• About

    Space To Move consultancy is based in Portland Oregon and was established in 2007. Founder and principal is Suzane Van Amburgh. Services include:

    • Strategic Communications - Consulting services
    • Embodied Learning - Professional development programs
    • Balance and Safe Falling - Classes and workshops
    I am a strategic thinker who collaborates with you or your team to bring forward innovative solutions aligned with your strategic goals. I practice deep listening skills to elicit your organizational requirements and illuminate the space you want to move to.
    ~ Suzane Van Amburgh

  • Areas of Expertise

    What do people look to Suzane Van Amburgh for?

    Strategic Communications

    Consulting services in brand development, internal communications and marketing.


    Clients include:

    Portland State University:

    The Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies


    Birankai North America


    Feldenkrais Educational Foundation of North America


    The Gluten Free Neighborhood


    Embodied Learning

    Professional development presentation/ training.


    Original programs include:

    Embodied Resilience

    Aikido for Attorneys

    Make Peace with Your Blind Spot



    Stoel Rives

    Organization Development Network (ODN- Oregon)

    Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA)

    Humanistic Management Conference

    NIA Now

    MetaSkills/ Banfield

    Sustainable Northwest

    Balance and Safe Falling

    Original programs include:

    The Balance Lab

    The Balance Challenge

    Learn to Fall Safely


    Group workshops and individual lessons available.

  • Projects

    A selection of recent communications projects:

    Portland State University

    Judaic Studies Program

    2018 - Present

    Space To Move contracted to develop a strategy and approach to achieve the Academic Director's goals to build engagement, visibility, and a cohesive "brand" for the program's offerings.


    The Judaic Studies Program's existence and mission is a collaboration of the University and multiple community partners. Stewarding this balance of stakeholders is an essential element to developing communications strategy, outreach projects, and event promotion plans. Community engagement, woven with the education of students, is one of the defining characteristics of this organization.


    Deliverables include:
    Plan to grow the program
    Workflow tools, matched to the people and the work
    Road map for the department’s projects

    Scholarship promotion PR kit (hard copy and digital)


    Birankai North America

    2018 - Present

    Board of Directors - Member Communications portfolio


    Suzane Van Amburgh serves on the Board of Directors of Birankai North America (2018- present). Her area of focus is organizing the community's member communications to align with its strategic goals (which includes serving the members' needs).

    • Past projects include developing a member survey (2017-2018) to illuminate why newer members are attracted to Aikido practice and why they stick with it.
    • Current project: Plan the content and format of the organization's first web based "annual report."


    Feldenkrais Educational Foundation of North America

    2006 - 2016

    • Event planning and communications/marketing strategy for 6 professional development conferences (2007-2016)
    • PMO function: established project procedures and templates for proposals, charters and budgets (2015-16)
    • Project Manager for the Feldenkrais Science Network website (feldscinet.org): initial project definition, development and launch (2009), follow up upgrade project (2015). 
    • "The Learning Survey": Membership survey to assess professional  learning and development activities and delivery formats (2015)
  • Suzane Van Amburgh, Aikido Instructor


    My consulting approach is informed by my experience as an Aikido instructor and a somatic educator. I enjoy helping people come to peace in themselves and discover the space to move in their organization, their body movement, and on collaborative projects. ~ Suzane Van Amburgh


  • reach out

    I'm based in Portland Oregon, available for remote work, and travel periodically for teaching engagements and presentations.

    9220 SW Barbur Blvd #119344, Portland Oregon 97219