Friday 20th November

4 - 6pm

Discombobulated? Tired? Bringing a load with you? This workshop is for those whose arrival at Conscious Dance Aotearoa may be a little sticky or challenging for whatever reason. Those wanting some self nurture are also welcome to join this workshop.

We will begin by exploring resources to bring calm and then gently enquire as to what's going on. We'll luxuriate in the question of what we need and use our movement to gently attend to the answers. The workshop will conclude by turning to other members of the group as a resource to help us to more fully arrive.


We will leave knowing that wherever we find ourselves is the perfect resource for a meaningful journey through Conscious Dance Aotearoa.


Hester Phillips

Friday 20th November

4 - 6pm

Learning karakia as our pathway into ourselves, and the seeds we have growing within us.

We gift ourselves the opportunity to embody a felt sense of the karakia, Te Pū, using your dance and your expression.

To also see what has been germinating within us that wants to reach for Tama Nui Te Rā.


Kaia Hawkins

Saturday 21st November

9:30am - 12:30pm

We're delighted to have Laya return to grace our dance floors with her wisdom and storytelling. 

More workshop details to come for this deep dive into SomaSource.

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Laya Hawthorne


Saturday 21st November

9:30am - 12:30pm

Contact Improvisation is a free form physical exploration of how two or more bodies in contact with each other can move together. This workshop explores a dance of connection, one that fine tunes your senses, awakens the healing and deepening qualities of curiosity, listening, surrender and pleasure.  

With influences of Thai massage, mindfulness, dance and play, this workshop will not only develop your Contact Improvisation skills but encourages deeper awareness and joy through connections in your everyday life. Participants of this workshop will be offered to take part in an informal structured improvisation sharing to the CDA community on Saturday evening. One of the highlights of last years gathering!

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Chloe Loftus

Saturday 21st November

3 - 5pm

Where I dig in my heals is where I make my stand - a Pahauwera whakatauki.

Finding a deeper sense of the whenua/land that you connect to.

The place that brings you power, that place where you can take your stand from. 

Forging the pathway to this place so you can access it when needed. 

Kia kaha, kia maia, kia manawanui.

Be strong, be patient, be steadfast.


Kaia Hawkins

Saturday 21st November

3 - 5pm

The intention of this workshop is for participants to foster and develop genuine self-compassion through Open Floor dance - a delicious combination of conscious movement, mindfulness and exploration! This is an opportunity to take responsibility, and to take a step up, and into life!


- Discover what stops you from fully accepting yourself, right here, right now.

- Loosen your grip. Let go of ideas of how to move, how to be. 

- Notice yourself. What is it to be a Human ‘being’... really?


Rhythm and dance is in our nature - it is shared by just about every culture. An Embodied Freedom experience is like a modern remix of tribal traditions of community, growth, celebration and gratitude! Physical embodiment creates emotional intelligence, and we develop emotional intelligence by being at home in our bodies.


Sybille Feint


Saturday 21st November

3 - 5pm

Listen through movement. Express through movement. Communicate through the body.

This workshop combines needs based communication (NVC), self empathy practice and improvisation. The session will include individual, partner and whole group work and culminate in a group performance. 

Explores questions:

⁘ How can my body speak without words and express my hearts longing? 

⁘ How can I listen actively with movement?

⁘ How can I express the life in me honestly, so I am received by you? 

⁘ How can I receive the life in you fully?

Saturday 21st November


Gather to witness an informal sharing of the collaborative performances created during today's workshops 'Conscious Contact'  (facilitated by Chloe Loftus) and 'Call and Response' (facilitated by Anna Groves ten Broeke).

Saturday 21st November

8:30 - 10:15pm

The entire gathering will come together too dance! We will return the the roots of Conscious Dance in this session. Hester has held free flow dance spaces for 15 years and will be in her element. Expect an evening of on point facilitation and music that you must dance too.


Sunday 22nd November

9:30am - 12:30pm

What are we dancing with, beyond human bodies, when we inhabit a space?

Inspired by the appreciation of the non-human world in Te Ao Maaori, this workshop begins to unravel our connections to the invisible-energies of the world around us.

In this workshop we explore the foundational aspects of contact to connect with the Ground (papatuuaanuku), Gravity (ranginui), the Room (te whare & tupuna/ancestors), Nature forces (maunga/mountain, awa/river). 

After an individual & group exploration of these basic elements, we use specifically designed constructed nature materials (kohatu/stones, rakau/sticks, weighted bamboo poles) to consciously combine & embody understanding of our surroundings.

This allows us to deeply connect our energetic ties to mauri/life force/ki/chi that we are constantly in dialogue with when we dance.


Andy Dolling

Sunday 22nd November

9:30am - 12:30pm

An open floor dance workshop 

When we feel lost in life we need to orientate our inner compass

Back to our true north, where Spirit and our  higher power sit. 

this workshop will play with aligning yourself towards

This personal power of the Soul and finding your way back to

Where you are meant to be. If you orient your compass back to true north, 

Even on the darkest night you will never be lost.


Jan Jeans

Sunday 22nd November

3 - 5pm

As humans we are wired for relationship. We all long for connection, and haven't always learnt the skills to move comfortable in and out, or maintain a sense of connectedness. Intimacy with another can take us to our most vulnerable places - we may instinctively withdraw, shut down, turn away or leave ourselves as we are confronted with the closeness of another person. 


We all dance on the edge of connecting with others, friends, partners, colleagues, lovers, or strangers, more or less consciously on a daily base – these include our most rewarding, as well as most painful experiences. We learn to love, and to live with loss as we move towards and away from each other. Sometimes we make a conscious choice to leave, and at other times we may be left feeling hurt, rejected or abandoned. 


This Therapy-in-Motion based workshop offers an opportunity to explore dancing on the edge of what it means to stay present in relationship, with yourself and another, while listening to your own embodied responses. In a playful way we get to consciously move with the parts of us that want to either disappear, or take ownership/control. 


As we get an embodied sense of dancing with our edges, we can learn to make more conscious choices, to stay present, or return to presence with more fluidity, flexibility and ease. These are moments, where our brain is being rewired towards new possibilities and choices in our relationships with each other, and in life. We are practicing, as well as deepening our understanding of embodied emotional intelligence.


Ingrid Nagl with Lisa Corston


Sunday 22nd November

3 - 5pm

From​ ​stillness​ ​to​ ​movement ​explore​ your body with meditation and the awareness of gentle inquiry. You are invited on a journey to explore the space within and without- with yourself and with another.

The miraculous interaction of mind and body moving through the energy centres and the space, touching, feeling, connecting accompanied by the sound of Crystal​ ​Bowls. 

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Bex Deva

Sunday 22nd November

3 - 5pm

The dance expression that is Butoh was born in Japan at a time when there was a deep need to move with and through the real and the raw as a country recovering from trauma.

In this workshop, the Butoh practice opens us up to sensing truthfully and deeply into the liminal space, the space beyond words, logic and conformity. We are giving our bodies permission to move without censorship, and beyond habit into the liberated space of "ma" or "no mind."


Damara Sylvester

Sunday 22nd November


A Sunday evening jam with members of Rabbit Hole and Friends and us on the dance floor.


This will be a very special opportunity for some of NZ's most popular upcoming musicians to share their sounds with the CDA community and

for us to share our Conscious Dance styles with well loved musicians.

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Rabbit Hole


Monday 23rd November

9:30-12:00 pm

Here is the end, where the last creates the beginning. A time when arrival at a destination opens to, illuminates, evolves, disappears into a new origin.


Omega means something great or the end of an increment of great development. Alpha is the beginning of anything and a name for the cosmological constant in the expanding universe.


In this session we will work deeply with breath and energy, idea and movement, the nuanced play between attention and intention to experience and explore the minded body and the embodied mind. Improvisation and consciously dancing opens to narratives, poetic images, and archetypal energies embedded in our bodymind .

We will explore our own life journey story in the Omega-Alpha vortex and share with the human community.

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Laya Schaetzel-Hawthorne

Saturday 21st &

Sunday 22nd November

Awaken the Body. A gentle way to wake up. These sessions will welcome you to your body and breath, providing a grounding yet energising foundation to receive the day's sessions at CDA


Rest and Integrate.  An opportunity to rest and integrate in the afternoons.


It is said that a 30 minutes of deep relaxation is equivalent to 3-4 hours of sleep.  In these sessions you will be led on a guided relaxation and meditation practice where body and mind are allowed to rest and integrate.  Jeanette will led a deep relaxation that will release conscious and sub-conscious patterns of held tension.  Great for tired bodies and minds. Lie down, and rest consciously and deeply. Expect Jeanette to incorporate crystal bowls and instruments in this restful experience.

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Jeanette Ida



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