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

DEEPEN YOUR PRACTICE, EXPAND YOUR KNOWLEDGE, AND LEARN NEW SKILLS TO RESOURCE YOURSELF AND REVIVE THE WORLD

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.

Upcoming Labs

EUROPEAN LAB:
May  15-20, 2021 Online

Central European time zone

Faculty: Deborah Jay-Lewin and Heather Ehlers

PACIFIC RIM LAB:
July  16-21, 2021 Online

Melbourne Australia time zone

July  15-20, 2021 Online

USA Pacific time zone

Faculty: Jenny Macke and Stacey Butcher


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 fulfills a prerequisite  requirement.
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.

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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Therapy in Motion Labs

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. 

About THE Therapy in Motion LAB

  • Practices of embodied presence and somatic resonance  
  • The distinctions between topdown vs. bottomup processing 
  • How to work with channels of perception and use core movement resources for support and intervention 
  • Fundamentals of using the relational dance to address attachment styles and co-regulation in a therapeutic setting 
  • Basic skills for how to use the body to attune and repair in the therapeutic relationship 

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.)

DISCOUNTS

  • Working Members of Open Floor receive a 65% discount. 
  • Open Floor Teachers and TiM practitioners receive a 50% discount. 
  • Those who have attended a TiM module receive a 25% discount.

Upcoming Labs

Therapy in Motion LAB:
Sept  9-12, 2021 Online

USA Pacific time zone

 

Faculty: Andrea Juhan and Zuza Engler

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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