Hester Phillips


Friday 3rd April

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.

Kaia Hawkins



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. 


Wilhemeena Isabella Monroe


Saturday 4th April

9:30am - 12:30pm

A meditative mindfulness movement practice, teaching us how to release old postural habits and experience new ways of moving with efficiency and ease. Experience creative movement, deep meditation, partner-work and body awareness, as part of a fluid way of developing a more integrated sense of moving and being.

Releasing postural tension patterns, Releasing the breath, Releasing energy flow, Releasing effortless dancing + moving, Releasing creativity.

A transformative movement, awareness and bodywork practice. Classes unfold around the simple principle that when we practice letting go of habitual holding patterns we can move more freely, efficiently and powerfully.


Chloe Loftus

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Saturday 4th April

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. This workshop will culminate in a structured improvisation performance that will be shared (optionally) in an informal gathering of the CDA community on Saturday evening. One of the highlights of last years gathering!

Tim Stephenson


Saturday 4th April

9:30am - 12:30pm

How can we truly step in to ourselves, to inhabit our bodies, fully, with intention, with kindness?

If we can do that and be in service to ourselves. To allow that. Then we can be in service to others. Nourishing, empty, soulful. Here a new potential arises.


It’s hard to drop our stories to get there. To get out of our own way. We need to learn it, practice it, offer ourselves up, to be present, to be attentive, to be aware and generous and curious.


In this Open Floor workshop we will have fun, we’ll dance and sweat and shout, get it wrong, stop, forgive and maybe, just maybe, we’ll feel an exquisite pause, a moment of contentment. We will be seen.

Sybille Feint


Saturday 4th April

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.


Saturday 4th April


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 4th April

8:30 - 10:15pm

In this session we'll return to the most basic roots of Conscious Dance. This evening is about you following your own movement wherever it may take you. Hester has held regular free flow dance space for almost 15 years and will be in her element!


Expect layered, textured, juicy music and subtle but potent facilitation to support you to unfold, unwind and take layers off in your dance. 

Saturday 4th April

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 4th April

3 - 5pm

Japanese butoh dancer Tatsumi Hijikata’s famous statement “I was born from the mud” suggests a fundamental identification with the natural world. In Aotearoa/NZ, a Te Ao Māori perspective similarly offers that “human identity is regarded as an extension of the environment, there is an inseparability between people and the natural world” (Sir Mason Durie).
Drawing on butoh and Body Weather training in Japan 2007, this session will share with you part of the development of my improvised somatic dance practice. In the session, we will hone our senses towards listening to our relationship with our environment, as well as how we might engage respectfully with place and the natural world. The aim of the workshop is to offer tools for deep listening through the body’s somatic capacities such as kinaesthetic atmospheres, aural rhythms, visual markers and tactile information, and to gain a deeper awareness of the relationship between ourselves and the places we inhabit. Ultimately it is about “bonding to the land and having a place upon which one’s feet can be placed with confidence” (Hinari Moko Mead).


Ingrid Nagl with Lisa Corston


Sunday 5th April

9:30am - 12:30pm

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.

Andy Dolling


Sunday 5th April

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.

Jan Jeans


Sunday 5th April

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.


Julie Forsey


Sunday 5th April

3 - 5pm

In this 5Rhythms workshop, you will deepen awareness of your own embodied safety through the 'felt sense' and explore your capacity for presence through  playful curiosity.  Using insights from neuroscience and Somatic Experiencing, we'll dance the 5Rhythms Wave, learning and hopefully laughing our way through some neuroscience along the way.

Bex Deva

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Sunday 5th April

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. 

Kaia Hawkins


Sunday 5th April

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. 


Matiu Te Huki

Sunday 5th April


A Sunday evening jam between well-loved musician Matiu Te Huki Musician and us on the dance floor. This will be a very special opportunity for Matiu to share his lush sounds with the CDA community and for us to share our Conscious Dance styles with one of Aotearoa/NZ's well loved musicians.

Matiu intuitively nurtures a deep connection with those listening to him which we envisage will support a beautiful, mutually co-created evening of improvised sound and movement. Matiu’s soulful roots music has a strong Maori flavor, using haka, chants and traditional Maori instruments, backed by grabbing grooves, deep, beautifully crafted bass lines, funky rhythms and magical melodies that stay with you well after his music ends.

Laya Schaetzel-Hawthorne

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Monday 6th April

9:30am - 12pm

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.

Laya Schaetzel-Hawthorne

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Monday 6th April 5pm - Tues 7th April 1:30pm

For all Conscious Dance teachers... 

As the exceptional array of Aotearoa's Conscious Dance facilitators gather in one place, we see a perfect opportunity to nurture yourself and your teaching practice. As we come back down to land after CDA 2020, you're invited to spend 24hrs with other CD teachers, eating, sleeping and being together.


During this special time together you'll have the opportunity to participate in two professional  development sessions. You will have time to nominate an idea you are working on, questions you may have, share an excerpt from a class or put forward whatever is on the edge of your unfolding teaching practice. Your peers will support your development through reflection, feedback and foot rubs. This is an awesome opportunity to share experiences, raise questions, gain insight and expand our practices. There'll be delicious vegan catering and marae style accommodation.

Co-facilitated by Laya Schaetzel-Hawthorne, Hester Phillips & Chloe Loftus

*Additional cost applies. Please contact Chloe for further details and to book.



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