Learning To Teach Open Floor


Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the wise. Seek what they sought.    Matsuo Basho

Open Floor International is excited as we launch our first Teacher Trainings in Open Floor Movement Practice.

New Zealand Teacher Training (Module 1) – Feb 15-24, 2016, at Mana Retreat Centre, Coromandel, NZ

Teacher Training

This training is for those who dream of teaching others to discover the joy and healing that they themselves have found on the dance floor.

Open Floor is a school dedicated to the Common Good through the study, practice, and teaching of embodied dance.  The Founders of Open Floor have taught thousands of students and trained hundreds of teachers over the past 35 years. Along with a seasoned, talented international team of Open Floor teachers, we are ready and excited to pass on what we’ve learned to the next generation of dance and movement leaders, as well as those in service to people in “non-dance floor” settings.

Conscious dance practices are flourishing all over the world — the perfect and necessary medicine for our increasingly troubled and digitized planet.  Open Floor is a movement school grounded in the principles and wisdom embedded in all healing movement practices, the common ground we all share.  Our goal is to train teachers who have a robust bag of skills, who can offer a creative, deep, enlightening and enlivening movement experience wherever they go, no matter who they serve.

Our first training programme was launched internationally in 2015 for:

  • Aspiring movement teachers
  • Current movement teachers who want to expand their skills
  • Other professionals who know that movement skills will enrich their work, e.g., school teachers, social workers, recovery group leaders, corporate consultants, etc.
  • Psychotherapists: This specialty track is open to movement, art, drama and music therapists, psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists and mental health counselors from a variety of backgrounds.  The program is for experienced therapists who want to integrate movement and dance into the therapeutic setting.

There are two study tracks: a Movement Teacher Track, and a Psychotherapist Track

In our teacher training, you can expect training and mentoring as you learn to:

  • Design an infinite variety of movement scores using core movement principles
  • Prepare and tend to our dancing bodies so we can dance forever
  • Catalyze full, creative, exciting classes and events for people working with all ages and abilities
  • Create provocative and exciting soundscapes through music
  • Include and attend to natural emotions that arise when we dance
  • Track thoughts, stories, and patterns that hold us back, and turn them into creative fuel
  • Understand group dynamics and embody fluid authority.


Open Floor International Founding Members, Vic, Cathy, Lori and Andrea

Applications available on the OFI website.

Before filling out an application:

  1. Review the information for the track you’re interested in. There are two study tracks: a Movement Teacher Track, and a Psychotherapist Track. Make sure you have the pre-requisites for your track before applying.
  2. Sign up for a Ground Floor Lab
  3. Check the Training Calendar and Core Modules to start planning for the coming year.
  4. Contact us for an application
  5. Subscribe to our mailing list to be kept in touch with full details of the training programme.

In the meantime, move as much as you can, as often as you can, in as many ways as you can.

DATES:   We are happy to announce our intention to hold all 3 modules of a teacher training down under.

Module 1 – Feb 15-24, 2016 – in New Zealand at Mana Retreat Centre, Coromandel (residential)

Module 2  – Feb 10-19, 2017 at Mana Retreat Centre, Coromandel, NZ (residential)

Module 3 – Feb 5-11, 2018 at Mana Retreat Centre, Coromandel, NZ (residential)

Elective Study:  12 additional days of Open Floor study, chosen with your mentor according to your skills and interests.

Accommodations & food costs are separate from Tuition fees (payable directly to Mana Retreat Centre).

Prices for the 9 night retreat Accommodation and Meals at Mana as follows :

A range of accommodation options available:

  1. Full board – 9 nights accommodation + 3 meals/day – $1145.00 NZD per person
  2. Additional lunch for Early Arrivals = $20 NZD per person
  3. Camping – 9 nights + 3 meals/day + full use of facilities = $740 NZD per person
  4. Commuter or Daily Attendance Fee – 9 days of lunches + full use of facilities  = $315 NZD
  5. Additional Dinners = $20 NZD per meal

Workshops & Retreats

March 1-3, 2019
Soul Food:
Dancing our Wild Hungers
Open Floor Weekend
w/Geordie Jahner, Ph.D.
Perth, Australia
more info >>

May 17-19, 2019
Soul Food:
Dancing our Wild Hungers
Open Floor Retreat
w/Geordie Jahner, Ph.D.
Mana Retreat, Coromandel, NZ
more info >>

Body Wisdom:

Rewiring for Freedom
Geordie Jahner, Ph.D.
with an Ongoing Committed Group
more info >>

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