Connect with the wild splendor of the high desert and your own innate creativity in a powerful circle of tango women.

 
 

The Retreat

In the high desert mountains of northern Arizona, we will seek and share our own deep wisdom and celebrate our creative power as women tango dancers and as inspired leaders and followers in the world. Sharna Fabiano customizes daily yoga and tango classes for our small group and special guest artist Delisa Myles guides nature excursions and movement explorations with her contagious sense of wonder, magic, and adventure.

The Skull Valley Retreat is an opportunity to connect mind and body, nature and community, dancing and dreaming. You'll become a more calm and confident leader, replenish with a daily yoga practice designed for tango dancers, and re-energize your spirit with walks through the gorgeous natural landscape of northern Arizona. Our personal chef prepares delicious and healthy vegetarian meals to nourish your physical and subtle body.

It's my great pleasure to offer this weekend retreat to tango women to strengthen our connection to nature and one another. We come together in order to gain clarity and inspiration for building our lives and communities in ways that are inclusive, uplifting, and creative.

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Our Venue

We know you will be charmed by this very special, secluded spot in Skull Valley. Established around the turn of the 20th century, the Ranch is located 25 minutes outside Prescott in Tonto Flats, a sub irrigated area with abundant ground water which feeds the ancient Juniper trees, as well as Cottonwood, Black Walnut, Pine, Black Jack and Gamble Oak and Manzanita. The forty-two acre property has some of the largest and oldest Alligator Juniper trees in the world, found only in Prescott, AZ., Big Bend, TX., and Santa Fe, NM.

Juniper Well Ranch is surrounded by the Prescott National Forest and wildlife such as mountain lions, bobcat, rocky mountain elk, mule deer, antelopes, badgers, jack and cotton-tail rabbits, javelina, coyotes, squirrels, and chipmunks. There is also an abundance of song bird species including road runners, dove, quail, pinyon jays, northern flickers, Clarks nutcrackers and birds of prey. We will be in good company in the quiet presence of these beautiful and wise creatures.

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Dates: Thurs-Sun, Nov. 2-5, 2017

Fees: $595 before Sept. 1, $645 after. All rooms are shared and every cabin has a unique and cozy design. Price includes all classes, accommodations and three exquisite vegetarian meals per day.

Travel: Our venue is 2 hours from Phoenix and 4 hours from Las Vegas. If you are traveling by air, please plan to arrive at the Phoenix airport by mid-afternoon Thursday and depart late afternoon or early evening on Sunday. We will connect you with others for ride-sharing or car rental.

You: This retreat is designed for women experienced in following who would like to develop their leading skills. Limit 14.

Refunds: Due to the booking requirements of our venues, staff, and services, payments for retreats are non-refundable. We thank you for your understanding.

Your Guides

Sharna Fabiano, Los Angeles (tango and yoga classes)
Sharna has been involved with tango since 1997, studying with such tango legends as the Pugliese family, Nito & Elba Garcia, Juan Bruno, "Tete" Rusconi, "Chicho" Frumboli, Omar Vega, and Pablo Veron. She performed as a member of the all-woman dance company TangoMujer between 2003-2006, and has spent much of her professional career organizing classes for women only. As a teacher, Sharna has the rare ability to both articulate and demonstrate, with precision, the subtle details of tango movement and improvisation. Her approach is holistic and exploratory, informed by both the anatomy and the poetry of the body. She has an MFA in Dance and is a certified yoga instructor and empowerment coach.   sharnafabiano.com

Delisa Myles, Prescott (morning movement explorations)
Delisa Myles, M.F.A. is Creative Director of Flying Nest Movement Arts in Prescott, Arizona. She has a special interest in humanizing and making dance accessible for all ages of people so that expression through the body is as natural as breathing. She co-hosts retreats of her own with Jade Sherer under the organization Nature Moving Women, and is excited to continue evolving programs that nurture growth in the fertile field of Nature/Body/Woman. delisamyles.com

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Jayne Lee, Flagstaff (afternoon Feldenkrais sessions)
Jayne is Executive Director of Human Nature Dance Theatre, a collaborative, interdisciplinary performance collective, which she co-founded with Delisa Myles and Paul Moore in 1994. Jayne is a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner and has a private practice offering private and group lessons. Born in Wales, she trained at the Place in London and at Julliard, later dancing and choreographing for London Contemporary Dance Theatre for ten years. Since 1990, Jayne has lived in Flagstaff and worked as a Grand Canyon River Guide.

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Program (tentative)

Thursday
4-6pm: Arrival
6-7pm: Dinner
7-8pm: Opening Circle
8-9:30pm: Supervised Practice
9:30-10pm: Gentle Stretch

Friday
7:30-8:30am: Morning Yoga
8:30-9:30am: Breakfast
10am-12pm: Nature Hike + Movement Exploration
12-1pm: Lunch
1-2pm: Free Time
2-2:30pm Feldenkrais warmup
2:30-4pm: Tango Class 1
4-4:30pm: Break
4:30-6pm: Tango Class 2
6-7pm: Dinner
7-8pm: Evening Circle
8-9:30pm: Supervised Practice

Saturday
7:30-8:30am: Morning Yoga
8:30-9:30am: Breakfast
10am-12pm: Nature Hike + Movement Exploration
12-1pm: Lunch
1-2pm: Free Time
2-2:30pm Feldenkrais warmup
2:30-4pm: Tango Class 1
4-4:30pm: Break
4:30-6pm: Tango Class 2
6-7pm: Dinner
7-8pm: Evening Circle
8-9:30pm: Supervised Practice

Sunday
7:30-8:30am: Morning Yoga
8:30-9:30am: Breakfast
9:30-10am: Packing Time
10-11am: Closing Circle
11am: Departure