All workshops begin Friday at 6pm and end on Sunday at 2pm unless otherwise noted.

All Peaceable Barn workshops include:

  • Healthy, delicious meals
  • A gorgeous, buttery dance floor
  • Accommodations for overnight stay
  • An outside bonfire, woods for walking, and birds for watching.

Workshop Details & Registration


September 21-23 2018  K.J. Holmes Workshop  
Seasonal CI Dance with Live Music Jam  – TBA Oct.
November 9-12, 2018  Alicia Grayson Workshop

Somatics, Dance Improvisation and the Poetics of Performance

Contact Improvisation
SEPTEMBER 21-23, 2018

This workshop is an entrance into our wide and vivid imaginations through the experiential research of Body-Mind Centering, contact improvisation, and structures and scores for dancing and creating theater. The course, designed for movers of all backgrounds, will bring forth skills, tools and practical experience of somatic studies and improvisation, to become more tuned to physical centers and subtleties of touch, direction and intention. It will explore how to use these discoveries to tune the physical instrument of body and mind, and as a source for creative practice into performance: the poetics of the human being through dance, voicing, writing, reading and witnessing. In this workshop we will explore anatomy and physiology to better understand the mechanics of movement as well as explore the minds of the body. You will discover, explore, separate, integrate and improvise with physical systems and patterns to make visible physiological rhythms of support and creativity. Through exposing contradictions in the body and engaging our imaginations, we will widen choice, create discernment and practice embodiment and composition.

read more

CI Principles – From the Ground Up, A Journey through the Chakras

Contact Improvisation
NOVEMBER 9-12, 2018
This all Levels workshop will support each individual, regardless of experience, to grow in their own solo and contact improvisation embodiment and skills. Each session will focus on one of the 7 major chakras as a lens through which we will build solo and partnering skills that support contact improvisation. Working from the ground up we expand our abilities to listen to ourselves and our partners so that the flow of life energy can move effortlessly through us as we improvise in contact. The following themes gleaned from the 7 major chakras will weave their way into the workshop: Earth, Water, Fire, Air, Sound and Vibration, Light and Perception and Opening to the Source or the Mystery.
Note: This is a three day workshop which starts on Friday and ends on Monday afternoon. We are asking for a commitment to the full workshop due to the nature of the material.

read more

Our Moving Bodies: Advanced CI Lab Weekend for Women

In this advanced laboratory for only women dancers, we will have the opportunity to investigate questions of athleticism, attraction, intimacy, and risk level with our partners. Through a lens of technicality, we will aim to unlock the possibilities of our freest flying, subtle softness, safety, and flirtatious love affairs in our dances together; accessing this form in its fullness with other women. Throughout the weekend, we will lead a few structured warm-ups and offerings, but the primary focus will be playing, dancing, and investigation together on topics of shared interest.

read more

Contact Improvisation

An Intermediate Contact Improvisation Workshop with TIM O’DONNELL APRIL 27-29, 2018 The practice of Contact Improvisation stimulates physical creativity, self-awareness, and the ability to listen and communicate in exquisite detail with the entire body. I’m interested in identifying and questioning the ways in which we hold ourselves back from full expression, and what could be released in our dancing if we open up new gateways.  We will have luxurious time for solo exploration, and gradually layer in active witnessing and partnered touch, leading to contact duets that are evocative and image-based.

read more