Embodied Arts Teacher Training

2019 is FULL. Application for 2020 open this fall.
Embodied Arts Teacher Training

Be Moved. Be Still. Embodied Arts Teacher Training & Mentorship 10 Month Program

An interdisciplinary approach to movement & mindfulness practice

The Spirit Loft Centre was established as a space for practitioners to experience and explore the synthesis of embodied practices to assist in the development of their awareness, movement potential, compassion and well-being. Informed by ancient traditions, contemporary research and innovation, we offer this Be Moved. Be Still. intensive training program. We are dedicated to the development of curious and diligent students of movement, stillness and community practices. Our mission is to provide a fertile ground for one to explore an inner transformation with a social one.

Through this program you will:

  • Cultivate an intelligent, diverse and creative approach to how you practice and how you express your human complexity
  • Develop, and learn to share, a practice that is diligent, sustainable, resilient, curious and nourishing
  • Progressively deepen your knowledge and experience with the forms and practices that can assist in your development as a student and your potential as a teacher

Our methodology includes:

  • A comprehensive study of breath dynamics and developmental kinesiology
  • Extensive movement, mobility, strength, coordination and skills training & development
  • An exploration of traditional and contemporary body maps of functional, structural and subtle body anatomy
  • A supportive and progressive experiential practice of meditation and mindfulness
Lead Instructors:
Andre Talbot & Catalina Moraga, Co-Directors and Founders of Spirit Loft Movement Centre
Guest Faculty:
Poep Sa Frank Jude Boccio – Mindfulness Teacher, Author
Jane Clapp –  Body Intelligence for Trauma & Mental Health Specialist
Kirsty Grosart – GMB Fitness Lead Trainer
Cathy Keenan – Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner
Elke Schroeder – Dance Artist & Movement Educator, Fighting Monkey
Ruth Douthwright & Erin Godfrey – Dance Artists, Movement Educators/Axis Syllabus Educators
Chris Klachan, DC, BSC, CSCS – Functional Anatomy & Biomechanics
Paluna Santamaria – Senior Agatsu Trainer, Movement Educator

Module 1

  • Breathing Fundamentals
  • Spinal Dynamics
  • Introduction to Developmental Kinesiology and Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization
  • Biomechanics Basics with Chris Klachan DC, BSC, CSCS
  • Introduction to Mindfulness Practice & Study

Module 2

  • Lower Body Mobility & Movement Fundamentals
  • Developmental Kinesiology and Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization Part II
  • Somatic & Restorative Movement
  • Mindfulness Studies: The First Foundation

Module 3

  • Upper Body Mobility & Movement Fundamentals
  • Upper & Lower Limb Functional Anatomy, Mechanics and Pathology with Chris Klachan DC, BSC, CSCS
  • Mindfulness Studies: The First Foundation Part II

Module 4

  • Play & Infinite Games
  • Locomotion Foundations
  • Mindfulness Studies: The Second Foundation

Module 5

  • Upper Body Strength Basics (SAS & BAS)
  • Urban Retreat with Frank Jude Boccio, Dharma & Mindfulness Teacher & Author
  • Understanding Pain & Injury
  • Mindfulness Studies: The Second Foundation Part II

Module 6

  • Agility, Speed & Power Development
  • Kettlebell Strength with Paluna Santamaria, Senior Agatsu Instructor, Trainer & Multi-Disciplinary Movement Educator
  • Mindfulness Studies: The Third Foundation

August Break:

  • No weekend module/self-study & practice

Module 7

  • Functional Dynamics with Ruth Douthwright & Erin Godfrey
  • Communication, Language & the Art of Skillful Teaching
  • The Five Elements with Cathy Keenan, Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner
  • Mindfulness Studies: The Fourth Foundation

Module 8: 

  • Introduction to a Trauma-Informed Approach to Movement Education with Jane Clapp, Body Intelligence for Trauma & Mental Health Specialist
  • Locomotion Foundations Part II
  • Coordinations, Rhythm & Musicality with Elke Schroeder, Dance/Movement Teacher & Performer
  • Mindfulness Studies: The Fourth Foundation Part II

Module 9

  • Spine Functional Anatomy, Mechanics and Pathology with Chris Klachan DC, BSC, CSCS
  • Mindfulness Studies: Ethical Precepts
  • Gymnastics Floor Skills & Acrobatics Basics with Kirsty Grosart
  • Closing Ceremony


  • Weekend Module Schedule: Friday 6:30 – 9:30 pm, Saturday & Sunday 1 – 7 pm.
  • 140 contact hours with lead or guest faculty and approximately 25 hrs of  self-practice and self-study expectation
  • Unlimited Membership at Spirit Loft Movement & Yoga Centre for the duration of the program with the expectation of a minimum of 25 group classes attended between February – November 2019
  • Optional monthly group tutorial sessions
  • Online platform (video library and content)

Practicum, Proficiency Testing & Certification:
90% of in-class hours on program dates must be attended for certification. Missed sessions beyond this must be made up with lead instructors and may involve an extra fee. After each module, there will be proficiency testing, assignments and homework. The final practicum will be a 60-minute class taught to the general public and evaluated by the Spirit Loft team and faculty members. This practicum will take place once all other requirements have been met and received, including all assignments and tests.

Who is this program for:
Students of movement, athletes, yoga teachers and practitioners, Pilates instructors, personal trainers, body workers & manual therapists, wellness professionals. There are no prerequisites in terms of physical abilities to attending. What is required is a willingness to commit to the rigours of the program and the practices of self-study and reflection.

Investment: $4000 + HST ($500/month intallment plans available)

Andre Talbot and Catalina Moraga

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