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Form the Ocean: A Women's Contra Dance and Creative Retreat

  • Chimney Corners Camp Becket, MA United States (map)

It's coming:

Form the Ocean is a contra dance and creative retreat for women - the first of it's kind! It's an opportunity for movement, connecting, creating art together, and meaningful conversations. Most of all, it's about having a space of our own to play and learn.

Expect about 1/3 contra dancing, 1/3 making things together & sharing skills, and 1/3 conversations that matter.

Hosted in New England in a lovely locale the weekend of May 18 - 20, 2018, this weekend has intentionally limited attendance - only 115 spots.


Save the date!

Early bird registration begins September 1, 2017.

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**So, what do you mean by "women"?
We mean the biggest definition ever. This party is meant for folks who hear “women’s retreat” and think, “Yeah, that’s a space for me.” It's meant for folks who identify as female, non-binary, genderfluid, genderqueer, trans*, and/or femme.

**Why a women's only weekend?
We know we're not alone in craving more spaces to hang out with other women. We know the power of dancing together, creating together and sharing skills, of having deeper conversations - risky conversations - and coming out the other side stronger. And we know the confidence that comes from having that group who gets us, and meets us with compassion, encouragement, insight, and glee. That's why we created this weekend. 

We want you to leave this weekend feeling more connected to the national contra dance community of women and more able to meet the needs of your communities, your body, and your spirit.

**Who is performing?
We have spectacular all female talent - to be annouced starting in August! Stay tuned. It's good!

**I don't contra dance, but this sounds like something I'd love to do. Can I come?
If you don't contra dance, you're totally invited. We’ll have plenty of folks to teach you how it’s done! Or, you can enjoy the many other offerings - like the stellar music, the art-making, the dialogue, and the friendships.

Earlier Event: January 28
Later Event: November 17
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