Embodifest: The Ecstatic Dance, Contact Improv, Fusion Dance Immersion


Apr 20 - 23 2022


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Co-created with the founder of ForMyPeople and SaturDance…
Embodifest is a somatic ceremony full-spectrum immersion for those who are ready for a fearless and magical experience.
This retreat is an opportunity for us to play with each other and heal ourselves in one of the most beautiful and magnificent places on Earth.
The Big Island of Hawaii is the birthplace of Ecstatic dance and a sacred pilgrimage for dancers. Dive into black sand beaches, sing in natural hot pools, immerse yourself in a world created by lava in the middle of the Pacific Ocean and experience the catalyzing effects of the Ecstatic life with us.
We Love you. Welcome. And, Aloha!
——— Dates ———
April 20 – 27th
(Arrive no later than the 19th and depart no earlier than April 28th.)
***People often end up staying longer for continued community integration and island exploration! Please give yourself extra days to flow and breathe if you can.***
– Pricing: $999
(Early-bird tickets for $888 are available until March 15th!)
-Includes daily lunch and snacks. Breakfast and dinner are not included.
– Flight to HILO, accommodation, and car rental/transportation are not included.
Once you register, a doc will be sent to you with more info to fly, stay with, and commute with dancers!
Feel free to check out the Local Airbnb listing near Pahoa Hawaii.
– Please ask about the Kama’aina (locals discount)
– Registration:
1. Send payment to Gabriel Francisco through Venmo or PayPal
-(*If you choose PayPal, you must select “friends and family” or there will be a $25 fee*).
**No Refunds**
Tickets are fully transferable for any reason.
2. Email or message Gabriel Francisco to be added to our telegram dance group and learn about accommodation options at the retreat center and on the Big Island:
-Facebook: @superherohiphop
-Email: mdorsai@gmail.com)
Contact Gabriel with questions:
-IG: @gabrielfranciscoproductions
-Email: mdorsai@gmail.com
—————-SCHEDULE —————-
*Exact Schedule TBA*
8am – 9am Meet n Greet/Sign-In
9am – 10:30am Opening Circle
10:30am – 11:00am Snacks/Logistics
11:15am – 1pm Dance is Life (Gabriel)
1:15pm – 2:15pm Lunch is Served
2:45pm – 4:30pm Workshop TBA
*Free Time*
6:30pm – 9pm Ecstatic Sundari
9am – 10am Wake n’ Shake Ecstatic
10am – 11am Opening Circle
11:15am – 1pm Contact Improvisation (Shannon)
1:15pm – 2:15pm Lunch is Served
2:45pm – 4:30pm Workshop TBA
10am – 11am Opening Circle
11:15am – 1pm Workshop TBA
1:15pm – 2:15pm Lunch is Served
2:45pm – 4:30pm Party Dances/Hip Hop History and Technique (Gabriel)
6pm – 7pm Sound Bath
7pm – 11pm Bee Dance
9am – 10am Opening Circle
10:15am – 1pm Contact Improvisation (Shannon)
1:15pm – 2:15pm Lunch is Served
2:45pm – 4:30pm Micro-Fusion (Joe)
Sunday (no lunch)
9am – 10:45am Song Circle & Cacao at Sundari
10:45am – 1pm Ecstatic Dance at Garden Temple
(Please arrive before 11am to ensure entry)
~ Sunday Funday @ Kehena Beach and Seaview lawn ~
9am – 10am Wake n’ Shake Ecstatic
10am – 11am Opening Circle
11:15am – 1pm Workshop TBA
1:15pm – 2:15pm Lunch is Served
2:45pm – 4:45pm The Underscore (Shannon)
~ 6pm Dinner in Pahoa Together ~
9am – 10am Wake n’ Shake Ecstatic
10am – 11am Opening Circle
11:15am – 1pm House Dance (Gabriel)
1:15pm – 2:15pm Lunch is Served
2:45pm – 4:45pm Micro-Fusion (Joe)
~ 7pm Natural Hot Pond Excursion ~
10am – 11am Opening Circle
11:15am – 1pm Dance is Love (Gabriel)
1:15pm – 2:15pm Lunch is Served
2:45pm – 4:30pm Closing Circle
6:30pm – 9pm Ecstatic Sundari w DJ EO JAY
*********COVID Info*********
In order to fly to the Big Island, you need a negative test through an affiliate location 72 hours before your flight.
Read this: https://www.hawaii-guide.com/hawaii-trusted-testing-partners
*********Class Descriptions*********
Dance is Life/Love – This class redefines dynamic zen. We will up-level our physical awareness and drop deep into our conscious movement. Forging a bridge between sound and body, music and motion, we will begin to see, hear and feel more than ever before.
Footwork/House Dance – House dance is born from a melting pot of different ethnic, cultural, and musical walks of life coming together on the dance floor and this bled into the way the dance style was created. This is a style heavily focused on footwork meaning a lot of influence is pulled from Afro, Latin, and jazz roots.
*********Teacher Bios*********
Gabriel –
As an International presenter, Gabriel Francisco has spent the last 20 years connecting, sharing, and inspiring on the highest, most professional level of dance education. From studios and workshops in Japan and Brazil to teaching choreography in Europe, Russia, Australia, and New Zealand, Gabriel has given his entire adult life over to unlocking the movement potential in other beings.
Shannon –
Shannon Sahaja is an embodied alchemist with 2 decades of teaching, living and performing in the field of somatic arts. Graduating Magna Cum Laude from one of the top dance conservatories in the country, Shannon is devoted to inspiring students to experience their own essence through play, spontaneity and nourishment. Shannon offers exquisite facilitation and participants often reflect on how incredibly safe they feel in her field.
Shannon had the great honor of being the Creative Director of Ecstatic Dance Oakland Sunday from 2015-2020.
She now lives in Hawaii and teaches weekly classes in Contact Improvisation and Improv Arts.
Joe Gray –
Joe is a movement arts professional, a dance facilitator, and a creativity explorer. He is passionate about collaborating with other artists and communities to spread the beauty and power of fusion partner dance. His unique style of movement includes influences from hip hop, contact improvisation, blues, swing, kizomba, and breaking. With over 20 years of solo and partnered dance experience, Joe has become a master at fusing these styles together in a dynamic and accessible way.
Joe’s workshops enhance your somatic interactions with other humans, enabling more intentional and mindful relations. Embody your spiritual and emotional energy and dive deeper into the dance with self, the dance of your community, and the dance of life. Feel empowered within a playful, consensual, and safe movement space.

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