This structured training program prepares you to teach and use Open Floor Movement Practice
in a variety of professional applications and settings
Join the next generation of movement leaders and community builders. Resource yourself and revive the world!
As an Open Floor Teacher, you will be making a significant contribution to social, emotional, physical, and planetary health in your communities.
The teacher training program is articulated in 4 phases. Each phase is dedicated to the study of a specific field of embodiment.
Each phase has 4 components that must be completed before moving on to the next phase:
You will also receive ongoing individual and group mentoring throughout the training by an international group of highly respected teachers and meet with peer groups for inspiration and support.
As a trainee, you will be required to attend all 4 immersions, each one focused on the 4 dimensions of embodiment: body, heart, mind, and soul.
From each Immersion, you will receive:
While our immersions are experiential and aimed at deepening your movement practice, as a teacher in training you will be required to complete 20 hours of practice days. Held in small groups, the practice days are dedicated to bringing the Open Floor curriculum to life in your teaching, and building the practical skills required for teaching Open Floor movement practice to others.
During practice days, you will learn:
Part of your training will take place online engaging with faculty and other trainees in a series of live webinars, and viewing self-paced recorded webinars to further your study of embodiment and mindful movement. Each training phase will include a total of 9 webinars.
From DJ skills, to learning anatomy, to book clubs, our online courses cover a wide range of topics to support your learning and expand your skills as an Open Floor teacher.
As in any adult learning program, the work you do in between immersions and practice days is what will make the difference to the quality of your learning. Assignments include teaching practice classes, developing music skills, taking electives, reading, and writing reflections.
To share and demonstrate your growing skillset, you will be required to teach practice classes in your local communities or workplace that focus on specific elements of the curriculum.
Other assignments include:
Together with your mentor, you will decide on a number of electives to enhance your understanding and experience of other people’s teaching by attending Open Floor workshops.
You will receive mentoring throughout the training program, including both individual sessions with your mentor and group sessions with your peers.
|Phase 1||Common Ground Immersion & Practicum||Jan 30 – Feb 10, 2023|
|Phase 2||Common Sense Immersion & Practicum||Sept 10 – 22, 2023|
|Phase 3||Common Knowledge Immersion & Practicum||Feb 22 – March 5, 2024|
|Phase 4||Common Good Immersion & Practicum||Sept 10 – 22, 2024|
APPLICATION DEADLINE 9 DECEMBER 2022
All the Australasia Immersions and Practicums are in-person, residential programs at the Mana Retreat Centre in Coromandel, NZ
|Phase 1||Common Ground Immersion||February 1-6, 2022|
|Common Ground Practicum||March 31- April 3, 2022|
|Phase 2||Common Sense Immersion||October 11-16, 2022|
|Common Sense Practicum||November 24-27, 2022|
|Phase 3||Common Knowledge Immersion||May 18-23, 2023|
|Common Knowledge Practicum||June 22-25, 2023|
|Phase 4||Common Good Immersion||February 2-7, 2024|
|Common Good Practicum||April 11-14, 2024|
|Phase 1||Common Ground Immersion||March 11-16, 2022|
|Common Ground Practicum||June 3-5, 2022|
|Phase 2||Common Sense Immersion||October 21-25, 2022|
|Common Sense Practicum||October 27-29, 2022|
|Phase 3||Common Knowledge Immersion||June 2-6, 2023|
|Common Knowledge Practicum||June 8-10, 2023|
|Phase 4||Common Good Immersion||November 3-7, 2023|
|Common Good Practicum||November 9-12, 2023|
In Europe, your teachers will be Deborah Lewin, Lucie Nérot, and Sarah Davies.
In the Americas, your teachers will be Kathy Altman and Jenny Macke.
In Australasia, your teachers will be Geordie Jahner and Andrea Juhan
Tuition fees include:
What’s NOT included:
OFI has two scholarship funds that support those who are in financial need and wish to study.
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.” This is what we ask you to contemplate, in consideration of your own true needs, and all others who need help too.
When an answer comes to you, please request an amount that is neither more — nor less — than is necessary for you at this time.
DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION SCHOLARSHIP FUND
OFI provides scholarships to increase the diversity of OFI students and teachers. 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. 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.
Purpose of the Fund
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. If you identify as Black, Indigenous, Person of Color (BIPOC), LBGQT+, gender fluid, differently abled, and/or you live in less wealthy regions, we would like to hear from you.
There is a $50 non-refundable application fee. After paying the application fee, you’ll be directed to our application form.
NOTE: The form does not save your responses as you go along, so please be prepared to fill it out in one session. We suggest that you download the questions in advance, type your responses in a separate document, and then copy/paste them into the form.
After submitting the form, your references will be contacted and the faculty will review your qualifications. You’ll receive a response in no more than 30 days.
If you are accepted, you’ll then be directed to make a payment to hold your space on the Teacher Training.
There are four phases in the Open Floor Teacher Training.
Teacher Trainees must complete all four phases in order to graduate from the Program. They must also complete the required reading, teaching assignments, and self reflections.
There are four Phases that make up the Open Floor Teacher Training. Each phase includes:
An immersion is a 5-day, (30 hour) intensive training. There are four immersions offered:
Those enrolled in the Teacher Training must take the immersions in this order. Students who are not enrolled in the Teacher Training program may apply to any or all immersion(s), and do not need to take them in order.
If you are taking an immersion as part of the teacher training program, the prerequisites to start the training are:
If you are applying for the immersion and you are NOT enrolled in the Teacher Training program, the prerequisites are:
*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 if there’s another conscious dance practice you have studied that you would like us to consider.
An practicum is a 3-day, (20 hour) intensive session specifically designed for those enrolled in the Teacher Training program to learn and build embodied teaching skills.
The practicum days are ONLY for those enrolled in Open Floor Teacher Training.
All Mentoring sessions for Teacher Trainees are included in the price of the training (1 group session and 3 individual sessions per Phase).
We are not offering Mentoring to students who are outside our training program at this time.
By the time you graduate from the teacher training program, you must have completed:
These do not need to be completed in order to apply for the training, but are required in order to graduate from the program.
*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 if there’s another conscious dance practice you have studied that you would like us to consider.
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