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Dance and Breathe

August 30th - September 1st, 2019

About the Retreat

Enjoy an end-of-summer weekend getaway, 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.

About the teacher

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.


Pricing Options:

Transportation, excursions off site are not included. All rooms are offered on a first come, first served basis.
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.

  • Private room with Private Bath and River View SOLD OUT
  • Private room with Private Bath and Courtyard View  SOLD OUT
  • Double room with Private Bath and River View  SOLD OUT
  • Double room with Private Bath and Courtyard View  SOLD OUT
  • Dorm with River View (up to 4 people) $395.00  ONLY ONE SPOT LEFT

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.

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