Come gather to feast, dance, and give thanks with us from Thursday, November 24 through Sunday, November 27. The long weekend will be filled and spacious with contact improv classes and jams, as well as other delicious offerings to feast upon. Thanksgiving day feast will be a coordinated potluck!
Thanksgiving offers us a time to intentionally nurture and give attention to our gratitude—a time to come more alive to what we’re grateful for. Among the many things we’re grateful for at Earthdance is the new life flowing in after the pandemic, and the richly connective community we get to be part of here
And, Thanksgiving (as a harvest-centered holiday) is especially about gratitude for the abundance of the earth. We are supported—in every breath, atmospherically, gravitationally, nutritionally, spiritually/relationally—by this living earth, the more-than-human landscape, inviting us into our deeper wholeness.
Intermingled with our gratitude, we may also harbor grief, say, for a lack of felt connection with the earth, or for the loss of biodiversity. When this bedfellow of gratitude hasn’t been felt and allowed to move through, the natural flow of gratitude can also be stifled.
In contact improv, the ground [the earth] is our primary partner. We’re always in its gravitational field, always coming back, trusting our way back, again and again, to its stable support. Can we extend this practice, staying in vital, pleasurable relationship to the earth that we all are, even when grief is in the mix? Can we unclench around the life that dances us? Can we move toward secure attachment with our primary partner: this ever-present lover, the earth?
Join us for a long weekend of dance and deliciousness, movement and stillness, fullness and emptying, as we come more alive into connection with ourselves, each other, and the good earth that sustains us.
An average of 50-70 people will attend this jam and is open to all movement levels & backgrounds.
We have single day drop-in options for folks who have been to Earthdance before.
If you have never been to Earthdance, we ask that you only sign up for either Thanksgiving Day or the full jam (either Thanksgiving Day through Sunday or Friday through Sunday). This will allow us to better welcome you and orient you to Earthdance.
If you are planning to attend Thanksgiving Potluck dinner, and you have registered, we will send out a shared document for folks to coordinate dishes to bring. We will start dinner at 5pm.
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.
**Unfortunately, Nine Mountain is unavailable for this event.**
Although we’re not able to offer any full scholarships this year, we’re excited to offer up to 10 highly reduced Equity & Access Tickets to individuals who feel part of an underrepresented and/or marginalized group in CI, have a relationship with CI, and who have (ideally)not attended an Earthdance seasonal jam before. 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” and see more details here. For transparency and context, in the past, and we hope in the near future, we offered 3-5 full DEI scholarships.
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.
Tickets include room at the Earthdance Dormitory and full board. 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.
Refund available up to 8 days before the event less a $75 processing fee
No refunds available less than 8 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.
No specific requirements on vaccination status are needed to attend the Gratitude Jam. All registrants upon arrival are required to take an antigen test supplied by themor purchased from Earthdance at $10. 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 jam/workshop and participate in a final house clean on Sunday. 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!
John is, among other things, a transdisciplinary academic, structural bodyworker (rolfer), facilitator of an interpersonal meditation practice (authentic relating/circling), non-practicing IFS-based coach, and breath therapy practitioner. He’s taught contact improv across Texas, including for Texas A&M University’s dance program. He has a BS in ecological restoration, focusing on agroecology. His dope-ass graduate thesis shows how the quality of the relationships to our own bodies, to other humans, and to the more-than-human world, is a core determinant of human health and function; in so doing, it provides a non-dualistic framework for understanding whole-systems well-being. He’s currently a house elf at Nine Mountain.
Gabrielle Revlock is a Bessie Award winning choreographer, performer, improviser, somatics educator and creator of Restorative Contact, a mindful touch-based movement practice. Her choreographic work depicts complicated but relatable interpersonal relationships, developed through meticulous character study and improvisational structures. Her work has been presented across the USA, in Japan, Netherlands, Singapore, Hungary, Russia and India and in NYC at venues including New York Live Arts, JACK, The Flea, Joyce Soho, Gibney and CPR. She was a 2019 Target Margin Institute Fellow and in 2018 she was named ‘Newcomer of the Year’ by the performance journal Tanz. As a dancer, she has performed for Lucinda Childs, jumatatu m. poe, Susan Rethorst, Leah Stein, David Gordon, Christopher Williams, Vicky Shick, Bill Young and Jane Comfort. Revlock has taught Restorative Contact online and at various dance and wellness studios in addition to being an invited speaker at the 2022 Critical Mass: CI@50, 2020 Embodiment Conference, 2020 Dance & Somatics Conference and Future of CI Conference through Earthdance in 2021. For nearly 20 years she has been a practitioner of CI. When in NYC she has been a CI teacher for Movement Research and was a facilitator of the Brooklyn Contact Jam. She is currently living in Northampton, MA working as a teaching fellow/MFA candidate at Smith College. GabrielleRevlock.com
***At this time, we are rescheduling this epic offering from JWOW and Penny for a later date in 2023. Keep watch for future dates! ***
In this event, you’ll work directly with JWoW. to uplevel your ability to adapt to circumstances AND approach personal and environmental safety in an inclusionary and empowering way.
DAY 1: Pajama Jammy Jam through PLANET JWoW’s Temple of the Dancing Roots: People Gather in their Jammies to dance, CANnect, and donate. Bring your favorite jammies and as many non-perishable food item(s) as you can carry, and let’s rock out as the cans roll in for local families experiencing food-scarcity.
DAY 2: Introductions to C.H.A.N.G.E. Matrix – For Beings Who Want Less Stress: Compost stressors into strengths that fuel a joyful resilience. Learn to adapt with greater ease — to dance with the rhythms of life – and to respond with mindful intention to surprises when faced with safety and/or danger.
DAY 3: Introductions to Being and Feeling Safe – For Beings in Tribalized Movement Cultures: We’ll explore multiple ways to notice where safety can be lost; where danger can be mitigated; and what you can do to effectively support official procedures and policies, anywhere.
DAY 4: Introductions to Being and Feeling Safe – For Gathering / Summit / Conference Organizers and Tribal Leaders: We’ll address shared concerns applicable across diverse gatherings in mainstream, marginalized, mountain/movement, and majickal communities. We’ll explore pillars and nuances of creating safer containers so that participants can more fully ease into experiences we’re all offering.
*If you have attended a Touch & Play MA event, be sure to enjoy your Planet JWOW “Cherish Pricing” for attending this event.
Additionally, Planet JWOW is delighted to coordinate the following bonus invitations from Temple of the Dancing Roots exclusively forour Intrommersion Weekend participants:
THURSDAY NIGHT: Pajama Jammy Jam7:30-11pm
A FansWithCansFunRaiser. Bring your favorite jammies and as many non-perishable food item(s) as you can carry, and let’s rock out as the cans roll in for local families experiencing food-scarcity. The community is invited to bring non-perishable food item(s) to be collected throughout our weekend together
FRIDAY NIGHT: PolyLongevity Q&A with Penny and JWoW. 7-9 pm
What gets to sustain a deeply loving polyamorous relationship over 31+ years?
SATURDAY NIGHT: Dance Your Empower-MEANT9-11 pm
Practice moving freely, safely rooted in your power to influence worlds within and around you.
Penelope is a transformational consultant who helps people bring more awareness, alignment, and joy into their lives. She is a Certified Stress Management Consultant, has a Masters of Education in Counseling Psychology, and is the creator of The CHANGE Matrix System which helps folks find ways to compost their stress into strength. She loves to work with people who are ready to cultivate more engagement, flexibility, and fun in their lives.
With a fiery passion that surges through every heart-opening note, turn of phrase, and stroke of her/their paintbrush, JWoW. generates empowering music, soul mojucines, and business clarity that make a difference in multiple realms.
As a multi-instrumentalist, she/they have sung with Grammy winners such as Roberta Flack and Michael Mangini. They’re a featured and solo artist on Shawna Carol’s internationally popular, Grammy-Candidate CD, Goddess Chant. She/they also recorded CDs — Sketches and Breathe — of her/their original music.
As a consultant and speaker, her/their engagements range from tech trainings for the Pentagon; to inspiring speeches for community service students; to immersion classes for authors and entrepreneurs.
As a multi-media fine artist, JWoW.‘s stunning pieces are displayed in the homes of private collectors and have been sold by top American art and craft galleries.
As a shaman and author, she/they have been a contributor in multiple international best-selling books .
As a philanthropist, JWoW. founded the grassroots food abundance organization, Fans With Cans, which has fed over 170,000 families.
This drive toward conscious freedom is part of why JWoW.‘s life inspires others to define and design freedom for themselves. It’s also woven into the foundation of Planet JWOW‘s cultural bridging teachings — the Global Culture and Languaging of Inclusion and Empower-meant — which focus on evolving intersectional divisiveness into diversiveness.
Ultimately, it’s JWoW’s love for living life out loud that consistently inspires those who engage with her to live life by her credo, “Everyday people making a difference – EVERY DAY.”
Join us for a long weekend of community building and dancing. We’ll be working together during the day to help maintain and beautify Earthdance, and dancing together in the evenings.
Earthdance will provide us with healthy and delicious meals so that we have plenty of energy to give. You’re invited to join us for the whole weekend, or just drop in for a day. We’ll create lists of specific tasks for people to sign-up to beforehand according to skills and interests.
Suggested Donations to cover food and other costs: Thursday – Sunday: $60 – $135 Friday – Sunday: $45 – $105 Single day: $25 – $60
Earthdance Wishlist: If you’re planning on attending the work weekend and could donate any of the following items, we’d greatly appreciate it!
When was the last time you transformed? When was the last time you emerged as a Queen, or sat as a King then danced as a Clown? Transformation heals, inspires and teaches… especially when inspired by image, movement and Masks!
Akil Apollo Davis is offering a uniquely curated transformational mask workshop weekend: ¨Archetypes & the Metamorphosis-Masquerade.¨
Akil’s 15 years of experience in mask work and his masks will guide you into the exploration of your innate ability to transform within the work of archetypes. They will show you how these archetypes somatically live in your body, what gifts they offer you and how knowing them better can enhance your everyday life.
This auspicious weekend takes place just after the Dia De Los Muertos/Day Of The Dead celebration! Please join us!
November 4th, Friday Afternoon Arrival – Dinner at 6pm
8:30pm – The Call – Akil will perform and then plant seeds for Archetype Mask work weekend. Evening embodiment with masks and music.
November 5th, Saturday All Day – Archetype Mask lecture, embodiment, costume sharing and preparation, then in the evening the Metamorphosis-Masquerade!
November 6th, Sunday Morning/Afternoon Embodiment – Integrating archetype work and preparing for returning home.
***Bring your personal costumes, accessories and accentuations in anticipation to fully transform and explore the archetypes within you!
***Bring extra pieces if you want to support the activation and transformation of your fellow participants!
LIMITED SPOTS AVAILABLE – REGISTER BELOW!
Tier One – Financially Wealthy: $800
Tier Two . Financially Abundant: $650
Tier Three – Financially Stable: $525
Tier Four – Financially Coping: $450
Equity and Access: Although Earthdance is not able to offer full scholarships for this event, we’re excited to offer up to 8 reduced Equity & Access Tickets to individuals who feel part of an underrepresented and/or marginalized groups and who have (ideally) not attended an Earthdance event before. 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. Please email us at email@example.com to apply for the Equity and Access ticket. Only 8 spots available at $325.
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 creating a more diverse workshop experience for all.
Once your PayPal payment is sent, PLEASE SEND an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact information, payment amount, and any sleeping arrangements. We will send a welcome letter to the entire group with information around COVID, food allergies and ride shares once registration is closed.
Tickets include room at the Earthdance Dormitory and full board. The Gratitude Lodge (a.k.a. The Earthdance Dorm) is the main lodging facility. The lodging 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 is also available with a $30 discount per night (be aware that the temperatures may be cold).
Refunds available up to 14 days before the event less a $75 processing fee.
No refunds will be 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 time of the cancellation and other factors.
Akil Apollo Davis is a full time Performing Artist and Theatre Professor.
Growing up with Hip-Hop dance in the everyday culture of Memphis TN (there were no “hip-hop dance classes”) and beginning theatre very early on (12 years old), He soon moved to New York City to study and earn his Bachelors in Theatre from the prestigious NYU TISCH School of the Arts. During that time his dance, music, and performance experience exploded and has since worked on many stages and in many classrooms.
He is the teacher of an extremely rare form of Mask work (only 4 human beings teach it) which has many references to Michael Chekhov acting technique. In this work original Masks are used to aid in transformation and are hand carved from wood, painted, and blessed by Balinese Mask-Making High Priests.
An avid and professional dancer, he has received extensive training in 4 different forms of Balinese dance, 3 forms of Thai Classical dance, Modern dance, Butoh, African, Ballet, Jazz, Kabuki, and Noh. Akil subsequently combined Balinese Thai Classical and Hip-hop to create a new dance form; which he has taught at Patravadi Theatre in Bangkok, Thailand.
He is a playwright, a rapper, novelist, a poet, a healer, director, artist, and choreographer.
Akil has taught Theatre and Dance all over America, in over 7 countries, 2 of which are regular and on-going (Bali and Thailand), and is now a Professor of Mask and Art Aesthetic at NYU and SUNY Purchase. He has trained with Brahmins in Bali and Monks in Thailand.
Akil has also created original meditations and spiritual practices, given many lectures (More popularly: The Zen of Alvin and the Chipmunks) and worked with psychologists at Pace University, University of Memphis, and NYU on emotional development, Suicide prevention and awareness. He works to bridge the gaps between classical/academic knowledge and esoteric philosophy.