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Thursday, August 24, 2023

Form and Fulcrums I, with M. Oruch, VT

Start Date: 8/24/2023 9:00 AM EDT
End Date: 8/27/2023 5:00 PM EDT

Venue Name: Eden Studio Space

497 Boyd Hill Rd, Wilmington
Wilmington, VT  United States  05363

Organization Name: Michael Oruch

Michael Oruch
Phone: (212) 219-8145

Registration Requirements

The coronavirus pandemic has changed all of our lives in so many ways. Zero Balancing classes are no exception. COVID-19 has impacted the manner in which we are able to offer in-person ZB classes and has provided new challenges in how we safeguard the health of our students, our classes and our faculty.

In order to register for this class, you will need to have read and agreed to the Covid In Class Protocols, Guidelines and Waiver. Lastly, please complete the online photo release here.


Form & Fulcrums 





PRICE: $795, Super Saver: $595, Early: $695, Repeat: $350

The registration process for this class requires either full tuition payment or a promo code indicating that you have made arrangements to pay the teacher directly. Contact the teacher if you want to make such arrangements.

The class price is at the Super Saver price of $595.00. No code is required.


Form & Fulcrums I utilizes Chinese movement principles to help find optimal positioning while performing Zero Balancing. Michael Oruch developed this class to help you give Zero Balancing sessions more easily and with much less effort through improvement in body mechanics. You will learn to identify the when, where and why of difficulties and how to address them.

We will use simple Qigong-based ZB exercises to facilitate more body awareness and to thoroughly review each fulcrum of the protocol incorporating these concepts. You will also learn many new and extremely useful fulcrums while covering topics such as blue line, donkey, rhythm, positioning, transitions, movement, and, of course, engagement.

The working paradigm here is: “We are only able to engage our clients to the degree in which we ourselves are engaged." The common misconception is that more structure is needed when in fact it is more engagement. When we are engaged and in proper alignment, utilizing bone energy, knowing the landmarks and the protocol, the ZB session is much easier, more effective and magical.

You will learn: 

  • Qigong theory to help your ZB sessions
  • Partner exercises exploring energy/structure, blue line, engagement and more, to heighten sensitivity
  • Movement exercises to facilitate body awareness
  • To find an optimal body position for each protocol evaluation and fulcrum
  • To deconstruct and reconstruct each protocol fulcrum in clear stages
  • New and useful fulcrums
  • To hone the skill of high level attention with a quiet mind
  • The principles and skills for doing a 15-minute ZB session

What Participants say about Form and Fulcrums I: 


“Form & Fulcrums with Michael Oruch is a class every Zero Balancing student and practitioner should take. Whether you have just done Core ZB or are a certified Zero Balancer of many years, this class will add ease to every single fulcrum you do. Michael Oruch has taken the pains to distill years of Qigong and Tai Chi practice, years of assisting Dr. Fritz Smith, and years of experience as an artist, craftsman, and spiritual seeker into this one workshop. Take Form and Fulcrums by all means!”  -David Lauterstein, ZB Faculty and Co-Founder of  The Lauterstein-Conway Massage School


“Form & Fulcrums is an essential course for building a strong foundation in Zero Balancing. It is a cornerstone for anyone seeking competence in ZB practice, and not to be missed.” Elizabeth Zenger, LAC, ZB Faculty

Below are additional details on accommodations prior to securing your spot:
Off-site Lodging in Wilmington 
ZB BNB:  ZB practitioners in our area who offer BnB style lodging for ZB classes, usually very inexpensive and friendly:  Suzan at  and Jenny at
These are about 25-30 minutes from class venue in the fabulous town of Brattleboro, VT 
**Julie’s Studio (one bedroom apt. with full size bed, plus fold down couch in living area, microwave, mini-fridge, nice private bath, sep. entrance, in the home of a friend of mine) $75 per night for one person, $20 extra for each additional person up to four. Contact Julie at 802-464-2428 and tell her it’s for a ZB class. See photos on AirBnB here:
Gail’s House: Comfortable private room with double bed in shared home with quiet, grounded single woman. Semi-private bath (it’s in the hall, but owner has her own separate bath).  One beautiful mile walk (or drive) to Michele's house. $40/night for a single person.  Contact Gail,
**VT COOL Riverside Apartment architecturally designed modern 2 bedroom apartment overlooking the Deerfield River in the center of Wilmington village. 1 queen bed, 1 full bed, couch in living area.  Large spa shower, heated floors, great cooks kitchen, stainless appliances, cozy down comforters, quality linens. Contact the owner, Todd at 917-693-1425 and tell him Michele sent you!  $119/night.  Picture here:
Emily’s Place: Emily offers her AirBnB appt to ZB students for $75 per night!  Can be shared for even greater savings.  The garage apartment is newly remodeled, comfortable and clean. just a stroll away from the lake or the village and adjacent to a woodland bike path. Private entrance. You can see pictures here but call Emily directly for this ZB price 802-451-9492.
**Suzanne’s Apartment:  Cozy 2 bedroom apartment tucked away on a private road just minutes away from downtown Wilmington. 802-464-0535 $120 for ZB students.
****(Note:  starred listings above are also on AirBnB so you can view them there. My friends offer a direct booking discount for ZB classes, so if interested in those options, use direct contact numbers above to ensure the discount.)*  
Meredith’s Vermont Farmhouse:  6 bedrooms, 3 baths, rooms for sharing or private.  Beautiful rural location.  Contact Meredith for rates:  239-269-8846  Pictured below: 

Hilltop Cabin/Apartment:  I have not stayed here, but some ZB students have and really like it.  Nice views, well appointed. 2 bedrooms, one with queen, one with 4 singles. Great for a few people to share…which makes it very affordable at $130.  Take a look or Book through AirBnb:
Check for some other great Wilmington lodging: click or copy and paste this web address into your browser  everything from full homes to private studios in quaint barns, cottages, and single rooms.  I know most of the people who rent.  Safe and friendly.  
Crafts Inn Historic building in the heart of Wilmington Village.  Walk to all shops and restaurants. Suites with kitchens, living area. Indoor pool, racquetball, spa.  $140/night.  Can sleep 2-4. 802-464-2344
The Wilmington Inn at the edge of the village, quaint, clean, nicely appointed B&B. 10 rooms, ranging from about $150-$260/night. Home cooked breakfast included. Sorry, no pets. Make your reservations online at and use the ZB class-only discount code: EDEN for a 10% discount
The Nutmeg Inn,  ½ mile west of the village, tapas restaurant onsite
802-464-3907 Small single rooms to larger suites.
The Vintage Motel (west of the village, standard, small ,older motel 802-464-8824) 
On-site camping suitable for tents, pop-up trailers, RVs….donations for property maintenance accepted.
Molly Stark State Park Campground, Wilmington, VT 
From West (Albany Airport: Take Interstate 87 North just a few miles to the exit for Route 7 East, Troy NY.  Follow Rt. 7 East through Troy and Brunswick. You will pass through several small towns and the surroundings are quite rural. When you reach the Vermont border, continue on this road (you are not given a choice) which is now called VT. Route 9 East.  In several more miles stay straight onto the new bypass VT 279 which will bypass downtown Bennington and put you back onto Rt 9 East.  Turn RT onto 9 East and up the mountain 20 miles to Wilmington. In the center of Wilmington there is one traffic light where Route 100 joins Route 9. Proceed straight through the intersection following 9 East and 100 South.  About 1 mile past the light take a right onto RT 100 South (here it splits from 9 again) and travel one more mile. Turn right onto Boyd Hill Rd. The class is a 497 Boyd Hill, 0.8 miles down Boyd Hill on the left. There is a sign at the driveway entrance.
From  South (NYC, Bradley Airport in Hartford, CT): Take Interstate 91 North to Brattleboro Vermont. Once in Vermont take exit 2, Route 9 West toward Wilmington. Travel approximately 20 miles. Just before the Village of Wilmington, turn left onto Route 100 South. Landmarks at this junction are a small coffee shack and Tallulah’s Antiques building on the left and the Averill Stand guest house on the right. Continue straight on Rout 100 South for one more mile. Turn right onto Boyd Hill Rd. The class is a 497 Boyd Hill, 0.8 miles down Boyd Hill on the left. There is a sign at the driveway entrance.
From Boston, Providence: take I90 (Mass Turnpike) west to I91 North and follow directions above.

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Closed: 8/23/2023 10:00 AM

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