Dancing the Wild Home 2023 // Tonga

When: August 22 – 31, 2023

Where: Ha’apai, Tonga

Questions: restorativeresources@gmail.com


About: The Ocean is home. Considered the mother of us all in many sacred traditions, she absorbs more carbon dioxide than anything else on our planet. For every breath we take, we have the ocean to thank for offering the gift of oxygen, and therefore, of life. In these times of profound climate crisis, our health depends on planetary health. Planetary health depends on ocean health.

Whales are magnificent wisdom carriers of the ocean, with much to share about compassion and generosity. Our own bodies are 70-80% water; the remnants of oceanic living, are still inside us and available to teach us about flow, creativity, and resiliency. This restorative eco-somatic retreat combines daily whale and other ocean-dwelling creature encounters with movement, dance, breath, sound, and engaged writing practices, explorations, and deep “dives.” We also support Tonga, an island threatened by rising and polluted waters, through inspired action to help us steward mother earth.

Amber Elizabeth Gray is an award-winning dance movement therapist, an authorized Continuum teacher, a hatha yoga teacher, and a long-time student and teacher of Haitian sacred dance. Her
life’s work is supporting survivors of traumatic life experiences to reconnect to themselves and the world.

Laura Teachout has a JD from the University of Colorado at Boulder School of Law and a BA in English and Biology from Hiram College in Ohio. From community farming to enterprise IT procurement, Laura has worked in diverse environments. An avid writer, she has edited several books and articles, contributes to writers’ groups, and wrote many short stories to keep alive her mom’s memories through a twelve-year battle with Alzheimer’s.

This retreat is an opportunity to heal and restore for those of us who feel strain from the demands of the world. Each day will be a journey into the wilderness of the sacred through movement, writing and whale encounters.

Cost & logistical information:

Non refundable Deposit of $500 USD per person due upon registration. This holds your place.

Singles: USD $1000 due on the following dates: April 1, May 1 and $1450 due June 1, 2023

Doubles: USD $500 due on April 1; USD 1000 due on May 1, and June 1, 2023


Please note our cancellation policy:

-Deposits of USD 500 are completely nonrefundable.

-If you cancel by May 1, 2023, you will get your balance paid thus far – USD 500 deposit back.

-If you cancel by June 1 2023 you will forfeit the deposit of USD 500 +  50% of the retreat cost unless your space is filled.

-If you cancel by July 1 2023 you will forfeit the deposit + 75% of the retreat cost, unless your space is filled.

-Cancellations after July 1, 2023 (i.e from July 2 onward) forfeit the cost of the retreat in its entirety unless we can fill your space which I will always try to do.



PHOTO CREDIT: Jack Hatfield