Oriental Dance Retreat
"Summer at Shambhala -- Celebrating Freedom of Expression"
Meaning and Authentic Expression
Shareen tapped into the spirit of Egyptian dance? The answer is an unequivocal
yes! As a guide she is powerfully gentle and firmly grounded, with the ability
to lead her students to a place where the dance can be found. Once there, she is
also able to help us reacquaint ourselves with what we've known has always
existed. What comes forth is a joyous and deeply satisfying celebration of this
form at its best." B.T., San Francisco
“I am amazed at
people like Shareen El Safy who dance ‘without accent’—what an amazing
accomplishment, to absorb the dance so completely and in the
heart and body, right from the source!” Andrea
Deagon, Ph.D., UNC-W
in Tokyo, Japan, 2009
at Shambhala—Celebrating Freedom of Expression”
Shareen’s 9th Oriental Dance Retreat at Shambhala Ranch
will be held July
2-6, 2012. “Summer at Shambhala—Celebrating Freedom of Expression” will focus on Egyptian movement that provides a foundational basis for embodied
feeling, the generation of personal meaning, and artistic actualization found at the heart of
raks sharqi, the solo dance of Cairo. In the revitalizing, renewing space of Shambhala,
participants will explore our mutual passion by strengthening
performance skills, crafting our dance presentations, and developing individual
expression that reveals our unique inner language.
was a journey of self-discovery...an essence is now present which wasn't there
before. It has deepened the feelings I can express through movement."
Sadia, international teacher, performer, and 2010 retreat
Morning classes consist of
technique, steps and combinations in all areas of Egyptian dance
including Oriental, taqsim, beledi, drum solo and
shimmy movements, turns and perimeter patterns,
veil entrance, and finale steps, all practiced individually and in short
choreographed sequences. Afternoons will be spent on creative performance exercises, theatrical techniques, and improvisational
skills, with in-class coaching that encourages mastery in the dance, supports confidence and expands
emotional accessibility. Evening discussions consist of dance-related topics, sharing our personal
goals and community-oriented vision. Shareen will comment on her Egyptian
performance experiences and provide anecdotal insights into the famous
personalities of Egyptian dance, along with video-dvd viewing with movement analysis of
Egypt’s dance luminaries, past and present. A visit to Orr Hot Springs after
dinner is on the agenda. We will celebrate Fourth of July in the quaint coastal village of Mendocino, CA. On the last evening we will enjoy our enriching
time together with a studio recital.
Some U.S. and International
Retreat Participants Respond
“This was such a peak experience!”
“The Retreat put me together with other dancers
from other countries and cultures, exposing me to their view and style of the
dance, which is very enriching”
“Very rewarding! Life changing!”
“For twenty six years, my dance style was pretty
much the same. I feel like I am learning a whole new art form!”
“I came home relaxed and energized, with a
deeper understanding of my body; the music and dance fit more precisely.”
“Shareen has inspired me to rethink how and why I
dance, infusing it with new meaning.”
“Thank you for the alchemy that happens at
Shambhala. It works its way through the whole year.”
El Safy performing at El Leil Nightclub, Cairo, 1989
Retreat and Workshop Center
The pulse of life permeates the 140 acres of beautiful rolling hills, located on
a magical site of ancient Indian trails and spiritual rituals. It is a private,
creative and natural environment, with panoramic views, redwood forest, swimming
pond, and private beach on a river, hot tub, and organic gardens. The tastefully
decorated, luxurious ranch house with comfortable bedrooms has a large mirrored
dance studio with a sprung wood floor, large redwood decks, and music
throughout. It is located two hours north of San Francisco between Ukiah and the
coastal town of Mendocino near the famous Orr Hot Springs. (www.shambhalaranch.com)
"The name Shambhala comes from a Tibetan Buddhist teaching that there is
some magic in everything and it's up to the individual to discover it. Shambhala
Ranch's magic lies not so much in its obvious natural gifts, but in the way it
can help you find yours."
J.B. Dance Retreat and Workshop Center visitor
Directions to Shambhala: 101 North
from San Francisco to the last exit in Ukiah, "North State Street."
Turn right onto N. State St. Take the first left onto "Orr Springs
Road." 19 miles to Shambhala (6.5 miles past Orr Hot Springs). Look for an
open valley with a large redwood lodge on the hillside to your right, and a
white mailbox ("21200" with animal paintings). Shambhala’s office
phone is 707-937-3341. Guest phone in the lodge is 707-937-3515. The Santa Rosa
Airport is the closest airport to Shambhala and is serviced by several airlines.
Connecting flights available from San
Francisco airport to Santa Rosa, and other direct flights from some airports.
Check with your travel agent. Call Shareen 805-962-9639 to coordinate
transportation from Santa Rosa, Mendocino or San Francisco, if needed.
Retreat offers an intimate opportunity for students, teachers and professional
dancers to study with Shareen El Safy, incorporating her unique Oriental dance
method grounded in Egyptian dance vocabulary and top-of-the-line technique. Her
comprehensive approach encourages each student to excel on an individual basis,
and benefits intermediate to professional levels.
“Shareen is a great communicator, verbally and through
movement, and as such her classes are challenging and inspiring.” Amar,
teacher and performer
“Shareen’s ability to analyze movement is
multi-level, working with the physical and energetic aspects to get to the heart
of the technique.” Ranya,
teacher and performer
Shareen’s technique leads to a deepening of the dance. It becomes more
profound. Shareen is a dancer’s dancer, and her workshop a very rewarding
teacher and performer
night, our last night of the retreat, there will be a studio concert with
participants performing their solo pieces for the group. Shareen will also dance
her latest choreographies. Bring your costumes and music on CD, and enjoy an
evening celebrating individual artistry and mutual camaraderie!
Rejuvenate, & Invigorate
your creative spirit in a gentle, intimate and supportive environment. Hike in
the old growth redwood forest and golden
meadows with panoramic views; meditate by the pristine river, an ancient
gathering place for Native American Indians; sun yourself on the deck,
take a cool dip in the pond or soak your cares away in the hot tub—all on
site at Shambhala Ranch. Optional activities include an afternoon walk on the
beach or shopping in the quaint coastal
town of Mendocino; relaxing in the famous Orr Hot Springs; or hiking to the
world’s tallest redwood tree. Massage and Aroma Therapy are available by
supply a variety of fresh fruits. Organic herbs and vegetables are grown
locally. Patio tables with market umbrellas provide casual outdoor dining. A
professional chef prepares our delicious meals with special attention to
individual tastes. Vegetarian, free-range poultry and local fish entrees are
accompanied by wholesome grains, healthy salads and vegetables, and tasty
desserts. Breakfast includes eggs, cereals, fruit, juices, yogurt, breads or
bagels, coffee, teas, etc. Chilled water, teas, coffee, fruits and snacks will
be available throughout the day. Participants are asked to bring their own beer
food was pure bliss. It made my heart soar."
Michele, 2010 retreat participant
Bedrooms are light and airy with two to six comfortable beds in each room. Dancers may request their roommate preference. Bed linens, pillows, comforters, and towels provided.
“Celebrating Freedom of Expression”
Individual Style, Personal Meaning and Authentic Expression
Monday, July 2nd, we will meet at the acclaimed Francis Ford Coppola Winery,
with a newly-completed restaurant, for lunch and wine tasting at 1 pm. The winery is
located at 300 Via Archimedes, Geyserville, CA 95441; 707.857.1400. It is
located north of Santa Rosa on Hwy 101, on our way to Shambhala. Please contact Shareen to confirm your reservation. Lunch
entrees average $12-$15. (www.franciscoppolawinery.com)
in at Shambhala Monday, July 2nd, 4 pm.
Dinner 6:00-7:00 pm
7: 30-9:30 am Breakfast
9:30 am-12: 30 pm Morning Class
12:30-1:30 pm Lunch
2-4 pm Afternoon Class
6:00-7:00 pm Dinner
7:30-9:30 pm Special presentations & activities.
evening at Orr Hot Springs after presentation (optional)
afternoon, 4th of July Celebration in Mendocino.
evening Studio Recital with Retreat Dancers 8pm
Check out Friday, July 6th, 11 am.
Shareen’s Oriental Dance Retreat July 2-6, 2012,
"Summer at Shambhala-Celebrating Freedom of Expression" will focus on Developing
Individual Style, Personal Meaning and Authentic Expression. In the
revitalizing, renewing space of Shambhala, participants will explore our
mutual passion for the dance by strengthening performance skills and developing
individual expression that brings out our unique inner language. The Class
Schedule offers an intimate opportunity for students, teachers and professional
dancers to study empowering technique and Oriental dance method grounded in
Egyptian dance vocabulary with both classical and current steps from Cairo and
choreographic sections for musical interpretation. Evening presentations include
discussion of dance-related topics, our performance goals, and the careers of
dance luminaries past and present.
“Shareen taught me the secret of Egyptian Dance—to dance from within, from your unique and beautiful soul; to dance from a place of honesty.” Gabriela, performer and 2011 retreat participant
Healthy gourmet meals catered by a professional chef, comfortable
accommodations, outdoor fun and recreation, special evening presentations and
the Studio Recital help make our Retreat experience rich and satisfying.
Optional activities like wine tasting near Shambhala, lunch in the coastal town
of Mendocino, and relaxing in the famous waters of Orr Hot Springs,
further extend our enjoyment. Shambhala Ranch Retreat Center: 21200 Orr
Springs Road, Ukiah CA 95482. 707/937-3341.(www.shambhalaranch.com)
Dance Retreat with Shareen El Safy
"Summer at Shambhala -- Celebrating Freedom of Expression"
July 2-6, 2012
Early registration discount $695. Paid in full on or before February 1, 2012.
A non-refundable deposit of
$185 holds your reservation. All-inclusive
enrollment fee $785 until May 1st. Remaining balance of $600
due on or before May 1st, 2012. All inclusive enrollment fee $875 after May 1st
until June 15th. Remaining balance of $690 due on or before June 15th. Enrollment is accepted
only as space
allows. Group size is limited to twenty dancers. Cancellations made on or before May
1st will be reimbursed
enrollment fee minus non-refundable deposit, and must be
received in writing (fax or email okay). No
cancellations after May 1st unless substitute can be found by cancelling party.
In the unlikely event that the Retreat is cancelled, all funds will be promptly
Personal checks, money orders, and major credit cards accepted in U.S. Dollars
$185 non-refundable deposit holds your reservation
enrollment fee $785 until May 1st.
(A non-refundable deposit $185 holds your space until May 1st. Remaining
payment of $600 due on or before May 1st, 2012.)
enrollment fee $875 after May 1st until June 15th. (A non-refundable
deposit $185 holds your space until June 15th. Remaining payment of
$690 due on or before June 15th, 2012.)
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