Femina Kinetica: The Female Body in the Motion of Contact Improvisation – REGISTER NOW!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Our Fees Explained

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

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

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

PRICING

Earthdance Gratitude Lodge

Financially Wealthy ($675)

Financially Abundant ($550)

Financially Stable ($425)

Financially Coping ($375)

Financially Strained ($325)

Camping

Financially Wealthy ($650)

Financially Abundant ($525)

Financially Stable ($425)

Financially Coping ($350)

Financially Strained ($300)

Commuting

Financially Wealthy ($625)

Financially Abundant ($500)

Financially Stable ($400)

Financially Coping ($325)

Financially Strained ($275)

Equity & Access Tickets 

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

APPLY HERE! Application deadline is July 19th.

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

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

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

Housing Options

Gratitude Lodge at Earthdance Tickets

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

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

Camping Tickets

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

Commuter Tickets

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

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

Nine Mountain is NOT available.

Cancellation Policy

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

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

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

Health Precautions

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

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

Participant Community Support

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

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

Earthdance’s Jam Guidelines

Earthdance’s Nudity Policy

HOST BIO

Valerie Sabbah

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

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

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

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

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

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

Touch&Play: Lucidity

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

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

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

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

Join the Sensual Wizard Camp edition! 

Touch&Play: Discovery Weekend

It’s time to play!

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

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

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

Embodied Pillars:

DANCE & EMBODIMENT

CREATIVITY & EROS

SELF EXPRESSION & KINK

RELATIONSHIPS & COMMUNITY

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Our Fees Explained

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

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

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

PRICING

GRATITUDE LODGE

$725 – Financially Wealthy

$600 – Financially Abundant

$500 – Financially Stable

$425 – Financially Coping

$375 – Financially Strained

CAMPING

$700 – Financially Wealthy

$575 – Financially Abundant

$475 – Financially Stable

$400 – Financially Coping

$350 – Financially Strained

COMMUTER

$675 – Financially Wealthy

$550 – Financially Abundant

$450 – Financially Stable

$375 – Financially Coping

$325 – Financially Strained

SATURDAY DROP-IN

$475 – Financially Wealthy

$350 – Financially Abundant

$250 – Financially Stable

$175 – Financially Coping

$125 – Financially Strained

Equity & Access Tickets 

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

Apply Here!  Application deadline is August 1st.

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

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

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

Housing Options

Gratitude Lodge at Earthdance Tickets

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

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

Camping Tickets

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

Commuter Tickets

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

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

Cancellation Policy

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

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

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

Health Precautions

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

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

Participant Community Support

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

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

Earthdance’s Nudity Policy


HOST BIOS

Emmett Charno

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

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

IG: @excessmaterials www.charnoeducation.org 


Leela/Lu Kelley

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

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

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

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


Marie/Murry

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

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

IG: @maythemuses


SONG LEADER BIOS

Paris Kern

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

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

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

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

Youtube video about Circlesinging. 

Jordan Mudd

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

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

Aya Mares (she/they)

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

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

Amy Mares (they/them)

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

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

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

 


Earthdance Community Work Day!

Join us to help freshen up and repair Earthdance!


Earthdance needs a fresh coat of paint and we need your help! Bring your painting clothes and we will supply all you need to make your home away from home sparkle again!


If gardening is more your vibe, we will have a few projects for you to get your hands dirty with ED’s gardener, Neal.

We will feed you and we will jam in the evening!!!

Schedule:

Community Collaboration: 9am – 1pm

Lunch: 1-2pm

Community Collaboration: 2pm – 6pm

Dinner: 6-7pm

Jam: 7-10pm

Come for one Community Collaboration or join us ALL day into dancing!

STAY OVERNIGHT

If you need a place to stay overnight, our Gratitude Lodge dorm bed is $30 per night. (Rental of sheets and towel is $15) Or, camping which is $20. * Includes access to the sauna and kitchen use but does not provide breakfast the following day.

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

Queer CoCo Jam! hosted by Leela Kelley and Skins – Register Now!

Queering CI & Embodying Queer Joy

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

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

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

What is a CoCo Jam?

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

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

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Queer COCO Jam Details

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

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

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

Our Fees Explained

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

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

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

Equity & Access Tickets 

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

Apply Here! Application Deadline is September 5th.

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

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

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

Housing Options

Gratitude Lodge at Earthdance Tickets

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

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

Camping Tickets

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

Commuter Tickets

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

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

Nine Mountain is NOT available.

PRICING

GRATITUDE LODGE

Financially Wealthy – $625

Financially Abundant – $500

Financially Stable – $400

Financially Coping – $325

Financially Strained – $275

CAMPING

Financially Wealthy – $600

Financially Abundant – $475

Financially Stable – $375

Financially Coping – $300

Financially Strained – $250

COMMUTER

Financially Wealthy – $575

Financially Abundant – $450

Financially Stable – $350

Financially Coping – $275

Financially Strained – $225

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

Financially Wealthy – $450

Financially Abundant – $300

Financially Stable – $200

Financially Coping – $125

Financially Strained – $85

Cancellation Policy

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

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

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

Health Precautions

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

Participant Community Support

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

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

Earthdance’s Jam Guidelines

Earthdance’s Nudity Policy

HOST BIOS

Skins

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

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

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


Leela/Lu Kelley

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

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

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

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

Layers of Presence: Skin| Flesh| Bone| Floor – A Contact Improv Basics Workshop with Olive Frank and Tal Shibi

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A Contact Improvisation Workshop

This workshop is designed to introduce participants to some of the basics of this captivating movement art-sport that is Contact Improvisation.

In this workshop we will ask the question “what makes a satisfying dance?”

We will research some of the underlying principles which lead dancers to move with more nuance and listening so they can enhance the possibilities within their dance.

Whether you’re an experienced dancer or new to movement practices, “Layers of Presence” welcomes participants of all backgrounds and skill levels. Come and refresh your dancing with clear practice and insight into what makes CI a unique form. See you there!

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SCHEDULE

3pm – 6pm Workshop

6:30 – 7:30pm Dinner

8 – 10pm Contact Jam

PRICE

WORKSHOP with Dinner and Jam

Financially Wealthy – $275

Financially Abundant – $200

Financially Stable – $125

Financially Coping – $75

Financially Strained – $50

WORKSHOP ONLY – Does not include Dinner or Jam

Financially Wealthy – $260

Financially Abundant – $185

Financially Stable – $110

Financially Coping – $50

Financially Strained – $35

JAM ONLY – Does not include Dinner

Financially Wealthy – $150

Financially Abundant – $100

Financially Stable – $60

Financially Coping – $30

Financially Strained – $20

SAUNA

$10 with towel rental

STAY OVERNIGHT

If you wish to extend your visit and stay overnight in our Gratitude Lodge dorm bed is $40. (Rental of sheets and towel is $15) Or, camping which is $30. * Includes access to the sauna and kitchen use but does not provide food.

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

Cancellation Policy

Refund available up to 10 days before the event less a $20 for workshop, $10 for jam 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. We do not offer refunds if you catch a cold, the flu or COVID.

COVID Precautions

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

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

Earthdance’s Jam Guidelines

Earthdance’s Nudity Policy

HOST BIOS

Olive Frank

Olive Frank loves a good contact improv dance. After 9 years of dancing contact improvisation in various countries and communities, she is still researching what makes a good CI dance so satisfying. And, she is eager to research that with you.


Tal Shibi

Tal Shibi is a native Jerusalem choreographer, improvisor, performer, and teacher of dance, CI, and somatic awareness. He is continuously curious in exploring collaborations between different art forms, and widening the perceptions of performance and dance. 
talshibi.com