Next Steps: Experiencing Wellbeing and Creativity through Contemplative Dance Practices and Techniques
January 21–24, 2021
January 21, 2022
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January 24, 2022
with Vincent Martinez Grieco
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During these extraordinary times, it is incredibly important to renew your dedication to health and wellbeing. In this experiential workshop, you will expand your understanding of dance, meditation, and wellbeing, make inroads toward a healthier nervous system, cultivate accessible mindfulness practices, and receive the benefits of embodiment and dancing.

Each day we will use yogic principles in the morning sessions, and mindfulness practices to tap into the inner dances of mind-body and breath-body. You will experience guided movement techniques to deepen your understanding of the physical body in movement, anatomy, and structure.

In the afternoon sessions, you will move in Dance Passages where you will experiment, and play with the morning teachings with your own self-directed dancing. We end these sessions with prolonged periods of rest and reflection.  

Next Steps are new iterations of embodiment and mindful practices of recalibration, restoration, and depth.

We use mindfulness practices, yogic philosophies, movement and dance, and breath awareness techniques to cultivate wellbeing and creative expressions.

You will engage in:

  • Mindfulness practices — setting the stage for interplays of breath, body, and mind.
  • Movement and dance techniques — to stir your fires of creativity, relationships, and playfulness.
  • Breath awareness techniques — to calm the nervous systems for activities on and off the dance floor.
  • Yogic principles to help us establish a wider frame for the question, what am I doing here?

You will depart from our weekend experience together with a renewed appreciation of the body in motion and in stillness. You will learn of new connections between breath, mind, and body dances. You will take home techniques that you can practice to sustain this new learning.

Vincent Martinez-Grieco

Vincent Martinez-Grieco

Vincent Martinez Grieco (previously Vinn Arjuna Martí) melds philosophy, deep body awareness and unique dance to create a conscious awareness of body and soul. A master of movement ritual, he supports his students in listening to their bodies as a pathway to understanding their inner critics and inhibitions. Arjuna created Soul Motion Conscious Dance Practice.

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Workshop Schedule

Fri 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Sat 9:30 am – 12:45 pm
Sat 3:00 pm – 6:15 pm
Sun 9:30 am – 12:45 pm
Sun 3:00 pm – 6:15 pm
Mon 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

More activities can be found on our open class schedule.

See general schedule information including arrival, departure and meal times.

Accommodations & Tuition

Click Register Now to view availability of accommodations and all-inclusive, program-specific tuition. Please note that not all accommodation levels are available for every workshop and additional faculty fees may apply.

Accommodations & Tuition

For this workshop, you will register and pay for accommodations and tuition in two separate steps.

First, sign up and pay tuition directly to

Second, click Book Accommodations from this page and enter the password to complete your reservation to stay at Esalen.

Prices for accommodations include your lodging, meals, open classes, and use of the baths and other facilities. View partner program accommodations pricing.

COVID Update

In addition to proof of vaccination, all guests and faculty must provide proof of negative test results at time of check-in. Please read our current COVID safety guidelines for complete details prior to booking your stay.

COVID Update

Effective January 7, 2022 in response to the rapid spread of the new Omicron variant, all guests and faculty will provide proof of negative PCR, NAAT, or antigen test results at time of check-in. The test must be taken within 72 hours nd results must come from a laboratory or healthcare provider.Please read our updated COVID safety guidelines prior to booking your stay.

COVID Update

Effective December 15 in accordance with new guidance from Governor Gavin Newsom and the California Department of Health, all guests, students, staff, residents, and faculty are required to wear masks in all indoor public settings, irrespective of vaccine status, for the next four weeks (December 15, 2021 through January 15, 2022). Please read our updated COVID safety guidelines prior to booking your stay.

COVID Update

Effective November 19, 2021, in accordance with new guidance from the Monterey County Board of Supervisors, all guests, students, staff, residents, and faculty are no longer required to wear masks indoors on campus. Please read our updated COVID safety guidelines prior to booking your stay.

COVID Update

Starting November 5, 2021, due to substantial levels of COVID-19 transmission in Monterey County, a mask mandate established by the Monterey County Board of Supervisors will go into effect. Please read our COVID safety guidelines prior to booking your stay.

COVID Update

All guests will be required to provide proof of vaccination upon arrival starting September 3, 2021. Please read our COVID safety guidelines prior to booking your stay.

COVID Update

Masks are no longer mandated indoors or outdoors, except during massage sessions. Guests are not required to provide testing or vaccination verification before arriving on campus. Please read our COVID safety guidelines prior to booking your stay.

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