When: September 6-8, 2019.
Where: A peaceful retreat center in the coastal town of Copalis, Wa.
For Who: Anyone aged 22-35, based in the Pacific Northwest, interested in exploring intergenerational patterns through the expressive arts, within a Jewish context.
Investment: $90. This includes all expenses for the weekend: lodging, meals and snacks, art materials, etc.
This retreat is generously supported by a grant from Moishe House, brining the cost of attendance down from $400/participant.
MEET THE FACILITATORS
Adam McKinney, M.A.
Adam is a dancer, choreographer, and community activist. He has danced with some of the world’s preeminent dance companies, including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Béjart Ballet Lausanne (Switzerland), Alonzo King LINES Ballet, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, ZviDance, Buglisi/Foreman Dance, and Milwaukee Ballet Company.
McKinney has led dance work with diverse populations across the U.S. and in Benin, Canada, England, Ghana, Hungary, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Palestine, Poland, Rwanda, Serbia, Spain, and South Africa. Awards of note include an Asylum Arts award for truth and reconciliation artwork about the Fort Worth (TX) lynching of Fred Rouse entitled “SCAB;” Texas Christian University’s (TCU) Research & Creative Activities Award for “Dancing through a Door of Return,” site-specific dance performances in West African slave castles; New York University’s President’s Service Award for dance work with populations who struggle with heroin addiction; Jerome Foundation’s Emerging Choreographers grant for dance work with Ethiopian-Israeli communities; National Artist Teacher Fellowship for “The Borders Project” at the Mexico/U.S. border; and LEAD:NM, an educational fellowship for teachers and leaders of color creating change in charter education in New Mexico.
Adam was a School of American Ballet National Visiting Teaching Fellow, an opportunity to engage in important conversations around diversity and inclusion in classical ballet. Named one of the most influential African Americans in Milwaukee, WI, by St. Vincent DePaul, McKinney was New Mexico School for the Arts’ inaugural Dance Department Chair (Santa Fe, NM). McKinney holds a BFA in Dance Performance with high honors from Butler University and an MA in Dance Studies with concentrations in Race and Trauma theories from NYU-Gallatin. He is an Assistant Professor of Dance in the School for Classical & Contemporary Dance at TCU and teaches courses in classical ballet, modern dance (Horton), and choreography. Areas of research include: dance performance, site-specific dance, mixed ability dance, trans-generational trauma, dance and PTSD, Queer dance, Black dance, Jewish dance, and dance with veterans.
Mo Golden, M.A.
Mo is the creator of ART SHUL, as well as an artist and educator. She loves to design experiences for people, which led her to co-create Night Forest and The Jewish Planner, and to contribute to a number of other interactive products and games. Mo has facilitated workshops, using the expressive arts for healing, transformation, and cross-cultural education in the US and Argentina.
She holds a 620-hour certification in Person-Centered Expressive Arts Therapy from PCETI in Buenos Aires, Argentina, with a concentration in using the arts in cross-cultural and coaching contexts. Mo completed her Masters in Education and Human Development from The George Washington University, where she was a Jim Joseph Foundation Fellow. Her studies focused on: Experiential/Immersive Education, Intercultural Training, Jewish Cultural Arts, and Organizational Leadership.
Mo has led groups and facilitated programming in Nicaragua, Peru, Argentina, and Ecuador. She has worked with organizations such as: La Universidad del Salvador, The Evergreen State College, Lakeside School, HIAS, Interfaith Works, and Heart of The Deernicorn.
WHAT TO EXPECT
The experience will be deep, while also nurturing and relaxing. You will have time to wander the beach, dive into personal studio practice in any medium, and be with yourself, all within a supportive community. There will be structured group time, where we will move, create, journal, share, and understand ourselves more deeply. We will eat delicious food, and discover new ways of being humans on earth.
Our time together will be spent at an intimate little retreat center, nestled in the woods, steps from the beach, in Copalis, Wa. More info to come, once you register!
Q: I want to come but $90 is more than I can pay right now, especially after adding transportation costs. Is there any extra funding available?
A: We have a limited number of scholarships and travel subsidies available. If $90+travel is a hardship for you, please be in-touch. We especially encourage those who feel marginalized or excluded from traditional Jewish spaces to seek extra funding.
Q: I’m not based in the Pac NW. Can I still come?
A: Reach out to us! Depending on how many applicants we get, we might be able to make an exception. Also, it’s good for us to know of your interest, because future retreats will have different locations.
Q: I’m not within the age range. Can I still come?
A: Reach out to us! Depending on how many applicants we get, we might be able to make an exception, but the price may be higher. Also, it’s good for us to know of your interest, because future retreats may have different age ranges.
Q: I’m not an artist/dancer and feel a little nervous signing up for something arts related. Is this for me?
A: Yes, this is for you! We will be engaging with all art forms, in relation to one another. We will focus, not so much on the products that come out of it, but more on the process of creating, and how that process can reveal/transform energetic patterns we hold inside. People at all levels of experience can find this experience approachable and generative. Often, the mediums we are less experienced with actually offer the most powerful insights. So, if you are a professional dancer, you might get the most out of working with paints or clay; if you’re a professional painter, the journaling or dancing might be most fruitful for you. If you’re not an artist at all, each medium will have something exciting to offer you!
Q: I feel interested in participating but I’ve had body-shaming experiences in dance spaces. Will I actually be able to do the activities and will I feel welcome?
A: Yes! We will be engaging in movement together, but in a way that invites everybody to find what is comfortable, inspiring, and safe for them. We won’t be focusing on image, product, or technique, as much as embodiment as a tool for self-understanding, contemplation, and transformation. Adam has extensive experience with mixed ability dance and is excited to work with dancers of ALL body types. Please reach out with specific concerns and we will work with you to make sure that the physical space accommodates your needs, and that the vibes are on your side.
Q: I have connection to Judaism but not very much experience in Jewish spaces. Will I feel comfortable and included?
A: This retreat will offer Jewish wisdom, teachings, and traditions, but won’t assume or expect any previous knowledge from participants. Our hope is that you will feel more connected to Jewish practice through participating, and that you will experience Judaism in new ways, no matter what your prior experiences have been.