OPEN FLOOR INTERNATIONAL

OFI is incorporated as a non-profit organization. Our international program is currently in the process of applying for 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.

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415-887-9399

 

PO BOX 2864

Sausalito, CA 94966

Marin County, California, USA

leah@openfloor.org

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Explore even deeper into movement and mindfulness by taking a day-long

or weekend workshop with our teachers.

Write of Passage

UPCOMING WORKSHOP

OUT OF TOWN

Nov 8 - 10, 2019

with Lori Saltzman

Philadelphia, PA USA

For more information and to register:

Write of Passage is an invitation to the marriage of movement and writing, two spirited paths to intimacy with ourselves and each other. Everything we’ve experienced lives on in our bodies. Here we learn to dip our pen into an endless stream of unleashed creativity. Movement opens the gate. Simple writing exercises shift our task from trying to think things up to simply jotting them down — as words, memories, images surge from body to hand to page. No need to write an old, polished litany. Just list everything on the floor of your car, describe what you wore when you were 16, remember the first lie you told or the last three things that made you cry. If you love to write, this is heaven. If you think you’re not a writer, think again. And prepare to be surprised. Prerequisites: a body of any size or shape, a pen, experience with heartbreak, a childhood, two or more fears, quiet passions, quirky habits, a strong opinion, something you yearn for. All welcome – recommend some experience of instructed conscious dance practice.

Art Murmur: Unmasking

UPCOMING WORKSHOP

OUT OF TOWN

Jan 31 - Feb 6, 2020

with Kathy Altman and Lori Saltzman

Auckland, New Zealand

For more information and to register:

Early registration: $715AUD by December 31st, after $775AUD

To unmask is to reveal the stories we hide, and the ones we always tell until they become our presentation to the world. UnMasking is for anyone who believes they are not an artist, and everyone who knows they are. Together we’ll ride the untamed river of our creative juices and let its wild current carry us. We’ll dance outside the box, draw outside the lines, pursue imperfection, and listen to the whisper of poetic words. We’ll dance with abandon, take dictation from our bodies, make colorful messes and marvel at the art taking shape in and through our hands. Stop waiting for a creative moment and realize that you are one. Remember, it doesn’t matter how badly you dance, sing, scribble, or paint, as long as you don’t do it badly like anyone else.

Pre-Requistes: All attendees must have 12 hours of experience of instructed conscious dance practice (E.g. Open Floor, 5Rhythms®, Soul Motion, Movement Medicine, etc.)

Art Murmur: Professional Day

UPCOMING WORKSHOP

OUT OF TOWN

Feb 7, 2020

with Kathy Altman and Lori Saltzman

Auckland, New Zealand

For more information and to register:

$125

Following Art Murmur we will hold a one day debrief for experienced movement teachers who want to include other artistic modalities in their existing practice. We’ll reveal the hows and whys of integrating dance with writing, visual arts and theatre basics. This is an introduction to facilitating art-based exercises that access different levels of expression, vulnerability, spontaneity, creativity and awareness.

Requirements for Professional Day Attendance at Art Murmur: UnMasking. Currently teaching an embodied dance modality, or enrollment in the Open Floor teacher training.

Courage

UPCOMING WORKSHOP

OUT OF TOWN

Feb 14 - 16, 2020

with Kathy Altman and Lori Saltzman

Mullumbimby, Australia

For more information and to register:

liat@openfloor.org; +61 0408148654

“You cannot be truthful, if you are not courageous. You cannot be loving, if you are not courageous. You cannot be trusting if you are not courageous. You cannot inquire into reality if you are not courageous. Hence courage comes first... and everything else follows.” – Osho

Early registration: $315 AUD if paid in full by Jan 14th; after $355 AUD

Our true nature is to love and be loved. But great love takes great courage, and the uncertainty of life shakes our faith. To cultivate courage means to live with a full heart: to consciously embrace our insecurities and fears, voice our truth knowing it is never the whole truth, move towards risk and cultivate faith. By cultivating our ever-present vulnerability as a strength, we build our bravery muscles. The result? A deeper intimacy with life, each other, and the mystery of each moment. Our tool kit will include exploration through dance, verbal inquiry, and meditation. Please join us.

Pre-Requisites: All attendees must have 12 hours of experience of instructed conscious dance practice (E.g. Open Floor, 5Rhythms®, Soul Motion, Movement Medicine, etc.)

Both Sides Now: The Spirit of Paradox

UPCOMING WORKSHOP

OUT OF TOWN

Feb 21 - 23, 2020

with Kathy Altman and Lori Saltzman

Fitzroy North, Australia

For more information and to register:

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

Early registration: $355AUD if paid in full by 21st January, 2020; after $395 AUD

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.

Pre-Requisites: All attendees must have 12 hours of experience of instructed conscious dance practice (E.g. Open Floor, 5Rhythms®, Soul Motion, Movement Medicine, etc.)

Ground Floor Lab

UPCOMING WORKSHOP

OUT OF TOWN

Apr 1 - 5, 2020

with Heather Ehlers and Joseph Machado

Santa Cruz, Califorina

For more information and to register:

$650

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.

One-Day Workshops

UPCOMING WORKSHOP

OUT OF TOWN

May 30; June 27; November 21

with Lori Saltzman, Michael Molin Skelton, and Kathy Altman

Mill Valley, CA USA

For more information and to register:

$150 for one day; $375 for series

Delve deeper into the dance. Sign up for one or more of our one-day series. The first workshop will be held May 30. The second, with Michael Molin-Skelton, will be June 27. The third in the series will be November 21.