Prepare to be Melted by the Beauty of Posada Natura
Cocréa Founder and Retreat Lead Facilitator
Wren celebrates dancing in partnership for 23 years and loves serving humanity as a somatic permissionary. Teaching partner dance internationally as a practice for mindful, authentic living, and enlivening communities by facilitating his signature modality, Cocréa, has been his joy for nearly a decade. Wren guides somatically curious humans towards right relationship by exploring the realms of Self, Earth, Music, Sacred Other, Community and Whole through listening and responding, and inviting, allowing and embracing change. He is a celebrated TEDx speaker, featured author in “ReInhabiting the Village” and ardent proponent of pioneering a new renaissance through authentic connection and consensual touch.
Wren is a cis-gender, able bodied white male residing in Cherokee territory (Asheville, NC). As a psychonaut, consensual non-monogamy practicing, non-binary identified, 11th generation American descended most recently from artist and blue collar working class parents, Wren is in a deep reckoning with the numerous and nuanced aspects of self that influence how we navigate interpersonal relationships and cultural identity on the journey into right relationship.
As a Danyasa trained facilitator, former Awake at Work program facilitator, certified Attunement Therapy practitioner, Do Good Things with Power program graduate, and holder of a BA in Drama and Dance from the University of Washington, Wren promotes dance as an embodied approach to spirituality and medicinal salve for our modern ailments of disconnection and dislocation.
Believing in life as a dance, Cocréa is a continually evolving holistic movement modality intended to bring individuals into strong, empowered, expressive relationships with their bodies and their communities.
At its core Cocréa is a somatic methodology for working with life’s changes and adapting with them in order to share a more regenerative, nurturing and harmonious world. We build resilience by holding an attitude of curiosity and interest, pausing with depth of breath, listening into what’s needed and true when offering new ideas, and before saying yes or no to invitations.
Odessa Avianna Perez
Guest Facilitator and Trauma-Informed Somatic Educator
Odessa Avianna Perez is a trauma-informed somatic psychotherapist, embodiment and social justice educator who helps individuals and groups heal from fragmentation and remember agency, magic, and belonging.
Odessa is a cis gender, able-bodied, biracial white-presenting latina currently residing in Tongva territory – aka Los Angeles, CA. She holds an MA in Somatic Psychology from California Institute of Integral Studies and triple bachelor degrees in Dance, Theater Arts, and Sociology from Rutgers University. She is a ThetaHealing practitioner and instructor, and has a background in massage and bodywork. She has over 2 decades of movement and dance performance experience, and has been practicing and teaching Contact Improvisation as a form of self inquiry and relationship alchemy for over ten years.
Odessa is deeply curious about the intersection of personal and collective trauma, collective nervous system states and expression, and how we can use somatics and dance to integrate our trauma for better relationship, community and planet. She has facilitated workshops at dozens of retreats and festivals using somatics, movement, and contact improvisation as the platform through which to explore safety, relationship, building capacity for discomfort, interdependence and inclusion.
In her psychotherapeutic private practice, she weaves somatics, movement, interpersonal neurobiology, polyvagal theory, attachment work, and social and racial justice frameworks. She is part of the Healer’s Collective for the Decolonizing Wealth Project, and the Inclusion and Belonging co-lead for SoulPlay festivals.
A forever student, Natasha (or Taj) has been practicing and teaching yoga for the last decade. Her yoga journey has included Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin and Goddess flow certifications. Through movement practices, she’s experienced her most profound moments of realization and emotional breakthroughs. Naturally she enjoys helping others tap into something new, be it emotions, sensations, or thoughts through the modalities she’s most familiar. She believes yoga is a lifestyle and that lifestyles often ebb and flow with life. As she continues to grow and change, so does her practice as it incorportes traditional and nontraditional ideas, topics, music and more.
FEATURED MUSIC ARTISTS
Ruby Chase is a singer, writer, producer, DJ and social alchemist with a focus on making impact through her music. She expresses this intention through her unique, ritualistic live show, intentional lyrics and an eclectic span of musical flavors ranging deep tribal bass to floating angelic highs.
Weaving global dance music with her ethereal live vocals and interactive invitations, Ruby’s sets turn the dance floor into a ceremony.
Yozéf is a student and explorer of movement in all its forms. As a meditator, the basis of his exploration is awareness and inner silence. He has studied Hatha, Raja, Anusara and Ashtanga Yoga and has had a profound approach to Kundalini Yoga which has led him to understand the energetic body in his personal yoga practice spanning 14 years.
His first approach to Ecstatic Dance was in Nevada City, California. From this and other experiences after 7 months of travel, he joined a group of Contact Improv Dancers to found Danza Ecsta-Tica, the first monthly Ecstatic Dance event in San Jose, Costa Rica.
His path has led him to found Beyond Dance, an offering born from his heart that today has become a true local community that flourishes through the medicine of dance and music. Beyond Dance is an experience that is infused with his charisma and passion for movement and brings together and integrates all of his knowledge through breathing exercises, energy circle activations, meditation and a ceremonial environment essential to create a complete experience of physical, mental and emotional release on the dance floor.
Today he is considered the main Costa Rican precursor and promoter of this movement in the country and has given life to a multitude of ecstatic dances around the country. Yozef has participated as a Dj in Ecstatic Dance Paris and as a facilitator of Beyond Dance in Naples, Italy in 2020 and had the opportunity to be a facilitator of Movement and Ecstatic Dance in the Green Residencies of Momentom Collective in Macaw Lodge, Costa Rica in 2021 and 2022.
INVITATION TO PARTICIPATE
SOCIAL JUSTICE AND RESPONSIBILITY
Why Partner Dance?
Dancing in intentional connection with others offers a wealth of benefits. It has been shown time and again how necessary it is for us humans to engage in healthy, physical contact with one another. We hold this truth at our core and endeavor to offer spaces for this need to be met in a good way. Building upon this foundational aspect of our humanity, Cocréa opens doorways to finding versatility and ease as we move through life.
- Improve awareness and sensitivity to emotional and physiological states of other people.
- Practice listening to verbal and nonverbal cues.
- Calm the mind to increase presence and attentiveness to another person’s sharing.
- Increase emotional intelligence.
- Practice asking for and giving your full embodied No and enthusiastic Yes.
- Honoring and respecting boundaries.
- Interpreting and understanding body language.
- Practice taking risks and trying new things in a supportive environment.
- Become more comfortable with spontaneously expressing yourself through movement.
- Enjoy the experience of feeling grounded in a powerful, fluid body and calm, curious mind.
- Add variety and fun to your week through playful interaction with likeminded people.
- Gain skills you can teach to existing dance partners.
- Experience a sense of belonging within the larger Cocréa and Fusion communities.
- Connect online with national and international Cocréa community.
- Have fun and laugh with new friends.
- Open new neural pathways of self-expression through exploration of dance form and a diversity of music.
- Strengthen and integrate all the parts of your body to support that expression.
- Release self-limiting beliefs that hold you back from being fully expressed.
- Develop trust in the phenomenon of emergence and learn to be guided by the moment.
Enhance Somatic Awareness
- Discover movement of your body as a living wisdom within you.
- Develop stronger body awareness for more graceful movement.
- Master spatial awareness for greater ease of movement in daily life.
- Find flow as you move through your world.
Ready to Shift Your Paradigm?