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.




July 26-31, 2020. Week II - Experienced Contemplative Dance/Authentic Movement *Cancelled. 2021 dates coming soon!

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


FALL 2020


Experienced Workshop in Contemplative Dance/Authentic Movement *Cancelled. To be rescheduled Fall 2021.
Portland, ME,  The Yoga Center, 449 Forest Avenue Plaza Building 

Saturday, Oct 3, 2020, 10am-9pm; Sunday, Oct 4, 2020, 10am-1pm 

Faculty: Alton Wasson

Fees: $225 Early Registration; $250 after September 10 

This workshop will deepen our movement practice. Experiment with dimension 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 October 2, for free if attending the Experienced Weekend Workshop. (Attending the Friday evening intro qualifies you to attend the weekend workshop.)

For more information, contact local host Caroline Loupe, cmloupe@gmail.com, or Alton Wasson, 413-268-3294, altonwasson@comcast.net

Looking for overnight housing in the area? We suggest checking Airbnb in the USM or Rosemont areas of Portland, ME. Fall rentals can go quickly!

Register for this workshop

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Fall Retreat: Simple Gifts

Genesis Spiritual Life & Conference Center, Westfield, MA

October 16-18, 2020  

Friday 5:00pm - Sunday 1:30pm

Faculty: Daphne Lowell

Prerequisite: Week I or the equivalent (30-35 hours of Authentic Movement experience of moving & witnessing)

Participants: 8-12


Join me for this weekend of Contemplative Dance/Authentic Movement practice working with the theme of replenishment. How might this practice nourish, and offer safe, supportive, perhaps surprising ways for us to be fed by the innate resources of body, heart, mind, imagination and will? And how might our inner and outer experiences of this theme inform and move with each other? The weekend will include invitations to explore themes inspired by this season and these times, and we will practice with a mixture of structures including open question form, round robins, and various ways to reflect on discoveries, including silent witness. I will offer guided movement meditations, and there will be time for work in additional creative materials. I believe that coming together to move and be still and reflect and listen and create and dream with a community of companions is itself a sweet and potent and deliciously simple gift. 




Financial aid is available in the form of payment plans, work-study or scholarships, please contact us to apply. 

Gifts towards financial aid for this program are welcome and appreciated. 


For more information or questions, contact cdance@contemplativedance.org.


Register for this workshop

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Winter Retreat 

Genesis Spiritual Life & Conference Center, Westfield, MA

February 25-28, 2021. Choose a three night or two night retreat.  

Retreat begins 3pm Thursday or 3pm Friday and ends at 1pm Sunday.

Faculty: Alton Wasson & Daphne Lowell

Prerequisite: Week I or the equivalent (30-35 hours moving & witnessing experience)

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. 


Thursday-Sunday:                                                                                                                 Friday-Sunday:                                     

Tuition: TBA + In Residence Fees (Single Room, Board & Facility Fees): TBA or                 Tuition TBA + In Residence Fees (Single Room, Board & Facility Fees): TBA or 

Tuition: TBA + Commuter Fees (Meals & Facility Fees): TBA                                                Tuition TBA + Commuter Fees (Meals & Facility Fees): TBA

To reserve your space, send your non-refundable deposit ($200) and complete the registration form. Full/final non-refundable payment due TBA.

Genesis will charge an additional fee for gluten free or vegan meals (add. fee TBA) Please call Genesis to discuss any of your dietary needs (GF/Vegan/Food allergies/etc), 413-562-3627.  

Financial aid is available in the form of payment plans, work-study or scholarships, please contact us to apply. For more information or questions, contact cdance@contemplativedance.org.

Registration will open Fall 2020!

Cancellation Policy: In case of special circumstances, tuition may be refunded or forwarded to a future program.