Ecstatic Dance

What if you could create a better world?

Change people's lives by starting your own dance. Get trained by visionary leaders in the Ecstatic Dance community. Live training July 22-27, 2018 San Francisco Bay Area, California.

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_____________________________Welcome

You know the power and freedom of movement. You’ve seen, lived and breathed the transformation that happens when bodies, minds and spirits become swept away in a collective, transcendent dance experience. It’s called “ecstatic” for a reason. Because it takes to you to a place that is beyond definition and description. And, once you’ve gone there, you’re hooked. You want to go again, and again, and again.

But, there’s something else that happens. You want to take others with you. And, at some point, you’ve also probably thought, “what would it feel like to lead this experience?” Even better, “what if I could be that person, and create the world I want to live in?!”

Welcome to the Ecstatic Dance Leadership Training! I’m thrilled you’re considering this live training.

If you’re here, you either:

  • Love dance and wonder if you can turn your passion into a meaningful career.
  • Are a dance or yoga teacher who wants to touch more lives and step into your full potential as a leader.

I’m on a mission to create more spaces where people can transform through dance, because dance has saved my life many times – can you relate? But, as we all know, it’s not just about the space, someone’s gotta step up and lead the experience.

I’ve learned a lot in the past decade of facilitating Ecstatic Dance Oakland, the largest weekly conscious dance on the planet, and I feel a deep calling to give you a structure and full support so that you can share this life-changing practice with your community.

This is the first training of its kind, and during the six days you will:

  • Gain the skills you need to become an entrepreneur who can run a successful event.
  • Craft a comprehensive plan and an inspiring vision for creating a strong dance community.
  • Get done-for-you tools that will enable you to manage your event, like custom designed systems to keep track of for sign-ins, attendees, etc.
  • Cultivate a network of fellow dancers who are on the same journey and create deep, life long friendships.
  • Step up and become a more powerful leader in your community.
  • Deeply nourish your body through movement, music and community.
  • DANCE!

I want you to leave this training feeling like we’ve got your back, so I’ve made sure not to leave anything out. After the training, you’ll have what you need to create your dance from a place of knowledge, power, and understanding.

some of our past students

Who this is for:

  • You want to be a thought leader, on the cutting edge of taking this practice out into the world.
  • You’re excited by the idea of bringing Ecstatic Dance to your community, and feel now is the right time.
  • The calling is strong and you feel like this is the work you need to do in the world.
  • You can’t stop thinking and dreaming about it.

If this is you, then join us and become a leader in a movement sweeping the globe.

What our students are saying…

“This training has given me a comprehensive plan for beginning, middle and end, and also the freedom to take my individuality and create a dance that reflects what I want to bring to my community. The connections I’ve created with everyone run deeper than most connections I’ve made in other avenues of my life. I feel held, supported, and loved. I now have a network to call on while I break out on my own. Leaving with a deep feeling of tribe and community is priceless.” -Leonie from Washington State

“The training has helped me gain more clarity into relating to what I’ve always felt/known as a heart offering and a business that deserves my attention.” -Flo from Los Angeles

“My heart and soul were nourished and my mind fed. I truly feel the hands of those who shared this experience holding me, support offered and received in gratitude. The wisdom I gained is the reason this journey feels less scary. With an open heart and a ton of knowledge, I embark on my soul’s journey.” -Deana from Watsonville

“What I enjoyed most about this training was the amazing balance struck between the physical and metaphysical; the intellectual and emotional; and a focus on the individual as a connected being in community.” -Steve from Watsonville

“I knew that this training would be transformational, but I didn’t realize how much it would transform me. I feel more confident, not just because of all the valuable information, but also because the exercises asked me to uncover new parts of myself. I feel I can be an effective leader and facilitator. After a week of learning, being coached and being held, I can honestly say that I’m now ready to step into my greatness.” -Charisma from Los Angeles

“The intention and on-point energy put into every detail came through strongly and I really appreciated it. What I liked most was our group and our open-hearted connections and respect for each other. I also loved the space and the teachers’ diverse yet equally powerful teaching styles.” -Alicia from Reno

“I felt it was the right time to start waking my creativity. Dancing felt like the exact thing I needed since I have always loved to dance but had not done so in a very long time. I was also in search of my tribe, since I had to let go of some of my relationships since walking the transformational path. I really needed to feel a sense of belonging and support. I was guided by Spirit and supported by Donna on my week here.” -Fabiana from Miami

“I love that even though we come from different backgrounds, we have the common underlying metaphysical building blocks to base our conversations on. This speaks to the stages of conscious development that the empowered leaders who showed up had already reached levels of preparedness for this type of service and offering.”  -Vanessa from San Francisco

“I came based on faith, putting aside my own judgements to support a friend and have a California holiday. I walked away with so much more than I imagined. Donna is an inspiration in how  to walk soft and strong. I aspire to learn this in my own life. I walk away with a new mentor, teacher, and most clearly a new sister.” -Bernice from British Columbia

“I love this more than anything in life. Ecstatic Dance is always there for me no matter what else is going on–what a gift to give to the world. I want to do that for people. The experience for me was opening, pushing, nurturing, accepting and brought a part of me back to life and then grew that part of me. It was amazing to get to know everyone and to get to learn from them! I feel so grateful.” – Star from Santa Cruz

“I really liked the blend between information, dance and movement, and time for reflection–basically, the blend between body and mind. This was an amazing experience. Beyond the content, it just felt really good to be here. I felt supported, safe, nutured, and seen. Thank you so much.” -Omar from NYC

“This far surpassed anything I could have ever imagined. The transformation and healing that took place is beyond my wildest knowings. Wow. It all still feels like a dream, but it’s real. Thank you!!!” -Raj Inder from Milwaukee

It was an intense mind, body, spirit experience which included a balance of internal and external exercises and information. I leave with a more organized, balanced sense of myself, and am excited to see how we evolve in our lives through this training.” -Adam from Modesto

“The community was lovely—we all dropped in deep over the six days and got to play, learn, and grow. I was overwhelmed at times, joyful, ecstatic, resistant, peaceful… all the things. But I knew I worked through some deep personal stuff that I needed in order to move forward at this phase in my life. I feel grateful for Donna, for the support, community, and the dance.”

“I loved the opportunity to jump into a sweet group of loving people—to be seen and strengthened where I felt unconditional support. As I advance as a facilitator and organizer, a broader perspective and knowledge from a number of experienced community leaders helps my own vision grow. The experience reminded me of my purpose sharing Ecstatic Dance. I leave feeling grounded, nourished and seen. I appreciate the group of friends I’ve made and the resources I’ve been given to call upon.”

“It was a beautifully balanced training, presented with professionalism and high emotional intelligence. I feel blessed by everybody’s presence, gifts and uniqueness. The small group check-ins were perfect for processing emotions and feelings. The training happened in a safe, supportive container of amazing teachers, leaders, change makers, and kindred spirits!

“I feel content and excited to share all the nuggets of experiential wisdom I’ve received here. The humility, approachability, ease, professionalism, and fun with which the material has been presented warms my heart and anchors me in confidence. I was called to the program to refine my capacity to serve, gain insights and connect with family. This training has far exceeded my expectations and deeply nurtured my intentions. I feel bolstered in my commitment to serve my community through movement medicine because I’ve learned countless techniques for keeping myself grounded and holding space for others. This training has given me an expanded scope on my own personal processes and work flow. The curriculum gets as deep into the mind as it does the molecules, bones and heart. Donna carries herself with a confident, clear, self-loving and boundary-honoring presence that gives everyone permission to rise authentically, sing their heart song, and be quite silly in doing so. She inspires me to dance the path of a heart-centered entrepreneur with grace, ferocity and ease.

During the six full days of training, you’ll receive:

  • Live training with six teachers, including Donna, founder of Ecstatic Dance Leadership and cofounder of Ecstatic Dance Oakland, DJ Caroline from Ecstatic Belgium, Bernice from Nelson, B.C., Shannon from Ecstatic Dance Oakland, Robin from Ecstatic Dance Los Angeles, and DJ ALIA from Ecstatic Dance Oakland.
  • Full custom Ecstatic Dance Leadership manual including time-tested marketing materials, checklists and guides to keep you moving forward with confidence every step of the way.
  • Expert mentorship from leaders in the field of DJs/music, conscious dance facilitation, marketing, business and leadership.
  • Professional photoshoot, including head shots and pictures of you dancing so you can begin marketing your event right away – a $200 value!
  • Official Ecstatic Dance graduate certification.
  • Direct access to your dancers through six months free access to the EcstaticDance.com membership portal, including your own custom page on ecstaticdance.com so dancers in your area can find your event on the searchable map.
  • Private Ecstatic Dance Leadership Training 2017 Facebook group membership so you can have ongoing support from your peers.
  • Entry into Ecstatic Dance Oakland on Sunday and Wednesday of the event.
  • Picnic, jam and dance in the epic California redwoods. We’ll head out into nature for an incredible picnic, dancing and jamming out with drums. Last year, it was relaxing, connecting, fun, inspiring, and a true highlight of the training for everyone.
  • Structures that will keep you on track and get the support of accountability buddies and mentors.
  • Experience leading an opening ritual and closing ceremony and hands-on practice as a space holder.

Important notes: One dinner is included. All other meals are your responsibility. You are responsible for your own airfare and accommodations. The Ecstatic Dance Leadership Training is a non-refundable investment.

Your Teachers

  • Donna Carroll
    Donna Carroll

    Founder, Ecstatic Dance Leadership

    Donna Carroll
    Donna Carroll
    Founder, Ecstatic Dance Leadership

    Donna is the creator and cofounder of Ecstatic Dance Oakland, the largest weekly conscious dance on the planet, bringing over 300 people together every Sunday morning and Wednesday evening in Oakland, California. She is also the founder of Ecstatic Dance Leadership, where she trains aspiring dance leaders to start thriving Ecstatic Dance communities.

    Ecstatic Dance Oakland has been dubbed, “a cross between a yoga class, a rave and a church service”, has been featured on NPR, in the Huffington Post, the SF Chronicle, Common Ground Magazine, and in a blockbuster movie starring the singer Pink.

  • Shannon Sahaja
    Shannon Sahaja

    Ecstatic Dance Oakland

    Shannon Sahaja
    Shannon Sahaja
    Ecstatic Dance Oakland

    Shannon is a dedicated yogini, dancer, artist, and lover of the earth. With nearly two decades of experience as a movement facilitator and massage therapist, Shannon is devoted to inspiring students to live their life in alignment with the true meaning and essence of yoga. She offers safe space that allows students to drop into the moment, through the lens of the body, and be guided from the felt sense wisdom within. Deeply relaxing and playful, this soul-nourishing approach to yoga leaves students deeply dropped into their true self.

    As the Creative Director of Ecstatic Dance, Shannon is responsible for booking and guiding the DJ’s and Sound Healers.

    Website

  • Caroline S'Jegers
    Caroline S'Jegers

    Ecstatic Dance Belgium

    Caroline S'Jegers
    Caroline S'Jegers
    Ecstatic Dance Belgium

    Caroline is a passionate dancer and DJ – intimately inspired by words, sounds and movement. She has her own practice in Embodied Coaching and is a dedicated Conscious Dance entrepreneur. Caroline is the co-organizer of Ecstatic Dance Belgium and travels around the world with her (he)art – from teaching workshops to DJ’ing and leading dance ceremonies at diverse Ecstatic Dance communities (such as Antwerp, Brussels, Amsterdam, Berlin, Zurich, Barcelona, Oakland, Los Angeles and Ibiza) and Conscious Club events (such as Nataraj and A Fest). For Caroline, dance is the key to living a life full of surprise and pleasure.

  • Robin Parrish
    Robin Parrish

    Ecstatic Dance Los Angeles

    Robin Parrish
    Robin Parrish
    Ecstatic Dance Los Angeles

    Robin Parrish is the co-founder and producer of Ecstatic Dance Los Angeles.

    He is an avid educator, events specialist, training consultant and passionate community leader. With a diverse background in theatre, music, corporate events and marketing, Robin’s approach is one that pairs creative vision and expression with diligent execution.

    Robin’s passion in life is in creating experiences that evoke transformation and healing in others. He is advocate for health and wellness and the director of TheatrePLAY in Los Angeles–a company that brings team building and public speaking to elementary schools through theatrical workshops and experiences.

    Originally from the Cotswolds in England, he grew up immersed in the arts and music scene and developed a keen interest in live performance and community development. He is a classically trained actor and an experienced drummer and percussionist.

    Website

  • Bernice Raabis
    Bernice Raabis

    Master Teacher, Nelson, B.C.

    Bernice Raabis
    Bernice Raabis
    Master Teacher, Nelson, B.C.

    Bernice has been a dancer all her life. From the pointed toes of her youth, through flying hair atop blaring speakers, all the way to sheer ecstasy of sweating in prayer with community, her dance practice has evolved in synch with her own life.

    Bernice grew up in the Rocky Mountains on reservation land where she found the sacred in the forest and her love of dance on the pow wow grounds. She continued on to the University of Calgary in a Fine Arts program. In her mid twenties, she discovered the ecstatic dance movement and began shedding the shackles she didn’t even know existed. She stepped away from the mirrors and choreography and into the soul-liberating world of dance as a spiritual practice.

    Bernice attended Anna Halprin’s school of expressive arts therapy, the Tamalpa Institute of San Francisco, California, where she learned how to facilitate dance as a therapeutic practice.

    When it was time to teach, she choose to be trained by Soul Motion’s Vinn Marti. She credits Vinn with pushing her to her edges, where she emerged with the confidence and humbleness necessary to hold space for others.

    An accomplished mother of four daughters, Bernice lives a life of love in her hometown in Nelson, B.C. Every Sunday, she hosts Dance Church, a safe place for inward exploration and celebration of the Divine mystery.

  • ALIA
    ALIA

    Resident DJ, Ecstatic Dance Oakland

    ALIA
    ALIA
    Resident DJ, Ecstatic Dance Oakland

    ALIA has been a DJ for Ecstatic Dance Oakland since 2009. She is also an electronic music producer, vocalist, and producer of the Feminine Medicine™ Project. Inspired by the latest bass music sounds emerging from the West Coast, her music is a blend of bass-heavy beats, melodic frequencies, feminine vocals, psychedelic sounds, and exotic instruments. Described as feminine and fierce, elegant and gritty, ethereal and primal, her music unfolds in a pulsing, hypnotic journey that moves both bodies and hearts. ALIA is the visionary behind Feminine Medicine™, a series of collaborative albums and stage shows that gives the feminine a unique voice in the electronic music industry. She was a featured TEDx contributor and she was named a “Woman Changing the Planet” by ORIGIN magazine.

    Website | SoundCloud | Facebook | Instagram

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Dates

July 22-27, 2018

Location

San Francisco Bay Area, California USA

Investment

$2250 USD

Venue

Flowspace 6315 Doyle Street, Emeryville, California

What Our Students are Saying…
  • The varied teachers, styles and tones was a beautiful tapestry of wisdom."

    Deana
  • It was such a heart-opening experience to be part of a larger Ecstatic Dance community."

    Steve
  • I really feel I landed into my Tribe."

    Vicky
  • This was the loving push out of the nest that I needed."

    Sal
  • I feel empowered to take the next steps to make this happen."

    Molly
  • This was an amazing transformative experience."

    Adam
  • I made a new friend in every member!"

    Leonie
  • (Now I can) really acknowledge my classes as a business."

    Flo

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