DanceMode Women’s Retreat

Rockaway Beach, Oregon, May 3rd-5th, 2019

Join us for Fellowship, Somatic Practices, Camp Fire, Chocolate, and long walks on the beach.

DanceMode Education features a variety of movement practices including:

Dance, Franklin Method, Qi Gong, Sacred Sexuality, and Voice.

2019 instructors: Jessamyn Grace, Katja Biesanz, and Brenda Russel

Jessamyn Grace

Jessamyn began taking Egyptian Cabaret and Turkish style Belly Dance from Saqra and Aziza in 1994. After moving from a small town in Central Turkey to her hometown of Portland, Jessamyn relocated to Astoria in 2005 and founded the Astoria Arts and Movement Center in 2010. For Jessamyn, Belly Dance is a way of cultivating essence, honouring your passion and practicing self-reverence. Middle Eastern and Northern African music moves her tremendously, and she loves that Belly Dance is improvisational- allowing her to experience everything the music has to offer.

Jessamyn has also been an Equine Massage Therapist since 2005, reads Tarot, and has a psychedelic folk radio show on KMUN Coast Community radio.

All genders, ages and levels are welcome in class. Coin belts, zills, music and veils provided- just come in comfortable clothing and with an open heart!
Contact: 503-791-5657


Katja Biesanz

Women, the Body and Spirituality together have been a major focus of Katja Biesanz’ work for over four decades, emerging with her dance poem Parables performed by 30 women at the Woman’s Building in 1976. All her adult life she has taught people to feel their energy bodies and to integrate them with their physical bodies and their lives. Her current work as a psychotherapist encompasses Jungian dream work, Qigong, Mudras, Hakomi and other modalities variously scientific, traditional, and original.

Katja has studied what has become MogaDao Qigong since 2005. She served as the first apprentice teacher, a MogaDao Council member, and Coordination of the MogaDao Certification Program. She founded Red Tent Women’s Qigong in 2009. She was the first generation to be certified in Sacred Daoist Sexuality, and to be a Qigong Guide.

Her home is in Nehalem, her offices in Wheeler, and she teaches at Opening to Life in Portland on the forth Tuesday of each month.

Brenda Russel

As a wellness coach, movement educator, and dance instructor Brenda believes in advocating for movement based lifestyle and sensual living.  Brenda is currently documenting the body of work she has developed over the past two decades participating in cultural dances from African, Afro-Latin, African-American, and contemporary American cultures.

Brenda’s early dance training included about 30 dance styles. She also studies historic music, dance, and social culture.

Brenda is also Qi Gong Instructor, Franklin Method Educator, and Hiking Guide.  Brenda has been interested in and studying health, wellness, and mind-body from her earliest memories in the home, dedicating herself to improve nutrition, as well as maintain a functional and pain free body.

Brenda continues to study and train with educators, historians, and practitioners, always striving to increase her understanding and ability.  She currently studies under Eric Franklin, Katy Bowman, Zhenzan Dao, and Nii Ardey Allotey

When she’s not away at a training, or teaching overseas she you can find her in the studio training/teaching/video taping, in the woods running/hiking, and in the bars, ballrooms, and clubs of Portland dancing nightly to live music.

Brenda believes we are all born with dance in our bodies, and that each of us can use this activity as a means for personal expression, connecting with others, and exercise. Brenda loves the image of being able to dance anytime, anywhere, to any music, alone, or with anyone. She spends her time living this dream for herself while assisting her students in accomplishing their personal goals.

Schedule Subject to minor changes:

Friday May 3rd, Arrive anytime and enjoy the beach
Check-in 4pm
Dinner 6pm
Evening Programming 7-10pm

Saturday May 4th
Food, Beach, Group Sessions, Campfire

Sunday May 5th
Noon Check-out of Lodge
12-2pm Lunch Outing in Tillamook
2-6pm Group Hike
6pm Head back to Portland

Register by paying your Lodging Deposit, or any portion of registration.

Weekend cost $345 includes programming, lodging, and all meals.
We offer partial scholarships for those who want to attend and are in need of assistance.
Please consider donating something to the scholarship fund, even $5 helps.

Friday 5/3, 4:00pm  –  Sunday 5/5, 6:00pm