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Dance and Breathe – A Fall Foliage Weekend Retreat on the Potomac

October 11th – 13th, 2019

About the Retreat

Enjoy a fall foliage weekend retreat, filled with belly dance, yin yoga, meditation, and relaxation in nature. This all-inclusive, special retreat is led by Rachel Kay Brookmire, founder and director of Sahara Dance, and includes home-cooked vegetarian meals, lovely accommodations, and guided programming designed to offer women of all movement backgrounds an intimate experience exploring dance, yin yoga and mindfulness meditation. No dance, meditation or yoga experience required and all levels welcome! Classes will be tailored to engage all experience levels.

Come rejuvenate your body and mind. Experiment with playful, heart-centered dance and mindfulness themes to develop grace and gentleness in your movement practice. Stretch, open and align your body with yin yoga. Deepen your awareness and center yourself through mindfulness meditation. Strengthen your dance training with slow, stretchy flow sequences and playful, upbeat combinations. Escape the bustle of city living and decompress with laughter, shimmies and nature.

The retreat is tailored to create space for enjoying reflection, playful movement, nature and community. Dancers are welcome to partake in all of daily programming, or just participate in portions of class and relax overlooking the river, enjoy the retreat center or explore at your leisure. Design your own retreat to best suit your personal inspiration and rejuvenation! Replenish the mind and spirit through a light, fun weekend of recharging the body by the river.

Weekend Retreat Schedule

Friday
4:00 pm Opening Circle
4:30 pm Yin Yoga with Mindfulness Meditation
5:00 pm Belly Dance Combos (all levels) & Soft, Slow and Stretchy Belly Dance
6:30 pm Dinner
8:00 pm Bonfire & Tea

Saturday
7:30 am Coffee, Tea and Fruit
8:00 am Yin Yoga with Mindfulness Meditation
9:00 am Belly Dance Combos (all levels)
10:30 am Brunch
12:00 pm Hike, Swim in Pool, Canoe, Excursion or Relax Overlooking the River
5:00 pm Soft, Slow and Stretchy Belly Dance
6:30 pm Dinner
8:30 pm Spa Yin Yoga (Candlelit, ends with chocolate)

Sunday
7:30 am Coffee, Tea and Fruit
8:00 am Yin Yoga with Mindfulness Meditation
9:00 am Belly Dance Combos (all levels)
10:30 am Brunch
12:00 pm Hike, Swim in Pool, Canoe, or Relax Overlooking the River
2:00 pm Closing circle

About the teacher

RACHEL KAY BROOKMIRE
Rachel Kay Brookmire is the founder and director of Sahara Dance. Since 2000, Rachel has taught belly dance to thousands of students throughout the Washington, DC area. She is also the creator of Sahara Dance Foundations, an intensive program for training belly dance teachers.

Her teaching style emphasizes postural alignment, contextual awareness of Arabic music and culture and a celebration of femininity. Recognized for her detailed, structured teaching approach, Rachel’s classes focus on community, quality movement execution, musicality, playfulness and individual expression.

As a longtime student of meditation and mindfulness practices, she seeks to integrate relaxation, body awareness and the cultivation of joyfulness into her dance offerings. At this retreat, her classes will explore playful, heart-centered themes to develop grace and gentleness in your dance practice and deepen awareness through mindfulness and yin yoga. Rachel has participated in Yin Yoga Teacher Training with Sarah Powers and Mindful Schools Teacher Training. She is currently enrolled in Jack Kornfield & Tara Brach’s Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program.

Register

Pricing Options:

FALL RETREAT REGISTRATION OPENS JUNE 20TH
ALL-INCLUSIVE: THE REGISTRATION RATE INCLUDES ALL CLASSES, LODGING, AND MEALS.
Transportation, excursions off site are not included. All rooms are offered on a first come, first served basis.

Early Bird Pricing available through July 15th.

OPTIONAL PAYMENT PLAN
A non-refundable deposit of $150/person by credit card will reserve your room in the intensive. The remaining balance will be charged to your credit card in 2 equal monthly payments.
Please email retreat@saharadance.com or call us at +1 (202) 362-4400 to set up a payment plan and reserve your room. Note: All payment plans include a $25 fee.

NON-DANCER OPTION
Non-dancing companions can stay in your room at a reduced rate and enjoy all other aspects of the resort stay. Click here for pricing – rooms subject to availability. Email retreat@saharadance.com or call us at +1 (202) 362-4400 to arrange payment.

QUESTIONS? FEEL FREE TO EMAIL OR CALL.
Registration opens June 20th. See room options.

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