Movement Liberation | Friday, June 19th – Sunday, June 21st

A Soul Motion® Summer Solstice Retreat for self-identified BIPOC (Black/Indigenous/People of Color)

A weekend of conscious dance, rest and connection in a pristine natural setting in Mendocino.


With: Valerie Chafograck, Sarah Crowell and guest yoga teacher


River’s Bend Retreat Center in Philo, CA
The Navarro River runs through the Anderson Valley and then curves at River’s Bend to create a still point for contemplation, ecological understanding and deep connection between land and people.


As People of Color, we rarely get a chance to breathe, move, play, rest, or dream together.  On this weekend retreat, supported by the wisdom and purity of the natural world, we will do just that.   

We will co-create a safe space where participants are invited to:

  • EXPLORE alone and together through free form movement, facilitated inquiries, eclectic music, stillness, and silence. 
  • PRACTICE cultivating presence and spontaneous expression in a judgment-free environment where “it’s not about how it looks, it’s about how it feels.”
  • LEARN somatic tools that expand our capacity to embody the wisdom of our ancestors and reframe our future.
  • EXPERIENCE feeling alive and at home in our bodies. 
  • GROW new seeds of resilience and weave a fabric of new possibilities.

ALL ARE WELCOME – beginners and dance devotees.  All ages and all genders are encouraged to attend. 


Your all-inclusive fee depends on when you register and the type of accommodation you choose (camping or lodge).  It covers tuition, accommodations, 3 delicious meals a day, and all the swimming, relaxation and sunbathing you can handle.   $500-$700 



There may be scholarships available pending status of our scholarship fund and financial support from white allies. If you would like to donate to our scholarship or be a potential recipient of a scholarship, please contact Beth at


  • All participants can arrive on the property starting at 3pm on Friday.  
  • All participants MUST be present at 6pm to access their rooms. Rooms will not be assigned. Finding your sleeping spot will be our first community practice.  
  • Our daily schedule offers enough spaciousness for you to take naps, swim and play in the river, journal and chillax and hang out. 


  • Arrival                       3-6 pm
  • Room check in         6-7 pm
  • Dinner                       7-8 pm
  • Movement session  8:30-10 pm


  • *Morning yoga          7-8 am 
  • Breakfast                   8-8:45 am
  • Movement session   9:45 am-12:45 pm
  • Lunch                         12:45-1:30 pm
  • Free Time                  1:30-5 pm
  • Movement session   5-7 pm
  • Dinner                        7-8 pm
  • Fun Time (TBA)         8:30-10 pm


  • *Morning yoga          7-8am 
  • Breakfast                   8-8:45 am
  • Pack/check out         8:45-10 am
  • Movement session   10 am-12:30 pm
  • Lunch                         12:30-1:15 pm
  • Free Time                  1:15-3 pm
  • Leave property         3 pm

*morning yoga is optional