Ecstatic Dance Retreat - Guatemala
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About the Event
Featuring world class facilitators, DJ's, and instructors from a variety of disciplines, this intimate gathering offers an opportunity to dive deep in to movement & dance, while also exploring a myriad of meditation & mindfulness practices.
Overlooking magical Lake Atitlan in San Marcos, Guatemala, our venue, Eagle's Nest, features stunning views & a dance floor that is in a class by itself (don't just take my word for it, please check out the photos ... it's a special place). Organic, vegetarian meals are included in this all-inclusive retreat.
Re:Source A place to explore inner & outer landscapes., and to celebrate life. All you have to do is show up!
We look forward to seeing you at The Lake. :)
Ecstatic Dance is a open format where you, the dancer are encouraged to discover yourself in motion. There's a powerful place that is accessed when we drop out of the mind and into free form dance, we connect into a "no-mind" space and find ourselves being danced rather than dancing. This is a place of great liberation and peace, a place that is always there waiting for us. Ecstatic Dance at Re:Source takes place on the dance platform overlooking the lake & volcanoes, and has a top notch sound system. Three internationally recognized Ecstatic Dance DJ's (bios below) will lead daily dance journeys throughout the week.
Sah D'Simone // Meditation
Sah D’Simone is a meditation teacher, international bestselling author, transformational speaker and coach. His book, 5-Minute Daily Meditations, has been translated into Spanish, Chinese, and Dutch. Born in Brazil, Sah came to the U.S. at the age of 16, working for over a decade in the fashion industry, becoming the co-founder and creative director of Bullett Magazine. Despite his immense success, the high stakes culture of the fashion industry led Sah down a path of addiction and depression, eventually opening the doorway to a different way of life. In 2012, he walked away from his career in fashion and began an intensive search for health and well-being, traveling to Nepal, India, Thailand, Indonesia and Europe to study with some of the most prolific masters of our time. After immersing himself in practice for several years, Sah returned to the states, dedicating his life to helping others to live in alignment and achieve their highest potential. Sah has masterfully synthesized the ancient techniques of meditation, contemplative psychotherapy, breath work, and plant based nutrition for a modern and accessible approach to well-being. His infectious enthusiasm for healing and self-love has built a devoted fan base. Sah has worked with clients like Kanye West, Google, MoMa, American Express, Cannes Lion, the United Nations, New Balance, Bloomingdales, and Havas. Sah also shares his mission with underserved communities, advocating for mental health and well-being in the LGBTIQ and POC communities.
Bronwyn Ayla // Contact Improv
A dance of connection, Contact Improvisation shows us how we are as relational beings. It is an investigation into an embodied self, connecting and responding to another. This improvised dance form encourages us to be precisely in the present moment and engenders empowered participation in the discovery of relatedness. It is the practice of connecting with your environment and responding to it with movement in a way that aligns with the inner self.
Dolphin Kasper // Integrative Communication
Dolphin Kasper, a consummate coach, speaker and facilitator of human potential and transformative communication, grew up in Vancouver BC and is now based in Edmonton, Canada. Since 1999, through private coaching, consulting and facilitation of thousands of workshops, retreats and online programs, Dolphin has developed powerful tools in supporting people in becoming the empowered authorities of both their inner and outer lives. He has a passion for creating the space in which people can recognize and dissolve their conditioned patterns and coping mechanisms, opening the doorway to their full potential. He believes in each person’s capacity to heal, grow and live a life beyond ideas and imagined limitations.
Usha Rose // Fusion Partner Dance
Usha Rose is the co-founder of Foothills Fusion Dance, a hugely successful weekly, social dance in dance mecca Grass Valley, CA and co-founder of Convergence and Heartbeat, two Ecstatic and Fusion dance mini-festivals in Northern California. She is also the Production Manager and Facilitator for Cocréa, a mindful partner dance company that produces transformational dance retreats and workshops around the globe. Usha has been partner dancing since 2005 and has studied Salsa, Blues, Tango, Swing and Zouk to name a few. Since then she has studied SoulMotion™ with Vinn Marti and Zuza Engler, completed the JourneyDance™ Teacher Training with Toni Bergins and continues to be inspired by the teachings of Contact Improv and 5Rhythms™.
Scott Howard // Breema
Breema® is a simple, natural form of touch and body movement supported by universal principles. The aim of Breema is to bring us to a tangible experience of presence that becomes our foundation for a new dimension of health, consciousness, and self-understanding.
Breema provides a unique approach to experiencing body-mind connection. It offers a profound understanding of the underlying unity of all life that is expressed in a dynamic and practical philosophy, the key to which is found in the Nine Principles of Harmony. The practice of Self-Breema exercises and Breema bodywork is a living expression of that philosophy through the vehicle of the body.
The nonjudgmental atmosphere created by our use of the Principles is deeply nourishing and enables us to let go of conditioned patterns, so that we can connect to new and more natural ways of moving, thinking, and feeling. Breema’s Principles can be integrated and applied in any profession and in all activities of daily life, helping us bring greater harmony to all our relationships.
Wendy Phares // Soul Motion™
This practice is about waking up to your most essential nature. The only discipline it requires is to show up and be true to the part of ourselves that is committed to moving. Embracing Soul Motion™ as a dancing meditation practice is an effective way to free the body, to express the heart, and to empty out the mind. When coming from that place of being connected with your essence, the soul is empowered and you can experience your most expansive and liberated self.
Wendy Phares is the Co-Founder of Re:Source, the Co-Founder of Ecstatic Dance Nevada City, a Co-Founder of Convergence // Ecstatic Dance and Fusion Campout and a Soul Motion Certified Teacher
Scott Nice // Ecstatic Dance DJ
DJ/Producer/Student of the Turntable and a friend to all animals, Northern California producer Scott Nice brings the listeners mind and heart into a flowing adventure through world music colors, sounds of the jungle, and dance music aesthetics. This is art rooted in indigenous cultures and traditions; the vibrations find a home in nature’s resplendent environs. Nice, a former turntablist who has logged time in the skateboard and snowboard industries, returned to making music with a newfound clarity and focus following health challenges that saw him stop making music for an extended period. Through inner journey and personal triumph, Nice has arrived at an exotic cross-section of styles, yet maintains a sound all his own.
Brian Hartman // Ecstatic Dance DJ
A leader in the West Coast underground music scene, Brian Hartman is a successful event producer & DJ, regularly playing at & producing music festivals & ecstatic dance events all over the world. Brian, along with Wendy Phares, is a founder of Re:Source, and has spent nearly five months at Lake Atitlan over the past couple years. The Nevada City, CA resident is a master of connecting progressive musical ideas to unveil an emotional journey; his warm, organic rhythms are transmitted through a myriad of tempos and a bevy of creativity. Hartman distills traditional tones and rhythms, blending treasured songs and melodies, the soundtracks to cultures dating back hundreds of years.
Mose // Ecstatic Dance DJ
Mose spends much of his time in Guatemala where cacao ceremonies, kirtan, and ecstatic dance have had a major influence on his productions and DJ style. It is here on Lake Atitlan that he founded the weekly SunSet Cacao Dances where members of the community have the opportunity to journey deep into dance in a container of deep intention free of alcohol. Having been nomadic since 2011, he has developed a sound all his own through interaction with cultures from around the world. He finds a way to fuse the organic elements of tribal traditions with modern production techniques in order to create an entrancing journey for both relaxed listeners and those eager to move their bodies.