Open Floor Encounter is a structured group process that is rooted in elements of movement therapy, psychodrama, gestalt awareness practice, mindfulness and body-centered psychotherapy. The essential practice is to be mindful of the body, sensations, emotions and thoughts - moment by moment - and make what is inside of us, physically visible: to bring unconscious patterns into consciousness. Where can we become more clear and less automatic; where can we renegotiate, reconsider options and create new options, where none existed before? How can we integrate new possibilities into our daily live?
We come to understand the interdependence of being human. We do not exist in this universe alone; we are all in this together. We constantly effect each other. Our actions have impact on others; other’s actions effect us. Within a safe inclusive atmosphere, where we can feel supported and welcomed, we can be challenged to risk moving beyond our habitual patterns. This carefully structured process is embedded in grounded movement practice, which supports participants to connect with and express what emerges in the process.
What to expect?
The workshop is primarily experiential, combining dance, sessions in the unique Open Floor Encounter structure, short lectures, demonstrations and movement exercises.
Who is the workshop for?
Open to dancers with experience in some kind of conscious movement and who have an interest in exploring human experience and development.
The workshop will be in English.
Sietske Venema, certified 5Rhythms and Open Floor teacher, has been working in embodied movement practice for over 20 years. She was also trained as a Transpersonal Psychotherapist, studied Somatic Experience and Sensory Motor Psychotherapy. She is a working member and mentor of the Open Floor International.
‘I am pleased and delighted to be offering an Encounter Fundamentals workshop. Having assisted and been trained by Andrea Juhan during the last 8 years, has given me a foundation and an opportunity to develop and refine skills to facilitate the Encounter Process. I really look forward to an amazing journey with those of you who choose to come together for this workshop.
When: Friday 3 November - Sunday 5 November 2017
Time: Friday 7 pm to 9.30 pm
Saturday 10.30 am to 6.00 pm
and Sunday 10.30 am to 5.00 pm
Booking and more information:
Experience with conscious dance like Open Floor, 5Rhythms, Movement Medicine, SoulMotion et cetera is required.