Retreats

 

          To facilitate deeper community, Dance Spree periodically hosts retreats - longer, fuller events - that span anywhere from a day to a half-week. The retreats described below have been sponsored by Dance Spree over the past few years and are likely to continue on a semi-regular basis.

          We can also, upon request, create a retreat for your group, family, or company based on the themes of freestyle boogie, drum & dance, and social justice. To inquire about having your retreat at Dance Spree, call Jasper at (413)658-7011.

 


The Martin Luther King
Social Justice Dance Festival

Tentative dates for next year:
January 17-18, 2020 - Greenfield, MA

 

 

 

 

 

3rd annual Festival-in-review:

Friday - 4:00-midnight

Advanced African drum class

Vegan dinner

African Dance & Drum workshops

“I Have a Dream” speech

Drum & Dance

Saturday - 4:30-9:30 (time cut short due to snow)

InterPlay

Potluck

Open mic for Songs of Freedom & Struggle

Live music & dancing

Social justice boogie with DJ Jed

 


The Drum at the End of the Rainbow

Our all-ages, all-awesome drum and dance camp will be on hiatus for 2019, returning sometime next year.

 

2nd annual Camp-in-review (Camp Timber Trails, Tolland, MA)

 

 


 

PRE-CAMP INTENSIVE with Ult Mundane

  • A small, committed group of us gathered for potluck dinner Thursday evening.
  • Around 9:00pm, a fire was lit for pre-camp opening. Rain began just as we started drumming, so we held on as long as we could.
  • The next day, the Friday Intensive for intermediate and advanced drummers hummed along from 9am-5pm as setup continued.
  • These 8-10 drummers, together for so long, formed a lasting bond!

 

 

FRIDAY NIGHT

  • Arrival & welcoming committee began at around 5:30pm
  • As people arrived, they added to the omnivorous potluck. Food was provided for Intensive participants.
  • Drumming and dancing around the fire from 8-10pm
  • Main Camp opening circle, welcoming each other, circled around the fire.
  • Due to noise restrictions, indoor drumming and dancing continued for hours, faster and faster and faster - wow!
  • Night closed at ~2:00am

SATURDAY

  • We started bright and early. Breakfast was served at 7:30, and yoga started on time at 8:00am.
  • Workshops before lunch: InterPlay and Sacred Nature Mandala.
  • The camp grew as many people, having been delayed, arrived during the course of the day
  • Workshops after lunch: Dancing All Over the World; Rhythm & Flow Drumming
  • We kept a relaxed schedule - plenty of downtime for swimming, napping, and connecting in between activities

SATURDAY NIGHT

  • Drumming and dancing around the fire started at around 8:00 pm
  • It was a high-energy night, with so many more people and such beautiful weather
  • We circled up a little after 10:00 for a heartshare and went deep. We spent a few hours together, though it felt more like a lifetime.
  • We ended around embers, the last of our firewood, with a brief ritual as we honored the directions and elements.

SUNDAY

  • After yoga, we had Vocal Voyagers, Salsa Rueda, and a fun & silly rhythm play group
  • The lunch room was full to bursting with networking, new friendships, and plans to see each other again.
  • About 20 of us gathered for a heartwarming closing circle at around 2:00pm
  • We all ran whistling off into the woods! (well, we drove home.)

Join us next time!