OPEN FLOOR DANCE

Open Floor Dance is a for-profit business. The teachers are members of Open Floor International (OFI) OFI is incorporated as a non-profit organization with 501(c)(3) status. OFI is a creative collaboration of seasoned movement teachers from all corners of the planet. We use the universal language of movement as a means of self-discovery and relationship building.

CONTACT

415-887-9399

 

PO BOX 2864

Sausalito, CA 94966

Marin County, California, USA

leah@openfloor.org

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ONLINE WEBINAR

My Word

6-week Art in Motion Online Writing Groups

Starting March 16 or 18, 2020

with Lori Saltzman

Online

The most personal is the most creative. - Martin Scorcese’s advice to a young director

Group 1: Mondays - March 16-April 20
11am-12:30pm (PST) – California Time

Group 2: Wednesdays - March 18-April 22
9-10:30am (PST) – California Time

There’s something so magical about meeting regularly with a small group of friends and/or strangers to write together. For writers and non-writers alike, it’s easier to relax into a simple rhythm: writing, sharing, and listening. What comes through us is real, surprising, messy, touching, occasionally heartbreaking, and often hilarious. Over time I begin to depend on the refuge of these brief, weekly gatherings.

I know in my bones that writing awakens the mind and connects hearts. Together we’ll practice writing swiftly enough to outrun our habitual censor. I'll offer up a poem, a single word, a wild headline, a song – the doorways to falling into our own creative stream are endless. Then we start to know each other beyond our polished selves.

Then we do it again.

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Cost: $190 for the series
Webinar Class Size Limited to 7

Cost: $190 for the series

For more information and to register:

UPCOMING EVENT

2020 vision

Three one-day offerings; Three perspectives

May 30; June 27; November 21

with Lori Saltzman, Michael Molin Skelton, and Kathy Altman

Mill Valley, CA USA

Two people stare at the same object, the same situation, and see totally different pictures. It’s as if we’re all in the same room, each watching a different movie. Widening our lens by building awareness and skill is both delightful and difficult.

In 2020, we’re offering three one day workshops with three different teachers who bring their unique perspective to Open Floor Movement Practice. Using music, movement and inquiry, the teachers will share their view of
- Looking in, out, up, down, around, forward and back
- The art of witnessing with a clear lens
- Making the inside visible on the outside
- Gazing into the great unknown
- The dance of seeing eye to eye when we don’t see eye to eye. (Yes, you read that right.)

Our ability to be present, open and available for these inquiries is a wonderful investigation in and of itself. To do this in the presence and company of other dancers is a gift filled with surprise, laughter and intimacy.

Dates:
May 30 – Lori Saltzman
June 27 – Michael Molin Skelton
November 21 – Kathy Altman

$150 for one day; $375 for series

For more information and to register:

UPCOMING EVENT

Both Sides Now

June 12-14, 2020

with Kathy Altman

Chicago, IL, USA

“Only paradox comes anywhere near to comprehending the fullness of life.” - C.G. Jung

In a world that appears more polarized by the minute, we are wise to study the nature of paradox. Paradox is inherent in everything.

We expand our chest, our back contracts. We move towards one choice, we move away from another. We face the outside world each day, yet live inside our own internal world view at the same time. We have become accustomed to these daily contradictions.

What if we mined the practice of staying open when more than one thing is true at the same time? What if we used paradox to fuel creative possibilities?

Ancient Chinese wisdom reminds us that everything in life contains the seed of its apparent opposite. Herein lies the gift that all great masters point us towards: that we include apparent opposites in our mind and heart, attach to neither and embrace both. This is the path to freedom and union, both on and off the dance floor.

Our tools will include Open Floor dance practice, meditation, and verbal inquiry as points of integration. It takes courageous awareness to embrace our humanity and divinity. This workshop will help us hold our feet to our own fire; to be exactly who we are and know ourselves to be more than we can imagine.

Investment: $260; $290 if paid after May 10, 2020

12 hours of experience of instructed conscious dance practice (E.g. Open Floor, 5Rhythms ®, Soul Motion, Movement Medicine, etc.)

For more information and to register:

Karyn Gartner +815-788-8553 Email: info@mandala-cfta.org

UPCOMING EVENT

Ground Floor Lab

September 9-13, 2020

with Heather Ehlers and Stacey Butcher

Santa Cruz, Califorina

Ground Floor Lab is a five-day, in-depth tour of Open Floor movement practice. Two of our most seasoned teachers team up to immerse students in our dance curriculum. You’ll come away with an understanding of the core teachings and the skills to use them in your life, both on and off the dance floor. Designed for experienced dancers who intend to apply for the Open Floor Teachers Training.

$650

For more information and to register:

ONGOING EVENT

Common Thread

A Year Long Committed Group

Sept 18-20, 2020 - Module 1: Roots

with Kathy Altman

Bellingham, Washington, USA

Life is the ultimate paradox. It is both blissful and difficult, terrific and terrifying. Perennial wisdom can help us navigate this precious life from a place of strength, but it takes effort both joyful and deliberate.

This committed group will be held over the period of a year. It will include Open Floor movement practices, a visual art project that spans the program, sitting meditation and written and verbal inquiry.

Full commitment to all three modules is required. Loving company will help us examine the fabric of our lives; the threads that connect us and those that have faded or frayed.

Module 1 – Roots – Sept 18-20, 2020
Questions we will investigate as we share our common need for solidity, identity and successful survival. What is the nature of the soil I was born into? What original seeds have grown and flourished? What is the ground I stand on now? What identities have I built that serve me? Which ones keep me bound in shoes that no longer fit?
Module 2 – Center – Feb 12-14, 2021
Questions we will investigate as we share common sense wisdom for those times we must endure life’s necessary suffering and find center again and again. How do I sense and surrender to my inner knowing? How do I tend to my inner life amidst growing outer demands and floods of emotion? How do I stay centered when life tosses me around like a life raft in a storm? How do I nourish connection and intimacy without abandoning my sense of self?
Module 3 – Branching – May 21-23, 2021
Questions we will navigate as we turn ourselves towards our shared world and our common good: Can I find and follow my life’s purpose? Can I make a contribution that arises from my unique life experience? Can my values and beliefs be reflected and received in community and society? Can I rest in the great mystery, knowing I will never fully know what life has in store?

This is soul work. Everyone has a unique contribution to make. It is a necessary part of our journey to offer it. Then comes the surrender to spirit, witnessing where the seeds of our offerings blow, settle and grow forth. Come join us for the creation of a sudden community with people who love to investigate life through movement, the creative arts and silence.

Fee: $950 (Pay by Module - $450, $300, $200)
$850 if paid in full by August 18

20 hours experience of instructed conscious dance practice

For more information and to register:

UPCOMING EVENT

Both Sides Now

The Spirit of Paradox

October 9-11, 2020

with Kathy Altman & Lori Saltzman

Cork, Ireland

“Only paradox comes anywhere near to comprehending the fullness of life.”
- C.G. Jung

In a world that appears more polarized by the minute, we are wise to study the nature of paradox.

Paradox is inherent in everything. We expand our chest, our back contracts. We move towards one choice, we move away from another. We face the outside world each day, yet live inside our own internal world view at the same time. We have become accustomed to these daily contradictions.

What if we mined the practice of staying open when more than one thing is true at the same time? What if we used paradox to fuel creative possibilities?

Ancient Chinese wisdom reminds us that everything in life contains the seed of its apparent opposite. Herein lies the gift that all great masters point us towards: include apparent opposites in our mind and heart, attach to neither and embrace both. This is the path to freedom and union, both on and off the dance floor.

Our tools will include Open Floor dance practice, meditation, and verbal inquiry as points of integration. It takes courageous awareness to embrace our humanity and divinity. This workshop will help us hold our feet to our own fire; to be exactly who we are and know ourselves to be more than we can imagine.

Schedule:
Friday– 7:00pm-9:30pm
Saturday – 11:00am-6:00pm
Sunday –11:00am – 5:00pm

Fee - €195. After September 9th: €245

Pre-requisites: 12 hours experience of instructed conscious dance practice (e.g. Open Floor, 5Rhythms®, Soul Motion, Movement Medicine, etc.)

For more information and to register:

UPCOMING EVENT

In Good Standing

October 16-18, 2020

with Kathy Altman & Lori Saltzman

Den Haag, The Netherlands

Standing up is not a one-time event – it takes fortitude. In relationships, at work, in conversation, with our own habits, we are called to stand up again and again, in matters big and small. Often we have to stand alone. And anyone who has been in a long term relationship (parent, friend, child, partner) knows the power of learning the right moment to “stand down” when conflicts arise. So how do we embody this necessary practice? In this weekend workshop we will mine the innate wisdom of our bodies to investigate:

- Who do we stand behind, beside?
- Where are we afraid to stand up?
- What won’t we stand for anymore?
- How do we stand our ground when the ground is shaking?

Let’s ask the questions together and listen for the answers.

Schedule: Friday 7-9:30pm | Saturday -11:00am–6:00pm | Sunday 11am-5pm

Fee €235,00. €255,00 after September 16, 2020

Pre-requisites: 12 hours of instructed conscious dance practice – e.g. Open Floor, 5Rhythms, Soul Motion, Movement Medicine, etc.

For more information and to register:

Saryo Van Lakerveld. Phone: +31 6 481 52 072
Email: saryo@kpnmail.nl

UPCOMING EVENT

In Good Faith

October 23-25, 2020

with Kathy Altman & Lori Saltzman

London, England

When fear is in the driver's seat and hopelessness howls, faith still abides, calling us from seemingly nowhere. Declaring darkness temporary, it builds bridges out of rubble. Crossing takes courage, the ability to tolerate new territory, but the results are more than we can imagine.
In this weekend of Open Floor Movement, we will broaden our capacity to enter the unknown. With each step on the dance floor, amongst witnesses who are not afraid of our missteps, we will cultivate this essential tool for rudderless times. We will practice a faith that heals--for ourselves, each other, and a world in need.

The handrails for this journey will be dance, sitting meditation, verbal and written inquiry.
Mired or mighty, who you are is enough. What waits...is eager to be found.

Schedule:
Friday– 7:00pm-9:30pm
Saturday – 11:00am-6:00pm
Sunday –11:00am – 5:00pm

Fee: £195. After September 23rd - £230

For more information and to register:

Becca Parkinson. Phone +447931223801, Email becca@movinglandscapes.org