Become a
Moving Cycle Practitioner

Basic Training - 100 hours in four 4-day Courses

Completion of these four phases of training results in a certificate of training, the ability to use the title ‘Moving Cycle Practitioner’, and be listed on the website. Every effort is made to allow the trainee to complete the Basic Training in 2 years. Phase Three and Four are usually offered every other year in Europe, so every other year, students may take Phase 4 before they take Phase Three, in order to complete the Practitioner Training within two years.

Phase One – Core Principles and Practices – 25 hours

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.

Phase Two – The Rhythm of Self and Other – 25 hours

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.

Phase Three – Working with Movement Continuums – 25 hours

This course delves deeply into the connection between physical movements (from inner micro-movements to large, expressive motions) and psychological, emotional, and relational states. By seeing movement as occurring along a functional continuum, participants will learn how to identify movement impulses that have been blocked, resulting in physical and relational holding patterns that cause us to suffer. By learning how to support these impulses to develop into detailed body narratives, conditions such as dissociation and addiction can be addressed.

Phase Four – Touch, Attachment, and Movement Patterns – 25 hours

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.