OPEN FLOOR

Good teachers teach what they have been taught.
Wise teachers teach what they have learned.

—unknown

 

What is Open Floor?

Open Floor International (OFI) is a creative collaboration of seasoned movement teachers from all corners of the planet. 

Open Floor – Embodied Movement Meditation is a lively healing practice with a self-focused study in relational hungers, compassion, connection, self-regulation and expansion of creativity.

When we use the dance to be fully embodied – physically, emotionally, mindfully – it simply means being home for the beautiful ride of being alive. It means we’re present for anything and everything: loving, losing, colliding, learning, creating, connecting, feeling. 

To be embodied is to come to our senses. To show up and learn to stay with our experience whether it’s good or bad. To feel our power and to make things happen in our world.

When we live an embodied life we are fluid, flexible, and free to experience all of the wild and subtle moments that go by, the ones that are heavenly and the ones that drop us to our knees. 

To be embodied is to arrive at death in peace, free of regret for having missed our life because we weren’t home. 

 

video production and interview:  Amala Petra Storm
 

Put dance on your calendar

 

Sep 5 @ 6:15 pm – 7:15 pm Studio Laborgras
  Do you pay regular visits to yourself? – Rumi   Maybe after the work, all day long, you feel this gentle distraction or sense of disconnection. Maybe you’re longing for more spaciousness and less contraction in your body, mind and soul? Or maybe you just need to pause for the moment and create more space in the midst of everyday tasks and responsibilities.   Welcome to Open Floor classes – a place to move and include your spirit. Open Floor is a somatic movement practice that builds muscular and emotional intelligence.  We listen to the body – then move and include, there are no steps to learn and no way to get it wrong. The invitation is to come just as you are, all parts welcome, sometimes solo, coming together in partnership and gathering as a circle.   Wednesdays at 18.15  Time:  18.15 – 19.15 Place: Studio Laborgras   Paul-Lincke-Ufer 44A  (entrance in the 2nd backyard) 10999 Berlin Fee: 65 € for the cycle of five sessions  or 50 € if paid by fully by August 19th  via paypal to tamara@livingfromyoursoul.org Paid at the door: 15 € single session (12€ reduced price for students and unemployed)    
Sep 26 @ 6:15 pm – 7:15 pm Studio Laborgras
  Do you pay regular visits to yourself? – Rumi   Maybe after the work, all day long, you feel this gentle distraction or sense of disconnection. Maybe you’re longing for more spaciousness and less contraction in your body, mind and soul? Or maybe you just need to pause for the moment and create more space in the midst of everyday tasks and responsibilities.   Welcome to Open Floor classes – a place to move and include your spirit. Open Floor is a somatic movement practice that builds muscular and emotional intelligence.  We listen to the body – then move and include, there are no steps to learn and no way to get it wrong. The invitation is to come just as you are, all parts welcome, sometimes solo, coming together in partnership and gathering as a circle.   Wednesdays at 18.15  Time:  18.15 – 19.15 Place: Studio Laborgras   Paul-Lincke-Ufer 44A  (entrance in the 2nd backyard) 10999 Berlin Fee: 65 € for the cycle of five sessions  or 50 € if paid by fully by August 19th  via paypal to tamara@livingfromyoursoul.org Paid at the door: 15 € single session (12€ reduced price for students and unemployed)    
Sep 28 @ 8:00 pm – Sep 30 @ 6:00 pm Eden Studios
                            The Wisdom to Accept & the Power to Change knowing when to let go and accept and when to step up and take action In the stream of life events, small and big, how do we know when to lean back into our wise self, breathing, reflecting inwardly, and practicing radical acceptance; And when do we plug into our power, buckle up and step out to influence, affect and be an active agent of change. In this weekend workshop, we will dance, explore and practice some of the wise and powerful Core Movement Resources of Open Floor Movement Practice, in order to develop our innercompass so that we can make the right choices for us, time and time again, and be able to embody both our wisdom and our power.   Date & Time: September 28-30, 2018 Friday  28th: 20.00-22.00  Saturday  29th: 11.00-18.00  Sunday 30st: 11.00-17.00 Place: Studios EDEN   Breite Strasse 43, 13187 Berlin / Pankow Fee:  €190 €175 if paid in full by August 28th, 2018    
Oct 24 @ 6:15 pm – 7:15 pm Studio Laborgras
  Do you pay regular visits to yourself? – Rumi   Maybe after the work, all day long, you feel this gentle distraction or sense of disconnection. Maybe you’re longing for more spaciousness and less contraction in your body, mind and soul? Or maybe you just need to pause for the moment and create more space in the midst of everyday tasks and responsibilities.   Welcome to Open Floor classes – a place to move and include your spirit. Open Floor is a somatic movement practice that builds muscular and emotional intelligence.  We listen to the body – then move and include, there are no steps to learn and no way to get it wrong. The invitation is to come just as you are, all parts welcome, sometimes solo, coming together in partnership and gathering as a circle.   Wednesdays at 18.15  Time:  18.15 – 19.15 Place: Studio Laborgras   Paul-Lincke-Ufer 44A  (entrance in the 2nd backyard) 10999 Berlin Fee: 65 € for the cycle of five sessions  or 50 € if paid by fully by August 19th  via paypal to tamara@livingfromyoursoul.org Paid at the door: 15 € single session (12€ reduced price for students and unemployed)    
Oct 31 @ 6:15 pm – 7:15 pm Studio Laborgras
  Do you pay regular visits to yourself? – Rumi   Maybe after the work, all day long, you feel this gentle distraction or sense of disconnection. Maybe you’re longing for more spaciousness and less contraction in your body, mind and soul? Or maybe you just need to pause for the moment and create more space in the midst of everyday tasks and responsibilities.   Welcome to Open Floor classes – a place to move and include your spirit. Open Floor is a somatic movement practice that builds muscular and emotional intelligence.  We listen to the body – then move and include, there are no steps to learn and no way to get it wrong. The invitation is to come just as you are, all parts welcome, sometimes solo, coming together in partnership and gathering as a circle.   Wednesdays at 18.15  Time:  18.15 – 19.15 Place: Studio Laborgras   Paul-Lincke-Ufer 44A  (entrance in the 2nd backyard) 10999 Berlin Fee: 65 € for the cycle of five sessions  or 50 € if paid by fully by August 19th  via paypal to tamara@livingfromyoursoul.org Paid at the door: 15 € single session (12€ reduced price for students and unemployed)    
Nov 7 @ 6:15 pm – 7:15 pm Studio Laborgras
  Do you pay regular visits to yourself? – Rumi   Maybe after the work, all day long, you feel this gentle distraction or sense of disconnection. Maybe you’re longing for more spaciousness and less contraction in your body, mind and soul? Or maybe you just need to pause for the moment and create more space in the midst of everyday tasks and responsibilities.   Welcome to Open Floor classes – a place to move and include your spirit. Open Floor is a somatic movement practice that builds muscular and emotional intelligence.  We listen to the body – then move and include, there are no steps to learn and no way to get it wrong. The invitation is to come just as you are, all parts welcome, sometimes solo, coming together in partnership and gathering as a circle.   Wednesdays at 18.15  Time:  18.15 – 19.15 Place: Studio Laborgras   Paul-Lincke-Ufer 44A  (entrance in the 2nd backyard) 10999 Berlin Fee: 65 € for the cycle of five sessions  or 50 € if paid by fully by August 19th  via paypal to tamara@livingfromyoursoul.org Paid at the door: 15 € single session (12€ reduced price for students and unemployed)    
Nov 14 @ 6:15 pm – 7:15 pm Studio Laborgras
  Do you pay regular visits to yourself? – Rumi   Maybe after the work, all day long, you feel this gentle distraction or sense of disconnection. Maybe you’re longing for more spaciousness and less contraction in your body, mind and soul? Or maybe you just need to pause for the moment and create more space in the midst of everyday tasks and responsibilities.   Welcome to Open Floor classes – a place to move and include your spirit. Open Floor is a somatic movement practice that builds muscular and emotional intelligence.  We listen to the body – then move and include, there are no steps to learn and no way to get it wrong. The invitation is to come just as you are, all parts welcome, sometimes solo, coming together in partnership and gathering as a circle.   Wednesdays at 18.15  Time:  18.15 – 19.15 Place: Studio Laborgras   Paul-Lincke-Ufer 44A  (entrance in the 2nd backyard) 10999 Berlin Fee: 65 € for the cycle of five sessions  or 50 € if paid by fully by August 19th  via paypal to tamara@livingfromyoursoul.org Paid at the door: 15 € single session (12€ reduced price for students and unemployed)    
Nov 21 @ 6:15 pm – 7:15 pm Studio Laborgras
  Do you pay regular visits to yourself? – Rumi   Maybe after the work, all day long, you feel this gentle distraction or sense of disconnection. Maybe you’re longing for more spaciousness and less contraction in your body, mind and soul? Or maybe you just need to pause for the moment and create more space in the midst of everyday tasks and responsibilities.   Welcome to Open Floor classes – a place to move and include your spirit. Open Floor is a somatic movement practice that builds muscular and emotional intelligence.  We listen to the body – then move and include, there are no steps to learn and no way to get it wrong. The invitation is to come just as you are, all parts welcome, sometimes solo, coming together in partnership and gathering as a circle.   Wednesdays at 18.15  Time:  18.15 – 19.15 Place: Studio Laborgras   Paul-Lincke-Ufer 44A  (entrance in the 2nd backyard) 10999 Berlin Fee: 65 € for the cycle of five sessions  or 50 € if paid by fully by August 19th  via paypal to tamara@livingfromyoursoul.org Paid at the door: 15 € single session (12€ reduced price for students and unemployed)    
Nov 23 @ 7:00 pm – Nov 25 @ 5:00 pm Labor Gras
    “If we know where we came from, we may better know where to go. If we know who we come from we may better understand who we are”…. From before we are born we begin to experience and internalize our family of origin and our ancestors. By the age of seven we have formed internal maps based on these experiences and have made decisions about life and our world- Relationships, success, self- esteem and so on. Some of these decisions were made during times of stress when our wellbeing was compromised and as we grow older they can get in the way from living a life that is the truest expression of who we are. We also carry within us a natural turning towards wholeness, wellbeing and aliveness. In this Open Floor workshop we will connect with our internal family tree, opening our attention to its shapes as it unfolds through our dance. We will move with the stories in our bodies, inquiry into our shapes, and the movement of our minds Questing for the truth and more authentic ways of being , we will step into who we are meant to be. The Open Floor weave of four landscapes of Embodiment with four human Hungers will be the foundation of our journey.   Date & Time: November 23-25, 2018 Friday  23rd: 19.00-21.30  Saturday 24th: 11.00-17.30  Sunday 25th: 11.00-17.00 Place: Studio Laborgras   Paul-Lincke-Ufer 44A  (entrance in the 2nd backyard) 10999 Berlin Fee:  €170 €140 if paid in full by October 23rd, 2018   Helen Bohan is an Open Floor Movement facilitator and a mentor with Open Floor International. She is also a 5Rhythms®teacher trained by Gabrielle Roth in 2011 and an accredited Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner and psychotherapist      
Nov 28 @ 6:15 pm – 7:15 pm Studio Laborgras
  Do you pay regular visits to yourself? – Rumi   Maybe after the work, all day long, you feel this gentle distraction or sense of disconnection. Maybe you’re longing for more spaciousness and less contraction in your body, mind and soul? Or maybe you just need to pause for the moment and create more space in the midst of everyday tasks and responsibilities.   Welcome to Open Floor classes – a place to move and include your spirit. Open Floor is a somatic movement practice that builds muscular and emotional intelligence.  We listen to the body – then move and include, there are no steps to learn and no way to get it wrong. The invitation is to come just as you are, all parts welcome, sometimes solo, coming together in partnership and gathering as a circle.   Wednesdays at 18.15  Time:  18.15 – 19.15 Place: Studio Laborgras   Paul-Lincke-Ufer 44A  (entrance in the 2nd backyard) 10999 Berlin Fee: 65 € for the cycle of five sessions  or 50 € if paid by fully by August 19th  via paypal to tamara@livingfromyoursoul.org Paid at the door: 15 € single session (12€ reduced price for students and unemployed)    
Dec 5 @ 6:15 pm – 7:15 pm Studio Laborgras
  Do you pay regular visits to yourself? – Rumi   Maybe after the work, all day long, you feel this gentle distraction or sense of disconnection. Maybe you’re longing for more spaciousness and less contraction in your body, mind and soul? Or maybe you just need to pause for the moment and create more space in the midst of everyday tasks and responsibilities.   Welcome to Open Floor classes – a place to move and include your spirit. Open Floor is a somatic movement practice that builds muscular and emotional intelligence.  We listen to the body – then move and include, there are no steps to learn and no way to get it wrong. The invitation is to come just as you are, all parts welcome, sometimes solo, coming together in partnership and gathering as a circle.   Wednesdays at 18.15  Time:  18.15 – 19.15 Place: Studio Laborgras   Paul-Lincke-Ufer 44A  (entrance in the 2nd backyard) 10999 Berlin Fee: 65 € for the cycle of five sessions  or 50 € if paid by fully by August 19th  via paypal to tamara@livingfromyoursoul.org Paid at the door: 15 € single session (12€ reduced price for students and unemployed)    
Dec 12 @ 6:15 pm – 7:15 pm Studio Laborgras
  Do you pay regular visits to yourself? – Rumi   Maybe after the work, all day long, you feel this gentle distraction or sense of disconnection. Maybe you’re longing for more spaciousness and less contraction in your body, mind and soul? Or maybe you just need to pause for the moment and create more space in the midst of everyday tasks and responsibilities.   Welcome to Open Floor classes – a place to move and include your spirit. Open Floor is a somatic movement practice that builds muscular and emotional intelligence.  We listen to the body – then move and include, there are no steps to learn and no way to get it wrong. The invitation is to come just as you are, all parts welcome, sometimes solo, coming together in partnership and gathering as a circle.   Wednesdays at 18.15  Time:  18.15 – 19.15 Place: Studio Laborgras   Paul-Lincke-Ufer 44A  (entrance in the 2nd backyard) 10999 Berlin Fee: 65 € for the cycle of five sessions  or 50 € if paid by fully by August 19th  via paypal to tamara@livingfromyoursoul.org Paid at the door: 15 € single session (12€ reduced price for students and unemployed)    
Dec 19 @ 6:15 pm – 7:15 pm Studio Laborgras
  Do you pay regular visits to yourself? – Rumi   Maybe after the work, all day long, you feel this gentle distraction or sense of disconnection. Maybe you’re longing for more spaciousness and less contraction in your body, mind and soul? Or maybe you just need to pause for the moment and create more space in the midst of everyday tasks and responsibilities.   Welcome to Open Floor classes – a place to move and include your spirit. Open Floor is a somatic movement practice that builds muscular and emotional intelligence.  We listen to the body – then move and include, there are no steps to learn and no way to get it wrong. The invitation is to come just as you are, all parts welcome, sometimes solo, coming together in partnership and gathering as a circle.   Wednesdays at 18.15  Time:  18.15 – 19.15 Place: Studio Laborgras   Paul-Lincke-Ufer 44A  (entrance in the 2nd backyard) 10999 Berlin Fee: 65 € for the cycle of five sessions  or 50 € if paid by fully by August 19th  via paypal to tamara@livingfromyoursoul.org Paid at the door: 15 € single session (12€ reduced price for students and unemployed)    
Mar 8 @ 7:30 pm – Mar 10 @ 5:00 pm Eden Studios
  We are extraordinary creatures, full of emotions, thoughts, creativity, movement, love, longing and sticky bits of mess…places where we get stuck with the free flow of being who we are. Where we can get stuck in being with ourselves and each other with a compassionate listening heart. Toxic shame is one of the places that leads us into disconnect – with ourselves, each other and our full place in the world around us. The shame that whispers, there’s something wrong with you – hide! We will look at how shame can contract, harden and stagnate our life force, so our joy has no place to go and our compassion shuts down – these things happen, it’s part of being human. Usually we do try to hide when this happens to us – and shame comes along. We hide, we don’t trust that we will still be accepted and loved, we try to cover up when we get a bit messy, shut down. Conscious of negative behaviour, conscious of hiding and feeling stuck with it – we can feel shame. Through Open Floor Movement Practice including inquiry, witnessing and reflection, we will explore the role of toxic shame in our emotional landscapes. We will invite the mover in us to open up to the fluidity of who we are, unravel some of the places we get stuck or hide in. Paradoxically, often when we move what it is we’re hiding, who we are warts and all, it brings us straight into connection with others – we show our vulnerability and we begin to see each other and recognise ordinary and extraordinary, tender, vital parts of ourselves.   Date & Time: March 8-10, 2019 Friday  8th: 20.00-22.00  Saturday 9th: 11.00-18.00  Sunday 10st: 11.00-17.00 Place: Eden Studios Breite Strasse 43 13187 Berlin Fee:  €210 €160 if paid in full by January 31th, 2019    Cathy Ryan has been working in embodied movement practice for many years, with a background in theatre, writing and shamanic practice. She is a founding member of Open Floor International and works extensively in Europe and the UK, loving this ongoing exploration of how and what it is to be alive in these moving, humans bodies of ours…