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Montenegro, Quindio-Colombia-Fascial Spaces-A Volumetric Approach for the Integration of Human Structures
Saturday, September 21, 2019, 9:30 AM to Saturday, September 28, 2019, 5:30 PM -05
Category: International CE Courses


September 21st to the 28th 2019 

*(September 23rd and 26th are days off to explore the beautiful mountains of the Colombian coffee region)


Hotel Campestre La Tata http://grupolatata.com/hotel-campestre-la-tata/
near Montenegro, Quindío, in Colombia. The nearest Major airport is El Edén International Airport (AXM) in Armenia, Colombia (23 km/ 14 miles away) or, Matecaña International Airport (PEI) in Pereira, Colombia (45 km / 28 miles away).


$1,150 ($1,100 + $50 Admin Fee)



Juan David Velez

[email protected]


Fascial Spaces-A Volumetric Approach for the Integration of Human Structures

Instructors: Peter Schwind and Juan David Velez

Organizational Host: Dr. Ida Rolf Institute 

Credits:  45 IASI and NCBTMB Credits. 4 elective and 2 intermediate DIRI Credits

Course Description:

A Six Day Class with Peter Schwind and Juan David VélezJoin us in the beautiful coffee region of Colombia for a deep exploration of “Fascial Spaces”.In this six day workshop we will cover the ways in which the trunk relates to the extremities, and how the inner spaces of the trunk – thorax, abdomen, and pelvis – interact with each other and with the Craniosacral System. This course has a conceptual aspect that deals with the embryological history of the cavities of the human body, and the early expression of motion in the organs. Emphasis however, will be given to the practical exploration of different modalities of touch, and how they relate to the different morphologies of fascia and the membranes.

The techniques we will present cover a wide range of approaches to specific structures including the psoas major and minor, renal fascia and the supportive fat of the kidneys, osseous and membranous components of the neuro- and viscero-cranium, and others. We will take a broad volumetric view of the human body that acknowledges the dynamic relationships of the Core and Sleeve.This class will substantially broaden your view and understanding of Dr. Rolf’s traditional sessions 5 and 7.We will also be reserving some time for a practicum on scoliosis.

* * *Room and Board:The following prices are for 9 nights/10 days, arriving on September the 20th and departing on the 29th. Prices include three daily meals, as well as taxes and insurance*. Would you like to arrive earlier? Stay a few extra days after the class? That can be arranged for the same discounted prices listed above. •Single occupancy room: $605•Double occupancy: $488/person•Triple occupancy: $434/personYes, that is the total for your whole stay!Please note that the Room and Board fee needs to be paid directly to Juan David Vélez, in full, by May 24, 2019. Contact me directly for payment options.How much will this fun class/adventure cost?Early registration feeUS $ 980.00DIRI Registration feeUS $ 50.00Room and Board 10 days/9 nights in Private room (Less if you share). Includes taxes and insurance $ 605.00TOTALUS $1,635.00Plus AirfareYou can find flights from some major US and Canadian airports for under $500 round trip! When you compare these prices with what it would cost to take a similar class in the US, you really can not afford not to take it!Family members, friends, significant others are welcome to join. The hotel offers a swimming pool, jacuzzi, gym, hiking trails (Colombia is one of the most biodiverse countries in the world, and boasts the largest number of bird species in the planet!), game area, coffee tours and other activities that will keep them entertained while you’re in class. It is also within walking distance to Parque del Café, a theme park with many options for children, but also for those who want to learn more about the coffee culture and industry.

Instructor Bios: 

Peter Schwind, Ph.D. Peter was certified as a Rolfer in 1980, as a Rolfing Instructor in 1985 and as an Advanced Instructor in 1999. More than three decades ago, as the European Representative of the Rolf Institute, he organized the first workshops and classes in Europe. He assisted in Basic Classes, Workshops and Advanced Classes with Jan Sultan, Tom Wing, Stacey Mills, Peter Melchior and Emmett Hutchins. For many years he was in a conceptual dialogue with Michael Salveson and with Jeff Maitland, Ph.D. He also went through a long term tutorial with Richard Demmerle D.C. – Ida Rolf`s son – and assisted him in workshops in Europe.Peter sees it as a privilege of our group that we allow different interpretations of Ida Rolf’s concepts. On one hand, Peter’s approach is deeply rooted in traditional – “classical” – Rolfing. On the other hand he wants to build a bridge between our work and “old style” American osteopathy and the contemporary osteopathy of France, the Netherlands and Belgium. He has studied closely with Jean Pierre Barral and Didier Prat for 30 years and participated in postgraduate courses with Lawrence Jones, D.O. (Strain counterstrain) and Barry Savery, D.O. (HVL), Rene Zweedijk D.O. (work with babies and children) and Geert Achterkamp D.O. (Structural Cranial work following the teachings of Alain Gehin D.O.).Peter sees his main job as a teacher in searching an answer to the question: How can we deepen the understanding of our tradition and how can we learn from the expertise of others – practitioners and scientists – without losing our original identity.Peter met Juan David the first time 24 years ago. Last September, at the Dr. Ida Rolf Institute Retreat at Whidbey Island, we started a creative dialogue in which Peter realized that Juan David’s volumetric approach opens new perspectives for our work. These perspectives will open our eyes for new creative paths.

Juan David Vélez At age 16, when I first learned about Rolfing® through a magazine article, I was so intrigued by the ideas that I went on a search for a book on the topic. This was before the age of the internet so after an extensive search through international publishers (There were no Rolfers or Books on Rolfing in my native Colombia at the time), I was able to find only two books on Rolfing: Dr. Rolf’s book, and Dr. Schwind’s first book. It was his that arrived first and so, my first introduction to the practice that would later become my passion. After more than three decades since that first introduction, it is a great honor for me to offer this class with Peter. I had the opportunity to study with him in the late-nineties, which further influenced my practice, and now I’m very much looking forward to this collaboration.I have been a Faculty Member for the Dr. Ida Rolf Institute for over twenty years, teaching in all phases of our training. I feel very committed to refining and further advancing the Philosophical Framework of our work, and strongly believe that a clear conceptual understanding is the foundation of a clear and effective practice. This, I believe, is what ultimately helps our practice transcend technique and achieve a level of mastery.