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Ecstatic Dance & Yoga Fusion

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Relax and unwind using the a fusion of the most effective techniques from Yoga and Dance to connect with yourself and others.

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Ecstatic Dance is a conscious movement practice that invites people to drop out of their minds and into their bodies to unwind and open to inner wisdom. Dance, Music and Cacao Medicine are the center point of these ceremonies catalyzing ecstatic states, where conscious mind limitations dissolve, opening the doors to the vast subconscious intelligence. It is an opportunity to connect deeply with self and others in fun ways words cannot express. A gracious experience to meet yourself as you are and open a space where you can see beyond who you think you are... It’s about you, freedom, joy and honesty.

This journey will offer a space to develop self-awareness, be moved by deep emotions, expand your intuitive awareness and align your actions with your intentions.

The session starts with an intention setting, followed by a set of somatic exercises used in shamanic practices to induce a state of relaxed awareness or trance and prepare for the dance journey.

What kind of music is played? And what do we do?

We play music that encourages movement. Our sonic journey is a fusion of world music, electronica, dubstep, tribal house, classic remixes and more!


In this space, all are welcomed into radical self-expression and acceptance. Do yoga, stretch, dance like no one is watching, or just chill and enjoy the music.

- 5:30 PM - Yoga Session (please bring a yoga mat)

- 6:30 pm - Opening circle – it’s a chance for you to get to know who is in the room and if you want to share a bit about yourself. If you don’t feel like talking, just pass the feather.

- 6:50 pm - Warm up exercises designed to bring comfort, relaxation and prepare you for the trance immersion.

- 7:00 pm – Dance Journey - music starts in a low beat to give you the chance to ground into your body. The rhythm progressively increases once the room starts to move. It may reach a high energy several times during the dance and slow down to conclude with a smooth landing back to stillness at the end.

- 8:40 pm - Music stops and we have a wind-down meditative moment. Depending on the event – there will be Singing bowls, Didgeridoo, Flute or other traditional acoustic instruments to help in this process.

- 8:50 pm – Closing circle – we clap together three times and the fourth time back to the earth to close.

- 8:55 pm – Non-verbal time is over - have a chat with the people you shared the space with during the dance.

Arrive and leave whenever you want but be mindful not to disturb the other participants.

Ecstatic Dance Agreements

This is a Free-form Movement Temple

To maintain ultimate freedom we agree to the following:

1. No talking on the Dancefloor (or at the Altar).

- Please whisper off of the dancefloor only

2. No street shoes on the dancefloor. (bare feet or light dance shoes are OK). No showing up drunk or drugged, no pictures, video, or wearing of scent (please be clean).

3. Respect the Space - Others' Space and the Collective Space.

When Approaching others:

- Listen for a Yes (get eye contact first)

- Respect any No (like when they are ignoring you)

- Respect the Solo Dancers' Right to their Space

- Hands in prayer at heart means: "I see you, and thank you for the dance (that just ended)."

This is a Transformational Space for Healing, Prayer, and Freeform Movement.

You will be asked to leave if you do not follow these agreements.

Thank you!

No dance experience required***

Participants must be 18yo+

About Kathie, your Yoga Teacher:

From research scientist to yoga teacher.

I want to make sure the people I work with experience the most effective mind-body practices.

​Current Work

I bridge modern science with classic yoga to enhance the transformational effects of contemporary mind-body practices.

I work one-on-one and in group sessions, supporting clients that have experienced stress, anxiety, complex trauma, PTSD, and eating disorders. I also work with community organisations in programs that support individuals experiencing complex mental illness and alcohol and other drug rehabilitation.


Academic work

Kathie (PhD, Psychology) has over 13 years of academic research experience. During that time she published research and lectured on topics such as emotional memory, personality psychology, biological psychology, behavioural neuroscience, cognition, and molecular biology.

​She has held research positions in New Zealand (University of Canterbury, and Otago), The USA (Yale University), and in Australia (The Queensland Brain Institute); as well as lecturing positions in New Zealand (The University of Canterbury, and Otago) and the USA (Qunnipiac University).

​The Transition to Yoga

After working in academia for over 13 years and practicing yoga since 2008, I wanted to make a career shift that would be more aligned with my core passions- psychology and yoga. Being interested in the transformational effects of yoga, I was following research on how beneficial yoga practices can be for mental health and well-being. As the field was growing, I knew this was the space I wanted to be working in.

About the organizer:

Adrian traveled and worked in a wide variety of places from the most alternative and unstructured to the rigid high end corporate and government environments for the last 19 years. From camp counselor in upstate NY and gardening in off the grid communities in Northern California to engineering telecommunication systems for the aerospace industry and Federal Emergency Management Agency. As an expert engineer, he taught technical classes for major corporations and the White House Military Office during the Obama administration. Living in such different environments required constant adjustments - pushed him out of the familiar, breaking habits and challenged his beliefs. This rhythm became overwhelming and his body started to lose vitality and get sick. During a trip to California, he encountered a great community of people that helped him reconnect with his inner wisdom using music, dance and Native American practices. He quit his job and moved to California for more than 2 years to learn how to live again.

In 2011 Adrian encountered one of his most influential teachers Samantha Sweetwater at Burning Man Festival in the Nevada Desert and he started the Dancing Freedom Facilitator training shortly after that. He became a certified Dancing Freedom Facilitator in 2012, held classes in North California until the end of 2012 when he and his partner continued their journey to Australia. Since 2013, they are facilitating weekly Ecstatic Dance journeys and a monthly Cacao Ceremony in Brisbane.

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