Earthdance Lab: Components of CI Culture

August 5, 2021 - 3:00pm to August 8, 2021 - 3:00pm

Programming category: 

REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED. We look forward to seeing you at the next event.

For various reasons, from large event COVID concerns, to the complexity of hosting a full jam, family-friendly event at this particular time and circumstances,  the event is pivoting from a Transition Summer Jam to a limited capacity Lab & Workshop space August 5-8th. 

Deep breath. 

We acknowledge that you may be someone that was excited by and planning for this Summer Jam for you and your beloveds. We apologize for any distress and changes in your August plans this causes you. As an organization, this felt like not only a sustainable decision, but also a responsible one. For all you excited jammers and families, we truly hope that we will be able to host a Fall or Winter Jam. 


Earthdance Lab: Components of CI Culture 2021



Earthdance is ready for and able to support a small group of lab participants who are interested in being in movement together, as well as dialogue and development of CI and the conversations that revolve around it such as: Consent & Boundaries, Equity & Access, Jam Guidelines, and Accountability Processes.

This past year has highlighted the importance of the continual inquiry into these crucial topics as an organization and a CI culture. Earthdance wants to continue to develop individual, community, and organizational capacity and skills in hosting safer spaces.  If this is interesting to you, this lab is perhaps a great opportunity for you!

This lab is an opportunity to take a breath, to reflect on what we’ve learned, to walk in the woods and move in the studio, and continue to learn together. We're excited and appreciative for the following people to help support this event: Rowan K. Ching (Equity & Access Focus), Tania Velasquez and Chaya Aronoson (Consent & Boundaries Focus), Meta Bobbe (Admin & ED Organizational Focus) and Michelle Huber (Jam Guidelines).


Application process:

Since this is a more focused lab environment, it’s important that we’re all consenting, interested in, and able to engage in the topics shared below. This is why as part of registration one has to fill out an Application Form. 

We suggest you apply as soon as possible. We'll review applications on a rolling basis and send the payment registration link. We will hold several spots until July 10th for people who may not be able to fill out the application right away. Those open spots will be filled by lottery. 


Lab Topics of Engagement

  1. Moving back into Touch: How can we each move at the pace of our nervous systems and also with awareness and respect for others pace and needs? What conversations, what sensations help us orient to ourselves and others as we move back into touch? Are there ways to slow down (or speed up?) and not just go back to the known and “normal”?

  2. Building Skills in Consent & Boundary: As CI practitioners, we each hold responsibility not only for ourselves, but also for others. The practice of communication with consent and boundaries is a vital way to help create a “safer” place within the CI community. How can we shift the assumption away from silence or compliance as a “yes” to a skilled and aware conversation and tracking of others and ourselves.

  3. Building skills and Language in Equity & Access. What does it mean to you to have a jam with diversity and accessibility as a focus? What are the effects if there isn’t diversity or accessibility for marginalized identities? How do we change culture and grow as a community to shift out of subconscious (and conscious) oppressive actions and words?

  4. Engaging with jam guidelines as a community As a community it is time we reflect on what our agreements and commitments are to each other. We will take time to dialogue, to research, and lab what guidelines are to us, and how we can hold them as a community.

As we all know, learning and building these skills are life long practices, to be responsible people and community we must cultivate the skills together. If you have a “yes” to being part of this now, then this lab is for you. 


Arrival and Container

  • Arrival is Thursday, August 5th between 3:00pm and 7:30pm. An Opening Circle is planned for 7:30pm and is essential that you are there for it. 
  • This Lab is a closed container and we ask that everyone arrives and ends together. We understand this may limit participation for some people. Departure is August 8th 3pm
  • Limited capacity of 25 to 30 max. 
  • Since the focus of the jam is labbing, vs. an open jam environment, child support will not be given. If you are only able to attend with your child/ren, please let us know that in the application form. 
  • The Lab will be supported by an organizing team, but will be held and developed together.  Everyone will assist with kitchen help.


Covid Boundaries and Request

State guidelines have shifted and many businesses and events are re-opening. We are choosing to hold this lab while understanding there are inherent risks with any public event. We understand that everyone needs to make different personal choices for a variety of reasons when it comes to whether or not they can get vaccinated*. While we cannot account for every scenario, we are focusing on offering this lab for individuals who are fully vaccinated. Unvaccinated individuals are welcome to also apply and we will follow up to understand how to support them in potentially attending this event. 

For this lab, we will be holding a boundary with a few basic requirements:

  • In order to attend, you must provide proof of vaccination or provide proof of a Covid negative test result by Aug 4th at 12 pm (the test must have been conducted within 72 hours before arrival).
  • While on site, we ask that you wear a mask any time you are doing prep or serving food in the kitchen prep area. This will most likely be during one of your volunteer shifts in the kitchen but it is required at any time in the kitchen prep and serving area. PLEASE bring your mask.
  • We ask that you NOT attend if you have any symptoms of illness. While it might not be Covid-19, we understand that the Flu is gathering momentum. As our immune systems recalibrate after a year of different exposure levels,  we are hoping to have everyone stay healthy and mindful about shared space.


We understand you might be eager to support these requirements or on the other end of the spectrum, perhaps they bring up frustration. Either way, this is what we ask in order for you to join this container. There can be no exceptions and if any of these feel like they are not something you can agree to at this time, we ask that you not attend. 

Our invitation to all is to practice enhanced safety practices 10 days before arriving and to follow current CDC guidance for your vaccination status. After over a year of Covid, we all have come to understand what activities can have more or less risk of exposure. We ask this of everyone, vaccinated or unvaccinated, to use your best judgement to hold this container in the 10 days before arrival. 

You might wonder why we ask this, especially if you have been enjoying an increased sense of socializing freedom after vaccination. We ask this because while a vaccinated person is less likely to contract Covid-19, it is possible for them to transmit it, and since we are holding space for the possibility that there may be unvaccinated people at the lab, less exposure is a path of respecting the differences present in the container. If we all commit to these safety practices for less exposure leading up to the lab, it can make a difference.  

*Experts recommend that unvaccinated people should continue to wear masks and practice physical distancing at indoor events and in other situations of close proximity.

This structure is subject to change in advance and during the event, depending on how conditions unfold.


Prices below include lodging (dormitory-style or camping) and meals:

Category Rate
Professional $350
Full Price $300
Subsidized $250


Our Sliding Scale: The fees to attend Earthdance Events are priced on a sliding scale. Please pay at the highest level of the sliding scale that you can afford. This allows others who need to pay less the opportunity to attend.

Professional Rate: for those comfortably paying their rent or mortgage.The Professional Rate also helps us offer lower prices to those who could otherwise not afford to attend.
Full Rate: for those who have a regular income and are paying their mortgage or rent. Prices at this level contribute to the range of Earthdance's operating costs.
Subsidized Rate: for those with an income low enough that making ends meet is a challenge.


Scholarships are available for people needing financial aid, and to BIPOC individuals. If you have any questions or concerns about cost, please email

Organizing Team: Bios & Info to Follow:

We're excited and appreciative for the following people to help support this event: Rowan K. Ching (Equity & Access Focus), Tania Velasquez and Chaya Aronoson (Consent & Boundaries Focus), Meta Bobbe (Admin & ED Org Focus) and Michelle Huber (Jam Guidelines).


Rowan K Ching (they/them)
Rowan is a queer, mixed ethnicity Asian-American committed to using art as a vehicle for healing and social change. Rowan’s work incorporates movement, text, somatics, improvisation, to explore the multiplicity of selfhood in and intimacy. As we move through this transition period, Rowan is curious as to how we can build more equitable practices in the CI community, specifically around race, gender, and accessibility, as this point in time has the potential to set the precedent for all times after. Rowan recently began a Masters in Acupuncture program, as they aspire to incorporate East Asian body philosophies into their own artistic practice while also learning a healing modality rooted in their own cultural heritages.


Tania Velásquez (she/her)
Manual therapist. Educator. Body Nerd. Mover. Asker of Questions. Sensory Word Processor. Lover of Earthdance and, she thinks, CI is the best medicine. So, here she is, wanting to share in all that and offer support in any way. At your service.
Tania has been an LMT since 1994 and is the head of Pinpoint Education  She also serves as adjunct faculty in the massage program at Pacific College of Health and Science-NY, where she teaches kinesiology, orthopedic pathology, and manual therapy. Her movement background is in martial arts, contact improvisation and yoga. +


Chaya Leia Aronson, RN BSN (she/her)
Chaya has a private practice offering Maya Abdominal Massage, Holistic Pelvic Care and Health and Sexuality Coaching for over a decade in the Northampton area. She has great passion and skill in supporting people and relationships to have clear conversations around consent, boundaries and pleasure. Chaya looks forward to bringing this into the context of CI as we emerge from our collective cocoon. In relationship to CI and community, Chaya brings enthusiasm and curiosity around how to include and support children and parents in our community.


Meta Bobbe (she/her)
Meta is an active Earthdance Board Member supporting the Equity and Access and Programming Committees. She is a dedicated researcher of movement and dance. She explores this through Contact Improvisation and through the lens of healing and embodiment. Meta is a body therapist (LMT, BCST and Ilan Lev Method) at Tend: Center of Integrative Bodyworks out of Easthampton, MA (Territory of the Pocumtuc and Nipmuc).
In the context of CI at this time, Meta is interested in continuing to explore and reflect on what it means to be part of CI "culture" and "community". What responsibilities do we each have to each other, ourselves, and the form? and