Authentic Movement Retreat

With Connor Kelly, assisted by Anne Hurst

Arts-For-MothersThroughout our lives we long to be seen in our wholeness. Daniel Seigel suggests we “…not only want to be seen, we want to feel felt.”

Authentic Movement is a simple yet profound process between a Mover and a Witness.  The Mover closes eyes and follows inner impulses. Listening deeply to inner stirrings the mover brings un/preconscious material through the body into consciousness.  The Witness sits eyes open and tracks their own experience in relation to the mover and notices their projections, interpretations and judgements.  The Witness holds the consciousness or container particularly in the beginning.  The Mover is developing their Inner Witness while the Witness develops their inner Mover.

This weekend retreat will offer the opportunity to deepen and glimpse into the full evolution of the form.  The opening session will explore the role as a mover developing deep listening while moving in the presence of a non-judgmental witness. Dyadic and Triadic structures will follow so that the witness role develops.  The final collective circles, the breath circle and the long circle will illustrate how the form evolves fluidly into an organic ritual that holds the totality of our Human Experience. Both our wounds and healing come through relationship.  Authentic Movement is a practice that addresses multiple levels of relationship, self, other and collective.

DURATION: Starts End Dates: 28/10/2016 – 30/10/2016. Starts Friday evening and ends Sunday lunchtime.

COST: $340 per person (early bird before 11th September ), $380 after. This includes meals, accommodation and retreat tuition.

LOCATION: Te Moata Retreat Centre, Tairua, Coromandel 

REGISTRATION: To register please complete the  form below. Please note this retreat is organised independently of Dance Therapy NZ. DTNZ is not handling the registration process so if you have any questions about registration or about the retreat, please email:

About Connor Kelly

Connor Kelly Bio-profileConnor Kelly MA, BC-DMT, LPC

Connor Kelly, Dance/Movement Therapist most recently worked with head-injured adults and ran a small private practice in New Plymouth, New Zealand. She has experiences with developmentally disabled adults, frail elderly, children and families and adults.

Connor studies and facilitates Authentic Movement (30 years), Bartenieff Fundamentals, Body Mapping and Physical Storytelling, (co-created with Dr Steve Harvey). She has lived in four countries and taught in various Dance/Movement Therapy Programmes including presenting at numerous conferences.

Connor has also authored and co-authored many professional articles, supervises students and professional dance/movement therapists. She contributed to various community dance projects and performances. A La Leche League Leader for 21 years, the past 12 years in New Zealand helping to accredit new leaders and review books.  New Zealand College of Midwives, Consumer Reviewer for 10 years for both Midwifery Standards Review and First Year of Practice Reviews, yoga instructor. She currently resides in Guam, USA.


Authentic Movement Retreat

To register for Authentic Movement Retreat please fill in the form below and pay the selected registration option.
  • Please make your registration selection and then make payment into the following account with your name and 'AM Retreat' as a reference: E Connor Kelly, 15-3953-0553898-00. Please note: your registration is not secured until your payment is received. If you cancel your registration more than 4 weeks prior to the workshop date (before 30th September), your registration fee is refundable, less a $50 administration deposit.
  • Please tell us a bit about your previous movement experience and background, and what led you to be interested in this workshop.
  • Please let us know if you are attending with anyone else (in terms of sleeping arrangements/rooms), if you have any dietary special requirements, or if you would like to go on the rideshare list re. offering a ride to the workshop. Thanks.