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United States

Rolfing® Certification Training in Boulder, Colorado

Once You are a Rolfer™
Rolf Movement® Certification
Advanced Training


Brazil (including South Africa and Bali)

RISI Class Textbooks
Accreditation Information

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 our
Admissions Advisor at 303-449-5903 x106 / 800-803-1952.

Phase I: Foundations of Rolfing Structural Integration

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


  January 27 –March 10, 2014
  Adam Mentzell
  March 10, 2014
  April 14 – May 26, 2014
  Adam Mentzell
  May 26, 2014
  September 1 – October 13, 2014
  Meg Maurer
  October 13, 2014

Phase I: Accelerated Foundations of Rolfing Structural Integration

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


  June 22 – July 7, 2014
  Suzanne Picard
  July 7, 2014

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


  January 13 – March 6, 2014
  Kevin McCoy / Michael Murphy
  Rebecca Carli-Mills
  December 13, 2013
  May 12 – July 3, 2014
  Bethany Ward / Larry Koliha
  Jane Harrington
  April 11, 2014
  August 18 – October 9, 2014
  Thomas Walker
  Carol Agneessens
  July 18, 2014
  October 20 – December 18, 2014
  Valerie Berg/Ellen Freed
  Kevin Frank
  September 19, 2014

Phase III: Clinical Application of Rolfing Theory

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


  January 20 – March 14, 2014
  Juan David Velez
  Michael Murphy
  December 13, 2013
  March 24 – May 16, 2014
  Ray McCall
  John Schewe
  January 24, 2014
  June 16 – August 8, 2014
  Libby Eason
  Juan David Velez
  May 16, 2014
  October 20 – December 19, 2014
  Ray McCall
  Jon Martine
  September 19, 2014


Certified Advanced Rolfer Training

  Phase I: November 4-21, 2013
Phase II: March 10-27, 2014
  Jan Sultan with Lael Keen
  Los Angeles, CA
  Jan Sultan – jhsultan@cybermesa.com
Lael Keen – lael@fastlane.com.br
  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. We will use Dr. Rolf's recipe, and the values expressed there as a reference point, and a context for the class. We will work with you to integrate 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 clients needs. One primary objective of the advanced class is to explore the nature of Rolfing SI 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 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 Rolfing Structural and Functional Taxonomies, Jan's Internal External model, and Hubert Goddard's Tonic Function seeing models.  This course 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. You will learn to teach your clients to use the work thru specific Rolf Movement directives, given both during the session, and homework for the client to continue with, post session.

While we have many learning objectives for this class, the primary one is that you the student take deeper 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.

Lael Katharine Keen comes from a family of Rolfers™. Both her mother and step-father trained with Ida Rolf and were members of the Rolf Institute Faculty before her. She has been on the Rolfing® Structural Integration and Rolf Movement® Faculty for the Rolf Institute, since 1994 and and is founding member of the Brazilian Rolfing Association. She is an also a practitioner and teacher (at the Advanced level) of Somatic Experiencing (Dr. Peter Levine’s innovative approach to treating post-traumatic stress through the body) and has been teaching Somatic Experiencing for the Foundation for Human Enrichment since 1998. She is a founding member of the Brazilian SE Association (SE Brasil) and a senior member of the Brazilian faculty. Lael also holds a 5th degree black belt in Ki-Aikido and has taught and studied Ki-Aikido most of her adult life. She lives in the south of Brazil with her husband and daughter.


September 18, 2014, early arrival - class begins September 19-23, 2014 – 5 days
October 23, 2014, early arrival - class begins October 24-28, 2014 – 5 days
December 4, early arrival – class begins December 5-9, 2014 – 5 days
January 15, 2015, early arrival - class begins January 16-20, 2015 – 5 days
March 6, 2015, early arrival - class begins March 7-10, 2015 – 4 days

Note: early arrival is just settling into your room the evening before for those who fly in or drive long distance.
  Tessy Brungardt & Jon Martine
  Claymont's Great Barn, Charlestown, WV
  Audrey Goldberg, (410) 446-3251 or  audreygillian@gmail.com
Room and Board will be paid directly to Claymont. Please contact Audrey for lodging prices and details.
  Jim Jones, Director of Education at jjones@rolf.org or 303-449-5903 x105. See Registration Process below.


This Advanced Training is a deep inquiry into the art of Rolfing Structural Integration. We will review the 10-series, which is our framework, as we explore what constitutes a client-centered advanced series. We focus on perception, and the different ways each of us perceive, becoming aware of habitual patterns that may limit us.

These habitual patterns often lead to overwork, poor body use, and discomfort in our own structures. They can inhibit us from perceiving the true needs of our clients. We seek to expand our perceptual awareness as we learn to adapt our touch, technique, and strategies to the very specific needs of our clients. Then our work becomes more effective, efficient, and easy in our own structure and way of being, as well as for our clients.

We will build on the strength and experience that each Rolfer brings to our class, expanding and sharing what we already know. We will explore techniques through all the taxonomies and full range of touch--from light to firm, direct to indirect, all in the context of Dr. Rolf's ideas of systemic differentiation of fascia and integration of the person in the field of gravity.

We will focus on the embodiment of Rolfing SI, particularly our body use while working. We learn to create ease in our own structure to allow for a more relaxed and greater awareness in our touch.

This class includes, lectures, demonstrations, practica and discussion. We will do an advanced series with clients, and the students will exchange an advanced series. We seek to ensure that everyone will receive the specific work needed.

Each of us will leave with new inspiration and excitement about our Rolfing practice.

Tessy Brungardt received her BA in Environmental Biology in 1973, and was certified as a Rolfer in 1985. She combined her love of teaching with her love of Rolfing SI, becoming a Rolfing Instructor in 1994 and an Advanced Instructor in 2002. She has maintained a practice in Baltimore, MD, since 1986 where she works with a wide variety of clients, specializing in work with musicians and children. She also works with animals, particularly horses, dogs, and cats. Tessy has taught Basic, Advanced Rolfing and CE classes in a wide range of Rolfing topics in the United States, Brazil, Australia, Japan, Germany, Switzerland, and Bali.

Jonathan Martine 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 explore how Rolfing SI and structural integration fit 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.

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

Bali Training

For more information, see www.rolfingbali.org.

Phase I - Foundations of Rolfing Structural Integration
  February 17 – March 28, 2014
  Marcia Cintra
  Gillian Kok at info@rolfingbali.org
Phase II - Embodiment of Rolfing® Structural Integration & Rolf Movement® Integration & Rolf Movement® Certification (Part 1)
  August 11 - October 17, 2014
  Gillian Kok at info@rolfingbali.org
Phase III - Dual Certification: Clinical Application of Rolfing® Theory & Rolf Movement® Certification (Part 2)
  January 12 - April 3, 2015
  Raquel Motta; Anatomy instructor: Fernando Bertolucci
  Gillian Kok at info@rolfingbali.org

South Africa Training

Trainings will be in the University Town of Stellenbosch, approximately 45 minutes drive from Cape Town. More information canbe found at www.rolfing.co.za.

Unit II
  April 7 – May 30, 2014
  info@rolfing.co.za or +27 (0) 82 975 2866 during office hours (GMT+2)
Unit III
  September 1 – October 24, 2014
  info@rolfing.co.za or +27 (0) 82 975 2866 during office hours (GMT+2)

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
  February 10 – April 3, 2014
  Harvey Burns
Phase I
  August 4-23, 2014
  Rita Geirola, Konrad Obermeier, Giovanni Felicioni
Phase II
  October 6 – November 26, 2014
  Giovanni Felicioni
Phase III
  February 2 – March 25, 2015
  Jörg Ahrend-Löns
Phase I
  December 1-20, 2014
  Rita Geirola, Gerhard Hesse, Harvey Burns
Phase II
  March 2 – April 24, 2015
  Harvey Burns
Phase III
  September 7 – October 30, 2015
  Pierpaola Volpones

Advanced Training 2014

  Part 1: April 28 – May 13, 2014
Part 2: June 30 –July 15, 2014
  Tessy Brungardt, Pierpaola Volpones
  Part 1: Leipzig, Germany
Part 2: Munich, Germany

Japanese Rolfing Association

Nothing currently being offered.

RISI Class Textbooks

Textbooks can be ordered from the following vendors:

Note: The Rolf Institute is not responsible for availability, inventory or pricing of these vendors. The Rolf Institute does not receive financial restitution for any sales

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.

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