All posts by Stephanie Skura

Choreographer, director, teacher, writer, and creator of Open Source Forms.

June 3 – 14, 2019: OSF Spring Workshop in Seattle with Stephanie Skura & Nate Dryden

Painting above by Bill Traylor: ‘Man with Yoke’

“Some of the best teaching & guidance I’ve ever received in my dancing/movement life! Don’t miss it.”  Jeremy Steward, 2017 Certified OSF teacher 

OPEN TO ALL, NO PRIOR OSF EXPERIENCE NECESSARY!

June 3 – 14, 2019
11 AM – 2 PM, Mon – Fri
19th & Roy, Capitol Hill, Seattle

These sessions are inclusive, welcoming & vitally useful for both newcomers to the practice & experienced practitioners. OSF is deeply rooted in & fluidly expanded from Skinner Releasing Technique. These sessions integrate introductory OSF with improvisational experiments developed by Skura over three decades of interdisciplinary choreographic research.

Now in its sixth year, this annual Seattle spring workshop brings together a worldwide community for dancing, creative practice, & deep immersion — in a catalytic environment of colleagues with diverse experiences in teaching, healing, therapy, performance, theater, visual arts, writing, community-building, & visionary organization-development.

*Partially fulfills prerequisites for OSF Teacher Certification Program.*

Cost: $600 or $500 if nonrefundable deposit of $100 received by April 15, 2019.
Balance due May 15, 2019.

REGISTRATION LINK COMING SOON IN EARLY 2019

“Working with you creatively has instigated some of the most juicy & inspiring dancing times of my life… Hit the spot by offering the range from physical to embodied intellectual to creative composition…So much care and respect for the people with whom you share the learning space.”

Contact us with inquiries. We’re happy to hear from you!

 

March 7-11, 2019 OSF Teachers Conference and Advanced Practice Workshop in Seattle

4-DAY OPEN SOURCE FORMS TEACHERS CONFERENCE & ADVANCED PRACTICE WORKSHOP

TEACHERS CONFERENCE

March 7-11, 2019, Thurs evening;  Fri, Sat, Sun, 10:30 AM – 6 PM; Mon 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM
19th & Roy, Capitol Hill, Seattle
All certified OSF & SRT teachers & trainees invited! Morning Advanced Practice sessions facilitated by Stephanie Skura. Afternoons will include time for all of us to share our research, experiments or performances, address topics of interest, catch up on recent updates, & delve deeper into OSF concepts we’re curious to explore.
Fee: $323 USD

REGISTER for OSF Teachers’ Conference

 

ADVANCED PRACTICE WORKSHOP

Mar 8-11, 2018, Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon, 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM
facilitated by Stephanie Skura

Prerequisites: Open to those who’ve experienced the full spectrum of Introductory OSF or SRT (3 weeks) & want to deepen their practice. Some might want to pursue OSF Teacher Certification in future — or not.

Advanced OSF material is deeply rooted in & fluidly expanded from advanced Skinner Releasing practice. Though twelve codified ‘Ongoing’ SRT classes are sometimes taught, Stephanie creates unique advanced sessions, culled from a wealth of material passed on by SRT creator Joan Skinner & early practitioners, & integrated with Skura’s evolving improvisational research.  This level of the practice is sophisticated, deep, evolved in alignment approaches — richly navigating states below conscious level.
Fee: $207 USD

REGISTER for  Advanced Practice Workshop

We’re EXCITED to have an opportunity to be together with our hearts, physical selves, spirits & brains — interacting, discovering, anchoring, dreaming — & navigating toward wholeness, sanity, & creative empowerment in our challenging political climate.

Please contact us below if you have questions.

September 25 – October 13, 2017: Three-Week OSF Pre-Teacher-Training Workshop in Wales with Stephanie Skura

Three-week Open Source Forms Pre-Teacher-Training Workshop in West Wales.
Opportunity to study intensively with OSF creator STEPHANIE SKURA

September 25 – October 13, 2017
10:30 AM – 12:30 PM, 2:00 – 6:00 PM, Mon – Fri
Felinganol Forest Retreat, Cardigan, West Wales: magical woodland retreat 

TRAINING FEE: $1,500 USD FOR TRAINING [All payments for training must be in US dollars!]
ACCOMMODATIONS (arrange directly with Meriel Goss: merielgoss@hotmail.com):
£420 – £600 GBP for single or shared cabins.  More info on cabin rentals.
For those living or staying nearby, some non-residential places are available.

This program is now full!  Please let us know if you’d like to join the wait list.  Our next OSF Pre-TT program will take place in Seattle, WA during July 2018.  If interested, please email & tell us the nature of your experience with SRT &/or OSF: info@opensourceforms.com

REGISTRATION FOR UK & EUROPE RESIDENTS

REGISTRATION FOR US & CANADA RESIDENTS

For people interested in learning to teach OSF who need more experience in the practice before entering the OSF Teacher Certification Program. It includes the full spectrum of introductory OSF material, improvisation sessions, & in-depth discussions about methods & underlying concepts. 

Though not a commitment to the full OSF Teacher Certification Program, the 3-week Pre-Training Program provides prerequisites** & a sense of the nature of OSF Teacher Certification, to better know if it’s for you. It’s a ‘first pass’ at the complex array of considerations hidden behind the teaching veil, all required to effectively facilitate these transformative sessions. 

Unless you have many years’ experience with this practice — & even if you do — this preparatory program is recommended for all OSF teacher-trainees.  It renders the rigors of OSF Teacher Certification more digestible, less overwhelming, and more fun! We successfully instigated this OSF 3-week Pre-TT program in the States, & are seeing that sufficient experience in the less-demanding-but-rigorous atmosphere of OSF Pre-TT makes all the difference in maximum digestion during Certification and, ultimately a gratifying & successful teaching career. Though there are no short-cuts in this training, we come to appreciate the rich rewards of an authentic, grounded process that guides us smoothly along our journey. 

** If you’ve already had the equivalent of one two-week OSF workshop, this 3-week workshop will complete your prerequisites for our next OSF Teacher Certification Programs during 2018/19 in Seattle or in Europe.**

 

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 OSF is creatively empowering for both teachers & their students. A rigorous, soul-expanding program, OSF Teacher Certification gives a solid grounding in methods & deep understanding of the work, ultimately empowering teachers & their students to expand OSF to adapt to changing circumstances in our lives & worlds, & integrate it with other practices they embrace. A key mission is individual creative empowerment as an instigator of positive change on the planet. 

“Holding this program at Felinganol is an extra bonus for us. I find it among the most special places on the earth, with a stream, organic garden & meals, & ‘one of the 10 most spectacular hidden beaches on the planet’ a 5-minute drive away. Training together in such a magical location immeasurably enhances the learning experience.”  Stephanie

“Stephanie Skura is one of the most inspired & inspiring teachers I’ve ever studied with. She is a singular teacher whose wisdom & breadth of experience are a gift to those interested in expanding their perception of movement, where it comes from, and how it can trigger deep creativity on numerous levels.”  Juliette Mapp, Choreographer & Teacher, NYC

“One of the most memorable dance educators I’ve studied with…She allows you to unfold in ways that are innate, yet unknown to you.”  Laura Reichhardt, Choreographer

 “I had such a fabulous time dancing, & felt so open and alive after each class.”  Eva Karczag, Teacher & Choreographer, The Netherlands

“This work feeds me in ways I’m not able to access otherwise.”  Alwyn O’Brien, Visual Artist, Canada

June 19 – July 14, 2017: Year #2 of OSF 2016/17 Teacher Certification with Stephanie Skura, Susanna Hood, Nate Dryden & Meaghen Buckley

June 19 – July 14, 2017: Year #2 of OSF 2016/17 Teacher Certification with OSF creator Stephanie Skura & teacher-trainers Susanna Hood, Nate Dryden & Meaghen Buckley

This Training Year #2 for our current OSF Teacher Certification group is full. Participant numbers are very limited, for greatest benefit of participants.  Our next Teacher Certification groups in Seattle & in Europe will begin in 2018. Applicants to this program need  substantive experience in Open Source Forms and/or Skinner Releasing Technique. We recommend attending a 3-week OSF Pre-Teacher Training workshop before entering OSF Teacher Certification. The next OSF Pre-TT workshop is in Wales in Fall 2017, & in Seattle during summer 2018.  For specifics on our OSF Teacher Certification Program & its prerequisites:

https://opensourceforms.com/teacher-training

 OSF is creatively empowering for both teachers & their students. A rigorous, soul-expanding program, OSF Teacher Certification gives a solid grounding in methods & deep understanding of the work, ultimately empowering teachers & their students to expand OSF to adapt to changing circumstances in our lives & worlds, & integrate it with other practices they embrace.

If interested in OSF Teacher Certification, please message us below.

“It’s impossible to thank you adequately for the immensity, generosity, hilarity, depth & expansiveness of what you’ve brought to this Teacher Training.”  Meaghen Buckley, Certified OSF Teacher, 2014

May 29 – June 9, 2017: Two-Week OSF Workshop in Seattle with Stephanie Skura & Nate Dryden

May 29 – June 9, 2017
11:00 AM – 2 PM, Mon – Fri
19th & Roy, Capitol Hill, Seattle

Two-week Open Source Forms Seattle Workshop

“[Stephanie is] one of the most memorable dance educators I’ve studied with…She allows you to unfold in ways that are innate, yet unknown to you.”  Laura Reichhardt

 Opportunity to study intensively with OSF creator Stephanie Skura & Co-Faculty Nate Dryden
Open to all! Daily 3-hour sessions. No prior experience necessary.

** Partially fulfills requirements for applicants to OSF Teacher Certification Program.**

Deeply rooted in, & fluidly expanded from Skinner Releasing Technique (SRT), Open Source Forms (OSF) is about cross-fertilizations and deep commonalities of SRT and creative process: shedding outer layers, finding primal energy, agility navigating subconscious realms, and imagery as powerful tool for transformation. OSF is a remarkably effective and revolutionary way of learning that can catalyze learning and healing of all kinds. A key mission is individual creative empowerment as an instigator of positive change on the planet. OSF supports our connections amidst our diversity, self-empowerment through deep reflection in community with others, and effortless dissolving of inhibitions.   It’s guided by the philosophy that the source of creativity & wisdom is available in each of us. 

This workshop brings together a worldwide community for dancing, creative practice, and deep immersion — in a catalytic environment of colleagues with diverse experiences in teaching, healing, therapy, performance, theater, community, and visionary organization-building. 

 “I had such a fabulous time dancing, & felt so open and alive after each class.”  Eva Karczag, Teacher & Choreographer, Netherlands/NYC

“This work feeds me in ways I’m not able to access otherwise.”  Alwyn O’Brien, Visual Artist, Canada

Fees: $600 full price, $500 for early registration.

REGISTER NOW

Questions? Contact us with inquiries; we’re happy to hear from you!

Nov 12, 2016 – Mar 25, 2017 Seattle Weekly Advanced OSF Sessions with Stephanie Skura

November 12, 2016 – March 25, 2017
Saturdays, 2 – 5 pm
(no sessions December 24 or 31, 2016)
1100 Pike St (entrance on 11th Ave, left of Annex Theater)
Seattle, WA

$20 per session

Facilitated by OSF creator Stephanie Skura

Designed specifically for those who’ve experienced the full spectrum (three weeks) of Introductory OSF or Skinner Releasing practice.  This advanced work is rare and special: sophisticated, deep, evolved in alignment approaches, richly navigating states below conscious level. It satisfies our hunger to let our edges dissolve, to lose ourselves, to be transformed.  

If you’ve experienced introductory OSF or SRT, & want to receive info about attending, please send a message via comment below.

 

 

July 11 – August 5, 2016: Year #1 of OSF 2016/17 Teacher Certification with Stephanie Skura & Susanna Hood

July 11 – August 5, 2016,
Year #1 of 2016/17 OSF Teacher Certification Program
Capitol Hill, Seattle

10:30 AM – 6 PM, Monday – Friday
Facilitated by OSF creator Stephanie Skura,  & OSF Teacher-Trainer Susanna Hood 

Participant numbers are very limited, for greatest benefit of participants.  Applicants to this program need  substantive experience in Open Source Forms and/or Skinner Releasing Technique; for specifics on our OSF Teacher Certification Program & its prerequisites:

https://opensourceforms.com/teacher-training

 OSF is creatively empowering for both teachers & their students. A rigorous, soul-expanding program, OSF Teacher Certification gives a solid grounding in methods & deep understanding of the work, ultimately empowering teachers & their students to expand OSF to adapt to changing circumstances in our lives & worlds, & integrate it with other practices they embrace.

If interested in OSF Teacher Certification, please message us below.

“It’s impossible to thank you adequately for the immensity, generosity, hilarity, depth & expansiveness of what you’ve brought to this Teacher Training.”  Meaghen Buckley, Certified OSF Teacher, 2014