Cocréa Workshop Weekend

 

November 23 & 24th, 2019
12:30-5:30pm

at The 418 Project
418 Front St.
Santa Cruz, CA

 

COCRÉA is an improvisational partner dance practice for developing presence, opening gateways to creativity, empowering mindful leaders and followers and generating authentic connection in relationship.

In this weekend workshop, the Cocréa Core Team, Wren LaFeet, Chrissy Mehnert and Usha Rose, will guide participants into an experiential embodiment practice based in the forms of many of the world’s social partner dance techniques, while inviting and allowing an easeful flow of ideas to emerge through listening and responding to the moment.

 

DAY 1: Introduction to Cocréa Fundamentals
We will cover all of the essentials necessary to enjoy this delightful and growing dance practice. Wren, Chrissy and Usha have been teaching fundamentals for a combined 14+ years and guide students in a very easy to follow progression of skills. No matter what your learning style, you’ll have fun and build confidence!

Techniques synthesized within this practice include contact improvisation, blues, tango, fusion, and more! As we hone this dynamic, kinetic toolbox, we emphasize connection, communication and presence between two people within a community of others. Allowing intuition and feeling to guide the partnership, their centers and frames to support it, Cocréa celebrates our ability to embody profound joy through being in a body moving in harmony with another body.

 

DAY 2: Slow, Saucy and Sacred
Content for this day will develop the movement and energetic technique required to harness our sexual creative energy, create mutually enjoyable dances based in presence and cultivating the pleasure of our turn on by crafting ourselves and our space as pristine, impeccable and “leak proof” containers.

Navigating the intimacy of close embrace with respect and honoring of boundaries, responding with instantaneous precision and flowing effortlessly between initiation (lead) and response (follow) will all be addressed in depth. We’ll also dive into breath work, exploring complexity of movement and the luscious richness available within the pause.

This workshop will place an emphasis on how we notice and move with awareness of the saucier sensual energies as they arise within a dance, and to hold these energies in their highest possible light. Our sexual energy is the energy of creation; our vital life force. As such, we will be moving in the realm of honoring the sacred in everyone with our dance, and with our touch.

Creating a container imbued with the feeling of safety is my primary concern so that every body can feel comfortable and excited to be exploring and inviting more pleasure in their dance with the Sacred Other.

Goals of Instruction
* Give you empowerment to enter into partnership confidently on any dance floor regardless of musical genre.
* Provide a context for you to connect in a positive, supportive and mutually enjoyable manner.
* Expand your movement vocabulary by guiding you through a progressive curriculum.
* Gain greater body awareness and sensitivity – both physical and emotional – to your partner.
* Practice deep listening to adjust and adapt to what is emerging between you and your partner in keeping with good consent.
* Build resilience to change.
* Grow into releasing expectations and agendas.
* Learn to invite, allow, accept and embrace what is.

Benefits
* Develop mindfulness and deeper body awareness.
* Open gateways to your creative mind.
* Exercise confidence in all your interactions.
* Learn and practice valuable consent tools for being in integrity in all your interactions.
* Nurture authentic, compassionate and intimate connections to those with whom you relate.
* Create calm in your life through engaging mirror neurons and offering your body the touch it needs without expectations, attachments or entanglements.
* Increase your intelligence through the one activity scientifically shown to activate the neuroplasticity of the brain and decrease the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s more than any other – social partner dance!

Weaving the threads of collaboration, cross-pollination and consciousness, the practice focuses on how dance can enhance and expand relationships into a deeply connected, honest and powerful tool for personal, interpersonal and collective transformation.

Please join us for a weekend of rich development in dance and authentic relating!

 

 

~For individuals as well as couples~
~All skill levels welcome~

 

This will be a full weekend with two days of workshop sessions. They will build on each other, however if you’ve taken a Cocréa Foundations workshop before, or have partner dance experience, you can sign up for just Day 2.

If you don’t want to sign up for Slow, Saucy and Sacred, you can sign up for only Day 1.

No housing on-site.

Nearby accommodations available through AirB&B and local friend stays.

 

 

RESOURCE EXCHANGE

Sliding Scale

Full Weekend: $95 / $125 / $155
Day 1 Only: $45 / $60 / $80
Day 2 Only: $50 / $65 / $85

Please pay what is available to you that feels like a stretch.

For scholarship or work trade opportunities, please contact us.

I learned more about how to improve my dancing in 3 hours than in the last 10 years.

Sara Ness

Authentic Relating Coach

If you see these people doing a workshop in with in a 10 hours drive, you should make it, is not just a dance class, is a life training, that helps with all forms of connections and relationship.

Martín Bullo

Professional Chef

Wren LaFeet

Wren LaFeet

Founder, Facilitator, Cocréa Mindful Partner Dance

A dancer in the Fusion social partner dance movement since it began, Wren’s dancing helps defines fusion as an emergent aesthetic dance form. Fueled by his curiosity in spirituality, the body, global community, the natural world and relationships, and guided by his devotion to love and the idea of the Beloved, partner dance has served as the vehicle for his inquiry and understanding. He has inspired the formation of multiple fusion dance communities on the west coast of North America, and teaches partner dance internationally as a practice for mindful, authentic living, enlivening communities with his signature modality, Cocréa. His facilitation encourages individuals to create themselves as safer spaces for the embodiment of the full range of human expression. Promoting dance as medicine, spirituality and salve for our modern ailments of disconnection and alienation, his practice insists we trust our bodies with the music and our partner to catalyze elevating our whole being into higher vibrational states.

Working with the holographic overview of humanity provided by the Gene Keys and combining its contemplative practice with his own somatic exploration and intuitive listening through the body, as well as his study of human conflict through theater, Wren empowers individuals and communities to dance with joy, helps free insights locked in the body, coaches people to more easily access their sensuality and even on privileged occasion supports the healing of chronic disease. Wren’s goal is to support people into right relationship with the moment; to listen and respond appropriately to what is being called for in service to the highest possible good. He holds a BA in Drama and Dance from the University of Washington, is an author in the published work, “Reinhabiting the Village,” a TEDx speaker and your muse for all things somatic.

CONNECT

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Chrissy Mehnert

Chrissy Mehnert

Facilitator, Cocréa Mindful Partner Dance

Chrissy can’t remember when it began, but dance came as naturally as breathing to her body. From a young age she studied dance primarily in the form of solo movement for performance and competition. Her first dance company saw her through many early professional opportunities, and her love of choreography took her to organize Pulse Dance Project, NYU’s first student-produced dance performance group. Eventually, she found that in many ways, her professional training was limiting her growth by under-valuing the uniqueness of all bodies. This awakening led her to the yoga studio. Her first and most honest class startled her with its resonance, springing her awakened life forward into opening after opening.

She trained in the summer of 2009 with Yoga to The People, dove right into teaching 10+ classes a week and gaining the YTTP studios in Berkeley and San Francisco a foothold. Until 2013, she was a prominent teacher for YTTP, when she moved out to the Northern California foothills. At the first night of Foothills Fusion Dance in 2015, Chrissy committed to a new dance form. Partner dance intimidated, allured and in time deeply transformed Chrissy’s being. No other practice has contributed so much to her unfolding as mindful partner dance. Now, her offerings are weaving through the overlapping layers of yoga and dance, inspiring each of her teachings with the other.

Usha Rose

Usha Rose

Facilitator, Cocréa Mindful Partner Dance

Usha Rose is a Somatic Sex, Intimacy, and Relationship Coach, Workshop Facilitator, Dance and Yoga Teacher, and Licensed Massage Therapist. She is trained in the Somatica™ Method of Sex and Relationship Coaching and is a graduate of the International School of Temple Arts Practitioner Training. She also spent three years studying closely with Sonika Tinker and Christian Pederson in the LoveWorks Relationship Training Mastery Program, including two years in the Assistant and Leadership Program.

She is the co-founder of Foothills Fusion Dance, a weekly, social dance in Grass Valley, CA and co-founder of Convergence, an annual Ecstatic and Fusion dance mini-festival in Northern California. She is also the Production Manager and Facilitator for Cocréa, a mindful partner dance company that produces transformational dance retreats and workshops around the globe.

Usha discovered the conscious dance community in 2010 when she started attending Ecstatic Dance Oakland. Since then she has studied SoulMotion™ with Vinn Marti and Zuza Engler, completed the JourneyDance™ Teacher Training with Toni Bergins and continues to be inspired by the many teachings of Contact Improv and 5Rhythms™.

She took her first partner dance class (Salsa) in 2005, although she was first introduced to partner dancing as a young child in her living room with her grandmother who was an avid Lindy Hop dancer. It was around 2010 when Usha discovered Blues dancing, and soon thereafter fell in love with Fusion dancing. She has studied several other partner dance forms including Salsa, Tango, Swing and Zouk, to name a few. In addition to teaching locally, she has taught dance at several events around the country including Enchanted Forest Gathering, Jumpsuit Family Gathering and Northern California Dance Camp.

Through the practice of Cocrea, I have learned more about myself and the limitations I put on myself, in order to better counteract them. I don’t give myself enough credit for my abilities and am often hindered by lack of confidence. Cocrea gives me that confidence to explore, and trust, and be in a community where everyone is in support of each other, and knows how to ask for help and support.

Dance Your Medicine retreat participant

Embodying Change

We envision a world in which everyone has access to a living syllabus of empowering tools for embodied relating which honor the present truth of each being. Through practicing with this ever evolving toolbox of Cocréa, we achieve the intimate relationships we most desire in coherence and harmony with our loved ones, our communities, our planet and ourselves.

 

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Embracing Flow

Sunday, December 15th, 2019
11am-5:00pm

at Heartbeat Collective
3630 Telegraph Avenue
Oakland, CA

Embracing life as a dance, Cocréa is a continually evolving holistic movement modality intended to bring individuals into strong, empowered, expressive relationships with their bodies.

Based in the structure common to many of the world’s social partner dances, dancers will learn tools to invite and allow graceful flow of ideas to emerge through listening and responding in presence to the moment – connecting to Self, Earth, Music, Other, Community and Whole.

In this workshop you will:

* Gain empowerment to enter into partnership confidently on any dance floor regardless of musical genre.

* Learn practical tools to connect in a positive, supportive and mutually enjoyable manner.

* Embody a framework for generating a coherent flow of movement in partnership

* Expand your movement vocabulary by guiding you through a progressive curriculum cultivated over a lifetime of dancing.

* Practice deep listening to adjust and adapt to what is emerging between you and your partner in keeping with good consent.

* Learn to invite connection playfully without expectation, and develop self nurturing regardless of the outcome.

* Have a ton of fun dancing with other people.

Benefits of Mindful Partner Dance:

* Develop greater body awareness and sensitivity – both physical and emotional – to your partner.

* Open gateways to your creative mind.

* Exercise confidence in all your interactions.

* Build physical, emotion and spiritual resilience to change.

* Grow into releasing expectations and agendas.

* Get an excellent, full body workout.

* Learn and practice valuable consent tools for being in integrity in all your interactions.

* Nurture authentic, compassionate and intimate connections to yourself and those with whom you relate.

* Create calm in your life through engaging mirror neurons and offering your body the touch it needs without expectations, attachments or entanglements.

* Increase your intelligence through the one activity scientifically shown to activate the neuroplasticity of the brain and decrease the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s more than any other – social partner dance!

DAY TIME SCHEDULE
11:00AM – 11:45: Re-Templating Frame: A Different Approach to Form and Structure
~Pause~
11:55PM – 12:45PM: Embodying Spirals
~Pause~Nourish~
1:15PM – 2:00: Spinaesthesia: Becoming the Music
~Pause~
2:10PM – 2:50PM: Containing and Directing Creative/Sexual Energy in a Dance
3:00PM – 4:00PM: CommuniYum Guided Cocréa Practice

This Playshop is designed to bring you confidently out of your head and into your body. Ultimately, releasing any attachment to the form and “how it SHOULD look” is the desire.

We create spiral dynamic movement to unite the left and right hemispheres of the brain and offer the practitioner an experience of timelessness and coherence with another.

At its core, Cocréa is a practice of adapting to life’s emergent changes through a process of allowing, accepting and embracing. Cultivating intuition and feeling to guide the partnership, our centers and frames to support it, Cocréa celebrates our ability to embody joy through being in a body moving in harmony with other bodies.

Weaving threads of consciousness, culture and intimacy, the practice focuses on how movement can enhance and expand relationships into a deeply connected, honest and powerful tool for personal, interpersonal and collective healing and transformation.

EXCHANGE
Sliding scale – no time limit on different tiers
$45 Lower Income Ticket
$60 Middle Income Ticket
$80 Upper Income Ticket

**PLEASE! Select the price below that honestly reflects your current capacity and that feels like a “stretch”.

LOCATION
Heartbeat Collective
3630 Telegraph Avenue
Oakland, CA
https://www.theheartbeatcollective.com/

FACILITATORS
Wren LaFeet, Chrissy Mehnert, and Usha Rose

Thanks to Wren I began rediscovering a part of me that I had thought long dead and buried. He challenged me to face some fears and helped me feel safe enough to do so.

Carole Hayes

Professional Photographer

You nailed it as far as crafting a transformational experience.

Terry

Beloved Festival CommuniYum participant

Wren LaFeet

Wren LaFeet

Founder, Facilitator, Cocréa Mindful Partner Dance

A dancer in the Fusion social partner dance movement since it began, Wren’s dancing helps defines fusion as an emergent aesthetic dance form. Fueled by his curiosity in spirituality, the body, global community, the natural world and relationships, and guided by his devotion to love and the idea of the Beloved, partner dance has served as the vehicle for his inquiry and understanding. He has inspired the formation of multiple fusion dance communities on the west coast of North America, and teaches partner dance internationally as a practice for mindful, authentic living, enlivening communities with his signature modality, Cocréa. His facilitation encourages individuals to create themselves as safer spaces for the embodiment of the full range of human expression. Promoting dance as medicine, spirituality and salve for our modern ailments of disconnection and alienation, his practice insists we trust our bodies with the music and our partner to catalyze elevating our whole being into higher vibrational states.

Working with the holographic overview of humanity provided by the Gene Keys and combining its contemplative practice with his own somatic exploration and intuitive listening through the body, as well as his study of human conflict through theater, Wren empowers individuals and communities to dance with joy, helps free insights locked in the body, coaches people to more easily access their sensuality and even on privileged occasion supports the healing of chronic disease. Wren’s goal is to support people into right relationship with the moment; to listen and respond appropriately to what is being called for in service to the highest possible good. He holds a BA in Drama and Dance from the University of Washington, is an author in the published work, “Reinhabiting the Village,” a TEDx speaker and your muse for all things somatic.

CONNECT

Click here to send us a message!

Chrissy Mehnert

Chrissy Mehnert

Facilitator, Cocréa Mindful Partner Dance

Chrissy can’t remember when it began, but dance came as naturally as breathing to her body. From a young age she studied dance primarily in the form of solo movement for performance and competition. Her first dance company saw her through many early professional opportunities, and her love of choreography took her to organize Pulse Dance Project, NYU’s first student-produced dance performance group. Eventually, she found that in many ways, her professional training was limiting her growth by under-valuing the uniqueness of all bodies. This awakening led her to the yoga studio. Her first and most honest class startled her with its resonance, springing her awakened life forward into opening after opening.

She trained in the summer of 2009 with Yoga to The People, dove right into teaching 10+ classes a week and gaining the YTTP studios in Berkeley and San Francisco a foothold. Until 2013, she was a prominent teacher for YTTP, when she moved out to the Northern California foothills. At the first night of Foothills Fusion Dance in 2015, Chrissy committed to a new dance form. Partner dance intimidated, allured and in time deeply transformed Chrissy’s being. No other practice has contributed so much to her unfolding as mindful partner dance. Now, her offerings are weaving through the overlapping layers of yoga and dance, inspiring each of her teachings with the other.

Usha Rose

Usha Rose

Facilitator, Cocréa Mindful Partner Dance

Usha Rose is a Somatic Sex, Intimacy, and Relationship Coach, Workshop Facilitator, Dance and Yoga Teacher, and Licensed Massage Therapist. She is trained in the Somatica™ Method of Sex and Relationship Coaching and is a graduate of the International School of Temple Arts Practitioner Training. She also spent three years studying closely with Sonika Tinker and Christian Pederson in the LoveWorks Relationship Training Mastery Program, including two years in the Assistant and Leadership Program.

She is the co-founder of Foothills Fusion Dance, a weekly, social dance in Grass Valley, CA and co-founder of Convergence, an annual Ecstatic and Fusion dance mini-festival in Northern California. She is also the Production Manager and Facilitator for Cocréa, a mindful partner dance company that produces transformational dance retreats and workshops around the globe.

Usha discovered the conscious dance community in 2010 when she started attending Ecstatic Dance Oakland. Since then she has studied SoulMotion™ with Vinn Marti and Zuza Engler, completed the JourneyDance™ Teacher Training with Toni Bergins and continues to be inspired by the many teachings of Contact Improv and 5Rhythms™.

She took her first partner dance class (Salsa) in 2005, although she was first introduced to partner dancing as a young child in her living room with her grandmother who was an avid Lindy Hop dancer. It was around 2010 when Usha discovered Blues dancing, and soon thereafter fell in love with Fusion dancing. She has studied several other partner dance forms including Salsa, Tango, Swing and Zouk, to name a few. In addition to teaching locally, she has taught dance at several events around the country including Enchanted Forest Gathering, Jumpsuit Family Gathering and Northern California Dance Camp.

Fusion Underground
Fusion Dance Party

Emeryville, CA

Fusion Underground is a new bay area dance party that integrates mindful partner dancing, freestyle dancing, ecstatic dancing and several established styles of movement including hip hop, swing, blues fusion, tango, kizomba and more.

This event will be bringing you hot new music, special guest dance performances, art gallery, sound healing and more! This will be a collaborative creation of music, art, dance and connection. Come celebrate with us!

Live painting/art!
Sound Healing!
Coffee, Tea and Snacks Lounge!

DATE AND TIME
8:30pm-1:30am
Every last Friday of the month

SCHEDULE
Lesson from 8:30-9:30pm
Dance from 9:30pm-1:30am
Live Dance Performances 10:30-11pm

LOCATION
Athletic Playground
4770 San Pablo Ave
Emeryville, CA 94608

EXCHANGE
$15 prepay, $20 at the door
Lesson: Add $5

MUSIC: HIP HOP | TRAP | R&B | FUNK | SOUL | BASS

PURCHASE TICKETS!
https://dancerfly.com/

Fusion partner dancing will be in full effect. Weave through the dance floor and create your own dance adventure. Expect top quality DJ’s to be bringing the best beats including hip hop, trap, r&b and more. Solo dancing is always welcome too! Dancing with a partner is not required.

At Fusion Underground, we care about your experience and comfort. This is an inclusive event, all races, genders, sexual orientations, dance backgrounds, folx with special abilities or disabilities are all welcome.

Contact Joe Gray – fusionundergrounddance(at)gmail(dot)com – for more info.

Website: https:/fusionunderground.dance

 

Joe Gray

Joe Gray

Producer and Facilitator

A dancer in the Fusion social partner dance movement since it began, Wren’s dancing helps defines fusion as an emergent aesthetic dance form. Fueled by his curiosity in spirituality, the body, global community, the natural world and relationships, and guided by his devotion to love and the idea of the Beloved, partner dance has served as the vehicle for his inquiry and understanding. He has inspired the formation of multiple fusion dance communities on the west coast of North America, and teaches partner dance internationally as a practice for mindful, authentic living, enlivening communities with his signature modality, Cocréa. His facilitation encourages individuals to create themselves as safer spaces for the embodiment of the full range of human expression. Promoting dance as medicine, spirituality and salve for our modern ailments of disconnection and alienation, his practice insists we trust our bodies with the music and our partner to catalyze elevating our whole being into higher vibrational states.

Working with the holographic overview of humanity provided by the Gene Keys and combining its contemplative practice with his own somatic exploration and intuitive listening through the body, as well as his study of human conflict through theater, Wren empowers individuals and communities to dance with joy, helps free insights locked in the body, coaches people to more easily access their sensuality and even on privileged occasion supports the healing of chronic disease. Wren’s goal is to support people into right relationship with the moment; to listen and respond appropriately to what is being called for in service to the highest possible good. He holds a BA in Drama and Dance from the University of Washington, is an author in the published work, “Reinhabiting the Village,” a TEDx speaker and your muse for all things somatic.

CONNECT

Click here to send us a message!

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