Dancing the Sacred and the Profane

Combining belly dance practices, contact improvisation fundamentals and posture play, we will explore sensual movements, sourced from deep connection to the pelvic bowl as the source of our creative expression. As we engage these movements, we open to what is authentic, divine, erotic, sensual, sacred and profane within each of us. From this embodied center, we will bring our movement into connection with one another, consciously, consensually and sensually.

Chaya Leia Aronson, RN BSN is a bodyworker, health and sexuality coach, dancer, lover and mother. Chaya believes that we source our creative, life force expression through our pelvic bowls and if the energy is blocked here, it greatly affects our capacity to be our full authentic selves in the world. Her passion is to support pelvic and abdominal health and healing. The main forms of bodywork she practices are the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy® and Holistic Pelvic Care™. Bellydance, contact improvisation and yoga have been the central core of her spiritual and physical practice for over 20 years. She weaves the knowledge she’s gained about movement patterns and body structure with her playful and intuitive spirit to support her clients in actively healing their own bodies and spirits.   Learn more at



So You Say You Want to Speak Your Truth

Have you heard? Progressive cultures have a buzz phrase going around:
“Speak your truth!”
Sounds great, right?
But wait… often do you actually practice speaking it, in front of other people?
Where does it live in your body? Do you allow it to change?
How often do you adjust your truth based on those around you?
What would it mean to you for the instrument of your body to SOUND your truth and be held by community in doing so?
In this circle participants are guided through somatic meditation, chakra sounding and group vocal exercises designed to get to the heart of their truths and to foster community connection through shared sound.
“What does it mean to be alive, free and connected”?
So much more when we hear what it sounds like.

BIO: Kaitlin June is a songcatcher, voice-doula and bigtime sun-lover. She has been receiving music her whole life from whatever land she stands on and loves to offer it back. She is also a social justice theater creator and performer and is passionate about the role of expressive arts in the transformation of our world. She loves to help individuals, couples, and groups find their unique voices in the creation of the new paradigm. For more on her work please visit


The Third F – Freeze: Why we stay when we want to leave.

The goal of this collaborative learning session is to be able to recognize and respond to the freeze response, in ourself and others. Most of us have heard of fight and flight, but there is a third survival response: freeze. It’s surprisingly common and may affect us in very subtle ways. Why do we sometimes stay in a dance when we don’t want to? Why do we sometimes go along with things we aren’t comfortable with?
Through a combination of discussion and small group exercises, we’ll explore this often misunderstood and completely natural survival response, including exploring how to snap out of it. Michael will offer a description of the freeze response from a nervous system perspective, and then we will explore this together. Michael is NOT an expert, but merely a fellow explorer. We will be learning together collaboratively.

BIO: Michael Hurd is writing this biography (even THIS sentence) in the third person, because he thinks you’ll think he’s cool if you think someone else wrote his bio. He’s been doing contact Improv for 20 years and he still hasn’t done it right (or wrong). Along the way, he did 8 years residential Zen training, 4 months residential yoga training, got a Masters in Counseling and became an SEP (Somatic Experiencing Practitioner). He’s been practicing therapy for 5 years and has been a licensed General Contractor for 10 years. He first encountered NVC (Non-Violent Communication) almost two decades ago and still manages to put his foot in his mouth on a regular basis. He’s been facilitating and DJ’ing for ecstatic dances for 7 years, and He is NOT funny but if you picture him with horns he kinda looks like Pan.


Experiencing Polyamory Structures Through CI Scores

Polyamory is a multifaceted buzzword which means different things to different people, and in fact does point to a wide range of a relationship structures. As a non-gendered non-dyadic highly dynamic and non-pattern-based dance form, Contact Improv offers rich practical metaphors for polyamorous relationships in the form of dance. We will introduce and discuss polyamorous relationship structures and explore a Contact Improv score which mirrors common relationship structures.

CJ O’Reilly is a lifelong movement practitioner, a linguist, and passionate philosopher of life whose practice in life is an exploration of movement, food, language and relationship with a mind to bridge the gap between his experience of the world and his ideas and desires about it. His movement background spans internal and external martial arts, body-weight training and conditioning, acrobatics, yoga, and dance. He regularly teaches, facilitates and explores CI, Partner dance, language, and more. The rest of his time is usually spent organizing, working or facilitating for communities including the Asheville Movement Collective, Asheville Poly(amory) Network, Asheville Jam, Living Arts Collective & Durham Dance Wave (Durham), as well as other local residential communities and passion driven collaborative socially or ecologically progressive businesses.


Embodying Nature

This class will take place outdoors and focus on building connection to the internal and external landscape of the present moment, and how to incorporate those skills into contact dance improvisations. Starting with individual exploration, the class will invite participants to allow inspiration to develop from witnessing and ‘trying on’ the qualities of the surrounding natural landscape. We will explore the interplay between external impulses (received through site, touch, sound, smell, taste) and internal feeling-impulses, allowing images and ‘story’ scenarios to develop and motivate our movement. We will then move into integrating the additional stimulus of connecting with others while staying connected to the self and the flow of inspiring imagery.

BIO: Julia Taylor is an artist, dancer and performer. Long time contact improviser, she lead movement and contact improvisation classes and jams for many years in Asheville. Her dance is informed by Butoh dance, authentic movement, ritual and connection with nature. No matter the medium, her art is rooted in the powerfully feminine, untamed, and emotive Body, and emphasizes the mysteriousness of womanhood, sensuality, and the primal sides of the psyche. Since moving with her husband and two young children to Earthaven in the summer of 2015, she has been dedicated to cultivating a vibrant culture of art and dance and ceremony within the community.


Vocal Play

A fun and healing exploration of vocal embodiment. We’ll buzz, tone and hum together through various sound-and-movement exercises such as Monkey Chant, Sound Train and Conductor. Depp, fun, edgy and ridiculous for all ages.

BIO: Josh Fox has built a life around the healing powers of plants, people, and community. He weaves herbs, song, and acupuncture into his private practice, and writes music that uplifts the heart, honors his plant allies, and tickles the human spirit. With the same gentle, grounded nature he receives patients, he regularly holds group ceremony space around grief, heart-healing, and song-sharing.​


Contact, Rope and the Eroticism of Motion

Class Description:

Contact, Rope and the Eroticism of Motion.

This workshop is an experiential inquiry into the questions of motion and ‘the erotic’, and/or ‘the erotic’ in motion.We will begin by exploring the polarity motions of action/release and move towards exploring initiating/surrendering as can be danced solo and in partnership.

My interest is to use various familiar CI frames to explore the physicality and the energetics of ‘the erotic’ when allowed as inspiration for contact impulses towards self-discovery. Furthermore, we will explore the addition of rope and the energetics of bondage, consent, questions of communal ‘sex positivity’ and personal ‘erotic exuberance’.

This workshop will allow/support consensual explicit sexual expression but will not at anytime require it.

* No previous rope experience needed, innocence and authenticity requested.


Neal Wecker Bio
As a Somatic Sex and Intimacy educator Neal offers practical, bold, and intimate skill based sex education for physical, emotional, and spiritual maturity.  In private sessions, workshops, and writings, Neal offers support for people to embrace their sexuality as a conscious practice towards the health and happiness they desire and deserve.  His offerings are always in reverence and remembrance of the body; to revere and to remember the pleasures and wisdom experienced through conscious embodiment. His training includes erotic bodywork, Tantra, expressive movement, yoga, gender studies, and sex coaching.  Further info.



Tantra Touch, Tantra Play

Touch for the Tantrika reverberates through the chakras and triggers their activation. We will look at what the ancient tradition of tantra has to offer for those who wish to deepen their awareness of the impact of touch, how it awakens the spine and opens the way for spiritual awakening, and how the element of play is central to travel along this transformative path.

SWAMI RAVI RUDRA BHARATI  (RUDOLPH BALLENTINE M.D)  is a pioneer of the holistic health movement. Drawing on more than 40 years of study, medical practice, and research, Dr. Ballentine presents a comprehensive, practical system of dynamic healing that helps us expand our self-awareness on all levels, and guides us toward our ultimate objective—a restoration of wholeness. The result is transformation. This is radical healing.  A graduate of the Duke University School of Medicine, with specialty training in psychiatry, Rudolph Ballentine, M.D., established the Center for Holistic Medicine in six cities. As its director for 25 years, he offered an integrative approach to treatment, using psychotherapy, homeopathy, Ayurveda, yoga, movement, and meditation. He also served as the president of the Himalayan Institute for 12 years and the director of its Combined Therapy Department for 18 years. Author of a number of books, including the classic Diet and Nutrition, he is now retired and lives in the Carolinas, where he practices and teaches permaculture and tantra.