Open Floor Immersion: Common Ground

AN INTENSIVE 30 HOUR, 5 DAY ONLINE ADVANCED TRAINING PROGRAM

1-6 FEBRUARY 2022 – EUROPE   |  11-15 MARCH 2022 – AMERICAS

Common Ground

Physical Embodiment & the Practice of Solitude

An invitation to give ourselves time

Time to study our bodies – how they work, where we have placed them and how that impacts how we behave, feel and sense the world in and around us

Immerse yourself in five full days of embodiment study. Take time to notice sensations, reactions, habits and creative possibilities.  

ABOUT THIS IMMERSION

An Exploration of Life Through Movement for Personal Healing, Professional Growth, and Community Building

Join our highly experienced and talented teaching team for a deep dive into Open Floor movement practice.  This 5-day immersion is an opportunity for intensive personal practice and a deeper understanding of its relevance to daily life.

From teachers of other modalities, coaches, educatorscommunity leaders and mental health practitioners to the simply curious and passionate, our mission is to welcome anyone who wishes to taste, learn and explore the Open Floor curriculum and use this work to change lives in their communities...  

The Common Ground We Share

Everyone human on the planet has a body and a unique experience of living in it.

Some of us are comfortable in our own skin. For some others, we wish to shed our skin and reimagine ourselves as we feel on the inside. Many of us feel both on any given day.

Whatever our personal experience, there are many elements of miracles and mysteries attached to our bodies regardless of our comfort or discomfort.

This immersion will explore:

  • The miracle of how our bodies are crafted
  • The magic of how they move
  • The curiosity in looking at places we may not know inside ourselves
  • The wonder at the different ways we perceive the world (sensations, emotions, imagination and a sense of being called)
  • The mystery as we reflect on these questions is at the heart and soul of this body based immersion

"What I really appreciated was the balance of embodied practice and theory, and how by the end of it, they seemed to dance together. There was a beautiful diversity of practices and time to explore them alone and in connection with others... and the music was so rich. Initially I was unsure about doing it online but I came away from it feeling alive, connected and inspired in a way that I thought was not possible on screen. ."

— Jessica Carvalho, Fremantle, Western Australia

Essential Information

Our application process is rigorous so that we can ensure readiness, and make sure the group has integrity and diversity as a whole. How it works
  1. When you click to start your application you will be taken to a payment page on a third party site (Teachable).
  2. After you have paid the $30 application fee*, you will be redirected to an online application form back on the Open Floor website.
  3. Once you submit your application, OFI staff and faculty will review it, following up any references.
  4. You will receive confirmation of your participation within 2 weeks.
* The application fee is non-refundable and will be applied towards the full price upon acceptance. PLEASE NOTE
  • Applications for the Open Floor Teacher Training follow a different process. If you are applying for the Teacher Training, click here instead.
  • Open Floor Teachers and Working Members do not need to apply, please email us directly for information on how to register to this Immersion.
  • 50 hours of instructed study in conscious dance practices* 
  • At least 15 of those hours must be Open Floor Movement Practice 

*Conscious Dance Practices:  Open Floor, Soul Motion, 5Rhythms™, Movement Medicine, Freedom Dance, Azul, Tamalpa Life/Art Process, Continuum, Laban/Bartenieff Movement Studies. Let us know in your application if there’s another conscious dance practice you have studied that you would like us to consider. 

Please note that prerequisites for those enrolling on the Teacher Training are different.

The cost of this Immersion is: $850 Includes a $30 non-refundable application fee, which will be applied towards the full price upon acceptance.
  • Open Floor Teachers: $425 (no application required, please email us directly)
  • Open Floor Working Members: $383 (no application required, please email us directly)
  • This immersion is included in the price of the training for those enrolled on our Teacher Track

OFI has two scholarship funds that support those who are in financial need and wish to study.

MUDRA FINANCIAL AID SCHOLARSHIP FUND

A mudra is a position in which we place our bodies to cultivate a specific awareness. The spirit of the mudra of sobriety is “neither more nor less than necessary.”  This is what we ask you to contemplate, in consideration of your own true needs, and all others who need help too.

  1. Find a quiet place where you can sit undisturbed for 5 or 10 minutes.
  2. Sit with your legs crossed and spine straight, as best as you are able.  
  3. Rest your hands on your knees, palms down. Breathe for several minutes and let yourself settle, until you have a sense of quiet.  Then consider:
    • What program do you want to attend, and what is the cost?
    • How much of that amount can you manage yourself?
    • How much do you need from the collective scholarship pool to attend?

When an answer comes to you, please request an amount that is neither more — nor less — than is necessary for you at this time.

DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION SCHOLARSHIP FUND

OFI provides scholarships to increase the diversity of OFI students and teachers. 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. 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. 

Purpose of the Fund 

With this Scholarship, Open Floor International is taking a first step in reaching a goal of students and teachers being reflective of the world where Open Floor is practiced. The majority of OFI’s current teachers live in the US, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Most are European or of European descent, speak English fluently, are 35 – 65, identify as women, and are able-bodied.  We are actively looking to expand our reach outside these populations with our scholarship fund. If you identify as Black, Indigenous, Person of Color (BIPOC), LBGQT+, gender fluid, differently abled, and/or you live in less wealthy regions, we would like to hear from you. 

This 30 hour Immersion takes place online over 5 days. Please note that we will have off-screen time during some of the sessions, so you won’t necessarily be at the screen the whole time. We understand zoom fatigue and want you to know we will be tracking this.

1-6 FEBRUARY 2022 – EUROPE

All times are CET – check your local time

  • Feb 1: 10am – 1pm, 4pm – 7pm
  • Feb 2: 10am – 1pm
  • Feb 3: 10am – 1pm, 4pm – 7pm
  • Feb 4: 10am – 1pm
  • Feb 5: 10am – 1pm, 4pm – 7pm
  • Feb 6: 10am – 1pm, 4pm – 7pm
 
11-15 MARCH 2022 – AMERICAS

All times are PST – check your local time

  • 11 March: 1pm-8pm
  • 12 March: 1pm-8pm
  • 13 March: 1pm-8pm
  • 14 March: 1pm-8pm
  • 15 March: 1pm-8pm

Open to professionals from a wide variety of backgrounds, our Advanced Programs are ideal if you are looking to gain new skills to integrate embodiment across disciplines such as, but not limited to, healthcare, social services, business, education, and the arts.

THIS ADVANCED TRAINING PROGRAM DISTILLS AN APPROACH TO INTEGRATE INTO A VARIETY OF MODALITIES SUCH AS:

• Teachers and facilitators of embodiment, mindful movement and conscious dance

• Movement and Dance Movement Therapists

• Coaches

• Physicians (MD, DO, ND, DC & others) & Physician Assistants

• Nurses & Nurse Practitioners

• Psychotherapists, Psychologists, Counsellors

• Emergency Medical Personnel

• Meditation & Mindfulness Teachers

• Massage Therapists & Body Workers

• Complementary & Alternative Medicine Professionals

• Community Leaders

• Educators

• Social Workers

This immersion is an invitation, not just a course of study. 

You are invited to…

  • An intensive, experiential dive into some of the key concepts and principles of Open Floor movement practice.
  • An exploration of the Open Floor Movement Resources, that support Physical Embodiment: Pause, Ground, Activate & Settle, Spatial Awareness
  • Focus on Solitude, one of the Four Relational Hungers, noticing where we are good on our own, and where we drift into loneliness or isolation, is one of the keystone of inquiry in this immersion.
  • Practice moving along  The Continuum between Presence and Absence, to notice our own unique perceptions of what it means to be in a body at this time and place in history.
  • Explore differentiating between Sensation and Story: inquiring as to who we are physically in the here and now; present and accounted for as our world slowly turns on its axis.
  • Each session is designed around the core values that inform the Open Floor curriculum.

Our movement sessions make creative use of all the Zoom functionalities available and are very interactive, including pairs and small group exercises.

There will also be many opportunities for connection with the faculty as well as having regular opportunities for sharing and exchanging in breakout rooms with other students.

The Faculty will be assisted by 3 highly experienced Open Floor teachers so there is always someone to reach out to for support.

The Immersion will also have a Tech Host who will be on hand to make sure you are fully supported with any technical issues that may arise.

Meet the Faculty

1-6 FEBRUARY 2022 – EUROPE   

11-15 MARCH 2022 – AMERICAS

Coming up...

Common Sense and Emotional Embodiment
Common Knowledge & Embodied Mind
Common Good & Embodied Soul

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