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!)

Wassa’s Savory Autumn Residency 2018

This annual residency at MMI is a  favorite of mine. This year, I am especially excited to include Marie Chong’s offering in the mix. Her insight and expertise will be a beautiful component of this year’s creative exploration and inspiration.

Wassa’s Savory Autumn Intensive
Madrona MindBody Institute
Port Townsend, WA
October 5 – 7, 2018

You are invited to join us for a delicious weekend  of  Wasssa Dance with Lara McIntosh and a very special Sunday morning session of  GYROKINESIS® with Marie Chong.

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.

Fee for the full weekend  – $275
Friday 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. with Lara
Saturday: 9:00 a.m.-Noon & 3:00-6:00 p.m.
with Lara
Sunday: 10:00-11:30 a.m. with Marie
& 1:00-3:00 p.m. with Lara

Participants arrange their own transportation, lodging and meals.

Contact Lara for registration and information.

(GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® are registered trademarks of Gyrotonic Sales Corp and are used
with their permission)

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    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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    Only a few spots remain.
    Lodging options and rates*

     Hale 4
    – private room/shared bath – $1,620
    – double occupancy/shared bath – $1,368

    Mauka Cottage
    – single/private bath – $2,705
    – double – $1,970

    *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.

           

          mini autumn bowl

          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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