Dance Your Medicine 2020

//Dance Your Medicine 2020
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Spend 6 days and 5 nights in empowered, expressive relationship with your body, music, nature and intimate community. Discover how moving authentically with others can open your heart, free your mind and elevate your spirit to new highs you’ve only dreamed of.

ALL INFO AND TICKETS at WWW.DANCECOCREA.COM/RETREAT

at Danyasa Eco-Retreat
Playa Dominical, Costa Rica
Feb 27th – March 3rd
Directly following Envision Festival

Our first international retreat SOLD OUT this year and we’re so thrilled to be coming back to Danyasa for another extraordinary experience.

GET YOUR TICKETS EARLY!
Our pricing and ticket tiers have changed. There are limited numbers available in each tier so find your FULL YES and DANCE WITH US IN PARADISE!

Do you long for more connection and expression with your body? Do you value closeness and intimacy with others and desire more skills to create that in your life? Are community, nature and new experiences in new places things that bring you enrichment and vitality? Are you passionate about eating well, feeling good and sharing what brings you into your full, vibrant health with others?

DANCE YOUR MEDICINE is all about reaching our peak vitality through practicing intentional movement and community, imbibing pristine nature and food, embracing our sensuality and learning how to harness it for creating good in the world.

EMBODIMENT is the practice we invite you to cultivate; of your purpose, of your truth, of the unique medicine you bring and how to find that through moving your body with others.

SHIFT YOUR PARADIGM into a full love embrace of what turns you on and lights you up. Discover how living in acceptance and curiosity of your body and preferences, and how honoring that in others gives way to a radiant, thriving life.

JOIN THE MOVEMENT of conscious dance infusing the world with mindful connection and the pleasure of being alive. Adventure with Cocréa’s brilliant team of facilitators as they masterfully weave the themes of consent, emotional intelligence, radical self expression and holistic living through the mediums of movement, breath, music and touch.

WHAT’S DIFFERENT?
• We’ve added an extra day and night.
• We’ll be spending a WHOLE DAY at the epic Nauyaca waterfall.
• There are special additional offsite surprises brewing but we will still be holding a very clear and intentional container at Danyasa.
• We are adding FISH TO THE MENU! 😀
• Danyasa is redesigning their studio for better air flow and a new floor.

Stay tuned for our full Music Lineup to be announced! It’s looking pretty juicy so far with great music to be expected from our stellar facilitation team. Read on!

FACILITATION TEAM

WREN LAFEET
A dancer in the Fusion social partner dance movement since it began, Wren’s dancing largely defines fusion as an emergent aesthetic dance form. Fueled by his curiosity in spirituality, the body, global community, the natural world and relationships, and guided by his devotion to love and the idea of the Beloved, partner dance has served as the vehicle for his inquiry and understanding. He has inspired the formation of multiple fusion dance communities on the west coast of North America, and teaches partner dance internationally as a practice for mindful, authentic living, enlivening communities with his signature modality, Cocréa. His facilitation encourages individuals to create themselves as safer spaces for the embodiment of the full range of human expression. Promoting dance as medicine, spirituality and salve for our modern ailments of disconnection and alienation, his practice insists we trust our bodies with the music and our partner to catalyze elevating our whole being into higher vibrational states.

Working with the holographic overview of humanity provided by the Gene Keys and combining its contemplative practice with his own somatic exploration and intuitive listening through the body, as well as his study of human conflict through theater, Wren empowers individuals and communities to dance with joy, helps free insights locked in the body, guides people into a greater awareness of their sensual nature and even on privileged occasion supports the healing of chronic disease. Wren’s goal is to support people into right relationship with the moment; to listen and respond appropriately to what is being called for in service to the highest possible good. He holds a BA in Drama and Dance from the University of Washington, is an author in the published work, “Reinhabiting the Village,” a TEDx speaker and your muse for all things somatic.


USHA ROSE
Usha Rose is a Somatic Sex, Intimacy, and Relationship Coach, Workshop Facilitator, Dance and Yoga Teacher, and Licensed Massage Therapist. She is trained in the Somatica™ Method of Sex and Relationship Coaching and is a graduate of the International School of Temple Arts Practitioner Training. She also spent three years studying closely with Sonika Tinker and Christian Pederson in the LoveWorks Relationship Training Mastery Program, including two years in the Assistant and Leadership Program.

She is the co-founder of Foothills Fusion Dance, a weekly, social dance in Grass Valley, CA and co-founder of Convergence, an annual Ecstatic and Fusion dance mini-festival 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 discovered the conscious dance community in 2010 when she started attending Ecstatic Dance Oakland. 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 many teachings of Contact Improv and 5Rhythms™.

She took her first partner dance class (Salsa) in 2005, although she was first introduced to partner dancing as a young child in her living room with her grandmother who was an avid Lindy Hop dancer. It was around 2010 when Usha discovered Blues dancing, and soon thereafter fell in love with Fusion dancing. She has studied several other partner dance forms including Salsa, Tango, Swing and Zouk, to name a few. In addition to teaching locally, she has taught dance at several events around the country including Enchanted Forest Gathering, Jumpsuit Family Gathering and Northern California Dance Camp.

JOE GRAY
Joe has been a professional dance performer and teacher for nearly two decades. In his studies and world travels he has developed a unique style with influences including hip hop, breaking, contact improvisation, and fusion partner dance. Joe fuses these forms together in a dynamic and distinctive style. His love and passion for dance has enabled him to perform at major events for Sony, Pixar, and Oracle. He has presented several workshops at universities including USF, Stanford, SSU and more. He has also performed alongside the Jabbawockeez in the international touring show Breakshop.

Joe has began cultivating a new aesthetic for partner dancing called Hip Hop Fusion and has led workshops at Symbiosis Global Eclipse Gathering 2017 and will be presenting at Sonic Bloom and SoulPlay in 2018.

He is excited to collaborate with like minded artists and to help the community embrace the power of performing arts.
Joe believes that dance is in our DNA. At the core of our being, everyone is a dancer. We are dance, and dance is life.

CHRISSY MEHNERT
The ease and delight of dance began earlier than Chrissy can pinpoint from memory. Dance has been as natural in her body as breathing. From a very young age she studied dance in the form of solo movement for performance and competition with In The Spotlight Dance Company, which led her to several early professional opportunities. After graduating high school, her blossoming love of choreography took her to organize Pulse Dance Project, NYU’s first student-produced dance performance group.

By early adulthood she found that her professional dance training was limiting her personal growth by under-valuing the uniqueness of all bodies. This awakening led her to the yoga studio. Her first and most honest class startled her with its resonance, springing her awakened life forward into opening after opening. She trained in the summer of 2009 with Yoga to The People, dove right into teaching 10+ classes a week and gaining the YTTP studios in Berkeley and San Francisco a foothold. Until 2013, she was a prominent teacher for YTTP, when she moved out to the Northern California foothills.

At the first night of Foothills Fusion Dance in 2015, Chrissy committed to a new dance form. Partner dance intimidated, allured and in time deeply transformed Chrissy’s being. She has since studied fusion, blues, tango, and west coast swing. Bringing her solo dance knowledge to the partner dance community, along with her deep-rooted yoga practice, she now teaches mindful partner dance as a modality for powerful personal growth. As a member of the Cocréa Mindful Partner Dance facilitation team, Chrissy is passionate about transforming how we relate to and love our bodies and each other.

ALL INFO AND TICKETS at WWW.DANCECOCREA.COM/RETREAT