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Dancing Out ~ Community Improvisation

  • Nurture Through Nature 77 Warren Road Denmark, ME, 04022 United States (map)

Dancing Out ~ Community Improvisation

October 28-30

Nurture Through Nature Retreat Center
Denmark, Maine

Facilitated by Chelsea Cartwright & Abbi Jaffe

~ All abilities, orientations, and mind states welcome ~


Cost & Registration: $125 - $250, sliding scale (limited to 10 people)

Deposit of $50 required to hold your space.  Register online, or send a check.  Make checks payable to Joyful Bodies and send to:

Joyful Bodies
c/o Chelsea Cartwright
30 Huntress Avenue
Belfast, Maine 04915

What will happen?

The weekend is a structured improvisation in intimate community in a beautiful place. Moving, speaking, singing, dancing from our hearts & guts, we will be co-creating the experience. How do we dance in the world? What is the culture we are creating? How do we relate with our environment?

We will work together to create a responsive container for sharing and learning with one another. In relationship with that which is arising in us and around us, we will sculpt our time together. Where it goes is up to us. With gentleness and curiosity we will delve into our world, our human form, our questions. And yes, we will DANCE :~)

Why are we here ? What moves us ? What resonates ? Where is our attention drawn ? What tension lies in us ? What sort of animals are we ? What helps us feel safe ? What impact do we have in the world ? What brings bounding joy ? What does it mean to be of service ? How do we understand and articulate our boundaries and needs ? How do we express our yearning ? What nourishes us at the root ? What does it feel like to move in alignment with our bones and our values ? How do we ask for help & support ? What's shaking ? What builds trust and connection ? What challenges us ? How do we balance movement and rest ? How do we approach suffering ? How do we share joy ? What does it feel like to roll in pine needles with a dozen friendly mammals ? ... (add your questions here ______________ :~)

Everyone brings food to contribute to meals, and shares in the cooking and cleaning up. (More details provided when you register)

Facilitated by Chelsea Cartwright & Abbi Jaffe

Chelsea brings together explorations in meditation, contact improv dance, Authentic Movement, yoga, bodywork, women's circles, community building, event organizing, grief and trauma, singing & sounding to help create a vibrant, held space for connection and movement. She is delighted to be riffing off of the Jam Jam weekend that Abbi Jaffe and Amanda Franz have been co-creating at Dharma Door Retreat Center in Underhill, Vermont, to bring more opportunities for conscious community movement to Maine. She lives with her four-year-old son in Belfast, by the sea.

Abbi Jaffe is an embodiment activist and teacher, social worker and community builder. With her easeful, cultivated presence she authentically moves like a playful and listening animal, dancing with the earth in each moment. Abbi inspires others to follow their own body's curiosity and impulses, unleash their radiant resilience, and to be exquisite. Abbi lives in Vermont, and is the founder of Dharma Door Retreat Center. Find out more about the beautiful offerings there at


~ All abilities, orientations, and mind states welcome ~

Earlier Event: May 22
Joyful Living Collaborative
Later Event: December 13
Full Moon Circle