Upcoming Retreats

Take a deep dive into your movement practice at one of Sara's upcoming intensives.

Sara Shelton Mann by Robbie Sweeny

Sara Shelton Mann by Robbie Sweeny

Training Calendar

Drop Your City Armor Retreat
with Sara Shelton Mann and friends
Friday, June 14-Thursday, June 18, 2019
Dos Rios, CA
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WCCI Jam Intensive
Deep Touch with Sara Shelton Mann
June 29-July 2, 2019
Berkeley, CA

Ravnedans Intensive
Deep Touch
July 8-13, 2019
Ravnedans, Kristiansand, Norway

Moving Alchemy in Burdag
Residential Retreat in Rural Poland
July 14-20, 2019
No longer accepting applications for this year’s retreat- email for waitlist
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Workshops with Sara Shelton Mann
July 22-26, 2019
Impulstanz, Vienna, Austria

Moving Alchemy in Berlin
Week 1: The Body Process
Week 2: The Energetic Body
August 5-16, 2019
DOCK 11 EDEN, Berlin, Germany
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Drop Your City Armor Retreat

with Sara Shelton Mann and Friends

Friday, June 14- Tuesday, June 18

Dos Rios, CA (3.5hrs north of SF)

Come dance in the barn, swim in the river and discover yourself again unexpected.

3 days of classes with Sara Shelton Mann and Friends

For continuing students and newcomers.

Sara's Class Offering :

Basic training with Sara with added puzzles tilting the mind of character, imagination and archetypes from the view of the child.


Hosted on a spacious and wild 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 spring fed swimming holes in the Eel river. During the retreat, nutritious, omnivorous fare will be prepared daily by Leslie Castellano for retreat participants.

Come dance in the barn, swim in the river and discover yourself again unexpected.

Fee (including tuition, meals, camping)

$360 early bird until May 15

$410 – after May 15

2 need based partial work exchange positions are available. Please send  a brief letter of request of by May 1.

This retreat takes place off the beaten path, participants should be prepared for rugged land, wildlife, and know that weather can be variable with possible high temperatures. The wilderness is part of the majesty of Dos Rios!

ARRIVAL TIME: Between 2pm & 4pm on Friday, June 14

CLASSES: Saturday, June 15- Monday, June 17

PACK & DEPART: Morning of Tuesday, June 18

To register email dropyourcityarmor@gmail.com.


Moving Alchemy with Sara Shelton Mann* - intensive residential workshop in Burdąg (Poland)

This retreat is now sold out- please email to be added to the waitlist (see registration email below)

Moving Alchemy is the unique research developed by Sara Shelton Mann. The practices are rigorous and somatically-based, improvisationally and technically challenging in which touch is a primary training tool.

Topics will include:
Introduction of the chi body/ the energetic body
Interim space as a portal
Meet your imagination as your tracking partner
Solo/Neutral/Follow (SNF)
Structures- bones, nerves, muscles, fluids
The nuts and bolts of mobility
Space and Geometry

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.


July 14-20 2019. Arrival on the 14th in the afternoon, we start with a dinner and an open space session in the evening.
Workshop starts on the 15th in the morning and lasts until the 20th lunchtime.

Beautiful studio in Burdąg, north-east Poland, surrounded by lakes, forest and meadows.

How much?
Prices for the participants from Poland and other central or eastern European countries:
Double room - 430 euro
Triple room - 400 euro
Tent/studio - 360 euro (6 places only)

Prices for the participants from western European countries (or other economically privileged):
Double room - 480 euro
Triple room - 450 euro
Tent/studio - 400 euro (6 places only)

Prices include vegetarian meals (3 times per day) and accommodation

For whom?
Dancers, performers, movers. Solid experience required. Workshop will be taught in English so you need to feel comfortable with this language.

How to apply?
Send an email to ej.posluchaj@gmail.com where you describe your dance/movement/performative experience and few sentences about what motivates you to work with Sara. Deadline for sending applications is the 28th of February. You will be informed about whether you have been accepted until March 15th and in case you are, you will be asked to send a deposit of 200 euros until April 15th.
In your email point out what is your preferred accommodation (i cannot guarantee you will get what you ask for - first come, first served rule applies)

Questions and registration: Andrzej Woźniak - ej.posluchaj@gmail.com

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Moving Alchemy in Berlin

Week 1 Monday-Saturday, August 5-10 10AM-1PM

Week 2 Monday-Friday, August 12-16 10AM-1PM

Prices: 15 to 20 Euro sliding scale daily drop in

Week 1: 85 Euro/6 days

Week 2: 70 Euro/5 days

Both Weeks: 150 euro

For Pre-Registration, email moving.alchemy.maps@gmail.com

DOCK 11 EDEN Breite Str. 43, 13187 Berlin, Germany

Moving Alchemy

Training in the philosophy and methods of Sara Shelton Mann
Each module holds a key and a relationship to the others.
The basics support the refinement taught in the later sequences and are the building blocks for the whole.
Each segment may include material from others depending on the interests and skills of the participants.

Week 1     The Body Process – Being in the Body - 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.

  • Core – Periphery – gathering the points/practices/ spaces of you into play

  • Staying in the body

  • Physical platform  as a way to stay grounded while exploring states and fields of information

  • Tracking, seeing the room

  • Falling 1 -nuts and bolts of ascending spine and weight - the shift

  • What is a walking base? What does it mean to be one-legged

  • Contact applications

Week 2     The Energetic body  - the improvisational specific topic -  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.

  • Space - Space and geometry

  • The spacial gap and universal energy

  • SNF/solo/neutral/follow/who’s body are you in

  • Transparency and the witness

  • Breath and journey work

  • Separating tracks /fields of information in interaction

  • NLP – visual, kinesthetic auditory and auditory digital

  • Touch and anchoring

Bringing them in 1 at a time and holding them as tracks of information

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 while moving through space and interacting with others

For Pre-Registration, email moving.alchemy.maps@gmail.com

Day-of Registration for Drop-In will be available at the door



View from the dance studio at Djerassi Resident Artists Program. Photo by Hannah Wasielewski

View from the dance studio at Djerassi Resident Artists Program. Photo by Hannah Wasielewski

Djerassi Artist Retreat Center by Herbert Stolz

Djerassi Artist Retreat Center by Herbert Stolz

Djerassi Resident Artists Program. Photo by Hannah Wasielewski.

Djerassi Resident Artists Program. Photo by Hannah Wasielewski.


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

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.



Thursday, February 14, 2019 - Wednesday, February 20, 2019


Wednesday, December 19 2018


Wednesday, January 9 2019

Research/Practice Includes

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.

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.

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

No experience necessary – desire, yes!

Fees and Costs

Application fee: $10

Individual 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 of $400 due Wednesday, January 24, 2018 (Deposits hold your place and are non-refundable)

Final payment: due Friday, February 1, 2018

>>> Apply HERE <<<

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EXIN: Moving Alchemy

July 6-22 in Arlequi, Girona, SPAIN

(Application deadline has passed; stay tuned for next year.)

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

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.

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Moving Alchemy

July 23-27, 2018, Vienna, Austria
Presented by Impulstanz

Structure: scramble technique warm-up, chi cultivation and research of the day.
We will cover the basics of:
- Solo Neutral Follow – are you in your body? An improvisational puzzle so you will never be bored again and you will know who’s body you are in.
- Space and Geometry – lei lines and space as driver and partner.
- Spacial Gap – everything in-between that is a connector of before touch, touch, and after
- Pulse Points - periphery to core and back – navel and head – weights and the play of gravity and levity in motion and last if not least if we get there – implied direction.

This class is also a research ground for touch and the training it offers.
Each class is standalone and there is also a rhythm that develops from beginning through the week that stacks information together as a practice that is detailed and specific. We could call this is technical training through the lens of improvisation.
It rides on the edge of improvisation and form. It’s the most beautiful magical place to be, collaborating with and listening into the "unknown" as the primary practice of research.

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August 1-5, EDEN, Berlin, Germany

We will begin with methods that cultivate chi, engage with information received through visual, kinesthetic, and auditory fields. Your intentions give immediate feedback to you and your partner, even before making physical contact. We will explore this in several ways or applications: you receive what you give, you follow what you intend, and you embrace what comes to you. Layers of texture and touch are readable and complex. We will explore pulse points wrapping the periphery into the core; the navel as an informational being; implied direction starting from the skin and moving into the layers of touch; surfaces of the body that implement quality; and space as a partner, both non-local and inwardly directed. We will begin with the feet, hands, and eyes reaching out into the world as gates into how we negotiate the terrain of our awareness.