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Advanced Professional Course: A Collaboration with Amber Gray Lawrence KS POSTPONED 2021

October 30, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - November 1, 2020 @ 5:00 pm

This Advanced Professional Course is a unique opportunity available only by invitation (to apply see below). We will be hand-selecting a small group of professionals to delve deeper into the intersectionality of somatic movement and core awareness within the embodied dynamic nervous system and primal core psoas.  Over the span of 23 years Amber has, through a collegial, idea sharing, collaborative relationship with researcher Stephen Porges, developed a body of movement work specifically integrating the polyvagal theory so that it can be applied in direct somatic work with clients. Together Amber and I will  explore her integrative work and with the primal expressions of psoas.

PRE-REQUISITE: You must have attended Liz Koch’s Professional Application Course (as a professional not as a layperson) and/or studied and trained extensively with Amber Gray.  

TO BE INVITED TO ATTEND: You will need to email Liz Koch via www.coreawareness.com contact page. Please include what workshops (and year) you completed the application Course or training specific to Amber Gray, your professional expertise, and a bit about your interest in attending this advanced course. We reserve the right to invite who we believe will gain the most, add to, and collaborate with our intentions for this weekend. 

SIZE: limited to 12 persons

STUDIO LOCATION: This 3-day workshop will take place at a private Studio in the countryside approximately 20 minutes outside of the university town of Lawrence. The studio is located on many acres of woods.  Lawrence is easily accessible via the Kansas City Airport (MCI) where you can catch a transporter to downtown Lawrence.  There is a historic hotel right in the heart of downtown, air b&b’s, and rooms to rent in walking distance to downtown Lawrence,  plus an array of restaurants accessible by walking down main street (Massachusetts Ave). There may also be few sleeping accommodations available at the Studio location as well as transportation each day provided from Lawrence to the Studio. 

Amber Elizabeth Gray is a pioneer in the use of Dance Movement Therapy, Continuum and Soma-movement practices with survivors of trauma, specifically those who have experienced torture, war and human rights abuses. Amber’s expertise is represented in many published articles and chapters, keynote addresses, professional collaborations and presentations around the world. Amber has provided clinical training on the integration of refugee mental health and  torture treatment with creative arts, mindfulness,  and body-based therapies to more than 30 programs worldwide since the late 1990’s.  She has been nominated for the Barbara Chester Award for her work with survivors of torture in challenging contexts, and is the 2010 ADTA Outstanding Achievement Award recipient. She originated a resiliency-based framework and clinical approach Restorative Movement Psychotherapy and polyvagal-informed movement therapies for mind-heart-spirit, somatic, movement and arts-based therapies with survivors of trauma in cross cultural, low resource contexts.


Liz Koch  is an international educator, author, and the creator of CoreAwareness™ focusing on awareness as key for developing human potential and awakening consciousness. With 43 years experience specializing in the human core, Liz is recognized in the somatic, bodywork, and fitness professions as an authority on the core tissue called Psoas.  Both nationally and internationally published, her works include The Psoas Book, Unraveling Scoliosis CD, Core Awareness; Enhancing Yoga, Pilates, Exercise & Dance, Psoas & Back Pain CD, Mother, Maiden, Crone: Our Pleasure Playlist and her newest book  Stalking Wild Psoas: Embodying Your Core Intelligence published in 2019 by North Atlantic Books.



National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) Approved

This is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork for 18 hours of continuing education credit (CEU). For more information on the NCBTMB, please visit their website.

CANCELLATION POLICY: Collaborative Workshop Registration is FINAL. Please read the complete cancellation policy available online before registering. If there is a waiting list, a transfer fee may apply.


October 30, 2020 @ 12:00 pm
November 1, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
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Private address
Lawrence, KS (access via Kansas City MO international airport) United States


Workshop Cost:
EARLY BIRD $630 through September 29/ $725 Regular
Workshop Dates & Times
Friday October 30 - Sunday November 1, 2020 Begins 12:00 noon and ends 5:00 pm. Please plan to do as little commuting as possible by staying in town and leaving the weekend open and available for integrating.

Welcome to Core Awareness™

Liz Koch is an international educator and author who seeks to dissolve the objectification of “body” in order to re-conceptualize human beings as biologically intelligent, self-organizing, and self-healing. Employing biomorphic and embryonic paradigms, Liz redefines psoas as smart, expressive tissue that is both elemental and universal.

Core Awareness fosters core integrity and self-efficacy as creative and expressive human beings.

Here at Core Awareness you’ll discover new ways of understanding the psoas. In addition to the blogs there is an educationally rich sourcing free for the taking. Explore my videos, articles, podcasts, interviews, FAQ’s and community links and let yourself go wild!