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.

CONTACT

415-887-9399

 

PO BOX 2864

Sausalito, CA 94966

Marin County, California, USA

leah@openfloor.org

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Art Murmur: Unmasking

UPCOMING EVENT

January 31 - February 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.

Schedule
Begins at 6:30pm on 31 Jan
Ends at 2pm on 6 Feb

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 EVENT

February 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.

Schedule: 12 noon to 5pm

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 EVENT

February 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.

Schedule:
Begins at 6:30pm on 14 Feb
Ends at 5pm on 16 Feb

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

UPCOMING EVENT

February 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.

Schedule:
Begins at 6:30pm on 21 Feb
Ends at 5pm on 23 Feb

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.)

The Spirit of Paradox

Write of Passage

UPCOMING EVENT

March 27-29, 2020

Lori Saltzman

Port Townsend, WA

For more information and to register:

Madrona MindBody Institute 360-344-4475

Choose from the words that even now sleep on your tongue. Tangled among them is the sentence that can change your life. - Marie Howe

Fee: $235. After February 14 - $285

Write of Passage is an invitation to fuse movement and writing, two spirited paths to intimacy with ourselves and each other.

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.

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.

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.

Schedule:
Friday– 6:30pm-9:30pm
Saturday – 11:00am-6:00pm
Sunday –12noon – 5:00pm

Ground Floor Lab

UPCOMING EVENT

April 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.

20/20 vision

UPCOMING EVENT

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

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

Three one-day offerings; Three perspectives

In Good Faith

UPCOMING EVENT

with Kathy Altman & Lori Saltzman

London, England

For more information and to register:

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

Fee: £195. After September 9th - £230

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

Both Sides Now

UPCOMING EVENT

October 23-25, 2020

with Kathy Altman & Lori Saltzman

Cork, Ireland

For more information and to register:

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

Fee - €195. After September 23rd: €245

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

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

The Spirit of Paradox