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April 7-June 16, 2016: Weekly OSF + Drawing with Meaghen Buckley in Montréal, Canada

Cours hebdomadaire en Open Source Forms — une exploration gestuelle, vocale, de textes et de dessins. Tous niveaux. $120/la série de 8 cours, $20/séance libre. Le 7, 14, 28 avril; le 5, 12, 26 mai; le 9 et 16 juin. Bilingue français/anglais.

Weekly classes in Open Source Forms — exploring movement, voice, words and drawing. Open to all levels. $120/session of 8 classes, or $20 drop-in. April 7, 14, 28; May 5, 12, 26; June 9 and 16. The classes are taught bilingually (English/French).

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6 jours de Open Source Forms à La Poêle, Montréal!

Deux ateliers de 3 jours chacuns enseignés par Meaghen Buckley. Les ateliers sont indépendants mais complémentaires (on peut en prendre un ou les deux). L’OSF opère comme structure qui nous mènera vers une exploration pluridisciplinaire avec une base en mouvement et expression corporelle.

du 7 au 9 décembre : Gestes, lettres, dessins et sons
du 14 au 16 décembre : Le couleur

Du lundi au mercredi, de 13h à 15h.
Coût de l’atelier: $60 pour une semaine ou $100 pour les deux
Bilingue français/anglais

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6 days of Open Source Forms at La Poêle!

Two 3-day OSF workshops taught by Meaghen Buckley. The workshops can be taken together or independently as each has a different focus. OSF functions as a structure guiding us towards a multidisciplinary exploration with a basis in movement and physical expression.

December 7–9 : Writing movement, drawing sound
December 14–16 : Exploring colour

Monday to Wednesday, 1pm–3pm.
Cost of workshop: $60 for one workshop, $100 for both
Bilingual English/French

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January 11 – 15, 2016: Freedom + Rigor + Courage with Stephanie Skura in New York City


January 11 – 15, 2016
Monday – Friday, 1 – 3 PM
New York, NY

Cross-fertilizations of releasing technique & creative process catalyze creative work. Approaches derived from 30 evolving years of rehearsal process celebrating diversity, collaboration, & individual creative empowerment: free of inhibition, wildly intuitive, inviting mind to collaborate. Access conceptual freedom, specificity, courage & honesty in movement, vocal practice, & improvisation. Adopt these methods & discover your own. Experiment with surprising pathways between conscious & subconscious, movement/voice/writing/drawing, witnessing & participating. With radical approaches to scores as fertile path toward content-relevant method & structure, integrating intuitive with analytical. Trusting our inner world, accessing technique as resource & having the courage to transcend it in our unfettered presence.

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July 31 – August 6, 2015: OSF Retreat Week with Stephanie Skura in western Wales

July 31 – August 6, 2015

Arrivals: 4pm Friday, July 31
Departure: 2pm Thursday, August 6

6-day workshop in a forest studio, staying in woodland cabins, to immerse in Open Source Forms & creative process. Experiencing the subtle ways being in nature attunes us to deeper ease with creative process. Open to all.

5 minutes from Mwnt, one of “Europe’s top ten loveliest hidden beaches.” For photos & more about Felinganol retreat:


Mwnt hidden beach
Mwnt hidden beach

This workshop is now full!  Email Meriel (address below) to be on the waiting list. 

Accommodation & Fee Options:

Shared room (3 beds): £305pp
Shared cabin (twin): £335pp
Double cabin (2 people sharing double bed): £335pp
Single Cabin: £400pp
Pricing includes all tuition, free use of studio, lands, fire circle, hot tub, simple breakfast & dinner on the first night. Meals are self-catered with house kitchen open to prepare and share ‘pot-luck’ meals together.
Places reserved by deposit £75 (non-refundable). 10% early-bird reduction for full payment before April 31st 2015.
Student discounts available.
Booking enquiries & registration:  merielgoss@hotmail.com

July 20 – 24, 2015: A Radical Approach to Composition & Performance with Stephanie Skura at Ponderosa, Tanzland Festival 2015

July 20 – 24, 2015

Mon – Fri:
4 hours a day (Schedule TBA)
Fee: 170€ , Registration before June 15th: 150€

This workshop is designed in progression with the previous workshop week at Tanzfabrik in Berlin. Or either week can be taken separately.

Working with SCORES as a rich way to find unique content, method, and structures. With deep foundational releasing to warm body, voice, and flow of ideas, and access our subconscious as fertile source of material & guidance. Investigating paths between moving, writing, speaking, drawing and vocalizing — juicy ways to find personal content & structure that’s fresh, relevant & free of inhibition. Trusting our inner world, accessing technique as resource and finding the courage to transcend it — in presence, vulnerability, and ideological freedom. This class was developed in response to a need to take the next step from deeply-sourced improvisation to repeatable performance events, & discover what to take with us from one rehearsal to the next.


About Ponderosa: Ponderosa welcomes international guests and artists to their studios located on 5.5 hectares of an old farm outside Berlin in the Brandenburg region of Germany. Our main purpose is to create an International meeting space in the countryside outside of Berlin. We come from wide ranging backgrounds, but share a common experience of embracing the arts, living on a broken down farm and encouraging an event that inspires people’s creative sources and gives them a place to enact their own desires and visions. We depend on the form of improvisation to help create structures &  solutions. We are a team of organizers, teachers, builders, performers, artists, cultural managers, producers & hosts. Our goal is to bring  uniqueness, clear thought and spontaneous action to our yearly festival while remaining intact as a self-sufficient group and as a building community.

Focusing on all aspects of the term improvisation, we hope to give room to our visitors to participate on many levels. There is enough open space at Ponderosa to extend your mental and physical potentials into your wildest dreams.

Ponderosa is a place of constant sourcing of the theories & practices behind performance. It’s a place to come out, to show your beginnings. It’s a place to trust non-goal oriented processes. It’s an International meeting space for the living library of thoughts & ideas that are mixed within the free scene and the professional art world.



Co-curator Maria Scaroni: “Ponderosa has been hosting dance since 11 years, developing a more and more welcoming infrastructure,  in the middle of the Brandenburg countryside, the deep ex East-germany, by the polish border. It is actually only 1 hour trip from Berlin. Stephanie Maher brought this place up and with it her lineage and relations with north american dance, especially very socially and physically engaged people and works from San Francisco. So the core DNA of the place is quite physical, it offers a big barn and other spaces turned into studios, a forest, a river, a sauna, a garden that produces vegetables for the entire summer for everybody. All that over layered with a really cool way of dealing with communal living (meaning that it is not some politically correct community, though people need to understand togetherness, the land, logistics), a living library and a juicy exchange with Berlin based artists, for performances, lectures, just hang out zone, where quite rich encounters and conversations take place. “

July 16 – 19, 2015: Open Source Forms & Improvisation with Stephanie Skura, assisted by Abby Crain, at Tanzfabrik, Berlin 2015

July 20 – 24, 2015

Open Source Forms Intensive: Freedom + Rigor + Courage 
Thursday – Sunday,  10 AM -12:00 PM  and 2:30 – 5:30 PM

Open Source Forms Morning Technique only
Thursday – Sunday, 10 AM – 12 PM (limited capacity)

This workshop is designed in progression with the subsequent week at Ponderosa. Or either week can be taken separately.

Bookings, Information,  Fees:

Stephanie Skura developed Open Source Forms (OSF) after 12 years working closely with Skinner Releasing (SRT) creator Joan Skinner. OSF is about cross-fertilizations and deep commonalities of Skinner Releasing and creative process: shedding outer layers, finding primal energy, agility navigating subconscious realms, and imagery as powerful tool for transformation. Taking time for depth of technique to catalyze creative work, these sessions offer tools to access freedom, specificity, and courage in movement, vocal practice and performance. They empower participants to adapt these methods and discover their own.

Afternoon sessions will focus on sophisticated improvisational tools for finding freedom, rigor, & specificity of movement that’s as unique & multi-layered as our individual life experience. These sessions often integrate writing, drawing, & voice to access the richness of our subconscious, & a free & responsive improvisational presence. Over the past thirty years, Stephanie has developed a precise, supportive, empowering, freeing & challenging progression of classes to empower performers in the improvisational moment: rooted in a conscious specificity, free of inhibition, accessing the intuitive & the subconscious, & inviting the mind to participate in a collaborative way. Her approach derives from her rehearsal process, celebrating the power, totality, & uniqueness of each performer. She has a passion for collaboration at every level, feels it as much a political as an artistic choice, & finds that collaborative process nurtures growth of all participants.. Open to all levels of experience in any art form.



July 6 – 10, 2015: The Voice of the Creative Body – Open Source Forms & Action Theater™ with Susanna Hood & Sarah Bild, Montreal, CANADA

Susanna and Sarah share a curiosity about how Open Source Forms and Action Theater,™ as contrasting approaches, can complement each other in training embodied, deeply connected and playful performers.

Both of these improvisational techniques develop full human physicality, expanded beyond the movement of flesh and bones to include the movement of voice, imagination, thought and language, all riding on the music of the breath.

Through its focus on releasing and subtle states of consciousness, the Open Source Forms practice will bring participants in touch with their natural suppleness, readiness and presence. This is a richly embodied place from which to approach the more concrete and playful performance practice of Action Theater, which further develops skills and awareness of our moment to moment experience.

We encourage participation in both practices as each approach progresses cumulatively over the course of the week. All are welcome and classes will be offered in a bilingual setting.

Class schedule :
July 6 to 10, every morning
Open Source Forms with Susanna Hood : 9:30 to 11:00 am
Action Theater™ with Sarah Bild : 11:30 am to 1:00 pm

Full workshop : $150
One practice (OSF or AT) 5 days : $100

5333 Casgrain, #307
Montréal, CANADA

Enrollment is limited.

For info and registrations : lapoele307@gmail.com or (514) 690-8579
facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1624143484488027/

June 8 – 26, 2015: NEW Three-Week OSF Pre-Teacher-Training Workshop with Stephanie Skura & Nate Dryden

June 8 – 26, 2015,
11 AM – 2:00 PM, 3:30 – 6:30 PM, Mon – Fri
Capitol Hill, Seattle

NEW PROGRAM! Three-week Open Source Forms Pre-Teacher-Training Seattle Workshop

 Opportunity to study intensively with OSF creator Stephanie Skura,  & Co-faculty Nate Dryden 

For people interested in learning to teach OSF who need more experience in the practice before entering the Teacher Certification Program. It includes the full spectrum of introductory OSF material, sophisticated improvisation sessions, & in-depth discussions about underlying concepts & methods. This program is alongside our annual 2-week Open Source Forms June Seattle workshop.

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.  Designed especially for those considering teaching this practice, morning sessions include the full spectrum of introductory material; afternoon discussions & improvisations will be juicy, participatory, & substantive. 

** If you’ve already had the equivalent of one OSF workshop, this 3-week workshop will complete your prerequisites for our next OSF Teacher Certification Program.**

 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.

Our annual Two-Week June Seattle Workshop, open to all, includes the first two weeks of 11 AM – 2 PM sessions, combining participants in both programs. 3:30-6:30 PM sessions & all sessions during the third week are for Pre-Teacher-Training participants only.

Cost: $1,800 USD or $1,500 USD if non-refundable deposit received by April 1.
Bookings: Deposit $300 by April 1, 2015 via Paypal or check.  Balance of payment due on May 15, 2015.



A fascinating diverse group has formed for 2015 Pre-Teacher-Training, bringing an array of skills & experience in many fields. We’re thrilled to anticipate the deep immersions that happen in such a catalytic environment of colleagues.

“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

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


June 8 – 19, 2015: Two-Week OSF Summer Workshop in Seattle with Stephanie Skura & Nate Dryden

June 8 – 19, 2015,
11 AM – 2:00 PM, Mon – Fri
19th & Roy, Capitol Hill, Seattle

Two-week Open Source Forms Seattle Workshop

 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.**

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-building, and visionary organization-development. 

Cost: $600 or $500 if non-refundable deposit received by April 1.
Bookings: Deposit $100 by April 1 via Paypal or check.  Balance of payment due on May 15.



“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 23 – 27, 2015: OSF with voice, movement & drawing with Susanna Hood and Meaghen Buckley, Montréal

Série intensive de 5 cours d’avant-midi enseignée par Susanna Hood avec Meaghen Buckley
Intensive series of 5 morning classes taught by Susanna Hood with Meaghen Buckley23 – 27 mars, 9:30am-12:30pm
La Poêle, studio 307, 5333 Casgrain, Montréal

Coût: $125 pour la série complète ($20 non-remboursable pour réserver et la balance payable le premier jour); $25 pour un cours

Tarif Spéciale: $100 pour la série complète si paiement complet et non-remboursable reçu avant le lundi 2 mars

Pour Infos & inscriptions: susannahoodhum@gmail.com

Cette semaine sera une continuation et un développement de la semaine précédente au Studio 303 (https://www.facebook.com/events/358599220957715) et sera ouvert à ceux et celles qui ont déjà étudié avec Susanna ou ont suivi au moins 5 cours de SRT. La participation à l’ensemble de ces deux semaines consécutives font partie des prérequis à la formation d’enseignement d’OSF.

This week will be a continuation and development of the previous week at Studio 303 (https://www.facebook.com/events/358599220957715) and will be open to anyone who has either already studied with Susanna or has participated in at least the first 5 classes of SRT. Participation in whole of these two consecutive weeks counts towards the prerequisite for OSF Teacher Training.

À Propos/About OSF

L’Open Source Forms combine l’esprit et les idées intrinsèques du Skinner Releasing avec les pratiques en évolution des professeurs. Susanna propose cette méthode en tant que réceptacle principal au cœur de l’exploration du soi créatif par le mouvement et la voix, guidée par la philosophie que nous sommes tous naturellement des êtres dansants et chantants avec une vaste capacité d’expression, que le mouvement et le son sont deux manifestations physiques de notre tout, et que cette physicalité combinée ouvre une porte sur l’expérience de notre être primordial. L’enseignement de Meaghen ajoute le dessin comme outil supplémentaire pour les éléments de base d’OSF. Le dessin est exploré avec une variété de matériaux comme un autre type de mouvement: sur une surface ainsi que dans l’espace. En interaction avec l’imagerie interne d’OSF, l’acte du dessin devient une autre façon pour l’expérience vécue d’émerger dans le monde, offrant de nouvelles perspectives, de nouveaux matériaux, de nouveaux points d’entrée dans la pratique créative.

Cet atelier guide les participants à travers divers états de conscience dans un contexte d’improvisation. Ils utiliseront l’imagerie comme puissant outil de transformation et tisseront ensemble diverses façons de réchauffer le corps, la voix et l’imagination pour créer une physicalité présente et ouverte. Ce cours le matériel d’OSF avec un travail vocal, de dessin, et d’improvisation.

Puisque le matériel couvert en classe est cumulatif, on encourage les participants à assister à tous les cours ou au moins, de commencer par le premier cours et de poursuivre de manière consécutive (quelques exceptions possibles.) Les cours sont offerts dans un milieu bilingue.

Open Source Forms draws on the intrinsic ideas and spirit of Skinner Releasing expanded on by the evolving practices of its teachers. Susanna offers this method as the main container for an exploration into the moving, sounding, creative self guided by the philosophy that we are all natural movers and sounders with a vast capacity for expression, that movement and sound are both physical manifestations of our whole self, and that this combined physicality opens a doorway into experiencing our primordial being. Meaghen’s teaching adds drawing as an additional tool to the core elements of OSF. Drawing is explored in a variety of materials as another kind of movement: on a surface as well as in space. Interacting with the internal imagery of OSF, the act of drawing becomes another way for lived experience to emerge into the world, providing new perspectives, new materials, new entry points into creative practice.

As an ‘open source’ system, OSF is focused on creative empowerment of the individual and guided by the philosophy that the source of creativity and wisdom is available in each of us. The class guides participants through different states of consciousness in an improvisational setting, using imagery as a powerful tool for transformation, and weaving together various ways to warm the body, voice, and the imagination into a ready state of physicality.

This class will combine the basic Open Source Forms material with some vocal work, some drawing, and some improvisation. The material from class to class is cumulative, so participants are encouraged to attend either all the classes or consecutive classes starting with the first class (some exceptions apply). Classes are offered in a bilingual setting.


Installée à Montréal depuis l’automne 2010, Susanna Hood, fondatrice et ancienne directrice artistique de hum, est une virtuose incontournable du monde de la danse et de la musique. Depuis plus d’une décennie, elle se consacre à un travail de synthèse de la voix et du mouvement dans le cadre d’une pratique dynamique de création de performances intimes, sensuelles et à l’état brut. Après un séjour au Toronto Dance Theatre de 1991 à 1995, elle a travaillé comme artiste indépendante et interprété des œuvres de divers chorégraphes, compositeurs, et cinéastes canadiens (dont Tedd Robinson, John Oswald, Nilan Perera et Phillip Barker). Elle s’est produite à plusieurs reprises dans le cadre de spectacles d’improvisation en danse et en musique. Depuis 1991, ses collaborations, ses propres chorégraphies et ses compositions musicales ont été présentées sur scène et à l’écran à Toronto, au Canada et sur la scène internationale.

Professeure à l’école Toronto Dance Theatre et à l’École de Danse Contemporain de Montréal en improvisation et éléments de composition respectivement, Susanna enseigne aussi l’improvisation et la synthèse de la voix et du mouvement dans le cadre d’ateliers indépendants au Canada depuis 2004. En 2010, elle a obtenu sa certification pour enseigner la méthode Open Source Forms (OSF) qui combine les principes de la méthode Skinner Releasing avec l’évolution des pratiques de ses enseignants. Depuis 2012, Susanna travail aussi comme enseignant-formateur d’OSF.

Artiste et enseignante, Meaghen Buckley vit et travaille à Montréal. Avec une formation en danse, en beaux-arts et en théorie linguistique, sa pratique créative explore l’interaction du corps et des textes sous plusieurs formes, entre autres la performance, l’installation artistique, et les systèmes encourageant la participation du public. Elle a enseigné la danse et l’art visuel, notamment à Vancouver entre 2010 et 2014, où elle a élaboré des cours alliant la production d’objets et de performances autour d’un même thème. Elle détient un baccalauréat de l’université McGill et un BFA de l’université Emily Carr. Elle a participé à des expositions à Berlin et en Suède ainsi qu’à de nombreuses galeries à Vancouver. Elle est certifiée comme enseignante d’OSF depuis 2014.


Based in Montreal since 2010, Susanna Hood is a compelling and virtuosic performer in dance and music and was the artistic director of her interdisciplinary performance company hum dansoundart from 2000 till 2013. She began her career as a member of the Toronto Dance Theatre from 1991 through 1995. Independently, she has performed the works of various Canadian choreographers, composers, and filmmakers (including Tedd Robinson, John Oswald, Nilan Perera, and Phillip Barker) and has performed widely as an improviser both in dance and music. For over a decade, she has been synthesizing voice and movement into a dynamic practice through which she creates intimate, raw and sensual performance work. Her choreography, compositions, and interdisciplinary collaborations have been presented locally, nationally, and internationally on stage and film since 1991.

Part-time teacher at both the School Toronto Dance Theatre and l’École de Danse Contemporaine de Montréal in improvisation and elements of composition respectively, Susanna also teaches improvisation and synthesis of voice and movement through independent workshops in Canada since 2004. In 2010 she was certified to teach Open Source Forms (OSF) that combines the principles of Skinner Releasing method with the varied and developing practices of its teachers. Since 2012, Susanna has also become a teacher trainer for OSF.

Meaghen Buckley is an artist and teacher based in Montréal. Trained in dance, visual arts, and theoretical linguistics, her creative practice explores the interaction of body and text in a variety of forms including performance, installation art, and structures for audience participation. She has taught both art and dance technique classes, most recently in Vancouver from 2010–2014, where she also created classes fusing object-making and performance-making around a common theme. She holds a BA from McGill University and a BFA from Emily Carr University. Her work has been exhibited in Berlin and Göteborg, Sweden, as well as in a number of Vancouver-area galleries. She was certified as a teacher of Open-Source Forms in 2014.