Lori and Kathy, co-founders of Open Floor International, have spent decades honing the craft of moving meditation and the arts.
Kathy is the co-founder of Open Floor International, an organization that promotes conscious dance as a form of well being, community building, peace-making and creativity.
She has danced her whole life but moving without choreography imposed from the outside is the skill she relies on most.
Kathy has taught dance to thousands of people on many continents for over 40 years. She sees that habits we resort to on the dance floor are similar to what we do off the dance floor.
Noticing and modifying our thoughts and beliefs, finding authentic expression for our needs and emotions and building tolerance for our differences with others are key elements to health and wellness. These are the tenets of her work.
Kathy now trains others to teach embodied movement and moving meditation. Her work is open source, registered on the creative commons and governed by a process called Dynamic Governance. Equivalency, efficiency and transparency are its trademarks.
Far from thinking myself a dancer, at 26 I stumbled into a movement workshop. With the first beat of the drum my body said home! – and I never looked back. The dance floor has been my home, work, laboratory, meditation cushion, classroom, playground and community for 37 years, both as a teacher and eternal student.
Five years ago I co-founded Open Floor International, a collaboration of seasoned teachers who pooled decades of dance floor experience into one finely tuned curriculum. The last 4 years have been filled with travelling the world to train Open Floor teachers. I love to witness and support teachers to find their own embodied style and wisdom. When they feel the thrill of lighting up their communities through dance, I feel like I added a drop of goodness to our world.
Of the many things about Open Floor I find exciting, high on the list is our choice of Dynamic Governance as a model of operation. We’ve all trained in this methodology, learning to share power, make collective creative decisions, and run an international organization based on transparency. And we’ve learned to disagree, tell the truth, be respectful and get things done in the world. DG has given us embodied trust that we are stronger and more creative together than alone. It has been life-changing.
Besides 30 years as Gabrielle Roth’s collaborator and student, I’ve also worked as a corporate management consultant, women’s reproductive rights counsellor, writer, community clinic director, counselling trainer, sex education teacher, really terrible waitress, whitewater rafting guide, and pool hall manager.
My teaching influences include Pema Chodron, Adyashanti, Faith Boyarin, Hal and Sidra Stone, Chris Price, Mooji, my beloved Kathy Altman, and my Bengali tea boy son, Daniel.