Earthdance Summer BBQ Fundraiser


Summer is with us! What better way to celebrate community and the bounty of sun-season than to gather together for BBQ, games, dance and song!

As our mid-year fundraiser, we invite everyone to join us for a play-day and to just revel in the joy of being alive, and being together. Feel free to bring frisbees, balls, games of all kinds — whatever brings out Summer in you.

Humans of all ages welcome, kids under thirteen are free. For everyone else, we ask for a minimum donation of $25 per person, and invite you to give generously towards the future health and viability of our beloved Earthdance.

Children under 13 are free!

Schedule

Noon Arrival
12:00 – 3:00pm BBQ and Lunch
3:00 – 5:00pm Games!
5:00 – 7:00pm Dinner
7:00 – 9:00pm Jam
9:00 – Late Campfire & Songs

Sauna and towel rental: $10

***If you find that you are struggling financially or there are other circumstances that are making it difficult to join this special workshop, please email programming@earthdance.net with your situation so that we can create a way to have you join us.***

If you wish to extend your visit and stay overnight: A dorm bed in our Gratitude Lodge is $40. (Rental of sheets and towel is $15) * Includes access to the sauna and kitchen use but does not provide food. 

Health Precautions

No specific requirements on vaccination status are needed to attend this event. Please take adequate measures to limit your exposure in the days before arriving. If you are feeling sick, or have a known close exposure to someone with COVID in the past 5 days, please sit this one out to keep the community well. 

COMMUTERS: We ask that you please use caution when commuting and limit, if possible, to just commuting to and from your home and Earthdance, staying away from large crowds to maintain the health and well being of the other Summer Jam participants.

Earthdance’s buildings are ADA accessible. More info here.

Earthdance’s Jam Guidelines

Earthdance’s Nudity Policy

Nomadic College! October 1st – 14th – Register Now!

ABOUT THE NOMADIC COLLEGE

OVER-PREPARED,UNDER-STRUCTURED

The NC is an itinerant school for the principle study and application of The Axis Syllabus. Rather than a festival, or celebration, The NC is what it’s title suggests, an intensive study context. The study of the AS is meant to empower the individual to defend and promote their own health and the health of those they might be responsible for, in other words to sponsor responsible autonomy.

Our Philosophy is:

Conscientiousness towards commitments, self organization and voluntary participation. As below, so above.

As organizers, we seek to adapt and integrate the NC into the local conditions we find at the venue. The living and working conditions we search for are as low cost as possible, to permit as many people as possible to participate for as long as possible. These options usually entail communal living, which offers an opportunity to practice practical coordination/collaboration, mutual respect and the mature maintenance of hygiene. Participants arrive with the awareness that they are expected to take initiative to alter their circumstances if unsatisfactory, to conserve their health and strength for the intensive demands of the study of The Axis Syllabus and adapt to the challenges inherent in sharing spaces and resources. If people have the means, they are always welcome to organize living spaces for themselves.

At the NC, we organize a few pre-scheduled extra curricular events. Our idea is to leave time open for spontaneous initiatives. Alternative meetings, conferences, jams or performances can be organized on a consent basis with/among the participants during the NC.

The participants registration is considered a binding contract, which should only be altered or broken in case of serious illness or acts of God. Once the registration has been confirmed, the participant may not change class or request reimbursement if they change their minds on impulse later.

Participants who go through the process to confirm their registration, but do not keep their commitments later, will be asked to pay all chosen class fees the following year or risk being banned from future editions of NC.

True to our ethic of sponsoring responsible community behavior, as well as maintaining the NC prices low, all participants will be expected to participate in general clean up and maintenance of the common areas. We generally choose our team members from participants who are the most helpful and responsible.

Class time (and possibly meals) are the ONLY organized obligatory time, giving the participant full license to organize social moments, offer each other their healing expertise or practical counsel, hang out or exchange with whomever they choose.

The 3 to 4 week curricular arc of the NC usually starts with details and micro moments in the first week, gradually becoming longer and more demanding motifs and phrases through the second and third, ending with a renewed look at detail, and a creative laboratory meant to give time and space for the guided development of a personal practice or performative ideas.

Femina Kinetica: The Female Body in the Motion of Contact Improvisation

Femina Kinetica: The Female Body in the Motion of Contact-Improvisation is an intensive workshop tailored to explore the nuances of the female body through the practice of Contact-Improvisation. This immersive experience is ideal for those looking to enrich their understanding of movement and connectivity, emphasizing the expressive potential of the female form in motion. 

Designed by Valerie Sabbah, Femina Kinetica is an invitation to engage deeply with the singularity of your female body, discovering how its unique biomechanics influence your movement, presence, and interaction with your Contact-Improvisation practice.

In Femina Kinetica, you will engage with Contact-Improvisation as a powerful gateway for getting closely acquainted with your personal physiology and kinetics. Carefully curated sessions will blend theoretical knowledge of female biomechanics with the playful study of weight, gravity and moving bodies notorious to Contact-Improvisation. 

Your body, in this context, becomes the landscape and architecture for a deliberate and precise self-study—encouraging a respectful and curious engagement with its capabilities and learning to read its signals and adapt accordingly. This personal journey not only enhances your practice in CI but also fosters a greater appreciation and understanding of your female body.

Although assembled as a deep solo study, the female-body group container of Femina Kinetica will naturally give rise to essential collective insights. This support will lead your solo towards the pathways of optimizing a heightened and autonomous lucidity of expressiveness, efficiency and creativity within your female-bodied dance.

Femina Kinetica leverages the benefits of a female-body container to deepen the study of the female body in motion.  It is specifically designed for those with female bodies, creating a nurturing and empowering environment that highlights the diversity, strength, and fluidity inherent in the female form. The shared experience of like-bodied participants enriches the learning process, enabling a deeper, collective exploration of movement that is tailored specifically to female biomechanics.

Femina Kinetica is a call to those who are inspired to dive into a transformative exploration and deep study of The Female Body in the Motion of Contact-Improvisation. 

We hope this to be a nourishing and liberating experience for those who identify or have identified with womanhood or being female-bodied. We welcome and encourage cis-women, trans women/men, non-binary, and gender non-conforming people. We want to be transparent that this space will offer a focused workshop on only the female anatomy in CI. If you do not have female anatomy, you are welcome to explore how your body is connected to the female anatomy in this workshop. This is a space for those who feel comfortable in spaces centering female body identity to join us. Cis-men, we ask that you not attend this event.

If you have any specific questions about this offering, email Valerie at valeriesabbah@gmail.com

“Femina”, Latin for “woman” in Latin, referring to female humans. “Kinetica” is derived from “kinetic,” relating to motion. “Femina Kinetica” could be interpreted as “the study of the woman in motion” or “the dynamics of the female body.” 

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Arrival, Onsite Check-In, Opening Circle, and Departures.

  • Arrival and Onsite Check-In: The welcoming will commence for participants on Friday, August 2nd from 4:00pm-7:00pm. Dinner is at 6-7pm.
  • Opening Circle: Friday, August 2nd at 7:30pm after dinner.
  • Full House Clean: Sunday, August 4th at 2-3pm (after Lunch from 1-2pm).
  • Departure: All participants will depart after the final group clean at 3pm on Sunday, August 4th.

Our Fees Explained

Earthdance offers a sliding scale payment for participation in this event, please take a moment to reflect as you decide on where you best fit. 

Your level of contribution is self selected and does not need to be advocated for. However, we invite you to remember this contribution is currency and we ask that you stretch where you are able so that those who cannot stretch as far of a financial distance may also have potential access to community events. As you choose your rate please consider the following factors:

  • Your access to income and wealth, as connected to family and partnership, both currently and anticipated in the future.
  • The historical, systemic impacts of wealth accrual based on culture, race and other intersection marginalizations for you and your family.
  • The regional ease of your attendance, while some community members can drive to Earthdance, others will need to consider tuition based on their ability to travel longer distances. 
  • Earthdance is a community and rental funded organization which recently, historically and uniquely through the Covid-19 pandemic has struggled to have viable income.

PRICING

Earthdance Gratitude Lodge

Financially Wealthy ($675)

Financially Abundant ($550)

Financially Stable ($425)

Financially Coping ($375)

Financially Strained ($325)

Camping

Financially Wealthy ($650)

Financially Abundant ($525)

Financially Stable ($425)

Financially Coping ($350)

Financially Strained ($300)

Commuting

Financially Wealthy ($625)

Financially Abundant ($500)

Financially Stable ($400)

Financially Coping ($325)

Financially Strained ($275)

Equity & Access Tickets 

Although we’re not able to offer any full scholarships this year, we’re excited to offer up to 3 FULL JAM Equity & Access Discounts to individuals who feel part of an underrepresented and/or marginalized group in CI and have a relationship with CI.  We know that for those who come from marginalized populations showing up to spaces filled with primarily privileged groups can be a challenge, and can feel vulnerable.

APPLY HERE! Application deadline is July 19th.

For those who do not identify as marginalized and are in a represented group of CI, we invite you to stretch in your payment to help support those who cannot stretch and create a more diverse jam experience for all. 

Note: While Earthdance is making efforts to better support Equity & Access at all its events, this jam offers particularly strong support for diversity, equity, and inclusion through:

  • Reduced pricing offered to people self-identifying as being underrepresented and/or marginalized in CI.
  • Classes and discussions that aim to bring up the level of awareness and inclusion at the jam as a whole
  • Affinity spaces (jams, discussions, etc.) for particular groups of people to connect, share CI space together, and rest from the pressures of being in a minority status at the jam.

Housing Options

Gratitude Lodge at Earthdance Tickets

Includes a bed in the Gratitude Lodge, event offerings, and food.

The Gratitude Lodge (a.k.a. the Earthdance dorm) is the main lodging facility, connected to the Farmhouse by a short wooded trail. The lodge includes large and small rooms featuring dormitory-style bunks and beds (twin & queen size) and is included in the base event cost. Beds are available on a first come basis.

Camping Tickets

Includes a spot to camp at Earthdance, event offerings, and food..

Commuter Tickets

You will have access to event offerings including food, but no housing accommodations.

Commuter Health Care: We ask that you please use caution when commuting and limit, if possible, to just commuting to and from your home and Earthdance, staying away from large crowds to maintain the health and well being of the other participants.

Nine Mountain is NOT available.

Cancellation Policy

Refund available up to 14 days (July 19th) before the event less a $75 processing fee. 

No refunds available less than 14 days from the start of the event.

Partial refunds might be given if a cancellation takes place under extenuating circumstances (e.g. a death of a 1st or 2nd degree family member, serious non-preventable illness or accident requiring hospitalization). Refunds in such cases remain at the discretion of the local organizers and will be decided on a case to case basis according to the timing of the cancellation and other factors. We do not offer refunds if you catch a cold, the flu or COVID after cancellation dates.

Health Precautions

No specific requirements on vaccination status are needed to attend this event. Please take adequate measures to limit your exposure in the days before arriving. If you are feeling sick, or have a known close exposure to someone with COVID in the past 5 days, please sit this one out to keep the community well. 

COMMUTERS: We ask that you please use caution when commuting and limit, if possible, to just commuting to and from your home and Earthdance, staying away from large crowds to maintain the health and well being of the other Summer Jam participants.

Participant Community Support

Earthdance runs as a​ community, thus part of the participation is that all individuals contribute to 1-2 work shifts (typically meal cleans) throughout the event and participate in a final house clean on the last day of the event. These are great ways to connect more with your fellow participants and Earthdance staff, and to feel more at home in the Earthdance buildings & grounds. Your contributions to this collective caring of this space are invaluable!

Earthdance’s buildings are ADA accessible. More info here.

Earthdance’s Jam Guidelines

Earthdance’s Nudity Policy

HOST BIO

Valerie Sabbah

Valerie Sabbah is a Montreal-based choreographer, teacher, and psychosomatic therapist. Her 17-year CI practice and research draws specifically from FIGURE SPACE, a 4 year-training with Steve Paxton (Material for the Spine) and Lisa Nelson (The Tuning Score). This profound training has reshaped her approach to viewing the body in motion, embracing a 360-degree and spherical perspective that captivates her curiosity about the body’s natural reflexes and how the body will or will not respond in states of perceived urgency.

At the heart of Montreal’s CI scene, she curates dynamic CI programming at White Wall Studio. Her offerings include varied-level weekly classes, engaging jams, and master class intensives featuring celebrated guest teachers like Mark Young, Kristen Lewis, and Stu Philipps.

Attuned to guiding women toward grounding back into their bodies and developing personal strength, as a somatic psychotherapist, Valerie’s sessions weave together CI, BMC, Cranio-Sacral Therapy, and Art-Therapy. With CI as her focus, her movement therapy work encourages women to anchor themselves in their physicality and cultivate resilience and autonomy.

Intrigued by the essence of spontaneous composition, Valerie explores how performance environments can deepen the practice of Tuning, promoting an intense, embodied experience that enhances creativity through the body’s innate survival instincts. She instinctively creates fertile playgrounds for artists to meet, gather, create, collaborate, and showcase their work. Her curatorial approach proposes a highly visual and surrealistic universe, centered on the expression of the female body: stereotypes, clichés, oppression, the feminine, the wild, and the infinitely complex and multifaceted forms it can take.

Currently, Valerie’s research in Contact Improvisation focuses on how intimate familiarity with one’s biomechanics and unique structural nuances can transform the CI dance into playful, rigorous, and expansively responsive state. She is captivated by how understanding your own body’s interactions with gravity, space, and other moving bodies can revolutionize personal expression within the art form. 

Her workshops and classes are designed to be immersive experiences, where participants are encouraged to explore their boundaries and develop a nuanced appreciation of their own bodies in motion. Deeply dedicated to psychosomatic wellness, her teaching approach resonates with profound societal themes. She advocates for healing through movement and self-expression, inviting individuals to delve into her world of motion, emotion, and transformation, whether through teaching, therapeutic sessions, or artistic projects.

Touch&Play: Lucidity

This a call to radical lovers,  magical creatures & imaginative dreamers!

We invite you to join this journey of collectively awakening our sensuous awareness through intimate & emergent discoveries.

For why just make our dreams into a reality when we could make our reality into a dream?

This year we weave our threads of  imagination & inspiration together to create the tapestry of our container, shaping the sensual summer camp of our dreams.

Join the Sensual Wizard Camp edition! 

Touch&Play: Discovery Weekend

It’s time to play!

An intimate space to Dance & Play for the new and old alike.

This is a gathering about play, vulnerability and building community rich in emotional, sensorial and erotic intelligence.

With a blend of embodiment, playful, sensuality and heartfelt connection, Touch&Play invites individuals to explore their authenticity and relational dynamics in safer and supportive spaces. It acknowledges that embracing life is not just about celebrating strengths and virtues, but also about acknowledging one’s limits, and shadows, fostering a holistic journey of self-discovery and growth.

Embodied Pillars:

DANCE & EMBODIMENT

CREATIVITY & EROS

SELF EXPRESSION & KINK

RELATIONSHIPS & COMMUNITY

EarthSing! hosted by Emmett deBeer Charno, Leela Kelley, and Marie Ebacher


Join us for EarthSing, a co-creative gathering of song, ritual, and embodiment. Our workshops  and shared practices include improvisational singing, somatic practices, folk songs, song circles,  invocations, and musical embodiment. Singing together in this way can open the heart, the voice,  and get the creative channels flowing!  

Singing together is a ritual, and song has been part of collective ritual practice across time and  place. In this gathering, we will explore the capacity of the voice to connect us more deeply to  ourselves, each other, and the land.  

Each morning we will ground into our bodies and the earth through somatic practices and  connection to land, followed by a group morning session with a master song leader. Throughout  the day there will be workshops and jams from facilitators and community members, with  encouraged flexibility for integration, play, and personal practice. The evenings will feature our  collaborative rituals and fireside music jams.

Come sing and play together this Summer! Everyone is welcome, from experienced singers to  complete beginners. 

10% of our profits will go to Ohketeau Cultural Center, a Native founded and run cultural center in Western Mass. 

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Arrival, Onsite Check-In, Opening Circle, and Departures

  • Arrival/Check-In: Thursday, August 15th from 4-7pm front of the Farmhouse. Dinner is 6-7pm. Workshop at 7:15pm.
  • Opening Circle/Introduction: Friday, August 16th at 10am. We request that ALL participants attend the Opening Circle.
  • Saturday Drop-In: Registration check-in and breakfast at 8-9am, departures after 10pm on August 17th.
  • Closing Circle: Sunday, August 18th 12:30pm-1pm, Lunch 1-2pm.
  • Final Clean: Sunday, August 18th at 2-3pm.
  • Departure: All participants will depart after the final group clean at 3pm on Sunday, August 18th.

Our Fees Explained

Earthdance offers a sliding scale payment for participation in this event, please take a moment to reflect as you decide on where you best fit. 

Your level of contribution is self selected and does not need to be advocated for. However, we invite you to remember this contribution is currency and we ask that you stretch where you are able so that those who cannot stretch as far of a financial distance may also have potential access to community events. As you choose your rate please consider the following factors:

  • Your access to income and wealth, as connected to family and partnership, both currently and anticipated in the future.
  • The historical, systemic impacts of wealth accrual based on culture, race and other intersection marginalizations for you and your family.
  • The regional ease of your attendance, while some community members can drive to Earthdance, others will need to consider tuition based on their ability to travel longer distances. 
  • Earthdance is a community and rental funded organization which recently, historically and uniquely through the Covid-19 pandemic has struggled to have viable income.

PRICING

GRATITUDE LODGE

$725 – Financially Wealthy

$600 – Financially Abundant

$500 – Financially Stable

$425 – Financially Coping

$375 – Financially Strained

CAMPING

$700 – Financially Wealthy

$575 – Financially Abundant

$475 – Financially Stable

$400 – Financially Coping

$350 – Financially Strained

COMMUTER

$675 – Financially Wealthy

$550 – Financially Abundant

$450 – Financially Stable

$375 – Financially Coping

$325 – Financially Strained

SATURDAY DROP-IN

$475 – Financially Wealthy

$350 – Financially Abundant

$250 – Financially Stable

$175 – Financially Coping

$125 – Financially Strained

Equity & Access Tickets 

Although we’re not able to offer any full scholarships, yet we’re excited to offer up to 3 E&A Discounts to individuals who feel part of an underrepresented and/or marginalized.  We know that for those who come from marginalized populations showing up to spaces filled with primarily privileged groups can be a challenge, and can feel vulnerable.

Apply Here!  Application deadline is August 1st.

For those who do not identify as marginalized and are in a represented group, we invite you to stretch in your payment to help support those who cannot stretch and create a more diverse jam experience for all. 

Note: While Earthdance is making efforts to better support Equity & Access at all its events, this jam offers particularly strong support for diversity, equity, and inclusion through:

  • Reduced pricing offered to people self-identifying as being underrepresented and/or marginalized.
  • Classes and discussions that aim to bring up the level of awareness and inclusion at the jam as a whole.

Housing Options

Gratitude Lodge at Earthdance Tickets

Includes a bed in the Gratitude Lodge, event offerings, and food during the event.

The Gratitude Lodge (a.k.a. the Earthdance dorm) is the main lodging facility, connected to the Farmhouse by a short wooded trail. The lodge includes large and small rooms featuring dormitory-style bunks and beds (twin & queen size) and is included in the base event cost. Beds are available on a first come basis.

Camping Tickets

Includes a spot to camp at Earthdance, event offerings, and food during the event.

Commuter Tickets

You will have access to the event offerings including food for the event.

Commuter Health Care: We ask that you please use caution when commuting and limit, if possible, to just commuting to and from your home and Earthdance, staying away from large crowds to maintain the health and well being of the other event participants.

Cancellation Policy

Refund available up to 14 days (August 1st) before the event less a $75 processing fee. 

No refunds available less than 14 days (After August 1st) from the start of the event.

Partial refunds might be given if a cancellation takes place under extenuating circumstances (e.g. a death of a 1st or 2nd degree family member, serious non-preventable illness or accident requiring hospitalization). Refunds in such cases remain at the discretion of the local organizers and will be decided on a case to case basis according to the timing of the cancellation and other factors. We do not offer refunds if you catch a cold, the flu or COVID after cancellation dates.

Health Precautions

No specific requirements on vaccination status are needed to attend this event. Please take adequate measures to limit your exposure in the days before arriving. If you are feeling sick, or have a known close exposure to someone with COVID in the past 5 days, please sit this one out to keep the community well. 

COMMUTERS: We ask that you please use caution when commuting and limit, if possible, to just commuting to and from your home and Earthdance, staying away from large crowds to maintain the health and well being of the other participants.

Participant Community Support

Earthdance runs as a​ community, thus part of the participation is that all individuals contribute to 1-2 work shifts (typically meal cleans) throughout the event and participate in a final house clean on the last day of the event. These are great ways to connect more with your fellow participants and Earthdance staff, and to feel more at home in the Earthdance buildings & grounds. Your contributions to this collective caring of this space are invaluable!

Earthdance’s buildings are ADA accessible. More info here.

Earthdance’s Nudity Policy


HOST BIOS

Emmett Charno

Emmett Charno is an educator, facilitator, interdisciplinary artist, performer, and producer bringing magic and play to everything they do. They create events and spaces that are committed to radical self expression and inclusion, especially for those often held in the margins. Emmett has been facilitating group vocal improvisation for over ten years, and has trained with master teachers Bobby McFerrin, Meredith Monk, and Rhiannon among others.

They create and collaborate on movement, vocal music, harp, looping, costume, and narrative installation. In the daytime, Emmett is a reading specialist in NYC teaching elementary school age children to read in private practice and in schools. In the nighttime, Emmett performs and produces interdimensional narrative drag and character based improvisational vocal looping. Emmett is passionate about science fiction, sex positivity, social justice, literacy, fairy houses, outsider art, and magic. 

IG: @excessmaterials www.charnoeducation.org 


Leela/Lu Kelley

Leela/Lu Kelley is a somatic practitioner, astrologer, ritualist, song catcher, and witch clown.

Leela brings a nurturing, creative, embodied, trauma-informed and playful energy to all her offerings, including workshops, rituals,  and 1:1 work. She loves the intersection of deeply rooted somatic awareness with expansive states of magic and transformation. She has a background in contact improv, clowning, ritual performance, burlesque, and somatic healing.

Lu loves to sing and make sounds, to catch songs coming from the land as an act of reciprocity with Source. As part of the organizing team for EarthSing, she will be leading somatic/movement practices and facilitating song witchery.

You can learn more about her at leelakelley.net or IG @5th.house.venus 


Marie/Murry

Marie/Murry is a song weaver, dream teacher, death doula, & cosmic clown. They paint space with ruminative, playful and etheric sonic strokes. Both a contact dancer & vocal improvisor, the union of movement and sound is at the core of their practice of somatic instrumentation.

Hailing from the Northeast woodlands of Western MA, Marie/Murry carries the gentle & fierce landscapes of the forest in her voice. Involved with several musical projects, most dear to her heart are Tender Spot, her witchpunk project, and Eerie Muse, her folk project, both streaming on Bandcamp. Marie/Murry’s passions include poetry, forest bathing, singing with the wind, dream interpretation, herbalism, queerness and clowning. Marie/Murry is part of the organizing team for EarthSing.

IG: @maythemuses


SONG LEADER BIOS

Paris Kern

Paris’s musical journey took a significant turn in 2011 when she attended a weeklong Circlesinging workshop led by Bobby McFerrin. She continues her studies with  two of his collaborators from his group Voicestra, Judi Vinar and Rhiannon.  Prior to this, she had been immersed in traditional Anglo Celtic and folk music, performing in coffeehouses and concerts. However, the experience of Circlesinging opened her eyes to the joy of improvisation and the unique sense of community it fostered. This newfound freedom of expression led her to co-found VoiceExchange in 2013, an a cappella group dedicated to leading monthly Circlesinging sessions in the Baltimore and Washington DC area.

Even amidst the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, Paris and her group found innovative ways to continue their musical journey. They adapted by improvising and recording Circlesinging sessions, maintaining their connection with participants through biweekly online circles for over a year. Those recording will shortly be released as an album”Full Circle”. 

Their journey exemplifies the transformative and healing power of music and the resilience of community in the face of adversity.

Now residing in Vermont, Paris continues to lead Circlesinging sessions in Putney and occasionally co-leads circles in Boston with other vocal improvisers.

Youtube video about Circlesinging. 

Jordan Mudd

Jordan is a musical facilitator, community songwriter, ritualist, and prayerful activist. His father taught him that you never need a “reason” to sing besides the joy of it. Improvisational music spaces shifted his understanding of music from something to be witnessed to something to be experienced. Through songleading in social movement spaces, he saw how lifting our voices together can create unity, trust, and presence. And a growing “apprenticeship” in grief work has shown him how singing can guide us into and out of the depths of the soul.

He is a co-founder of Boston-Area Singing Circles, where he leads circles and rituals that inspire deeper connection to ourselves, each other, and the Earth. His life work is to use song as a tool for personal, collective, and spiritual liberation. 

Aya Mares (she/they)

Workshop Co-Facilitator “Sonic Ecology: Intimacy w/Earth Through Sounding”

I’m a steward of the earth and I’m realizing that part of that stewardship is song. I know there was a time when earth sang louder and more multitudinously than earth sings now. I understand there’s no going back and I’m curious about adaptation in this time of collapse. Part of my schema of adaptive modalities inside of collapse is collective sounding as a way to channel earth through our earth bodies with sound. Where do I see this going? Channeling trees in places where there are no trees (so we become the overwhelming memory of trees), channeling water in places where there needs to be a flood. I’m currently seeding these possibilities as a co-facilitator of an experimental sounding space called Storm Hag that gathers monthly in so called Greenfield, MA. I live near there as a renter of white settler colonial descent who’s committed to connecting to my way back ancestors of the british isles to support me in joining a vast mycelial effort to hospice* the current crumbling capitalist colonial project of this place. *Hospicing Modernity by Vanessa Machado de Oliveira

Amy Mares (they/them)

Workshop Co-Facilitator “Sonic Ecology: Intimacy w/Earth Through Sounding”

My imagination is folkloric. I’m deeply committed to the power of story and pedestrian theater as a way to arrive again and again in our bodies. I’m a perpetual gardener which 

I experience as an extension of my archetypal librarianship- listening, gathering seeds, planting the seeds, and encourage their unfurling into the world. I’m a co-facilitator of Storm Hag, an experimental sounding space.

 


Queer CoCo Jam! hosted by Leela Kelley and Skins

Queering CI & Embodying Queer Joy

In this year’s Queer CoCo Jam, we’ll explore what it’s like to center Queer Joy, liberate ourselves, our bodies, and our relationships from supremacist narratives, and investigate what it means to queer contact improvisation.  Let us infuse queer joy into our bodies and our dances as we dismantle the confines of limiting heteronormative conditioning.

Bring your joy, your grief, your pleasure, your play, your curiosities, your quietness, your loudness, your tenderness and your fierceness. All skill levels are welcome!

During this jam, we aim to create a trauma-informed, anti-racist, and liberatory container in which to explore CI, somatics, co-regulation, deep listening, play, prayer, ritual, song, and reciprocity with the land. 

What is a CoCo Jam?

Community Collaborative Jams are a new and unfolding program concept at Earthdance which launched in early 2022.  This new programming thread was driven by the desire for more opportunities to dance CI and to connect with the community in smaller containers. Similar to Seasonal Jams, the CoCo jam have hosts and some support staff, however the hosts may have less direct influence on the schedules, and they may have varying degrees of leadership or dance experience. Compared to the Seasonal jams, the workshop offerings and schedule will be more influenced by the participants themselves and created on a more adhoc basis.  

In preparation for attending a CoCo jam, you may want to ask yourself: What are you currently researching or inspired to offer? Is there something you hope to lab, share, or play with?

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Queer COCO Jam Details

  • Attendance: An average of 15 – 40 people will attend this jam and is open to all movement levels & backgrounds. 
  • Jam Options: Full Jam. And, a Saturday Drop-In (Only if you have been to Earthdance Before).
  • Newcomers: If you have never been to Earthdance, we ask that you only sign up for the Full Jam. This will allow us to better welcome and orient you to Earthdance.
  • Be ready to co-create! – We will send out a shared document for folks to fill out who would like to offer something during this co-creation weekend when you register. 

COCO Jam Arrival, Onsite Check-In, Opening Circle, and Departures.

  • Arrival/Check-In: Thursday, September 19-22 from 4-7pm front of the Farmhouse. Dinner is 6-7pm.
  • Opening Circle: Friday, September 20 at 10am. We encourage all NEWCOMERS to attend the Opening Circle.
  • Saturday Drop-In (Only for folks who’ve been to Earthdance before): Arrive/Check-In Saturday, September 21 between 8-10am. Breakfast is 8-9am. Departure at 10pm day of.
  • Closing Circle: Sunday, September 22 12:30pm-1pm, Lunch 1-2pm.
  • Final Clean: Sunday, September 22 at 2-3pm.
  • Departure: All participants will depart after the final group clean at 3pm on Sunday, September 22nd.

Our Fees Explained

Earthdance offers a sliding scale payment for participation in this event, please take a moment to reflect as you decide on where you best fit. 

Your level of contribution is self selected and does not need to be advocated for. However, we invite you to remember this contribution is currency and we ask that you stretch where you are able so that those who cannot stretch as far of a financial distance may also have potential access to community events. As you choose your rate please consider the following factors:

  • Your access to income and wealth, as connected to family and partnership, both currently and anticipated in the future.
  • The historical, systemic impacts of wealth accrual based on culture, race and other intersection marginalizations for you and your family.
  • The regional ease of your attendance, while some community members can drive to Earthdance, others will need to consider tuition based on their ability to travel longer distances. 
  • Earthdance is a community and rental funded organization which recently, historically and uniquely through the Covid-19 pandemic has struggled to have viable income.

Equity & Access Tickets 

Although we’re not able to offer any full scholarships this year, we’re excited to offer up to 3 FULL JAM Equity & Access Discounts to individuals who feel part of an underrepresented and/or marginalized group in CI and have a relationship with CI.  We know that for those who come from marginalized populations showing up to spaces filled with primarily privileged groups can be a challenge, and can feel vulnerable.

Apply Here! Application Deadline is September 5th.

For those who do not identify as marginalized and are in a represented group of CI, we invite you to stretch in your payment to help support those who cannot stretch and create a more diverse jam experience for all. 

Note: While Earthdance is making efforts to better support Equity & Access at all its events, this jam offers particularly strong support for diversity, equity, and inclusion through:

  • Reduced pricing offered to people self-identifying as being underrepresented and/or marginalized in CI.
  • Classes and discussions that aim to bring up the level of awareness and inclusion at the jam as a whole
  • Affinity spaces (jams, discussions, etc.) for particular groups of people to connect, share CI space together, and rest from the pressures of being in a minority status at the jam.

Housing Options

Gratitude Lodge at Earthdance Tickets

Includes a bed in the Gratitude Lodge, Jam offerings, and food during the jam.

The Gratitude Lodge (a.k.a. the Earthdance dorm) is the main lodging facility, connected to the Farmhouse by a short wooded trail. The lodge includes large and small rooms featuring dormitory-style bunks and beds (twin & queen size) and is included in the base Jam cost. Beds are available on a first come basis.

Camping Tickets

Includes a spot to camp at Earthdance, Jam offerings, and food during the jam.

Commuter Tickets

You will have access to the Jam offerings including food for the event.

Commuter Health Care: We ask that you please use caution when commuting and limit, if possible, to just commuting to and from your home and Earthdance, staying away from large crowds to maintain the health and well being of the other Jam participants.

Nine Mountain is NOT available.

PRICING

GRATITUDE LODGE

Financially Wealthy – $625

Financially Abundant – $500

Financially Stable – $400

Financially Coping – $325

Financially Strained – $275

CAMPING

Financially Wealthy – $600

Financially Abundant – $475

Financially Stable – $375

Financially Coping – $300

Financially Strained – $250

COMMUTER

Financially Wealthy – $575

Financially Abundant – $450

Financially Stable – $350

Financially Coping – $275

Financially Strained – $225

Saturday, September 21st DROP-IN (Only if you’ve been to Earthdance before)

Financially Wealthy – $450

Financially Abundant – $300

Financially Stable – $200

Financially Coping – $125

Financially Strained – $85

Cancellation Policy

Refund available up to 14 days (September 5th) before the event less a $75 processing fee. 

No refunds available less than 14 days (After September 5th) from the start of the event.

Partial refunds might be given if a cancellation takes place under extenuating circumstances (e.g. a death of a 1st or 2nd degree family member, serious non-preventable illness or accident requiring hospitalization). Refunds in such cases remain at the discretion of the local organizers and will be decided on a case to case basis according to the timing of the cancellation and other factors. We do not offer refunds if you catch a cold, the flu or COVID after the cancellation date.

Health Precautions

No specific requirements on vaccination status are needed to attend this event. Please take adequate measures to limit your exposure in the days before. If you are feeling sick, or have a known close exposure to someone with COVID in the past 5 days, please sit this one out to keep the community well. 

Participant Community Support

Earthdance runs as a​ community, thus part of the participation is that all individuals contribute to 1-2 work shifts (typically meal cleans) throughout the event and participate in a final house clean on the last day of the event. These are great ways to connect more with your fellow participants and Earthdance staff, and to feel more at home in the Earthdance buildings & grounds. Your contributions to this collective caring of this space are invaluable!

Earthdance’s buildings are ADA accessible. More info here.

Earthdance’s Jam Guidelines

Earthdance’s Nudity Policy

HOST BIOS

Skins

Hi y’all, my name is Skins. He/him &they/them pronouns. I hold many identities as a shapeshifter. I’m a human multidimensional creature, ritualistic drag&burlesque performer, pleasure activist, massage therapist, dancer of&between worlds, somatic nerd, to name a few. I’m devoted to exploring my own&encouraging others to embrace their embodied intelligence, embodied wholeness, embodied lovability as your unique experience of being you! 

We contain multitudes within these bodies. Accessing our wholeness, as a form of play, commitment, and reverence is a core value in my experience of being in my queer heart and body. I delight in witnessing and collaborating with others in their exploration of what enlivens, heals, and integrates their wholeness, pleasure, and embodied knowing. 

Exploring the truth of all the wisdom we hold in these bodies is a direct act to abloish oppressive systems that aim to keep us separate from the power of what we hold in these bodies&separate from each other. I believe that being in queer movement spaces where we embody and explore our wholeness together is a form of resistance and empowerment, a form of liberation.  


Leela/Lu Kelley

Leela/Lu Kelley (she/they) is a somatic practitioner, astrologer, ritualist, song catcher, and witch clown.

Leela brings a nurturing, creative, embodied, trauma-informed and playful energy to all her offerings, including workshops, rituals,  and 1:1 work. She loves the intersection of deeply rooted somatic awareness with expansive states of magic and transformation. She has a background in contact improv, clowning, ritual performance, burlesque, and somatic healing.

Lu’s excited to collaborate with Skins and all participants to create a tender, fierce, trauma-informed space to queer contact improv and play in the field of collective liberation and healing.

You can learn more about Leela at leelakelley.net or IG @5th.house.venus 


BIPOC HOST

Drum

Drum (they/them) is a first generation Mexican American multi-disciplinary artist. After spending their undergrad pursuing Social Justice work, Drum began to seek out a myriad of teachers and collaborators to begin their creative journey. Spanning from photography, poetry, to music, performance art, and contemporary dance practices, Drum is truly crafting their own path as an artist. Drum believes that dancing is innate, and while having teachers can give us a framework and safe technique, we all hold within ourselves the rhythm of our spirit, that is ours to express on the dance floor (or anywhere else we please). Forever changed and empowered by some of their queer and BIPOC contact improv teachers, Drum is eager to share the magic of what they’ve learned over the past 11 years with other queer and BIPOC dancers.

Introduction to Mask Day Workshop with Akil Apollo Davis – Cancelled


Hello to all the seekers, curious minds, artists, dance enthusiasts, actors, performers, public speakers, and those looking for healing, self-discovery, and self-expression!

Akil Apollo Davis once again is bringing this incredibly unique, powerful, and magical form of Mask Work to Earthdance. He’s one of only three Master teachers of The Brahe-Davis Method of Mask in the world. Masks have always held an intricate connection to the depths of the human psyche, serving as a tangible bridge between image and our ability to transform.

Whether you’re stepping onto this path for the first time or you’re a seasoned traveler in the realm of masks, this will be a unique and immersive experience on your quest for knowledge, creative self-discovery, and transformation. This is an opportunity for a journey of Self. Open new doors to unexplored dimensions and experiences. Revel and reflect on new inspiration and knowledge.

Join us to unleash your inner shapeshifter and immerse yourself in the power of Mask Work. This is NOT a mask “making” class. In this class YOU will be donning Masks and exploring your ability to transform. 

The Artistry Behind the Masks

Originated by Per Brahe, a visionary Theatre Director, and expanded by Akil Apollo Davis, a distinguished Theatre Professor & Performing Artist. This unique method fuses psychology, philosophy, dance, and esoteric practices. The result? A transformative experience that defies convention.

Dive into the enchanting world of masks—each a masterpiece of its own. Over 500 original masks, each drawn during a special meditation by Per or Akil, are intricately hand-carved through the traditional Balinese mask-making process. These masks are more than just appearances—they’re vessels of intention and transformation. The Brahe-Davis Method of Mask is a transformational and explorative journey. Unlike most mask work, which operates from the outside in, these masks engage your BODY.

The Brahe-Davis Method of Mask Explained

The Practical Side of Transformation 

During this workshop you’ll:

  • Unlock your incredible power to transform using music, movement, Mask Work and new gems of knowledge.
  • HEAL through somatic movement and powerful Healing Masks that will support you in safely releasing blocks.
  • Gain practical insights into the science of masks.
  • Engage in hands-on exercises that reveal the power within these masks.
  • Connect with a community of seekers and practitioners.
  • For Beginners and Veterans Alike: Whether you’re new to the world of masks or looking to deepen your practice, this event caters to everyone seeking to ignite change and activate their hidden power and capabilities.

Here are some benefits you can expect:

  • Seekers and the curious: Dive deep into your SELF, exploring images, thought patterns, and cultural influences that both hinder and empower you. This is about unlocking your transformational potential.
  • Actors and Performers: Experience astonishing expansion in physicality and find new dimensions of inspiration.
  • Movers & Dancers: Enhance and enrich your expression, adding a unique “transformation” to your dance journey.
  • Healing: Akil reveals a fascinating insight – “Did you know that trauma is close to the German word for ‘dream’? It’s an image that isn’t present, yet it’s like it’s still happening.” This underlines the power of images. The Mask work helps you excavate negative images and replaces them with positive images, facilitating profound change from within.
  • Play and Exploration: The Masks liberate! Akil’s workshops create a space for intentional exploration. It’s a space for unleashing your inner child, creativity, and self-expression. It’s invigorating, joyful, and enlightening.

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Arrival, Onsite Check-In, Opening Circle, and Departures

  • Arrival/Check-In: Saturday, May 25th from 8-10am front of the Farmhouse.
  • Breakfast: 8-9am
  • 1st Mask Introduction Session: 10am – 1pm
  • Lunch: 1-2pm
  • 2nd Mask Introduction Session: 2:30pm – 5pm
  • Departure: All participants will depart after 5pm.

Reserve your spot for this special workshop that will bridge the gap between inspiration, image, and tangible transformation. Tap into your innate power to transform through the art of Mask Work. Unmask your potential and step into a world where images and intentions create profound shifts.

Our Fees Explained

Earthdance offers a sliding scale payment for participation in this event, please take a moment to reflect as you decide on where you best fit. 

Your level of contribution is self selected and does not need to be advocated for. However, we invite you to remember this contribution is currency and we ask that you stretch where you are able so that those who cannot stretch as far of a financial distance may also have potential access to community events. As you choose your rate please consider the following factors:

  • Your access to income and wealth, as connected to family and partnership, both currently and anticipated in the future.
  • The historical, systemic impacts of wealth accrual based on culture, race and other intersection marginalizations for you and your family.
  • The regional ease of your attendance, while some community members can drive to Earthdance, others will need to consider tuition based on their ability to travel longer distances. 
  • Earthdance is a community and rental funded organization which recently, historically and uniquely through the Covid-19 pandemic has struggled to have viable income.

PRICING

SATURDAY WORKSHOP (Includes Breakfast, 1st Session, Lunch and 2nd Session)

$450 – Financially Wealthy

$325 – Financially Abundant

$250 – Financially Stable

$175 – Financially Coping

$125 – Financially Strained

Cancellation Policy

Refund available up to 14 days (May 10th) before the event less a $50 processing fee. 

No refunds available less than 14 days (After May 10th) from the start of the event.

Partial refunds might be given if a cancellation takes place under extenuating circumstances (e.g. a death of a 1st or 2nd degree family member, serious non-preventable illness or accident requiring hospitalization). Refunds in such cases remain at the discretion of the local organizers and will be decided on a case to case basis according to the timing of the cancellation and other factors. We do not offer refunds if you catch a cold, the flu or COVID after cancellation dates.

COVID Precautions

No specific requirements on vaccination status are needed to attend this event. Please take adequate measures to limit your exposure in the days before. If you are feeling sick, or have a known close exposure to someone with COVID in the past 5 days, please sit this one out to keep the community well. 

Participant Community Support

Earthdance runs as a​ community, thus part of the participation is that all individuals contribute to 1-2 work shifts (typically meal cleans) throughout the event and participate in a final house clean on the last day of the event. These are great ways to connect more with your fellow participants and Earthdance staff, and to feel more at home in the Earthdance buildings & grounds. Your contributions to this collective caring of this space are invaluable!

Earthdance’s buildings are ADA accessible. More info here.

Earthdance’s Nudity Policy

HOST BIO

Akil Apollo Davis

Akil Apollo Davis is a full time Performing Artist and Theatre Professor. Akil grew up with Hip-Hop dance in the everyday culture of Memphis TN (watch “House Party” the movie) and began theatre at 12 years old, and got his Bachelors in Theatre from the prestigious NYU TISCH School of the Arts. During that time his dance, music, and performance training and practices intensified dramatically.

He is the teacher of an extremely rare form of Mask work: only 3 human beings teach it. The Masks are designed by Akil and/or his mentor, Per Brahe. After being hand carved from wood and painted by a Balinese Mask-Making Brahman (Priest), they are taken through a cleansing ceremony in a special temple. In this work, the Masks use the power of image to aid in transformation.

Akil is an avid and professional dancer. He has received extensive training in 4 forms of Balinese dance, 3 forms of Thai Classical dance, Modern, Butoh, African, Ballet, Jazz, Butoh, multiple styles of Fan dancing, contact improv and Acro yoga.

He is a an award-winning playwright and director (NYC Fringe Festival “SUMMER BLUE”: Winner: most innovative production) an MC, poet, and educator.

Akil is also a lyricist, freestyle rapper (improvisational verse) poet and composer. He has collaborated with many musicians to create music and video content for himself and his alter-ego “Diamond Adronica De La Funk”.

Akil has taught Theatre and Dance all over America, in over 12 countries, and is now a Professor of Mask and Art Aesthetic at William Esper Studio (previously NYU and SUNY Purchase).

He has trained with Brahmans, Witches in the East Village and Monks in Thailand and works to bridge the gaps between classical knowledge and esoteric education. This has led to inspiring collaborations and panel discussions with psychologists at Pace University, University of Memphis, and NYU on emotional development, Suicide prevention and awareness, and the power of image.