The Spacial Dynamics® Level 1 Program trains students in the discipline of Spacial Dynamics®. For the last 30+ years this program has benefited adults in their personal and professional lives across a multitude of careers: business executives, teachers, therapists, artists, athletes, community leaders, parents, grandparents, and consultants.
Among the requirements that are essential for anyone wishing to enroll in the program are:
- A desire to move, and to move on. To take the next step.
- The desire and ability to implement and follow through on an individual study program, which will include practicing and developing skills, carrying out creative projects, reading, and inner researching
- An interest and openness to actively explore, in thought and movement, ideals of the multi-dimensional human being.
It is not necessary to be a strong athlete to join the program. Former and present trainees vary widely in their experience, abilities, and ages ranging from 20 to 77. They are united in their desire to pursue a study of spatially oriented movement. Each person is encouraged to enter into each activity to the extent that they wish to be challenged.
The Goals of the Level I Program
The goals of the training program are to develop:
- The quality of each participant's own movement
- The ability to perceive the effect of movements on oneself and others
- An understanding of the anatomy of movement
- An understanding of the role of movement in the spatial development that takes place from child to adult
- The ability to teach and apply Spacial Dynamics principles in any given activity
- The capacity to recognize, understand, and work remedially with problems that stem from incomplete or interrupted physical-spatial coordination
- An enhanced power of presence in social situations, and for presenting, speaking, and working in leadership or public roles
- The ability to teach and apply Spacial Dynamics® principles in any given activity, from individual exercises to team building for group dynamics.
Completion of a Level I Training Program does not qualify students to train others as teachers or therapists.
The course includes Spacial Dynamics® exercises, Bothmer Gymnastics®, sports, indoor and outdoor games, track and field, activities for the classroom, dances, tumbling and acrobatics, stave exercises, stave fencing, circus arts and juggling. Also included are posture exercises, movement observation and analysis, teaching methods, therapeutic techniques, group dynamics, spacial ergonomics, and remedial applications.
The course will draw upon the ideas and practical applications of such thinkers as George Adams, Albert Einstein, M.C. Escher, Edward T. Hall, August Nitschke, Jean Piaget, Johannes Rohen, Theodor Schwenk, Rudolf Steiner, Ita Wegman, Olive Whicher, and Jaap van der Wal.
Exercises and Techniques Used During Training
The exercises used to help learn and integrate the human being's relationship to dynamic space are as varied as the interests of the people themselves.
Movement from the following various disciplines are studied in order to experience, understand and in turn to apply their underlying dynamics:
activities for the classroom
tumbling and acrobatics
stave exercises and stave fencing
circus arts and juggling
Spacial Dynamics® exercises
indoor and outdoor games
track and field
It is not necessary to be a strong athlete to join the program. Former and present trainees vary widely in their experience, abilities, and ages ranging from 20 to 77. All are united in their desire to pursue a study of spatially oriented movement. Each person is encouraged to enter into each activity to the extent that they wish to be challenged.
The first two years consists of eight (8) sessions led by Jaimen McMillan, SDI’s director. Fall and spring sessions will be offered on the East and West Coasts, and a student may choose the location that best fits his/her schedule and location for these sessions. The summer session brings all the students together at the Spacial Dynamics Institute in Mechanicville, NY, for a double session.
The location and session dates for Core Studies Program 2016 – 2017 are as follows :
Spring 2017 sessions. Mechanicville, NY: April 20-24, 2017 or Portland, OR: March 7-11, 2017
Summer 2017 session. Both groups come together in Mechanicville NY: July 13-22, 2017
After completing the first two years the student will complete an additional 360 course contact hours to obtain the Spacial Dynamics Level I Diploma. A catalogue of courses will be offered by certified Spacial Dynamics trainers in the USA, Canada, France, Germany, Switzerland, Hungary, Italy, Argentina, and China. These courses will encompass the following categories, and more:
Business and Leadership
Women’s Spaces – Health and Wellness
Expressive and Practical Arts
Farming and Ecology
Education and Classroom Management
Remedial and Special Education
Tuition for years one and two is $2,950 per year, with a commitment of one year at a time with a tuition contract. From the third year onward, the student selects the pace and specialty of study, and payments will be made according to courses taken toward graduation and certifications. In the past, the average length of time to qualify for a Level I certification was five (5) years.
Tuition is due at the beginning of each school year, in September. Installment payment plans are available, and we accept payment via check, credit card, and PayPal. There is a nonrefundable $200 application fee.
Each student is responsible for his or her board and lodging. The Spacial Dynamics Institute will endeavor to help students find board and lodging options at a reasonable cost. A medical statement signed by a physician, and a waiver and release form must be completed by each applicant before the first session. The decision to continue or terminate the training, from either side, is made at the end of each year. The course fee is calculated for the year rather than per session and no refunds can be given for sessions that are not attended.
To apply please print the following form, complete, and send with your photograph and application fee.