Cocréa is dedicated to providing a safe a learning environment while also creating a “brave space” designed to explore edges, stretch into discomfort and grow. We desire a potent while also enjoyable experience for everyone, therefore all attendees, instructors, DJs, staff, and volunteers at Cocréa events are required to comply with the following community guidelines. Organizers will remind us of these guidelines throughout the event. We are expecting cooperation from our entire dance family to help ensure a safe environment for everybody.
The Quick Version
Cocréa is dedicated to providing a safe event experience for everyone, regardless of gender, age, sexual orientation, ability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion (or lack thereof). We do not tolerate harassment of event participants in any form. Event participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the event without a refund at the discretion of the event organizers.
The Less Quick Version
Come prepared to take responsibility for your own experience and for your impact on the land, space and others present. Live to your highest standards.
Become Active in Your Care:
If you see someone who’s having a difficult time, looks vulnerable, or witness an interaction that seems ‘off’, check in! We’re dance family; let’s look out for one another.
Seek out community members on the sidelines and make an effort to include them, challenge yourself to make eye contact with everyone at the event (especially those whom you might be tempted to avoid), and engage those around you in conversation, song, prayer, laughter or dance.
Check in before engaging others, courageously and actively exploring the kinds of interactions that are mutually desired and agreeable. Consent is a continually negotiated process, so communicate at every step of the way!
Work to Understand Your Privilege:
Both within the microcosm of the retreat and the broader context of our world. Explore these topics with curiosity and compassion.
Accept and Expect Non-Closure:
Much can and will arise in situations where we are interacting with aspects involving touch, physical closeness, energy exchange and other manner of interpersonal transaction. “Stuff” may get brought to the surface. We will do our best to support and address stuff as it arises and acknowledge that not everything will find closure or completion. This is one part of an ongoing journey. Stay curious. Stay open.
Invite – Allow – Acclimate – Relax (Pause / Presence):
Taking pauses before initiating change can make all the difference in the way an interaction unfolds. As an intentional practice of creating safe space, we will do our utmost to pause, breathe and feel into what’s true for us before moving forward.
Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of workshops or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.
If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of event staff immediately. Event staff will instruct participants where they can be found at start of event and agree to always have someone at these places at all times.
Event staff will be happy to help participants contact venue staff, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the event. We value your attendance and your safety.
Assume Good Will:
We are all doing our best at every moment. Let’s try to hold each other in our best light even when it feels hard.