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Interspecies Research LABs (IRL): Somatics + Dance + Horses

A collaboration hosted and facilitated by Alissa Mayer EHSE-C, creator of A Somatic Approach to Horsemanship™ and JoAnna Mendl Shaw, Artistic Director of The Equus Projects.

May 29-31, 2020 - CANCELLED

July 17-21, 2020 - TENTATIVE DATES to be confirmed on June 15, pending Covid-19 developments

 5-Day IRL Retreat + Performance

$375/participant (space is limited)

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Auditors are welcome at these events, click here for details

These Inter-species Research LABs (IRL) are a forum for kinetic exploration, theoretic discourse and personal investigation. Guided equine experiences provide a distinctly non human-centric lens through which we explore personal bias, the practice of listening, presence, adaptability and collaboration. LAB participants each present a session on their own expertise and/or research in the form of a movement experience, lecture or facilitated discussion.

LAB & Retreat Details

July 17-21, 2020 - Wild Prairie Ranch, Oakridge, Oregon USA

Friday July 17, 5-8pm - Welcome Dinner/Presentation @ Wild Prairie Ranch
Saturday July 18, 8:30am-5pm - LAB/RETREAT
Sunday July 19, 8:30am-5pm - LAB/RETREAT
Monday July 20, 8:30am-5pm - FOCUS on Horsemanship or Choreography
Tuesday July 21, 9am-2pm - FOCUS/REHEARSAL Day
Tuesday July 21, 6pm - PERFORMANCE @ Wild Prairie Ranch

• Limited participants at each event (if full, contact us to get on the waiting list)

• Auditors are welcome, click here to register and reserve your AUDITOR spot!

• The 5-Day Retreat includes the standard 3-Day LAB presentations and experiential somatic and hands-on horse activities, PLUS an additional day of Focused work on Horsemanship and/or Choreography AND a full day of performance rehearsal/prep + an evening public performance opportunity with the horses.

(performing is optional)

*Limited space for additional horses if you wish to participate with your own horse(s). Contact Alissa to inquire about availability (alissa@equinehannasomatics.org)

Previous Presenters have included:

Lisa Bradley - Equine assisted Therapist

Jessica Ealy - Dancer, Mustang Trainer

Jessica Ferran - Equine Photographer

Sally Ann Ness - Anthropologist

Nita Little - Contact Improvisation

Alissa Mayer - Hanna Somatics & Horsemanship

JoAnna Mendl Shaw - The Equus Projects

Kate Pagliasotti - Acupuncturist & Gyrotonics Teacher

Kat Reese - Dancer, The Equus Projects

Bonnie Simoa - Continuum Teacher, Somatic Dance Educator

Location - Oakridge, Oregon - USA


• Some on-farm accommodations for both humans and horses are available (cabins, shared farm-house, camping, horse-board in stalls or paddocks).

• Limited space for additional horses if you wish to participate with your own horse(s). Additional fees apply.

Contact Alissa for details at alissa@equinehannasomatics.org

Space is limited, register soon!

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    Oakridge, OR 97463

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