The teachers of Open Floor Marin infuse their movement practice
with years of training across many disciplines.
Our goal in mentoring others on the dance floor is to inspire,
connect, grow, and heal through dance.
Kathy is the co-founder of Open Floor International, an nonprofit organization that promotes conscious dance as a form of well-being, community building, peace making, and creativity. She has danced her whole life, but moving without externally imposed choreography is the skill she relies on most. Kathy has taught dance to thousands of people on many continents for over 40 years. She sees that habits we resort to on the dance floor mirror what we do off the dance floor. Noticing and modifying our thoughts and beliefs, finding authentic expression for our needs and emotions and building tolerance for our differences with others are key elements to health and wellness. These are the tenets of Kathy’s work as she trains others to teach embodied movement and moving meditation. Her work is open source, registered on the creative commons, and governed by a process called Dynamic Governance. Equivalency, efficiency, and transparency are its trademarks.
The dance floor has been Lori’s home, work, laboratory, meditation cushion, classroom, playground, and community for 37 years, as a teacher and eternal student. As a co-founder of Open Floor International, Lori travels the globe training Open Floor teachers, witnessing and supporting teachers as they find their own embodied style and wisdom. She has a special passion for the relationship between dance and other art forms. Just as she knows how to find the dancer within us all, she loves leading people to that writer within. In addition to working for 30 years as Gabrielle Roth’s producer/collaborator and student, Lori has also worked as a corporate management consultant, women’s reproductive rights counselor, writer, community clinic director, sex education teacher, frightfully terrible waitress, whitewater rafting guide, and pool hall manager.
Stacey is an Open Floor Movement teacher, serving on the faculty of Open Floor International. She has been dedicated to the healing arts for more than 20 years, with accreditation as a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP), Integral Somatic Psychology practitioner, certified 5Rhythms® teacher (trained by Gabrielle Roth), Reiki Master/Teacher, and bodyworker. She holds a professional membership in the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute (SETI), the United States Association for Body Psychotherapy (USABP), the International Conscious Movement Teachers Association, and Namasta, an organizations for mind-body and bodywork professionals. Stacey’s teaching is infused with passion, deep presence and humor. She is an inspirational facilitator and is skilled at holding space for transformation. Stacey is based in the San Francisco Bay Area and travels and teaches internationally.
Becoming an attuned and skillful inhabitant of a human body has always fascinated me. Embodiment as a path of study and devotion holds the felt sense of life as we live it, the creative qualities of imagination, inspiration, and art and the transcendent qualities of presence, compassion, love and Union with Spirit.
I have approached embodiment through every doorway I could find: Bodywork, Yoga, dance of all kinds, hiking, living life, being a mother, a lover, Somatic psychotherapy, meditation, thru professional trainings, academic programs and constant dedicated practice.
The words I hear the most about my style of teaching is: clear, kind, insightful and courageous. This means a lot to me as so many of my teachers mentioned above and beyond have held me in the same.
Davida Taurek, MS, LPCC, has a diverse background in counseling psychology, the creative arts, and body-centered therapies. She is a psychotherapist with an ongoing private practice in Marin County, and serves as associate faculty for the Master of Science Counseling Program at Prescott College directing the Somatic Emphasis. She teaches at Esalen Institute and 1440 Multiversity, has worked for Tony Robbins teaching embodiment and meditation techniques at Unleash the Power Within events, and is a Certified Instructor of Watsu®, WaterDance®, Motion Theater®, and 5Rhythms®.
In her earlier years, Davida was a professional doula and massage therapist caring for women during the labor and birthing process, a yoga teacher, and a performance artist and drummer. She lived and trained with Baba Olatunji, a Nigerian drummer, educator, social activist, and recording artist for many of her formative years.
Davida is known for her delightful sense of humor, fiery passion, authentic and caring presence, and evocative, devotional teaching style. She leads trainings and workshops worldwide.
For Joseph, being a teacher and facilitator came naturally and from a young age, felt impassioned to pursue these dreams. He began living his dream in 1999 by teaching middle school in the California public school system. After a decade working with youth, he was inspired to focus his teaching efforts on expanding the minds of his fellow educators, providing them with the skills to adapt their instruction to the needs of today’s classroom and ensure their students’ success. His passion and curiosity led him to California Institute of Integral Studies where he earned his M.A. in Somatic Psychology. Today he is a teacher and counselor at an alternative public high school in San Francisco, a Somatic Therapist, and an Open Floor Movement teacher in the SF Bay area, as well as at Esalen Institute in Big Sur.
Shaken and stirred by years of falling down and getting back up, Michael Z has studied with Zuza Engler, Michael Molin-Skelton, Vincent Martínez-Grieco and Kathy Altman, among others, and has been leading Soul Motion classes and workshops since becoming certified to teach in 2009. What he aspires to teach is what he desires to learn: the art of being alive in a human body, in the company of others.
In 2008, Jenny Macke founded Presence Studio, creating a community space for embodied freedom, exploration and expression. She teaches a wide variety of workshops and ongoing groups around the world. Jenny is a certified Open Floor teacher, and also serves on OF's Curriculum Circle. Prior trainings include nine years as a 5Rhythms® teacher, many years as a Nia instructor, and a Masters in Leadership Education. Her work is also inspired by her teachers and mentors Jillian Froebe & Authentic Movement, Wilderness and Soul Work of the Animas Institute Bill Plotkin, Heather Munroe Pierce’s dance circles, and Susan Harper and Continuum. Jenny is a wild and wily dancer, inspired by the landscapes of her home in the Pacific Northwest. She is a mother, artist, dreamer, lover, and she honors all peoples' worthy pathways to coming home through soul and body.
A few things that Michael holds sacred; the love of his life Anneli, the miracle of that love, Jaylan, resilience, friends that cherish and challenge him, integrity, dancing alone, dancing with you, transparency, love. Michael is a senior faculty of the Soul Motion School and he resides in Port Townsend, Washington.
Cathy is a skilled facilitator of conscious dance and the creative muse in motion. She holds groups from all over the world and is a founding member of Open Floor International. Her unique facilitation is personal, authentic, deep-shit-spirit-full, heart-full, spacious and clear. Infused with the art of theatre, poetry, earth medicine, movies and the soul of a seeker.