Ecstatic Dance

What if you could create a better world?

Change lives by starting your own dance. Get trained by visionary leaders in the Ecstatic Dance community. Next live training February 9-16, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala.

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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! We’re 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.

We’re on a mission to create more spaces where people can transform through dance, because dance has saved our lives 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.

We’ve learned a lot in the past decade of facilitating Ecstatic Dance Oakland, the largest weekly conscious dance on the planet, and 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 seven 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!

We want you to leave this training feeling like we’ve got your back, so we’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…

“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 and sing their heart song. She inspires me to dance the path of a heart-centered entrepreneur with grace, ferocity and ease.” -Atticus Mooney, Ecstatic Dance Washington, D.C.

“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 Staab, Washington State

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

Ecstatic Dance called me out of my home to create a bigger home—a place where people can connect from their heart and where miracles can happen. I am so glad I could receive more Ecstatic Dance in my life, and this could grow into a bigger community, out of my country’s borders.” Els Verbruggen, Ecstatic Dance Belguim

“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 Cooper, Ecstatic Dance Watsonville

“I most liked the attitude to embody all the things we were focusing on: everything that we approached rationally, we then took the time to integrate it into the body. I liked our work on the vision of what we want to bring to the world with Ecstatic Dance. This helped me realize the main reason I am doing this: to bring people together to feel our oneness. I loved the daily embodiment and movement practices.” Pere Merced, Ecstatic Dance Shanghai and Beijing

“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 Rathmann, Ecstatic Dance Watsonville

“We came in as individuals with a bunch of ideas, hopes and fears. We had the chance to share them all and dance our way through it. We received all the tools we needed to bring our aspirations into actions. All that melted us together as a group and heart-centered community. This training was a full ecstatic dance experience. It was all about authenticity, connections, collective healing and empowering one another. I feel the drive to co-create dances around the world with our amazing team, dive into the DJ’s path, and shine a light everywhere I go.” -Anais, Belgium

“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, 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 Kelly, Ecstatic Dance 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, Miami

“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, 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, nurtured, and seen. Thank you so much.” -Omar Aena, Ecstatic Dance 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!!!” -Raj Inder, Ecstatic Dance Milwaukee

“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.” -Adam, Ecstatic Dance Oakland

“Now I feel much more prepared and confident to successfully launch Ecstatic Dance Mallorca.” -Hortensia Barbara, Ecstatic Dance Mallorca

“Coming from a practice of 5Rhythms, I had a vision to start my own conscious dance. Ecstatic Dance represents exactly that vision. I’m grateful for the chance to be trained by extremely inspirational leaders in the international Ecstatic Dance scene. The training was exactly what I needed in terms of content and practice to build the confidence, skills and support network needed to start my own events.” -Renee Lacroix, Ecstatic Dance UK

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

  • Live training with experienced teachers including Donna Carroll, founder of Ecstatic Dance Leadership and cofounder of Ecstatic Dance Oakland, Bernice Raabis, founder of Dance the Medicine and International DJ from Nelson, B.C., and more TBA!
  • 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 Facebook group membership so you can have ongoing support from your peers.
  • 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:

  • You are responsible for your own travel expenses. The Ecstatic Dance Leadership Training is a non-refundable investment.
  • To get to the training, fly into Guatemala City airport, then use this link to schedule your travel through Eagle’s Retreat Center.
  • We have several need-based scholarships available. To apply for a scholarship, use this link.

Your Teachers

  • Donna Carroll
    Donna Carroll

    Co-Founder, Ecstatic Dance Leadership

    Donna Carroll
    Donna Carroll
    Co-Founder, Ecstatic Dance Leadership

    Dubbed “a leader and luminary in the in the global dance movement,” Donna utilizes her decade of experience to lead people through an innovative approach to become thriving, connected human beings. She is passionate about dance and has committed her life to empowering others to find freedom through freeform dance and movement.

    Donna is the creator and co-founder 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 co-founder of Ecstatic Dance Leadership and Ecstatic DJ Training, where dance and music entrepreneurs learn business, skill and community building skills specifically designed for them.

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

    Website

  • Bernice Raabis
    Bernice Raabis

    Co-Founder, Ecstatic Dance Leadership

    Bernice Raabis
    Bernice Raabis
    Co-Founder, Ecstatic Dance Leadership

    Bernice has been a dancer all her life—the driving force behind becoming a successful DJ. After thousands of hours learning the skill of sourcing tracks, crafting soundscapes and perfecting transitions, she stepped into her career as an internationally touring DJ at Ecstatic Dances in Amsterdam, Breda, Nelson, Big Sur, Bellingham, and Oakland as well as Kooetnay Spirit Fest, Dance Camp North West, Esalen Institute, Womaginarium, and Gathering of the Tribes, among others.

    Bernice is a graduate of the Tamalpa Institute of San Francisco, where she studied dance as a therapeutic tool. She is a certified Soul Motion facilitator and has held a Dance Church in her hometown of Nelson BC in Canada since 2010. As the co-founder of the Ecstatic Leadership Training and the Ecstatic DJ Training, Bernice supports others to live into their dreams of starting an Ecstatic Dance and learning to DJ.

    Mixcloud

  • Shannon Sahaja
    Shannon Sahaja

    Founder of Being Danced

    Shannon Sahaja
    Shannon Sahaja
    Founder of Being Danced

    Shannon is a dedicated yogini, dancer, artist, and lover of the earth. With nearly two decades of experience as a movement facilitator, Shannon is devoted to inspiring students to live an embodied life full of play and spontaneity. Her soul-nourishing approach to yoga breathes a fresh perspective on what yoga can be.  Shannon is the founder of Being Danced—an experiment in communal play and improvisation group that is devoted to creating movement art, inner child safety, and rekindling the wild one within.

    Shannon received her BFA in Dance from State University of New York, as well as certificates from Kundalini Dance, 500 hour San Francisco School of Massage, and a 200 hour Yoga Alliance Certification, among others.

    She is deeply influenced by the teachings of Angela Farmer (yoga), Nancy Stark Smith (contact improvisation), and Donna Carroll (Ecstatic Dance).

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

    Website

  • Aaron Musicant
    Aaron Musicant

    Ecstatic Facilitator + DJ

    Aaron Musicant
    Aaron Musicant
    Ecstatic Facilitator + DJ

    Aaron Musicant completed the Ecstatic Dance Leadership Training in Oakland, California and now facilitates as well as DJs a regular Ecstatic Dance in Santa Barbara, CA. He is a regular DJ at Santa Barbara Dance Tribe, and DJs Ecstatic Dances at festivals throughout California. He first discovered Ecstatic Dance in 2010, and found such a profound personal freedom that he has made it his work to bring more Ecstatic Dance to the world.

    Website | Soundcloud

  • Rosie Kalashyan
    Rosie Kalashyan

    Ecstatic Facilitator

    Rosie Kalashyan
    Rosie Kalashyan
    Ecstatic Facilitator

    Since Rosie discovered home on the dance floor, her life has completely transformed. Rosie is fascinated by dance as our most primal expression of being human and as a tool to cultivate deeper connections with self, community, and spirit. A natural space-holder, Rosie has backgrounds in psychology, coaching, yoga, and various types of circle facilitation, including a bachelor’s degree in Contemplative Transpersonal Psychology from Naropa University. Rosie is a certified Zumba instructor and 200 hour registered yoga teacher.

    She is passionate about creating spaces for healing and self-awareness through embodiment and connection to the natural world. A devotee of Ecstatic dance, 5Rhythms, and a lover of choreography, dance is not just an activity or practice, it’s a lifestyle and a way of being in the world. For Rosie, the dance floor is a place of healing, connection, celebration, and a way to alchemize our grief into joy. She believes that dance is a bridge between our daily lives and our souls, therefore it is a vessel for our health, happiness, and wholeness. She is committed to her dance home, Ecstatic Dance Oakland, where she is convinced she witnesses and experiences true magic each week.

    Rosie is currently working on her Master’s Degree at California Institute of Integral Studies and works as a nature-connected rites of passage guide for young girls.

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Dates

February 9-16, 2019

Location

Eagle's Retreats | LAKE ATITLÁN | Guatemala

Investment: $1950-2250*

*15% off with coupon code earlybird15 (expires December 22nd)

Cost depends on accommodation type desired. Price includes training, lodging + all meals for seven days and nights.

What Our Students are Saying…
  • The roadmap to setting up or growing your Ecstatic Dance community."

    Leon
  • Now I can really acknowledge my classes as a business."

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

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

    Vicky
  • The best training in the field of dance in connection to business."

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

    Molly

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