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.
Davida Taurek, MS, LPCC, has a diverse background in counseling psychology, the creative arts, and body-centered therapies. 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.
Jennifer is a certified 5Rhythms facilitator, trained by Gabrielle Roth, Kathy Altman, Lori Saltzman and Andrea Juhan.
Her dance practice began in 1996 and included ritual performances and visual poetry, earning her a college scholarship. After performing for many years, Jennifer realized a profound yearning to experience dance on a deeper level and began studying the 5Rhythms in 2002. She is now teaching this extraordinary body of work, constantly catalyzing a deeper way of living more fully in the body. Jennifer is skilled at creating a safe space where dancers are invited to discover and express themselves with authenticity. Her deep understanding of the work inspires students to engage powerfully with the transformative nature of this practice, while her upbeat teaching style helps to create community on the dance floor.
Kamla Sufi is a kind and smiling guide who earned a Master’s Degree in Education in 1995. She is trained in Open Floor yoga meditation DE&I facilitation and family coaching. She leads in the development of creating happier homes and more mindful communities all around the world. She has worked with such a range of ages inspiring all people to shine a bit brighter. As a dj she mixes culturally diverse music of various genres and tempos with two essential ingredients: Joy and Love.
Nina discovered the world of conscious dance in the early 2000s while on retreat at Esalen. Within a few days, she found herself dancing 3-5x weekly. Her somatic training includes 5 Rhythms, Open Floor, and Ecstatic Dance, as well as studying the ethnomusicology of shamanic journeying and altered states. She has developed her own movement form, a nature-based movement meditation practice using music crafted to support healing and expanded sense of self. As a certified meditation teacher and a certified Ecstatic Dance dj, her sets focus on using bass and rhythm to create a safe and grounded space for play, introspection, joy, and deep transformation.
Zuza Engler leads workshops, classes & yearlong programs for relaxation, self-discovery, and belonging. Her work is distilled into Moving with Life: a community practice for waking up through movement, stillness, deep inner inquiry, and time in nature. A long term student of expressive and meditative dance and teacher of Soul Motion® and Open Floor, she has also practiced Gestalt, Buddhist meditation and Tibetan Kum Nye, trained in Lomi Somatics and trauma resolution and completed a doctorate with a dissertation on the use of conscious movement in healing the mind/body split.
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.
Farshid Farrahi, MD (he/him), is a therapist & facilitator with Open Floor International.
Embracing his mystical and indigenous tribal Persian roots, he brings over a decade of experience with mindfulness and meditative inquiry, insight into the psyche, and care of the Soul to the Dance-floor. He is delighted to share his passion for movement, Soul poetry, and music in a space where your Inner Teacher meets the dynamic Now.
For Joseph, being a teacher and facilitator came naturally and from a young age, they felt impassioned to pursue these dreams. After a decade of working with youth as a middle-school teacher, Joseph's passion and curiosity led them to California Institute of Integral Studies where they earned their M.A. in Somatic Psychology. Today, they are 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.