Workshops & Retreats

York Dance Movement Psychotherapy Centre offers regular workshops and retreats. These are an opportunity for you to take time for yourself to be creative, to play, to learn new skills, to share experience, and to reflect and rejuvenate.

Workshops and Groups 2019-2020

  • Embodied Processes
    September 2019 – July 2020
    All Saints Hall, Upper Poppleton, York

This is a monthly group that invites you to explore and deepen your understanding and experience of embodied processes through work with dance, movement, breath, voice, and imagery. The sessions draw on approaches from Dance Movement Psychotherapy, Somatic Movement, Yoga and Western and Non-Western forms of Vocal Improvisation. The group is suitable for Psychotherapists, Counsellors, Arts Therapists, Arts in Health Professionals, and Medical Professionals.

Please email for further information.

  • Women’s Dance Movement Psychotherapy Group
    September – July 2019
    All Saints Hall, Upper Poppleton, York

This is a weekly therapy group for women of all ages, backgrounds and experience. The group offers an opportunity for you to explore your relationship to yourself and others in a creative, nurturing and supportive environment. No previous experience is necessary.

Please email for further information.

Retreats 2019-2020

  • Images of the Feminine 
    Women’s Creative Arts Psychotherapy Retreats

September 2019 – March 2020
Middlethorpe Hall Hotel and Spa, York

Four two-day retreats between September 2019 and March 2020 to explore personal, social, cultural and historical concepts of the feminine and how they affect our relationship to ourselves and others. We will use dance and movement, singing, story, writing, drawing, making and objects as our tools of exploration. Alongside the retreat there are opportunities to walk in wonderful National Trust Gardens and enjoy the relaxing Spa.

Dates of Retreats:

  • Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th September 2019
  • Saturday 23rdand Sunday 24thNovember 2019
  • Saturday  18th and Sunday 19thJanuary 2020
  • Saturday 21stand Sunday 22ndMarch 2020

For further information please contact


“Thank you again for a wonderful weekend. I felt inspired! I also felt tired today but somehow invigorated and relaxed inside all at the same time. Reflecting on it we used every part of ourselves, it seemed, into the process, through dance and movement, music, sensory, emotionally and intellectually. It was great.”

– Jennie

“The work I’ve done with Allison, both one-to-one and in groups, helps me express and understand and accept myself better; it helps me handle challenges at work and in my personal life; it’s incredibly nourishing and replenishing; it gives me the space and place and time to be myself. It’s been such a positive journey for me – long may it continue! “

– Jackie

“I just wanted to echo what a lovely weekend it was, very nourishing, creative and fun. Many aspects reflecting the many things covered and diverse talents and wonderfulness of the group.”

– Cathy

To book a Retreat or Workshop simply contact us.