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Don't miss this unique tropical all-inclusive belly dance retreat, complete with:
Let us dance in the sun, wearing wild flowers in our hair... ~Susan Polis Shutz
The Heart of Belly Dance Retreats focus on the joy of belly dance as a way to vibrant health, joyful community, and body awareness. They are held at eco-conscious retreat centers that offer healthy and nourishing food in a peaceful setting.
Spend your days practicing yoga, learning tribal belly dance technique and choreographies, read by the pool and sleep in, or get a variety of spa treatments - your choice!
Leave your cares at home and reconnect with your love for belly dance. Join us for a week of dance and yoga bliss.
Rachel Brice first fell in love with Belly Dance at 16 years old, when she saw The Gypsy Moor Dancers (who later became Hahbi'Ru) at a Renaissance Faire, and started classes with Atesh immediately. Soon after, she discovered a video of Suhaila Salimpour which she obsessively studied. She began making her living by performing American Cabaret Belly Dance at restaurants and teaching yoga while putting herself through school.
A decade later she discovered Carolena Nericcio's American Tribal Style, which shifted her aesthetic from nightclub to nomad, and Jill Parker became her technique inspiration. She then studied several world and contemporary dance forms as she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Dance Ethnology. The fresh immersion in these dance forms and exposure to San Francisco culture began to mix with her 10 years as a restaurant dancer, and she (unwittingly) started to blend these influences and create something new.
In 2001 she was accidentally discovered by rock mogul Miles Copeland, and toured for several years with his company, The Bellydance Superstars. Through The BDSS, Rachel had the opportunity to work with the incredible Mardi Love, who quickly became her hero and muse. Mardi had also started with Cabaret before discovering Tribal, and as they made dances and costumes together for BDSS, a new style, influenced by the late 1800s to 1920s, emerged. These international tours, along with the newly born YouTube, sparked a global interest in this emerging style of Belly Dance, which has gone on to grow, change, and evolve.
Today, Rachel studies with her teachers Carolena Nericcio and Gary Kraftsow. Whenever possible, she takes classes with her colleagues.
When not teaching on the road, she lives in Portland, Oregon where she's opened a studio, Datura, and has begun a production company, Little Scarab with her partner, Sol Crawford. Together they've created a belly dance training program called the 8 Elements™ Approach to Belly Dance. Someday they hope to own a dog and tend a garden.
Gandhi’s famous saying: “Be the change you want to see in the world” is our vision and mission towards the world today.
Desa Seni supports and strives for an eco-green, sustainable community. The resort was built with recycled, repurposed, or sustainable products from local sources, without altering the natural land structure or local waterways.
The resort has implemented measures to best minimize our carbon footprint. They have set aside 40% of their land to organic farming for the restaurant, to produce approximately 80% of the produce served daily.
Desa Seni is committed to giving back to the local community. Their fund-raising program, “Making Dreams Come True,” sponsors, supports, and teaches at local orphanages and provides a work-study program for older orphanage children come to Desa Seni to study and apprentice in different departments.
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Delicious, wholesome and nutritious cuisine is included! Your stay at Desa Seni includes three delicious consciously prepared meals each day. All meals are made with fresh ingredients from organic gardens to support local community and sustainable fishing. Enjoy our Indonesian awe-inspiring cuisine!