Queeda: A Queer Aquatic Retreat

Event Date:

May 11, 2024

Event Time:

10:00 am

Event Location:

Woodside, Ca

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‘Queer’), is a space for queer/LGBTQIA+ bodies and spirits to come together for a period of nourishing and rejuvenating contact with each other and with the water.

As queer people, many of us have come to navigate the world struggling to receive, to trust, to surrender. This will be a place to slow down, a space to practice giving and receiving support, a space to practice surrender and playfulness, a space to empty ourselves so that we find moments of clarity, and a space to share nourishing time with queer kin. It will be a place to find the fluidity in your queerness.�
In this overnight retreat, we will dip into the world of aquatic practices and aquatic dance, by drawing from Aguahara, Fluid Presence, Contact Improvisation, and bodywork and relational practices. We will ground through land-based integration work, focused on grounding, embodied reciprocity, and connection. �

We will be using the gorgeous 97degree salt water pool, amongst the redwoods, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. There will be rest times to explore the hiking trails leading up the mountains from the property, to use the sauna, and to replenish your inner well with queer community and connection.

Time & Dates:

May 11-12
Arrival 10am on Saturday, May 11th
Departure 4pm on Sunday May 12th

Location & Accommodations:

The retreat will be held at The inner Sanctum, Woodacre. An oasis overlooking mountains and the pacific, a large 97degree salt water, spring-fed pool, a sauna, indoor movement and lounge space, hiking up the redwoods and comfortable sleeping arrangements.
They are a variety of collective spaces to sleep, mostly equipped with queen beds.

We will offer a vegetarian, gluten-free, lunch and dinner Saturday, and breakfast and lunch Sunday. We have plenty of storage if you need to bring your own food items that meet personal dietary needs.

Location and directions will be sent out with signing of the liability waiver for the Inner Sanctum, which will be sent out after this registration form.


Reduced rate: $325
Regular Rate: $350
Supporting Rate: $400+

* 50% non-refundable deposit due at registration.
* Payable to Asha through

Venmo: @escolacqua
Paypal: Fashalacqua@gmail.com

* A few work trade positions are available for partial exchange, and a couple scholarship opportunities for those at-need who are called to this work, but need financial support to make it happen .
* Please bring cash for the rest of the fees on arrival.


For registration,
Click here: https://forms.gle/2sGsV8UQbwMxMpZQ8
If you have any questions feel free to contact me at: Fashalacqua@gmail.com.

Your Host:

asha f. passalacqua (he/they) is an integrative bodyworker, somatic practitioner, aquatic therapist, facilitator and dancer with a somatic oriented approach to guiding the body into functional fluidity. He strives to meet his clients with a warm and compassionate presence as he supports them towards deepening levels of embodiment and somatic freedom. As a dancer/mover, his movement practice has been shaped by many influences, but is predominantly informed by Axis Syllabus, Contact Improvisation, functional movement, Contemporary dance, Playfight and aquatic dance. Through his practice and teachings, he strives to support the development of functional fluidity, a reliable connection to the ground, subtle listening, and presence in moments of disorientation.

Asha earned his BA from Hampshire College in integrative psychology, medical anthropology, and cognitive science, and his CMT from Mckinnon Body Therapy Center. His passion for aquatic therapy led him to study Aguahara and Fluid Presence in Brazil, Mexico, and Spain. He is a certified DanceAbility teacher, Aguahara practitioner, Freediver, a certified Somatic Experiencing Practitioner and Compassionate Inquiry trained. He offers trauma-informed bodywork and somatic work through the psychedelic-assisted-therapy clinic Sage Integrative Health in Berkeley, Ca, and co-facilitates legal psychedelic retreats in the Netherlands with Kiyumi.

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