I had to hunt for Thomas Mapfumo

By Lara McIntosh | June 5, 2024

Way back when I was first starting to teach and make music mixes -and mind you this was so long ago we built these on cassette tape from cassette tapes recordings- I was somewhere when I fleetingly heard a voice and a song I couldn’t get out of my head. It wasn’t so easy to find music then, especially from the continent of Africa’s artists who hadn’t yet crossed over to western ears and wide exposure. My main sources to learn about and find music to dance to was through three things. Listening devotedely every Monday night to KCMU’s show called BEST AMBIANCE. First with John Kirtser and then with Won Ldy Paye.
Second was when Afropop Worldwide started being a weekly broadcast on NPR. I don’t listen that way anymore but I am a very loyal supporter of this multi-platform organziation and all they do to preserve and share the vastness of music of the African diapsora.
The third way I discovered African music back then was by walking three blocks to Tower Records which later was the Queen Anne location of Silver Platters.  I’d comb through their African and Brazilian sections and take chances on what looked intetesting or, and this is for real, tingled in my hand. I also got to be friends with the guys that curated those. Many an educational happy time and lots of dollars spent on that block.
It took some time and hunting to find the artist whose voice was haunting me so. I wish I remember how I found him. But I did.

Thomas Mapfumo. The lion of Zimbabwe and still prolific voice of Chimurenga music with his band Blacks Unlimited on their 1991 album “Chamunorwa” and the song “Nyama Yekugocha”.

 

Two classes canceled in June 2024 and…

By Lara McIntosh | June 4, 2024

There will not be class on Tuesday June 11 or on Saturday June 22, 2024.
On that Saturday, perhaps you will join the revelry that is The Fremont Fair and Solstice Parade.

and…for those who plan ahead, no classes July 2-15. I’m going to see my Mama.
We’re on our regular schedule July 16 through the rest of the summer. Yay!

June 16, 2024 is our next live music Sunday!

By Lara McIntosh | June 4, 2024

Summer time is one of my favorite times to dance.
Even if Junuary might be in effect on the 16th, our fabulous musicians Denny Stern, Caxambu and Will Matthews will be bringing in the warm tones with rythmns and  instruments from Brasil, the Casamance, perhaps some from Ghana, Nigeria, the Carribean… However it flows, the conversations between dancers and musicians are always resonant and inspiring. I’ll be the guide but the adventure is one we create together.
I hope to have you there!

10:00 – 11:30 am
Balance Studio
418 N 35th St
Seattle WA 98103

$25
Cash, checks and Zelle accepted
pay online $30 with Square
Cash contributions for musicians always appreciated.

All the way live from 5 to 85

By Lara McIntosh | May 24, 2024

Our second edition of Wassa’s live music Sunday dances since before the pandemic times was a wonderful event.
Beyond my hopes, actually.  In spite of many folks telling me they were out of town, we still had 21 dancers. Our youngest is 5, one of our marvelous elders is 85, and many generations in between, all there.

Our musicians Caxambu, Denny Stern and Will Matthews have such a fluid and rich collaborative relationship.
The music and the openness of all the dancers made for so much love and good energy flowing all around.

I have yet to truly be able to describe what happens when we all come together, especially this time.I’ll be thinking about this one for a long time to come.

The good news there are three more versions coming Sundays June 16, August 25 and November 3, 2024.

Musing on playlists: Happy Survival

By Lara McIntosh | May 1, 2024

I’ve written before about how interesting it is for me to dive back into playlists I’ve made over the decades that got moth balled during the pandemic, and some for various other reasons.

Last Saturday, standing by the stereo scrolling through aaallll the options of mixes I could use for dance class four minutes from then, I landed on one I had made in honor of my father’s having navigated his body and spirit getting through one of the many health challenges he lived through in the last 10-12 years of his life. I was his medical ally, witness, driver and above all daughter.
My father was a metaphysical lion (and double Leo) and through all the ins and outs of our time together, there was always, all ways LOVE. I don’t remember what health episode prompted this playlist. Somewhere between 2013-2016….

Back to Saturday April 27, 2024. I scanned this playlist quick and thought, why not? Never mind there were two new students and who knows what they were expecting musically or otherwise?
It went well.  Certainly hearing all those songs as they came felt welcome to me.
I wouldn’t have immediately thought so much about all the layers: me working with music to communicate/commune all this time, poignant motivations (my Dad) , NEW STUDENTS, etc etc until one of my beloved student/friends asked me today what that mix was because it took him until later to realize what dancing with that had felt like and wanted to know those songs.
Thank you Mos’ D.E. for inspiring this post.

Live music Sundays

By Lara McIntosh | April 8, 2024

Wassa’s live music Sundays
are back!

Come dance with a cross-culturally rich mix
of some of Seattle’s finest percussion musicians and Wassa’s joyful moves.

June 16, August 25, November 3, 2024
10:00 – 11:30 am
Balance Studio
418 N 35th St
Seattle WA 98103

$25
Cash, checks and Zelle accepted
pay online $30 with Square
Cash contributions for musicians always appreciated.

Revisiting “Keep on…………….”

By Lara McIntosh | April 8, 2024

One of the great things about being entirely back in-person at the studio for classes is the chance to go back through 20+ years of playlists and experience some anew for the first time in 3 years or more.

During quarantine and the Zoom era, I felt the conditions called for particular types of music that carried well through the platforms we were using and suited folks dancing alone in whatever part of their homes they’d managed to make work while watching a screen.

Now I can pick a mix from a much wider pool. This is one I made at least 12 years ago. (I really wish I had thought to mark create dates on all 100 and some playlists including the ones on cassette!!). I can remember dancers who have moved away dancing to certain songs from this one. Dancing with it Tuesday, one of the songs that came up was shared by a really cool Kalani staff person I bonded with over music the two years he was there early in our 17 year annual residencies.
Anyway, this was fun for me on Tuesday and wow did the Isley brothers sound fresh.

Keep on………

 

Wassa’s Savory Dances for Autumn 2024!!

By Lara McIntosh | April 8, 2024

I’m thrilled to have this annual tradition back in our mix of possibilities.

Wassa’s Savory Dances for Autumn 
October 11-13, 2024
Madrona MindBody Institute
at Fort Worden
Port Townsend, WA

                                                                                   

 

Join us for a weekend immersion in movement and music dedicated to the richness of our individual and collective experiences. Each of the three daily sessions invite you to come as you are and go deeper into what calls to you through embodied listening, guided contemplative and lively movement with some of the best music the world has to offer.

All levels of fitness and experience are welcome.
$240 for the weekend$100 minimum deposit with balance due by September 30, 2024
Spaces are limited and first come first served
Single sessions available by request
Email Lara at lara@wassadance.com for registration, payment options, cancellation policy, any questions or requests.

Our preliminary schedule is:
Friday 10/13: 4-6 pm
Saturday 10/14: 1-4 pm
Sunday 10/15: 12:30 – 3

Participants are responsible for their own lodging and transportation.
Monday 10/14/24 is a national holiday – Indigenous People’s Day here in Washington.
I strongly suggest booking accommodations early.

We had so much fun last year. I can’t wait til we do it again.

An ephemeral soundtrack with cowhide, wood, iron, gourds, and a wire from a tire

By Lara McIntosh | January 28, 2024

I’m basking in the glow of this morning’s rare two hour session with live percussion at Balance Studio.
It’s been three years and eleven months since the last time that Caxambu, Denny Stern and Will Matthews have been able to join me for such a unique collaboration. I’ve missed them so.

Since this is not exactly an RSVP event and winter illnesses are definitely a thing, I didn’t know who all would be able to show up and dance. Today was extra special with some folks coming from far, some in for the first time in years, one brand new today. So much love and generosity in that space.
I had thought I might weep when we started as I have missed this kind of offering so much. Instead, I put on my ankle bells and listened for where we would start. Having such a long history with these wonderful musicians, it felt like a fine conversation we simply picked up in the here and now. Hearing the acoustic tones of instruments I love being played by people I love and respect so deeply was a revelation in responsive listening.

It’s always fascinating to watch a room full of beautiful individuals find some kind of communion in movement and rhythm.
This is something that deserves much more reflection and its own writings.

In one of the breaks, I asked the musicians to introduce some of the instruments. Will, the natural teacher, described the origins  and composition of bougarabou and dun-duns he had and how all the drums we had today are specific woods with origins in West African, Afro-Cuban and Haitian traditions and have cow hide heads which makes for the deeper warmer tones that are so suited to melodic percussion. Denny then took up the theme describing the pentatonic marimba (wood), the congas (wood/hide), the iron in the bells, his handmade shakers made from candy and food tins, Caxambu carried the theme describing the gourd resonator on the berimbau and how the wire that attached the two ends of the wooden bow was from one of his tires. The bongos (wood hide. metal) belonged our beloved Mohammed Shaibu who passed.

Bringing in wood, hide, iron, gourd, seeds, all these essences are the physical elementals that resonate so deeply in sonic action and in spirit.

The one thing we all forgot was to take any pictures. As with many of the best things, it was real and now it’s in the ethers.

It was a very good day.

I am in awe.

This is my basket of handheld instruments.

Why live music – it all started with a berimbau, mbira, bongos and a surdo

By Lara McIntosh | January 20, 2024

When I first started teaching in the style I’ve evolved with over the past several decades, I inherited a class from Kristi Rudolph at Physical Culture that featured live drumming every Sunday. As this beloved class slowly became my own, I was discovering instruments from all over the diaspora of African percussion and was curious about creating something more cross-cultural and improvisational in lieu of interpreting traditional rhythms and songs. It was an amazingly foundational, bountiful time for me in terms of exposure to music from Africa both on the radio (KCMU with John Kertzer and WonLdy Paye) and in local bye gone clubs.  I was studying dance with wonderful teachers from Liberia, Ghana, Nigeria and Brazil. It was the late 1980’s early 1990’s in Seattle.  I wanted to honor them and do something different in what I could contribute to Seattle’s percussion and dance communities.

Every Sunday for many years, musicians and I collaborated for these dance classes. Who all has come to play deserves its own story as some of the best in Seattle are a part of it.

While I dearly love curating recorded music mixes and broadening folks’ exposure to some of the depth and breadth and wide ranging expressions of Africa and the diaspora, I’ve always felt the live music collaborations to be the keystone of my dance work. I set the space and musicians ahead of time. From there, based on who comes to dance and which directions the enegies of the sound and movement go, the rest of my movement guidance and where the musicians go is all improvised. It’s hard to describe how edifying it is to be in a room of willing participants making that magic happen in real time.

Our last live music session was in February 2020. Covid closures hit hard. After things started to open up, available spaces that meet the basic needs of accommodating the sound volume of live percussion, a large enough space with a good enough floor at desirable times have been much harder to find. And, frankly I’ve been working weekends at the job that supports my teaching life because that’s how I have guaranteed income.

I’ve been waiting for some kind of ground swell or sign to start back up in whatever iteration might be conjured now.

Recently I was presented with a really rare opportunity to have two hours on a Saturday at Balance Studio, where I’ve been happily teaching for almost ten years with my schedules set around the days and times the owners themselves need. I jumped on it and then realized MAYBE the musicians who had been the rock steady base before Covid might be available?
They said yes. And we’re on.
I can’t wait to be with them and the dancers who show up to contribute their beautiful attunement to the mix. Click here for joining us January 27, 2024

 

Internal and External Orientation Workshop 5/31/2014

By Lara McIntosh | May 12, 2014

INTERNAL & EXTERNAL ORIENTATION with Janelle Campoverde and Lara McIntosh SATURDAY MAY 31, 2014
2:30-4:30 P.M.
BALANCE STUDIO 418 North 35th St. Seattle, WA 98103
$50

Gyro Silhouette

 

 

 

 

 

The intricacy of our human design hard-wires our brains to be continually learning throughout our lives.

Orientation involves awareness of three dimensions: time, place and being. We learn orientation through movement.
In this workshop, Lara and Janelle will introduce ways to hone your ability to orient where you are while you are dancing. Lara will bring the movement patterns you that you both enjoy and are challenged by in dance classes. Janelle will offer exploratory movements that heighten your ability to feel yourself and your surroundings while moving – clarifying how to direct your movement intentionally and spontaneously.

To register, please contact Lara McIntoshMore about Janelle Campoverde

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

By Lara McIntosh | May 12, 2014

mini autumn bowl

 

 

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.


Wassa Dance and Village Volunteers’ 10th annual Thanks-Giving Fundraiser

By Lara McIntosh | November 13, 2013

Celebrate Thanksgiving with Village Volunteers and contribute to a woman’s opportunity for economic freedom and independence.

Wassa Dance’s 10th Annual Thanks-Giving Dance by Donation
featuring some Seattle’s finest percussionists and Lara’s joyful moves
(please plan to dance barefoot at this event!)

Thursday, November 28, 2013

9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
ARC School of Ballet – 9250 14th Ave. NW Seattle WA 98117 (Ballard)

This year we will be dancing for the “Ndori Banana Women’s Fund” which helps women access micro loans to start businesses or enhance their small enterprises in a small village in Western Kenya. Our goal is to sponsor as many women as we can with $100 seed loans.
All loan recipients receive training and assistance with becoming economically stable. The loans are administered locally and when the funds are paid back, they are reinvested with more local women’s projects.
This kind of fundraising alliance has touched many people’s lives through the amplifier effect of resources and expertise being passed hand to hand. On the women’s meeting days, their camaraderie is palpable when they dance and sing greetings to one another. Let’s join that spirit this Thanksgiving!

We invite you to also keep it local by contributing part or all of your donation to the operational expenses of Village Volunteers, the organization that keeps all of these programs going throughout the year. If you’d like to support both Ndori Banana Fund in Kenya and Village Volunteers in Seattle, you can designate the amount you’d like to go to each on the memo line of your check or a note with cash donations. We are very grateful for your support!

All donations are tax-deductible and eligible for company matching funds. If you can’t attend and want to contribute, send a check with Wassa Dance on the memo line to:
Village Volunteers

5100 South Dawson Street, Suite 202,
Seattle, WA 98118

ASANTE SANA!!

For more event information contact Lara at: lara@wassadance.com
For more information about Wassa Dance: www.wassadance.com
For more about Village Volunteers’ great work: www.villagevolunteers.org or contact shana@villagevolunteers.org or call 206-683-6681

Big Island Dance Retreat for 2014

By Lara McIntosh | May 17, 2013

 

Bringing their collective years of movement and music explorations together, collaborators Lara McIntosh and Marla Simms invite you to

WASSA DANCE – SPRING TUNING
March 9-15, 2014
Big Island, Hawaii
Kalani Oceanside Retreat Center

Shake out your winter bones and seed a new season of your body’s potential for ease and joyful vitality through dance and movement exploration. Come as you are and let the rhythms take you deeper!

Included in this six day sweet island style retreat are daily sessions of image rich movement meditations, floor work and stretching along with spirited dance segments in Wassa’s unique style. Spontaneous offerings for group or individual sessions TBA throughout the week. Portions of each day are purposefully left open for participants to enjoy their own experience of Kalani’s offerings along with the many other delights and resources of Kalani and its neighborhood. Delicious daily buffet style meals, accommodations and use of Kalaniʼs grounds, pool and spa are also included.

We will

  • Cultivate fresh vibrancy in our physical wit and wisdom.
  • Establish healthy practices designed to take and grow at home to nourish an active longevity.
  • Free our bones with Afro-infused dance inspired by some of the best music the world has to offer.
  • Engage our senses with the complex natural and cultural beauty that IS the Big Island where ocean meets lava, mongoose, wild pigs, tree frogs, bird song, hula, solar power, compost, and not so far away strip malls all exist with the newest earth and cleanest air in the world.

To register contact Lara McIntosh: lara@wassadance.com
Registration requires a  $250 nonrefundable deposit
.

RETREAT FEES (per person) Single Occupancy Double Occupancy
Lodge Room (shared bath) $995 $1240
Lodge Room (private bath) $1225 $1475
Tree House Room $1350 $1675
Bungalow Room $1350 $1675

Lara McIntosh has studied dance all her life and is an active member of Seattle dance, music and public art communities.
Lara is the originator of Wassa Dance which is inspired by dances and music from the African diaspora. She has been teaching independently in this Afro-fusion style since 1997. Travels to Brazil and Mali, West Africa and ongoing study with locally based teachers are great influences in her work. “Wassa” is the Bambara name Lara received during her first visit to Mali. It translates as “one who acts for joy and fulfillment.”
Lara’s curiosity about movement and cultures are combined with a deep love for music and community building. She has a long history of collaboration for performance, event production and movement education which include ten years with THREAD DANCE, multiple collaborations with artist Cameron Anne Mason and the Fremont Arts Council for parade and pageant presentations. During her six years on the Board of Directors of the
Seattle World Percussion Society (SWPS), she helped oversee the production of the World Rhythm Festival at Seattle Center, which is one of the largest free percussion festivals in the country.
Lara is an adjunct faculty member of the ARC School of Ballet. She also offers school residencies and conducts annual intensive workshops in Washington State and Hawaii.

Marla Simms started her love affair with the human body and its magic from the inside out. She experienced the boldness and explosive energy of a gymnast in her youth. Later, she studied modern dance and performed in the Southwest and the Pacific Northwest (Pat Graney & Co. and THREAD DANCE). She then turned to focus on the exploration of other’s bodies through the study and practice of massage. She has been a massage practitioner and massage educator for 20 years. She teaches continuing education classes for massage practitioners in the greater Puget Sound area. As an educator, she pursues a better understanding of the soft tissues of the human body and how they react, however subtly, to the stresses and challenges of life and living. For Marla, the body continues to be a venue of art, joy, and discovery. marlasimms.massagetherapy.com,

Wassa’s Wednesday 6:15 p.m. class ends June 5

By Lara McIntosh | May 2, 2013

The time has come for me to discontinue our current Wednesday evening classes at SHIFT, sigh.  I love dancing at night, especially in the warm summer months where we open the big garage door and let the light pour in. And, I’m very grateful to the devoted folks who have been supporting this “after work” option for so long.

While June 5th will be our last of the this round, I’m looking forward to discovering what comes next.  I’d be very happy to co-invent the next version, so stay tuned!  I’m open to suggestions and requests.

Meanwhile, let’s dance into the evenings, May 8, 15, 22,29 and June 5!!

 

 

 

April’s Live Music Sunday and benefit for MARY’S PLACE

By Lara McIntosh | April 18, 2013

This was a wonderful event!  Our musical all star musical team was Denny Stern, Mark Lilly, Thierno Diop, Caxambu, Mohammed Shaibu, Larry Swanson and Makeda Wilborn. Twenty dancers strong and beautiful!  We raised $230 for Mary’s Place. It was a good day indeed.

 

Our next live music session is April 21, 2013. I’ll be donating 25% of the door from this event to MARY’S PLACE: a day center in Seattle for homeless women and children.  I’m really looking forward to the opportunity to support this vital local organization.

This benefit is in partnership with a 3 day event at Casita International.  This great little shop on Capital Hill is bringing in fair trade accessories made by women in Malawi and India. April 19-21, 25% of the sale of these goods will be donated to MARY’S PLACE.

Casita and Wassa’s benefit for Mary’s Place

Shop, dance and give locally-with a global twist.

A Sweet Article about Wassa by Irene Hopkins

By Lara McIntosh | April 18, 2013

This piece appeared in BALANCE STUDIO: BAHIA IN MOTION’S Spring 2013 newsletter.  I love the insight Irene brought to my work. Here’s the piece:

Instructor Spotlight on:

Lara McIntosh, WASSA Dance

Lara McIntosh is Wassa.

On Lara’s first trip to Mali, her Bambara hosts gave her the name, Wassa Sangare. Translated, Wassa means “one who acts for joy and fulfillment.” Lara believes this name is a symbol of endearment from her Malian hosts as well as of their trust in her as a source of inspiration for cross-cultural connections through movement and music.

“Wassa Dance is an afro-infused style of movement that I developed and have evolved with on my unexpected path of becoming a movement and cultural educator,” explained Lara. Rather than teach set choreography for her students to follow, Lara provides basic steps rooted in traditional movement. Dancers are then invited to infuse the steps with their own style of expression. Students dance together while enjoying their individual experiences.

Lara, with an extensive dance background, began teaching a popular class called Positive Sweat in the late 1980’s. “I changed the name [to Wassa Dance] to indicate a dance class with a fitness component rather than a fitness class with some moves thrown in,” said Lara.

Lara, a lover of African and diaspora cultures, makes it clear that she does not teach traditional West African dance. “There are so many other people born to or with vast experience of specific West African cannons,” she stated. “My focus is inclusion, universality, accessibility; the pure joy of basic physical forms and the vast realm of music.”

Babatunde Olatunji inspired the beginnings of Lara’s involvement with African dance and music. “His credo of the power and healing of the drum and his appeal to act beyond borders as cultural ambassadors has lain at the heart of my work ever since,” she said

Lara began teaching at Balance Studio (then Planet Earth Yoga) after a long walk with Balance co-owner, Aileen Panke, in the depth of winter. “I was struggling with my then studio situation, trying to cover costs and make a basic living in an economy that calls for wise choices from each of us,” she said. “There was an opening at Planet Earth that Aileen knew about and she encouraged me to take it. It was a perfect little window to jump into. I’m very grateful.”

“I’ve been renting space for my work on and off since 1989 and full time since 1996,” reflected Lara. “I am impressed and delighted with the depth of care and insight Aileen and Daniel bring to the management and program development of Balance. I’m thrilled to be part of a community of educators, artists and healers dedicated to well-being and integrity through their work.”

Much like the free-flowing dance style Lara has created, her path to now has been a one-step-at-a-time surprise. “If anyone had asked me at any point before I was 30 (or maybe even 50), what I would be doing with my life, I couldn’t have imagined this,” she said. “ I am wildly blessed by the opportunity to work with deeply dedicated students, to touch others in less known ways and to do something I really love. Every day.”

 

 

In Rhythm

By Lara McIntosh | April 9, 2013

This piece just came my way for the third time and is so worth sharing:

Angelique Kidjo on Mali and so much more

By Lara McIntosh | February 6, 2013

Angelique Kidjo is one of the powerful female artists from West Africa who caught my ear way back. Her music has inspired so much for me. Here’s an 18 minute interview with her that shows why she’s the force she is. ASHE!

http://www.npr.org/2013/02/04/171065166/kidjo-urges-malian-musicians-to-fight-ban

Big Island Retreat March 2013

By Lara McIntosh | January 4, 2013

WE HAD A WONDERFUL TIME!

Greeting the new day at Kalani.

 

Bringing their many collective years of movement, music and embodiment explorations together, collaborators Lara McIntosh, Chiara Guerrieri and Marla Simms invite you to:

SPRING TUNING

March 18-23, 2013
Kalani Oceanside Retreat Center
– Big Island, Hawaii

5 days in paradise seeding a new season with joyful dance, customized yoga and body mechanics, meditation and nonviolent communication the aloha way.

We will:

  •   Cultivate fresh vibrancy in our physical wit and wisdom.
  •   Root deeper dialogues of compassion and possibility in daily interactions within ourselves, our physicality and beyond.
  • Establish healthy practices designed to take and grow at home to nourish an active longevity.
  • Free our bones with afro-infused dance inspired by some of the best music the world has to offer.
  •   Engage our senses with the complex natural and cultural beauty that IS the Big Island where ocean meets lava, mongoose, wild pigs, tree frogs, bird song, hula, solar power, compost, and not so far away strip malls all exist on the newest earth and cleanest air in the world.

Included in this five day sweet island style retreat are… daily sessions of morning meditation, yoga, body mechanics, dance/movement intensives and time spent with the art of the of nonviolent communication. Spontaneous offerings for group or individual sessions TBA throughout the week. Portions of each day are purposefully left open for participants to enjoy their own experience of Kalani’s offerings along with the many other delights and resources of Kalani and its neighborhood. Delicious daily buffet style meals, accommodations and use of Kalaniʼs grounds, pool and spa area are also included.

Early registration is encouraged!
Registration requires $250 deposit
 Final payments are due February 21, 2013

RETREAT FEES

(per person) Double Occupancy Single Occupancy
Lodge Room (shared bath) $995 $1240
Lodge Room (private bath) $1225 $1475
Tree House Room $1350 $1675
Bungalow Room $1350 $1675

Cancellation Policy: All cancellations include a $100 fee. No refunds for cancellations within 6 weeks of the workshop (unless we can fill your space).

To register contact Lara McIntosh: lara@wassadance.com

About the Facilitators

LARA MCINTOSH: Performer, teacher, choreographer and perennial student, Lara is also an active member of Seattle dance, public art and cultural communities. Under the name WASSA DANCE, Lara blends a mix of afro-infused and American dance styles which are greatly inspired by lifelong studies and travels to Brazil and Mali, West Africa. She explores rhythm, spirit, craft, and community to unlock the movement potential in each person. “Wassa Sangare” is the Bambara name Lara received during her first visit to Mali. “Wassa” means “one who acts for joy and fulfillment.” Her curiosity about movement, creativity and cultures, combined with a deep love for music are lifelong muses. www.wassadance.com

MARLA SIMMS started her love affair with the human body and its magic from the inside out. She experienced the boldness and explosive energy of a gymnast in her youth. She then turned to the focus of exploration of other’s bodies through the study and practice of massage. She has been a massage practitioner and massage educator for 20 years. As an educator, she pursues a better understanding of the soft tissues of the human body and how they react (however subtly) to the stresses and challenges of life and living. For Marla, the body continues to be a venue of art, joy, and discovery.

CHIARA GUERRIERI: began studying Yoga to rehabilitate and strengthen her core after a car accident; she continues to practice and teach yoga as a way to heal the separation between body and mind. Chiara teaches us how to breathe, how to connect the breath with the body, how to track physical sensations from moment to moment, how to find internal wisdom as body, breath, and mind work together to inspire our practice. Chiara’s classes are accessible to anyone with a basic background in yoga. She has a strong interest in injury evaluation and treatment, and welcomes students recovering from injury or other physical pain. She has studied Hypnosis and Neuro Linguistic Programming; she uses her language skills to weave trances that wake us from our routines, allowing us to explore new pathways.

Chiara is a licensed massage therapist, practicing since 1983, teaches Anatomy for Yoga Teacher Trainings, and the principles Non Violent Communication. www.chiarayoga.com

download as a PDF: SPRING TUNING: Seeding fresh embodiment with dance, yoga and meditation, the aloha way!