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.
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
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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A foundational program for therapy professionals introducing the theoretical grounding and basic practices of Therapy in Motion. It is designed for therapists who would like to integrate movement and conscious dance into therapeutic settings in the work they do with individual clients or small groups.
In Therapy in Motion we place the moving body at the center of the therapeutic process. We integrate relational approaches, attachment theory and practice, trauma work, emotions and cognition into an embodied movement exploration for richer therapeutic outcomes.
The Lab introduces some of the core movement resources of Open Floor practice. Therapists learn skills for tracking sensations, impulses, movements, and cycles of activation and settling that naturally occur in the body to support the clients’ experience and healing process.
Therapists will experience how embodiment practice can support the refining of personal narrative in the process of integration.
The TiM Lab is an excellent opportunity to experience and explore this approach and decide if it is for you.
This program is particularly suited to therapists and other mental health professionals and interns who are interested in using conscious movement in their practice, such as: psychotherapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, counselors, social workers, dance movement therapists, yoga therapists, and expressive art therapists looking for inspiration and new skills.
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.
Therapy in Motion Labs are open to people with training or experience with psychology or psychotherapy and personal experience with an accepted embodied movement practice.
Recommended, but not required: if you’d like a deeper experience of the foundations of Open Floor Movement Practice curriculum, consider also attending an Open Floor Ground Floor Lab.
Tuition is $650 USD. Check current rate with with currency converter.
(Your application fee of $30 is credited toward the balance.)
USA Pacific time zone
Faculty: Andrea Juhan and Zuza Engler
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