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Expressive Movement Facilitator Training: 2019 – 2020 JHB

with Sian Palmer

The Expressive Movement Facilitator Training is an embodied learning and personal development process focused on Expressive Movement principles and tools. This facilitator training course offers you the necessary skills and tools for you to hold your own open conscious dance classes.

Whether you are looking to start up group classes or integrate this approach into your current practice, Expressive Movement offers an holistic and embodied way of working that will best support your practice and your personal wellbeing.

Over this course you will learn how to guide others through their own embodied process towards self-discovery and growth; through the use of guided movement meditation and DJ’ing.


The training includes:

  •  3 four-day training Modules
  •  A comprehensive reading list of theorists and practitioners & a pack of core readings
  • 2 individual mentoring sessions


What is required to complete the course?

  • 3 four-day Modules
  • Co-facilitated practice sessions in Module 2 & 3
  • Book presentation in Module 2
  • A written assignment between Modules 2 & 3
  • 4 post-training practice sessions with a written up feedback report
  • 2 individual mentoring sessions

Jhb 2019 – 2020:

Module One: Home – One Body

22 – 25 November 2019

Module One’s intention is to build a strong foundation of the Expressive Movement practice in order for you to feel more at home in your body and with the form. We will work with both the practical and theoretical aspects that underpin the Expressive Movement Form and introduce the Expressive Movement map as a means of following the natural movements, rhythms and cycles that are explored through the body.

Module Two: Towards the Hearth

14 – 17 February 2020

In the second module we turn towards the hearth and look to the heart of the practice that lies in our capacity to relate to life as moving human beings. We explore the importance of relationships in movement – relationships to the Self, to one another, to the community and to the world. Within the focus on relationships in movement, we explore the signficance of moving with feelings and intuition as guides towards greater health and wellbeing.

Module Three: Raku

27 – 30 March 2020

In this third and final module we work with deepening the understanding of the various holding containers in the practice and focus on the embodied learning of both direct and indirect facilitation skills through practical application of the Expressive Movement Map. This module will include working with music, the form, themes and the role of the facilitator as a means of guiding authentic movement.

The focus here is on practicing and integrating tools & skills learned. Practical application into your personal and professional life will be explored in order to best prepare you for the journey ahead.


Venue: Jhb, Bantam Holistic Hub

Tuition for the full program: R20 500 (on acceptance into the course, a non-refundable deposit of R3500 is payable to confirm your place)

payment option 1: R19 400 if paid in full by 1 November
payment option 2: 50% payable before Module 2 & 50% before Module 3

Please notePrevious conscious dance experience is a prerequisite to this training. In order to apply you will be required to fill out an application form which will be reviewed by the Expressive Movement committee.

Limited places are available.

To Apply: e-mail us on

About Sian Palmer:

Sian Palmer is the Founder of Expressive Movement South Africa & an HPCSA registered Drama and Movement Therapist. Sian returned to South Africa from her MA in the UK at the University of London in 2009, and since then has been offering the Expressive Movement form alongside her work as a Drama and Movement Therapist. Sian is passionate about dance as an accessible holistic meditation practice and is a firm believer in the power of embodied work as a medium for individual and collective healing and growth.