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Dos Rios 2015 – Drop Your City Armor


Here’s what is being offered….

The partnership of touch/ i see your feelings and hear your thoughts. I know your magnificent body.
Nature is a perfect example of systems finding pathways that support nourishment, collaboration and growth. It is the exquisite example of love and joy. I propose a week of contact opening the alchemical gates. – Dowsing, NLP and spiritual massage included. “Bars” sessions offered by request.

We want to have options; we want to dance a long time; we want to feel good in our bodies; so we will start with the body in mind and work thoroughly and mindfully in the first half of class through new and old body based practices (some fascial release, ball work, stretching, and other good for you things). We also want to enrich our creative palette and expand our minds, so in the second half of class, we work with images and prompts from releasing and other sources to blow the container open and move like eyeballs, aliens, tubes, wind, smoke, sponges, and god knows what else. We will dance and then we will write. It will be fun and the weather will be warm, so lets do it.

I want to offer participants discursive and experiential opportunities to contextualize the training with Sara and Abby; to expand its integration into our regular personal practices in new ways, to consider its relevance in a radically changing set of contemporary environments and conditions, and to actually make dances, writings, and visual art with its tenets. Additionally, I’ll share new dance practices of my own, including a new method for training elemental sensitivities and identifying one’s own sensitivity matrix, work with choreographic telepathy (from colleague Hana Erdman), and work with extreme dynamic object activation/worship.

Hosted on a spacious property near the town of Dos Rios, the land offers the peace and solace of deep rural Northern California. It also provides a beautiful converted hay barn dance studio, a main house, ample camping and access to large spring fed swimming holes in the Eel river. During the retreat, nutritious, omnivorous fare will be prepared daily for participants by the wonderful Leslie Castellano.

FEE: $450
Includes meals, class and camping

Late registration after May 15th: $550

$150 deposit holds your spot and is non refundable. Balance is due June 1st.

Dos Rios is located 3 hrs north of SF.
Carpooling can be arranged among participants.

For more information and to register contact Kristen Greco at or by phone at 510-206-5198



Sara Shelton Mann has been a choreographer, performer, teacher since 1967.  She was a protégé of Alwin Nikolais and Murray Lewis in N.Y.C. before moving to Canada where she met Andrew Harwood and fell in love with contact improvisation. In 1979 she moved to SFCA and started the Company Contraband as a performance group and research ground combining the principles of contact, systems of the body and spiritual practice into a unified system of research.  Among her awards are a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, 6 Isadora Duncan Awards and Djerassi Artist in Residence Awards. Her Movement Alchemy training is an ongoing teaching project and is influenced by certifications and studies in the metaphysical and healing traditions. Sara’s performance work has been based in SF, CA over the last decade and is a platform for collaboration and research in consciousness.

Abby Crain is a dancemaker, performer and teacher. She has presented work in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Performer credits includes extensive work with Miguel Gutierrez and the Powerful People, David Dorfman Dance, and Sara Shelton Mann. She teaches “ARTWORKOUTS” with Margit Galanter, and is engaged in an ongoing collaboration around  language and performance with Bay Area poet, David Buuck. Her teaching is strongly influenced by and ongoing study of Open Source Forms with Stephanie Skura.

Jesse Hewit lives in San Francisco (somehow), and works between the U.S. and Western Europe, mostly (somehow). He is interested in art practice as sacred activation of care, and as bloody destroyer of homogeny.  He is currently working through a cycle of inquiry about terror-anger, ancestors, trust, and connotation, and the work has recently manifested as 1) studies on objects and telepathy with Hana Erdman, 2) a choreography of the relentlessness of form with Maria Francesca Scaroni 3) a dance-inquiry into extinction with Abby Crain, and 4) friendships. He collaborates often with Sara Shelton Mann, with Keith Hennessy, and with Larry Arrington, and his current teaching research is called SENSITIVITY IS POLITICAL, which is about how to save your life.

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