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Pathways to wholesome living and integration using Open Floor and Mindful meditation


What is mindfulness?

  • Learning to rest the body/mind in nourishing ease

  • Cultivating a mind that is caring, aware, discerning and alert

  • Emotional wellbeing

Through the practice of mindfulness we nourish our capacity for calm and clear seeing.

Mindfulness can help us become more aware and interested in the times and places where strong emotions are triggered. Meeting these emotions with kindness, interest, patience and love, inevitably leads to increased happiness and wholesome living. Put simply, we react less and respond more. We learn to move well with change.

Skilful mindfulness practice leads to emotional well being. A natural feeling of belonging to the world experienced as self-confidence, resilience, calm and curiosity. In time we may realise that peace of mind is not dependent on outer circumstances. Calm and clarity are available in every situation!


What is Open Floor?

The question at the heart of practice is how can we move well with all of lifes offerings? Dance is skilful and fun means to unify and integrate the mandala of embodied knowing, sensing, thinking, feeling, intuiting and imagining.

Open Floor is a guided moving/dancing meditation practice. It helps us embody mindful awareness in daily activities. A bridge between the stillness of meditation and the business of family life.

Dance helps us move well with change.

The practice will bring core movement resources direct to your body, resources such as how to feel grounded, centred, how to activate and settle and many more.

It is a free flowing space with no dance experience required or steps to follow; a space to connect with yourself, others and all of life systems.

Through dance we can move it all. Welcome difficulty, welcome joy, passion, fierceness, grief. We can move the struggles of being human and we can be moved with glimpses of boundless consciousness.

Click on the image to hear more about Open Floor.

This is a direct path to emotional intelligence, it is for everyone who dares to trust the integrative power of movement.

“Open Floor is not about learning to dance. It’s about dancing to learn.”

Courses and Retreats we offer

Fire in Goodness: An Open Floor workshop with Jaime

Christchurch 7-8th June at North New Brighton Community Centre

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Do you want to be able to use strong energies as a source of creativity and community building?

This is a workshop that offers an antidote to the fragmentation we humans can feel. We will explore what it means to connect with the parts of ourselves we can sometimes disown or reject.

Aspirations and outcomes

Find and stand in your embodied power

Transform limiting self beliefs

Explore anger creatively with kindness and passion

Release stress and struggle through dance

Experience joy and sense of belonging to a wholesome community

Deepen your understanding and practice of meditation/mindfulness through movement in the body. Nourishing ease and vividly awake and responsive.

You can come to this workshop as a beginner or as an experienced meditator/dancer.

CLICK HERE for more information and to register for the workshop.

Belonging: An Open Floor Meditation Retreat with Jaime & Juliana

June 26th - July 3rd
At the Wangapeka Study and Retreat Centre.

Belonging is living in a state of inclusive love. It is to be patient, attentive, willing to question and able to participate well with life in all its offerings and changes. This is our (at times) forgotten natural state. A sense of belonging is the hallmark of a maturing human being functioning well in community.

We invite you to give yourself the time to find this wholeness and full aliveness so that we can communicate and relate from a place of clarity.

- Deepen your mindfulness practice through dance, it is active, fun and fully embodied
- Weave intimacy with nature
- Express joy and connection through chanting and meditation
- Participate in rituals that deepen awareness and make potent the capacity for wholesome change
- Find our real teacher (who is closer than we might think)

CLICK HERE for more information and to register for the course.

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Calm Clear Creative (subsidised) Mindfulness training for school teachers
Nourishing School teachers with understanding and resources to live and work mindfully. Weekend and week retreats throughout the year. This training is for any school teachers form beginners to experienced practitioners. Click the title to hear from the 2019 participants.

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Children Moving to Learn Mindfulness
We explore using playful mindful games, imaginative stories, and contact with nature to help children and families connect to their own capacity for calm, confidence and creativity. Suggested child age is 7 upwards. This is 90 minute workshop for a parent and a child.


A Gentle Introduction to Mindfulness for Adults
Making friends with thinking and feelings as a foundation for emotional wellbeing and happiness. This is a one day workshop to learn how to move well with change, unravel stress and nourish calm.

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Monthly classes and workshops in New Zealand and around the World

Conscious dance is a profound way to embody mindfulness, to live divided no more.

We work directly with the body and the power of music in a way that brings empowerment. The aspiration is to heal the fragmentation that can exist between body and mind, head and heart, public and private, stillness and movement. We can never control the music of life, but we can learn to move well.

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Mindfulness for teens and young adults
A 3 hour workshop to equip teenagers and young adults with foundations of mindfulness. We use music, movement and mindfulness to help young people find calm and build skills to surf turbulent emotions.


We encourage people to move to learn mindfulness, because the nature of our minds and bodies is movement.

Our senses are moving, our bodies are moving, thinking and feelings are movements. We are moving at work, at the kitchen sink, in our communicating with families and communities. Our understanding is mindfulness must be something that lives in our bodies, a demonstration of fluid responsiveness, available in all postures and in all situations.

We are teaching children, young adults, families and communities to move well with change.
— Opening Minds

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