"Thank you for creating a beautiful, safe, loving, open, warm weekend. It was just what my heart and soul was craving. I’m feeling joyful, empowered and ready to bring much of what I experienced into my daily life.”
-- R.M. San Jose, CA
Dances, DJs, classes, playshops, reflection, intention, and lotsa love.
Venture Retreat Center in Pescadero, CA
Begins Friday, December 17 at 3:00pm
Ends Monday, December 20 at 3:00pm
ECSTATIC DANCE WINTER SOLSTICE RETREAT
Join us for an extended weekend of connection, expression, reflection, and movement where the Redwoods meet the Pacific Ocean. We will get cozy as we enter the winter season together and honor/celebrate the longest nights of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. This will be a deep container blending a variety of offerings from our DJs and Facilitators (see listings below). We will be both indoors and outdoors using our JBLPRX full sound system indoors plus silent disco offerings outdoors.
Picture yourself dancing in the main lodge, taking a long solo or group hike, sitting beside the campfire quietly contemplating the new year ahead, soaking leisurely in the hot tub after a transformative workshop, or sharing a satisfying conversation over a delicious meal prepared by our cooks. There will also be a day of "silence in motion" from sunset on Saturday to sunset on Sunday. All dances, classes and activities are held without speech or talking during this 24-hour period and participants are asked to do the same in all their interactions.
This retreat includes all meals! Organic, vegetarian meals (vegan/gf options) are provided with love and care to nourish and delight you. Plus there are both outdoor spaces to pitch a tent or car/van camp as well as indoor sleeping spaces in a large yurt and several lodge rooms with bunk beds. All available first come, first served. And yes there are hot showers!
Los Angeles, CA
Atasiea is the co-founder, spiritual director, and a resident facilitator at Ecstatic Dance Los Angeles. He is a Reiki Master healer, Dancing Freedom Facilitator, ceremonialist, and performance artist with a combined 20 year history as an educator and practitioner in the healing/ performing arts. Over the past decade he's worked to help build a thriving Ecstatic Dance community in LA, and has contributed to retreats, and festivals in the transformational events community worldwide. To find out more about his work visit: www.atasiea.com or www.ecstaticdancela.com
Ben Lomond, CA
As a mixed race adopted woman, issues of body autonomy, resiliency practices, freedom of expression, and building safety within and without, have been foundational to my work. I am a passionate mover, who hopes to spark authentic expression and the permission to care for self in the world. My movement background includes a foundation of ballet, tap, jazz, modern, improv, contact, folk, panAfrican, authentic movment, 5 Rhythms, Estatic dance, sacred circle dances, Yoga, Pilates, and most dearly, Body Mind Centering. I have spent the past 21 years in private practice serving the roles of: personal health coach & bodyworker, movement teacher, dance teacher, yoga, pilates, and general fitness & wellness guide. I also manage a retreat center and produce community events and transformation retreats. You can find me holding space for healing at Sacred Earth Retreat in the heart of the Santa Cruz Mountains.
Sun Yom is a meditation teacher and a healer with over 20 years of experience and 12,000 hours of sitting meditation alone. She has taught at Oakland Center for Spiritual Living and Sister Spirit Retreats. Sun is the founder and master teacher for Sun Process. In Sun’s direct experience of enlightenment, there are 3 elements: 1. Presence 2. Authenticity and Right Action 3. Love and trust. To hone these skills she created Sun Process(SP). The 3 pillars of Sun Process are 1. Meditation 2. Love and Trust and 3. Somatic Healing.
Santa Cruz, CA
Sage Caimor is a student of shamanic practices and Esoteric studies specializing in Celtic faerie lore and healing techniques. They combine universal core shamanism with traditional European spirit lore to create spiritual practices that can heal and enrich one’s own life and the lives of others. They have studied and trained with teachers internationally and through personal studies intentionally over the last seven years. They are a respected teacher, counselor, leader of social change, and creator of sacred space. Sage has received her Master’s in Social Change from ILIFF School of Theology and is working on her doctorate in Esoteric Ministry from The Esoteric Theological Seminary in Sedona.
Santa Cruz, CA
Every day, I do my best to help the world evolve intentionally. Listening to the dreams and desires of my community inspires me to help folx discover their true nature and purpose, which empowers them to take actions to express themselves fully. By slowing down to the pace of healing, we allow our deep, unconscious beliefs to shift, opening room for potentials we hadn't dreamed of before. To help guide this, I use somatic therapeutic practices (Hakomi, IFS) as well as Breathwork and Medicine Journeys as tools on this path of self-discovery.
Buckminster Barrett (Bodhi)
Throughout the retreat (both during dance and other times) Bodhi will be offering his "art-tea-sanal" infusion prepared via Chinese-inspired Gong Fu Cha. Bodhi has always loved tea. But hobby beacame lifestyle when, 7 years ago, he asked how a single plant could end wars, inside and out. From personal practice to festivals, his cup overflows to yours.
Santa Cruz, CA
I live in Santa Cruz, California and am grateful every day for the gift of life. I am passionate about creative expression and I am devoted to building communities that balance personal freedom with care for the whole. My love of freeform conscious dance nourishes me daily and inspires me to share the gift of music, dance, and conscious touch wherever it is wanted or needed.
Santa Cruz, CA
AguaMayyim is a collaborative music project between Franky Helix and Rose Dayal, born out of their deep love for one another and their mutual passion for the healing power of sound. AguaMayyim’s debut project is a DJ collaboration with plans to expand into music production and live performance. Expect to be taken on a rhythmic, sonic journey through melodic deep bass, medicine tribal, afro rhythms, booty shaking beats and hiphop.
Santa Cruz, CA
East Coast transplant who now lives in Santa Cruz, Molly is passionate about the things that feed our soul such as dance, nutrient-dense foods, healthy relationships, meditation, qigong, brain re-patterning, animals and music. Certified Health Coach, DJ, Facilitator, and more she is a “Jill of a lot of Trades.” Her musical stylings invite an experience into the emotional and physical. Be kind and let’s dance!
Santa Cruz, CA
DJ DAYVA is a Practitioner in the arena of Erotic Arts, Sound healing and Therapeutic Touch. She brings a keen intuitive awareness to her teachings and practice as a Massage Therapist for over 20 years. She channels her passion of embodiment through a consistent practice of Ecstatic Dance and serves as Minister of Music through DJing local dance events in Santa Cruz and Santa Barbara, CA where she resides. Her sharing of the power music in the dance community fuels her desire for integration, connection and an ever increasing state of flow. She draws on a myriad of music genres which include Medicine music, Folktronica, Electronic, Blues, Dance , House, New age and Classic Rock.
Santa Cruz, CA
Deanna is an ecstatic dance DJ & facilitator, nature-based life coach, and wilderness rites of passage guide. Her passion for movement and earth-based spirituality permeate throughout her natural and sensual DJ style. Her sets have been described as playful, feminine, tribal, funky, latin, and heart-centered. As a passionate dancer with countless hours on the dance floor, she channels that visceral passion through her ecstatic dance journeys.
WE ARE SOLD OUT--THERE IS NO WAIT LIST
THANK YOU FOR YOU INTEREST AND HOPE TO SEE YOU AT SPRING EQUINOX CAMPOUT
** This is a limited capacity event. 40 tickets have been sold.**
$445 (before Nov 20)
$495 (after Nov 20)
Includes: All meals, lodging, dances, classes, workshops, and activities
Fill out the REGISTRATION form below and pay using the button provided. It's PayPal but you can use a credit card there too if you'd prefer. You must fill out the reg form AND pay with the button below it to secure your spot at the retreat.
NOTE: All our full and/or partial scholarships have been given to those who identify as BIPOC and would not otherwise attend the retreat without it. This is part of my commitment to increase racial/ethnic diversity and inclusivity.
>>>> All meals are vegetarian with vegan and gluten-free options. Other dietary needs cannot be accommodated unfortunately.
>>>> Sleeping accommodations are indoors or out...your choice. If indoors, then dorm style in the communal sleeping yurt and lodge rooms that are a combination of beds, bunk beds and futons. Bedding is provided. All first come, first served. Alternatively, you may tent camp outdoors (bring your own) or Car/van camping is also fine plus there is room for a few small RVs or trailers.
>>>> This retreat is for humans only ages 18 and up.
>>>> See the refund/cancellation policy HERE.
>>>> More info on Venture Retreat Center HERE
All are welcome and asked to practice care and respect...for yourself, each other, and Earth. Set your intention to be present and committed to the experience. No partial tickets or day passes available. Come for as much or as little of the retreat as you like but everyone pays full price. You are of course free to choose how you spend your time balancing rest with participation, group time with solo time!
Please be aware that everyone attending is taking 100% responsibility for their own health and safety. Everyone is empowered to be at choice and as such masks, vax, and tests are NOT required in any way. Much of the retreat will happen outdoors, but there will be indoor dancing and classes...especially if it's raining. Being fully at choice, you can decide what you are willing to participate in (and what you are not) at any time during the retreat. If you are ready and willing to join us under these conditions, I heartily welcome you. If not, I completely respect your choice and hope to connect with you in other ways that feel good for us both.
Every BODY is unique.
All are welcome, especially People of Color, Elders, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, and Same-Gender Loving People. Whatever your shape, size, age, or ability you are welcome and wanted here!
** Ecstatic Dance Guidelines **
Be yourself, accept others.
Respect the space and everyone in it.
Yes to embodiment, creativity, and community!
Please keep the dances drug/alcohol free and conversation off the dance floor!