THE FUN OF DANCING WITH YOUR BEST GROUP OF FRIENDS,
May 2018, We'll Come Together
At this weekend, you'll dance a lot.
We'll dance a lot of contra dance this weekend, a community social dance. Your warm and playful, nationally-known contra dance collaborators are Gaye Fifer, caller, and Anadama, music-makers. They'll host a few workshops, too.
You'll get to know your body in others ways, as well -intuitively moving, stretching and relaxing throughout the three days.
You'll also have space to make stuff - together.
Have a skill you want to learn or share? Or simply enjoy being in the presence of other women while you work on projects?
We do, too. So a big part of this weekend is open time for reflective creative work. You can bring a project or skills of your own, or you can come bask in the collective abundance - or both!
You'll also have time to consider and offer ideas.
You might be asking yourself questions about what it means to be a woman, be a part of your contra community, and be a part of your local neighborhood or nation.
Us, too. We'll have guided and open spaces for you to have dialogues in big groups, small groups and one-on-one about ideas and issues important to you.
Who is this party for?
When we when we say women, we mean the biggest definition:
Folks who hear “women’s retreat” and think, “Yeah, that’s a space for me.”
Folks who identify as female, non-binary, genderfluid, genderqueer, trans*, and/or femme.
For our inaugural year, we bring you stellar female performers. We're going to have fun.
If you meet Gaye in a contra line, you'll first be taken in by her smile. Then, you'll be delighted by her charm.
Gaye has been calling at dance weekends for many years. Her grace, humor and kindness translates into a safe environment to play and take risks. She will not only teach dances throughout the weekend, she'll also offer workshops that stretch and delight - increasing our skills in being generous dancers, dancing both roles, and doing flourishes and more complex dance moves.
She has also taught numerous waltz workshops at just about every dance weekend on the East Coast... and most in the Midwest, too.
Living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, she travels whenever she gets the opportunity. Gaye has served on the Country Dance & Song Society Board and works passionately to support dance community leaders & organizers.
The women of Anadama are the type you sit around drinking whiskey with, making jokes and perhaps creating a zany video or two.
With Amelia Mason on fiddle, Emily Troll on accordion, and Bethany Waickman on open-tuned guitar, you'll be swept into their dynamic, earthy playing of tunes that are modern interpretations of the traditional music of New England, Ireland, and Quebec.
The trio first made music together in the wild woods of Plymouth, Massachusetts while working at Pinewoods Camp in 2007. Now based out of Portland, Maine and Boston, Massachusetts, they have since toured extensively up and down the East coast, bringing their honest natures and honest, vigorous music.
We'll be staying at the Berkshire Outdoor Center @Chimney Corners. They run unique programs in a beautiful, serene and rustic environment in the Berkshires of Massachusetts. Located on 1,450 acres of conservation lands with three gorgeous ponds, it's an ideal space for reflection and celebration. Hiking, canoeing, swimming, and spending time in the sauna are likely in the stars...
All lodging is included in the cost of this weekend.
If you hear 'camp' and you're not a camping kind of person, never fear: You have a choice of staying in warm and cozy modern lodges equipped with electricity and bathrooms with showers on each floor or staying in more rustic accommodations.
All food is included in the cost of this weekend, too.
Meals at Chimney Corners are always hot, and feature an excellent salad bar or breakfast bar and vegetarian options. A 24-hour tea and coffee service seals the deal. If you have dietary needs, simply let us know when you register and we'll be sure your needs are met.
Berkshire Outdoor Center
591 Hamilton Road
Becket, MA 01223
+1 413 623-8991
What's included in registration?
- Three days of nourishing play with a group of amazing folks from across the U.S.
- A cozy bed for two nights in a heated cabin, nestled in a dazzling natural setting
- All food, snacks, and round-the-clock tea & coffee
- Nationally-acclaimed contra dance talent stirring your spirit
- Lots of dance and creative workshops to revive your spirit and enhance your ability to be creative in your communities - with all supplies provided
- Special treats like self-care workshops, indoor rock-climbing, sauna time, and other activities to support you in unwinding
- Take-home tools you can use to lead in your contra community and your life
Stay tuned for details on a future Form the Ocean!
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