Introductory Certificate in Embodied Counselling
to 17 Jun

Introductory Certificate in Embodied Counselling

I am thrilled to welcome back Deej Juventin (a fellow New Zealander) to New Zealand for this course.

Deej is based in Brisbane and the last time he was here in New Zealand teaching was 2016, so this is a rare opportunity to work with him here on our shores. He has been named Somatic Sex Educator of the year at the Sexual Freedom Awards in London and is the founding president of the Somatic Sex Educator’s Association of Australasia, and co-director of the Institute of Somatic Sexology.

“I have completed this course with Deej alongside Sexological Bodywork and this past year as Peer support/Coach for Sex Bod and find his teaching and approach to be supportive, engaging and invaluable learning. His breadth of knowledge and consistent somatic approach to learning make him an incredible educator and pioneer in his field”. Tahlia Brand

Dates for NZ 2019

April 15 to June 16, 2019. We come together in person for the Embodied Counselling Intensive in Auckland on June 14, 15 and 16. There will be 8 teleconferences before the intensive and different modules to complete in between.

Please note the above dates for this event are only for the intensive. The actual course and first teleconference starts on April 15th

Course Overview:

Effective practitioners need to engage the full lived body, including emotional aspects, for real change to happen. We need simple, effective practices that develop embodied awareness and capacities to fully show up and pay attention at increasingly subtle levels, for both practitioners and clients to live more choiceful, connected and vibrant lives.

The Introductory Certificate in Embodied Counselling is an introduction to somatic psychology and bodymind therapy for holistic, somatic, and spiritual practitioners, including massage therapists, kahuna bodyworkers, sex workers, somatic sex educators, and yoga teachers. It is also useful for counsellors, psychotherapists and other psyc practitioners who want to learn to work more somatically.

The course provides practitioners with practice in effective embodied skills, a broad understanding of psychotherapeutic theory leading to the development of body-based approaches, and practice in conducting embodied counselling sessions.

Building on what you do well, the course develops your capacity to work with the emotional and psychological content that arises during bodywork sessions. You will develop greater confidence to work with your clients’ emotional and psychological selves, expanding and developing your skill set in this direction, and enhancing your capacity to articulate the complex systems in process for human beings, as you further grow in embodied awareness.

“The training was fantastic. It filled in lots gaps in my knowledge, gave me new spaces to fill up with the knowledge I will continue to gather, and affirmed, consolidated and linked together my existing abilities.”

Learning Objectives

By the end of the course students will have:

• Engaged in regular self-practice of body awareness exercises

• Created practices that support increased awareness in the body

• Studied the development of somatic psychology and bodymind therapy

• Studied and developed qualities that support practitioners in working effectively with clients

• Practiced embodied counselling skills

• Studied the connection of the body’s systems and consciousness

• Developed basic skills for working with strong emotion and trauma

• Practised embodied counselling sessions

• Grown in embodiment to feel more connected and vibrantly alive

“A great introductory course that gives you a wide understanding of the counselling world and the skills to integrate embodied counselling into your practice.”

Who is it for?

Practitioners of all kinds who work through the body or who have an interest in getting more concrete, simple and effective ways to work more somatically and/or are curious for their own learning and embodiment. This could include, but is not limited to Massage Therapists, Sexological Bodyworkers, Yoga Teachers, Nutritionists, Tantrikas, Sex Workers, Counsellors, Psychotherapists, Psychologists etc

About Deej:

Deej Juventin is a leader in the field of embodied therapy within Australia. His work supports clients to mobilize their capacities for growth, learning and change through embodied counselling, bodywork, meditation, sex coaching, and Tantric Practice.
He holds qualifications in psychology, sociology, counselling, adult education, kahuna bodywork, somatic sex education and professional supervision. He has an MA in Somatic and Spiritual Psychology.

Deej supports the development of body-based therapies in Australia through teaching professional trainings for embodied counsellors and somatic sex educators, and offers professional supervision for therapists who work somatically. He was named Somatic Sex Educator of the Year at the Sexual Freedom Awards in London. He is the founding president of the Somatic Sex Educators’ Association of Australasia, and co-director of the Institute of Somatic Sexology.
Deej welcomes people of all genders, sexualities, and relationship choices to work with him.


The price of the training is NZD $2200.

There is an early bird price of $1900 available for full payment received by March 22, 2019.

Students who have completed a certificate training with the Institute of Somatic Sexology within the last 2 years receive a $100 discount on the course fee.

Refund Policy
There is a non-refundable deposit of $250 which secures your place in the training.
If you are paying off your tuition before April 12, 2019 and decide you cannot participate in the training you will be refunded your money minus the non-refundable deposit of $250. There is no refund if you withdraw after the training commences on April 15, 2019.

For more info or confirm your place email Deej on or Tahlia on

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Sacred Remembering Through Voice and Movement
to 10 Mar

Sacred Remembering Through Voice and Movement

With your Facilitators Tahlia Brand and Alison Fortes

You are sacred
You are a song that is meant to be sung
A dance worth moving to
A story worth telling

A weekend journey with Tahlia and Alison combining the medicine of Sound and Qoya- an embodiment practice based on the idea that through movement, we remember.

What is the Naked Voice?

The Naked Voice is a place to come back to our primal instinctive selves, to feel our Voice as an Erotic instrument, to feel the wild and holy Voice that lives within us. It’s a place of embodiment where we sound through our ‘Whole’ body connecting our feet to the earth and our arms to the sky. Speaking or singing with the intention to transform, not perform. To express, not impress, to come back to naked vulnerability and truth, at times beyond our conscious awareness. Using tools of deep listening, breath, sound, movement and deep embodied inquiry.


Qoya is based on the idea that through movement, we remember. Dance becomes a medicine that flows through us, we remember that at our core we carry deep wisdom, freedom and our wild selves. To find your sovereign truth, and voice through movement, dance and ritual. 

Why is this work important?

Sound and Movement are all around and within us. However, in the busyness of living in such a fast-paced environment of external stimuli it can be difficult to tune in and hear ourselves, to feel our bodies, to feel the full expression of our movement and music within

The Naked Voice and Qoya, help us remember those things, that can never be put into words. Like when you see a sunset and your whole body exhales. When you are on a road trip and feeling the sensation of adventure. When you get caught up in the contagious laughter of a child or feel the warmth of your lover's body in bed while it is raining outside. Music and Movement expresses that which cannot be put into words and cannot remain silent.

There is absolutely no pre-requisite to have any experience in sound and movement as inherently the wisdom of our voice and body reveals itself as we trust in its innocence. This is more a space in which to be curious and explore the own unique quality of your Voice and Body. What does YOUR voice and movement bring to the collective synergy and sacredness of the field. We are here to express, remember, allow, and give permission to ALL aspects of our embodied experience.

As part of the Weekend you will leave with your own unique First Light® Flower Essence blend created by Alison

What outcomes can I expect from this workshop?

*A deeper experience of your own unique voice and how it presents itself in and engages in the world.

*Deeper listening skills to really hear yourself and others

*Introducing the field of sound as a place of creative community building

*Connecting more with your primal voice 

*Gaining tools to express a wider range of vocal expression

*Becoming more spontaneous with your sound 

*Becoming softer and more engaged in the places of resonance in our body

*More acceptance of our voice and letting go of old patterns and stories around our voice

*Body wisdom, ways to release and surrender through movement

*Gathering chi through movement, breath and stillness

Open to all bodies and genders 

Cost: $440 or $395 if paid in full by Jan 30

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Wildself Voice Discovery
to 10 Feb

Wildself Voice Discovery

  • 80 lagoon ave albert town wanaka new zealand (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Tahlia Brand, somatic sex educator, former opera singer, naked voice of the void collaborates with Sonia Waters, Wildself adventurer, to bring you this unique journey for a small group in magical Wanaka New Zealand.

Connect with your wild and holy Voice as an erotic instrument. Dive deep into the elements, shamanic practices and wild spirit of nature. Connecting with your pure wild self, embodying nature is a journey you cannot undo.

- Let the Wild Voice of Nature move through and activate your own Wild Voice....

-Revolutionize the way you listen to yourself and to the sounds 
around you that get drowned in the busyness of our modern lives..

-Deepen self-awareness through sound awareness

-Reconnect to your embodied Voice through your body connecting deep into the roots of the Earth

Open to an intimate group ready to adventure in the Wild Elements of one of the most exquisite landscapes on Earth. Sonia spends most days adventuring out in the mountains and hills while Tahlia grew up in the Deep South of NZ and even though she has travelled extensively, she has always felt the pull of this landscape here in Central Otago calling her back.Sonia currently resides in Wanaka and Tahlia in nearby Arrowtown (the home of the Gold miners in the early 1800s) It's Lord of the Rings territory and is rugged terrain mixed in with breathtaking beauty.

"We are all filled with longing for the wild.There are few culturally sanctioned antidotes for this yearning. We were taught to feel shame for such a desire. We grew our hair long and used it to hide our feelings. But the shadow of the Wild Woman still lurks beneath us during our days and in our nights. No matter where we are, the shadow that trots behind us is definitely four-footed." Clarissa Pinkola Estes.

Cost: $1197 which includes all accomodation, food and activities

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Feast of the Senses
10:00 AM10:00

Feast of the Senses

A feast of the senses, a delicious day workshop!

Treat yourself to a day of delight and sensual pleasure... We use our senses everyday but rarely do we take the time to pause in each one, to breathe, move and feel into them. 

Your hosts Tahlia and Flore will guide you through a sumptuous journey, exploring your body in a safe and playful space. We will explore the senses through the body, with breath, movement, sounds, connecting into nature and climax the day with a delicious senses ritual.

Open to all levels of experience.You will experience your senses and your body as never before! 

Cost: $99 or $180 per couple

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to 30 Sep

The Naked Voice

The Naked Voice is a place to come back to our primal instinctive selves, to feel our Voice as an Erotic instrument, to feel the wild and holy Voice that lives within us. It’s a place of embodiment where we sound through our ‘Whole’ body and from the place of our most creative source: the Womb. Speaking or singing with the intention to transform, not perform. To express, not impress, to come back to naked vulnerability and truth, at times beyond our conscious awareness.  Using tools of deep listening, breath, sound, movement and deep embodied enquiry. Link to event below

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