Year-Long Program I 2019-20

December 2019 - April 2020
Genesis Spiritual Life Center
Westfield MA

Enhance your practice. Learn ways of supporting others in theirs. Discover ways to integrate elements of Contemplative Dance / Authentic Movement (such as: witnessing, listening, active imagination, and the dynamics of projection) into your life and professional work. Prepare to participate in and create peer groups. Begin study toward facilitating individuals and groups. Explore a new theme each weekend.

Five Weekends at Genesis Spiritual Life Center, Westfield, MA, plus Week II at Hampshire College, Amherst, MA. In addition, each participant will receive a private session with each faculty member once during the year. Plan to arrive by 2pm each Friday to be ready to begin by 3pm; each weekend concludes on Sunday at 1:30pm.

Limited to 12 participants.

Dates Themes Schedule
December 6-8, 2019The Body's Wisdom Fri, 2pm - Sun, 1:30pm
January 17-19 (20), 2020    Creativity and Active Imagination Fri, 2pm - Sun, 1:30pm
February 21-23 (24), 2020The Shadow Fri, 2pm - Sun, 1:30pm
March 20-22, 2020Stages of Ritual and Rites of Passage Fri, 2pm - Sun, 1:30pm
April 24-26, 2020Inner and Outer Ecology: Integrating Our Practice into Our Lives Fri, 2pm - Sun, 1:30pm
July 26-31, 2020 Week II, Hampshire College** Sun, 11am - Fri, 1pm

**YLP I '20 participants will receive a $100 discount off the tuition for Week II 2020.

Prerequisites for participation in Year I:

  • Completion of our Week I or the equivalent.
  • Knowledge and experience of psychological dynamics; study, training, personal experience in psychotherapy, reading, other workshops. We feel it is important for all participants to have some degree of knowledge about this area. We include consideration of psychological dynamics in the programs, but feel people should also have other study/experience in it.
  • We designed the programs for individuals interested in bringing their discoveries from the year into their work and lives. Our participants are mature, and come with training/examined practice in their particular fields. They have engaged with the world and have life experience.
  • We require each participant to be able and willing to manage her/his inner material. This work can be quite stimulating, or challenging, to one's soul/psyche/body (which is one reason people practice it!), but this will not be a therapy group per se. Personal issues might well arise, and we will as a group create a safe space for each person's work to evolve, but we will not be your therapists. Our main focus will be on the witnessing and responding processes. We encourage participants to arrange for whatever supports they might need outside of the programs.
  • Commitment to the entire program.
YLP I 2019-20 Revised Application Deadlines
Financial Aid Application Deadline: October 15, 2019
Program Application Deadline: October 15, 2019
Application Fee: $300, due with application by October 15, 2019 (Non-refundable, will be applied towards tuition)

Program Deposit: $500, due October 30, 2019 (following interview, due with signed Participation & Financial Agreements)

2019-20 Fees  In Residence
Tuition for 5 weekends$2350
Room, Board, Facility Fees
(Single Room)    
In Residence Total    $3750

Tuition for 5 weekends $2350
Meals, Facility Fees
(6 meals/weekend)
 Commuter Total$3000 

*Genesis will charge an additional fee of $30/weekend for gluten-free and vegan meals
We offer financial aid—payment plans, work-study positions, and partial scholarships. 

To apply, send the following materials by October 15, 2019:
1.    The completed YLP Application Form (PDF below)
2.    $300 Application Fee (by PayPal or by check made payable to Contemplative Dance). This fee is non-refundable and will be applied towards tuition. 
3.    If you are applying for financial aid, we'll need your application for this too. (see Financial Aid Application below)

Email materials to:
Mail materials to: Alton Wasson, 24 O'Neil Rd, Haydenville, MA 01039

Once we receive all of these materials, we will contact you to set a time for a phone conversation with Daphne or Alton.
Then, to finalize your commitment to the program, we will ask you to send us a signed Participation and Financial Agreement 
and $500 Program Deposit, due by Oct 30. We will ask you to send us signed Participation and Financial Agreements by November 22nd.

Contemplative Dance,
Mar 4, 2020, 12:44 PM
Contemplative Dance,
Mar 4, 2020, 12:44 PM
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Mar 4, 2020, 12:44 PM
Contemplative Dance,
May 1, 2020, 1:57 PM