Authentic Connections ’22

November 4-7, 2022

  • For our second edition of Authentic Connections, we will be combining Zouk & Fusion dance, body based meditations, authentic connecting games, group activities, and spending time in nature. We’ll celebrate with all sorts of beautiful hippie heart-opening vibes!

We are pleased to be joining forces with the dancers of the ZoukEnergy Retreats. These Zouk dancers are into creative expression and dynamic connection, eager to explode their boxes through fusion.

What is Zouk?
Zouk is a Brazilian partner dance form with a grounded steady rhythm and flowing upper body movements. With its flow and avenues for creativity, it fits well into fusion dance and can be very fun to add to your repertoire. We will be focusing on the Rio genre of Brazilian Zouk. Read about it. Watch it.

You do not need to know any Zouk to attend the retreat! The goal of this retreat is to find deep connections through new experiences. We will teach you what you need to know once you get there.

Sample Schedule for the weekend.
(Actual schedule will be published closer to the event)

  • New to some things on the schedule? Here are some more details…
  • What will the workshops be like?
    • We will be mixing a variety of techniques from Zouk and Fusion dancing. The focus will be on building your sense of connection with others, sometimes in physical ways, sometimes in relational ways through talking and group activities. Becoming a better dancer is about learning to be more present to yourself and others. Through our workshops you will be getting to know the others in the group, listening to your own body and being genuine with how you respond. You are learning to be fully present with others by fully being yourself.
  • Why start with “Meditations or Breathwork”?
    • Meditations are one of the best ways to get to know yourself better, and a wonderful way to set the stage for a retreat like this. It is a powerful tool to reset our nervous systems and prepare ourselves for approaching the world with more openness.
    • If you have never meditated before, don’t worry! We guarantee that it is not just a “boring hour where you sit still”. Bring a willingness to give it a go and we will guide you through the whole process and help you with any questions you have. And of course, everything we do is always optional, you are the boss of your experience.
  • What is a Cacao Ceremony?
    • A Cacao Ceremony is a beautiful ritual where we sit together and drink very high quality chocolate before dancing. In many South American cultures the cacao plant is considered a sacred healing medicine that opens the heart. From a western perspective, cacao helps to strengthen awareness and focus because it is packed full of vitamins and minerals and increases blood flow to the brain. It helps the body to heal, detoxify and to give your immune system a good boost.

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