This training has been suspended for the time being. Please see our Weekend Intensives page for movement workshops.
Training: September 2015 – June 2018
Body Visible/Body Invisible (BVBI) journeys into the depths, complexities and creativity of our moving body through the experience of authentic movement, allowing for a deep re-connection with self and other. It is a form that allows us to explore and learn how feelings, memories, energy, and our connection to a larger reality move first, and last, through our bodies. Moving with ourselves, with others, with creative expression, this training supports the individual in bringing essence and purpose forward through movement by participating in a deep exploration of where the visible meets the invisible.
BVBI consists of seven weekend intensives, August through June each year. Any participant interested in the training leading to facilitation of Body Visible/Body Invisible groups must attend each of the seven weekend intensives during the first year, and three intensives per year for the second and third years, for a total of thirteen intensives. (Additional intensives during the 2nd and 3rd years are available.)
Each intensive will be focused on developing capacity in a particular area of inquiry as we explore embodied wholeness. These will include: creativity, leadership, moving with a whole energetic cycle, moving dialogues, different moving forms, and the integration of art as part of the moving process.
Each year must include the first intensive of the year, which, for the training, includes two days before the intensive begins. These two days are for individual and group supervision, development of individualized plan of study and focused BVBI sessions. This time will include inquiry into:
- An in-depth study of BVBI and how to use it in own work
- Movement facilitation
- Personal process as primary teacher for evolving self
- Creativity and Improvisation
- Teacher training using LEAPYEAR as template
Each individual intensive begins Thursday evening at 7:00 and ends Saturday at 5:00. The cost of the program includes room, food and supplies for each of the weekends. The first intensive of the year is longer for people participating in the training and begins on Tuesday evening at 7:00.
To maximize intimacy and trust the intensive is held at the Maacama Retreat Center in Sonoma County – 10 wooded acres on a secluded river two hours north of San Francisco between Calistoga and Healdsburg. We will meet in a beautiful high-ceilinged studio, prepare meals together in a big country kitchen and sleep in shared living quarters.
- Participation in each of the seven weekend intensives during the first year, and participation in a minimum of 3 intensives in subsequent years. (13 total)
- Each year must include the first intensive of the year, which, for the training, includes two days before the intensive begins. These two days are for individual and group supervision, development of individualized plan of study and focused BVBI sessions.
- Participation in ongoing writing and creative explorations through participating in the BVBI Quarterly
- 2 hours of BVBI supervision/month with Cassie
- Home altar/sacred space
- Daily journal/personal practice
- Ongoing readings and in-class teaching assignments
- Oral presentation of assigned readings
- Presentation of a Creative Fusion Project each year
- Participation in weekly movement practice
- BVBI partner weekly get-together
- Development of individualized plan of study
BVBI Individual Intensives, Thursday 7:00 pm – Saturday 5:00 pm
Please arrive by 6:30 on Thursday to find and get settled into your lodgings before it gets dark. Studio will start on time at 7. There is no late entry or early dismissal. This is time set aside for all of us. If coming from off campus, please allow extra time to get here.
BVBI Training begins with the Tuesday before the first intensive of the year, beginning at 7:00 pm
Please arrive by 6:30 on Tuesday to find and get settled into your lodgings before it gets dark. Studio will start on time at 7. There is no late entry or early dismissal. This is time set aside for all of us. If coming from off campus, please allow extra time to get here. We will end on Thursday at 3:00 so you have some time before the intensive begins. Part of your training will be facilitating evening workshops during the intensives that you attend.
It is my hope that in engaging creative gestures and amazing voices from all walks of life we will be part of an ongoing conversation that engages the imagination and play with the added tension of the written word, creating a possibility for a remarkable offering that will leave an impression, that will invite change, that will encourage movement and dive into some pivotal questions meeting the challenge of these times.
The journal will be produced quarterly – printed and/or available on-line with submissions to be centered on, in response to, a single question. As part of the training you are required to submit something you are working on for each quarter.
The questions for this year (2015/16) are:
How do we engage and transform the deep apathy rising out of ‘why bother?’ in ourselves, our youth, our community?
What does it mean to be a human being in these times?
What does it mean to live with longing, dignity and devotion?
Still emerging – please submit a question of your own to be considered.
Deadlines for submissions are as followed:
Winter – December 1, 2015
Spring: March 1, 2016
Summer: June 1, 2016
Fall: September 1, 2016
2 hours of BVBI supervision/month with Cassie:
This is two hours of individual or group supervision that can be done on-site or through Skype.
Home altar/sacred space:
This may be as simple as a single candle, a flower or a sacred object and is meant to remind you, daily, of the deep listening and place of practice we enter into each intensive. It is a way to invite you to lift your heart and uplift your environment.
Daily journal/personal practice:
Your journal is a place to record transformation, rising awareness of changes, and questions – This is a daily activity which begins (or continues) a personal relationship with practice through participating in a moving dialogue with oneself. The suggested structure of this will be introduced the first weekend. (sitting, moving, writing)
On-going readings and in-class teaching:
At the beginning of each year you will develop an individual plan of studythat will include the intensives you plan on participating in. You will receive and participate in designing homework for the time between meetings well as participate in spontaneous invitations to practice teaching/leading a part of the intensive.
Oral presentation of assigned reading:
During the course of the year you will be responsible for one or two oral presentation of an assigned reading. The structure of this will be introduced during studio time.
Presentation of Creative/Fusion Project:
Throughout the course of the intensives you will be introduced to many ways of working with movement as a participant, leader, and facilitator. You will be responsible for facilitating one fusion final a year. This is a creative fusing of the forms introduced into one coherent two hour experience. More information about this will be available during the training.
Participation in weekly movement practices:
As our bodies become a focus of inquiry and study, keeping them tuned and our listening active is very important. Please attend at least one class a week in a moving practice of your choice – yoga, dance, authentic movement, ecstatic dance, five-rhythms, Sweat Your Prayers…
BVBI partner weekly get-together:
These are weekly and are designed to give you a place to explore your questions, discuss readings and practice with a partner.
Development of individualized plan of study:
This is your BVBI plan of study that will include a comprehensive reading list, a course of study outside of the BVBI intensives and a thesis/purpose question that will be your thru-line for directing your attention over the three years.
Upon completion of the training you may expect to:
- Be ready to facilitate/lead movement groups based on this approach
- Experience an increased sense of flow in your daily life.
- Deepen your relationship to movement as a listening practice.
- Have an enhanced experience of your own creativity
- Incorporate movement and other skills learned in the training in your professional work and daily life.
- Develop a clear sense of your essence as a navigational tool in life.
- Understand how to use yourself in service to health and healing in community.
- Learn to articulate,describe, and use energetic phenomenaas they are experienced in the body.
First year: $3100
This includes all 7 intensives, three training days before the first intensive of the year, individual and group supervision, and room and board during intensives.
Second and Third years: $1550 per year
This includes 3 intensives over the course of each year, three training days before the first intensive of the year, individual and group supervision, and room and board during intensives. If you take more than three intensives a year (highly recommended!) the cost of each additional intensive is $250.00.
September 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
October 1, 2, 3
December 3, 4, 5
Jan. 28, 29, 30
March 3, 4, 5
March 31, April 1, 2
June 7, 8, 9
Please fill out and send in your one-page application, and the answers to the essay questions. Please bring your full creativity and aliveness to the application After your application has been reviewed, an in-person moving interview will be scheduled. If you have moved with Cassie before, this interview can be done over the phone. Upon acceptance into the training a deposit of $1500.00 will be due to hold your place.
Payment plans are available, and there are a limited number of scholarships and work-study exchanges available.
Please feel free to call or email the LEAPNOW office @ (707) 431-7265 or email email@example.com.