The Ground Floor Lab is a pre-requisite to applying for the Open Floor Teacher Training.

This is the only Ground Floor Lab scheduled before the start of the Australasia Teacher Training in January 2023.

Take Your Movement Practice to the Next Level

A foundation in the most up to date approaches to embodiment and mindful movement, our Ground Floor Lab is an intensive, experiential, 30 hour introduction to the Open Floor curriculum. You’ll come away with an understanding of the core teachings and practical skills to use them in your movement practice, your everyday life, workplace and communities.

Our Ground Floor Labs attract people from a wide range of backgrounds interested in expanding their skills and knowledge of embodiment and mindful movement for both personal and professional reasons. This training is particularly suited to:

  • Dedicated, long-term movers interested in knowing more about Open Floor movement practice and how it works
  • Coaches, trainers or teachers of an embodiment, movement or conscious dance practice looking for inspiration and new skills
  • Professionals in social care, health, mind-body therapies, education, and first response services, who want to integrate embodiment and mindful movement into their work
  • Mental health professionals who already work with an embodied approach, or want to do so and are interested in the Open Floor Therapy in Motion training
  • Anyone considering the Open Floor Teacher Training

An inspiring way to deepen my understanding of Open Floor’s Movement Resources, and a much better understanding of the values and concepts that undergird Open Floor teaching. I’ll bring all of this not only onto other dance floors but into my life and my professional work – and I’ll be back for more deep dives into Open Floor.

— Deborah, USA GFL student 2020

What will you learn?

Each movement session includes a look ‘behind the scenes’ from a professional perspective for an understanding of the intention, structure and purpose of each experience.

Meet the Faculty

Geordie Jahner Ph.D

Geordie Jahner Ph.D

Open Floor Teacher & Training Faculty

Liat Lev-Sokal

Liat Lev-Sokal

Open Floor Teacher & Mentor

What to expect


All sessions will include time for movement and dance as well as an explanation of the the intention, structure and purpose of each experience.Our movement sessions make creative use of all the Zoom functionalities available and are very interactive, including pairs and small group exercises.You will also be given access to a variety of teaching materials on our dedicated learning platform for ease of learning.There will also be many opportunities for connection with the faculty as well as other students. You will be part of the same “pod” (a small group of students) throughout the Lab, as well as having regular opportunities for sharing and exchanging in breakout rooms with other students.The Faculty will be assisted by Open Floor teachers so there is always someone to reach out to for support.The Lab will also have a Tech Host who will be on hand to make sure you are fully supported with any technical issues that may arise.Your Ground Floor Lab will have its own private group on our dedicated learning platform. This is a great place to communicate with the other participants beforehand. You will be sent you an invite to join the group as soon as your application is accepted.

Essential Information

Tuition is $720 USD.

Early bird Special: $650 USD (pay by August 1, 2022)

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(Your application fee of $30 is credited toward the balance. If you cancel after acceptance and payment there will be a $25 processing fee.)

Payment in full is required once you’ve been accepted on the Ground Floor Lab.

Your place on the Ground Floor Lab is not guaranteed until full payment has been made.

To attend the Ground Floor Lab, you are required to have

  • 50 hours of instructed study in conscious dance (Open Floor, 5Rhythms, Soul Motion etc., and/or Embodiment Practices (yoga, tai chi, Alexander technique, Somatic, etc.)


* It is highly recommended that some of those hours are In Open Floor.

Find an Open Floor Class/Workshop/Group here

The first step in the application process is to pay a non-refundable $30 deposit (this will be credited towards your fee on acceptance). You will then be invited to complete your online application form. 

After we receive your application, you’ll receive a confirmation email. The faculty will then review your application, and you should hear a response in less than a week. Please apply early so we have plenty of time to read & process all applications.  Thank you.

Please note, while the Ground Floor Lab is a prerequisite for the Open Floor teacher training, acceptance on the Ground Floor Lab does not mean acceptance to the Teacher Training – a further application process is required for that.

We recognize that currencies in Australasia are weaker against the USD. Please do not hesitate to apply for a discount or partial scholarship.


Open Floor realizes that the current world situation affects everyone differently, and we are committed to making our programs available to the people who want to attend, regardless of socioeconomic status. The Scholarship Fund has been established to help those in need. If finances will keep you from attending, we encourage you to apply.


OFI gives scholarships to increase the diversity of OFI students and teachers as a first step in becoming a move inclusive movement. Priority is given to applicants who belong to racial, religious, cultural, sexual identity, geographic, and ability groups that have traditionally been underrepresented populations in the field of mindful movement and conscious dance. To qualify for the scholarship, prospective students demonstrate a commitment to diversity as it relates to their interest in mindful movement for personal healing, professional growth, and community building.   

We are actively working to make our trainings more attractive to people who identify as Black, IndigenousPeople of Color (BIPOC)LBGQT+, gender fluid, differently abled, and people living in less wealthy regions, by lowering the price to encourage participationIf you identify as or serve such a population, we would like to hear from you! There is no need to prove financial need.

You can apply for either fund with a separate application process once you have been accepted on the Ground Floor Lab.

Cancellation up to 30 days before an event: refund minus a $100 fee. No refunds less than 1 month from the start of a Lab.


3.00 – 9.30PM


10.00am – 4.30PM


8.00Am – 2.30PM

Please note that we will have off-screen time during the day, so you won’t necessarily be at the screen the whole time. We understand zoom fatigue and want you to know we will be tracking this

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