Dance Therapy for Trauma in Auckland, New Zealand: Thursday August 25, 2016:

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WHEN: Thursday, August 25, 10AM to 5PM WHERE: Blockhouse Bay Boat Club COST: $110 per person (early bird before July 28), $125 if paid after July 28 To register: http://www.dancetherapy.co.nz/somatic-dance-and-trauma-playshop/  

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The Art of Embodied Resilience: September 30th – October 2nd, 2016

To book contact: Jane Okondo on: M. 07500 838 563 or E. jane@okwellbeing.com VIEW FULL PDF FLYER HERE In these workshops Amber will provide theoretical, scientiZic, and contemplative rationale for the use of movement as measure of protection, self-care, and increased resilience, as well as an emergent best practice approach for therapeutic work with survivors of trauma. On 30 September Amber will offer a Continuum Movement workshop where we will explore the art of ‘Fluid Resiliency’ through the deep resource of Continuum Movement. On 1-2 October Amber will present her pioneering work where we will simultaneously learn breath, movement, rhythm and dance based practices that promote resilience and that can be used in therapeutic work with our survivor clients of all ages. Resilience is often referred to as something we build; resilience is actually a process that derives from, and supports, relationship, connection, and engagement. Current studies in the Zield …

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Walking Together: Refugee Mental Health Training for Non Clinicians, Part 1 and 2, August 12 and September 16, 2016

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27th Annual International Trauma Conference in Boston June 1-4, 2016: Check it out here:

Amber is speaking on her work with refugees at the 27th Annual International Trauma Conference in Boston June 1-4. 2016. Check it out here: Seaport World Trade Center Boston, Massachusetts FULL PDF FLYER

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The Art of Embodied Resilience: Dance and Movement Approaches to Promote Well-being for Our Clients and Ourselves

The Art of Embodied Resilience: Dance and Movement Approaches to Promote Well-being for Our Clients and Ourselves Date and Times: June Saturday 25th 10.45am – 5.30pm June Sunday 26th 9.45am – 5.00pm Venue: Studio 1, 15 Barrett Way, Richmond, 3121. (Behind Studio 9. Enter the arch by 36 Bendigo Street, Patch Café.) Workshop with Amber Gray in Melbourne, Australia. Flyer here; for information and registration contact Jane or Tess at:admin@dtaa.org.au This workshop will provide theoretical, scientific, and contemplative rationale for the use of movement as measure of protection, self-care, and increased resilience, as well as an emergent best practice approach for therapeutic work with survivors of trauma. We will simultaneously learn breath, movement, rhythm and dance based practices that promote resilience and that can be used in therapeutic work with survivor clients of all ages. Resilience is often referred to as something we build; resilience is actually a process that derives …

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In the presence of Love

Whales are everywhere, here: they literally punctuate the ocean with their movements. In the space of a few minutes, looking out over the horizon or around the sea our boat is gliding through, we see pairs and trios and pods of whales breaching, spy-hopping, tail slapping and diving. This is an annual pilgrimage site, for breeding and birthing. These prisms of gem-blue waters serve as a safe place for the whales to create new life and tend to their young before they begin their own journeys back to Antartica. This is big ocean. Tonga is in the middle of the South Pacific, and there is a lot of water. I am one of those unfortunate people who saw Jaws when it first came out, and am terrified of the deep. Having grown up near the ocean, and once been comfortable swimming long distances in it; I began to fear being …

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Restoring Core Rhythmicity: The Art of Play and Social Engagement for Trauma Dance Movement Therapy Playshops

Restoring Core Rhythmicity: The Art of Play and Social Engagement for Trauma Dance Movement Therapy Playshops   With International presenter – Amber Gray December 4th, 5th and 6th, 2015, 9.45am registration for 10am-5pm. At Abbotsford Convent, Dorm 1, Rosina building, 1 St Helier Street, Abbotsford, Melbourne The playshops will simultaneously build on the Body as Voice: Restorative Movement Psychotherapy Trauma training the DTAA offered in 2013/2014, and new clinical insights and experiences to promote playful social engagement for work with adult and child survivors of trauma. Exposure to traumatic events literally and metaphorically “freezes” our bodies, minds and spirits in a “lock-down” of past memories. Current neuro-psychiatric research has shown that when someone is traumatized, a majority of traumatic memory is implicit— or sensory-motoric and image-based. Many of the researchers endorse the use of non-verbal therapies for survivors to fully integrate the past with the present and restore well-being and …

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Australia & Continuum, Earth, Sky & Body: Spring 2015

There are still places in this world where the sky is awash with stars. Tasmania is one of them. In this Australian island, just off this most ancient land, the night sky is aglow with the light that emanates from the space that still illuminates the death of these once bright cosmic bodies. To lie on the ground and look into the stars is to look into the mirror. There are numerous citations re: the relationship between humans, and stars. It’s carbon, apparently, that connect us; I am not a scientist but I have read numerous references to the relationship between us, and the stars. In essence, that we are stardust. After guiding a Continuum Movement Depths Retreat, “At the Crossroads: The Serpents Dream”, outside Sydney; my husband and I traveled to Tasmania to visit a dear friend and to spend a week in the many places alive with raw …

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2014 Trauma Resources International (“TRI”) Annual Report

January 12, 2015 Today marks the five-year anniversary of the Haiti earthquake. I am acknowledging it today with my fellow Continuum Movement teachers. This is our first meeting since our founder and the creator of Continuum, Emilie Conrad, died. And this is the first time I have not been in Haiti for the anniversary of the earthquake. Emilie Conrad was, and is, one of the most recognized and celebrated pioneers of somatics and movement arts. After a devastating childhood of alienation, illness and abuse, she found dance, and dance became her refuge and her sanctuary. In 1955, after years of dancing with Katherine Dunham, she moved to Haiti. It was there, in this land that is both enchanted and shadow, enlightened and troubled, she began to innovate an exploration into movement as healing, as artistry, and as life practice. This movement practice is called Continuum Movement. Amber Gray, TRI’s Director, …

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Tennant Creek, Australia

Tennant Creek  is a small town situated in a vast expanse of outback.  It literally sits at the edge of the dry, red earth climate of central Australia and the tropical top end of the Northern Territories. Just a few miles south of Tennant Creek (500 kilometers north of Alice Springs, the center; 1000 kilometers south of Darwin on the coast of the top end), the landscape is suddenly different. The termite hills are higher. The air is denser.  Its hotter. And its flat. I was invited to teach a staff support day here by a friend of a friend, who was also organizing a similar workshop in Alice Springs. I chose to do this workshop over returning to New York City for the annual Dance Movement Therapy Conference at which I was to participate in several significant (and quite possibly “career enhancing”) opportunities.  I debated for a moment, but …

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