Metaphors of Movement: Advanced 4-day

with Andrew T. Austin

Boulder, Colorado

April 27-30, 2018 (Friday – Monday)

Due to increasing interest, we have tentatively scheduled Andy Austin to teach this Advanced 4-Day Training in Boulder.

Open to everyone who has attended Andy’s 4-Day Metaphors of Movement Training within the past 4 or 5 years.*

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(*Not sure if you have the background needed? Contact us if you have any questions. There are several ways to make sure you have the material you’ll need to fully benefit from the Advanced Training with Andy.)

More Information to come about the content of the Advanced Metaphors of Movement Program! Definitely included will be:

*How to make the Metaphor work more potent by eliciting and working with multiple metaphors in a single session.

*How to determine a “cluster” of metaphors relevant to the client’s outcome.

*How to sequence the metaphor work, and utilize common themes from the metaphor cluster.


Information Below is about Last Year’s Beginning Metaphors of Movement Program.

Learn about our 2018 Levels 1 + Metaphors of Movement Training Here.

Get an inspiring and thorough training in Metaphors by attending the 4-Day program (Levels 1 & 2) or join us for all 6 days! (Levels 1, 2, & 3)

Six days of exploration through the metaphors of our inner mental landscapes.

Andy Austin teaching Metaphors of Movement in Boulder Colorado

Our 7th in-depth training in Metaphors of Movement with Andy Austin! This material continues to develop, with new fascinating and useful learning experiences each year. The 2017 Training will include the most potent material from the year of development.

Open to everyone: We welcome those new to this material, along with those returning for more.


What You Will Learn

This training will be an in-depth exploration of how our unconscious metaphors for moving through life impact who we are and what we’re able to do. Learn not only how to uncover your own metaphors, but how to engage them at a physiological and neurological level — a completely new approach to overcoming stuck states and creating effective movement towards our personal goals.

After working with their own Metaphors of Movement through Andy’s model, the experience people generally tend to describe is a sense of being more “awake.” So often we do not pay attention to our own communication, using metaphoric words seemingly at random that are in fact incredibly rich clues into our internal experience and strategies for moving through the world. Through attending to what we are each already saying, and to the underlying metaphoric structure, suddenly the way we maintain our problems is revealed, and we have the choice to change.

Andrew T Austin teaching Metaphors of Movement

What is Metaphors of Movement?

People often complain of a lack of movement in their lives, both metaphorically and literally. Common expressions of how a person feels that reflects this lack of movement include:

Metaphors of Movement - Andrew T Austin

  • I don’t feel like I’m going anywhere
  • I’m stuck in a rut
  • I feel like I’m going around in circles
  • I’m not making any progress at all
  • I’m not moving forward
  • It’s like I’m up to my neck in quicksand
  • I feel like I’m going backwards
  • It’s like I’m running up against a brick wall

In addition to this, many people lack direction:

  • I don’t know where I’m going
  • I don’t know which way to turn
  • I feel lost
  • I lack direction in life
  • I feel disoriented
  • I feel like I’m going the wrong way in life
  • I don’t know the right way forward

After this training, you’ll be able to recognize what these expressions mean about a person’s experience. You’ll also learn powerful and effective ways to guide yourself and others into discovering new movement and direction in life that will really work.

Who Is This Training For?

Everyone is welcome! Come to gain understandings that pave the way to positive change in areas of your own life where you feel stuck, unresolved, or that you’re going in the wrong direction. These are also powerful new tools that therapists and coaches can use when working with clients as well as themselves.

Because Metaphors of Movement is a fundamental new model, whether you’ve had years of therapeutic training, or you’re coming for your own personal growth, this training will serve everyone. In fact, for everyone to get the most out of the training, we’re hoping for roughly a 50-50 split between therapists/coaches, and individuals coming for their own personal development.

Basic Training Structure

An Uphill Struggle - Metaphors of MovementThe style of training will involve lots of interactive demonstrations with participant volunteers up at the front of the room. There will also be lively small-group exercises to practice these methods with each other, as well as time for group discussion.

What’s New for the 2016 Training?

The first 4 days (See Levels 1 & 2 below) are being continuously refined and restructured, to offer new insights and more streamlined and impactful ways of utilizing this fun and powerful modality. In addition, this year Andy will be teaching Level 3 (days 5 and 6) for the first time in the US!

Here’s a glimpse of how much you’ll get in these 6 days of training:

Level 1. The Foundation

An overview of the structure of Metaphors of Movement (MoM) and the delivery of the change work process. Level 1 is a two day training that equips trainees to safely practice basic content-free MoM sessions for remedial change work purposes.

(a). Introduction to The MoM Process

  • Full outline of the MoM process and session structure.
  • Neurological rationale for the processes.

(b). Introduction to Metaphor Taxonomy and Creating Digital Change

  • The Structure of Outcomes.
  • The Obstructions: external rules and values.
  • The Containers: container metaphors, inherited status, families and long term problems.
  • The Burdens: responsibilities and guilts.
  • The Bubbles: beliefs and values.

Level 2. The Metaphoric Hierarchy

Up To My Neck in Shit - Metaphors of Movement

Level 2 is an exploration in how different metaphors logically lead to new metaphors, idioms and simile and how these can be arranged hierarchically. The overall theme of this level is that of relationships and emotional health. Level 2 training completes the practitioner status initiated at level 1.

(a). Introduction to relationships and creating analogical and generative change

  • The Elevations: status games and awkward positions.
  • Relational Positions: where we stand in relation to others.
  • The Fulfillments: emotional trading and transactions.
  • The Hurts: emotional injury and emotional health.

(b). Symbolism and time predication in metaphor

  • Dream work and dream analysis.
  • Introduction to Metaphors of Time.
  • Introduction to Metaphors of Business and Money.

Register Now for the first 4 days (Levels 1 and 2)!

returning students register here


Tuition: $675*

*a deposit of $200 will hold your spot.

Here’s what you’ll get if you stay on for Level 3 (Days 5 & 6)

Level 3. The Ground Work

This intermediate level training is an exploration of how we support ourselves and the interaction within the metaphoric environment. This elucidates the generative change work principles taught at level 2 and provides a useful extension for creating generative change.

(a). How, Where and Why We Stand

  • The Supports (anatomy and embodiment): supporting one’s self, receiving support, supporting others.
  • The Supports (environmental): the ground on which we walk.
  • The Cause: why we stand and what we stand for.
  • The Leg Work: the relationship between the body and the ground.
  • Symbolism, meaning and interaction.
  • The Immersions: immersion metaphor.
  • The body and physical health metaphors.

(b). All The World Is a Stage.

  • Stage, acting and performance metaphor.
  • Peak performance.
  • Multiple identities, masks and illusions.

(c). Gaia – The personification of The Earth

  • Chunking up the immediate metaphoric environment to global proportions as a projection from our psyche.
  • Anthropomorphisation in metaphoric symbolism.

Register Now for all 6 Days!

returning students register here


Tuition: $1,015 for all 6 days

*A deposit of $300 will hold your spot.


Dates & Schedule:

4-Day Training:
May 5-8, 2017 (Fri – Mon)
9:30 am – 5:30 pm each day
Last Day we end at 5:00 pm
Lunch break of an hour and a half each day.

6-Day Training:
May 5-10, 2017 (Fri – Wed)
9:30 am – 5:30 pm each day
Last Day we end at 5:00 pm
Lunch break of an hour and a half each day.

Location: Best Western Boulder Inn

Watch an 8-minute video segment of Andy Austin using Metaphors of Movement to achieve weight loss with a client:

Continuing Education Credits Available!

CEU’s for Psychologists are available for this program. Click to learn more.

“Andy Austin is an intelligent and entertaining trainer. He demonstrates high standards regarding working with clients and more important, he trains you to become aware of yourself as the clinician/coach in all types of situations. His material is very useful for those who want to increase their therapeutic skills. He cleverly leads students to find the answers within, and then offers new ideas to challenge their learning even more. I have enjoyed my experiences learning from Andy and I recommend him as a trainer.”
— Rachel Hott, Ph.D. Co-director The NLP Center of NY

“After attending a workshop with Andy I put into practice within a week my new found skills — WOW! — amazing and rapid results. I believed I listened to my clients, I now know that I didn’t hear their movement, or lack of it!! Within 2 hours a client who had spent thousands of pounds seeking a cure from others found the right way forward… A 3 day check-in for feedback and the feedback was good — the best session ever, and the best technique I had used… I would recommend that all practitioners who want to support their clients achieve movement learn this great skill.”
— Lesley Hoyle, NLP Practitioner, registered nurse in previous career

To read more about the experiences of other training participants, click here.

Register Here for the 4-Day Program!

Tuition: 4-Day Program: $675*

Register Here for all 6 Days!

Tuition All 6 Days: $1,015*

*A deposit of $200  or $300 will hold your spot.

returning students register here