Wassa Dances with Aloha #12

Lara McIntosh and Marla Simms

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Join us for a delicious week of extended dance sessions and inspiration at one of the Hawaiian Island’s most beautiful resources for movement studies.

Facilitators Lara McIntosh and Marla Simms invite you to deepen your awareness, free your bones and dance in paradise! This special week pairs Lara's joyful afro-infused Wassa Dance style with Marla's skillful and customized deep stretching and applied anatomy.

Participants can expect to dance for the joy of it, learn stretching techniques, and deepen your body's wisdom with some of the best music the world has to offer.

Included in this 7-day island style retreat are:
  • Daily movement intensives of Wassa Dance
  • Applied anatomy
  • Frame freeing exercises that help your body meet its best potential
Spontaneous afternoon and evening offerings for group or individual sessions are TBA throughout the week.

The remainder of each day is purposefully left open for each person to savor their own experience of the structured offerings along with the many delights and resources of Kalani and its neighborhood.

Enjoy 3 delicious daily buffet style meals, accommodations and use of Kalaniʼs grounds, pool and spa area.

Payment Details:
  • $250 deposit holds your space
  • Final payment due February 15, 2012
Cancellation Policy:
  • All cancellations include a $100 fee.
  • No refunds for cancellations within 6 weeks of the workshop (unless we can fill your space).

About the Facilitator(s)

LARA MCINTOSH believes that anyone who moves is already a dancer. She has danced all her life. As a performer, teacher, and choreographer,

Lara explores rhythm, spirit, craft, and community to unlock the movement potential in others. An active member of the Seattle drum-and-dance communities for many years, her Afro-infused dance style is inspired by travels to Brazil and Mali, West Africa. “Wassa” is the Bambara name Lara received during one of her visits to Mali. It means “one who acts for joy and fulfillment.” Her curiosity about movement and cultures, combined with a deep love for music, are lifelong muses. She offers residencies in local schools and intensive retreat-style workshops internationally. (Photo by Michael Harthorne)

MARLA SIMMS started her love affair with the human body and it’s magic from the inside out. She experienced the boldness and explosive energy of a gymnast in her youth.

During her teens and beyond, she discovered qualities of movement under the loving and eclectic watch of teachers and choreographers. She then turned to the focus of exploration of other’s bodies through the study and practice of massage. She has been a massage practitioner and massage educator for 20 years. For Marla, the body continues to be a venue of art, joy, and discovery.


Workshop Fees

Included in this 7-day sweet island style retreat are: daily dance intensives, 3 delicious buffet daily meals and use of Kalani’s grounds, Olympic size pool, sauna and 2 hot tubs. Registration requires $250 deposit. Final payments are due February 15, 2012.

Non-dancing companions are welcome based on available space at Kalani. There is a $50 admin fee for non dancers.

Please call Kalani's Guest Services at 800-800-6886 to book airport shuttles. $65 for individual ride and $45 shared.

Fees per person: Double Occupancy Single Occupancy
6 - Cottage $ 1875 $ 2575
5 - Tropical Loft n/a n/a
4 - Tree House Room $ 1700 $ 2155
3 - Bungalow Room $ 1560 $ 1875
2 - Lodge Room (private bath) $ 1455 $ 1805
1 - Lodge Room (shared bath) $ 999 $ 1495
*** Airfare, car rental and incidental ground travel expenses are not included in the price of this retreat. If you decide to arrive early or stay longer, you will need to make your own lodging arrangements at the place of your choice.

*For island residents or vacationers wishing to attend the daily dance intensive without Kalani residence or meals, drop-in rates per class and weekly options are available as space allows. Pre-registration is strongly suggested for this option--which also includes a Kalani day pass with each class/series purchased. Lodging and meal options at Kalani may be purchased separately through Kalani.

Kalani Honua Retreat Center: Kalani means Harmony of Heaven and Earth and is located on 19 coastal acres of tropical beauty on the SE coast of Hawaii. Dramatic lava cliffs provide a haven for sunbathers, stargazers, whale watchers and those seeking a deep connection with the earth and sea.

Other offerings at Kalani at additional cost include: Hawaiian and Thai massage, Yoga, Bodywork, Watsu (water-based bodywork) and Hawaiiana/Hula Classes.
For more info on Kalani: www.kalani.com

Prices subject to change without notice.