Dancing Mindfulness | Mindful Journey Center

Dancing Mindfulness Facilitator Training

If you are currently teaching any type of wellness-related class (yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi, dance, related modalities), if you are a classroom teacher, or a licensed/trained helping professional of any kind (e.g., counselor, psychologist, social worker, nurse, psychiatrist, CD counselor), you are welcome to take this weekend facilitator training intensive! Graduate students are welcome. You MUST complete the whole weekend agenda to be awarded certification on behalf of Mindful Ohio.

Mindfulness is the simple practice of noticing without judgment, savoring the art of being in the moment. Mindfulness, psychodrama, meditation, and yoga are modalities that can promote wellness and recovery. “Dancing Mindfulness” is a practice developed by clinical counselor Dr. Jamie Marich incorporating all of these elements. Dance becomes the primary avenue through which to access mindful awareness! There are seven basic elements of a “Dancing Mindfulness” class (breath, sound, body, mind, spirit, story, and integrated experience) to help participants experience the attitudes and benefits of mindful awareness. “Dancing Mindfulness” classes range in length from 30 minutes to 2 hours, and they can be designed to accommodate a variety of populations in various settings (e.g., yoga studios, community gatherings, clinical settings, dance studios, churches, gyms).

Developed by Dr. Jamie Marich, a clinical counselor and expert in traumatic stress studies and spiritual issues, Dancing Mindfulness strives to honor the safety and integrity of each participant. Marich trained in several dance forms in her youth (Slavic folk, ballet, jazz) and later competed as a figure skater; she is also an accomplished musician with three folk albums to her credit. Having explored the conscious dance scene throughout her career as a clinical counselor, which including taking training intensives at the Kripalu School for Yoga and Health, Marich ultimately created Dancing Mindfulness as her integrated interpretation (as a dancer, musician, counselor, and spiritual practitioner) of mindfulness in motion. Marich truly believes that we all have an inner dancer just waiting to come out, just as we are all capable of mindful awareness. Dancing Mindfulness is a community practice, not a clinical practice, although Marich draws on her expertise as a clinical counselor to help create the safest dance practice possible within community settings.

The Dancing Mindfulness practice officially debuted at two academic conferences the summer of 2012, the NAADAC National Addiction Professionals Conference in Indianapolis, IN and the Addiction Studies Institute in Columbus, OH. Dr. Jamie also had the privilege of offering Dancing Mindfulness as a community sample class at the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in November 2012 and it scheduled to do the same at Esalen in the Spring of 2013, and at numerous state-level and national-level conferences throughout the year! Click HERE for a full list of Dancing Mindfulness conference presentations! Click HERE to read an article about Dancing Mindfulness featured by Addiction Professional Magazine in 2013.

After completing this workshop training, participants will be able to:

1. Define mindfulness from several different perspectives, and explain how a dance practice can fit the definition of mindfulness.

2. List the seven primary qualities of mindful living as described by Jon Kabat-Zinn and explain how these relate to human wellness

3. Discuss the seven elements of the Dancing Mindfulness practice (i.e., breath, sound, body, mind, spirit, story, and fusion) and how each of the elements can be used to practice the qualities of mindful living

4. Identify at least three elements of psychotherapeutic approaches that appear in Dancing Mindfulness (e.g., Gestalt, psychodrama, mindfulness, movement/dance therapy, coping skills/breath work/somatic experiencing, EMDR/bilateral reprocessing)

5. Describe the benefits of a movement-based, holistic practice for emotional healing

6. Define what is means to be a trauma-sensitive professional, discussing how to keep a group of people safe, either in a community or clinical setting, while doing movement work, and describing triphasic (three-stage) model of trauma treatment

7. Explain the rationale of accessing body-based coping as optimal for recovery and wellness

8. Facilitate a group of individuals in the Dancing Mindfulness practice

9. Describe the subtle differences between facilitating Dancing Mindfulness in community versus clinical settings and apply them accordingly

10. Explain how dancing and other movement-based or spiritually-based practices found in the community qualify as “coping skills” for recovery and wellness

11. Articulate how engaging in movement-based wellness programs like Dancing Mindfulness can promote one’s own sense of self-care as a professional

12. Present the benefits of a practice like Dancing Mindfulness in your community to yoga studio owners, clinical/program directors, etc.



Irene M. Rodriguez, LMHC, CAP, CCTP, Certified EMDR Therapist, Affiliate Trainer Institute for Creative Mindfulness, Certified TIR Trainer. Trained in Life Stress Reduction (LSR). Ms. Rodriguez has a private practice in Fort Lauderdale, Florida where she provides service to individuals with PTSD and trauma-related conditions.



July 5, 6 and 7, 2019

Location: Universidad del Sagrado Corazón, Avenida Sagrado Corazón de Jesús, San Juan, 00912, Puerto Rico

Trainer: Irene M. Rodriguez, LMHC, CAP, CCTP, Certified EMDR Therapist, Affiliate Trainer Institute for Creative Mindfulness, Certified TIR Trainer

Workshops involve ample and close one-on-one supervision.

Friday from 3:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.

Saturday from 9:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. Lunch (one hour)

Sunday from 9:00 A.M – 2:00 P.M.

Tuition: $395.00

To register and pay using PayPal or with a credit card:

For more information please contact Irene Rodriguez:

Phone: (954) 376-0496

Email: irodriguez@mindfuljourneycenter.com