Creative therapy workshops for calm connection

Mauri Tui Tuia offers professional development workshops fostering calm connection underpinned by bicultural practice models. We offer in-person trainings and online learning resources for kaiako, health professionals and whānau across New Zealand. Our practical tools are grounded in trauma-informed dance, arts and music therapy research and knowledge.

About Mauri Tui Tuia

Our Kaupapa

Our therapeutic team includes leaders from music therapy, dance movement therapy and arts therapy. Mauri Tui Tuia was founded by Jan McConnell (Registered Dance and Arts Therapist, Physiotherapist) and Katie Pureti (Registered Music Therapist).

Understanding neuro-biology and the instinctive knowledge of our bodies and voices helps us move toward calm connection. Te Whare Tapa Whā underpins our bicultural practice model, and tuakana-teina supports the sharing of knowledge and leadership between the facilitators and the participants. These tools have life-long application to create sustainable benefit and wellbeing for kaiako, tamariki and whānau.

What people say about us

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I learnt a lot and have a lot to reflect on with my own and our team’s practice to be more intentional with waiata and movement. Thank you SO much.

ECE Kaiako, June 2022
Kerikeri
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Awesome to have essential new learning and support that is progressive – hui, email with resources followed up with in-centre session with tamariki.

ECE Kaiako, June 2022
Kaitaia
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Understanding the reason behind why drama/movement/music techniques I used to use as part of my former teaching role worked in terms of building self-esteem, connection/whakawhanaungatanga/team work.

Tracey, RTLB
Whangārei
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"I loved your whole presentation! Your simple instructions and explanations made sense to me. I have learnt a lot of new techniques. Thank you so much.

It was really useful to learn strategies to use for all age groups in our centre (4 months - 3 years). Learning how to support tamariki to regulate their bodies, energy and breath."

ECE Kaiako, May 2022
Kaitaia
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“Amazing, love the knowledge you bring and your amazing voices. A fun PD that pushes us out of our comfort zone. Participating actively in the songs and movement is really fun and helps with team building.” ”

Chantelle, ECE Centre Manager
Whangārei
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You guys are magic! I love how we got to sing, produce movement, and learning the 'why' of music and movement.

Holly, Occupational Therapy student
Whangārei
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“It was awesome and there are lots of ideas to support the different ages.”

Meghan, ECE Kaiako
Whangārei
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A new and refreshing lens through which to provide support for teachers and tamariki.

Lee, RTLB
Tai Tokerau
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Podcast

COMING SOON 2022 – Rooted in the meeting place of creativity, movement, sound and wellbeing, each episode is an honest kōrero (conversation) between creative therapists Jan and Katie, and the unsung Kiwi heroes of education, therapy, art/dance/music. Join us on Mauri Tui Tuia, the podcast, to learn how to better your life and develop calm connection as a teacher, therapist, creative, or parent.