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2023 Annual OSF Open Workshop in Seattle


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One week: 3 – 7 July 2023
Monday – Friday, 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM
19th Ave & Roy, Capitol Hill, Seattle

Open to all! Those without prior experience in SRT, OSF or traditional dance, as well as experienced practitioners are welcome.  One week of introductory OSF work as well as daily improvisation, with advanced options for those with more experience.

Now in its tenth year, this annual Seattle OSF workshop assembles a worldwide community for movement, creative practice, and deep immersion in a catalytic environment of colleagues with diverse experiences in teaching, healing, therapy, performance, theater, visual art, writing & organization-building.  Sessions are inclusive, welcoming and vitally useful for newcomers to the practice and experienced practitioners.

Deeply rooted in and fluidly expanded from Skinner Releasing Technique (SRT), OSF involves shedding outer layers, accessing primal energy, agility navigating subconscious realms, imagery as potent tool for transformation, and developing a high degree of consciousness without self-consciousness. The practice celebrates diversity, collaboration and individual empowerment: free of inhibition, accessing intuition, inviting the mind to collaborate. OSF sessions offer potent tools to access freedom, specificity and courage in movement, vocal practice and creative practice. A key aspect is individual creative empowerment as an instigator of positive change on the planet.

Drop-ins are limited to those with comprehensive experience of Introductory Level OSF or SRT.

OSF Beyond Beginnings Online, March 15 – April 19, 2022 with Susanna Hood

Tuesdays from 1-3pm ET (Montreal)
March 15 – April 19, 2022
Price: $120 CAD

These classes are destined for anyone who has had at least the first week of OSF/SRT Introductory material. Depending on enrollment, I may play with some remixing as in the Jan/Feb series. However I will prioritize foundational sequences,  beginning with material from the second week for anyone experiencing this level of the work for the first time.

Info, registration, and payment: susannahoodhum@gmail.com

OSF Basics Online, Jan 26 – February 23, 2022 with Susanna Hood

Wednesdays from 1-3pm ET (Montreal)
January 26 – Feb 23, 2022
Price: $100 CAD

These classes will focus on the foundational material from the first week’s worth of OSF/SRT Introductory material. It is perfect for anyone new to the practice and a great opportunity for those with more experience to go more deeply into this basic material.

Info, registration, and payment: susannahoodhum@gmail.com

OSF Beyond Beginnings Remix Online, Jan 18 – February 22, 2022

with Susanna Hood

Tuesdays from 1-3pm ET (Montreal)
January 18 – Feb 22, 2022
Price: $120 CAD

These classes are destined for anyone who has had at least the first and second weeks of OSF/SRT Introductory material. I look forward to getting a little more creative with remixing materials from mostly the first 2 weeks of material and dipping into the 3rd week of material where appropriate.

Info, registration, and payment: susannahoodhum@gmail.com

OSF Beyond Beginnings Online, Jan – June, 2021

with Susanna Hood

2 separate series of 10 classes of Intermediate-level OSF material + improvisation (possible as drop-in for those who have experienced OSF basics)
Wednesdays, 1pm-3:30pm EST
First series: Jan 20 – March 24
Second series: April 7 – June 16 (April 23 replaces April 21; no class May 19)
Each class: full price – $30; un/underemployed price: $15
Info, registration, and payment: susannahoodhum@gmail.com

Practice & Process Montreal Oct 30-Nov 1, 2020

Weekend Intensive co-facilitated by Sarah Bild & Susanna Hood (bilingual Eng/Fr)

La Poêle studio, Montreal

Oct 30 – Nov 1, 2020

Friday, 7pm-9:30pm

Saturday & Sunday 10am – 4pm (with 1hr lunch break)

*COVID alternative dates: Dec 4 – 6, 2020, same hours

Full workshop: $125

Fri night, Sat & Sun 10am-12pm: $65

8-person max, preference given to full workshop participants

Info, registration and payment: lapoele307@gmail.com

Pulling from their practices of Open Source Forms and Action Theater™, Susanna Hood and Sarah Bild will guide us through physical and sensory awakening of the body/mind to prepare us for creative practice. Inviting breath and imagery into the physical self, we will open ourselves to our physical and metaphorical environment and practice noticing, tending to and following creative impulses as they arise, opening a dialogue between inner experience and outer awareness. How does one impulse invite another? How do we give shape to those impulses? How do we embody them for full expression? How do we frame them in space and time? These are questions we will investigate and experience in the afternoon hours.