Training


Expressive Movement Facilitator Training 2021

with Founder Sian Palmer

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the positive response from dancers towards online Expressive Movement practice, we are including both online and face-face facilitation in the training. 

If you are interested in applying e-mail Sian on sian@expressivemovement.co.za 

The Expressive Movement Facilitator Training is in its 7th year of evolution and 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.

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.

Who is this training for?

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

  • If you already have an established movement meditation practice and, as a dancer, are wanting to deepen your relationship with the form and start up your own classes.
  • If you have experience in other embodied movement practices such as yoga, aikido tai chi and want to include Expressive Movement.
  • If you are a facilitator, teacher, coach or therapist and you are looking to integrate movement and mindfulness into your current practice then this training may be for you.

Your readiness is about your experience, embodiment and relational maturity and will be assessed through the application process that includes an application form and interview.

What skills will you learn?

  • Develop your own movement repertoire/ range of movement, so as to have an in-depth understanding of the form from the inside out.
  • Learn how to build community on your dance floor.
  • Craft textured and nourishing musical soundscapes to guide a full movement meditation session.
  • Include and attend to natural emotions that arise when we move.
  • Develop emotional intelligence through mindfulness and movement.
  • Design classes and events for people of all ages and abilities.
  • Utilise movement meditation within your current practice to ground, awaken, inspire, orientate, celebrate and integrate.

Expressive Movement is currently used by facilitators, teachers, coaches, family constellations practitioners and psychologists and can be offered as  a stand-alone class or be integrated as an embodiment tool.

Training Outline:

  • 3 training modules, (10 days)
  • 6 online practice sessions between Module 2 and 3 (6hrs)
  • 2 individual mentoring sessions (2hrs)
  •  A comprehensive reading list of theorists and practitioners & a pack of core readings

What is required to complete the course?

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

In-between modules your ongoing learning and connection to your fellow teachers-in-training is supported through assignments, reading, mentoring sessions, self-study and peer-supported teaching practice.

Course Dates and Content for 2022:

Module One: Home – One Body

8 – 10 July, Online

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

 9 – 11 September, Online

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 significance of moving with feelings, the elements/ seasons and intuition as guides towards greater health and wellbeing.

Please note: Trainees can choose where to take Module Two. Should there be any reason that this in-person module cannot go ahead due to Covid-19 restrictions, we will decide as a group how to proceed.

Module Three: Raku

4 – 6 November, Online

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.

Investment:

Tuition for the full programme: £2050 international trainees/ R20 500 for SA citizens.

payment option 1: £1950/ R19 400 if paid in full by 2 April
payment option 2: 50% payable before Module 2 & 50% before Module 3

*Training groups are limited to 16 places.

To Apply: e-mail sian@expressivemovement.co.za

Testimonials:

“Sian is a truly gifted facilitator and dance therapist, both in person and online. With her exquisite attention, she creates a safe space for the individual, the group and all the relationships in between. During the 2020 Expressive Movement Training, she allowed each participant to explore their light and their shadow, with equal reverence. Like a mother bird, she cared for everyone in the nest, yet gave each participant the skills needed to fly. Her generosity of spirit is contagious and makes the vision of a conscious, embodied and dancing world feel possible.” – Dr Lucy Draper-Clarke, Retreat Facilitator | Mindfulness Mentor | Researcher-Practitioner

“2020 was an interesting year to be doing the Expressive movement facilitator training. Sian was incredible in navigating us through the Online side of the course, which was impressed upon us by the global lock down. Her unstoppable will and kind passion to share this artform translated well through both the online, and in person training. The hybrid of the 2 was a first for everyone and brought it’s own unexpected gifts along the way. I would recommend this to anyone interested in this sort of practice and willing to dive deeper into one’s self through movement.” – Tommy Karpinski

About Sian Palmer:

Sian Palmer is the Founder of Expressive Movement South Africa, Co-Founder of Ancestral Connections & a 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 and developing 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. (www.sianpalmer.co.za)

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