A weekend to retreat and discover the inner alixir, our true self


Cut the Noise

In our influencer-influenced, hyper-connected world, there’s so much noise.

How do you know what your deepest, wisest self is saying to you with all that noise?

Most likely, you’re already on the path toward self knowledge. You’ve probably done the yoga, drank the tea, and chanted until your throat was sore. You have solid practices that give your life a healthy structure. And it helps you feel better and see more clearly. And still… is there an itchy feeling you just can’t shake? Do you hope for more in your life?

How do you hear your unique, unshakable Hell Yes, even if it’s just a whisper?

Ready to access your inner wisdom?

October 21-23 in the Santa Cruz Mountains, California



These master teachers, DJs, and musicians point the way. You choose to accept the challenge.

Donna Carroll


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.


Loriel Starr

Sound Healing

Loriel Starr is fascinated by the healing and transformative power of sound. She has performed in and produced sound bath events for over 10 years, including “The Sound Mandala Experience," which featured an extraordinary ensemble of 8 gongs, over 40 singing bowls and many of the SF Bay Area's premier sound healing musicians. She is a graduate of The California Institute of Integral Studies’ “Sound, Voice and Music in the Healing Arts” and was a performing member of The Sound Healing Symphony at Grace Cathedral. In addition, Loriel's work in the healing arts includes being a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, a Certified Holotropic Breathwork facilitator and a Level III Certified iRest Yoga Nidra Teacher.


Greg Vorst

Sundo Facilitator

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.



DJ, Music Producer

ALIA is an Electronic Music Producer, DJ, Vocalist, and Producer of the Feminine Medicine™ Project based in the San Francisco area. Inspired by the global bass movement and the West Coast festival scene, ALIA's music is an evocative, lush journey into her own blend of bass-heavy electronic dance beats, melodic frequencies, gorgeous feminine voices, conscious lyrics, and sacred psychedelic textures. Described as feminine and fierce, elegant and gritty, ethereal and primal, her music offers a vast emotional and danceable landscape that unfolds in a pulsing, hypnotic journey that moves both bodies and hearts. She has performed at Wanderlust, Envision, Lucidity, Enchanted Forest, Beloved, and Imagine Festivals.



DJ, Music Producer

DJ Dakini is globally renowned for her refined ear & impeccable taste. An underground festival culture pioneer, she has been a pivotal part of global electronic music festival culture. Dakini specializes in a diversity of genres and is a true curator of dancefloor journeys - from bass music to medicine house. Originally from Australia, and having played all over the world, she is known to move any dancefloor with an infectious deep bassline and tribal sounds at festivals such as: Envision Festival, Eclipse Gathering, Symbiosis Gathering, Lightning In A Bottle, Burning Man, Rainbow Serpent Festival, Shambhala and more.


Izzy Wise

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.


The Retreat Experience

Ecstatic states of consciousness offer access to the insights and inner wisdom of our personal guidance.

We’re gonna get high, and we’ll do it solely through ecstatic dance, breathwork, and sound healing. We’ll consciously filter out the noise of everyday distractions and finally have uninterrupted time to open to the experience of ecstatic states of consciousness and discover our own inner alixir: our own true self.



3-4:45 pm Arrival and Check-in
5-6:45 pm Ecstatic Dance with Izzy Wise
7-8 pm Dinner
8:30-9:30 pm Sound Healing with Loriel Starr


7-8:30 am Breakfast
8:45-9am Teaching on Flow States with Donna Carroll
9:15-10:15 am SunDo with Greg Vorst
10:30-12 pm Ecstatic Dance with DJ ALIA
12:15-1:15 pm Sound Healing with Loriel Starr
1:30-2:30 pm Lunch
2:45-3:45 pm Teaching on Dance, SunDo, and Sound Healing
4:00-4:30 pm SunDo with Greg Vorst
4:45-6:15 Ecstatic Dance with DJ Dakini
6:30-7:30 pm Sound Healing with Loriel Starr
7:45 pm Dinner
Play Time - Instruments, Flow Toys, Stargazing, etc.


7-8:45 am Breakfast
9-10 am SunDo with Greg Vorst
10:15-11:45 am Ecstatic Dance
12-1 pm Sound Healing with Loriel Starr
1-2:30 pm Lunch
2:45-4 pm Integration
4-5 pm Farewells

At first it can be an odd experience, dancing in a beautiful clean sunny space with no cross-eyed drunks stumbling around. But then the beaming smiles of the dancers take over.  And we are talking dancers of all ages, from different social scenes, with varied taste is music - but we are all laughing and dancing together.
Diane G.
We all have insecurities and think that maybe we can't dance "right" or look as cool as everyone else, but everyone is accepted, and the crowd is so diverse, that no one is really watching you anyways - so go have fun and sweat a little while getting some great exercise!
Dara M.
The variety of music and artists that play here makes for a fun experience and has me explore different ways to express that music. Makes for a spiritual and healing experience every time.
Kristina M.
Worth the drive from wherever you are! Hundreds of people young and old dancing together.
Martin H.

Free your mind to find your inner wisdom.