Experienced Contemplative Dance/Authentic Movement Workshops

These workshops will deepen our movement practice and will include guided movement mediations, Contemplative Dance/Authentic Movement sessions, experiments with art media and time in nature. The workshops are restful and enlivening, meaningful and fun, welcoming and inclusive.




Winter Retreat 

Genesis Spiritual Life & Conference Center, Westfield, MA

February 28, March 1-3, 2019 Choose: Thursday thru Sunday or Friday thru Sunday. 3pm Thursday or Friday to 1pm Sunday.

Faculty: Alton Wasson & Daphne Lowell

Prerequisite: Week I or the equivalent, Week II or the Year-Long Programs

Limited to 14 Participants.

Poised in the moment, we listen. Being, in stillness and action, moves us.

Join us for a weekend of Contemplative Dance/Authentic Movement practice in the quiet and comfort of winter. Together we will create spaciousness, permission and safety around transitions from old to new. In particular, we will explore spiritual dimensions of the practice, and silence and sound, using such practices as movers containing experience, silent witnessing and non-verbal forms of being in community. As always we will invite rest and play into our practice. 

As one form of invocation for the spirit of this workshop, we invite you to read Alton's essay, "Enhancing the Grace."


In Residence Total $800

Tuition $400

+ Room, Board, Facility Fees $400

Commuter Total $575

Tuition $400

+ Meals, Facility Fees $175

(Commuter rate includes all meals at Genesis, Thursday supper - Sunday lunch)


In Residence Total $625

Tuition $350 

+ Room, Board, Facility Fees $275

Commuter Total $470

Tuition $350

+ Meals, Facility Fees $120

(Commuter rate includes all meals at Genesis, Friday supper - Sunday lunch)

A $200 non-refundable deposit reserves your space. 

In Residence fees include single room and all meals. Double rooms are available for reduced fee. Contact us if interested. 

Financial aid available, please contact us to apply.

Full/final non-refundable payment due February 18, 2019. Cancellations: We will refund all but the deposit if your space is filled by another participant or in case of special circumstances.

Payment options: 1. Check payable to Contemplative Dance (preferred) or 2. credit or debit card through PayPal (see Online Payments)

For more information, contact cdance-at-contemplativedance.org.

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**12/27/2018--Registration for Winter Retreat 2019 is currently full. Please contact us at cdance@contemplativedance.org if you would like to add your name                                               to the wait list. If on the wait list we will send you an update as soon as a space becomes available and will send an update about availability after January 31.




Experienced Workshop in Contemplative Dance
Minneapolis, MN, 
 MOVO Studio 206, The Ivy Arts Building, 2637 27th Ave S.
Saturday, April 13, 10am-5pm; Sunday, April 14, 10am-4pm

Faculty: Alton Wasson
Tuition: $250

This workshop will deepen our movement practice. Experiment with dimensions of the process with a group of experienced movers. Included are guided movement meditations and explorations with art media and nature.

Come to the Friday evening Introductory Contemplative Dance Workshop on April 12, 6:30-9:00pm, for free, if attending this workshop. 

For more information, contact local host, Michael Gardos Reid, gardosreid@gmail.com, or Alton Wasson, 413-268-3294, altonwasson@comcast.net

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August 4-9, 2019   Week II - Experienced Contemplative Dance/Authentic Movement 

A 6-day retreat. Expand individual practice. Enhance witnessing. Dialogue about Authentic Movement in a community of peer movers. Daily warm-ups with live music, hour-long round robins, small faculty-led groups or peer groups. Choose between several options: sessions outdoors, work in other media, work with partners, time alone. 
Prerequisites: Week I or the equivalent, including witnessing experience.
Prerequisite for the Peer Group Option: Week II

For more information, including tuition and housing fees, see week-long page for more info