Regulations, Ethics and Registration
The entry requirements for the full training cycle:
1. Attendance on a regular basis at an IBF registered weekly Biodanza class, if this is not practicable then regular attendance at monthly classes (other than school weekends).
2. A good general state of health.
3. To work within the Biocentric Principle, respecting yourself and others.
New students can enrol in a training cycle throughout the duration of the first two year, with possible exceptions in specific cases.
The attendance requirements for the training cycle are:
Attendance of all weekends in the school you are registered in.
Any weekends that you miss for justifiable reasons should be made up either during the following training cycle conducted at the same school or at a different IBF registered school up to a maximum of two each year. This to be agreed in consultation with the directors of both schools.
Every time you make up a weekend at a differentaffiliated IBF registered school, you will be asked to present the respective certificate of attendance to the directors of your school.
The complete IBF Biodanza training cycle has a minimum duration of 3 years and an average duration of 3½ years with possible exceptions in specific cases.
Our ethical code:
To express yourself to others with honesty, and in a straightforward manner that conveys warmth, respect and equality. To contribute to the well-being of the whole group by helping to promote a sense of safety and communicating Biocentric values. To maintain personal boundaries with each other that are life-enhancing. To give affective and appropriate feedback (to yourself and others) in all exercises and in any situations of contact within the school.To be punctual – this offers respect to the group. Where a cancellation is unavoidable, the directors will take all possible steps to inform students before the arrival time at the venue.
The syllabus and dates:
The weekends are generally on Saturday and Sunday of the second weekend of the month, for 9 months of each year, there are usually no school weekends in April, August and December.
Sometimes dates have to be changed unavoidably so please keep a check on the website.
In April, August and December other workshops on topics relevant to the Biodanza System are scheduled. They are an additional, required part of the training.
(The directors can choose the number of conferences to include in the programme), every workshop and conference is followed by a vivencia.
Each student should attend a minimum of 3 workshops, conferences or congresses during their training. These must include one or more of the following (after the student has at least one year of experience) The Minotaur Project, The Heart of the Transformation or The Tree of Desires.
Attending a weekly class:
It is necessary to go to a weekly Biodanza class regularly throughout the duration of the training cycle so as to increase your depth of experience of the vivencia.
If you live too far from a weekly session it is suggested that you attend a Biodanza workshop every month. Some exceptions to this can be allowed with the approval of the school directors.
The School recognizes as valid only the weekly sessions and workshops conducted by Registered IBF Biodanza Teachers (given within the official system and by facilitators and tutors who have the recognized qualifications).
The third year of the training:
At the end of the second year, the focus will be on those students who are choosing to be facilitators. They will carry out the supervised practical training and present a monograph (thesis) in order to receive the title of Biodanza Teacher.
The school will remain open to those who want to continue attending the school weekends and accompany the students who are completing the facilitator training.
Written Report (Resumé) of the theoretical topic of each school weekend:
On completion of each weekend the student is required to make a written report (resumé) based on the subject matter relative to each module of the training cycle, to be sent by email to one or more of the directors before the following workshop. The resumé (equivalent to one page of experiences of the vivencial content of the weekend.) should contain the student’s understanding of the theoretical content of the weekend and any relevant personal impressions and
The unique programme for the training of Biodanza teachers includes 7 methodology workshops:
These last 7 modules of the training prepare students in the practicalities.
As well as the theoretical elements time will be spent on the creation and practical facilitating of a Biodanza session and learning the exercises of the Official IBF List of Biodanza Exercises, Presentations and Music.
The emphasis will be on learning to give each exercise its appropriate name, its respective manner of presentation and the respective recommended music as verified by the IBF (CIMEB)- Centre of Investigation of Music and Exercises in Biodanza.
The requirements for the third year of the full training cycle:
Within the school this practical work is carried out by groups of the students present. Each group of students will create and then give vivencias. They will receive feedback about the content of the session from the directors.
Supervised Practical Training:
The requirement to have supervised practical training during the third year will be conducted by didactic teachers certified by the governing body of the IBF.
After the Methodology 3 weekend the student can set up Biodanza sessions with the positive agreement of the directors and run a group as a practising student in training, and have the title ‘student-under-supervision’.
Of these Biodanza sessions a minimum of 8 must be supervised by one of the school directors or a didactic teacher who is recognized by the school and has been present during the student’s training. The number of supervisions will depend on the judgment of the directors as to the readiness of the student to begin teaching.
These sessions are charged at the current rate for didactic supervisors, which is £80 each session or £50 each if two students share.
Presentation of the Monography (Thesis):
Towards the end of the practical training the student writes a thesis on a subject approved by the school directors, regarding a theoretical and/or practical aspect of Biodanza. The subject of the monography should be personally relevant to each student and chosen by them.
The draft is shown to the Directors for feedback and possible modification.
The final work is presented at a celebratory ceremony of completion of the training.
It should be in 3 parts, theoretical, practical and personal aspects of Biodanza. demonstrating the student’s theoretical knowledge and describing your personal experiences of Biodanza.
The subject of the first part will show a good knowledge of the theory of Biodanza, which will include the Theoretical Model and The Biocentric Principle as well as other aspects of relevance to the student’s writing.The second part will be your own personal presentation, your own choice and interpretation depending on your particular interests and expertise. It may include your experiences of the 3 years of training and any particular elements or changes that emerged during the time you have been practising Biodanza, both in your weekly group and in the school. The third part will contain the vivencias created and given for supervisions including details of the group and any other particular aspects of these.
The thesis is written with the support of the didactic teacher/s responsible for the supervision of your practical training.
The thesis should be sent to the didactic teacher/s at least one month before it is presented in the school so it can be corrected and you can present it successfully in order to obtain your title and diploma of IBF Biodanza Teacher.
The fee for this is £120.
The objective of all evaluations is to verify the knowledge you have acquired and to offer support if you have any difficulties in the learning process.
Attendance for non students:
Those who are not interested in the formal Biodanza Teacher Training, but who are interested in furthering their theoretical knowledge of Biodanza and wish to practise Biodanza in more depth, are given the possibility to attend the training cycle until the end of the second academic year.
They can attend the third year with the approval of the directors of the school. They are not required to write the reports (resumés)on each of the theoretical topics presented and don’t receive the theoretical booklets.
When/if they then decide to become a regular student they will receive the booklets for the weekends already attended in full (paying the extra fee) and presenting their written reports on the topics given in those weekends, as well as attending a weekly class.
Please complete the registration form on the 'join the school' page, by doing this you are consenting to follow the guidelines of the school.