Courses and Training

O R T H O – B  I O N O M Y®  
Professor  C O L I N   G I B B S

26-27 February 2022       Matangi, Hamilton

He rā ki tua
Better times are coming


26-27 February 2022  
Matangi, Hamilton (as well as online)

If the universe and I are one, then I am the universe and the universe is me.    No duality.                Arthur Pauls

Arthur Paul says that Ortho-Bionomy is the ‘correct application of the laws of life’.  What might this mean, and how might this be revealed in my practice?  This hands-on workshop working from the principles through to practice, opens opportunities to explore Ortho-Bionomy beyond the boundaries of Phases.  When we work with Ortho-Bionomy, many times we find ourselves flowing seamlessly within and between what might be construed as the constructs of Phases.  
Through our play and enquiry, this workshop invites you

  • to extend beyond your present practice,

  • to deepen the ways in which you work with clients, and

  • to increase your sense of resonance between your ‘self’ as practitioner, others, and the universe while honouring our culturally-situatedness in Aotearoa.

We are organising for a guest contributions via ZOOM from 

RICHARD VALASEK. Richard is THE Senior Advanced Instructor who trained under Arthur Pauls. Richard loves "playing in the field" with Ortho-Bionomy, and "out of the box" thinking. He is the preeiminent scholar of orthobionomy, as well as an actor in the theatre (and in classes). Richard brings a rich experience of Ortho-Bionomy including through his work as Director of Consult Liaison Services for Addiction where he worked with PTSD and addiction in traumatised veterans. Richard lives in Hawaii and teaches internationally.


ROUEL CAZANJIAN, Advanced Instructor in Los Angeles, will join us for ZOOM session. Rouel also trained under Arthur Pauls. With over 30 years experience playing with Ortho-Bionomy, Rouel also works across a range of modalities including Myofascial Therapy, Hemme Soft Tissue Therapy, body-oriented psychotherapy, Biodynamic Therapy, Somatic Experiencing, clinical hypnosis, guided imagery and mindfulness.
Rouel tells me that,"working beyond the phases is long overdue."

Excited to let you know that Elizabeth Gray will also be joining us and sharing on te ao Māori (the Māori worldview) and Rongoā (healing).  This will open up exciting possibilities for us to consider in our evolvement of Ortho-Bionomy in Aotearoa.  

Certainly not to be missed.  
A chance to play beyond the borders.
More information will follow.

We will work in a collaborative way, sharing our resources, insights, and expertise.
            Nāku te rourou nāu te rourou ka ora ai te iwi 
           With your basket and my basket the people will live.

1  Participants should be aware that the dual modes of delivery mean that people are being videoed.
2. Participants agree that they will not record any aspects of the course, even for personal use. This protects some of the cultural material.
3. ONLINE participants are expected to have a recipient and/or participant to work with during the practical components. 
4. Participants  will receive certification (16 credits).  This course is not offered under the auspices of OBNZ or SOBI.



13-14 November 2021    Matangi, Hamilton. POSTPONED

We will recognise, evaluate and address postural positioning.  Techniques presented help to address spinal curvatures and scoliosis.  Post-techniques are neurological-muscular exercises that are taught to the client to facilitate their ability to maintain and integrate the re-educated posture.


7 – 8 August 2021           Matangi, Hamilton

Moving like Phase 5, however without physical contact.  We work with the person’s bioenergetic field or as some refer to it, the aura. We gain expertise in Phase 6 through learning the skill of remaining in a neutral state, of Universal awareness, in ‘doing nothing’ and allowing the person to have their own experience and expression of themselves, without judgement.   We monitor and acknowledge the inter-relationships between energetic, emotional and physical levels and that demonstrate how energetic shifts can affect changes in physical patterns.


9 August 2021           Matangi, Hamilton

In the classic vision of Arthur Pauls of long distance Ortho-Bionomy®, time and distance are not relevant.   Phase 7 was initially taught by invitation only when Arthur felt a student was ready. The etheric aspect of wellbeing is particularly felt when we are not lined up, when we are injured or ill. Phase 7 brings awareness of subtleties and ways of communicating.  Phase 7 patterning addresses all levels of human experience and teaches a non-forceful, elegant way to approach problems of many kinds.


11-12 September 2021   Matangi, Hamilton

This foundation course (also referred to as Phase 4) covers the history, philosophy and concepts of Ortho-Bionomy and provides an overview of the basic release techniques for each major joint of the body.  The principles of Ortho-Bionomy are demonstrated using techniques involving movements and positions of comfort which facilitate the release of muscular tension and overall stress by stimulating the inherent, self-corrective reflexes of the body.  This helps the body create structural alignment and balance from within.  By the end of this course you will be able to assist clients release most major joints in the body, safely and effectively.


 30-31 October 2021         Matangi, Hamilton

This course follows Arthur Paul’s approach to applying the principles of Ortho-Bionomy to the function of the cranial system.  Participants are encouraged to feel the energetic patterns existing in the cranial system and allow the recipient to find a better balance through the self-correcting reflexes.


We will address dynamics of the client-practitioner relationship.  Through exercises, discussion and hands-on work we will explore boundary issues for creating safety for the practitioner and the client, transference and counter-transference issues in the therapeutic relationship, and working with emotional responses from our clients as well as our responses as practitioners to the work and content of sessions.


We will learn powerful Ortho-Bionomy Isometric and Isotonic techniques for working with muscle tension patterns and muscle tone. Through the use of resistance while the muscle is engaged, proprioceptors are stimulated. This allows habitual holding patterns to be released and results in greater flexibility and mobility.


15 – 16 May 2021, Matangi, Hamilton

Phase Five is hands on, moving at a very subtle level of awareness in ways that honour the principles of Ortho-Bionomy.  Using the client’s natural reflexes, the body’s innate wisdom knows what to pay attention to and self-correct.  Our movements may be actual or inferred.   Phase 5 is moving with the self-expressed energy patterns of the person by exaggerating patterns, increasing recognition for the client, and employing self-healing reflexes within the physical and etheric self.  Phase 5 is suitable for very recent and acute injuries—muscular tension is released, range of motion increased, and pain reduced.  It is also useful for the most delicate of situations as well as large joints, scar tissue, internal organs, bones, muscles, fascia, skin, lymphatic system, etc.  In Phase Five, we do less and let the client be the guide for their exploration of change.


 This course extends the Foundations of Ortho-Bionomy Phase 4 course providing more in-depth and extensive coverage of the application of Phase 4 positional release positions.

An Ortho-Bionomy Approach

This system of working the Neurolymphatic Reflexes was developed by Frank Chapman, a Doctor of Osteopathy. He discovered, through clinical observation and practice, that treating these reflex points facilitated lymphatic drainage in the viscera, and that they could be used to help balance the endocrine system. Treatment of the reflexes has also been shown to affect structural balance, and the physical and emotional well-being of the client.


We shall take a deeper look at the relationship between the pelvis, lower back and hips.  The structural relationship between these influences how we are able to move freely and efficiently.  Because this region is the storehouse for many important organs–the bladder, uterus, prostate, just to name a few–we shall also focus on some visceral techniques, as well as facilitating lymphatic movement and releasing venous congestion.  This course builds on the foundations of Phase 4 and Exploration of Movement, but we shall also be working with other Phases in the beyond the basics course.  


3-4 July 2021                  Matangi, Hamilton

An experiential class that adds a dynamic dimension to the Ortho-Bionomy release techniques. Focusing on the range of motion through the joints, we explore and support preferred patterns of movement or non-movement. By doing so, and with the active participation of the client, the range of motion in the joint is increased and muscular and joint pains are diminished.

Course Registration Fees

Arthur Pauls was keen that Ortho-Bionomy was available to all.  All courses have associated costs.   I aim to keep Ortho-Bionomy accessible to all.  Honouring this, the course fees are on a sliding scale.  The course cost for a two day course at Matangi, Hamilton is $355.  As of June 2021, the sliding scale is between $160 and $355.
This means that if there are financial difficulties which preclude you from coming, please feel free to pay anywhere on the sliding scale. 
If you wish to pay a little more to sponsor someone, then feel free to do that too as part of community connectedness.
Please note:  It is important that you confirm your registration with some payment—money is energetic and it is usually followed by commitment, which makes the organisation of courses so much more manageable.

Two Day courses                $355  (Sliding scale  $160 – $355)
Three Day courses             $545  (Sliding scale  $240 – $545)
One Day courses                 $190  (Sliding scale $110 – $190)
Study Groups (2 hours)       $45   (or koha welcome)

Instructor fees for selected courses are being donated to TREES THAT COUNT —  TE RAHI O TĀNE as well as other serving people organisations.
Healing people through Ortho-Bionomy, and healing the whenua of Aotearoa by planting native trees — a practical expression of our connectedness and evolvement through Ortho-Bionomy in Aotearoa.  
To date, Intouch Body Harmony: Waikato Ortho-Bionomy has funded 872 native plants.  This amounts to 198 tonnes of carbon dioxide being eliminated from the atmosphere in the next 50 years.


Waikato Ortho-Bionomy also supports Jagriti Foundation–supporting girls and young women.
 In addition, the Blind Foundation, Salvation Army Food Bank.

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