Bare Bones, with Geordie Jahner

An Open Floor Dance Retreat, 3-6 November, 2016



Body Language on the dance floor

An Open Floor Dance Retreat
w/ Geordie Jahner, Ph.D.

The reward of dance is not money or fame.
It’s intoxication – drunk on creativity.
~ Robertson Jeffers

Bare Bones is a dance meditation for building muscular intelligence, the ability to be awake and fluid, to articulate the innate symphony of wisdom and expression waiting just below our skin.

We ask our bodies and let them speak:

  • What part of me has forgotten how to move?
  • Where am I fluid and where am I bound?
  • What gestures purr, hum, hurt, hesitate?
  •  Who do I gravitate towards?
  •  What propels me to shy away and…
  • What makes my body sing?

Our inquiry becomes one of ratio: How much of our huge life force is devoted to keeping ourselves moving in repetitive, habitual patterns? How much is left for creativity, loving connections, the willing surrender to change?

It’s a dance to get up and make a cup of coffee if we pay attention. To paraphrase Louis C.K. “We’re a masterpiece of movement and nobody’s noticing.” In every moment we are literally being pushed and pulled, drawn down and lifted up, being thrown off balance and finding it again. 

The goal is a body that moves with it all and tells the tale.

This is the infinite choreography for Bare Bones.

Elective for Teacher Training? ~ Yes   (21 hrs)

Focus ~ Body Language

Bookings at Mana Retreat >>


3-6 November, 2016
Mana Retreat Centre
New Zealand

Participants are welcome to arrive at Mana any time after 3pm on Thursday Nov 3
Retreat begins with dinner at 6pm, Thursday Nov 3
First session in Octagon –  7:30-10pm, Thursday Nov 3
Retreat ends – 3:30pm, Sunday Nov 6

TO REGISTER:  Easy online bookings at Mana Retreat registermana-barebones
Or email:
Phone: + 64 7 866 8972

COST : $580 NZD (includes tuition, 3 nights cosy accommodation & 3 delicious vegetarian meals/day).

Teacher trainee discount : 20% off tuition portion of fee

COURSE CREDIT:  This workshop counts as 3.5 elective days and 21 hrs credit toward Open Floor Teacher Training pre-requisites.

Geordie Jahner


CHANNEL 2 DAY for Open Floor Teachers in Training


This is a 4-hour professional session for Open Floor teachers and trainees, where we’ll deconstruct the workshop we just experienced. 

Fee: $75 NZD

Pre-requisite ~ Attendance at Bare Bones and currently in Open Floor Teacher Training.

To Book Channel 2 Day:  Go to Mana Bare Bones booking page –

Accommodation: Mana also has rooms available for those who wish to stay over Sunday evening Nov 6
($60 ppn bed & breakfast)
No dinner available at Mana Sunday evening Nov 6.

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