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Tamalpa Institute Training: Level 1

  • 14 Jan 2022
  • Zoom

Level 1 Online Training Program: Personal Embodiment of the Life/Art Process®

Learn how to use artistic and therapeutic principles to uncover and explore autobiographical material through a “body mythology” that connects you to the compelling events, issues, and questions in your life. The training includes experiential exploration through the arts, philosophy, and theory of the practice, and basic maps and methods of the work

Presented by the Tamalpa Institute
January 14, 2022 - December 4, 2022


In Level 1, we use artistic and therapeutic principles to uncover and explore autobiographical material through a “body mythology” that connects us to the compelling events, issues, and questions in our lives. Working with intermodal art mediums – movement/dance, drawing, vocalizing, writing, and dialogues – we reflect on our history, who we are now, and the changes that we would like to embody in order to live more artfully in all aspects of our lives.

Maps & Methods students will experience over the course of the training - 

> Body Part Mapping: Includes a study of the movement repertoire, associated themes and particular images and life experiences associated with each body part.

> Integrative Movement/Dance: Unique activities and exercises which have been developed and taught at Tamalpa Institute over 40 years. These practices are representative of our movement-based approach to expressive arts education and therapy.

> The Psychokinetic Imagery Process: A map for using movement, drawing and narrative to generate body/mind awareness, creative expression, and learning through multimedia art making.

>RSVP Cycles: A system used to design and present experiences, performances and to generate collective creativity.

During the final phases of the training, a self-portrait is created and explored. Each student’s self-portrait performance is enacted as a ritual within the safe container created by the Level 1 cohort and faculty. In the online format of the training, these performances are shared with the cohort and faculty via Zoom. The training ends with a harvest of the learning experience.

About Tamalpa Institute:
Founded in 1978 by dance and expressive arts therapy pioneers Anna Halprin and Daria Halprin, Tamalpa Institute is internationally recognized for its unique approach to movement, dance, and expressive arts therapy and education.

Detailed Training Program dates:
2022 January 14-16
February 11-13
March 11-13
April 8-10
May 6-8
June 3-5
June 19-July 28 - Summer Break
July 29-31
August 26-28
September 23-25
October 14-16
November 11-13
December 1-4

Seminars listed above are scheduled from 9am-4:15pm Pacific Time with a 1.25 hour lunch break.

There will be a Summer Break from June 19 - July 28, 2022

Monthly Movement Ritual & Integrative Dance Exploration classes scheduled 9am-12pm Pacific Time one Saturday per month between 3-day Weekend Intensives on the following dates:

2022 January 29
February 26
April 2
April 23
May 21
June 18
August 13
September 10
October 8 

There will be one 2 hour class from 10am-12pm PST October 29, 2022 for tech prep for Self-Portrait performances.

Location: Online Zoom
Tuition: $5000

Application deadline: November 1, 2021
Questions: Email Amy McGrath at


Online application form:

1321 Antoine Dr.
Houston, TX 77055


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