Photo by Victoria Birkinshaw.
Hi! I'm Rata. I am in love with building communities of creative practice. I especially enjoy creating beautiful messes in the spaces between poetry, dance, visual arts and theatre.
I am a poet, and my first collection of poetry will be out in 2020 with Victoria University Press. I work in youth development and mental health, promoting wellbeing through arts practice. I am in the final stage of my Masters in Arts Therapy at Whitecliffe College.
I have been practicing with conscious movement teachers for the past 10 years both in New Zealand and in the USA and recently graduated as an Open Floor movement teacher through Open Floor International. My movement practice feeds and is fed by my writing practice – the art of connecting to, giving expression to, and amplifying our strange and wonderful 'inner voices'.
I teach public Creative Writing Classes and Open Floor Movement Meditation classes on Waiheke Island and in Auckland. I also facilitate workshops on creativity and mental health with schools, community organisations and businesses. Contact me for more information.