profound. I’ve seen profound improvements in my relationships, in my business and in the general day to day attitude I have towards life. Before I applied the practices Steve taught me I was suffering from depression and a sense of despondency that I couldn’t shake. After implementing some of Steve’s techniques I found I was quickly able to heal the root causes of the issue I was dealing with and return to a functional, balanced and healthy mental state.
My own work has begun to grow and evolve more rapidly because of Steve’s influence. I truly believe that he is a leader in the areas that he works in, and that what he has to offer has a significant and unique positive impact for the people who attend his courses – many of whom are high performance individuals and influencers in their own right. – Dane Thomas