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Note: Tuition, fees, class dates/times, class location and faculty are all subject to change. The Rolf Institute attempts to give as much advance notice as possible of any changes.

Boulder, CO USA

To register for Rolf Institute classes, please contact us at 303-449-5903.

Phase I: Foundations of Rolfing Structural Integration

CLASS MEETS: Monday-Friday from 8:30 AM - 6 PM


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  September 7 – October 19, 2015
  Michael Polon & Meg Maurer
  October 19, 2015
  January 25 – March 7, 2016
  Adam Mentzell
  March 7, 2016
  April 25 – June 6, 2016
  Adam Mentzell
  June 6, 2016
  October 3 – November 14, 2016
  Meg Maurer
  November 14, 2016

Phase I: Accelerated Foundations of Rolfing Structural Integration

CLASS MEETS: Sunday afternoon-Friday/Monday-Friday/Monday from 8:30 AM - 6 PM


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  November 1-16, 2015
  Meg Maurer & Adam Mentzell
  November 16, 2015
  June 28 – July 11, 2016
  Michael Polon
  July 11, 2016

Phase II: Embodiment of Rolfing Structural Integration & Rolf Movement Integration

CLASS MEETS: Monday-Friday first week; Monday-Thursday following weeks from 8:30 AM - 6 PM


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  October 19 – December 17, 2015
  Libby Eason & Ellen Freed
  Suzanne Picard
  September 18, 2015
  January 18 -  March 10, 2016
  Tessy Brungardt 
  Patrice Naparstek
  December 18, 2015
  March 21 -  May 12, 2016
  Lisa Fairman
  Suzanne Picard
  February 26, 2015
  May 23 – July 14, 2016
  Thomas Walker
  Suzanne Picard
  April 22, 2016
  October 17 – December 15, 2016
  Juan David Velez/TBA
  Jane Harrington
  September 16, 2016

Phase III: Clinical Application of Rolfing Theory

CLASS MEETS: Monday-Friday from 8:30 AM - 6 PM


~ Please view the Tuition page for 2015 and 2016 tuition rates.

  October 19 – December 18, 2015
  Juan David Velez
  John Schewe
  September 18, 2015
  January 11 March 3, 2016
  Larry Koliha  
  Juan David Velez
  December 11, 2015
  March 28 – May 20, 2016
  Ray McCall
  Michael Murphy
  February 26, 2016
  June 13 August 5, 2016
  Kevin McCoy
  John Schewe

May 13, 2016

  October 17 – December 16, 2016
  Libby Eason
  Jon Martine
  September 23, 2016

Certified Advanced Rolfer Training

Late 2015


Phase I – October 26-29 / November 2-5 / November 9-12, 2015
Phase II – April 4-7 / April 11-14 / April 18-21, 2016

  Jan Sultan & Valerie Berg
  Los Angeles, CA (Venice Beach area)

Jan Sultan – jhsultan@cybermesa.com (Class & Housing Info)
Valerie Berg – val03berg@gmail.com (Class Info)

  Jim Jones, Director of Education at jjones@rolf.org or 303-449-5903 x105. See Registration Process below.


Ida Rolf told her early students to "follow my Recipe for 5 years or until you think you know what you are doing." This advanced training is designed to consolidate the training of a Rolfer into levels not available to an entry level practitioner. We will use Dr. Rolf's recipe, and the values expressed there, as a reference point. We will work with what you bring to the training from your own explorations.  Our objective is to deepen your understanding of the work, and to refine your application of technique to become more economical and specific to the client’s needs. One primary objective of the advanced class is to explore the nature of Rolfing to the extent that new information you learn will strengthen your practice and not dilute it.
As the early 10-Series is a universal template, and useful to the widest range of body types, the advanced work is client centered and is applied specifically to meet the needs of the individual. We will learn how to develop non-formulistic single session, and multiple session interventions. There will be a high focus on the biomechanics of normal joint function, and specific techniques taught to release the common motion restrictions that interfere with normal function. We will use the Structural and Functional Taxonomies, Jan's Internal External model, and Hubert Goddard's Tonic Function seeing models. This organization will refine your ability to "see" the characteristic posture/structure signature of the body in motion, and enable you to derive meaningful information about intervention strategies. We will learn to teach our clients to use the work thru specific movement directives, given as part of the session, and for the client to work with post session.

While we have many learning objectives for this class, the primary one is that you the student take ownership of the work, and carry on the investigation we are all involved in as a partner and a peer.

Jan Sultan’s initial encounter with Ida Rolf was in 1967 as her client. In 1969 he trained under her, and after having assisted several classes, was invited by Dr. Rolf to become an instructor in 1975. After further apprenticeship,  Dr. Rolf invited him to take on the Advanced teaching.  He currently teaches Basic Trainings, Continuing Education, and Advanced Trainings for the Rolf Institute. He feels strongly that his responsibility as an instructor goes beyond simply passing on what he was taught, to include the refinement and coherent development of the ideas and methodology taught by Ida Rolf. Jan lives in Northern New Mexico, and practices in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Valerie Berg trained in 87 with Peter Melchior and Nicholas French. She is a big proponent of teaching the classical ten series to beginning students, as this is where a lot of our thinking and development occurs that takes us deeper into the work. The nuances and advanced work comes later developing out of knowing the territory and reasoning of the ten series work. She worked in Guatemala for 5 years in the 90s and was exposed to the trauma of war and violence thus began studying Peter Levine’s trauma work.

Valerie is also very interested in cultural and worldview influences on our structure and function. She has been teaching Rolfing SI for 11 years and received her Bachelor’s degree in Education and dance She is also a Rolf Movement Practitioner trained by Hubert Godard. She continues to study Visceral and movement work as a component of her practice. She has been practicing in New Mexico for 26 years Tango dancing, yoga, hiking, sculling and kayaking keep her moving and interested in the vitality of our bodies continuing through the changes of the years. Her focus over the last 6 years has been developing ways of working with Structural Aging. She teaches workshops internationally.



Phase I – May 9-12, 2016 May 16-20, 2016 May 23-25, 2016
Phase II – October 3-6, 2016 October 10-14, 2016 October 17-19, 2016

  Tessy Brungardt & Russell Stolzoff
  Tula Yoga and Wellness, 99 Snelling Ave N., St. Paul, MN 55104

Jennifer Eslinger - jennifer.eslinger@structuralenergy.net

  Jim Jones, Director of Education at jjones@rolf.org or 303-449-5903 x105. See Registration Process below.


The process of becoming an Certified Advanced Rolfer is multi-faceted,  involves learning new skills and exploring the relationship between perception and embodiment. Practitioners’ accumulated knowledge and practical experience form the basis for introducing new perspectives, skills, and techniques that will help practitioners to more easily and efficiently deliver effective results.

In this training course a systemic approach to Rolfing theory will cover a broad range of topics. In-depth exploration of the Principles of Rolfing SI, and Rolfing taxonomies (Structural, Functional, Psychobiological, Energetic, Geometrical) will be applied to the tasks of creating individual sessions and series of sessions from an advanced frame of reference. The course takes place over 24 days (168 hours), which will be divided into 2 roughly equal parts with 12 class  days in each part.

The class includes lectures, demonstrations, pracitcums, delivering a series to a client, and exchanging a series with a class partner. An emphasis will be placed on hands-on exploration and skill development. Supervision during palpation practicums, and while working with class partners and clients, will address refinement of touch and limiting body-use habits. Receiving work that is essential to improving the Rolfers' own structure and function is an important part of the class. This supports greater ease in working and easier interventions with clients. Supervised sessions with classroom clients and partners will help practitioners develop their ability to assess and address the essential and specific needs of their clients.

The following will be applied to assessment, strategy formation and delivery of a series of Rolfing SI:

  • 10-series review
  • How to design and practice client-centered, non-formulaic Rolfing sessions or series
  • Functional anatomy and fascial architecture maps
  • Biomechanics as an exploration of how things work, both specifically and in relationship to the rest of the system, including: myofascial, ligamentous, and articular considerations in the application of skilled techniques
    Creating more effective therapeutic relationships with clients
  • Techniques to improve the Rolfer's self awareness and expand her/his skills in perception
  • Focus on the body mechanics of the Rolfer with the goal of creating more ease while working
  • Expanding and refining the range of touch the Rolfer can apply to better match the needs of the client

Tessy Brungardt received her BA in Environmental Biology in 1976 from New College in Sarasota, FL. In her studies and career afterwards, she enjoyed exploring the interface of observing the natural world and the the science of how things worked. Once she was introduced to Rolfing Structural Integration in 1979, she was inspired to take this exploration into the human realm. She became a Certified Rolfer in 1985 and a Certified Advanced Rolfer in 1988.  Tessy completed her Rolf Movement Certification in 1994. She also became certified to teach for the Rolf Institute in 1994 and became an Advanced Instructor for the Rolf Institute in 2002.  She has had the privilege to teach all over the world. She maintains a full practice in Baltimore, MD where she especially enjoys working with children and musicians.

Russell Stolzoff has always been attuned to the beauty of integrated movement. He was first introduced to Rolfing Structural Integration in 1983 as a classroom client while completing his BA at University of Colorado. The deep physical and psychological impact of that experience led him to pursue training as a Rolfer. He became a Certified Rolfer in 1989, and an Certified Advanced Rolfer in 1998. He completed his Rolf Movement Certification in 2000, and became a Rolf Institute instructor in 2002. Russell has also completed extended studies in Somatic Experiencing and Bodynamic Analysis, a Danish method of body psychotherapy. Since 2010 Russell has worked extensively with professional athletes. He lives and practices in Bellingham, Washington.    

Advanced Training Payment and Refund Policy


Students should provide a $300 deposit with their Enrollment Agreement form. Half of the tuition payment for all classes is due two weeks before the class begins. The remaining balance is due halfway through the class. Students will be assessed a late fee of $100 if payment is received after either due date.

You may pay by check or credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express).
To pay by credit card, call Jim’s phone line at 303-449-5903 x105 and leave the following credit card information.
(Please speak slowly):
Name on the card
Mailing Address of the statement if different than you mailing address
Credit Card Number
Expiration Date
Last three digits on the back of the card (four digits on front of card if American Express)


Question? Contact  Jim Jones, Director of Education, jjones@rolf.org, 303-449-5903 x105.


Please see the Refund Policy under Student Policies

Australian Rolfing Group

Nothing currently being offered.

Brazilian Rolfing Association

Advanced Training

  Module 1: November 9-26, 2015
Module 2: April 18-May 5,  2016
  Lael Katharine Keen with Pierpaola Volpones and Karen Lackritz
  Santa Catarina Island
  Dayane Paschoal, (11) 5574-5827/ 5539-8075, rolfing@rolfing.com.br.
  Dayane Paschoal, (11) 5574-5827/ 5539-8075, rolfing@rolfing.com.br. See Registration Process below.


Rolfing Structural Integration, as a practice and a profession is an art that continues to unfold throughout the lifetime of the Rolfer. The Advanced Training is a very special mark in the life of a Rolfer, a moment when the Rolfer decides to prioritize 24 days of her life for the study of Rolfing SI, bringing the skills, understandings and questions of the first years of active practice into an environment where together we will question, research, and discover new worlds. The Advanced Training is an exciting moment in which there is time to deepen into a fuller, broader and more integrated understanding of what it is to practice Rolfing SI and be a Rolfer.

Some of the elements that we will explore together in this class:

  • Touch – Over the years as Rolfers, we learn many techniques, but what we often don’t learn is how to access the client’s availability for change through our quality of touch. A technique teaches us to touch in a certain place with a certain intention, but if the client’s body closes to our hands, it doesn’t matter what technique we are using, it will be ineffective. In this training we will explore a wide spectrum of touch, from direct to indirect, from evocative to listening, from firm to light, and we will reflect together on how we can use this range to truly touch and be touched by our clients.
  • Body Reading – We will refine our capacity for body reading, through all of our sensory channels, sight, empathy, touch, sound and somatic resonance.
    • We will be looking at how each Rolfer perceives her clients, and building on already existing strengths as well as exploring new ways of perceiving.
    • We will have specific body readings with specific questions and specific tests for each area of the body and each set of relationships that we study. These exercises will help us to perceive more deeply what is happening in the client through all the taxonomies (structural, functional, energetic and psychobiological) .
    • We will look at the body in movement to perceive how the bigger and repetitive patterns of walking, breathing and orienting contribute to the local issues that we are addressing and how these local issues once resolved, can then be more effectively integrated into the whole.
  • Biomechanics of the major joints of the body
    • Learning what healthy, full-range function looks like at each joint and how to perceive through body reading, palpation and motion tests, where there is restriction and less than optimal function.
    • Different coordinative/perceptual/orientation patterns that may cause joints to become motion-restricted,
    • techniques for releasing motion restrictions in the articular system.
    • Learning to perceive and address the underlying functional, and psychobiological aspects of joint problems.
  • Embodiment
    • The degree to which we embody the work is the degree to which we can effectively transmit the work, thus significant emphasis will be given to each Rolfer’s own embodiment at all levels, from the biomechanical to the psychobiological.
    • As we go on the joint by joint tour of the body which is part of the Advanced Training curriculum, we will learn small, easy embodiment exercises for each joint—explorations that will help us to understand that joint in our own bodies, help us to work more specifically and effectively to release joint restrictions in our clients’ bodies and which can be taught to our clients for self-care.
    • We will also be reviewing each practitioner’s body use patterns when Rolfing and experimenting with new alternatives that will give each Rolfer a longer, easier working life.
  • Review of the Ten-Series – this time, not as a recipe but as a set of principles and principle based strategies that help us to meet the client through the many layers of his or her being.
  • Design a series of non-formulistic Advanced sessions that are tailored to the unique needs of each client – Students will practice this non-formulistic series on each other – a moment where the specific needs of each students’ body will be addressed – and on class clients.

The curriculum will be explored through lectures, demos, practices, exchange of sessions with a class mate, and work on class clients.
This Advanced Rolfing Training will take place in two three week modules, each class week consisting of 4 days (Monday-Thursday). It will be held on the Island of Santa Catarina in the south of Brazil, in a classroom in the middle of the Atlantic rain forest, 10 minutes walk from a beautiful tropical beach.

Lael Katharine Keen (Teacher) trained as a Rolfer in 1984 and has been teaching Rolfing SI (since 1995) and Rolf Movement Integration (since 1998) for the Rolf Institute on four different continents. She is founding member of the Brazilian Rolfing Association. She has studied Tonic Function with Hubert Godard since 2000. She also teaches Somatic Experiencing® (Peter Levine’s trauma work) at all levels, for the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute, and has studied and taught Ki-Aikido for 36 years. She is currently completing her internship as an Art Therapist. She is fascinated by the way that structure, function and destiny intertwine in the human being to create our states of health, ease and dis/ease and how we, as Rolfers may intervene to change this process towards greater levels of ease, joy and embodiment.

Pierpaola Volpones (Assistant) is a member of the Rolf Institute since 1986 and a certified Advanced Rolfer and Rolf Movement Practitioner. Rolfing SI has been her full time profession since she graduated in 1986 and is still her passion and main interest. Teaching Rolfing SI is also her passion; she completed the teacher training in 2006 and since then, besides her Rolfing practice in Italy, she teaches Rolfing SI and Rolf Movement trainings and workshops all over Europe. Her continuing education embraces the field of fascia manipulation and of functional work. She has taken classes with J.P. Barral and Peter Schwind to enhance manual skills and with Hubert Godard to deepen the understanding of the functional work within Rolfing SI.

Karen Lackritz (Assistant) has immersed herself in her Rolfing practice since her certification in 1984. She has studied, mentored, and assisted in Rolfing workshops, basic trainings, and Advanced Rolfing trainings with Jan Sultan and Michael Salveson. She has most recently studied with Rolfer, Ron Murray, D.O. She finds joy in studying, practicing, and teaching yoga, which informs her Rolfing practice. For fun and sustenance, she runs, cycles, and at every opportunity, laughs with her grandchildren.

Phase III - Dual Certification: Intensive

  January 11 - March 18, 2016
  Monica Caspari
  Dayane Paschoal, (11) 5574-5827/ 5539-8075, rolfing@rolfing.com.br.
  $7,200; $500 non-refundable deposit if cancel
Deadline is October 31, 2015

Bali Training

For more information, see www.rolfingbali.org.

Nothing currently being offered.

European Rolfing Association

Intensive Format

For all classes, contact training@rolfing.org
More information at www.rolfing.org

Classes are taught in English
Location: Munich Germany

Phase III
  September 7 – October 30, 2015
  Pierpaola Volpones
Phase II
  November 2 – December 22, 2015
  Gerhard Hesse
Phase III
  February 22 – April 15, 2016
  Pierpaola Volpones
Phase I
  August 1 – August 20, 2016
  Rita Geirola, Konrad Obermeier, Giovanni Felicioni
Phase II
  October 10 – December 2, 2016
  Giovanni Felicioni
Phase III
  February 22 – April 13, 2017
  Harvey Burns

Advanced Training 2015

  Part 1: June 22 – July 24, 2015
  Pedro Prado, Jonathan Martine (Assistant), Rita Geirola (Translation)
  4100 €, for Advanced Rolfer 2050 €
  Catania, Italy
  more info please follow: www.rolfing.org/index.php?id=175


Pedro Prado, PhD, of Sao Paulo, Brazil, has been instructing Rolfing SI for over 20 years. He is a member of the Advanced and Rolf Movement Faculties of the Rolf Institute, as well as a Somatic Experiencing Instructor for the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute. He is a clinical psychologist and a former professor of Somatic Psychology. His signature approach to the work, to which he has devoted his clinical practice and research, explores the bridges among the Structural, Functional and Psychobiological perspectives. Since becoming a Rolfer in 1981, Pedro has introduced Rolfing SI and nurtured practitioner communities in his native Brazil and elsewhere in the world. He has taught throughout the US, Latin America, Europe, Japan, South Africa and Australia.

Jonathan Martine was certified as a Rolfer in 1992 and completed his advanced Rolfing certification in 1997. He is a Registered Movement Therapist, Rolf Movement teacher, Pilates Instructor and has been a Rolf Institute faculty member since 1993. In addition, he has studied therapies that treat the fascial systems of the viscera (organs), neural (nerve) system and the cranium as well as movement rehabilitation from various sources. He has been in private practice since 1992. During this time he has practiced in chiropractic offices, physical therapy clinics, a pilates studio, a medical based pain management clinic, and various integrative health practices. This experience has offered a useful perspective on the vast potential of complementary approaches to health and personal transformation. He finds it valuable to see how Rolfing Structural Integration fits into the larger health field and identify the unique offering Rolfing SI holds. Jonathan continues his study of Rolfing SI and allied health fields to serve his clients and students and to share the "stories" that science holds. He is fascinated with these "stories" as they may clarify aspects of the mystery of transformation; while holding strong to the magic that occurs when the practitioner and client are present and aware of the environment in which we live.

Japanese Rolfing Association

Advanced Training 2015

  Phase 1: October 13-16, 19-23, 26-30, 2015; 10 am – 6 pm
Phase 2: February 22-26, Feb 29 – March 4, 2016; 10 am – 6 pm
  Ray McCall & Carol Agneessens
  Cost will change according the number of the students.
877,000yen (15 students) – 626,000yen (24 students)
If you register before Apr 12, 2015, you will be applied the early bird fee.
Please ask Ryoko about the precise fee.
  Tokyo, Japan
  Ryoko Miyazaki, education@rolfing.or.jp
  Ryoko Miyazaki, education@rolfing.or.jp


Dr. Rolf said, “It is easier to see the likenesses among people and to work on them in the same way than it is to see their radical individuality and to tailor our work to that distinctiveness.”

The purpose of the Advanced Training is to explore how to develop a client centered series or session based on the principles of intervention and the client’s needs and goals. We will review the internal logic of Dr. Rolf’s 10-Series and how the goals of the 10-Series evoke integration, which is one of the most important aspects of our work. We will review neck work, back work and tracking as ways to evoke integration. We will also explore positional strategies and movement interventions, including core connectivity, to bring about higher levels of change and integration. Along with specific manipulation skills, including increasing our range of contact, we will enhance our ability to be present with ourselves and with our client.

When we are truly present we can perceive what needs to be done. Developing perception is a life-long process that leads to the deliberate and appropriate use of self, precise interventions, and the ability to evaluate and track the effects of our work. The course material will be explored through lectures, practicums and instructor demonstrations.

Practitioners will exchange a supervised series with one another, and with an outside classroom client. Through these activities we will learn to strategize and perform a principle guided series which addresses the structural, functional and integration needs of each practitioner and each client. Also,a portion of the course will include the instructors’ latest interests, innovations and discoveries. This class explores the relationship of neural fascial restriction/inflammation to structural imbalances. When the body has nerve fascia that is restricted and fails to glide, the entire system becomes pre-occupied. Reducing this “pre-occupation” is necessary for reducing pain and restoring optimal function. 

Ray McCall first experienced Rolfing in 1975. As an Advanced Instructor in the Rolf Institute he teaches basic classes, advanced classes and workshops in the States and abroad. He is interested in people being who they are and expressing that in the world and how Rolfing facilitates that process. The last several years he has been exploring the energetic taxonomy.

Carol A Agneessens. For over 33 years Carol has been a practitioner of the art of Rolfing and Rolf-Movement. As an instructor, her goal is to ignite the unique gifts each student brings to this study and practice.

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Accreditation: Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA)

The Rolf Institute Rolf Program is accredited by The Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation. In order to graduate from an accredited program all three class of the program must be attended at the Rolf Institute in Boulder, CO. International school programs are not accredited by COMTA.

RISI is approved by the State of Colorado, Department of Education, Division of Private Occupational Schools.

The Rolf Institute does not discriminate against race, color, creed, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability or veteran status in admissions or in its education program or activities.

Note:Tuition, fees, class dates/times, class location and faculty are all subject to change. The Rolf Institute attempts to give as much advance notice as possible of any changes.