Good teachers teach what they have been taught.
Wise teachers teach what they have learned.
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.
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How do you express creativity in your life? Would you like more of it?
“For most people, creativity is a serious business. They forget the telling phrase ‘the play of ideas’ and think that they need to knuckle down and work more. Often, the reverse is true. They need to play.” Julia Cameron
This workshop combines dance and art, using simple techniques accessible to everyone. Whether you love expressing yourself through art or think you don’t have a creative bone in your body, this workshop is for you if you want to play, bring more creativity into every aspect of your life and feel more confident about making ‘mistakes’. Mistakes are nothing but an unexpected adventure into the unknown. Creativity is an adventurous process, it can be exciting, bewildering, scary, sexy, surprising and transcendent.
We’ll be dancing & making collage, transferring processes from the dance floor into art making and back again. When we take the risk to allow ourselves to play we can surprise ourselves by the ease, enjoyment and passion of our own creative aliveness.
Materials provided, however if you can bring an old magazine to share for collage that would be useful.
Date & Time: December 8-10, 2017
Friday 8th: 19.30-22.00
Saturday 9th: 11.00-18.00
Sunday 10th: 11.00-17.00
Place: Studio Laborgras
Paul-Lincke-Ufer 44A (entrance in the 2nd backyard)
Fee: 180 €
130€ (10 spots available) if paid in full by September 29th, 2017, 150€ if paid in full by October 29th, 2017
“And suddenly you know: It’s time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings.” Meister Eckhart
Many of us come back to the dance, again and again, because, on the floor, we experience unique moments, new beginnings. In these moments, crafted by our practice and blessed by grace, we step out of our conditioning and into infinite possibilities.
Our ancient soul shows us the way to new beginnings.
The journey of this workshop will weave the dancing prayer for these moments of grace with a practice of releasing old stories or letting them dissolve into the unified field.
If you love to dance and your soul thrives in ritual, this is for you.
Ancient Soul New Beginnings.
Lucie Nerot is a founding member of Open Floor International. She trained with Andrea Juhan in teaching Libido Fundamentals, with Gabrielle Roth in the 5 Rhythms and with Richard Moss in consciousness and energy work. She is also an international interpreter for trainings in imago therapy, coaching, consciousness work and loves to translate these teachings into movement scores that enrich her teaching. She has been dancing and teaching internationally for almost 20 years. She is passionate in her quest for the paths that lead to our essential self and to the richness of human relationship.
Date & Time: February 2-4, 2018
Friday 2nd: 20.00-22.00
Saturday 3rd: 11.00-18.00
Sunday 4th: 11.00-17.00
Place: Eden Studios
Breite Strasse 43
€130 (10 spots available) if paid in fully by November 5, 2017 or €150 if paid in full by December 30, 2017
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: May 18-20, 2018
Friday 18th: 20.00-22.00
Saturday 19th: 11.00-18.00
Sunday 20st: 11.00-17.00
Place: Eden Studios
Breite Strasse 43
€130 (10 spots available) if paid in full by February 28, 2018 or €150 if paid in full by April 30, 2018
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…