I am María Munain Moral.

Curious, turquoise, sand, goat, desert, blue sky, searcher…

A bit of my personal story…

Born and raised in Vitoria, the Basque Country (Spain), lived in Barcelona and Damascus (2008-2011), to finally settled down in Amsterdam for the last 7 years.

At the age of 13 I said to a dear fried that I wanted to learn to dance, and her mum answered: ¨María you just have birds in your head.” Almost one year time took me to gather the courage to enroll in the weekly classes of the neighborhood club. Ever since then movement and being in contact with my body has given me confidence and courage to fight forward in difficult moments of my life.

Around the age of 21, after having started a career in Communication, a distressful life situation made me change path and dedicate myself to share the benefits of dance and movement with people around me. Since then I have deepened my knowledge in different disciplines: dance movement therapy,  yoga, neuroscience, flamenco dance, Schema Therapy, mindfulness, Contact Improvisation, 5 rhythms, Art therapy… anything related to therapy, body and creativity.

Moreover, since the age of 19, I have volunteered, with very diverse and vulnerable populations, orphan children, teenagers from difficult backgrounds, migrants and refugees, sexually abused girls and sufferers of domestic violence.


More than 10 years ago I began leading groups in different movement disciplines and to create workshops on empowerment and emotional exploration. I love facilitating groups and witnessing the discoveries and intense emotions that participants can experience in a safe space. I am still developing and creating new ideas to share the benefits of personal inquiry with others.

On the other hand, I have been working intensively for 6 years in a clinical setting, an out’patient Mental Health Center (Ipsy Interculturel Psychiatrie) together with psychologists, psychiatrists, doctors… Here I work as Movement Therapist (DMT), Individual and Group Schema Therapist and Dialectical Behavioral Therapist. I accompany people through individual sessions and lead therapy groups. I am member of the Dutch Federation FVB / NVDat (Nº106871).

Time passes very fast and I already add:

  • More than 6 years of experience as registered therapist in a clinical context (more than 5000 hours of supervised work and over 200 patients).
  • 12 workshop series for general public having reached more than 300 people.
  • More than 4000 hours of training in practices related to embodiment, psychology and the mind-body relationship.
  • 8 years of yoga, movement meditation and conscious breathing practice.
  • 17 years of several movement disciplines, dance, yoga and somatic practices (Iyengar yoga, Yin Yoga, Flamenco dance, improvisation, active meditation, massage, mindfulness ecstatic dance, contact improvisation, 5rhythms, Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais, …)
It sounds like a lot but I have lots more and more to learn
and I want to continue learning every day of my life.



  • EMDR for trauma treatment. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. January to March 2021.



  • 24 hours Group Schema Therapy with Ida Shaw & Joan Farrell in the National Institute of Mental Health in Prague, Czech Republic – 4 days.
  • 90 hours course in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy from Dialexis Advies in University of Amsterdam – 10 days.


  • 50 hours Schema Therapy Basic and Advanced Level with Fieke Bosma – Rotterdam – 8 days.
  • Motivational Interviewing – Castricum, The Netherlands – 2 days
  • Introduction to Pesso Boyden Therapy with Arnoud van Buuren – Utrecht – 7 hours
  • Play therapy and Schema Therapy with Mieke Boots – 7 hours


  • 20hours Trauma Sensitive Yoga from the Trauma Center in Boston. Kopenhaguen, Denmark – Three days.
  • Symposium Co-creating body of knowledge – Improvisation and composition in Dance Therapy


  • 120 hours Medical Neuroscience Course online – Duke University – 13 weeks (See certificate)
  • Training and Learning Programs for Volunteer Community Health Workers – John Hopkins University – 6 weeks


  • Official Master in Dance Movement Therapy – Codarts Hogeschool voor de kunsten Rotterdam – 2012/2015. Thesis: “Giving Meaning through Movement Metaphors – A dance movement therapy case study with a client diagnosed with depression.” Registered in the Professional Federation of Dance Movement Therapy of The Netherlands ( Registration number: 106871), this being part of the EADMT. Check my registration in: https://www.pe-online.org/register/?pid=608


  • Reichian Mind/Body Therapy and Dance Therapy by Johanna Climenko -Amsterdam – Two days
  • III National Congress of Creative Therapies – Vitoria, Spain – Three days


  • Pelvic Floor and feminine energy training with  Maica Martínez, Barcelona.
  • Intensive weekend course of Feldenkrais Method with Sabine Dahrendorf in Barcelona.
  • Intensive weekend course on Kashmir Shaivism Tantra with Daniel Odier in Center CEITAI, Barcelona.
  • “Hacer el amor con la vida” course with Laura Orsina in Barcelona.


  • Yoga of Polarity with Soledad Corna, Barcelona.
  • Creative Menstrual Cicle with Esther Burgos, Barcelona
  • Weekend and regular weekly classes of Sacred Dance of Gurdjieff with Uttam Módenes, Barcelona.
  • Creative Dance and Composition with Helga Carafí, Barcelona.
  • Start the practice of Iyengar Yoga with Angello Cecchi, Nunart, Barcelona.
  • Start the practice of 5 rhythms and Contact improvisation and attend regularly to Ecstatic Dance
  • Bachelor in Communication – University of Barcelona and University of the Basque Country – 2006/2011
Many courses, but the most important experience and knowledge
I get it every single day from each and every person
whom I accompany.

To you. THANK YOU.


“The highest and most beautiful things in life are not to be heard about, nor read about, nor seen but, if one will, are to be lived.” SOREN KIERKEGAARD

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