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Body as Voice

  • Earth Hub 235 Haven Road Nelson, Nelson, 7010 New Zealand (map)

Part 1 of Amber Gray's Auckland workshop has reached capacity. Amber is now also coming to Nelson! Her Nelson dates are a one off and unique opportunity to learn from a world expert in an intimate setting.

Amber's work, Restorative Movement Psychotherapy (RMP) brings together the most up to date scientific insights in trauma treatment with creative movement processes and maybe the only training worldwide which does this. RMP is based on Polyvagal Theory and integrates movement, creative expression and mindfulness in the healing of trauma. RMP is a holistic approach that focuses on the creative process and embodiment as central to the restorative process.

This is an opportunity to learn RMP. The training is open to professionals from a wide variety of backgrounds. Participants often include: counsellors, psychotherapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, art therapists, physicians, nurses, craniosacral therapists, EMDR practitioners, acupuncturists, body workers, physiotherapists, chiropractors and osteopaths.

Module 1 and 2 will are offered in Nelson and for those who wish to continue learning, you're invited to join the Auckland cohort for Module 3 and 4.


Amber Gray is an award winning dance movement therapist, who is trained in Somatic Psychology, Somatic Experiencing, EMDR, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Historic Trauma, and Authentic Movement. She is also an Authorized Continuum Movement teacher and an advocate of human rights.

Her expertise is represented in many published articles and chapters, keynote addresses, professional collaborations and presentations around the world. Amber has provided clinical training on the integration of mental health, creative arts, mindfulness, and body-based therapies with survivors to more than 30 programs worldwide since the late 1990’s. She originated a resiliency-based framework and clinical approach (RMP) for mind-heart-spirit, somatic, movement and arts-based therapies with survivors of trauma and recently wrote two chapters, one co-authored with Dr. Stephen Porges, on Polyvagal informed dance movement therapy.


Restorative Movement Psychotherapy for Survivors of Trauma
A four part series training

4 Modules - 15 days

Restorative Movement Psychotherapy training includes (and is not limited to):

DECEMBER 13 - DECEMBER 16, 2019:
9:30am - 5pm each day

Focus on stabilization practices for therapist and clients; awakening embodiment; self care, self compassion and self-regulation, primary portals to the body, “Bioplasticity™” and more.

FEBRUARY 20 - FEBRUARY 23, 2020:
9:30am - 5pm each day

Focus on secondary portals to the body and embodied co-regulation; Polyvagal-informed DMT; dyadic healing, clinical intuition and clinical reciprocity; and more.

PART 3: Embodied Re-storying (AUCKLAND)
APRIL 24-27, 2020
9:30am - 5pm each day

Focus on boundaries for well-being; weaving the narrative; “Reciprocal Alliance™”, state-shifting, and more

PART 4: The Collective Body (AUCKLAND)
AUGUST 14-16, 2020
9:30 - 5pm each day.

Focus on culture as restoration; restoring core rhythmicity; roots & ritual; expanding the healing space for family, group and community-based work, and more.



What participants have to say about the training series:

“This training transformed my embodied knowledge of trauma, its process and healing trajectory. On top of unpacking important theories, the course is especially thorough in integrating opportunities for experiential understanding. I really appreciated the rich case studies and demos Amber brings into the course, and opportunities to work in smaller groups or dyads to explore therapeutic applications and our own relationship to this work. Perhaps the most powerful for me, Body as Voice helped restore and enhance my own self-compassion and a more authentic presence with others.”

“Amber’s trauma training has helped bring awareness to the subtleties of movement within me and with others. She offers tools and language to observe human movement and interaction that I have not learned anywhere else. She is passionate about using dance movement therapy to support healing trauma, and her passion is contagious. Amber cares deeply and is incredibly generous in sharing her vast skill and knowledge. She is sincerely committed to her students.” "

The training emphasizes:

• Ongoing cultivation of somatic self-awareness, self-compassion
and self-love

• Prevention and mitigation of vicarious trauma

• Dampening arousal in the nervous system, for our clients and

• Strengthening and deepening the therapeutic relationship

• Enhancing somatic listening skills

• Contact, connection and relatedness through promotion of internal
states of calm, playfulness and social engagement

• “State-shifting” to resource through the body, dampen negative
affect, restore internal and external connection to positive affect
and pleasure

,• Integration of breath, body and movement based practices and
processes into trauma processing to restore meaning and

Training fee
One-off application fee. $20 due as you submit the registration form.

Per Module
Early Bird Fee NZ$850 /per MODULE AND Full Fee NZ$990/

All 4 PARTS (total of 15 days)
Early bird for full training $3180 ($795 per MODULE)
Full $3710

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