Restore • Connect • Ignite

 

March 24th – 31st, 2023

at Posada Natura

Rio Naranjo Valley

COSTA RICA

 

DANCE YOUR MEDICINE is a multi-day, eco luxury retreat about remembering, recharging and reaching our peak vitality through intentional movement and community. Together, for 7 days and 7 nights, we will imbibe pristine nature and food, dance to luscious music, embrace our sensuality and learn how to harness it for creating good in the world.

 

 Is Dance Your Medicine is the right fit for you in this time of great change?

 

Schedule a discovery call with Cocréa founder, Wren LaFeet, and see how Cocréa can support you in remembering the wisdom of the body and reconnecting with others in the spirit of change.

 

There is So. Much. To Tend to.

 

The world is uncertain, chaotic, and mysterious, especially these days. In a capitalistic culture, joy, rest, and rejuvenation are radical acts. They build our resilience to face the road ahead. 

 

We unplug in order to recharge.

 

We commune with nature in order to remember who we are.

 

We come to listen to our bodies’ wisdom.

 

We come to effect change from the inside out.

 

We gather to learn a better way in community. 

 

We gather to heal our hyperindividualism and codependence, and learn interdependence.

 

We come 

 

to Celebrate. 

 

to Feel.

 

to Be Danced.

• LISTEN •

• E M B O D Y •

• CONNECT•

• COC R E A T E •

 

EMBODIMENT is the practice we invite you to cultivate; of your purpose, of your truth, of the unique medicine you bring and how to find that through moving your body with others.

SHIFT YOUR PARADIGM into a full love embrace of what turns you on and lights you up. Discover how living in acceptance and curiosity of your body, boundaries and what brings you alive, and how honoring that in others gives way to a radiant, thriving life.

JOIN THE MOVEMENT of conscious dance infusing the world with mindful connection and the pleasure of being alive. Adventure with Cocréa’s brilliant team of facilitators as they masterfully weave the themes of consent, emotional intelligence, radical self expression and holistic living through the mediums of movement, breath, music and touch.

Prepare to be Melted by the Beauty of Posada Natura

Retreat Features

 

Fusion Partner Dance Technique Classes

Contact Improvisation

Restorative and Goddess Flow Yoga

Ecstatic Access Movement Classes

Trauma-Informed Somatic Education

Dance Parties with Stellar DJs

Meditation

Epic Jungle Waterfall Trip 

Outdoor Pool

Riverside Retreat Space

All Organic, Vegetarian Meals

Love • And MORE!

 

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COME PLAY WITH US!

Our Embodiment Temple

Release and let go into the full embrace of Posada Natura.

Posada Natura is a gathering center located on the southern pacific coast of Costa Rica. They host retreats, conferences and programs with focus on wellness, education, social change and environmental conservation

The space provides a container to connect people to the powerful rejuvenating energy of an ancient rainforest, and wholesome wellness experiences. Their team is comprised of leaders in the fields of holistic health, spiritual practice, and environmental conservation.

Seated above one of the cleanest rivers left on earth, Rio Naranjo, and surrounded by over 7,500 acres of rainforest that their partner 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Eco Era, has protected since 1991, Posada Natura is a pristine container to explore what being in right relationship with the planet can feel like.

Come as you are.

Leave as you want to be.

Soak in the beauty of this living work of art and its curators.

Posada Natura Accommodations

Facilities

Situated alongside an enchanting river and surrounded by rainforest, Posada Natura’s spacious, open- air palace is the epitome of jungle luxury. Expansive gathering spaces, temple and practice spaces, lounge and dining areas are woven into lush tropical gardens along our river. Our group will have exclusive use of the space to spread out, drop in and commune with the land, each other and the work of embodying more deeply.

 

Ammenities:

  • high speed wifi
  • multiple private gathering spaces
  • temple space for group or private practice private
  • pool, jacuzzi and river access
  • expansive gardens and rainforest trails

All Tickets Include All Meals

View Ticketing Page for Availability

Posada Natura Food

We believe that food is healing. We source all of our produce from local, organic farms to create fresh, plant-based meals for every retreat. We believe in nourishing the human body with nutrient dense, fresh ingredients cooked by our incredible chef.

All food is locally sourced and organic. We incorporate what we can from our land depending on the season – mostly different kinds of fruit: oranges, limes,mandarins, mangosteens, rambutans, noni, durian, plantains, bananas, star fruit… and there is more.

As part of Dance Your Medicine you’ll enjoy:

  • 3 organic , nutrition-focused meals daily
  • Tea, coffee and snacks available throughout the day

 

More Options Available!

View our ticketing page to see all of the accommodation options Posada Natura has to offer!

“Before this retreat I was feeling disconnected from myself, my body and my dance.

I left not only having reconnected with myself and my dance but also having had the realization that this is what makes magic on the dance floor…to be embodied, connected with myself and have an open heart to connecting with others.

What I loved most about this retreat was the way in which the whole experience was skillfully crafted to lead me down this spiral of learning, self realization and interpersonal connection.

I just trusted the process and the skill of these beautiful facilitators…the result was deep transformation for myself and for my dance!”

– Michelle Raine, Integrative Trauma Therapist, Dance Your Medicine participant

michelleraine.com/

“These are staple somatic practices you’re teaching in a totally different context.

It’s non-verbal consent without the new age fluff and it WORKS.”

-Buster Rådvik, Founder and Owner at Embodied Intimacy

www.embodiedintimacytraining.com/

“What I loved about this retreat is the opportunity to step in deeply to a dance that brings both structure and freedom together.

This dance is like therapy. It’s an analogy for life on so many levels. To dive in with others feels connecting in ways so rare, precious and soul enlivening.

Thank you!!!”

– Kiki Mariotti, Dance Your Medicine retreat participant

“I have always loved to dance, but had limited vocabulary and some dense blocks preventing me from feeling comfortable in social dance settings…

I feel like I have deepened my connection with my own body, learned a new and delightful language, and received techniques to commune with others in a more profound way.

And it was fun and easy. I am so excited to go out and dance!”

– Niema Lightseed, Coach, Yoga teacher and Poetess

www.radicalwellbeing.com

“If you see these people doing a workshop within a 10 hour drive, you should make it.

It’s not just a dance class, it’s a life training that helps with all forms of connections and relationship.”

– Martín Bullo, Owner/Chef, Sierra Nevada Camp Chef

https://sierranevadacampchef.com

I learned so much about myself and how I relate to people and my environment, and now weeks after I see my relationships are also transforming.

From the start of the week to the end I felt like a completely different person, so full of energy and life.

Wren has a beautiful and unique style of teaching that is welcoming to each part of the soul, he invites a space of  healing and true authentic embodiment through words of wisdom and movement.

I will forever carry these teachings with me, so much gratitude for Cocréa.

– Jensyn Stanley, Momentom Collective Green Resident participant

“Eloquent, articulate and talented…

spreading the consciousness of connection through the lens of partnered dance far and wide.”

– Mark Metz, Creator/Editor of Conscious Dancer Magazine

www.consciousdancer.com

FACILITATION TEAM

Wren LaFeet

Wren LaFeet

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

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.

 

 

 

Natasha Richards

Natasha Richards

Yoga Teacher

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

Ruby Chase

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.

Yozef Luz

Yozef Luz

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

 
If you would like, we have an option to make a one time, $100 donation in addition to your event registration fee.
 
For every $100 donation received from participants, Cocréa will match it with an additional $100. This ensures that we can cover the cost of food for a local Costa Rican desiring to attend, and offer our program to them on a pay-what-you-can basis.
 
By living – simply being alive – in a time of such change while holding systemic, global privilege, we at Cocréa believe that we have a responsibility to leverage that power to do good things. 
 
Our time here is finite. As such, part of the way we desire to leverage our power is by providing access to our programming at minimal cost to those for whom the cost of an event would be prohibitive.
 
Everyone deserves to have a good time dancing with others, no matter what culture you were born into. 
 
We also believe in ending systemic oppression which is why 1% of all our year end profits go to Color of Change, and 1% of THIS event will go to the Found Nation to assist in their continuing work of enriching the lives of some of Costa Rica’s remaining indigenous people, the BriBri.

 

DETAILS

We are creating space for 1 Non-Costa Rican scholarship participant, and 1 Tico participant.

 

SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION

Please take some time to thoughtfully complete our scholarship application form. Whether you are Tico or non-native to Costa Rica, we will use this same form to determine awarding our scholarship positions. We look forward to hearing from you!

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 Communication

  • 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.

Embody Consent

  • Practice asking for and giving your full embodied No and enthusiastic Yes.
  • Honoring and respecting boundaries.
  • Interpreting and understanding body language.

Build Confidence

  • 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.

Practice Community

  • 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.

Expand Creativity

  • 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?

 

COVID POLICY

We currently will require everyone who attends the event to provide a negative COVID test within 72 hours of ARRIVING AT POSADA NATURA. We desire to hold the safety of both our attendees and our host country in the highest degree possible and required of us by the venue.
 
In the event of a cancellation due to COVID, 100% of your ticket will be credited for a future Dance Your Medicine retreat to be announced.
 
We reserve the right to change this policy as conditions and circumstances around world health change.

 

Your Transformational Dance Journey Awaits