Wassa Dance

Retreats

Each year, Wassa Dance offers retreats at several inspiring facilities who steward the connections between land and spirit. These immersions in specific environments and movement studies provide enrichment on many levels.

(if you have a favorite place or know of a situation where you think Wassa Dance ought to create a new immersion field trip, please let me know!)

Our next Hawaii dance residency is happening! Feb 11-18, 2018

WASSA DANCES WITH ALOHA
February 11-18, 2018
Kalani Oceanside Retreat Center
Big Island, Hawaii

Join us for a very special week of inspiration, ease and joyful vitality.
Come as you are, let the rhythms dance you deeper.

This sweet 7 night island style intensive features daily sessions of movement meditations and personal tuning leading into spirited dance segments in Wassa’s unique ways. Most afternoons and evenings are purposefully left open for participants to enjoy their own experience of the many delights and resources of Kalani and the island
Delicious daily buffet style meals, accommodations and use of Kalani
ʼs grounds, pool and spa are included.
* Spontaneous offerings for group or individual sessions TBA. 

We will be
– cultivating fresh vibrancy in our physical wit and wisdom.
– immersing ourselves in afro-infused dance inspired by some of the best music the world has to offer.
– engaging our senses in the complex natural and cultural beauty that  the Big Island offers. Ocean meets lava, mongoose, wild pigs, tree frogs, bird song, hula, solar power, compost, and not so far away strip malls all co-existing while Pele makes the newest earth in the world. 

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SPACE IS LIMITED!
EARLY REGISTRATION IS SUGGESTED.

Lodging options and rates*
We currently have available:

4 rooms in Hale 4
– single/shared bath – $1,620
– double/shared bath – $1,368
Treehouse
– single/private bath – $2,180
– double – $1,725
2 Mauka Cottages
– single/private bath – $2,705
– double – $1,970

20% deposit holds your reservation on first come, first served basis
*all prices subject to change without notice for non-registered options

For reservations and information, contact Lara:
lara@wassadance.com

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Wassa Cancellation Policy: Until November 10, 2017, deposits are refundable minus a $50 administrative fee. After November 10, 2017, there are no refunds on deposits unless I can replace your reservation, $50 administration fee applies.

For island residents or vacationers wishing to attend the daily dance intensive without Kalani lodging or meals, drop-in rates per class and weekly options are available as space allows. Pre-registration is strongly suggested for this option–which also includes a Kalani day pass with each class/series purchased. Lodging and meal options at Kalani may be purchased separately through Kalani.
Here’s our residency listing on Kalani’s site

Kalani Honua Retreat Center: Kalani means Harmony of Heaven and Earth and is located on 19 coastal acres of tropical beauty on the SE coast of Hawaii. Dramatic lava cliffs provide a haven for sunbathers, stargazers, whale watchers and those seeking a deep connection with the earth and sea. Other offerings at Kalani at additional cost include: Hawaiian and Thai massage, Yoga, Bodywork, Watsu (water-based bodywork) and Hawaiiana/Hula Classes.
For more info on Kalani: 
www.kalani.com
To book airport shuttles, please call Kalani’s Guest Services at 800-800-6886  at least a week prior to

 

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    Wassa’s Savory Autumn Intensive at Madrona MindBody 2017!

    Wassa’s Savory Autumn Intensive
    in Port Townsend, WA 
    September 29-October 1, 2017

    Join us for a delicious weekend of extended dance sessions and inspiration at one of the Puget Sound’s most beautiful resources for movement studios, the Madrona MindBody Institute.

    Inspired by the elemental roots of Africa and beyond, we’ll immerse in Wassa’s unique style of spirited dancing combined with seasonally rich movement meditations and stretching to begin and end each session.

    This workshop is designed for people who love to move in a nourishing, structured environment with some of the best music the world has to offer.

    The Wassa Dance fee for the full weekend  – $225.
    Friday 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
    Saturday sessions: 9:00 a.m.-Noon & 3:00-6:00 p.m. 
    Sunday sessions: 9 a.m.-Noon & 1:30-3:30 p.m. 
    Can’t come for the entire weekend? Come for a class or day! Saturday morning or afternoon session or Sunday afternoon session. $35/session for residents of the Port Townsend area.
    Please contact Lara for registration and questions.
     
    Residency participants arrange their own transportation, lodging and meals.
     
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      Our next Big Island Residency! Come dance with us at Kalani in 2017

      Wassa Dances with Aloha
      February 5-11, 2017
      Kalani Oceanside Reatreat Center
      Big Island, Hawaii

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      Join us this winter for a new season of inspiration, ease and joyful vitality.
      Come as you are, let the rhythms dance you deeper.

      This sweet 6 night island style intensive features daily sessions of movement meditations and personal tuning leading into spirited dance segments in Wassa’s unique ways. Most afternoons and evenings are purposefully left open for participants to enjoy their own experience of the many delights and resources of Kalani and the island
      Delicious daily buffet style meals, accommodations and use of Kalani
      ʼs grounds, pool and spa are included.
      * Spontaneous offerings for group or individual sessions TBA. 

      We will be
      – cultivating fresh vibrancy in our physical wit and wisdom.
      – immersing ourselves in afro-infused dance inspired by some of the best music the world has to offer.
      – engaging our senses in the complex natural and cultural beauty that  the Big Island offers. Ocean meets lava, mongoose, wild pigs, tree frogs, bird song, hula, solar power, compost, and not so far away strip malls all co-existing while Pele makes the newest earth in the world. 

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      SPACE IS LIMITED! EARLY REGISTRATION IS SUGGESTED.

      LODGING OPTIONS / RATES*
      BUNGALOWS – sold out
      TREE HOUSES- 2 rooms left + one share available
      Single/private bath: $1,650, Shared double: $1,350, Triple: $1,260
      MAUKA COTTAGES – sold out
      MAUKA LOFT – sold out

      *Prices subject to change without notice for unregistered participants.

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      Wassa Cancellation Policy: Until November 15, 2016, deposits are refundable minus a $50 administrative fee. After November 15, 2016, there are no refunds on deposits unless I can replace your reservation, $50 administration fee applies.

      For island residents or vacationers wishing to attend the daily dance intensive without Kalani lodging or meals, drop-in rates per class and weekly options are available as space allows. Pre-registration is strongly suggested for this option–which also includes a Kalani day pass with each class/series purchased. Lodging and meal options at Kalani may be purchased separately through Kalani.

      Kalani Honua Retreat Center: Kalani means Harmony of Heaven and Earth and is located on 19 coastal acres of tropical beauty on the SE coast of Hawaii. Dramatic lava cliffs provide a haven for sunbathers, stargazers, whale watchers and those seeking a deep connection with the earth and sea. Other offerings at Kalani at additional cost include: Hawaiian and Thai massage, Yoga, Bodywork, Watsu (water-based bodywork) and Hawaiiana/Hula Classes.
      For more info on Kalani: 
      www.kalani.com
      To book airport shuttles, please call Kalani’s Guest Services at 800-800-6886  at least a week prior to travel.

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        Wassa’s Savory Autumn Retreat Oct. 9-11, 2015

        WASSA DANCE’S
        SAVORY AUTUMN INTENSIVE
        with Lara McIntosh
        Madrona MindBody Institute
        Fort Warden in Port Townsend, WA.
        Friday Oct. 9 – Sunday Oct. 11th, 2015

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        Join us for a delicious autumn weekend of inspiration and concentrated experiences of Wassa Dance’s joyful African-infused offerings at one of the Puget Sound’s most beautiful resources for movement studies.
        Inspired by the elemental roots of music and moves from Africa and the Americas, this retreat is designed for people who love to move in a nourishing, structured environment. Our sessions will include image-rich movement meditations, floor work and stretching, along with spirited dancing in Wassa’s unique style.

         Our lodging option is full.

        There is still room for you on the dance floor on Saturday and/or Sunday. We’d love to have you join us.
        Please contact lara@wassadance.com for more details.

         

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        More about Madrona MindBody Institute.

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          Wassa Dance Clips- Thanks-Giving 2014

          Here’s the first of the sweet bits from Wassa Dance and Village Volunteers‘ 11th Annual Dance by Donation Fundraiser. We had a most wonderful time with 70+ dancers raising $3,600 in an hour’s class for this year’s micro lending partner SISI FUND in Kenya.

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            WASSA DANCE with ALOHA #15

            Yes indeed! We will be returning for our 15th beautiful year of dancing at
            Kalani Oceanside Retreat Center on the Big Island, Hawaii.
            IMG_0372The dates are February 7-13, 2016
            Lodging options are limited this round.

            IMG_0370 (1)Please contact Lara at lara@wassadance.com
            Aloha Still Life 3:14

            Join us this winter in seeding a new season of our potential for ease and joyful vitality.
            Come as you are, let the rhythms dance you deeper.

            We will be
            – cultivating fresh vibrancy in our physical wit and wisdom.
            – immersing ourselves in afro-infused dance inspired by some of the best music the world has to offer.
            – engaging our senses in the complex natural and cultural beauty that IS the Big Island. Ocean meets lava, mongoose, wild pigs, tree frogs, bird song, hula, solar power, compost, and not so far away strip malls all co-existing while Pele makes the newest earth in the world. 

            This sweet 6 night island style intensive features daily sessions of movement meditations and personal tuning leading into spirited dance segments in Wassa’s unique ways. Most afternoons and evenings are purposefully left open for participants to enjoy their own experience of the many delights and resources of Kalani and the island
            Delicious daily buffet style meals, accommodations and use of Kalani
            ʼs grounds, pool and spa are included.
            * Spontaneous offerings for group or individual sessions TBA. 

            LODGING OPTIONS / RATES*:
            Lodge Rooms: sold out, contact Lara for wait list.
            Bungalow: $1,770 single / $1,410  double
            Lofts and Treehouses: $1,890 single/ $1,500 double
            Tropical Cottages: $2,340 single / $1,710 double
            A deposit of $300 holds your space.
            Second installment due by Oct. 31 and final payment by December 31, 2015.

            Wassa Cancellation Policy: Until December 15, 2015, deposits are refundable minus a $50 administrative fee. After December 15, 2015, there are no refunds on deposits unless I can replace your reservation, $50 administration fee applies.


            *Prices subject to change without notice for unregistered participants.

            For island residents or vacationers wishing to attend the daily dance intensive without Kalani lodging or meals, drop-in rates per class and weekly options are available as space allows. Pre-registration is strongly suggested for this option–which also includes a Kalani day pass with each class/series purchased. Lodging and meal options at Kalani may be purchased separately through Kalani.

            Kalani Honua Retreat Center: Kalani means Harmony of Heaven and Earth and is located on 19 coastal acres of tropical beauty on the SE coast of Hawaii. Dramatic lava cliffs provide a haven for sunbathers, stargazers, whale watchers and those seeking a deep connection with the earth and sea. Other offerings at Kalani at additional cost include: Hawaiian and Thai massage, Yoga, Bodywork, Watsu (water-based bodywork) and Hawaiiana/Hula Classes.
            For more info on Kalani: 
            www.kalani.com
            To book airport shuttles, please call Kalani’s Guest Services at 800-800-6886  at least a week prior to travel.



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              Wassa Dance – Spring Tuning

              WASSA DANCE – SPRING TUNING
              March 28 – April 2, 2015
              Kalani Oceanside Retreat Center – Big Island, Hawaii

              Aloha Still Life 3:14

              Join us in seeding a new season of our potential for ease and joyful vitality.
              Come as you are, let the rhythms dance you deeper.

              We will be
              – cultivating fresh vibrancy in our physical wit and wisdom.
              – immersing ourselves in afro-infused dance inspired by some of the best music the world has to offer.
              – engaging our senses in the complex natural and cultural beauty that IS the Big Island. Ocean meets lava, mongoose, wild pigs, tree frogs, bird song, hula, solar power, compost, and not so far away strip malls all co-existing while Pele makes the newest earth in the world.

              This sweet 5 night island style intensive features daily sessions of movement meditations and personal tuning leading into spirited dance segments in Wassa’s unique ways. Most afternoons and evenings are purposefully left open for participants to enjoy their own experience of the many delights and resources of Kalani and the island
              Delicious daily buffet style meals, accommodations and use of Kalani
              ʼs grounds, pool and spa are included.
              * Spontaneous offerings for group or individual sessions TBA.

              To inquire or register contact Lara McIntosh: lara@wassadance.com

              EARLY BIRD SPECIALS AVAILABLE!
              Spaces are limited. Early registration is advised.
              Registration requires $250 non-refundable deposit.

              LODGING OPTIONS / RATES*:

              Ocean Cottage: $1,999 single / $1,499 shared
              Bungalow: $1,675 single / $1,350 shared
              Lodge Room (private bath): $1,475 single / $1,225 shared
              *Prices subject to change without notice for unregistered participants.

              **For island residents or vacationers wishing to attend the daily dance intensive without Kalani lodging or meals, drop-in rates per class and weekly options are available as space allows. Pre-registration is strongly suggested for this option–which also includes a Kalani day pass with each class/series purchased. Lodging and meal options at Kalani may be purchased separately through Kalani.

              Kalani Honua Retreat Center: Kalani means Harmony of Heaven and Earth and is located on 19 coastal acres of tropical beauty on the SE coast of Hawaii. Dramatic lava cliffs provide a haven for sunbathers, stargazers, whale watchers and those seeking a deep connection with the earth and sea.

              Other offerings at Kalani at additional cost include: Hawaiian and Thai massage, Yoga, Bodywork, Watsu (water-based bodywork) and Hawaiiana/Hula Classes.
              For more info on Kalani:
              www.kalani.com

              Please call Kalani’s Guest Services at 800-800-6886 to book airport shuttles at least a week prior to travel.

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                A beautiful testimonial

                It’s rare that I get this sort of thing but today I received this really lovely piece from one of my beloved long time students. Darryl is a wonderful human being with a large heart and a wicked fun sense of playful adventure.  I am honored by what he has to say here:

                darryl at MMI

                About Wassa Dance

                I’m a runner and 63 years old. I had never taken a dance class, except for square dancing in my entire life. Then, more years ago then I dare to count, I decided to take a risk and walk through the door to an African dance class taught by Lara on the second floor of the Physical Culture dance studio. My wife was taking Lara’s class and said I would love the music. She was right. I loved the music and did my best to imitate Lara’s moves. The music pulled me in and to my amazement I believed I was learning the movement and the dance. At least I was moving in the right direction most of the time and even my feet occasionally seemed to follow Lara’s pattern and rhythm. But when I took a moment to observe amidst the excitement of of a new experience, I seemed to be moving in dancing in a dimension different than the one Lara and the other dancers were dancing in. During classes Lara described bowls of light, johnny jump-ups, lava flows, internal rubberbands, sugar cane harvesting, star fish and Bamako club dancing. Lara kept describing the experience of moving from the center and letting the movement begin internally and flow, shimmy, warble and wisp out to the fingers, toes and crown of the head and beyond to the sky and earth and then loop back for another go. I loved the class and just wanted it to go on for hours. Somehow over the years the watching, imitating and listening seemed to sink into this runner and I would begin to experience brief moments of pure joy and ecstasy when somehow I would sync in with Lara’s moves, the spirit and beat of the music and the moves of the other dancers. I just wanted that fleeting moment to last forever.   I am still running long distances and have now gotten bit by the trail running bug. When I’ve consumed my initial burst of energy in the first couple of miles and have many more to go, I find that center for running and try to relax and settle into it with legs, arms, body and energy moving from the center, connecting and reconnecting to the earth and moving through space.  Thanks Lara!

                Darryl Eastin

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                  What people are saying

                  “I believe that Lara a marvelous leader, visionary for African dance in America, and powerful instructor.  I was thrilled to see that our dance group was “my” age group. I have enthusiastically shared my wonderful Wassa Dance experience with many family and friends.”
                  Bettina M- Alaska
                  Participant in “Spring Tuning” at Kalani Oceanside Retreat Center,  2014.

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                    Wassa Dance Savory Autumn Retreat – Oct. 10-12, 2014

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                    WASSA DANCE’S SAVORY AUTUMN INTENSIVE
                    with Lara McIntosh
                    Madrona MindBody Institute
                    Fort Warden in Port Townsend, WA.
                    Friday Oct. 10 – Sunday Oct. 12th, 2013

                    LARA WITH FADED EDGES IN HATJoin us for a delicious autumn weekend of inspiration and concentrated experiences of Wassa Dance’s joyful African-infused offerings at one of the Puget Sound’s most beautiful resources for movement studies.
                    Inspired by the elemental roots of music and moves from Africa and the Americas, this retreat is designed for people who love to move in a nourishing, structured environment. Our sessions will include image-rich movement meditations, floor work and stretching, along with spirited dancing in Wassa’s unique style.

                    Prices include five intensive Wassa Dance sessions, lodging, 2 breakfasts and lunches, all fees and taxes.
                    Single rooms : $475
                    Couples/Shared room : $800

                    Limited enrollment for one or two day movement sessions Saturday and Sunday and scholarships, available by request.

                    To register for this workshop or for additional information contact Lara McIntosh: lara@wassadance.com

                    More about Madrona MindBody Institute.
                    

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