Gratitude COCO Jam with hosts Funda Gul and Aaron Brandes (Brando) – SOLD OUT

Come together for a unique celebration, a four-day journey from Thursday, November 23th to Sunday, November 26th. During this extended weekend, we invite you to revel in the joy of feasting, dancing, and expressing gratitude, sensitivity and awareness. Expect an abundance of contact improvisation classes, jams, and an array of other delightful offerings to indulge in. On Thanksgiving Day, we’ll share a collective potluck feast!

Thanksgiving is a special time for us, a moment to purposefully nourish and cherish our gratitude, to awaken to the blessings in our lives. At Earthdance, we are especially grateful for the resurgence of life and the profound sense of connection within our vibrant community.

Thanksgiving, rooted in the harvest season, calls for gratitude for the Earth’s boundless abundance. We are sustained in countless ways by this living planet – through the air we breathe, the pull of gravity, the sustenance it provides, and the deep spiritual and relational connections it offers. It beckons us to embrace our inner completeness.

Amidst our gratitude in Earthdance, located in Nipmuc territory, we want to bring our attention to the reality that Thanksgiving day is a reminder of the genocide of millions of Native people, the theft of Native lands, and the relentless assault on Native culture, therefore we also carry feelings of sorrow, perhaps for the sense of disconnection from this fact, from our Earth and the loss of biodiversity. When we would like to deeply acknowledge this grief to allow the natural flow of gratitude.

In the practice of contact improvisation, the Earth itself becomes our primary partner. We are forever held within its gravitational field, constantly returning to its reliable support. Can we extend this practice to maintain a vibrant, joyful connection to the Earth even when grief is present? Can we release our grip on the dance of life and move toward a secure attachment to our primary partner: this ever-present lover, the Earth itself?

Join us for an extended weekend filled with dance and delight, movement and serenity, fullness and release. Together, we will come alive, forging connections with ourselves, each other, and the nurturing Earth that sustains us.

*** Earthdance is happy to donate 50% of this jam’s proceeds to the Ohketeau Cultural Center. 948 Conway Road, Ashfield, MA 01330. https://www.ohketeau.org/ 

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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 has one or more hosts that, rather than always being professional artists with strong facilitation skills, can be dedicated Earthdance community members and upcoming dancers building their leadership skills. Support staff is also more limited compared to our seasonal jams and participants are invited into a higher degree of autonomy and self care. Similarly, the workshop offerings and schedule are also more influenced by the community members 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?

Jam Details

  • An average of 40-60 people will attend this COCO jam and is open to all movement levels & backgrounds. 
  • We have a single day drop-in option on Saturday, November 25th 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. 
  • This will be a very self motivated jam, bring your ideas! 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. 

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

  • Thanksgiving Potluck: Arrival/Check-In on Thursday, November 23rd from 4-7pm front of the Farmhouse. Potluck is at 6-7pm.
  • Opening Circle: Friday, November 24th at 10am.
  • Friday-Sunday Jam: Arrival/Check-In on Friday, November 24th from 8-10am front of the Farmhouse.
  • Saturday Drop-In (Only for folks who’ve been to Earthdance before): Arrive Saturday, November starting 8am. Departure at 10pm day of.
  • Final Clean: Sunday, November 26th at 2-3pm.
  • Departure: All participants will depart after the final group clean at 3pm on Sunday, November 26th.
  • COVID Testing: Please make sure that you have tested for COVID on the day of arrival for both Full Jam and Saturday Drop-in. If needed, participants may purchase tests from Earthdance for $10 each.

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

FULL JAM – THURSDAY 23rd – SUNDAY 26th – SOLD OUT

Financially Wealthy -$600

Financially Abundant – $475

Financially Stable – $375

Financially Coping – $300

Financially Strained – $250

PARTIAL JAM – FRIDAY 24th – SUNDAY 26th – SOLD OUT

Financially Wealthy -$550

Financially Abundant – $425

Financially Stable – $325

Financially Coping – $250

Financially Strained – $200

CAMPING

$20 discount

COMMUTING

$40 Discount

DROP-IN DAYS:

THURSDAY 23rd THANKSGIVING POTLUCK + JAM ONLY – SOLD OUT

Financially Wealthy -$400

Financially Abundant – $220

Financially Stable – $120

Financially Coping – $60

Financially Strained – $30

SATURDAY 25th DROP-IN ONLY – SOLD OUT

Financially Wealthy -$450

Financially Abundant – $325

Financially Stable – $225

Financially Coping – $125

Financially Strained – $75

Equity & Access Tickets 

Although we’re not able to offer any full scholarships this year, we’re excited to offer up to 6 Discounted Tickets 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” and see more details here. Application deadline is November 9th.

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, the 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.

Cancellation Policy

Refund available up to 14 days (November 9th) 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.

COVID Precautions

No specific requirements on vaccination status are needed to attend this event. However, ALL registrants are required to take an antigen test on the day of before arriving on Thursday, November 23rd, Friday November 24th or Saturday, November 25th. If you need a test, Earthdance will have them available to purchase for $10 each. 

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 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 BIOS

FUNDA GUL

Funda is an adventurous explorer of movement who has delved into various disciplines on a captivating spiritual and intellectual journey. She began her exploration in the world of Aikido in 2005, which ignited a passion that shaped her path. Along the way, she also immersed herself in Systema, where she honed her skills as an instructor-in-training. Funda’s attraction to spirituality led her to complete a transformative 500-hour teacher training program in the Krishnamacharya lineage of Yoga, where she discovered the power of personalized and adaptable practices.

Since 2016, Funda has been deeply involved in Contact Improvisation as a student, teacher, and facilitator. She collaborates with esteemed dancers to organize engaging workshops and events, including a memorable workshop by Nita Little in the heart of New York City. Drawing from her background in Yoga and Martial Arts, Funda effortlessly tailors her teachings to suit the diverse needs and abilities of her students. Her goal is to create an inclusive space for movement exploration guided by the profound philosophy that “Function Creates the Form.”

Beyond the studio, Funda is dedicated to uniting the vibrant NYC Contact Improv community. Alongside fellow enthusiasts, she hosts inspiring performances enriched with live music. These events not only elevate the beauty of Contact Improvisation but also support organizations committed to combating climate change. In this realm, her spiritual practice takes flight as she strives to understand and experience the interconnectedness of nature and ourselves through the ‘Way of the Universe’ and the concept of ‘Oneness.’

In addition to her movement endeavors, Funda pursued a degree in Mathematics at Stevens Institute of Technology. Today, she channels her intellect and creativity into her work at an innovative AI company, where she is revolutionizing online math education to support students who lack access to math education.

Some of Funda’s leading teachers that she has tremendous gratitude towards are: Ayhan Kaya, Edgars Cakuls, Vladimir Vasiliev, Guta Hedewig, Richard Webb, Nita Little, Tres Hofmeister, Dan Messisco, Chuck Weber. 

AARON BRANDES (aka Brando)

MSW, M.ED is a founding member of the improvisational dance company: Set GO and teaches and performs internationally. His dance videos have collected over a half million views and can be viewed via his website, BodyandBeing.net. In 2009, Brando established CI Ground Research, an annual conference for the pedagogical and embodied research of Contact Improvisation.

He continues to host a bi-weekly CI event in Northampton which explores the relationship between improvised music and dance. Brando is a licensed psychotherapist, is nationally certified in Structural Integration (SI) and is a certified Kripalu Yoga teacher. He has integrated aspects of SI bodywork, movement, and clinical social work in his therapeutic practice.

POSTPONED till Spring 2024 – Mask Workshop: Archetypes and The Metamorphosis Masquerade with Akil Apollo Davis

Akil Apollo Davis with one of his Balinese Masks.

When was the last time you underwent a meaningful transformation? 

When was the moment you embodied the presence of a powerful Queen, or emerged as a regal King, only to then transform into the playful dance of a Clown? 

Transformation is the catalyst for healing, inspiration, and enlightenment, finding its perfect medium in the captivating realm of masks. Masks have always held an intricate connection to the depths of the human psyche, a tangible bridge to archetypal images and centers that are within us all.

Journeying into the realm of archetypes, a profound facet of human consciousness, opens doors to unexplored dimensions, experiences, and wisdom. Whether you’re stepping onto this path for the first time or you’re a seasoned traveler in the realm of archetypes, our workshop promises an immersive experience tailored to your unique quest for knowledge and creative self-discovery.

Prepare to immerse yourself in the intricate tapestry of archetypes using the esteemed Brahe-Davis method of MASK. Embark on a journey that transcends various schools of thought, allowing you to embody these archetypal forces through this medium. As you delve deeper, you’ll unravel the threads that connect these archetypes to the fabric of our culture, media, and collective consciousness.

Disney’s “The Lion King” is intentionally interwoven with archetypal imagery and messages that may miss the eye before it’s pointed out. So- YES We’ll discuss the Lion King as a template for understanding archetypes and how these universal patterns captivate and educate us through various media lenses.

With over 15 years of immersive experience, teaching over 10,000 students, Akil Apollo Davis’ profound expertise will be your guide, offering you a meticulously curated weekend: “Archetypes & the Metamorphosis-Masquerade.” His guidance will lead you to unearth your innate ability to metamorphose through archetypes. His unique Balinese crafted masks will serve as the key to unlocking the archetypal center within you, allowing you to transform from the inside out. Discover the gifts they bestow upon you and witness how a deeper understanding can magnify the richness of your everyday life.

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Are you ready to take this enthralling leap? Here’s a glimpse of what awaits you during this weekend:

🌟 Engage in evening embodiment sessions with masks and music, planting the seeds for your archetypal exploration.

🌟 Immerse yourself in micro gestures and compression techniques to enhance your transformation.

🌟 Participate in archetype mask lectures and embodiment exercises to uncover the essence of these powerful archetypes.

🌟 Join the Costume Bazaar to select the attire that will become the vessel of your metamorphosis.

🌟 Experience engaging play, improv, and story time sessions that weave the magic of archetypes into your narrative.

🌟 Culminate your journey with the grandeur of the Metamorphosis-Masquerade, where your transformed self will be celebrated.

Prepare to reflect, integrate, and ready yourself for the journey home on the final day. 

***Bring your personal costumes, accessories, and pieces to fully embody your transformation for the night of the Masquerade!

***Bring extra pieces if you want to support the activation and transformation of your fellow participants!

Spaces for this extraordinary experience are limited! Only 22 spots available. Secure your ticket for a weekend that promises to reshape your perception of storytelling, culture, and the art of self-expression.

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

  • Arrival and Onsite Check-In: The welcoming will commence for participants on Thursday, November 16th from 4:00pm-7:00pm. Dinner is at 6-7pm.
  • Weekend Departure: All participants will depart after the final group clean at 3pm on Sunday, November 5th.
  • COVID Testing: Please make sure that you have tested for COVID on the day of arrival for weekend and drop-in days. If needed, participants may purchase tests from Earthdance for $10 each.

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

$1000 – Financially Wealthy

$850 – Financially Abundant

$700 – Financially Stable

$600 – Financially Coping

$550 – Financially Strained

CAMPING

$975 – Financially Wealthy

$750 – Financially Abundant

$675 – Financially Stable

$575 – Financially Coping

$525 – Financially Strained

COMMUTER

$950 – Financially Wealthy

$750 – Financially Abundant

$650 – Financially Stable

$550 – Financially Coping

$500 – Financially Strained

Equity & Access Tickets 

Although we’re not able to offer any full scholarships this year, we’re excited to offer up to 3 Discounted Tickets to individuals who feel part of an underrepresented and/or marginalized groups.  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. We are taking application until November 16th.

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. 

Housing Options

Gratitude Lodge at Earthdance Tickets

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

Commuter Tickets

You will have access to all workshops 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 participants.

ABOUT THE MASKS

These wooden masks are hand-carved in Bali by a Priest/Brahman, require 40-70 coats of paint and a traditional sacred cleansing ceremony for their completion!

The Masks differ from the traditional Balinese canon. The only similarity is that the Brahe-Davis Masks are made with the same process and carving method of the traditional Balinese Masks, but these are NOT “Balinese Masks”

The Image the Masks are carved from are channeled from Akil or Per Brahe’s (the founder of the work) to intention and imagination. The Masks are then placed on participants and they are allowed to explore transformation.

It is also important to note that these masks differ, in the extreme, from the traditional Commedia dell’arte Masks which dominate Europe and Western/American Culture. While Commedia masks aim to put the body in the position or gesture of the character- frequently using a mirror- The practitioners of the Brahe-Davis Mask technique are generally NOT allowed to SEE or KNOW what Mask they have. These masks don’t work your mind, these masks work your BODY through the power of image and transformation and your body’s natural ability to be sensitive to the image in the mask!

HOW THE MASKS WORK

90% of the time participants aren’t even allowed to see or know what the mask is. This keeps them from Pre-acting in a wrong direction. And even though people don’t see the mask or know what it is- they will still DO what the Mask is. This is the body’s natural sensitivity.

In a nutshell- If you pluck the string on one guitar, the same string on another will vibrate… this is how the masks work with your body.

The image of the mask activates the chosen center in the body and transformation happens.

On the way into transforming, the body clears blocks to the archetype through somatic and emotionally expressive movement. Thus, the masks have a healing effect while getting you into the images in YOU! You can transform into anything.

“Nothing human is foreign to me” -Terentius 

Cancellation Policy

Refund available up to 14 days 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.

COVID Precautions

No specific requirements on vaccination status are needed to attend this event. However, ALL registrants are required to take an antigen test on the day of before arriving on Thursday, November 16th at Earthdance. If you need a test, Earthdance will have them available to purchase for $10 each. 

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 BIO

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.

Fall Jam with Kellyn Jackson and Hawley Brett + Post Jam Lab

Join us this fall to nourish ourselves with our CI practice. As nature transitions towards its resting season, let us too find ways to release, reflect, and rejuvenate. What does it take to find ease and enjoyment at an extended contact improvisation jam? To gather in a community of people, some we know well, some who are strangers, and engage in a practice centered around physical touch? How can we create a container that can respond to potentially competing needs? 

The answer is in the practice itself! At this jam we will connect the wisdom of CI to more broadly applicable skills, especially those that focus on self- and community-care. “Resourcing” is a main theme of this jam. What do you need to be well resourced? What do we need as a community in order to be well resourced?

Tune into your nervous system’s needs and wants, moving on your own body time, in an environment built for differing needs, from quiet space for rest to padded areas for high-intensity dancing. We hope this will foster a supportive space for taking care of our varying needs, following our embodiment, and nurturing ourselves, both individually and collectively.

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Jam Details

  • Attendance: An average of 70-100 people will attend this jam and is open to all movement levels & backgrounds. 
  • Jam Options: Full Jam, Post Jam Lab and Saturday Drop-In (Post Jam Lab and Drop-In Day is available only to folks who have been to Earthdance before).
  • What is a “Post Jam Lab”? After our traditional Fall Jam, and to cultivate the deepening of our shared practice, we are offering participants the opportunity to stay on for a few more days till Tuesday, October 24th for a Post-Jam Lab and Integration days. During this time participants will be able to enjoy our beautiful facilities and explore CI and other movement practices through self organized labs, workshops and jams. Food will be served as normal so you can also decide to just stay and relax giving your self time to integrate all the rich experiences from the Fall Jam itself. Those who did not attend the Fall Jam weekend are welcome to join the Post Jam Lab, however 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.

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

  • Full Jam: Arrival/Check-In on Thursday, October 19th from 4:00pm-7:00pm front of the Farmhouse. Dinner is at 6-7pm.
  • Opening Circle: Friday, October 20th at 10am.
  • Saturday Drop-In (Only for folks who’ve been to Earthdance before): Arrive Saturday, October 21st at 8am. Check-In from 12-1pm in front of the Farmhouse. Departure at 10pm day of.
  • Final Clean: Sunday, October 22nd at 2-3pm.
  • Full Jam Departure: All participants will depart after the final group clean at 3pm on Sunday, October 22nd.
  • Post Jam Lab (Only for folks who attended the Fall Jam OR who’ve been to Earthdance before): Arrive/Check-In on Sunday, October 22nd between 4-7pm in front of the Farmhouse. Dinner 6-7pm.
  • Post Jam Lab: Depart on Tuesday, October 24th after Post Jam Lab ALL house clean 3pm.
  • COVID Testing: Please make sure that you have tested for COVID on the day of arrival for both Full, Post Jam Lab and Saturday Drop-in. If needed, participants may purchase tests from Earthdance for $10 each.

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

FULL JAM – October 19th – 22nd

GRATITUDE LODGE 

$800 – Financially Wealthy

$600 – Financially Abundant

$500 – Financially Stable

$425 – Financially Coping

$375 – Financially Strained

CAMPING

$775 – Financially Wealthy

$575 – Financially Abundant

$475 – Financially Stable

$400 – Financially Coping

$350 – Financially Strained

COMMUTER

$750 – Financially Wealthy

$550 – Financially Abundant

$450 – Financially Stable

$375 – Financially Coping

$325 – Financially Strained

Post Jam Lab – October 22nd – 24th (Only Available for those who attended the Full Jam or have been to Earthdance before)

GRATITUDE LODGE 

$600 – Financially Wealthy

$400 – Financially Abundant

$300 – Financially Stable

$225 – Financially Coping

$175 – Financially Strained

CAMPING

$575 – Financially Wealthy

$375 – Financially Abundant

$275 – Financially Stable

$200 – Financially Coping

$150 – Financially Strained

COMMUTER

$450 – Financially Wealthy

$350 – Financially Abundant

$250 – Financially Stable

$175 – Financially Coping

$125 – Financially Strained

FULL JAM + Post Jam Lab – October, 19th – 24th

GRATITUDE LODGE 

$900 – Financially Wealthy

$700 – Financially Abundant

$600 – Financially Stable

$525 – Financially Coping

$475 – Financially Strained

CAMPING

$875 – Financially Wealthy

$675 – Financially Abundant

$575 – Financially Stable

$500 – Financially Coping

$450 – Financially Strained

COMMUTER

$850 – Financially Wealthy

$650 – Financially Abundant

$550 – Financially Stable

$475 – Financially Coping

$425 – Financially Strained

Drop-In Option – Saturday, October 21st (Only Available for those who’ve been to Earthdance before)

$450 – Financially Wealthy

$300 – Financially Abundant

$200 – Financially Stable

$130 – Financially Coping

$85 – Financially Strained

FULL JAM – Nine Mountain (You must contact Robyn at robyn@ninemountain.com to reserve a bed after you register)

$750 – Financially Wealthy

$550 – Financially Abundant

$450 – Financially Stable

$375 – Financially Coping

FULL JAM + Post Jam Lab – Nine Mountain (You must contact Robyn at robyn@ninemountain.com to reserve a bed after you register)

$850 – Financially Wealthy

$650 – Financially Abundant

$550 – Financially Stable

$475 – Financially Coping

Post Jam Lab – Nine Mountain (You must contact Robyn at robyn@ninemountain.com to reserve a bed after you register)

$450 – Financially Wealthy

$350 – Financially Abundant

$250 – Financially Stable

$175 – Financially Coping

Equity & Access Tickets 

Although we’re not able to offer any full scholarships this year, we’re excited to offer up to 6 Discounted Tickets 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” and see more details here. Application deadline is October 9th.

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, the 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.

Cancellation Policy

Refund available up to 14 days (October 5th) 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.

COVID Precautions

No specific requirements on vaccination status are needed to attend this event. However, ALL registrants are required to take an antigen test on the day of before arriving on Thursday, October 19th, Saturday, October 21st and Sunday, October 22nd at Earthdance. If you need a test, Earthdance will have them available to purchase for $10 each. 

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 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 BIOS

Kellyn Jackson

Kellyn is a dance artist, community builder, and dance/movement therapist. She attended Nancy Stark Smith’s January workshop in 2020, and has stayed fervently committed to continuing the research and practice in Chicago since. She has facilitated Underscore talk throughs and experimented with it in a variety of contexts, including how it may be a frame for the psychotherapeutic process. Kellyn is currently exploring CI in the context of performance, particularly in fostering both performer and audience agency. She is interested in cultivating the subtle and complex skills that build resilient, responsive, and poetic contact improvisers. Kellyn is curious about the dualities that emerge within the CI context, such as inclusivity/exclusivity, safety/risk-taking, process/performance, and personal responsibility/collective care. Some of her other influential teachers include Guru Suraj, Erica Kaufman, K.J. Holmes, Kathleen Rea, Kirstie Simson, Adrianna Michalska, and Margaret Paek.

Hawley Brett

Hawley Brett is a dancer and event organizer based in Cambridge, MA, where she has a coaching and bodywork practice. She was introduced to Contact Improvisation shortly before the start of the pandemic, truly learned the meaning of the having the floor as one’s first partner, and has avidly practiced the form with other souls since dancing started up again. Entering the world of CI in this way has given it particular resonance for her as a healing practice, and she is especially interested in how CI connects us somatically, socially, psychologically, and spiritually. Hawley previously worked in politics and technology, and served as the National Data Developer for the Bernie Sanders 2016 presidential campaign, and is interested in how to bring the wisdom of healing arts to political organizing spaces now having worked in both.

Queer Jam at Earthdance with Marie Murry and Lex Grotesque!

Welcome to the 2023 Queer Jam. A gathering for queer CI community to expand in a container that holds and honors the multitudes of the magic that you are and are becoming. Marie Murry & Lex Grotesque are excited to ground into time and space as co-collaborators. They dance in collaboration in the world through queer healing arts and performance with their passion project, the Grotesque Burlesque. 

Unfolding into the union of dance with the invitations to play, to love, and to grieve in tender fierceness, this jam will follow the fluid flow of the present emergence of energy into form. We will also offer Parts work via Drama Therapy & Internal Family Systems character play,  Creative writing and storytelling with the body, drama and Dance Therapy group work, and Contemporary Dance for creative expression and emotional healing. Honoring uniqueness and difference with hearts centered in the call towards connection and compassion, we welcome those who feel a longing to commune in creativity together!

***This space is for creating expansive explorative space for queer dancers to support growth and safety for queer community in contact improv. Allies can support by considering attending another jam hosted at Earthdance, sharing this event and/or making a donation to help support and resource queer people to attend this event. LGBTQIA+ is an abbreviation for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning, intersex, asexual, and more. These terms are used to describe a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity. If you question if you fit into any of these identities, please take a look at the broader descriptions here.

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Jam Details

  • An average of 40-60 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 the full jam. This will allow us to better welcome you and orient you to Earthdance.

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

  • Arrival and Onsite Check-In: The welcoming will commence for participants on Thursday, August 31st from 4:00pm-7:00pm. Dinner is at 6-7pm.
  • Opening Circle: Friday, September 1st, at 10am.
  • Friday and Saturday Drop-In Days (Only for folks who’ve been to Earthdance before): Arrive at 8am, check-in with Olive during lunch, and Departure at 11pm day of.
  • Weekend Departure: All participants will depart after the final group clean at 3pm on Sunday, September 3rd.
  • COVID Testing: Please make sure that you have tested for COVID on the day of arrival for both Full and Half Jam. If needed, participants may purchase tests from Earthdance for $10 each.

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

$550 – Financially Wealthy

$475 – Financially Abundant

$400 – Financially Stable

$325 – Financially Coping

$275 – Financially Strained

CAMPING

$525 – Financially Wealthy

$450 – Financially Abundant

$375 – Financially Stable

$300 – Financially Coping

$250 – Financially Strained

COMMUTER

$500 – Financially Wealthy

$425 – Financially Abundant

$350 – Financially Stable

$275 – Financially Coping

$225 – Financially Strained

Drop-In Day Options(Only Available for those who’ve been to Earthdance before)

Friday, September 1st OR Saturday, September 2nd

$350 – Financially Wealthy

$250 – Financially Abundant

$175 – Financially Stable

$125 – Financially Coping

$80 – Financially Strained

Equity & Access Tickets 

Although we’re not able to offer any full scholarships this year, we’re excited to offer up to 5 Discounted Tickets 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” and see more details here. Application deadline is August 21st.

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, the Queer 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, Queer 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, Queer Jam offerings, and food during the jam.

Commuter Tickets

You will have access to the Queer 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 Queer Jam participants.

Cancellation Policy

Refund available up to 14 days (August 17th) 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.

COVID Precautions

No specific requirements on vaccination status are needed to attend this event. However, ALL registrants are required to take an antigen test on the day of before arriving on Thursday, August 31st at Earthdance. If you need a test, Earthdance will have them available to purchase for $10 each. 

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 BIOS

Marie Murry (fae/they/she) is a song weaver, dream druid, death doula, shapeshifter & cosmic clown creature of the northeastern forest. They love creating community ritual, mapping the mythic, and embodying the bard! Both a contact dancer & vocal improvisor, the union of movement and sound is at the core of her practice of somatic instrumentation. Passion projects include The Grotesque Burlesque, Touch & Play, and Tender Spot. Marie Murry is so delighted  to play and pray with you all! 

Lex Parent
35 years old, Mother, Teacher, Artist, Activist, Anarchist, Visionary, Manifesting Generator, Theater Company Director, Choreographer, Coordinator, Co-creator, Integrative Healing Arts Facilitator

Training, Creation and Performance Intensive for “Tell Me How You Breathe” with Loom Ensemble

Join Loom Ensemble at EarthDance this summer for an immersive experience of collaborative, interdisciplinary dance-theater creation and performance! During this weeklong residency, participants will train daily in dance, theatermaking, and performance techniques in the morning. In the afternoon, Artistic Directors Neva Cockrell and Raphael Sacks will work with participants to devise ensemble dance-theater performances. Participants will then publicly perform these pieces, as a fully-integrated part of Loom’s professional touring show, “Tell Me How You Breathe: Dance-Theater for Collective Liberation” Performances at Earthdance will take place Friday and Saturday nights, August 4th and 5th. The show will then move to Boston for a Sunday evening performance on August 6th, which the Earthdance Ensemble is invited to be a part of!

This is a rare opportunity to train, create new material, rehearse and refine the material, and then perform it… all in one week! Loom has been building the other elements of this show “Tell Me How You Breathe” over the course of the last year, and is now touring with a professional team of 9 artists. This unique model allows us to add in community-based movement ensembles in each location. The show is touring to 10 different cities across VT, MA, and NY. There will be an ensemble in each state… and this is your chance to JOIN THE MASSACHUSETTS MOVEMENT ENSEMBLE!

Who is this for

This residency is open to all levels of movement and performance experience, and all bodies. We will be devising the pieces, so each person will be able to tailor it to their body and ability level. While we may have some moments of scored improvisation, we will mostly be creating and setting material, so it is useful to be able to remember set movement sequences. 

This is a body positive, queer, anti-racist space. The work is explicitly political, leaning into raw conversations, but centering wellbeing and respect for the artist throughout. 

About the show “Tell Me How You Breathe”

This summer, Loom Ensemble is bringing together a racially diverse team of professional dancers, musicians and theatermakers, to invite you into an outdoors experience of Dance Theater for Collective Liberation. Loom’s newest piece “Tell Me How You Breathe,” brings us to a world where climate crisis has progressed slightly more than our present day, to play out the interrelationship of institutional power structures and ancestral healing practices.  Playful humor, live music, and beautiful storytelling help us lean in to meet these pressing issues.

The story centers on the lungs, as the site of interconnectedness and the organ of grief. “Who gets to breathe freely, fully, with ease,” is a necessary question for our time, right at the intersection of eco-activism, social justice, and public health. With the nourishment of participatory ceremony and song, Loom grounds this political conversation in the physical body, to incite the radical act of collectively imagining a more just and beautiful world.

Testimonials

Neva and Raffles facilitated a space that felt inclusive, liberating and autonomous. I felt that I belonged and I was able to arrive as myself. Each offering invited freedom of movement, self expression and sharing.”   -Erica, Residency Participant, New York

Powerful and unique… Don’t miss it!” -Gulf News, Performance Review, Dubai UAE

Such a beautiful performance tonight! Provocative, sensual, heart-wrenching, and dreamlike, but ultimately hopeful, with so many textured layers. I loved the fact that the performance was both rough and graceful.”  -Gretchen, Audience Member, Vermont

Sample Schedule July 31 – August 6 (actual schedule TBA)

  • Monday: Arrivals and Introductions. Dinner at 6-7pm
  • Tuesday – Wednesday: Dance-Theater Trainings and Rehearsal
  • Thursday: Dance-Theater Training and Dress/Tech Rehearsal
  • Friday – Saturday: Rehearsals and Performances
  • Sunday: Optional Travel to Boston and Performance in Boston

Housing Options

Gratitude Lodge Tickets

Includes a bed in the Gratitude Lodge, workshop offerings, and healthy delicious 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 in Earthdance’s wooded areas or grass field, workshop offerings, and healthy delicious food.

PRICING

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.

Gratitude Lodge

$1250 – Financially Wealthy

$950 – Financially Abundant

$750 – Financially Stable

$625 – Financially Coping

$575 – Financially Strained

Camping

$1225 – Financially Wealthy

$925 – Financially Abundant

$725 – Financially Stable

$600 – Financially Coping

$550 – Financially Strained

Equity & Access Tickets 

Although we’re not able to offer any full scholarships this year, we’re excited to offer up to 8 Equity & Access Discounts to individuals who feel part of an underrepresented and/or marginalized group and have a relationship with CI, performance or dance.  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. Application deadline is July 16th.

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 event experience for all. 

Note: While Earthdance is making efforts to better support Equity & Access at all its events, this training 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 event as a whole.
  • Affinity spaces (jams, discussions, etc.) for particular groups of people to connect, share space together, and rest from the pressures of being in a minority status at the event.

BIPOC Spots

This is retreat is a body-positive, queer, anti-racist space. 

By offering a sliding-scale program fee, work exchange opportunities, “Equity and Access” discounts, and two *FREE* BIPOC spots, we hope to make this retreat accessible to all. 

To register for a FREE BIPOC spot please email programming@earthdance.net.

Cancellation Policy

Refund available up to 14 days (July 16th) 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.

COVID Precautions

No specific requirements on vaccination status are needed to attend this event. However, ALL registrants are required to take an antigen test on the day of before arriving on Monday, July 31st at Earthdance. If you need a test, Earthdance will have them available to purchase for $10 each. 

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. 

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

About Loom Ensemble

Loom has been devising interdisciplinary theater for culture shift for 13 years from NYC blackboxes to stone monasteries in Italy, repurposed industrial warehouses in Dubai and to the fields and forests of Vermont.We use our performances to open difficult conversations, and then facilitate community discussion to unpack the emotional vulnerability and cultural taboos of each show. In that shared space, the social value of art made from a place of deep integrity becomes clear: our actions matter, new ways of living are possible, together we can build a more loving world.

As a direct response to broken patriarchy, lonely individualism, and shame-inducing capitalism, our performances call audiences home to themselves and their communities. Our work is to reconnect with the earth, with emotional integrity, and with each other. 

Loom Ensemble devises “dance-theater” in the most literal sense, using character, story, and dialogue to ground abstract dance in emotional specificity; and using full-bodied contemporary choreography to deepen the resonance of our narrative storytelling. Mix in group songs to connect the body of the performer with the hearts of the audience, and you’ve got Loom Ensemble’s interdisciplinary approach to live theater.

Read more about Loom Ensemble and this work.

New England States Touring (NEST)

Funded in part by the New England States Touring program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program and the six New England state arts agencies.

Contact Tango Workshop with Eliana Bonard and Daniel Trenner

Contact Improvisation and the Argentine Tango are two improvisational forms and emerging dance vocabularies gaining worldwide popularity. They have vastly different roots, and yet have many interesting intersections which offer opportunities for dancers of each form to expand their social consciousness and movement skill sets. They are both forms which have performing arts and social trajectories, offering their dancers a wide range of explorations in which to build dance as both an art form and a social container.

In this Workshop, Eliana and Daniel will explore some of the overlapping commonalities and distinctive differences of the two forms. They hope to encourage dancers to widen their improvisational vocabularies and overcome any confusions about how these two divergent forms of improvisational dance can inform each other. And we will have fun doing it.

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

  • Arrival and Onsite Check-In: The welcoming will commence for Friday, July 14th from 4:00pm-7:00pm. Dinner is at 6-7pm.
  • Opening Circle: Friday, July 14th at 7:30pm.
  • Friday Class and Dance Evening ONLY: Arrive at 7:30pm, Departure is at 12am.
  • Saturday Dance Evening ONLY: Arrive at 7:30pm, Departure is at 12am.
  • Departure: All participants will depart after the final group clean at 3pm on Sunday, July 16th.
  • COVID Testing: Please make sure that you have tested for COVID on the day of arrival for both Full and Half Jam. If needed, participants may purchase tests from Earthdance for $10 each.
  • Bring loose fitting clothes, leather dance shoes or socks to dance in.

***Please do not wear high heels or tight fitting clothes. You will be dancing Contact Improv influenced by Tango, not strictly Tango!

Housing Options

Gratitude Lodge Tickets

Includes a bed in the Gratitude Lodge for 2 nights, workshop offerings, and healthy delicious 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 for 2 nights in Earthdance’s wooded areas or grass field, workshop offerings, and healthy delicious food.

PRICING

Gratitude Lodge

$575 – Financially Wealthy

$425 – Financially Abundant

$325 – Financially Stable

$250 – Financially Coping

$200 – Financially Strained

Camping

$550 – Financially Wealthy

$400 – Financially Abundant

$300 – Financially Stable

$225 – Financially Coping

$175 – Financially Strained

FRIDAY, July 14th Class and Evening Dance DROP-IN

$50 starting at 7:30pm

SATURDAY July 15th Evening Dance DROP-IN

$35 starting at 7:30pm

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 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” and see more details here. Application deadline is July 13th.

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, the Summer 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.

Cancellation Policy

Refund available up to 10 days (July 4th) before the event less a $50 processing fee. 

No refunds available less than 10 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.

COVID Precautions

No specific requirements on vaccination status are needed to attend this event. However, ALL registrants are required to take an antigen test on the day of before arriving on Friday, July 14th at Earthdance. If you need a test, Earthdance will have them available to purchase for $10 each. 

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. 

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

Eliana Bonard, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Eliana began her path in movement improvisation at 15 through the Aberastury System. Her training includes contemporary dance, ballet, tango as well as yoga, eutony and somatics theater and clown. She likes to experiment with hybrid/juxtaposed languages on scene, and has choreographed dance-theater pieces, aerial dance, dance for children and also made site specific and street performances.

She fell in love with Contact Improvisation in 1987, at Daniel’s first workshops in Buenos Aires,
and began teaching CI four years later. She has been a CI teacher at the School of Artistic
Education (ESEA) since 2012. She is a co-creator of Eimcila, Latin America CI Teachers
Meeting in 2011, co-organizer of the Buenos Aires CI-50 Celebration, as well as ongoing Jams
in her city. Another passion of hers is to work in heated water. She gives Aguahara sessions and facilitates @milon.gota mixing CI and tango in water.

She loves simple things, like practicing yoga at the seaside, cooking or collecting grapefruit in
my neighborhood, and sharing time with my beloved 20 year old son.

IG: @eli.bonard

Daniel Trenner, M.Ed. Dance, Northampton MA

Daniel’s first introduction to Improv and Contemporary Dance was with Bill T Jones, at the American Dance Asylum in 1975. He began his own Jazz Improv group in 1978 and has been involved with Contact Improv since 1980, first with Steve and Nancy’s cohort on the East Coast, and then with the men of Mangrove on the West Coast.


He travelled widely in the 1980s teaching Contact, BMC, Tap, and Contemporary Dance. His travels led him to Argentina in 1987, where he taught at the State School of Contemporary Dance for the next 7 years, and began his tango obsession, one which eventually redirected his career. He has become one of the prime movers in Tango’s modern revival, helping create the Tango tourism industry in Buenos Aires, and the first Tango store in North America. He is one of the founding cohort of Earthdance, senior faculty at DNE, and a co-owner of CTT.


He resides in Northampton, MA, where he is the owner of a co-living experimental dance house, and Tango Archive.

Resonance and Ritual hosted by Marie Ebacher, Emmett DeBeer Charno and Charlotte Malin – DATE CHANGE!

Singing together is a ritual, and song has been part of collective ritual practice across time and place. In Resonance and Ritual, we gather an emergent community to sing together and collaborate on ritual sound experiences co-created by participants and master teachers. We combine various vocalization practices and ground them with nightly rituals rooted deeply in music. Our workshops and shared practices include improvisational singing, folk songs, song circles, invocations, and musical embodiment. The ritual practice is tied closely to land-based reverence at the beautiful location of Earthdance on Nipmuc and Abenaki land.

Weaving their Earthdance roots with a synchronous vision, Marie Ebacher, Emmett DeBeer Charno and Charlotte Malin come together as song leaders and space holders to generate this space. The event will feature local indigenous leader Evan Pritchard and master song leader Onome. 

Our days begin with an opening ritual and land acknowledgement, followed by a morning practice from one of the master teachers. Throughout the day there will be workshops and jams from teachers and community members, with encouraged flexibility for integration, play, and personal practice. The evenings will feature our collaborative rituals and fireside music jams. 

Schedule

Friday: Dinner, evening welcoming circle, and song share around the fire.

Saturday: Opening ritual and land acknowledgement; whole group singing experience from a master teacher; lunch; afternoon workshop from a master teacher; free time for community jams, community shares, and personal practice. Day Drop-In Options Available.

Sunday: Group song and closing circle, group clean and departure.

Arrival, Onsite Check-In, Opening Circle, Departure and COVID Testing

  • Arrival and Onsite Check-In: The welcoming will commence for participants on Friday, August 25th from 4:00pm-7:00pm.
  • Dinner: Friday, August 25th at 6-7pm
  • Opening Circle: Friday, August 25th at 8pm
  • Saturday Drop-In Arrival and Departure: 8am – 11pm
  • Closing Circle: Sunday, August 27th at 12pm and final group clean at 2pm
  • Departure: Sunday, August 27th at 3pm
  • COVID Testing: Please make sure that you have tested for COVID on the day of arrival for the event. If needed, participants may purchase tests from Earthdance for $10 each.

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

$525 – Financially Wealthy

$450 – Financially Abundant

$375 – Financially Stable

$300 – Financially Coping

$250 – Financially Strained

Camping

$495 – Financially Wealthy

$420 – Financially Abundant

$345 – Financially Stable

$270 – Financially Coping

$225 – Financially Strained

Commuter

$475 – Financially Wealthy

$400 – Financially Abundant

$325 – Financially Stable

$250 – Financially Coping

$210 – Financially Strained

SATURDAY 26th Drop-In ONLY

$125 – 8am to 10pm – Includes 3 meals

Equity & Access Tickets 

Although we’re not able to offer any full scholarships this year, we’re excited to offer up to 4 Equity & Access Discounts to individuals who feel part of an underrepresented and/or marginalized group and have a relationship with this work.  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. Application deadline is August 18th.

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 event 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 this event as a whole.
  • Affinity spaces (events, discussions, etc.) for particular groups of people to connect, share movement 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 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 on Earthdance, event offerings, and food during the jam.

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 and wear a mask in public spaces to maintain the health and well being of the other participants.

***Nine Mountain is not available for this event.***

Cancellation Policy

Refund available up to 10 days (August 14th) before the event less a $75 processing fee. 

No refunds available less than 10 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.

COVID Precautions

No specific requirements on vaccination status are needed to attend this event. However, ALL registrants are required to take an antigen test on the day of, before arriving on Thursday, August 24th at Earthdance. If you need a test, Earthdance will have them available to purchase for $10 each. 

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 COMMITMENT: 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 and wear a mask in public spaces 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 Jam Guidelines

Earthdance’s Nudity Policy

HOST BIOS

Charlotte Malin

Charlotte Malin is a performer, teacher, and healer guiding people into direct, communal, and transformational encounters with music. My artistic identities include classical violinist & violist, free improviser, songwriter, song leader, group facilitator, dancer, priestess, and healer.  I’m passionate about bringing audiences, clients, and students into aliveness, authenticity, and attunement through music and awareness practices.

Charlotte has collaborated closely with luminaries of the classical world including Yo-Yo Ma, Midori, Kim Kashkashian, and has performed extensively throughout the US, Europe, Asia, and South America. She makes her home in Western MA and is devoted to building a rooted community that embraces new culture and sustainability. She co-curates a community hub for embodiment, arts, and spirituality in Florence MA called The Hidden Temple, and teaches viola at Amherst College. 

www.charlottemalin.com IG: @resonantcharmony

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 Resonance and Ritual.

IG: @eyeblinktherefore

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 as their alter ego Excess Materials in their interdimensional narrative drag shows Portals and other drag performance. Emmett is passionate about science fiction, sex positivity, social justice, literacy, fairy houses, outsider art, and magic. 

www.charnoeducation.org

 

Onome

Onome (pronounced Awe nuh MAY) leads ​​experiences at the intersection of voice, creativity, and mindfulness.

Through structured group improvisation and vocal embodiment practices, Onome designs and leads events for a wide variety of audiences internationally at colleges, corporations, cultural centers, and retreats that “a-ha!” people to new levels of self-discovery, emotional freedom, joy, and creative flow. 

Onome grew up with her ear in multiple worlds, starting with the Nigerian lilt of her immigrant parents, and the African-American vernacular of her classmates. She got her start as a choir geek and embraced the eclecticism of folk, soul, spirituals, European classical chorale, rock, and hip-hop music that she grew up with in Chicago. 

She is a partner artist at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, where she contributes her performances and trainings across their vast educational programming spectrum.

Onome’s work serves holistic-oriented individuals committed to moving beyond fear and emotional stuckness to voice their truth, expressive arts enthusiasts whose souls are deeply nourished by community vocal rituals, and organizations committed to building thriving cultures of connection through experiential learning in the workplace. 

Website: www.onome.org  |  Insight Timer: www.insighttimer.com/onome  |  IG: @onome.om 

Evan Pritchard

Evan Pritchard, a descendant of the Micmac people (part of the Algonquin nations) is the founder of Center for Algonquin Culture, and is a former Professor of Native American history at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York. He is also the author of the widely praised No Word For Time, the Way of the Algonquin People, and many other books, including an Algonkian language series. 

Nomadic College is coming to Earthdance! Registration is Now Open!

ABOUT THE NOMADIC COLLEGE

Venue for the study of The Axis Syllabus

– fundamentals, theory and inquiry
– complementary applications for the Axis Syllabus
– more athletic challenge
– high-power training / fundamentals / creative expression

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.

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Frey Faust / Nuria Bowart 

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.

Course Dates & Prices:

Week I- October 2nd- 7th

Week II- October 9th- 14th

Morning Warm Up – Monday through Saturday, 1 hour / day – $60/week                       

Regular Workshop – Monday through Saturday, 2 hours / day – $140/week                                             

Evening warm down – Monday through Saturday, 1 hour / day – $60/week

Mentoring Space Access – Monday through Saturday, 1.5 hour / day (free for those who take at least two 12 hr workshops per week ) – $114/week

Room & Board Prices:

Dorm: $100/day

Camping: $85/day

Commuting: $70/day ($75/day with water/electric hookups for trailers)

Touch & Play – The Pause: Slow, Soft and Spacious – July 21-26th

Let’s play in spaciousness with one another and with ourselves!

Can we collectively create a space that encourages us to simultaneously mobilize while being still? Connect while resting? Create while integrating? Ground while strengthening? And dance towards prosilience*?

*Prosilience – Where resilience refers to an object’s ability to recover its original form after impact Prosilience implies an actual growth and learning from that impact. It is based on the  concept of antifragility and emphasises humans’ capacity to, under the right circumstance,  bounce back stronger and wiser after being hurt.

We invite you to join us in …The Pause… to collectively hold a space that is slow, soft, and spacious. Explore with us these antidotes to a culture that is always seeking to produce more, faster. Let’s slow down to enjoy rest and integration. Co-regulate and find stillness together so we can soften what we are holding and melt into deeper relation with ourselves, each other and the earth.

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Touch & Play Discovery Weekend!

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

We invite you to co-create this mini Touch&Play with us as a juicy mix of a community gathering and a great opportunity to join in as a newcomer to the tribe!

During these four days we’ll be setting the space and frame to dance, play and discover the Touch&Play work and community in an intimate gathering of up to 45 people.

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