Common Knowledge

Embodied Mind
& the Hunger for Belonging

Befriend the mind through movement to live a more creative and inspired life

Immerse yourself in the complex choreography of our neurophysiology and consciousness and increase your capacity for mindfulness in every cell of your body.

At A Glance

IMMERSION Program

30 hours

IN PERSON

OPEN TO ALL

Upcoming Programs

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BASQUE COUNTRY, SPAIN

BELLINGHAM, WA, USA

An embodied mind is more than a functioning brain

Open Floor Movement Practice considers the mind to be as real and inseparable to embodiment as any other dimension.

Being mentally resourced is the foundation for finding and tapping into our common knowledge.

Common Knowledge is the capacity to receive wisdom in the form of cognition, intuition, imagination and insight.  

When the aspects of the mind are consciously embodied, we find wisdom that serves not only the self but all our relationships. We find what wisdom we share or what wisdom we generate together as a collective. 

Common Knowledge & Embodied Mind

Curriculum Highlights

In this immersion you will come away with insights and skills to have a fully embodied mind. This includes:

  • Having an integrated, felt sense of the brain’s interpretations, interactions, and interplay with consciousness
  • A mind that is creative, intuitive, imaginative, inventive, insightful, mindful, articulate, discerning, clear, aware, and astute
  • A mind that is open to the vastness of knowledge, intuition, and imagination, while still connected to body and heart
  • Being able to dance the energy and texture of thoughts, images from nature, dreams, mythology, and archetypes
  • The ability to focus on a sensation, a movement, a person, a space, and to be receptive to the vastness of the mind beyond our own immediate perceptions — to create space for insights
  • Creating bridges between learning about the body, the emotions, and the mind in books and other mediums and bringing that knowledge into the movement and the experience of the body
  • Having a mind that knows how to use intention

"I was aware of the profound affect dance has on me mentally, emotionally and spiritually and this gave all of it a language. The resources available worked their magic on my body and my nervous system. It is a powerful tool for self-expression, and its effects are transformative, both in the moment, and with lasting effect."

Essential Program Information

The cost of this Immersion is: $850 (excludes travel & accommodation)

  • Open Floor International Teachers: 50% discount, please email us directly
  • Open Floor International Working Members: 65% discount  please email us directly)
  • This immersion is included in the price of the training for those enrolled on our Teacher Training

The first step is to register and pay. Register early as spaces are limited.

After we receive your payment, you’ll receive a confirmation email and you will be asked to answer a few simple questions including a confirmation that you have met the prerequisites. Faculty reserves the right to refund your payment and cancel your registration if the training fills up, you have not met the prerequisites, or for other reasons.

PLEASE NOTE

Please note, while the Immersion is part of  the Open Floor Teacher Training, acceptance to this Immersion does not mean acceptance to the Teacher Training.

  • 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 student information form if there’s another conscious dance practice you have studied that you would like us to consider. 

OFI has two scholarship funds that support those who are in financial need and wish to study. You can apply for these scholarships once you have been accepted onto the Immersion.

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.”  We ask applicants to contemplate, in consideration of their own true needs, and all others who need help too. 

DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION SCHOLARSHIP FUND

OFI provides scholarships to increase the diversity of OFI students and teachers. 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. Priority is given to people who identify as Black, Indigenous, Person of Color (BIPOC), LBGQT+, gender fluid, differently abled, and/or live in less wealthy regions.

MAY 18-23, 2023  – EUROPE
  • Thursday, May 18, 10am – 1pm & 3-6pm
  • Friday, May 19, 10am – 1pm & 3-6pm
  • Saturday, May 20, 10am – 1pm
  • Sunday, May 21, 10am – 1pm & 3-6pm
  • Monday, May 22, 10am – 1pm & 3-6pm
  • Tuesday, May 23, 10am – 1pm

 

2-7 JUNE, 2023 – AMERICAS & AUS/NZ
  • Friday, June 2, 1pm-8pm with a break 
  • Saturday, June 3, 1pm-8pm with a break 
  • Sunday, June 4, 1pm-5pm
  • Monday, June 5, 1pm-8pm with a break 
  • Tuesday, June 6, 1pm-8pm with a break 
  • Weds, June 7, 1pm-5pm

Common Good Immersion – EUROPE – February 2-7, 2024  

Common Good Immersion – USA – November 3-8, 2023 

Venue: Hotel Amalurra & Retreat Center

Finca La Reneja, 35, Artzentales, Basque Country, 48879, Spain 

https://amalurra.com/en/ 

Travel: Via Bilbao Airport

From the airport to Bilbao (approximate time 20 minutes).

Accommodation:
Dorm rooms and some singles/doubles available – from €25 per night.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner approx €48, organic, vegetarian, vegan.

To get info on room and meals, email Sarena: [email protected] 

Venue: Presence Studio

1412 Cornwall Avenue
Bellingham, WA 98225
USA

For more information visit:

https://www.presence-studio.com/

Travel
Bellingham has its own international airport and  is just over an hour’s drive away from Vancouver International Airport in Canada (which will require border crossing) or just under 2 hours from Seattle Airport. Find out more here.

Accommodation
You will find a range of  hotels and B&B’s close by. More information here.

Who is this Immersion designed for?

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

Open to professionals from a wide variety of backgrounds, our Immersion 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 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

What do our students say?

Words From Our Students

A creative, neurosensory experience

A creative, neurosensory experience. After this awakening, we can discover ourselves to be capable of doing things, that we wouldn't have even imagined being able to do. All our sense, all our sensory perections are drwan out. It's a wonderful experience.
Isabelle
France

Totally impressed

What totally impressed in this short time, is that what I learnt in therapy in, in Somatic Experiencing and body- psychotherapy these last 4 years, and and all the free dancing was brought these together extremely. I had had many experiences in my body, and now I could have a concise summary of them. Individual elements were picked up by the different teachers, and I could suddenly integrate them better.
Sabrina
Germany

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