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There is a quickening that is afoot. We are inside of an extraordinary time. There is something powerful for each of us to do, be, know and create. It is time for us to come to ourselves. This is our moment to vivify an otherwise dull story. We must breathe new life into what is old and tired. We are the new, the striking, the gorgeous, the powerful. We are the daughters of Goddesses. Take your place! Let us come together and remember who and whose we are. Let us look into one another’s eyes and speak the truth of our being. You are Divine! Awaken Beloved. The time is NOW. It is time for a Revival. Come, let's PLAY.
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Be Steadwell is a singer songwriter from Washington DC. With roots in jazz, acapella and folk-Be calls her music QUEER POP. In her live performances, she utilizes looping, vocal layering and beat boxing to compose her songs on stage. Be's original music features earnest lyricism, and proud LGBTQ content.
Shooting and editing her own music videos, Be combined her love of music with narrative film. Her film Vow of Silence received awards at film festivals around the world, including Black Star, QWOCMAP, and Fringe Fest UK. This year, Issa Rae Featured Vow of Silence in her Short Film Sundays program. After receiving a BA at Oberlin College, Be completed her MFA in film at Howard University in 2014.
In 2017, Be sang at The Women's March on the National Mall behind Maxwell and Janelle Monae in Toshi Reagon's Big Lovely Band. The Astraea Global Arts Fund awarded Be a grant to produce her next album, "Queer Love Songs". In September, Be had the opportunity to open for Big Freedia at DC's Honeygroove Festival. The DC Commission in the Arts awarded Be the 2018 Artist Fellowship. Be is currently touring her music and screening her film Vow of Silence internationally.
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When: August 31-September 3, 2018
What's in store:
meditation, yoga, visioning workshop, Taiko drumming, swimming in the river, delicious organic food, great people, great conversations, talent show, dance party, special guests, and all the downtime you need.
Please review the FAQ page for more information.
Hold your place with a deposit or Pay in Full.
Please contact us directly to inquire about work/trade and scholarships.
There are a limited number of spots so please inquire early. To do work trade in exchange for a reduced fee, you must be available before the retreat and after. Learn more about work-trade.
The fee for all the following yurt spaces are $600 (per person) and includes all meals, classes and workshops.
This is shared space with 1-2 others that you may or may not know. The yurt is a building type structure and is at the bottom of a gentle slope from the main house. Bedding is provided but bring a sleeping bag if you run cold at night.
This is shared space with someone that you may or may not know. The tent yurt has heavy canvas walls, carpeting, two beds and is in the meadow close to the main house. Please bring sleeping bags and/or bedding.
Private Rooms (Double Occupancy):
There are two private rooms (both with double occupancy) inside the main house (off of the living room) available for couples or friends. Each room has one bed for two people and bedding is provided. Each room is $1250 and includes all meals, classes and workshops for both occupants.
Yoga Barn Loft (3 spots total)
This is shared space with someone that you may or may not know. This is the room above the yoga barn and is inside. Beds will be provided. Please bring your own bedding. Each space is $600 and includes all meals, classes and workshops. Note that the dance party is until 1am and this room is directly above the barn so you will have to be okay with this arrangement if you select this room.
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Richelle Sigele Donigan
Richelle has studied and taught yoga in the Anusara style since 2003, when a major physical injury brought her to this practice. Over the years, she has studied with some of the most amazing Anusara instructors–Anusara founder John Friend, Katchie Ananda, and Jim and Ruth Bernhart.
Richelle combines her training with passion, love, and a great sense of universal union. Her martial arts, dance, and massage therapy skills together create her own unique style of teaching that provides students with a powerful yoga practice that builds strength, fluidity, and body alignment, while cultivating greater awareness of our connection to all things. Through her teaching and events like the twice a year women's yoga and meditation retreats, Richelle seeks to diversify the yoga community, create inclusive practice spaces and facilitate healing and well-being for one and all.
Skeeter honours the peaceful warrior nature that is uniquely revealed in each of us, through this journey called yoga. Skeeter’s purpose is to create a safe space for all students to arrive on their mat, practice the beautiful art of unfoldment and connection to true authentic self.
Skeeter very much enjoys the emotional evolution that comes from the practice of Anusara yoga. She has studied with Katchie Ananda, Noah Maze and has done trainings with John Friend, Desiree Rumbaugh and Jim Bernaert.
Skeeter welcomes you to your mat, however you find yourself there.
Fredrika is OUR Taiko Drumming Workshop Instructor! She is a professional performer, dance teacher, choreographer and Taiko drummer. Born and raised in San Francisco's Mission district, Fredrika started her dance training at age 5 and drum training at age 11. She currently teaches dance and Taiko drumming at Dance Brigade's Dance Mission Theater. Her teaching experiences have exposed her to diverse art forms and populations from pre-schoolers to professional adults. She has taught nationally and internationally In Eugene, Oregon, Ukiah, California, Lebanon, Egypt, St. Maarten, and Cuba.
She is BADASS y'all. It is gonna be ON and poppin'. Don't miss!
Ari has been studying and practicing martial arts for 25 years and Taiji for 21yrs. She has trained in both Yang style and Chen style and has studied for over 10 years with Master Alex Feng. In 2006, he promoted her to black belt in Wu Chien Pi, his family's martial art style.
Ari has taught in several different arenas and is a two time gold medal winner in Push Hands. Ari has been practicing yoga on and off for several years and is interested in the intersections of yoga and Taiji.
This year, Ari will be teaching an early morning Taiji session right after morning meditation.
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