Voice Movement Therapy Training
The Norma G. Canner Foundation for VMT




Singing the Psyche/ The Voice Unchained


The Training consists of two parts:

Part One: The Experiential Program

experimental programThree 3-week on-site units Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 5:00 pm and one performance/presentation week, followed by a fourth 3-week unit introducing the work of the Qualifying Period. These units take place in a residential setting, separated by 3 non-residential interim practice and research periods. They are interdependent and must be taken in sequence.

Module 1: (01/08/18-01/26/18): Beginning the Song and Dance: The Core Principles of VMT:

Module 2: (03/12/18-03/30/18): Singing the Self: VMT Creative Process Work and Song-Making
The voyage into the shadow world through voice, movement and enactment;

Module 3: (05/07/18-05/24/18): The Voice Unchained: VMT Creative and Therapeutic Process:

Module 4: (09/17/18-10/12/18): The Language of the Soul in Song and Movement; Taking the Work with You

Part Two: The Qualifying Period:

Non-residential qualifying period of 12 to 18 months commencing after the completion of the experiential program. During this time the trainee, under supervision, will:

The trainee will be supported by a supervisor during the Qualifying Period, upon satisfactory completion of which s/he can apply for registration as a Professional Practitioner with the International Association for Voice Movement Therapy (IAVMT).




Directors of Training

Christine IsherwoodChristine Isherwood, M.A. VMTR, Singer-Songwriter, has been in the field of Voice Movement Therapy for over 20 years. She works with individual clients, teaches workshops internationally, and supervises VMT students and practitioners. Engaged in a quest for voice and psychological well-being, she studied with founder Paul Newham in London, before apprenticing and subsequently teaching with him on the VMT training. In partnership with Anne Brownell, she codeveloped, co-directs and co-teaches the Foundation Training in Voice Movement Therapy in the USA. Previous experience includes work with street homeless people in Central London and as a mental health counsellor, group facilitator and trainer. She has written and performed in political musicals, toured the UK and Europe with theatre groups and bands, and recorded as a pop singer. She has lectured and taught at Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts, (LIPA, co-founded by Sir Paul McCartney), the Western Australian Academy for Performing Arts (WAAPA), and is guest faculty at the Create Institute, Centre for Expressive Arts Therapy Education, in Toronto, Canada.



AnnAnne Brownell, MA, VMTR, is Director of the Norma G. Canner Foundation and teaches and supervises on The Foundation Training in Voice Movement Therapy on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, USA; South Africa; and elsewhere. After training in the Expressive Therapies with pioneer dance therapist Norma Canner and noted author and clinician Penny Lewis, Anne’s search for the vocal component for a movement-oriented therapy led her to be the first American to study and qualify in VMT in London with founder Paul Newham and then to teach and supervise on the English and American trainings. Since then, she has acted as a consultant in schools for children experiencing developmental and language delays, conducted a private practice. and established the Foundation Training.  She continues to explore and perform many different kinds of songs. Prior experience includes working in Early Intervention programs, supervising graduate students of Dance Therapy on the therapeutic use of the voice, and conducting music and movement groups with Ms. Canner for people who have experienced homelessness, substance abuse and the process of living with HIV and AIDS. Anne has served as a scriptwriter and executive producer for several films on the Expressive Therapies, including “A Time to Dance: The Life and Work of Norma Canner” and “Going to the Source: A Study of Group Process in the Natural World.”  She is currently collaborating on a CD with an old singing friend.



Mali SastriMali Sastri, VMTR, is a Boston-based registered Voice Movement Therapy practitioner, singer, songwriter, and performer. She trained with Paul Newham, Anne Brownell, and Christine Isherwood in London, UK from 1999 - 2001, and qualified as a professional member of the IAVMT in 2011. Mali maintains a private VMT practice in Somerville, MA, working with individuals and groups in which she emphasizes the voice, breath, and the song-as-container. As a voice teacher, Mali is part of the music education program at Tunefoolery, a Boston non-profit musical community for those in mental health recovery. Mali writes, sings, and performs with her chamber rock band Jaggery and curates a performance event series called Org in the Boston area, bringing together musicians, dancers, filmmakers, visual artists, and storytellers.  She resides at the South End artist co-op, Cloud Club.



Sophie MartinSophie Martin. Currently based in Sydney, Sophie runs a private practice with individuals and groups in Australia, but also travels regularly to work with Refugees and Asylum Seekers on Nauru. She is currently completing her Masters at the University of Southern Queensland completing a project using Voice Movement Therapy with young women aged 18-24. She also teaches voice to university students both in Australia and overseas and most recently travelled to South Korea to work with students in the theatre department of Yongin University. She has worked extensively with indigenous children in the remote communities of the Northern Territory running music programs and has worked around Australia and overseas as an Actor and Singer. In 2013 Sophie completed a pilot Voice Movement Therapy (VMT) research project with the University of Queensland working with young women who self harm which was published with SAGE publishing. She believes strongly in the process of Voice Movement Therapy to develop creativity and self expression. Her voice work centres on finding emotional connections and resonance as well as creating flexibility and colour within the voice.




The Norma G. Canner Studio for Voice Movement Therapy,
Tucker InnOak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts.

Accommodation is a very comfortable self-catering inn with individual rooms, cooking and laundry facilities, within a 10 minute walk of both the Training venue and the town of Oak Bluffs.

For more information visit: http://www.vrbo.com/311763




Experiential Program: 10,000 USD
Qualifying Period: 1,500 USD

Cost of accommodation: $200/week USD

Experiential program:
tuition fees may be paid in full before the Training commences or in two installments: the first payment on or before September 6th, 2017, and the second payment by January 15th, 2018.


The fee for the Qualifying Period may be paid in two parts: fifty per cent at the start of the Qualifying Period and the remainder six months later.


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