Spirit Joseph currently serves as Earthdance’s Interim Executive Director. He served as Earthdance's Board President from 2014-19, and Earthdance's Co-Executive Director from 2005-11. He holds an MBA from the Isenberg School of Management with a concentration in Finance. Spirit discovered Contact Improvisation in 2000. He dove deeply into the form, attending many jams and workshops for several years, then expanded his study to various forms of dance improvisation & somatic movement. He has performed with Dance Generators (multi-generational dance company, Northampton, MA) and Group Atness (improvisational dance collective which he co-founded). He’s interested in building more rigorous programming for Earthdance, continuing to improve the artist’s experience, and doing the internal work that enables an organization to mature and thrive.
Jacqueline first came to Earthdance in 1992 and it changed her life. She has returned over the years to study, train and dance and is delighted to be back supporting Earthdance grow in new ways.
She is a facilitator, performer, and author with over 25 years of experience offering her workshops around the globe. She was a founding member of MASS Ensemble and a senior member of Jellyeye Drum Theatre in Chicago, performing and choreographing original work with them and individually for almost 2 decades. Her teaching is a blend of expressive movement, voice, mind body wisdom, awareness and witnessing practices that cultivates sustainable empowerment for the individual and collective. She is certified and/or trained in somatic movement therapy, dance (with a focus in CI and Butoh), meditation, counseling and sound healing. She has studied therapeutic modalities and world music with a wild assortment of teachers and wisdom keepers as well as touring with acclaimed musicians.
Jacqueline continues to travel and study to expand her understanding of humanity, her work, and the role it plays in our evolving world. She is motivated by the active exploration of awareness, curiosity and kindness and how these support us to dismantle oppressive systems. You can check out her book Touching the Invisible: A Field Guide for Living or visit her website soundbodywisdom.com to learn more.
Caelum is Earthdance's Head Chef and one of our (as well as Nine Mountain's) extraordinary chefs. He applies his background in cooking with his family, in restaurants, and his Masters in Human Nutrition to empower guests to deepen their connection with healthy and sustainable food.
Kale specializes in meeting the needs of special diets with organic and seasonal food for intentional gatherings, festivals and retreats.
Emily Cavin became a non-resident visitor/member of Earthdance in the Intentional Community days in 1989, and was a resident member from 1990 to 1992. She contributed to the community by working on bookkeeping, among other tasks, including playing a small role in helping to build what is now 9 Mountain Retreat Center. In the interim, she has stayed connected through her passion for joining in whenever Penny Schultz holds a Community Sing, and as a nearby neighbor, and even occasionally by participating in a workshop. She studied performing arts in a conservatory program long ago in her college days, (very long ago!) and is currently a Hilltown Resident, Singer, Dancer as she is able, Gardener, and an Earth-Centered Spiritualist and Ritualist. She also designs, creates, and sometimes even sells, unique Sterling Silver Jewelry. She has supported herself in all these endeavors by holding “day jobs” as a bookkeeper, and as of April 2017, brings those skills back to Earthdance…..because, Hey! – someone’s gotta do it!! And it is a good place to be!
Lindsay Swan is a movement and theatre artist from Brooklyn, NY who has made a home in Western Massachusetts since 2012. She has studied Contact Improvisation and Authentic Movement since 2010, and Grotowski-inspired physical theatre since 2013. Lindsay developed a one-woman show Clocked while in residence at Earthdance. In 2014 she joined Children of the Wild Ensemble Theatre in devising and performing a poetic street opera The Wastelands, inspired by Dante's Purgatorio, that toured across the Great Lakes in 2016 in collaboration with Great Lakes Commons. Since 2017, she has continued her partnership with Great Lakes Commons as part of their leadership coucil, and in the development of a Great Lakes documentary with her artistic and life partner, Augustin Ganley. The film is set to be released in 2022. Alongside the film and raising their 2-yr-old daughter, Saoirse, Augustin and Lindsay are beginning a new theatre practice in Western Massachusetts to devise The Garden inspired by Dante's Inferno (email firstname.lastname@example.org if you're interested in collaborating). Lindsay is happy to be back at Earthdance in the Marketing role after having lived and worked at Earthdance on and off since 2013.
Carl's first memory of Earthdance is of laying on our living room floor when he was six years old, probably before the wood stove was removed from the farmhouse. He grew up in Philadelphia but spent much time in Western Massachusetts as a child. After studying computer science, Quaker history, and documentary filmmaking at Haverford College, Carl moved to northern California to live and work at The Woolman Semester School and Sierra Friends Center, a Quaker education and retreat center in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. It was at Sierra Friends Center that Carl rediscovered Contact Improvisation (CI). Speaking of his first jam, Carl recounts, "I instantly knew I was home." That jam started Carl on a deep dive into the CI community, a journey that eventually landed him at Earthdance. When not working, dancing, or eating Earthdance's delicious food, you can often find Carl writing computer programs, taking a walk down Prospect Street, or watching an episode of Democracy Now!