Advanced Training

Jan Sultan, Advanced Faculty

Members are required to take the Advanced Training three to seven years after their initial certification. If a Rolfer elects to complete his/her Rolf Movement® Certification, then the time is extended to nine years. These requirements are in keeping with signed agreements that members have with the Rolf Institute. If there is a problem in meeting this obligation, send a letter to the Executive Director at the Rolf Institute for your situation’s review by the Board of Directors.

Advanced Training is a course that is offered in various locations and formats. The Advanced Training is designed to help you develop and deepen your understanding and effectiveness as a Rolfer. It is also a context in which you can explore the latest developments in our work.

The major goals of the Advanced Training are to allow you to design your sessions for the individual and immediate needs of your client without having to resort to a recipe at any level and to allow you to be more effective with less effort. In order to accomplish these goals, the instructors will be exploring the following:

  • A principle-centered decision-making process that takes the place of all formalistic recipes (basic and advanced).
  • A systematic approach to mobilizing all the major joints of the body (so that correcting local dysfunctions becomes seamlessly integrated into the holistic approach of Rolfing SI).
  • An exploration of the viscera and the internal cavities of the body, their contents, pressures, and pulls.
  • A more comprehensive approach to evaluating the whole person based on our developing structural, geometrical, functional, worldview, and energetic taxonomies.
  • A way of developing a more gentle and precise sense of touch that integrates direct/indirect and energetic techniques.
  • How to accurately sense from a distance.
  • The therapeutic environment and its importance in the context of Rolfing SI.
  • How to cultivate the delicate and yet profound state from which effective and grace-full Rolfing occurs.

Advanced Training Prerequisites & Policies

168 Hours

  1. Certification as a Rolfer.
  2. A minimum of three years in Rolfing practice.
  3. Members are required to accumulate 18 Intermediate Continuing Education credits within 7 years of graduating. One credit is given for each day (at least 7.5 class hours) of a workshop. Intermediate Continuing Education credits are required as follows:
    • 10 Required Intermediate CE Course Credits (75 hours), taught by Rolf Institute faculty members/instructors.
    • 5 Required CE Movement Credits (37.5 hours), taught by Rolf Institute Rolf Movement faculty members.
    • 3 Elective CE Course Credits (22.5 hours)

Note: Any credits earned towards completion of the prerequisites for the AT program under the previous DIRI CE policy for manipulation, cranial-sacral, and Rolf Movement Integration will be grandfather/mothered in and accepted as pre-requisites for the Advanced Training.

While the Required Intermediate CE course credits are designed to prepare one for the Advanced Training and comply with the prerequisites for enrollment, the Required Intermediate CE courses may also be taken for elective credit as part of ongoing CE training.

In order to maintain affiliation with The Rolf Institute, this course must be completed within seven years of initial Rolfing certification, or within nine years if one first completes the Rolf Movement Integration training.

If an applicant has not completed the 18 CE credits required for admission to the Advanced Training they may request a waiver for the missing credits. The decision to approve or not approve is at the discretion of the Instructor.


This program emphasizes how to make more precise and subtle distinctions as well as how to recognize and manipulate specific kinds of motion restrictions, including myofascial, articular, and functional. Working outside of the Ten-Series is emphasized.

Format & Methods

Advanced Rolfing Training is a 168-hour course, divided into 24, 7-hour days that may be arranged in one of several formats.

The Advanced Rolfing Certification Program is a forum for the refinement and development of the work through a deeper examination of the diverse aspects of Rolfing SI, with Rolfers bringing their experiences from their private practice into the classroom setting. The Advanced Rolfing Certification Program provides a format for examining the energetic processes that are a fundamental part of the client-practitioner equation. Each Rolfer learns how to use these processes consciously and intentionally. The focus is on being able to meet the specific structural, functional, and energetic needs of the individual client. Attention is also directed to these same aspects of the practitioner's own process. This program is designed to bring a deeper level of understanding to the Rolfer and his/her clinical practice.

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Auditing Advanced Training

If you have already completed your Advanced Training through the Rolf Institute, then you are welcome to repeat the training on a space-available basis (if the class is not full) at half price. If you want to be assured a spot in case the class fills, you will need to pay full price.

If you are an Advanced Rolfer and would like to sit in on morning lectures only with no class participation, you will only be charged the $75 administrative fee. Instructor approval is required. Please check with the instructors in advance to determine whether space is available.

We request that all visiting members recognize the priority of those completing the class for the first time.