Workshop Descriptions

Contact Improvisation

With Sita Devi

Contact improv is a movement modality where we will explore how points of physical contact serve as the starting point and impetus of movement exploration. Some of the basic practices we will explore are counterbalance, falling and flying, rolling point of contact and the drunken sailor. We will approach these practices through scores or games and help to build our ability to relate to others in a safe, fun and consensual way. This is an all levels gentle introduction to contact improv and no experience is necessary.

Bhakti Vinyasa Flow 

With Sita Devi

Bhakti Vinyasa Flow is a heart opening intentional practice combining Kirtan, the art of ecstatic chanting with Hatha Vinyasa Flow Yoga. The practice often begins with a meditation and some intention setting and creative visualization. We then join together in a kirtan to begin our practice which takes us into our bodies moving into our hatha vinyasa practice. The practice slowly builds heat in the body and the practitioner is free to move at his or her own pace, finding his or her own personal flow. Once enough heat is generated we move into some deep stretches and make our way to the floor, ending with a nice long savasana, or final relaxation and close our practice with kirtan.

The practice is accompanied by live chanting of Kirtan and Bhajan by Sita, and other musicians. The goal of this practice is to experience Bhava, the nectar of devotion, through union of the body mind and soul.

Yin Yoga 

With Sita Devi

Yin yoga is a slow grounded practice. The word yin, comes from yin and yang, the balance of fire and water, masculine and feminine, strength and softness. Yin refers to the water, the feminine, the softness and this practice encompasses that energy. It is comprised of long holds and deep relaxation with an extended savasana and accompanied by sweet, gentle music.

Kirtan

with Sita Devi and Friends

Kirtan is an ancient spiritual practice of Bhakti Yoga designed to collectively raise our vibration through call and response chanting of Sanskrit mantra. Through this repetitive ecstatic chanting we are able to drop in, unify, channel and access the divine within ourselves.

Dance.Sing.Play

Body Percussion and Voice Activation 

with Poranguí

Join master percussionist, musician, and healer Poranguí as we create a circle of rhythm, sound, and movement! Rediscover the first and most complex instrument known to humankind: your self. Together we will explore where body percussion, voice and Spirit meet in a polyrhythmic dance. By connecting with our body’s innate pulse and cultivating that expression in a safe & celebratory container, we unfold ourselves to emBody Dance, Sing our Soul and Play our Mind. No experience necessary…this is for ALL! Come and experience the playful and fun vibe created by a circle of people grooving to collective rhythm!

Embody Earth Consciousness: Dancing Freedom

with Ashley Klein featuring Live Music by Poranguí

Dancing Freedom is an ecstatic, somatic, and shamanic container for embodied awakening. Through free-form movement and gentle facilitation we journey through the elements and into self… a divine submersion into sound, motion, breath, and meditation, surrendering into our authentic experience and expression. In this sacred container we invite our body, heart, and mind to feel and dance our present-tense prayers. Guided by live soundtracks from Poranguí and Dancing Freedom facilitator, Ashley Klein, we weave the medicine of movement and sound through the consciousness of earth, air, water, fire, and ether.

Zen Thai: Parnter Therapeutics

With Anjuli & Alok

ZenThai Flow is a journey of partner stretching, contact improvisation, and healing touch that will be sure to leave you feeling free, uplifted, and balanced. Within these practices, we will delve into the current Seasonal Element and explore specific exercises to connect us to the season. The first part of the workshop will be movement-focused in both group and partner exercises. In the second part, we’ll be sharing a dynamic, yet easeful ZenThai sequence that you will both give and receive with a partner.

131214_ecstaticdance_-2005Bana Kuma African Dance

With Chris Berry

The dance of Bana Kuma is an intentional dance form whose main purpose is to cleanse and clear blockages and to re-allign one with their greater selves. The live music and dance moves of the Bana Kuma are based on ancient techniques that held music and dance in hi regard as powerful healing modalities.

KASHA Ceremony

w/ Chris Berry, Craig Kohland and friends

KASHA is the practice of creating HEAT (fire) through MOVEMENT, within the body, bringing up BLOCKS (fears) to be released, allowing one to touch a deep place within, bringing forth true hearts’ desires. HEAT (fire) purifies, and releases the old to make way for the new; igniting passions, charging up motivation and excitement. Allow the deep beating of your internal drums to take you within and rise above all fears. 

 

E Pomaika’i Wehe    (Opening Blessing)

E Pomaika’i Panina (Closing Blessing)

Hula ‘auana (modern hula)

With Kumu Ehulani

Pelehonuamea is the volcano goddess for all the volcano’s in the World, and every country has a different name for their volcano goddess, but it’s all in reference to Pelehonuamea. She has chosen the Kilauea volcano crater, Halema’uma’u as her home, from all the other volcano’s. She can travel to any volcano within less then a second, for she is a Goddess… You will learn a special ancient hula kahiko Pele, in honor of her, and learn the deep meaning of your special hula, which you will take with you forever. 

Learn a fun modern hula, which means dancing with music, and learn the story behind the hula ‘auana, a more relaxing way of dancing the hula “Hawaiian dance”, that will make you smile.

Partner & AcroYoga

With Tyler Blank

Through the dynamic Sacred Play of Partner Yoga, AcroYoga (Basing & Flying) & collaborative Conditioning exercises, we’ll explore the connection between one’s self and one’s partner, by stretching, breathing, and supporting in a variety of fun, unique poses.

 

Experience your body in ways that you never thought you could…  This is your chance to support a partner with courage; surrendering, building trust, removing obstacles, creating friendship, and enjoying yourself in community. Arrive ready for anything, and leave feeling totally uplifted.

 

Chi Kung:  The Dance of Energy 

With Tyler Blank

On the Bluffs above the Waves, we will Gather the Energy of the Morning Sun, and Distribute it with the Ocean Wind… Burning up Obstacles… Clearing the Path for Chi (Energy) to Circulate with our Breath, Voice, and Visualization… Dancing with the Elements as Dawn Emerges.  Merging Wisdom from Traditional Chinese Medicine, the 16 Ways, and Tibetan Shamanic QiGong, we Journey in a Meditative and Prayerful Dance of what we know as Energy, Awareness, Spirit, and Nature.  These Elements can then be Enjoyed on the Dancefloor, or Anywhere we want to experience a deeper Connection with our Surroundings, Inside and Out.

Morning Meditation & 

Chakra Yoga

w/Melissa Whippo

Begin your day with a mindfulness based practice. We will set intentions for the day and for our lives, make space to integrate the work we are doing while on this retreat, and anchor the body, mind and spirit. After sitting, we will incorporate gentle movement to re-calibrate and open the body for the day’s offerings, which will include some clearing and balancing chakra work. Good for all practitioners, from beginners to those with an established meditation practice.

This asana practice uses the Chakra system to ground, clear and balance the energetic body. Moving from root to crown, we will use pranayama and some kundalini kriyas to address any blocked energy in the body, mind and spirit. Appropriate for all levels.