Utilizing the ancient technologies of ecstatic dance, sound healing and Sundo in a transformative trilogy, we drop into a clear, relaxed and completely present state. In this state, we reconnect with the deepest parts of ourselves and realign to our path. It's a deeply transformative experience that will leave you feeling both invigorated and peaceful. More importantly, the state you enter will help guide your life forward in a potent and supportive way.
These master teachers, DJs, and musicians guide the way.
DJ, Music Producer
Hailing from San Francisco, Izzy Wise is a multi-instrumentalist and DJ who produces eclectic dance music that bounces from West Africa to the West Indies, and all points in between. For more than a decade Wise cut his teeth in SF, DJing at parties including Afrolicious and venues including The Independent, Monarch and 1015 Folsom. His pursuit for unique rhythms and melodies has led him to the jungles of Nicaragua and fabled islands lost in the Caribbean Sea. Wise releases music on imprints like Délicieuse Records, Lips & Rhythm and Mule Musiq. His original output reflects a well-blended taste of disco, boogie, funk and house. Wise also plays live with a variety of instruments that he works into his energetic performances. His sets are best described as funky underground ethnomusicology courses with hypnotic grooves.Website
Donna Carroll is founder and CEO of ALIXIR DANCE, which is a cross between a yoga class, a rave and a church service. ALIXIR DANCE recently changed its name from Ecstatic Dance International, which she founded in 2008. Donna has a B.A. in Fashion Design from Kent State University and spent seven years working for Target, Talbots, Lane Bryant and May Company. She’s also a certified Kundalini Yoga and AcroYoga teacher. She has designed and produced thousands of dance events across the USA, Mexico, Central America and Europe. She has also produced conscious concerts for stars including Porangui and Ayla Nereo. Donna's events have been featured on NPR, Huffington Post, SF Chronicle, The NY Times and Common Ground Magazine.Website
Greg Vorst is the CEO and co-founder of Embodied Recovery, a treatment center in Los Gatos supporting individuals to transform the suffering of addiction and mental health challenges into soul growth and embodied living. He and co-founder Michael Nolan are creators of the Empowered Living series—12 core teachings that facilitate psychological maturation and spiritual fulfillment. As a therapist, Greg supports clients to discover and undo the blocks to the awareness of love's presence so their inner light can be set free. His work with psyche is complimented by Sundo; a Korean Taoist form of embodied breathwork, yoga, and meditation. In teaching Sundo, Greg assists clients in regulating their nervous system and developing greater capacity to be present to their feelings. With steady practice, people can recover from trauma and develop a profound sense of wellbeing.Website
8:30-9:00 Arrival and check-in
9:00-10:00 SunDo with Greg Vorst
10:15-11:00 Alixir Embodiment with Donna Carroll
11:00-12:30 Ecstatic Dance with Izzy Wise
12:30-2:00 pm Lunch
2:00-2:45 Alixir Embodiment with Donna Carroll
2:45-4:00 Ecstatic Dance with Izzy Wise
4:00-4:30 Deep Breathing with Greg Vorst
4:30-5:00 Closing Ritual
We start the day with Sundo, a Korean form of Taoist Yoga, to cultivate our energy. From there, we practice embodiment techniques and then utilize ecstatic dance to move and circulate the energy through our bodies in a way that's unique to our own needs. Finally, we relax and receive as we go on an expertly guided shamanic sound healing journey to heal all the places we've opened in our inner selves.
We break for lunch where we get the chance to support one another in our collective expansion, and then we dance and learn deep breathing techniques in the afternoon.