LUZ ELENA MOREY
Luz Elena Morey, MA, RDT., (pronounced Luce Elayna) is a Colombian-born therapist, musician, performing artist, teacher and professional trainer. A Registered Drama Therapist (RDT) with NADTA (North American Drama Therapy Association) Luz Elena specializes in helping people easily release trauma and effectively embody the inner-wisdom-sourced creatively evolving true and healthy self. A musician, visual artist, dancer and performing artist since she was a child, Luz Elena has facilitated transformational expressive arts programs for people of all ages for over 35 years and now specializes in training professionals. Her interest is in creating culture that is whole and balanced.
Luz Elena is founder and director of the Mahalo Art Center organization and creator of the Gathering in Gratitude process. She is director and producer of the film, The Source, a documentary about the Gathering in Gratitude process, and author of the book, Romantic Attraction and the Longing for Bliss: Lust, Love and the Quest for Wholeness, a look at romantic attraction from the perspectives of human development, evolution, spirituality, psychologically, biology and culture. It is available through Mahalo Art Center. She has published a chapter in The Heart and Soul of Psychotherapy (2013) , which received a Gold Seal for Literary Excellence and an article about Luz Elena's life work is featured in the September, 2013 Member Spotlight of "Behind the Scenes," a publication of the North American Drama Therapy Association.
Luz Elena facilitates creative, earth-connected, multicultural, and multigenerational experiences which support individual and communal wellness. She specializes in building awareness, self-esteem, creativity and healthy community. Programs may happen anywhere (people-friendly) on the planet.
Currently, Luz Elena is finishing a retreat after selling the healing art center, Mahalo, which she spent 17 years birthing.
In person and over the internet, Luz Elena offers individual sessions to private clients and facilitates retreats and intensives for groups. Clients generally focus on aligning with inner wisdom, clarity and one's true, creative and empowered self. Clients often engage in work to release emotional blocks and trauma symptoms.
Luz Elena presents regularly at professional conferences and facilitates retreat intensives for leaders, healers and teachers. Luz Elena has led trauma symptom release trainings for health care providers in the U.S as well as in Guatemala.
A lifetime educator, artist and performer, Luz Elena has been working with very young children, including at-risk and Head Start babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers, for over thirty years. In Brattleboro, she worked with Early Education Services and the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center's Head Start Arts Partnership for over 15 years, helping teachers and young children via engagement in music and movement circles. In the 1980's Luz Elena helped found a bilingual child care center in Boston. Luz Elena is a Master Instructor with Vermont Northern Lights Career Development Center and has trained hundreds of early childhood providers on how to use multi-cultural expressive arts in their classrooms in order to support curriculum goals and children’s healthy emotional, mental, social, physical and spiritual development while creating an atmosphere of peace, vitality and harmony conducive to learning.
In the 1980's Luz Elena created Kookaburra’s Coffeehouse specifically for the community of Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts. In 1999 Luz Elena co-founded the Vermont Wilderness School. In 2007 (circa) Luz Elena created Mahalo and the Mahalo Art Center.
A member of the Associated Psychotherapists of Vermont (APOV) Luz Elena has a masters degree in transpersonal developmental psychology, over 30 years of experience with transpersonal drama therapy and sound healing. She has decades of ongoing study with healers from North and South America, Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.