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Introduction to the Moving Cycle - 15 Hours

The Moving Cycle stresses the importance of trusting and awakening the body’s innate resources for healing and growth. These resources include high quality attention to and support of movement process that emerge when we focus on our bodies in a non-judgmental and largely non-verbal manner. The Moving Cycle method involves a shared authority and inter-subjectivity between a facilitator and a mover, and a trusting of the body’s ability to access implicit memories, engage in creative experimentation, and unravel the physical, emotional, and cognitive barriers to wellbeing. Sessions unfold in four phases, beginning with awareness and ending with action, and focus on developing conscious body motions that arise from within and tell a story that informs and transforms the client. This seminar will experientially introduce the participant to the Moving Cycle, so that the work can be experienced as well as understood. Activities will include guided experiments in developing high quality attention to ones current experience, finding the body’s impulses to act in precise ways, and supporting these movement sequences to literally ‘move’ us towards greater wellbeing.

Who Might Be Interested in Training in the Moving Cycle

The Moving Cycle was originally designed as a form of body-based psychotherapy, and continues to carry this emphasis. Yet early on in its history teachers and students found that it could easily be applied in educational, personal growth, and creativity settings. Accordingly, the trainings now include psychologists, psychotherapists, dance therapists, educators, minis

Training Methods and Prerequisites

The program involves ‘learning by moving’ as its primary method. This means that participants experience the work in their own bodies, internalizing the principles in a direct manner, and practicing emerging skills by working with each other, usually in twos and threes. Small group and whole group discussion integrates personal experience with theories and practices from multiple disciplines. Because of this highly immersed method of learning, participants need to be emotionally mature and socially adept. While the training can be and usually is personally transformative, its intent is to assist people in working professionally with the moving body. For this reason it is also important that trainees have a working knowledge of their own professional discipline, and an intention to apply the Moving Cycle to their profession. It is also strongly recommended that trainees have a good grasp of basic psychological concepts, as well as a working knowledge of human anatomy and physiology. While very rare, it can happen that trainees experience persistent difficulties in managing their own experiences in the training group, managing their relationships with others in the group, or learning the basics of the method. Because of this unlikely possibility, the Moving Cycle Institute cannot guarantee that a participant will be allowed to complete the training sequence.