Earth felt Dance Retreat Bali

with Narelle Carter-Quinlan & Alice Owen
November 2nd - 7th, 2014

You are Soul in an embodied experience; within your moving, sensing body.
In the magical environment that is Bali, we invite you to spiral into your unmapped inner territory. To the creative center of your being. To Feel. To Listen. And, with embodied reference to the environment as your greater ecology, to explore moving from the depths of your interior. Your embodied terrain.

Come and be danced!

The Experience

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Over six nights and five days, we enter sacred space together.

Through Dance & Movement Improvisation, Art process, Storytelling & Journaling.

The mornings begin with experiencing your environment; the sun rising out of the mist, the sacred river, lush gardens. Perhaps a swim in the infinity pool, or practicing your own personal meditation in the Balinese pavilion. Or simply enjoying the sounds of the village coming to life from the haven of your thatch roofed room. A quiet conscious encounter with yourself, integral within your environment.
In awareness and wholeness.
Each morning, after breakfast, we begin our day with movement and dance.

We journey into the inner wild body, exploring the felt relationship of the Body-Land. The places where the body of the earth echoes our own physicality. Nerve-lichen, rock-bone, the rainforest of your lungs, curving river of your spine, coursing lush waterways.

A pause for lunch, for integration and contemplation. During the afternoon we return to dance, weaving in voice and sound experientials. We reflect, create art, and share.

Who is this retreat for?

All movement and dance explorers, somatic and bodywork practitioners; anyone who hears the call to return to the wilderness of the moving body in service to their inherent wholeness. And yes, beloved, for You.

When is the retreat?

November 2nd - 7th, 2014. Sunday evening to Friday 5.00pm.

Your opportunity

This magical time and space is available for just 14 participants. Depth, communion, intimacy.

from Alice: Our process is a spiral - moving into your center, finding your felt interior sense, and emerging to engage with the world in a new way...

from Narelle: moving into communion with your deepest landscape, your embodied terrain is a sacred homecoming and rite of passage.

Where will we be?

The beautiful and lush Purnati Arts Centre is 20 minutes from the arts hub and activity of Ubud. Hence, we are in the deep support of peace and spaciousness. A highlight of your retreat includes optional evening visits to performances of Balinese dance, to the Jazz café, and the witnessing of Balinese ceremony at temple visits.

Saunter over to your retreat centre here >


Download the flier HERE

To Register

Your Registration comprises two parts:

1. Please fill out your Registration form, here >


2. Please submit your payment.

Your payment details

  • Your non-refundable deposit of US$350 secures your Booking
  • Your Earlybird Registration Total US$1,550 - if full payment is before August 25
  • After which, Full Registration Total US$1,750 twin share - by September 25

Note: your Tuition fee comprises $300 (Earlybird) / $500 (Full) within your Total Registration.

Your Registration Includes:


  6 nights accommodation,
  5 days and one evening's Tuition,
  breakfast and lunch daily, and
  airport transfers to and from Denpasar

Your retreat commences at 6.00pm on Sunday evening November 2nd and concludes at 5pm on Friday, November 7th. Friday evening's accommodation is included in your retreat accommodation for your ease, down-winding and/or celebration.

Please note that Registration does not include your airfares, evening meals, cultural visits and personal expenses.

Please ensure you have read and are familiar with our Terms and Cancellation Policy.


Further Retreat Information

There are no prerequisite skills or fitness levels required to participate in this retreat.

Please plan to be in Bali by 1st November or October the 31st if your flight is very late. Give yourself time to settle with ease and comfort.  If it is your first time in Bali we suggest you give yourself some extra days to explore some of this beautiful place, before or after. We can suggest some places to stay in nearby Ubud or other towns once you have experienced the retreat. Airbnb is a also great place to start looking online.

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There is still a wonderful Bali away from the usual tourist haunts. Beaches, mountains, lakes, rivers and volcanoes all with their temples and ceremonies, weaving a special magic. Balinese dance, music and art are exquisite.

Of course there is the food - brought in fresh from the market each morning and cooked just before you eat it. Food is a subtle and delightful fusion of Indonesian and special Balinese spices. The chef at Purnati is superlative and the meals are buffet style and yes, they will accommodate all tastes and allergens. Nearby Ubud has gorgeous restaurants for almost any cuisine, or evening meals can be eaten at Bali Purnati.

Additionally, you can arrange transport at Purnati to go exploring to see performances or dance, to visit a spa, have fun shopping. It is very hard to leave Bali without acquiring some of it :)

Massages can be arranged at Purnati at very reasonable rates.
The weather in November - averages of course
Temp: 27C-23C. 81F-73F
Sunshine: 7 hours

Rainfall days: 13
Sea temp: 27C 81F


For questions about your retreat, including Bali information, ask Alice:

or, for questions pertaining to Embodied Dance, ask Narelle.

Your Facilitators

Alice Owen

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Alice is a Dance Therapist and Creative Dance teacher working with people of all ages, with and without disabilities. She uses Laban Movement Analysis to assist people to explore and improve their movement range and potential.  Alice has run Creative Dance workshops in an Aged Care Hostels Special schools and for children with cerebral palsy at the Cerebral Palsy League . She is currently running workshops for adults with disabilities and working with several children using dance therapy and speech therapy combined. She is former a member of Brisbane Playback Theatre and runs an improvisation group Wunderfools that use the framework devised by Al Wunder from Theatre of the Ordinary. Alice believes dance is the primary art form. She has danced all her life.


Narelle Carter-Quinlan

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Narelle is an anatomist, dance and sound practitioner, a yoga and scoliosis exponent, writer and photographer. Her pivot point lies in inviting the felt consciousness of the body as an ecology integral with the Land. Originally an elite level Ballroom Dancer, Narelle studied and performed traditional and contemporary Egyptian Dance Theatre some 20 years, creating highly innovative works as a choreographer, artistic director and performer. She has devised dance research projects including 'Bones of the Earth-Body of the Land', the 'Cathedral of the Body' embodied movement research project, and most recently 'House of the Broken Wing', an exploration of moving in a scoliotic terrain. She has taught in New York City, London, Europe and her native Australia. Dance has sung its way through her body for five decades.

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