Take your movement practice to the next level with our flagship programs. Led by world class dance and mindful movement teachers. Cutting edge programs for mindfulness, self awareness, and purpose to life.
Our Foundational Programs attract a diverse, international community of like-minded movers from all walks of life and mental health practitioners committed to bringing the healing power of mindful movement into their lives, workplaces and communities.
Our Ground Floor Lab and Therapy in Motion Lab are the starting point for anyone who wants to teach Open Floor movement practice or qualify as a Therapy in Motion practitioner.
Join our highly experienced teaching team for an in-depth tour of Open Floor, practical tools and insights you can use immediately in your personal and professional lives. Skills will be built progressively through experiential exercises, demonstrations, and theory to provide a toolbox for a more purposeful and embodied life.
A foundation in the most up to date approaches to embodiment and mindful movement, our Ground Floor Lab is an intensive, experiential, five-day introduction to the Open Floor Curriculum. You’ll come away with an understanding of the core teachings and practical skills to use in your movement practice and beyond.
Our next lab will be held online, May 15-20 European time zone. The faculty is Deborah Jay-Lewin and Heather Ehlers.
We are also holding a Pacific Rim Lab timed for those in Australia, New Zealand, and the USA west coast. July 16-21, 2021 Australia time zone; July 15-20 USA Pacific time zone. The faculty is Stacey Butcher and Jenny Macke.
Schedule for May 2021 Lab:
(All times are CET, central Europe time)
Schedule for July 2021 Lab:
Melbourne, Australia time:
July 16: 9am – noon, 2pm – 5pm
July 17: 9am – noon, 2pm – 5pm
July 18: 9am – noon, 2pm – 5pm
July 19: 9am – noon
July 20: 9am – noon, 2pm – 5pm
July 21: 9am – noon
USA Pacific time:
July 15: 2pm – 5pm, 7pm – 10pm
July 16: 2pm – 5pm, 7pm – 10pm
July 17: 2pm – 5pm, 7pm – 10pm
July 18: 2pm – 5pm
July 19: 2pm – 5pm, 7pm – 10pm
July 20: 2pm – 5pm
Our Ground Floor Labs attract people from a wide range of backgrounds interested in expanding their skills and knowledge of embodiment and mindful movement for both personal and professional reasons. This training is particularly suited to:
A Ground Floor Lab is an excellent opportunity to experience and explore the Open Floor approach and decide if it is for you. Attending a Ground Floor Lab is a prerequisite for the Open Floor Teacher Training.
The tuition for attending a Ground Floor lab is USD $650 (€590 / £530 / AUD $985). Travel, accommodation, and meals are not included. If you cancel after acceptance and payment there will be a $25 processing fee. Please note that Open Floor International donates into a scholarship/ bursary fund to support those with challenging financial circumstances wishing to attend this lab. If you’d like to donate to our scholarship fund to help make this Ground Floor Lab available to those who can’t afford it, please do so by clicking here.
FINANCIAL AID SCHOLARSHIP FUND
Open Floor realizes that the current world situation affects everyone differently, and we are committed to making our programs available to the people who want to attend, regardless of socioeconomic status. The Scholarship Fund has been established to help those in need. If finances will keep you from attending, we encourage you to apply. After acceptance, you may request scholarship information.
DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION SCHOLARSHIP FUND
OFI gives scholarships to increase the diversity of OFI students and teachers as a first step in becoming a move inclusive movement. Priority is given to applicants who belong to racial, religious, cultural, sexual identity, geographic, and ability groups that have traditionally been underrepresented populations in the field of mindful movement and conscious dance. To qualify for the scholarship, prospective students demonstrate a commitment to diversity as it relates to their interest in mindful movement for personal healing, professional growth, and community building.
We are actively working to make our trainings more attractive to people who identify as Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC), LBGQT+, gender fluid, differently abled, and people living in less wealthy regions, by lowering the price to encourage participation. If you identify as or serve such a population, we would like to hear from you! There is no need to prove financial need.
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Central European time zone
Faculty: Deborah Jay-Lewin and Heather Ehlers
Melbourne Australia time zone
USA Pacific time zone
Faculty: Jenny Macke and Stacey Butcher
Therapy in Motion Lab is designed to offer accessible skills to therapists interested in a body and movement–oriented approach to clinical work. The program offers essential movement resources and practices to help both the therapists and their clients track sensations, impulses, movements, and cycles of activation and settling that naturally occur in the body in and out of session.
We can tailor our Therapy in Motion Labs to suit your professional needs.
If you would like to organize a Therapy in Motion Lab for yourself, your colleagues or your organization, please get in touch.
This specialized lab for therapeutic professionals
introduces the theoretical grounding of Therapy in Motion and includes:
Our Therapy in Motion Labs attract professionals from a wide range of mental health backgrounds interested in expanding their skills and knowledge of embodiment and mindful movement to take into their therapeutic practices. This training is particularly suited to:
This is an excellent opportunity to experience and explore this approach and decide if it is for you. Attending a Therapy in Motion Lab is a prerequisite for our Therapist Training track.
Therapy in Motion Labs are open to:
Please get in touch for more information on the cost .
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