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 2018


Winter Retreat --- UPDATE: as of January 4, the Winter Retreat is full. Please email cdance@contemplativedance.org if you would like to be added to the waitlist. 

Genesis Spiritual Life & Conference Center, Westfield, MA

March 8, 9-11, 2018, 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."

Thursday - Sunday:

In Residence Tuition + Room/Board $650

Commuter Tuition + Meals $465

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

Friday - Sunday:

In Residence Tuition + Room/Board $525

Commuter Tuition + Meals $375

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

A $200 deposit reserves your space. 

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

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Spring 2018


Experienced Workshop in Contemplative Dance
Saint Paul, MN, Saint Paul Yoga Center
Saturday, April 7, 2018, TIME TBA

Sunday, April 8, 2018, TIME TBA

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 6, 2018, for free, if attending this workshop. 

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

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Summer 2018


July 29-August 3, 2018   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


We are not currently offering CEUs for our weekend or week-long workshops.