Courses in 2022

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. Taught in English by Christine Caldwell

Organizer: Rachelle Janssen (mail)

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. Taught in German by Antje Scherholz

Organizer: Rachelle Janssen (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. Taught by Christine Caldwell, in English

Organizer: Rachelle Janssen (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. Taught by Christine Caldwell, in English

Organizer: Rachelle Janssen (mail)

Advanced Topic: The Intergenerational Body

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. Taught by Christine Caldwell, in English

Organizer: Rachelle Janssen (mail)

Sexuality & Gender and Dreams

This course is open for all students who have completed Phase Four. It is designed to explore clinical and creative work that becomes possible for advanced practitioners. It begins with some guided self-experiencing time, and moves on to session demonstrations, often conducted by Christine. By discussing the sessions, we uncover various advanced themes in the work, and decide how to experientially address them, so that ones work in the Moving Cycle can deepen and complexify.Taught by Christine Caldwell, in English

Organizer: Rachelle Janssen (mail)

Courses in 2023

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. Taught in English by Christine Caldwell

Organizer: Rachelle Janssen (mail)

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. Taught in German by Antje Scherholz

Organizer: Rachelle Janssen (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. Taught by Christine Caldwell, in English

Organizer: Rachelle Janssen (mail)

Advanced Topic: The Mobility Gradient

The Mobility Gradient is seen as increasingly central in the Moving Cycle’s theory and practice, helping us to understand how to observe movement, how to work with trauma and addiction, and how to promote creativity. This course, taught through the DMT program at Zoe School in Basel, will briefly review the structures of movement processes, and then look in detail at how to work with all the locations on the Gradient. Taught by Christine Caldwell, in English

Organizer: Rachelle Janssen (mail)

Phase Three

This seminar focuses on what occurs when we consistently obstruct movement, whether it be physical, emotional, mental or spiritual. It also trains methods of restoring movement capacity. Chronically held back movement creates a sense of lack. That can become intolerable, leaving us vulnerable to addiction. This phase defines addiction broadly and looks to the body to help us restore a sense of fullness, mindfulness – that is our birthright. By studying the human mobility gradient and the phenomena of micro movements, we unlock the potential for conscious movement to support wellbeing and creativity. Taught by Christine Caldwell, in English

Organizer: Kira Cords (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. Taught by Christine Caldwell, in English

Organizer: Kira Cords (mail)