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The WOW of Contact 2020

January 19-24, 2020

The 13th annual WOW of Contact

@ Breitenbush Hot Springs- Detroit, Oregon

w/ TOUCHMONKEY (Carolyn Stuart & Patrick Gracewood)

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The WOW of Contact 2020

Why The WOW?
5 days! (120 hours/7200 minutes) to immerse in Contact, to use connection to play with how you and me do WE.
To welcome and design 2020, the new decade that must save us from the impact of a system that is organized to divide us.
To immerse together, in curiosity rather than judgment, to ask what it means to care for the whole that we belong to and are a part of.  how do we do that? what is possible?
To meet and explore with our bodies. They cannot lie. They are a direct route to the present moment source of what is and what wants to happen. To gather and listen.
To reset frazzled nervous systems by allowing the creatures that we are to be welcomed and enough as we are, in our becoming.

Wow to the power of contact to connect and improvisation to care.
WOW to the uniting of infinite wows with respect and tenderness.
And it’s #13, magic is afoot!

 

ACCESS the AXIS of US

US is the united support
that is available when we ACCESS
the AXIS that is the shared point of contact.

Use contact and improvisation to be one and autonomous, simultaneously!
Experience the interdependent sweet spot of belonging and freedom when we share the point of contact, as our dance floor.
Tune in and explore our capacity to sense and follow what needs to happen when all matter on a level playing field.

 

Each day the retreat moves from focusing on soloing to partnering to group activities. Each person is invited to research the AND of staying true to individual needs while staying connected to an immediate partner and the all that is.
This retreat is for you if you love to be curious about authenticity, agency and communion.

Breitenbush Hot Springs and the womb of winter is a magical container to hold and support a journey into mutual well-being. We hope that you can give yourself the gift of joining us.

 

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Retreat schedule-

8 – 9   Breakfast

9:30 – 11:30   AWE (Awareness Witnessing Experience)

We’re always having experience, but how aware are we of it?
This is a practice to hone and expand the awareness of our experience in the present moment. Awareness is our connection to what is occurring. Through awareness we access choice in relationship to what is occurring. Choice is necessary to care for ourselves and others, thus we cultivate awareness.

11:30 – 12:00   Debrief & glean circle

1:00 – 2:00   Lunch

3:00 – 5:30   PROMPT & CIRCUMSTANCE

Deepening our C.I. research. We will explore the applying of prompts to our individual circumstances! Prompts will be offered and all are invited to share prompts with the group. All are invited to apply those prompts to their unique circumstances. All are encouraged to ask what it means to be true to oneself, interested in and respectful of others’ experience and curious about the resulting  relationship between self and other and the whole that we create. In doing so we cultivate the possibility of being unified by the fact of our diversity and grow the potential for mutual well-being.

5:30 – 6:00   Debrief & glean circle

6:00 – 7:00   Dinner

7:30 – 10:00   EVENING EVENTS
Sunday-  Intro & Mixers
Monday-  Jamming Scores
Tuesday-  Performance Play
Wednesday-  TBD
Thursday-  Closing Party

 

To view workshop details- https://breitenbush.com/january-workshops/

To view lodging descriptions and rates- https://breitenbush.com/lodging-descriptions/

To register you must call Breitenbush 503-854-3320. Please note the earlier the better to secure the lodging you wish and definitely register before 1/11, as they begin reallocating cabins at that time.

FYI- We have kept the presenter fee as low as possible to allow more people access. Out of that fee we return $99 per participant back to Breitenbush for additional retreat costs. That said we cannot offer you a discount and gladly would receive additional contributions!!    >>;~)>>  see ‘Donate’ button on this page>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

And Breitenbush does offer scholarship discount. You can apply to Breitenbush @ https://breitenbush.com/scholarships/

Note: until i figure out how to position this page where it belongs you can scoot over here

https://contactgames.wordpress.com/the-wow-of-contact/ to view more about The WOW!!

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Attention To Language

Recently, I dropped the word class from my CI vocabulary, feeling that the word lab is a better fit. Culturally, class implies that there is something to taught and learned. Lab implies a process experimentation and discovery. CI exists, uniquely, as an ongoing, unfolding exploration. I find that profound and have spent my CI career puzzling over how best to facilitate that process. People come to a class with conditioned expectations to obey the leader and get it right. I prefer the word lab because it suggests showing up in curiosity to explore and discover.

I also have dropped the word teacher when it refers to myself, but enjoy it when referring to the participants. My role as facilitator is to jump start investigations by offering structures to explore, relationally. I find it more accurate and empowering to own that we, each, are our own inner teacher, student, etc…  I want people in the room to be in charge of their experience, to show up in their fullness and complexity, so that we can explore what it means to be comfortable with our inherent diversity. My hypothesis is that it is fully possible to be unified by the fact of our diversity. Historically, that has not been the case. I strive to create a lab in which to explore the possibility of a more inclusive paradigm, one in which each we can feel connected by our curiosity about what is and what is possible. Our hardcore conditioning is to adapt ourselves to fit in, to forsake our freedom in order to belong. I experience CI as a paradigm that reveals the possibility to be free and to belong. To that end it feels important to examine the words I use to describe it and not assume that any words I use will necessarily communicate my intent.

I’m also considering swapping the word jam for lab. As CI grows in the world it needs our careful tending to maintain it as the unique alternative that it is. It needs those involved to have their voices, so that we, together, can move beyond the habits of our conditioning into mutual well-being. No small task.

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Holiday Dancing @ Gracewood

Contact Improvisation Tuesdays-

12/25 Christmas Day 7-10
&
1/1 New Year’s Day 7-10

Potluck
Hot Tub (bring towel)

$10-20

As usual a co-created sound and movement celebration.
Come as you are, to share and play with what else is possible!

Gracewood Studio / 4920 NE 55th / 97218

Note-
The regular Thursday LAB 7-9 & Saturday 4-7 class/jam will be happening, too.
https://contactgames.wordpress.com/classes-jams/

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AND we dance JAM

 

Yes, WE DANCE, ThanksGiving Weekend!

November 23-25, 2018

Gracewood Studio / 4920 NE 55th / 97218

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Contact Improvisation is a giving thing.
Giving Thanks is a good thing.

COME PRACTICE 
practice is a more thing
for our Belonging and Freedom
more of a good thing is a giving thing

SHOW UP to give thanks, to DANCE ;~)

 

Friday ~ 1-4 & 7-10

Saturday ~ 11-2 & 4-10

Sunday ~ 1-4

$10-20/session (NOTA – ask about work trade)

 

POTLUCK!
HOT TUB (bring towel)

Some overnight space available @ $10-20/night, if prearranged.
Register at touchmonk@yahoo.com or 971-334-4599
Pre-pay with donation button on this page>>>

 

 

 

 

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mini WOW of CONTACT retreat

October 13, 2018

A daylong to taste of The WOW of CONTACT!

((https://contactgames.wordpress.com/the-wow-of-contact/))

10-8 @ Gracewood Studio / 4920 NE 55th / 97218

 

10am (sharp!) -12  ~ AWE (Awareness Witnessing Experience) ~ A practice to hone and expand awareness of our experience in the present moment. With awareness comes choice. Choice is required to care for ourselves and others. (no music)

12-1 ~ Potluck debrief & nosh.

1pm (sharp!) -3  ~ Prompt & Circumstance ~ Deepening our C.I. research. We’ll explore the application of prompts to our particular circumstances! Exploration furthers.

3-4 ~ Potluck debrief & nosh.

4-7 ~ The regular Saturday CI Class/Jam  https://contactgames.wordpress.com/classes-jams/contact-improv-jam/

7-8 ~ Potluck debrief & closing>>>>

 

Come for one or all the sessions! Bring snacks to luck the pot!!

$10-20 sliding  per session (NOTA & contribution appreciated! Talk to us.)

More info @ touchmonk@yahoo.com or 971-334-4599

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before the fall ~ pop-up jam

August 31 – September 3

Contact Improvisation Retreat

@ Gracewood studio / 4920 NE 55th / 97218

 

Wow, we share this profound practice of Contact Improvisation AND here are 3 days to explore in an urban haven, to make much more of a good thing!! 

I want to gather to ask what else is possible for us as a community! Think Swap Meet meets Inquiry. Use our practice to deepen our collaborative potential for more connection and support for one another, on and off the dance floor! 

 I want to play with the use of video, scores, improvised sound for movement, dancing outside as much as inside, to explore and discover with you! What are you interested in? Come as you are. Bring it! All are welcome. Mutual well-being is a relationship endeavor. More of a good thing. You in?

 

possible research topics ~ AUTHENTICITY & PLAY 

What is authentic? How do you know? If not authentic, then what? Why?

What is play? How do you know? If not play, then what? Why?  

What’s up for you? What are YOUR topics? Use the ‘leave a comment’ link in upper right corner of this page to prime the pump!

 

Scheduled sessions–    (studio available between scheduled times as well!)

Friday 31 ~ arrive from 5 & dance 7-10

Saturday 1 ~ dance 10-1  &  4-7  &  potluck and………….

Sunday 2 ~ dance 12-3  &  6-9

Monday 3 ~ dance 10-12  &  2-4  &  closing/leaving

Food potluck. Kitchen available.

Hot tub (bring towel). Fire pit. Trampoline. Rock band. Garden oasis. Instruments galore. Cool park ½ block away.    COME PLAY!!

 

Suggested donation-

$90 for the whole thing / $30 per day / $15 per session

Camping $10 per night. No pets.

NoOneTurnedAway & PayWhatYouCan (organizing is a time suck act of love so please do consider the value and pay /contribute as you are able).  Pre-event work trade is available. Thank you!

Use the paypal ‘donation’ button on the right of this page and email me at touchmonk@yahoo.com to declare your intentions.   Thank us.

 

Questions? email touchmonk@yahoo.com or call 971-334-4599

 

 

 

 

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The WOW of Contact 2019

January 13-18, 2019

The 12th annual WOW of Contact

@ Breitenbush Hot Springs!!

w/ Touchmonkey (Carolyn Stuart & Patrick Gracewood)

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You come. You show you what you do.

Aligning movement and presence we dance closer to ourselves and each other.

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The retreat immersion is designed to support collaborative experimentation to grow our authenticity, agency and communion. By committing to curiosity we become more aware of what is and stretch into what else is possible. We’ll explore the idea that we can achieve unity through celebrating uniqueness. We’ll trust and invite our innate capacity to show up and shine and flow with what wants to happen!

The retreat develops each day from solo to partnered to group focuses. That said each is invited to stay connected to their needs in the moment. It is an experiment in collaborative liveliness and re-membering the awe in awkwardness.

Breitenbush Hot Springs and the heart of winter is a magical container to hold and support our journey into mutual well-being. We hope that you can give yourself the gift of joining us.

 

Retreat schedule-

~8-9 Breakfast

~9:30-11:30 AWE (Awareness Witnessing Experience) ~

A practice to hone and expand awareness of our experience in the present moment. With awareness comes choice- the freedom necessary to care for ourselves and others. (no music)

~1-2 Lunch

~3-5:30 Prompt & Circumstance ~

Deepening our C.I. research. Exploring the application of prompts to circumstances! Participation is divine.

~5:30-6 sharing/gleaning circle

~6-7 Dinner

~7:30-10:00 Evening events ~

Sunday-  Intro & Mixers

Monday-  Jamming Scores

Tuesday-  Performance Play

Wednesday-  TBD

Thursday-  Closing Party

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To view the workshop details-   https://breitenbush.com/january-workshops/

To view the cost of lodging info-  https://breitenbush.com/lodging-descriptions/

To register you must call Breitenbush 503-854-3320. Please note the earlier the better to get the lodging you wish and definitely no later than one week prior, as they begin reallocating cabins at that time.

FYI- We have kept the presenter fee as low as possible to allow more people access. Out of that fee we return $93 per participant back to Breitenbush for additional retreat expenses. So, we cannot personally offer you a discount. But, you can apply to Breitenbush for scholarship funds by going to- https://breitenbush.com/scholarships/

AND until i can figure out how to get this page where it belongs you can go to the https://contactgames.wordpress.com/the-wow-of-contact/ tab to view general info on The WOW and documents of previous year’s WOW’s.