Expressive Movement Facilitator Certificate (1 Year)

Become an Expressive Movement Facilitator!

In this training we explore expressive movement, dance and embodiment through a developmental, physical , social-emotional, relational and community development lens. 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 self-understanding, embodiment and connection.

What we offer: 

  •  A one year 200 hour training with an Expressive Movement Facilitator Certificate from The Movement Arc (Non-Clinical)
  • 1/1 Support from instructors to help you apply curricula to your practice
  • Connection to a global community of Expressive Movement Facilitators

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 throughout the life-span
  • Experiencing the natural intelligence of the Body-Mind including exploration of the body systems and developmental movement progressions
  • Facilitating expressive movement for children, teens, adults, and elders
  • Facilitating 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 Somatic approach to movement
  • Using dance for rites of passage, ceremony and ritual 
  • Embodiment for self regulation and self-care
  • Trauma informed 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
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


What is involved in this 200 hour training

160 hours of training hours combining in person and online classes in the following courses:  

* Courses include synchronous and asynchronous learning time 

40 hours of Self-Directed Study which must include:  

  1. 6 sessions with a somatic movement practitioner (6hrs minimum) *we will  provide a list of possibilities in the Vancouver area and you can always look for someone local to your own area (students pay fees directly to the practitioner) 
  2. Community based projects, including group facilitation and individual sessions *we  recommend students facilitate 8 individual and 8 group sessions (16hrs minimum)
  3. Embodiment classes – exposure to a range of facilitation and modalities in  somatic and expressive movement and dance (18hrs minimum) *we will provide a list of  recommended classes in the Vancouver area or you can choose from your own community’s available classes either in person or online (students pay fees directly to the instructors)

Additional expectations:  

  1. Students need to explore 2-3 different dance styles in classes online or in their community over the course of the program duration
  2. Students will need to purchase 2 textbooks, approximate cost is $100.00 (but can vary due to inflation).
  3. Students will have required readings (often provided if articles) that it is highly encouraged to read and supplemental readings that are by choice.
  4. Students will prepare and present a 10 minute oral presentation about applying The Movement Arc’s Expressive Movement  Facilitation within their community or for an individual case study (during our last class).

**In-person courses are dependent on COVID safety protocols; if we cannot meet in person we will meet online. We may request mask wearing and daily Covid home testing in order to participate in person. We honour medical exemptions.

***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 and would receive your Certificate after all coursework is completed.

Tuition fees for 2023

Total year’s tuition: $4580 + $229 (5%GST) = $4809.00 CDN

Quarterly Payment Plan $916 Deposit + 5% GST
4 payments of $916 + 5% GST 

PaymentRegular Amount after depositDue Date
1$916 (PLUS 5% GST tax)1 month after deposit
2$916 (PLUS 5% GST tax)Every 3 months
3$916 (PLUS 5% GST tax)Every 3 months
4$916 (PLUS 5% GST tax)Every 3 months

Early Bird Discount

Pay the full tuition before November 15th, 2022 and receive a discount of $200.
Discounted tuition: $4380 + $219 5%GST = $4599.00


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

An $916 deposit* is required to register, and is due by November 15, 2022 (deposit is 20% before tax)

Deposits and Tuition can be paid through the website

*Deposits are non-refundable (please review our policy)

2023 Training Schedule

In Person Training Component: Two 6 day intensives – 90 Hrs total

  • March 19-24, 2023, Vancouver, BC: 45hrs, 6 days, 9:00am – 6:00pm (7.5 hour days)

  • July 2-7, 2023, BC (TBA): 45hrs, 6 days, 9:00am – 6:00pm (7.5 hour days)

Online Training Component: Zoom classes and webinars – 70 Hrs total

  • Two online classes per month for 10 months live via Zoom: 4.5hrs/month, (February – November, every 2nd Friday 1pm-3:15pm Pacific)
    Dates: Feb 3, 17, March 3, 31, April 14, 28, May 12, 26, June 9, 23, July 14, 28, August 11, 25, Sept 8, 22, Oct 6, 20 and Nov 3 and 17.

  • One online class November 18: Seminar on Projects/Presentations and Closure Ritual, 5hrs (9:30-12pm & 1-3:30pm)

  • 20 hours of webinar/asynchronous learning in 8 modules (2-3 hours per module to complete by end of module) all asynchronous hours completed by September 2023.

Winter 2023 

Foundations of Expressive Movement Facilitation Part I: Theory, Methods and Practices

Online classes through Zoom:

February 3,  February 17 and March 3: 1:00pm-3:15pm PacificTime 

In person class Vancouver, BC: 

March 19: 9:00am-6:00pm Pacific Time 

Asynchronous Learning/Webinar for February and March: 6hrs

Human Movement Observation and Analysis Part I: From the frameworks of Laban Movement Analysis and other movement observation systems

In person classes Vancouver, BC:

March 20-24: 9:00am-6:00pm Pacific Time    

Spring 2023

Foundations of Expressive Movement Facilitation Part II: Community Applications 

Online classes through Zoom: 

March 31, April 14, April 28, May 12, May 26, and June 9: 1:00pm-3:15pm Pacific Time

Asynchronous Learning/Webinar: 6hrs for April and May

Ethics & Cultural Sensitivity Seminar

Online classes through Zoom: 

June 23: 1:00pm-3:00pm Pacific Time

Asynchronous Learning/Webinar: 1hr 

Summer 2023

Moving with Infants, Children, and Teens

Online classes through Zoom:

July 14: 1:00pm-3:00pm Pacific Time

In person class BC (TBA): 

July 2-3: 9:00am-6:00pm and July 4: 9:00am-12:30pm Pacific Time

Asynchronous Learning/Webinar: 1.25hrs

Moving with Adults

Online classes through Zoom:

July 28: 1:00pm-3:15pm Pacific Time

In person class BC (TBA): 

July 4: 1:30pm-5:00pm and July 5-6: 9:00am-6:00pm Pacific Time

Asynchronous Learning/Webinar: 1.25hrs

Expressive Movement Group Facilitation

Online classes through Zoom:

August 11 and August 25: 1:00pm-3:15pm Pacific Time

In person class BC (TBA): 

July 7: 9:00am-9:00pm Pacific Time

Asynchronous Learning/Webinar: 3.5hrs

Fall 2023

Trauma Informed Practices for Expressive Movement Facilitation

Online classes through Zoom: 

September 8: 9:30am-12pm & 1:00pm-3:30pm and September 22, October 6, and October 20: 1:00pm-3:15pm Pacific Time

Asynchronous Learning/Webinar for September: 3.25hrs

Community Based Projects Seminar

Online classes through Zoom:

November 3 and November 17: 1:00pm-3:30pm Pacific Time


Amanda Peñaloza-Banks, CMA-SP, RSME

Dr. Charné Furcron, BC-DMT, LPC, NCC, MAC, BCC, ACS, CPCS

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

Tannis Hugill, MA, RCC, RDT, BC-DMT

Veronica Berezowsky, RCC, MA-DMT, RSMT

(along with invited diverse guest teachers specializing in different styles of expressive movement and somatic facilitation)

and Courses

On Demand and live courses, including the introductory workshop Dipping Your Toes In on Zoom.
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