Dancing the Wild Home: Writing the Waves // Tonga

When: August 15 – 22, 2024

Where: Ha’apai, Tonga

Questions: restorativeresources@gmail.com

To register, click HERE.

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 equally artist, author, therapist, advocate, mystic, dancer, and lover of all things wild.

Laura Teachout’s wildly non-linear career path, education, and life choices have given rise to BIG love and compassion as well as rich, thoughtful writing.

Learn more about the facilitators here.

Cost & logistical information:

Cost of the retreat for 7 days includes accommodation, meals, RT boat transfer if traveling with group, daily whale swims/guides/boat. Airfare and incidentals are not included. Non refundable Deposit of $500 USD per person due upon registration. This holds your place.

Singles: USD $3195.00 per person

Doubles: USD $2495.00 per person

Payment Schedule:

Singles: Non refundable deposit of USD $500 due to register.


  • $1000 due by May 1, 2024.
  • $1000 due by June 15, 2024.
  • $695 due July 15, 2024.

Shared: Non refundable deposit of USD $500 due to register.


  • $1000 due by May 1, 2024.
  • $995 due by June 15, 2024.

Please note our cancellation policy:

In case of cancellation, all but deposit is refundable through May 1, 2024. 50% of retreat cost minus deposit refundable until June 1, 2024. 25% of retreat cost minus deposit refundable until July 1, 2024. After July 1, no refunds possible.

To reserve your space, please complete the following information and send a USD $500 non refundable deposit.

Accepted payment methods, in order of preference:

  1. Zelle – ambergray@ecentral.com
  2. Venmo (@Amber-Gray-13)
  3. Wise -Amber has Wise accounts in AUD, NZD, Euros, and CAD. If you would like that information please email restorativeresources@gmail.com.
  4. PayPal (due to increasing fees, this is not a highly preferred payment method)

View flyer here!

PHOTO CREDIT: Jack Hatfield