Expressive Movement Facilitator Certificate 

(10 months of study: February-November)

Become a certified Expressive Movement Facilitator!

In this training we explore somatic and expressive movement, dance and embodiment through a developmental, physical , social-emotional, relational and community development lens. We prepare you to become a skilled somatic movement professional. You will learn how to use dance, movement and somatic embodiment practices in a range of applications for different ages, needs and facilitation goals. Whether you are a yoga, dance or movement teacher/facilitator, therapist, or healthcare professional this professional development training provides tools and skills to quickly and with skill integrate into your practice. Expressive Movement engages creativity to support people to connect with and bring their inner world into outer form and into connection with others. This is a wellness practice that engages body awareness and movement in order to increase well-being, self-understanding, embodiment and connection. We have a very unique program taught by expert and inspiring teachers.

What we offer: 

  •  A 10-month long 200 (or 250) hour training culminating in receiving an Expressive Movement Facilitator Certificate from The Movement Arc. (This is a non-clinical training). 250 hours brings you the potential for further potential credentialing with an international somatic movement organization.
  • 1/1 support from instructors to help you apply the curricula to your practice area.
  • Connection to a growing global community of Expressive Movement Facilitators and allied somatic movement practitioners.

What you will gain from this training is knowledge and skills in:  

  • The Movement Arc 7-Stage Expressive Movement facilitation process
  • Understanding movement’s important role in human development through the life-span
  • Experiencing the natural intelligence of the Body-Mind including exploration of experiential anatomy, the body systems and developmental movement patterning and progressions
  • Facilitating expressive movement for children, teens, adults, and elders
  • Facilitating somatic movement explorations for individuals and groups
  • Introductory Movement Observation using  Laban/Bartenieff principles
  • Deepening your own embodiment and movement “repertoire”
  • Understanding processes and portals for embodiment practice
  • Understanding and utilizing a specifically Somatic approach to movement
  • Using dance for rites of passage, ceremony and ritual 
  • Embodiment for self regulation and self-care
  • Trauma informed practices and awareness
  • How to bring expressive movement into different environments (community centres, seniors homes, classrooms, and hospitals)
  • Engaging different abilities and developmental differences 
  • Cross-cultural considerations, ethics and being in right relationship to power and privilege
Applicant criteria
  • Have professional experience and training working with people in community, ideally in some kind of professional practice, ie. teaching/instructing dance, yoga or movement arts, community outreach, therapy or other healthcare modalities.
  • Are emotionally mature enough to do well in a group learning environment, and able to apply Expressive Movement Facilitation and somatic skills to your own professional role.
  • Have a background in dance, yoga, expressive movement, somatic or other movement arts.
  • Have time and energy to commit to this full year Certificate program.
Admissions process
  1. We recommend all students applying to this program have taken our introductory workshop Dipping Your Toes In as a way for instructors and students to meet and get to know each other through movement.

    Next workshop: Saturday, November 19, 2022 10:00am to 3:30pm Pacific Standard Time (Online)

     

  2. Students are asked to submit a short letter of intent that includes information about their current work and background in somatic movement or dance or yoga. Due with deposit before or by November 15th.
  3. Submission of a short 2-3 minutes video of a dynamic dance created and performed by you. We suggest the dance be an expression of your interest and passion for movement/dance and working with people. Due before or by November 15th.
  4. To be followed by a 30 minute conversation with a faculty member by phone or Zoom to confirm enrollment and answer any questions the student may have.
Contact Us

All questions and application submissions can be sent to:

Melissa Flagg, Administrative Coordinator info@themovementarc.com

 

What is involved in the 200 or 250 hour training

The Following Courses, with the exception of Deepening Skills which applies to the 250 hour program only: 

* Courses include mainly synchronous learning time, with some asynchronous assignments, including watching films, and engaging in partner work, and additional tutorials etc.. Class work also usually involves readings and often other resources provided to students.

As part of the 200 and 250 hour Program, students also participate in:  

  1. 6 sessions (1hr each, either online or in person) focused on the student’s own embodiment practice and development, taken with an ISMETA registered somatic movement professional practitioner (*we can provide a list of possibilities in the Vancouver area and you can always look for someone local to your own area yourself). (Students pay fees directly to the practitioner and Movement Arc instructors are also available for sessions either in person or online). 
  2. 18 hrs of Somatic Movement Tutorials online (offered by Hana and Amanda, EMF program instructors) online during evenings from either April-June, or Sept-Nov (1.5hour classes times 12 = 18hours). Your choice as to which classes or when you participate. Estimated cost is approx $192 CAD plus 5% GST tax.
  3. 8 hours of 1/1 Support/Supervision time with Movement Arc Instructors (no charge, included in fees); 1 hour is required for meetings after each course, plus extra hour of supervision as part of the Community Application Projects course.

Additional expectations:  

  1. Students will need to purchase 2 textbooks; approximate cost is $100.00 (price can vary due to inflation).
  2. Students will have required readings for each course (often provided, if articles) as well as suggested supplemental readings (student choice to read or not).
  3. Students will prepare and present a 15 minute oral presentation about applying The Movement Arc’s Expressive Movement  Facilitation within their community or for an individual case study (during November).
 
Recommended to do as part of your EMF training:
  1. Students are recommended to explore a minimum of 2 different dance styles or somatic movement practices (online or in person) in order to expand their own movement repertoire and knowledge, over the course of the program duration (10 months). These hours do not count towards your 200 or 250hours. This is just simply what The Movement Arc recommends to get the most out of your training and feel confident as an EMF.
 
Health Protocols:

**In-person courses are dependent on COVID safety protocols; if we cannot meet in person then we will meet online. We may request mask wearing and daily Covid home testing in order to participate in person. We honour medical exemptions. At this time in British Columbia there are no Covid measures/restrictions in place.

Attendance Policy:

**Students are expected to attend intensives in person. We are not able to accommodate hybrid learning by filming the intensives. If you were to miss an intensive due to illness or other emergency, you would be welcome to attend the following year’s in-person intensive free of charge and would receive your Certificate after all coursework is completed. We cannot provide certificates of completion for those who have not attended all courses, completed all coursework and attended the in-person intensives. Thank you for understanding, as we wish to keep our trainings at a high level and with ongoing skills assessment. A minimum of 80% of all classes need to be attended when they are happening live (not watched as recordings).

Tuition fees for 2024

Total year’s tuition: $4880 + $244 (5%GST) = $5124.00 CDN

QUARTERLY PAYMENT PLAN FOR 10 MONTHS

The deposit is followed by 4 equal payments of $1024.80 at intervals of one month for 2nd payment after deposit, then 3 months apart after that for remaining payments .

Early Bird Discount

Pay the full tuition before the course begins and receive a discount of $100.
Discounted tuition: $4780 + $239 (5% GST) = $5019.00

REGISTRATION

Students are invited to register once they have applied and been accepted into the Certificate Program.

A $976 deposit* plus 5% GST is required to register, and is due once accepted into program (deposit is 20% of total)

Deposits and Tuition can be paid through the website or Etransfers can be made to info@themovementarc.com (We can also facilitate credit card payments through Square, and also accept Wise, or bank wire transfer). 

*Deposits are non-refundable (please review our policy). In case of severe illness or emergency, deposits can be held and put towards courses for 1 additional year.

2024 Training Schedule

            IN PERSON TRAINING COMPONENT:

             The 200 or 250 hour program includes two (6.5 days each) in-person intensives in Vancouver, BC which are 90 hrs total in-person teaching hours, plus 

              asynchronous assignments (approximately 1hr of work/readings per class), plus online classes by Zoom between Feb-March, April-June, Sept-Nov.

  • IN PERSON INTENSIVE ONE: March 23 evening, 24, 25, 26 (27 is rest/off), 28, 29, 30, 2024 (@Ukrainian Hall, Vancouver, BC): 6.5 days: 45hours, 9am-12:45pm & 1:45- 5:30pm (7.5 hour days) Pacific Time Zone

  • IN PERSON INTENSIVE TWO: July 5 evening, 6,7,8 (9 is rest/off), 10,11,12, 2024 (@Ukrainian Hall, Vancouver BC): 45hrs, 6.5 days, 9am-12:45pm – 1:45-5:30pm (7.5 hour days) Pacific Time Zone

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    250 hours program ONLY adds an additional 3RD IN PERSON INTENSIVE during July 16 eve, July 17, 18, 19 (20 is rest/off), 21, 22, 23,2024  for 45 hours of training plus 5 hours online classes in fall, towards somatic movement professional credentialing. This intensive takes place on Saltspring Island, BC, a ferry ride from Vancouver area ) at the beautiful Saltspring Yoga Centre, from 9am-12:45pm and 1:45-5:30pm daily hours (with lunch and other short breaks). 

    This 3rd intensive is designed to be residential with meals and accommodations included in fees (these fees are additional to the 200hour program fees). To add 50 hours to the EMF program, plus meals, accommodations over 8 days is an investment of: $3375.60 CAD (fees subject to slight change year to year).

    (**The option of finding your own accommodations or camping on Saltspring and covering your own meals does exist and brings the price down to approximately $1837.50 for these additional 50hours of training. Please inquire if you prefer this option.)

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    ONLINE TRAINING COMPONENT (By Zoom): Classes are 2.75 hours (with additional Asynchronous Assignments that students will do before or after class: approximately one hour per week of time involved).

    (Both the 200 and 250 hour program students complete most of the same online classes, with additional classes of five hours for the 250 hour students.)

    • Online classes generally take place on Fridays from 12:30pm-3:15pm weekly Pacific Time 

      (All classes are recorded, so if a class is missed by a student due to illness, then the class can be watched and any parter work made up etc).    

      Dates of online classes are: Feb 9, 16, 23.  March 1, 8, 15.  April 12, 19, 26.  May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31.  June 7, 14, 21.   Sept 13, 20, 27.  October 4, 11, 18, 25 .  November 1, 8, 15.

Winter 2024 

Introduction/Greetings & 

The EMF Foundations Course

Online classes through Zoom:

February 9,  16, 23  

March 1, 8, 15 

12:30pm-3:15pm 

PacificTime Zone

Asynchronous Learning Assignments (to schedule time for weekly at approx 1hr per week): total of 6hrs

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It is also highly recommended that students will want to pre-read ahead for their textbook chapters assigned for the In Person Intensive #1, coming up later March.

Spring 2024

 Human Movement Experiencing & Observation Course: from the framework of Laban/Bartenieff Movement Studies. (During In-Person Intensive)

In person classes: Vancouver, BC:

March 23 (eve 5:30-8:30pm), 24, 25, 26, (no class on 27, free day), 28, 29, 30. 

9am-12:45pm and 1:45pm-5:30pm 

Pacific Time Zone

(This is non-residential, students take care of their own travels and accommodations and food.)

Asynchronous Learning Assignments: 12 hrs for Intensive (1hr per class): can be completed pre or post intensive.

EMF Approaches, Methods and Themes Course (online)

Online classes through Zoom: 

April 12, 19, 26 

& May 3, 10, 17, 24 

June 7, 14, 21

12:30pm-3:15pm 

Pacific Time Zone

Asynchronous Learning Assignments (to schedule time for weekly at approx 1hr per week): total of 10 hours

Summer 2024

EMF Lifespan Applications Course ~ Movement for Developmental Needs across all ages.

In person classes: Vancouver BC 

July 5 (eve 5:30-8:30pm), 6, 7, 8 (no class on 9th, free day) 10, 11, 12. 

9am-12:45pm & 1:45-5:30pm 

 

Pacific Time Zone

(This is non-residential, students take care of their own travels and accommodations and food.)

Asynchronous Learning Assignments: 12hrs for Intensive (1hr per class): can be completed pre or post intensive.

INTENSIVE #3: 

Deepening EMF Skills with Individuals and Groups Course .

In person classes on Saltspring Island, BC (applies only to those doing 250 EMF program)

(Residential: Accommodations and healthy Catered Meals can be included).

July 16 eve: 5:45-8:45pm

July 17, 18, 19 (20 is free day), 21, 22, 23.

9am-12:45pm & 1:45-5:30pm

Pacific Time Zone

Asynchronous Learning Assignments: 12hrs for Intensive (approx 1hr per class): can be completed pre or post intensive.

August is free of classes and is a month for rest, integration and planning for your Community Application Project for fall. Also time to catch up on readings!

Fall 2023

Community Application Project Course 

&

Professional Preparedness Course 

(Students are leading sessions in their own communities; with 1/1 support calls scheduled with instructors and connection with peers).

For our 250hours students: 

Somatic Movement Professional Ethics seminars (Sept 27 and Oct 4)

Online classes through Zoom: 

September 13, 20, 27

October 4, 11, 18, 25 

 November 1, 8, 15 

12:30pm-3:15pm

Pacific Time Zone

Asynchronous Learning Assignments are extra hours: approx 6hours

1/1 Final Meeting with Instructors

Between November 15-28

Closure of course by Nov 30, with all assignments due by 12pm Nov 30, 2024.

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Program Completion Certificates sent by Dec 20.

 

Instructors:

Amanda Peñaloza-Banks, CMA-SP, RSME

Hana Kamea Kemble, MA, RCC, BC-DMT, CLMA

Veronica Berezowsky, RCC, MA-DMT, RSMT

~ With the potential for invited guest teachers in the additional 45 hour 3rd Intensive July 2024 (for 250 hour program) specializing in different aspects of somatic facilitation.

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