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Restore • Connect • Ignite

 

February 22nd – March 2nd, 2025

at Posada Natura

Rio Naranjo Valley

COSTA RICA

 

DANCE YOUR MEDICINE is a multi-day, eco luxury retreat about evolving our consciousness, nourishing and healing ourselves through somatics, movement and community.

Together, for 7 days and 7 nights, we will imbibe pristine nature and food, dance to luscious music, deepen into embodied connection, and learn how to harness it for creating good in the world.

“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

Prepare to be Melted by the Beauty of Posada Natura

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.

Registration Opens Soon!

We will be opening registration very soon so sign up to get the email notification. We can’t wait to host you in this potent container.

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 3 Meals Daily

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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

While 3 glorious meals and snacks are provided, the retreat programming will be full of movement, exploration and expression that each of us will process differently. Naturally you may require a little extra support to move you through each day and experience. We ask that you take note of your needs and plan accordingly.

 

FACILITATION TEAM

Wren LaFeet

Wren LaFeet

Cocréa Founder and Retreat Co-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

Retreat Co-Lead 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.

*Odessa Avianna Perez is a Registered Associate MFT #118193; Supervised by Anna Howland, LMFT #99026; Employed by Center for Mindful Psychotherapy

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.

THE MUSIC

This year, music will be provided by your three main facilitators, Wren, Odessa, and Natasha. We’ve taken the last two years (by the time we arrive for the retreat) to hone our DJ and musical container crafting skills, and we feel confident we’re going to bring you the precise vibes to take you where you need to go.

Take a listen to some of the past music journeys featured at Cocréa events.

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?

 

 

FAQ

 

  • Is there transportation to and from the venue?
    • In order to make your journey to Posada Natura as smooth as possible we will be organizing private and/or group shuttles from SJO airport to Posada on Friday, March 24th, 2023. Depending on arrival dates, we can organize shuttles earlier if necessary. We will also organize shuttles for departing Posada to head back to SJO on March 31st. Note: there is an extra cost for the shuttle, prices vary depending on the number of people on board. Shuttle is from SJO to Posada and vice versa, no extra stops in between besides a quick bathroom stop. Drivers accept cash in colones. If you are coming or going from somewhere else, please get in touch with us to help you arrange your transportation separately.
  • What airport is the best to fly into?
    • SJO, Juan Santamaría International Airport
  • Will I be able to go to the beach?
    • The retreat center is on a beautiful river and the nearest beach town is about 30 minutes away. We suggest you book additional time before or after the retreat to enjoy the ocean.
  • What’s the nearest town?
    • Londres is the nearest town and the closest ATM. You will need to find a ride there if you need to use the ATM and we suggest you get money at the airport when you arrive.
  • What would I need money for during the retreat?
    • If you would like to purchase local cacao grown on the land we’ll be staying on, that will be available for 8000 colones (approximately $16). There is also a small shop with clothing and jewelry if you’d like to shop a little.
  • Is there lodging near SJO if I am arriving early or staying after?
    • Yes, Villas Norma is a great place to stay and is 15 minutes from SJO. Find more info here: Villas Norma
  • Can I still book 1-on-1 sessions with the facilitators?
    • Yes, the facilitators will be available for a limited amount of sessions that will be available to purchase as add-ons. During the retreat Natasha and Wren will be having sessions and after the retreat Odessa has a number of sessions available between April 1st & April 14th. You can purchase these through our ticketing link here: Purchase 1-On-1 Add-On Session

Your Transformational Dance Journey Awaits