Embodied movement and breath work for developing coherence.
Join Cocréa founder and certified attunement therapist Wren LaFeet, and indigenous yoga teacher and certified breath work therapist, Malina Dawn, for a day of practice and cultivating presence.
The quality of forming a unified whole.
Since its inception in 2013, the practice of Cocréa aims to generate and support humans in developing this quality of coherence. At an individual, relational and collective level, we are being invited by life to nurture and embody this way of being.
Mythologist and storyteller, Michael Meade, talks about the times we are living in as “liminal times.” We are currently existing in the in-between. We have a beautiful opportunity to breathe fresh life into our collective story, and re-join the dance of life as true stewards on this planet.
The practices of partnered movement, breath and music are the magical tools we will use to cultivate and anchor this quality of coherence as a community of movers and dreamers who care about living in the better world we know is possible.
The day will emphasize cultivating a connection to self as the starting point for connection with others. The embodied teachings of consent, listening, supportively structured movement, authentic expression and breath work will be bolstered by reverence, devotion and fun as we approach an inner dance space. As our human world increases in speed and intensity, nurturing this inner space allows us greater resilience, attunement with others, and an over-all increased capactiy through nervous system down-regulation.
To support our work together, facilitators will draw on the groundbreaking scientific findings of the HeartMath institute that confirm so many of the world’s ancient wisdom traditions concerning the power of the heart to connect and heal. They will draw on concepts from HeartMath’s trauma-sensitive training, Breath Work Therapy and of course Cocréa’s trademark synthesis of mindfulness and social partner dance techniques to create a day of deeply integrated somatic play, nervous system regulation and embodied learning.
This workshop is for you if you:
* Feel excited to connect to a more embodied version of yourself
* Are stoked to develop your dance language
* Feel tired of moving too fast and long to experience a slower pace of living
* Want to know what a safe, brave and consent-informed culture looks like on the dance floor
* Want to be part of a wider community dedicated to consensual interactions on dance floors
* Want to broaden your vocabulary around consent
* Believe embodying Joy and reverence is a powerful act of reclamation for self in society
* Are a couple who want to ignite your passion, intimacy and playfulness
* Are single and wanting to connect in nourishing, authentic community settings
Challenges you might be working with that we’re stoked to support you in:
* Are you yearning for deeper connection in community?
* Are you struggling with feelings of isolation?
* Do you feel constricted and calcified in your body?
* Does the idea of “dancing” feel scary and unattainable?
* Is your breath right now feeling shallow and quick?
* Would you like to experience greater ease and grace in your day to day experience?
* Are you longing for a deeper connection to your heart and ways to feel the hearts of others?
What you’ll leave the workshop with:
* A new experience of movement and dance in your body
* A greater understanding of what consent looks, sounds and feels like which can be applied to all areas of life
* The power of breath in connecting to yourself, others and land
* Self knowledge in how to work with your personal energy to connect to yourself and others in welcome ways
* An opened body, heart, mind and spirit
* A greater sense of connection to all of life
* And likely a bunch of new friends
Alliance Wellness Center
7887 Soquel Dr
Aptos, CA 95003
DATE & TIME
July 16th, 2023
10AM – 5:00PM†
†Workshop registration includes Cocréa’s bi-weekly dance, Embrace, featuring cacao from Ora Cacao
$80-$200 Early Bird
$150-$250 At the Door
*We offer a sliding scale because we believe in accessibility. Please pay the highest amount you can afford within your means.
1% of profits from this event go to the Amun Mutsen and Awaswas peoples because we’re on their land.
10:00AM – Opening Orientation and Container Setting
10:15 – Breath Activation
11:15 – Cocréa Guided Movement
12:00PM – Pause
12:15 – Heart Coherence Practice
12:30 – Cultivating Presence in Connection
1:30 – Pause
2:00 – Exploring the Inner Dance
2:50 – Pause
3:05 – Cocréa Guided Movement
3:55 – Pause
4:00 – Integrative Breath Work and Group Meditation
4:45 – Completion and Closure
**Schedule subject to change (like everything else in life)
Meet the Facilitators
Malina Dawn is a queer nehiyaw-ahpihtawikosisān iskwew (Cree Métis woman) who weaves together the worlds of indigenous wisdom and yogic knowledge. Raised on the prairies and well travelled through her young adult years, she found her own healing path through Yoga and the Red Road. Through reclaiming her culture and applying the principals taught in traditional ceremony and the science of yoga, she has experienced great healing and personal transformation. Through this indigenous world view and way of life, she has discovered how these two paths have parallel teachings, deep roots, sweet medicine and weave together beautifully. She is now a drum carrier and learns the traditional teachings under the guidance of her elders.
She is a strong voice for decolonizing wellness by teaching how to use traditional, indigenous, and yogic ways of life appropriately and as medicine for healing physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. She uses her experience and knowledge of the medicine wheel to offer a unique understanding of the yoga path.
Today she creates healing spaces for in person and online yoga classes, retreats, ceremonies, workshops and trainings all over turtle island. She has spent the last 15 years working with indigenous, non indigenous and LGBTQ2S+ youth. She continues to work with people of all ages and walks of life to guide them to the reclamation of their own culture, identity, body and healing through a trauma informed lens. She is passionate about sharing her culture, building bridges in community, emotional intelligence and honouring the interconnectedness in all of Creation.
She is currently living, learning, unlearning and loving life on the traditional unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. (Vancouver, BC)
Wren LaFeet is celebrating the exquisite privlige of getting to dance in partnership for almost 25 years and loves serving humanity as a somatic permissionary. Teaching partner dance internationally as a practice for mindful, authentic living, and enlivening communities by facilitating his signature modality, Cocréa, has been his joy for over a decade. Wren guides humans curious about embodiment towards right relationship by exploring the realms of Self, Earth, Music, Sacred Other, Community and Whole through listening and responding, and inviting, allowing and embracing change. He is a celebrated TEDx speaker, featured author in “ReInhabiting the Village” and ardent proponent of pioneering a new renaissance through authentic connection and consensual touch.
Wren is an able bodied white male residing in Awaswas Ohlone territory (Santa Cruz, CA). As a non-binary identified, 11th generation American descended most recently from artist and blue collar working class parents, Wren is in a deep reckoning with the numerous and nuanced aspects of self that influence how we navigate interpersonal relationships and cultural identity on the journey into right relationship.
As a trauma-sensitive HeartMath trained practioner, Danyasa trained and former Awake at Work program facilitator, certified Attunement Therapy practitioner, Do Good Things with Power program graduate, and holder of a BA in Drama and Dance from the University of Washington, Wren promotes dance as an embodied approach to spirituality that spans the chasm between false refuge and celebration through surrender, and as medicinal salve for our modern ailments of disconnection and dislocation.
Believing in life as a dance, Cocréa is a continually evolving holistic movement modality intended to bring individuals into strong, empowered, expressive relationships with their bodies and their communities.
At its core Cocréa is a somatic methodology for working with life’s changes and adapting with them for a more regenerative, nurturing and harmonious world. We build resilience by holding an attitude of curiosity and interest, pausing with depth of breath, listening into what’s needed and true when offering new ideas, and before saying yes or no to invitations.