Cocrea: Dance Your Medicine Retreat

hosted by Wren LaFeet, Usha Rose, Chrissy Mehnert and Joe Gray

March 6-10, 2019

Do you long for more connection and expression with your body? Do you value closeness and intimacy with others and desire more skills to create that in your life? Are community, nature and new experiences in new places things that bring you enrichment and vitality? Are you passionate about eating well, feeling good and sharing what brings you into your full, vibrant health with others?

DANCE YOUR MEDICINE is all about reaching our peak vitality through practicing intentional movement and community, imbibing pristine nature and food, embracing our sensuality and learning how to harness it for creating good in the world.

EMBODIMENT is the practice we invite you to cultivate; of your purpose, of your truth, of the unique medicine you bring and how to find that through moving your body with others.

SHIFT YOUR PARADIGM into a full love embrace of what turns you on and lights you up. Discover how living in acceptance and curiosity of your body and preferences, and how honoring that in others gives way to a radiant, thriving life.  

JOIN THE MOVEMENT of conscious dance infusing the world with mindful connection and the pleasure of being alive. Adventure with Cocréa’s brilliant team of facilitators as they masterfully weave the themes of consent, emotional intelligence, radical self-expression and holistic living through the mediums of movement, breath, music and touch.

WREN LAFEET

A dancer in the Fusion social partner dance movement since it began, Wren’s dancing largely defines fusion as an emergent aesthetic dance form. Fueled by his curiosity in spirituality, the body, global community, the natural world and relationships, and guided by his devotion to love and the idea of the Beloved, partner dance has served as the vehicle for his inquiry and understanding. He has inspired the formation of multiple fusion dance communities on the west coast of North America, and teaches partner dance internationally as a practice for mindful, authentic living, enlivening communities with his signature modality, Cocréa. His facilitation encourages individuals to create themselves as safer spaces for the embodiment of the full range of human expression. Promoting dance as medicine, spirituality and salve for our modern ailments of disconnection and alienation, his practice insists we trust our bodies with the music and our partner to catalyze elevating our whole being into higher vibrational states.

Working with the holographic overview of humanity provided by the Gene Keys and combining its contemplative practice with his own somatic exploration and intuitive listening through the body, as well as his study of human conflict through theater, Wren empowers individuals and communities to dance with joy, helps free insights locked in the body, guides people into a greater awareness of their sensual nature and even on privileged occasion supports the healing of chronic disease. Wren’s goal is to support people into right relationship with the moment; to listen and respond appropriately to what is being called for in service to the highest possible good. He holds a BA in Drama and Dance from the University of Washington, is an author in the published work, “Reinhabiting the Village,” a TEDx speaker and your muse for all things somatic.

JOE GRAY

Joe has been a professional dance performer and teacher for nearly two decades. In his studies and world travels he has developed a unique style with influences including hip hop, breaking, contact improvisation, and fusion partner dance. Joe fuses these forms together in a dynamic and distinctive style. His love and passion for dance has enabled him to perform at major events for Sony, Pixar, and Oracle. He has presented several workshops at universities including USF, Stanford, SSU and more. He has also performed alongside the Jabbawockeez in the international touring show Breakshop.

 

Joe has began cultivating a new aesthetic for partner dancing called Hip Hop Fusion and has led workshops at Symbiosis Global Eclipse Gathering 2017 and will be presenting at Sonic Bloom and SoulPlay in 2018.

 

He is excited to collaborate with like minded artists and to help the community embrace the power of performing arts.

Joe believes that dance is in our DNA. At the core of our being, everyone is a dancer. We are dance, and dance is life.

USHA ROSE

Usha has been dancing her whole life and fell in love with Blues and Fusion partner dancing seven years ago. As a passionate community organizer, she co-founded Foothills Fusion Dance in 2014, a thriving, weekly social dance event in Nevada City, CA. She has also produced several conscious partner dance retreats and workshops in Northern California and travels the country to study, dance and play with the larger Blues and Fusion dance community.

 

As a conscious dancer, mover and teacher, she brings over 15 years of experience and training as a body-worker and yoga teacher, thus infusing her teachings with a rich and embodied knowledge of anatomy, body mechanics and healthy alignment. She is currently deeply immersed in the study and exploration of sexuality and works as a sex and intimacy coach, guiding people to have healthier relationships with self and others.

All of her teachings are deeply informed and inspired by nature, divinity, love, sensuality, and constant striving towards being a better human.

CHRISSY MEHNERT

Chrissy can’t remember when it began, but dance came as naturally as breathing to her body. From a young age she studied dance primarily in the form of solo movement for performance and competition. Her first dance company saw her through many early professional opportunities, and her love of choreography took her to organize Pulse Dance Project, NYU’s first student-produced dance performance group. Eventually, she found that in many ways, her professional training was limiting her growth by under-valuing the uniqueness of all bodies. This awakening led her to the yoga studio. Her first and most honest class startled her with its resonance, springing her awakened life forward into opening after opening. She trained in the summer of 2009 with Yoga to The People, dove right into teaching 10+ classes a week and gaining the YTTP studios in Berkeley and San Francisco a foothold. Until 2013, she was a prominent teacher for YTTP, when she moved out to the Northern California foothills. At the first night of Foothills Fusion Dance in 2015, Chrissy committed to a new dance form. Partner dance intimidated, allured and in time deeply transformed Chrissy’s being. No other practice has contributed so much to her unfolding as mindful partner dance. Now, her offerings are weaving through the overlapping layers of yoga and dance, inspiring each of her teachings with the other.

Cocrea: Dance Your Medicine Retreat

hosted by Wren LaFeet, Usha Rose, Chrissy Mehnert and Joe Gray

March 6-10, 2019

Do you long for more connection and expression with your body? Do you value closeness and intimacy with others and desire more skills to create that in your life? Are community, nature and new experiences in new places things that bring you enrichment and vitality? Are you passionate about eating well, feeling good and sharing what brings you into your full, vibrant health with others?

DANCE YOUR MEDICINE is all about reaching our peak vitality through practicing intentional movement and community, imbibing pristine nature and food, embracing our sensuality and learning how to harness it for creating good in the world.

EMBODIMENT is the practice we invite you to cultivate; of your purpose, of your truth, of the unique medicine you bring and how to find that through moving your body with others.

SHIFT YOUR PARADIGM into a full love embrace of what turns you on and lights you up. Discover how living in acceptance and curiosity of your body and preferences, and how honoring that in others gives way to a radiant, thriving life.  

JOIN THE MOVEMENT of conscious dance infusing the world with mindful connection and the pleasure of being alive. Adventure with Cocréa’s brilliant team of facilitators as they masterfully weave the themes of consent, emotional intelligence, radical self-expression and holistic living through the mediums of movement, breath, music and touch.

WREN LAFEET

A dancer in the Fusion social partner dance movement since it began, Wren’s dancing largely defines fusion as an emergent aesthetic dance form. Fueled by his curiosity in spirituality, the body, global community, the natural world and relationships, and guided by his devotion to love and the idea of the Beloved, partner dance has served as the vehicle for his inquiry and understanding. He has inspired the formation of multiple fusion dance communities on the west coast of North America, and teaches partner dance internationally as a practice for mindful, authentic living, enlivening communities with his signature modality, Cocréa. His facilitation encourages individuals to create themselves as safer spaces for the embodiment of the full range of human expression. Promoting dance as medicine, spirituality and salve for our modern ailments of disconnection and alienation, his practice insists we trust our bodies with the music and our partner to catalyze elevating our whole being into higher vibrational states.

 

Working with the holographic overview of humanity provided by the Gene Keys and combining its contemplative practice with his own somatic exploration and intuitive listening through the body, as well as his study of human conflict through theater, Wren empowers individuals and communities to dance with joy, helps free insights locked in the body, guides people into a greater awareness of their sensual nature and even on privileged occasion supports the healing of chronic disease. Wren’s goal is to support people into right relationship with the moment; to listen and respond appropriately to what is being called for in service to the highest possible good. He holds a BA in Drama and Dance from the University of Washington, is an author in the published work, “Reinhabiting the Village,” a TEDx speaker and your muse for all things somatic.

JOE GRAY

Joe has been a professional dance performer and teacher for nearly two decades. In his studies and world travels he has developed a unique style with influences including hip hop, breaking, contact improvisation, and fusion partner dance. Joe fuses these forms together in a dynamic and distinctive style. His love and passion for dance has enabled him to perform at major events for Sony, Pixar, and Oracle. He has presented several workshops at universities including USF, Stanford, SSU and more. He has also performed alongside the Jabbawockeez in the international touring show Breakshop.

 

Joe has began cultivating a new aesthetic for partner dancing called Hip Hop Fusion and has led workshops at Symbiosis Global Eclipse Gathering 2017 and will be presenting at Sonic Bloom and SoulPlay in 2018.

 

He is excited to collaborate with like minded artists and to help the community embrace the power of performing arts.

Joe believes that dance is in our DNA. At the core of our being, everyone is a dancer. We are dance, and dance is life.

USHA ROSE

Usha has been dancing her whole life and fell in love with Blues and Fusion partner dancing seven years ago. As a passionate community organizer, she co-founded Foothills Fusion Dance in 2014, a thriving, weekly social dance event in Nevada City, CA. She has also produced several conscious partner dance retreats and workshops in Northern California and travels the country to study, dance and play with the larger Blues and Fusion dance community.

 

As a conscious dancer, mover and teacher, she brings over 15 years of experience and training as a body-worker and yoga teacher, thus infusing her teachings with a rich and embodied knowledge of anatomy, body mechanics and healthy alignment. She is currently deeply immersed in the study and exploration of sexuality and works as a sex and intimacy coach, guiding people to have healthier relationships with self and others.

All of her teachings are deeply informed and inspired by nature, divinity, love, sensuality, and constant striving towards being a better human.

CHRISSY MEHNERT

Chrissy can’t remember when it began, but dance came as naturally as breathing to her body. From a young age she studied dance primarily in the form of solo movement for performance and competition. Her first dance company saw her through many early professional opportunities, and her love of choreography took her to organize Pulse Dance Project, NYU’s first student-produced dance performance group. Eventually, she found that in many ways, her professional training was limiting her growth by under-valuing the uniqueness of all bodies. This awakening led her to the yoga studio. Her first and most honest class startled her with its resonance, springing her awakened life forward into opening after opening. She trained in the summer of 2009 with Yoga to The People, dove right into teaching 10+ classes a week and gaining the YTTP studios in Berkeley and San Francisco a foothold. Until 2013, she was a prominent teacher for YTTP, when she moved out to the Northern California foothills. At the first night of Foothills Fusion Dance in 2015, Chrissy committed to a new dance form. Partner dance intimidated, allured and in time deeply transformed Chrissy’s being. No other practice has contributed so much to her unfolding as mindful partner dance. Now, her offerings are weaving through the overlapping layers of yoga and dance, inspiring each of her teachings with the other.

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