Open Floor Foundational Programs

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.

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

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.

"The quality of faculty is superb. As someone who has been a teacher in many arenas for my entire adult life this one surpasses any teacher training I've done. Yes, you learn how to teach this curriculum, but more importantly it prepares you to embody the role of teacher in whatever environment you find yourself inhabiting. It goes beyond the dance floor."

— Joseph Machado, San Francisco, USA

The First Step


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.

The Ground Floor Lab

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.

Apply here.

Schedule for May 2021 Lab:
All times are CET, central Europe time)

May 15: 10am – 1pm,  4pm – 7pm
May 16: 10am – 1pm, 4pm – 7pm
May 17: 10am – 1pm
May 18: 10am – 1pm, 4pm – 7pm
May 19: 10am – 1pm, 4pm – 7pm
May 20: 10am – 1pm 







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

About Ground Floor Labs

  • The key concepts and foundational principles of Open Floor movement practice.
  • An understanding of how the body moves and shapes our experience of life from an embodied perspective.
  • With an experiential session dedicated to each of ten Open Floor Movement Resources, you will practice moving with intention and self awareness and understand how to call on these resources to build resilience, flexibility and ease both on and off the dance floor.
  • A taste of how we move on the Open Floor through the Four Dimensions of Embodiment (the body, the mind, the heart and the soul) and the Four Relational Hungers (solitude, connection, belonging and spirit)
  • Each movement session includes a look ‘behind the scenes’ from a professional perspective for an understanding of the intention, structure and purpose of each experience.
  • An overview of the philosophy and core values that inform the Open Floor teachings. This includes Dynamic Governance, our non-hierarchical, transparent organizational structure.
  • You’ll have ample opportunity to ask the teachers questions and to make connections with your peers.
  • For those wishing to take the Open Floor training path further, this foundational training fills the requirement for acceptance.

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:

  • Dedicated, long-term movers interested in knowing more about Open Floor movement practice and how it works
  • Coaches, trainers or teachers of an embodiment, movement or conscious dance practice looking for inspiration and new skills
  • Professionals in social care, health, mind-body therapies, education, and first response services, who want to integrate embodiment and mindful movement into their work
  • Mental health professionals who already work with an embodied approach, or want to do so and are interested in the Open Floor Therapy in Motion training
  • Anyone considering the Open Floor Advanced Training

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.

To attend the Ground Floor Lab, you are required to have at least 75 hours of accepted embodied movement practice, of which at least 15 hours are Open Floor workshops or classes. More details about the pre-requisites and application criteria can be found here.

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.


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.


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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Upcoming Labs

May  15-20, 2021 Online

Central European time zone

Faculty: Deborah Jay-Lewin and Heather Ehlers



July  16-21, 2021 Online

Melbourne Australia time zone

July  15-20, 2021 Online

USA Pacific time zone

Faculty: Jenny Macke and Stacey Butcher



Therapy in Motion Labs

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.

About THE Therapy in Motion LAB

This specialized lab for therapeutic professionals
introduces the theoretical grounding of Therapy in Motion and includes:

  • Regulation
  • Core Movement Resources as
  • Embodied Therapeutic relationship.
  • Continuum of Embodiment.
  • Channels of Perception.

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:

  • Therapists and mental health professionals who are dedicated, long-term movers interested in learning more about Therapy in Motion and how it works
  • Psychotherapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, counselors, dance movement psychotherapists, and expressive art therapists looking for inspiration and new skills to support their clients and patients
  • Anyone considering the Therapy in Motion Advanced Training

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:

  • Licensed therapy professional with at least 300 hours of supervised practice
  • Personal experience with an accepted embodied movement practice. More details about the pre-requisites and application criteria can be found here.
  • Attendance at a Ground Floor Lab program to familiarize yourself with Open Floor Movement Practice curriculum, which is the ground of Therapy in Motion training.


Please get in touch for more information on the cost .

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Upcoming Labs

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Words From Our Lab Graduates

This training helps individuals find ways of taking embodiment into everyday life, especially to the places they work. Can you imagine a workplace with individuals who know how to sense, feel, think, and be? Open Floor movement practice is good medicine for how to live.
Joseph Machado
Public High School Teacher, USA
I was looking for a basic understanding of the parameters and scope of Open Floor, and this workshop really demonstrated this in both practical terms and the information that was delivered. The information resonated with me at many levels – physically, emotionally and mentally. It was perfect for me.
Shane Delonix
Ground Floor Lab attendee, Australia

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