Dance Beyond: An Ecstatic Retreat on Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Sunday  14 January  2018  4:00 PM    Saturday  20 January  2018 7:00 PM
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You are invited to start your New Year with Dance Tribe from around the world at a magical retreat center overlooking Lake Atitlan, Guatemala for a week of conscious dance, communal living and much more.

Update: We are excited to announce that this retreat is now full. 34 people, representing over 10 different dance communities from around the world, will be coming together for our inaugural Dance Beyond Retreat. We will be documenting this experience to be shared publicly, so stayed tuned for that!

If you would like to join us for a future retreat, sign up for our mailing list at:

https://www.facebook.com/DanceBeyondRetreats/app/100265896690345/

You can also stay connected with us by liking our Dance Beyond Retreats FB page.

Be in touch!

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~ Overview ~

This January, a group of people from around the world will converge on the sacred and culturally-rich land of San Marcos, Guatemala.

Surrounded by peaks and valleys of ancient volcanoes along with a mesmerizing view of Lake Atitlan, we will deepen and further explore our passion for dance, and beyond…

~ The Offering ~

Together and with the guidance of an all-star team of facilitators, artists, DJ's, teachers, live musicians, healers and space holders, we will have the opportunity to explore the full spectrum of our being in relation to self and one another. Modalities for this exploration will include; Daily Ecstatic Dances, 5Rhythms, CircleSinging, Contact Improvisation, Yoga, Acro Yoga, and more.

In addition to these embodiment-based workshops, the week will also emphasize living among community; as we will share meals, daily group council, temascal (sweat lodge), cacao ceremony and more.

~ Beyond Dance ~

Another important aspect of Dance Beyond is to come together for facilitated conversations on integrating the Dance into every day life. How can we apply what we experience on the dance floor into our daily lives back home? How do lessons in communication, trust and community extend beyond the dance floor? We will engage and actively listen to each other to inspire a rich and stimulating dialogue in order to support each other as one global Dance Tribe.

~ Yin + Yang ~

The structure of the week will be a balance of scheduled programming and free-time and spaciousness. While other retreats often leave participants feeling exhausted from a jam-packed schedule, Dance Beyond intends to offer adequate space for self-reflection, integration and co-creation; allowing for the magic of spontaneity to emerge. More important than doing, Dance Beyond intends to emphasize simply Being.

~ Interacting with Local Culture ~

At various points throughout the week, we will be joined by various people from the surrounding villages for a diversity of experiences; including a Mayan elder for an opening Fire Ceremony, morning practices with local yoga teachers, sound healing, live performance and DJ sets with local artists, and more. We will also branch out from our intimate group setting and into the wider community of San Marcos, which is only a 15 minute walk from the retreat center. Adventuring to off-site locations where we will have the opportunity to interact with the local culture, dance and have fun with the vibrant international community located on the shores of Lake Atitlán.

~ About the Retreat Center ~

We are honored to announce that Eagle's Retreats will be our nest for the week-long journey! The space is nestled atop of a traditional Mayan village of San Marcos La Laguna overlooking the majestic Lake Atitlán. Dwellings are built using elements of traditional local building styles (such as adobe, stone, sticks&clay) and are set in lush edible/medicinal gardens.

Composting toilets and showers are set in the garden landscape. Our open air dining Lounge accommodates up to 50 with exquisite views.

Features of the space:

Eagle's Nest - a spectacular airborne platform built to inspire and nourish great souls and suitable for group movement, retreats, gatherings. Below, a large indoor space for more contained experiences.

Eagle's Sauna: traditional Mayan Temascal Sauna - a unique chamber design & experience, for recovery, rejuvenation, cleansing, ceremony, rebirth..

Eagle's Retreats is about enabling greatness and inner freedom. Sprinkling metaphors that infuse ideas and feelings that allow an unfolding with-in and with-out. Themes include: The Little Prince, The Pilgrimage (Camino de Santiago), honoring Mayan Traditions, re-connection with ancestral ways, heart based living, lifestyle design and exploration of movement arts.

~ Accommodation Options ~

Private Cabins with Queen Bed
Shared Cabins with 2 Single Beds
Shared Cabins with 4 Beds (2 Bunk Beds)
Shared Dormitory with 12 Single Bunk Beds
Camping (Fitted Tent for 1 person. Mattress + sheets included)

~ The Team ~

Omar Aena: Creator + Lead Facilitator + DJ
Daniela Plattner: Lead Facilitator + 5Rhythms
Daniel Mollner: Facilitator + Contact Improvisation + DJ
Ataseia Ferguson: Facilitator + Dancing Freedom
Robin Parish: Facilitator + DJ + Live Instrumentation
Sarah Monette: Facilitator + Authentic Relating + DJ
Nick Demeris: Facilitator + CircleSinging
Nessa Norich: Facilitator
Greg Clough: Host + AcroYoga Teacher
Nana Marina Cruz: Mayan Elder // Fire Ceremony
Grace Marinaro: Space Decor + Design
Audrey LoveBean: Cacao Ceremony Facilitator
Yemanjo (Ben Harris): DJ + Live Musician
2Melo: DJ
Cole Blumstein: Percussionist
Anna Lesniak: Yoga Teacher
Brian Hartman: DJ
...more TBA!

~ Sample Daily Schedule ~ (subject to change):

7h: Morning Practice
8h30: Breakfast
10h: Morning Circle
11h: Morning Workshop (e.g. CircleSinging, Contact Improvisation, 5Rhythms, Dancing Freedom, etc.)
1h: Lunch
BREAK
5h: Daily Ecstatic Dance (with warmup)
7h: Dinner
8h30: Evening Activity (cacao ceremony, sound healing, temascal, men’s / women’s circle, live performance, offsite adventure)

~ Food ~
Food will be a fusion of traditional Guatemalan foods with internationally inspired recipes (examples include: falafel, vegetable lasaña, veggie burgers, salads, grilled vegetables lightly oiled and spiced, sun dried foods, home-baked breads, etc.)

Our chef for the week will be Teresa, wife of Gaspar, the main foreman of the property. Teresa lovingly prepares meals for children at Escuela Caracol, the Waldorf School located in the local San Marcos community. A native of San Marcos La Laguna on beautiful lake Atitlán, she enchants the food we will eat with her spirit and acquired international flair blended with her traditional roots.

~ What’s Included ~

Full Retreat + Programming
Accommodation of your choosing
Access to all facilities onsite (sauna, etc.)
3 Meals/Day (except for 1-2 meals during offsite activities)

~ What’s Not Included ~

Flight
Transportation to and from retreat center
Offsite adventures (1-2 throughout the week. Appx $50 extra total)

~ What To Bring ~

Yoga Mat
Water Bottle
Journal
Towel
Bug Spray
Flashlight / Headlamp
Sunscreen
Warm clothes for nighttime

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For more information + pricing + to apply, please visit www.DanceBeyondRetreat.com.

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Eagle's Retreats - Magical Experiences - Lake Atitlán
Barrio 2, San Marcos, Guatemala

Omar Aena Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 31/01/2018 04:24
The inaugural #DanceBeyondRetreat was a success beyond all measures. 50 people from around the world came together for one week and together we were cracked wide open -- by mother nature and her powerful presence all around us, by the programming and container created by a team of incredibly talented facilitators... and of course, by the dance. It was an experience of a lifetime, and feels like the beginning of many beautiful journeys to come. We hope you enjoy these photos and the feelings they exude. Follow our FB page: Dance Beyond Retreats for info on future retreats!
Navlyn Wang
-- 31/01/2018 04:24
To infinity and beyond!! 🌟🙏💥🙌✨
Andrew Burrows
-- 31/01/2018 04:24
Come back soon!!!!!!
Henny Stern
-- 31/01/2018 04:24
Wow wow wow!!! No words Only.. when’s next ? I’m in
Anna Lesniak
-- 31/01/2018 04:24
Omar Aena thank you!! Love and Peace ! Dance Beyond is a proof that one can manifest a dream no matter how far, how high and how windy it gets !!

Daniel Mollner Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 24/01/2018 00:55
Dear Ones, I spent my last day in Antigua with plenty of time to reflect on the experience we all shared and the transition I was about to begin. The transition process still continues back home here in Santa Cruz of course. I imagine you are in your own process of digesting and integrating your experience and how to show up in newly informed ways for the larger dance, the dance beyond Eaglesnest, the dance of Life! May you be well supported. May you receive whatever assistance you need. May you discover newfound capacities in yourself and apply them gracefully...or awkwardly...or however it happens to roll out. Bless up and be well, dancers. Though we may live on different parts of the globe, I'm in this with you all the way❣️
Emily Ashley
-- 24/01/2018 00:55
Looking more like a Dad! 😀👏🏼

Amy Silverman Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 22/01/2018 14:42
HI HI HI HI HI! How was it!? Can't wait to see all your photos and hear your stories! XOXO to all of you! Nessa Norich Marta PB Omar Aena Sarah Monette

Amy Silverman Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 22/01/2018 14:42
HI HI HI HI HI! How was it!? Can't wait to see all your photos and hear your stories! XOXO to all of you! Nessa Norich Marta PB Omar Aena Sarah Monette

Amy Silverman Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 22/01/2018 14:38
HI HI HI HI HI! How was it!? Can't wait to see all your photos and hear your stories! XOXO to all of you! Nessa Norich Marta PB Omar Aena Sarah Monette

Nasimiyu Murumba Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 21/01/2018 13:34

Minerva Summer Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 19/01/2018 16:02
YES!!!!

Matthew Toth Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 14/01/2018 16:35
Buen viajes familia!!

Buen Agua Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 12/01/2018 22:48
I'll be taking a shuttle at 6am to Atitlan if anyone happens to be at Guatemala city airport and wants to travel together :)

Dance Beyond Retreats Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 07/01/2018 06:15
Update: We are excited to announce that this retreat is now full. 34 people, representing over 10 different dance communities from around the world, will be coming together for our inaugural Dance Beyond Retreat. We will be documenting this experience to be shared publicly, so stayed tuned for that! If you would like to join us for a future retreat, sign up for our mailing list at: https://www.facebook.com/DanceBeyondRetreats/app/100265896690345/ You can also stay connected with us by liking our Dance Beyond Retreats FB page. Be in touch!
https://www.facebook.com/DanceBeyondRetreats/

Daniel Mollner Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 20/12/2017 02:16
Just bought my ticket and am so excited for what we are about to create together! I'm thrilled to be offering Contact Improvisation and Freeform Dance, as well as being part of the DJ team creating our epic journeys for the retreat. If you are coming, I can't wait to share this special adventure with you. If you are considering but haven't decided yet...then please check deeply with your guides and intuition. Are you meant to be with us??? Big love to all <3 <3 <3
Atasiea Kenneth L. Ferguson
-- 20/12/2017 02:16
Yay!!! So excited to connect with you

Dance Beyond Retreats Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 19/12/2017 17:45
We are beyond honored that Mayan Elder Nana Marina Cruz will be joining us to lead a traditional fire ceremony on the first day; helping open the space and give context for this week long journey. Nana Marina is from San Pedro la Laguna (the tz'utujil town that sits across from San Marcos la Laguna). Her father, Tata Pedro Cruz, passed on to her the spiritual traditions and wisdom of the Mayan people which includes the Mayan calendar and 'nawales'. The fire ceremony that she will perform counts all 20 nawales (energies) and makes various offerings to the fire.
-- 19/12/2017 17:45
OMG!!! 🔥🔥🔥 Beyond excited! ❤️❤️❤️❤️

Dance Beyond Retreats Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 19/12/2017 00:04
Thrilled to announce that Brian Hartman will be joining us as one of our Ecstatic Dance DJ's! Brian resides in Nevada City, California where he is considered one of the leaders in the underground West Coast music scene both as a DJ & event producer. His refined & versatile sound can best be summed up with the phrase “warm, organic, world beats: mostly Latin, African, & Carribbean.” Can't wait for what's to come! 7 spots still remain, if you feel called to this experience, fill out an application on the www.DanceBeyondRetreat.com website and jump into the mix with us!
-- 19/12/2017 00:04
So glad to be going 😊
-- 19/12/2017 00:04
((( <3 )))
-- 19/12/2017 00:04
yeah! really looking forward to Dance Beyond <3 not exactly an ecstatic dance set, but here are some fresh, chilled-out world beats to dance, work, create, or play to ~ hope you enjoy <3 https://soundcloud.com/brian-hartman-heartbass/fuego-dominical-costa-rica-feb-22-2017-live-mix-by-brian-hartman
-- 19/12/2017 00:04

Dance Beyond Retreats Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 14/12/2017 00:06
A little over a month away, and only 7 spots remain! If you're feeling called to this dancing journey in Guatemala, check out the website below, fill out an application and jump into the vortex with us! www.DanceBeyondRetreat.com

Sarah Monette Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 07/12/2017 20:35
sink into yourself ... discover, move love yourself ... delight, express free yourself ... release, expand Come dance with me 💜 DJ Journey Weaver
Louis-Philippe Day
-- 07/12/2017 20:35
Whatttttv

Rich Oceguera Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 04/12/2017 22:06
This is freaking fantastic!

Dance Beyond Retreats Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 04/12/2017 22:04
10 spots remain! If this once in a lifetime adventure speaks to you, apply today and jump in with us. More announcements coming soon! www.DanceBeyondRetreat.com

Ben Harris Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 28/11/2017 17:52
Yemanjo can't wait to share music for this event...check out the new Patreon page at the link below for first look at the new album "Pachamama", personalized DJ mixes and more... https://www.patreon.com/yemanjo Please check out the link, share it, become a patron, and let me know what you think of the album. It was made with a lot of love and I hope you feel it. Amor Infinito, Ben aka Yemanjo

Dance Beyond Retreats Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 25/11/2017 20:32
A few early bird tickets are still left, and will be available until this Monday which is when it will go to regular pricing. If you're feeling called to this experience, we suggest filling out an application on the website ASAP so that you can get access to the early bird pricing! www.DanceBeyondRetreat.com #DanceBeyondRetreat

Lyndsay Lila Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 21/11/2017 09:43
Sounds amazing! Not sure I will be able to get away at this time though look forward to more opportunities for these kind of gatherings <3

Ronja Sebastian Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 21/11/2017 03:29
Ahh, looks beautiful! I had such a beautiful time at the Eagle's Nest last spring 💗

Rishe Groner Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 21/11/2017 01:52
what a beautiful offering with many of my favorite people - wow! what a blessing

Atasiea Kenneth L. Ferguson Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 20/11/2017 22:51
I'm honored to be one of the 8 facilitators holding space and creating group experiences for us to dance & connect throughout the week. I'll be facilitating Dancing Freedom and at least one other workshop centered around self healing during the retreat. I'm super excited to meet you all.
Farshid Farrahi
-- 20/11/2017 22:51
Love you, brother! Wish the dates worked for me to join you... Have a (heart)blast 💗

Ezat Luba Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 20/11/2017 22:38
Wow this looks incredible!!! I'm in Costa Rica around then wish I could do both!!

Dance Beyond Retreats Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 20/11/2017 19:49
Interested in joining us in Guatemala this January? Find out more info + apply on our website: DanceBeyondRetreat.com
Eagle's Retreats - Magical Experiences - Lake Atitlán
Barrio 2, San Marcos, Guatemala
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