Courses in 2020

Phase One

Participants learn the theory and practice of the Moving Cycle, as it has developed from its roots in dance therapy, body psychotherapy, neuroscience, attachment theory, phenomenology, and contemplative disciplines. Learning takes place largely through physical experimentation, followed by discussion. Core skills will be taught: the oscillation of attention, postponing meaning-making, physical free association, shared authority between the facilitator and the mover, and supporting emerging movement sequences to become body narratives.

Organizer: Sabine Koch (mail)

Phase Two

Basic skills will be refined and extended by focusing on how the self develops in relationship, and how non-verbal interaction deeply influences our energy, our character, and our bodies. By experientially studying the body-to-body relationship between the facilitator and the mover, the facilitator can internalize skills that support the mover to feel more secure in touching into body memories and action tendencies from the past that can now be sensitively worked with within the attuned relationship.

Organizer: Sabine Koch (mail)

Phase Four

In this phase the participants work with the details of developmental movements, and how learned interruptions of these movements can harm adult functioning. By committing to an accurate, detailed and creative recovery of these early movements, we can set the stage for healthy adult behavior. Because these movements are often ‘remembering’ pre-verbal or non-verbal experiences, touch more than words often becomes the treatment of choice. Participants will learn the basic principles and practices of the use of touch - types of touch, when, where and how to touch, how long to touch, and when not to touch. Special attention will be placed on ethics, and how touch interventions can support movement sequencing. As well, we will relate movement tendencies to attachment tendencies - to the patterns of how we learned to navigate close relationships. We will look into attachment theory, and keep drawing a through-line from attachment tendencies to movement patterns and to the power of touch to help relationships feel secure and nourishing.

Organizer: Kira Cords (mail)

Phase Three

This course delves deeply into the connection between physical movements (from inner micro-movements to large, expressive motions) and psychological, emotional, and relational states. By seeing movement as occurring along a functional continuum, participants will learn how to identify movement impulses that have been blocked, resulting in physical and relational holding patterns that cause us to suffer. By learning how to support these impulses to develop into detailed body narratives, conditions such as dissociation and addiction can be addressed.

Organizer: Kira Cords (mail)

Intergenerational Body Course - 25 hours

This course will theoretically & experientially examine the impact of events & atmospheres in previous generations on our current bodies. We will use the Moving Cycle to physically identify, narrate, appreciate, and act on our ancestral imprints. We will focus on finding the effective middle ground between letting go of the past and being a prisoner of it, via discovering body narratives that make our inherited stories dignified, graceful, and useful.

Organizer: Kira Cords (mail)

Courses in 2021

Phase One

Participants learn the theory and practice of the Moving Cycle, as it has developed from its roots in dance therapy, body psychotherapy, neuroscience, attachment theory, phenomenology, and contemplative disciplines. Learning takes place largely through physical experimentation, followed by discussion. Core skills will be taught: the oscillation of attention, postponing meaning-making, physical free association, shared authority between the facilitator and the mover, and supporting emerging movement sequences to become body narratives.

Organizer: Sabine Koch (mail)

Phase Two

Basic skills will be refined and extended by focusing on how the self develops in relationship, and how non-verbal interaction deeply influences our energy, our character, and our bodies. By experientially studying the body-to-body relationship between the facilitator and the mover, the facilitator can internalize skills that support the mover to feel more secure in touching into body memories and action tendencies from the past that can now be sensitively worked with within the attuned relationship.

Organizer: Sabine Koch (mail)