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Sara Shelton Mann’s Training Calendar


Thursday-Tuesday, February 15-20

Moving Alchemy/Interim Spaces

Some spots may be available- if interested please email


Discover your obstinate genius and celebrate creativity with Sara at Djerassi in beautiful Woodside, California. 

Djerassi is a vast terrain big enough to hear your own laughter across the sea of clouds and behind the morning dawn and before the “green flash” as she drops into the silvery night. Time suspends its platform, every moment shifting realities. 

In this workshop, you will have the opportunity to delve deeply into the beginning movement practices of Sara Shelton Mann. This will also include practices in journaling, energetic awareness and intuitive development working with your personal archetypes as focal point. At the culmination of the retreat you will have acquired a dynamic toolkit for exploring new pathways into yourself and your artistic process.

Research and Practice will include:

Daily Chi Cultivation: detox and energize the body and consciousness.

Perceiving extraordinary reality: explore how space moves the body. Journey through energetic fields, engage the land in dialogue, and create from internal and external stimuli as a partnership

Imagination journeys: writing from the moving body – as language – digging into the underbelly of our thoughts and practice.

There will be some dowsing and clearing opportunities with Sara in groups and individually.

 This workshop calls on artists, creators and movers of all kinds.

No experience necessary – desire, yes!

 Workshop Dates: Thursday, February 15 – Tuesday, 20, 2018
Deadline to Apply:
Wednesday, Dec 20, 2017
Wednesday, Jan 10, 2018

Workshop fee: $700/$950 private room, shared bath/private room and bath
Special couples rate: $450 each (shared room/bed)
Includes 5 nights lodging, all food, and local transportation 
from and to the San Francisco Airport.
Deposit: $400 due Wednesday, January 24, 2018 (to hold your place, non-refundable)
Final payment: Due Friday, February 1, 2018

Application Deadline: December 20, 2017

Notifications: January 10, 2018

Photo: Jorge de Hoyos by Robbie Sweeny


June 21-27, 2018


Retreat with Abby Crain and Sara Shelton Mann

Arrival: Thursday, June 21

Class: Friday, June 22- Tuesday, June 26

Departure: Wednesday, June 27

More information and registration coming soon!

Dos Rios, CA

Photo: Robbie Sweeny


July 6-22

EXIN: Moving Alchemy

The Magic of Improvisation. Fifteen days swimming in the spring of creativity.

Arlequi, Girona, SPAIN

More information and registration:

Registration Deadline: January 31, 2018


Arlequi is housed in the Mas Llapart, a large former farmhouse built in the 17th century. It is located about 3 kilometers from Banyolas between fields, meadows and forests.

Body puzzles/energetic training/space and geometry puzzles/contact and partnering/writing as character/implied direction and lei lines/object relations/developing your imagination muscles/writing for scenario and choreographic questions/intuition practices.

Sara teaches from the edge of the unknown and brings 50 years of research and practice in dance, healing and metaphysical arts to her workshop. Her working methods cultivate a seemingly impossible space of magic and aliveness where technical capacity and personal artistry thrive.

The sessions will be composed of chi-cultivation, simple to complex improvisational as technical research and touch-based practices. Journal and quick sketch writing will assist the imaginal world to open and collaborate with you.

You will be challenged to work on the edge of form, to learn how to recognize the “what if’s” that appear in different aspects of the material and to boldly pursue your own specific interests.

Working with Sara brings the singular magic of each performer, artist, facilitator, individual into shining power and clarity. Sara has an eagle eye for detail and precision and a master’s finesse in approaching and nurturing the delicate spirit of the mover.

Photo: Anya Cloud by Robbie Sweeny



Space and Texture

Spring Class Series with Sara Shelton Mann
Tuesdays, 10am – 12pm 
Thursdays, 10am – 12pm 

From March 13, 2018- April 19, 2018

*Please note that class on Tuesday, March 27 will take place in Sara’s loft in Project Artuad


Space and Texture- 

The alchemy of touch within the depth of field

For advanced robots and beginning humans


$20 Drop-in (NOTAFLOF)

Class passes available for $15/class

Joe Goode Annex, 401 Alabama Street, San Francisco, CA

Photo: Cookie Harrist and Sara Shelton Mann by Yvonne Portra




Monday- Friday, January 15-19| 4-6PM

FRESH Festival 2018 Practice

Applied compositional research from improvisation

Joe Goode Annex, 401 Alabama Street, San Francisco, CA


FRESH Festival 2017 by Robbie Sweeny



A series of weekend workshops dedicated to the research of Sara Shelton Mann.  

Saturday- Sunday, January 27-28 11AM-2PM


A series of weekend workshops dedicated to the research of Sara Shelton Mann

Saturday- Sunday, January 27-28 11AM-2PM

Weekend 1: Solo Neutral Follow

I will share with you a score/solo- neutral – follow.  It enhances spontaneity and discipline .   It takes concentration, commitment and suspension of beliefs. It is also very much fun and quite exhausting.  You will sweat.  This work is developed from my years of watching performers develop one mode of dancing as a skill and go on automatic expecting different results. 

Saturday- Sunday, March 24-25 11AM-2PM

Weekend 2: Space and Geometry

Saturday- Sunday, May 19-20 11AM-2PM

Weekend 3: Writing/Dancing for Scenario

Joe Goode Annex, 401 Alabama Street, San Francisco, CA


$90 Advanced Registration/ $100 at the Door


Photos: The Gathering by Robbie Sweeny, Erasing Time by Robbie Sweeny




Level I

The Body Process – From the ground up, bringing you deeply inside, we will explore segments of the physical structure and converse with the energetic structure. There will be a lot of breathing, hands on, time for questions and sharing.  We will also do grounding work, protection and releasing modalities.

This workshop is structured with Chi Cultivation as a beginning, moving into improvisational research, to partnering, integration and sharing.  It may include creative construction and a variety of other tools according to the desire of the students.

Chi Cultivation included – A series of movement/breath exercises that articulate the spine, work the muscles, touch all the meridians and will raise your physical energy and your consciousness building strength and vitality.

Level II

The Energetic body – in relationship. Playing in the field of space, time, weight and relationship.  The whole is more than the parts. Establishing personal and impersonal game plans we enter the terrain of choice, focus, ease and clarity.  Owning your choices.

Level III

Touch 1– the alchemy of transformation through touch.  We Touch before we make physical contact. Playing in the depth of field, holding vibrations and blending them to create balance and power.  Learning to take an improvisational state into a performative composition. Writing, personal growth work and energy alignment are key to integrative application of this work. Mastery of your intention and attention.  Energy release work – holding and blending states – anchoring into the breath  –  having fun in research mode.

Touch 2 – Deep Touch – the hands as a source of connection to the whole brain, spine and heart and the whole being at a multi-dimensional level – from the energy field into the skin, muscles, organs and bones of the physical body.  Hands on.  Blending energetic healing work and dance/movement.

Writing for Scenario 

Imagination and Perception from the perspective of the director for the audience/witness – the paradox of things seen, imagined, unseen and imagined.  This is a workshop/training for learning how you write and how you imagine from the impersonal to the vulnerable you and what you are up to on the planet.  What is truth for you, what is your field of expertise and how to land image and writing, write from the outside, the inside and name and process and make impossible choices.  (For your own research)


Questions and the Creative toolbox investigation. This includes play, curiosity, your field of expertise and collaboration with your own frequency.   Through feeling through the visual, auditory, kinesthetic fields and the unified field we work to identify  the ways in which you create and developing other muscles.

Breakfast with Sara

A window into Sara’s philosophy on how to train the body, mind and consciousness and how she applies this approach to movement practice in teaching. Class beings with clearing of the energetic field through dowsing. We then move on to investigations of neuro-linguistic process and self inquiry followed by discussion and movement application. Students will take away the fundamental tools of this work with the ability to apply them in their own practices. The class is designed to answer the questions of the students, as an interactive dialogue. Bring Sara your questions.
A new beginning level is opening up, there will also be an intermediate class offered. 10 people limit per class.

Level 1 – Beginner classes | Level 2 – Intermediate classes

For info and registration contact – You can also call Sara at 415-431-9167

For private (1 on 1 or small group) sessions in Energetic Clearing  (BARS, Clearing Issues through Dowsing and The Reconnection (TM) ) please refer to our energetic clearing page.

Private Sessions/Consultations

Sara is also available for private consultations on dance and choreography.  This work can be tailored for professional dancers, or any level of experience. It can be offered in individual, group, workshop, or choreographic project-based formats. Please contact me for rates and schedule.

To bring Sara to your city for workshops, or to present her work contact us here.