Rata Gordon is in love with building communities of creative practice. She especially enjoys creating beautiful messes in the spaces between poetry, dance, visual arts and theatre. Rata has been practicing with conscious movement teachers (including 5Rhythms and Open Floor) for the past 7 years both in New Zealand and in the USA.
She is a poet (her work is forthcoming in Best New Zealand Poems 2016, Atlanta Review, and Sport), and is in the final stages of writing her first collection of poetry. Her movement practice feeds and is fed by her writing practice – the art of connecting to, giving expression to, and amplifying our strange and wonderful 'inner voices'.
Rata leads a youth development programme called Express Yourself, promoting positive mental health through arts practice. She is currently studying Arts Therapy at Whitecliffe College, and is also training as a movement teacher with Open Floor International.
Rata teaches public Creative Writing Classes on Waiheke Island, and Open Floor Movement Meditation classes in Auckland central.