Awakening Soul’s Body: An Authentic Movement Retreat in Tuscany

Tina Stromsted
June 6 – June 12, 2010

How do healing and transformation take place? What is the body's role and experience; and how does movement facilitate this process? These questions will guide our exploration in this summer's retreat. Advances in attachment theory and neuroscience will enhance our explorations.

Dance has been a spirited and healing medium since the days of the ancient shamans. The challenge in our time has to do with reintegrating mind, body, and spirit following millennia in which the body has been in shadow, its wisdom nearly forgotten. Natural movement is one of the most immediate ways to evoke consciousness in the cells – the light in dark matter – providing a way to listen to the body and open to the deeper healing energies of the Self.

C.G. Jung urged each of us to come to know the myth we are living. Themes that arise in depth-oriented movement practice often mirror many universal myths and legends of descent and  return that express symbolically the process of deep psychological development in the journey toward becoming more whole. Authentic Movement provides a process that can assist in re-inhabiting the body, supporting you in making the descent into the dark regions below and returning to daily life with the treasures discovered there.

Join us in exploring the interpenetrating relationships between body, mind, psyche, and soul in this vital process.

Designed for healing practitioners, clinicians, educators, artists, and those interested in growth and matters of the spirit, this depth-oriented Jungian approach will integrate Authentic Movement (active imagination in movement), drawing, writing, communion with nature, and creative methods from Marion Woodman's BodySoul Rhythms® approach. Studio sessions will be supplemented by seminars focusing on questions arising from your personal explorations, as well as applications relevant to your creative and professional work.

Nestled in Tuscany's beautiful rolling hills and vineyards, the private retreat center offers a peaceful setting for self-renewal. Walking trails, delicious Tuscan cooking and a swimming pool enhance the experience. Nearby coastal villages make for a wonderful holiday if you can take the time following the intensive, as well!

Tina Stromsted will be assisted by Margareta Neuberger.


In-depth experience in Authentic Movement is vital. Some background in dreamwork, expressive arts therapy or other forms of embodied creative exploration that engage conscious attention is necessary, as well as a background in personal analysis/psychotherapy. A working knowledge of English is important in order to understand and participate in the intricacies of the work. (Unfortunately it is not feasible to work with a translator as participants come from many countries and linguistic backgrounds).

How to Register:

To Enroll: Contact Tina Stromsted at 415-668-7857 (USA),,



$1,155 US with paid registration by January 15, 2010. After that date tuition is $1,250.

Accommodation and meals: 61 Euros/night, shared occupancy, paid directly to the retreat site upon arrival. Enrollment is by application only. Deadline is April 1; space is limited, early enrollment is advised.


38 credits available for MFT's and LCSW's