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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

Bothmer Gymnastics®

posture 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.


There are are two paths open to receive a diploma in Spacial Dynamics:

1. The Level I Course

This is a five-year program led by Jaimen McMillan in two locations:

  • Mechanicville, New York

  • Ann Arbor, Michigan

The location and session dates for Level I are as follows:

Fall 2018:

Mechanicville, NY :  October 4-8, 2018

Ann Arbor, MI :  November 8-12, 2018

Spring 2019:

Mechanicville, NY :  April 12-16,, 2019

Ann Arbor, MI :  March 7-11, 2019

Summer session 2019: All Groups

Mechanicville, NY :  July 16-25, 2019

2. The Core Studies Program

This is a two-year introduction to the core concepts of Spacial Dynamics and is offered in three locations:

  • San Diego, California

  • Vancouver, British Columbia

  • Montreal, Quebec

The Core Studies students will attend spring and fall sessions in their chosen regional location of San Diego, Vancouver or Montreal. These sessions will be led by Level III instructors. The summer sessions for both Level 1 students and Core Studies students will be led by Jaimen McMillan, SDI’s director in Mechanicville, NY.

To attain a Level 1 diploma in Spacial Dynamics the two-year Core Studies Program may be followed by an additional 360 credit hours in Spacial Dynamics courses taken at your own pace and offered by certified Spacial Dynamics trainers in the USA, Canada, France, Germany, Switzerland, Hungary, Italy, Argentina, and China. 

A Core Studies student can also attain a Level 1 diploma in SD by joining the Level 1 trainings in Ann Arbor  MI or Mechanicville NY in the third, fourth, and fifth years of the trainings.

The location and session dates for Core Studies Program 2018 – 2019 are as follows:

Core Studies Program Session Dates


Fall 2018:

San Diego, CA :  October 5-8, 2018           

Montreal, QC :  Two sessions

  1. November 16-18, 2018

  2. November 23-25, 2018

Spring 2019:  

San Diego, CA :  March 21-24, 2019

Montreal, QC :    Two sessions

  1. March 8-10, 2019

  2. March 15-17, 2019

Vancouver, BC :  Two sessions

  1. February 14-18, 2019

  2. May 16-20, 2019


Summer double session 2019: All Groups

Mechanicville, NY: July 16-25, 2019


Tuition is $2,950 per year, with a commitment to one year at a time.


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. 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, 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.

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