Ground Floor Lab - November 2021

Take Your Movement Practice to the Next Level 

A foundation in the most up to date approaches to embodiment and mindful movement, our Ground Floor Lab is an intensive, experiential, 30 hour introduction to the Open Floor curriculum. You’ll come away with an understanding of the core teachings and practical skills to use them in your movement practice, your everyday life, workplace and communities.

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

What an experience to attend the Ground Floor Lab from the comfort of my home. This was the most creative and interactive zoom workshop I have ever attended. I danced my feet off, I came alive, connected with myself and others and gained resources for life that help me self-regulate. This is such an asset for the times we live in! I feel grateful for such an amazing experience!!"

— Linda, Hungary GFL student 2020

4-9 November, 2021

Central European Time Zone

(All times are CET)
  • Nov 4: 10am – 1pm, 4pm – 7pm
  • Nov 5: 10am – 1pm
  • Nov 6: 10am – 1pm, 4pm – 7pm
  • Nov 7: 10am – 1pm
  • Nov 8: 10am – 1pm, 4pm – 7pm
  • Nov 9: 10am – 1pm, 4pm – 7pm
Play Video

EveryBODY is Welcome...Bienvenu...Willkommen...

Open Floor… en Français (English subtitles)

Catherine Gérémie est enseignante de Open Floor et a assisté le Ground Floor Lab.

Open Floor teacher, Catherine Gérémie has assisted a previous Ground Floor Lab.

Open Floor… across Europe

Open Floor teacher, Bence Gáspár, from Hungary and now living in Germany, has assisted a previous Ground Floor Lab.

Everything you need to know

Complete our online application form and pay a non-refundable $30 deposit (this will be credited towards your fee on acceptance).

After we receive your application, you’ll receive a confirmation email. The faculty will then review your application, and you should hear a response in less than a week.

Please note, while the Ground Floor Lab is a prerequisite for the Open Floor teacher training, acceptance on the Ground Floor Lab does not mean acceptance to the Teacher Training – a further application process is required for that.


Tuition is $650 USD. This is approx 545EUR and 467GBP. Check current rate with with currency converter.

(Your application fee of $30 is credited toward the balance.)

Payment in full is required once you’ve been accepted on the Ground Floor Lab.

Your place on the Ground Floor Lab is not guaranteed until full payment has been made.


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 Mudra 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.

For more information on either Fund, please email [email protected]

Cancellation up to 30 days before an event: refund minus a $100 fee. No refunds less than 1 month from the start of a Lab.

To attend the Ground Floor Lab, you are required to have at least 50 hours of accepted conscious dance and embodied movement practice, of which at least 15 hours are Open Floor workshops or classes. These hours may include these listed below. If your practice is not included here, mention it in your application.

  • Open Floor
  • Freedom Dance
  • Azul
  • 5Rhythms®
  • Soul Motion
  • Movement Medicine
  • Tamalpa Life/Art Process
  • Continuum
  • The Laban/Bartenieff Movement Studies
  • Yoga – all kinds
  • Tai chi
  • Aikido
  • Chi gong
  • Pilates
  • Alexander Technique
  • Feldenkrais
  • Body Mind Centering – Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen
  • Strozzi Somatics – Richard Heckler
  • Somatic Experiencing – Peter Levine
  • Integrative Body Psychotherapy
  • Movement/Sound Integration – Sahn
  • Hakomi
  • Any intensive training in:
    • Theatre
    • Singing
    • Dance
    • Contact Improvisation
    • Massage
    • Rolfing
    • Hellerwork
(All times are CET) Nov 4: 10am – 1pm, 4pm – 7pm Nov 5: 10am – 1pm Nov 6: 10am – 1pm, 4pm – 7pm Nov 7: 10am – 1pm Nov 8: 10am – 1pm, 4pm – 7pm Nov 9: 10am – 1pm, 4pm – 7pm 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

The Ground Floor Lab is an experiential introduction to Open Floor movement practice and an introduction to the Open Floor curriculum.

All sessions will include time for movement and dance as well as an explanation of the the intention, structure and purpose of each experience.

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

You will also be given access to some written material for ease of learning.

There will also be many opportunities for connection with the faculty as well as other students. You will be part of the same “pod” (a small group of students) throughout the Lab, as well as having regular opportunities for sharing and exchanging in breakout rooms with other students.

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

The Lab 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.

Your Ground Floor Lab will have its own private Facebook group.This is a great place to communicate with the other participants beforehand. You will be sent you an invite to join the group as soon as your application is accepted.

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.

Questions? Please get in touch.

Can’t make this one? Sign up to receive updates about future Ground Floor Labs.

Join the Movement.

Join a global community of movers from around the world. Resource yourself and revive the world!

Subscribe to our newsletter below to learn how you can get involved.