12 Day Intensive Retreat


·  Grotowski 

·  Acrobat of the Heart 

·  Presence  

·  Breath Work

·  Rivers

·  Voice

·  Viewpoints 

·  Homeopathic Energetics  

·  Paratheatre

·  Application to monologues

·  Discussions on practice

ALIVE BODY: Performer Training Retreat

Join us for third annual ALIVE BODY Performer Training Retreat in the lush natural beauty of Bowen Island, BC 

Xenia Creative Development Centre

The ALIVE BODY Performer Training has been described as: Transcendent, Profound & Transformative. AB is a deep intensive psycho-physical approach to performance training that explores patterns and choices. How do you identify your habitual belief systems? How do you release repetitive physical patterning?  

This is an ensemble-oriented workshop where peers are vital to the learning process. Emphasis is placed on how the training meets the individual performer. 

Training happens from dawn to dusk and sometimes into the night. It happens during meals. It happens in the yurt, in a sauna, in the ocean, in character, in silence, and in slow motion.  


Practices Include

  • Grotowski: Cat, Plastiques, Corporels, Motions
  • Acrobat of the Heart: Stephen Wangh’s physical acting training 
  • Presence: Raïna von Waldenburg's  I AM ONE WHO, impulse channeling, judge work 
  • Breath Work: impulse release, breath body integration, joy as source
  • Rivers: Plastique, Corporel, Image Rivers with Linda Putnam
  • Voice: toning, vocal rivers, embodied voice improvisations
  • Viewpoints: Mary Overlie's space, time, shape, movement, story 
  • Homeopathic Energetics: discovering energetic "G Spots" and "remedies" as a pathway to flow; material as medicine
  • Paratheatrics: life as theatre, the deconditioning of social patterns 
  • Monologue: application of training to monologues



JULY 12 - 23, 2020


Xenia Creative Development Centre, Bowen Island, BC


The workshop at Xenia takes place on the un-ceded territory of the 

 Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw, Tsleil-Waututh, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh sníchim nations.

The Guest House Poem

This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all! Even if they are a crowd of sorrows, who violently sweep your house empty of its furniture, still, treat each guest honorably. He may be clearing you out for some new delight. The dark thought, the shame, the malice. Meet them at the door laughing and invite them in. Be grateful for whatever comes. Because each has been sent as a guide from beyond. — Jellaludin Rumi