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

  • Ashokan 477 Beaverkill Rd Olivebridge, NY United States (map)

It's coming:

Form the Ocean is a contra dance and creative retreat for women and gender nonconforming folks - 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 at Ashokan in upstate NY the weekend of May 29 - 31, 2020, this weekend has intentionally limited attendance - only 140 spots.


Save the date!

Registration re-opens September 1, 2019.

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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 weekend for an affinity group?
We know we're not alone in craving more spaces to hang out with other folks like us. 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 - Audrey Knuth, Amy Englesberg & Ashley Broder!

**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.

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