Act Creation & Refinement Retreat

with Guest Teacher Liza Rose

Puerto Escondido, Mexico
April 7-14, 2018

Act Creation & Refinement Retreat is limited to 10 participants.

Early Bird Price Extended through January 1st
Register below.

a WEEK in beautiful Mexico in this Act Creation & Refinement Retreat with new friends, the beach, delicious, fresh, local food, and loads of fun!

Spend a week in paradise working with veteran choreographer and coach Liza Rose to create or refine your aerial act.

Calling ALL Aerialists who are ready to make an act!

Bring your stories, your questions, your ideas, your transitions, and your skills to Mexico, and spend a week in paradise creating or refining your act with Liza.Liza’s aerial act creation workshop, Elements of Choreograpy, has been requested all over the US since 2010, and now, for the first time, you can engage in this unique process in an idyllic immersive environment at the Monkey House in Puerto Escondido. We will use a formulaic approach applicable to any apparatus to focus in turns on character and story, skills and transitions, movement theory and technique, and critical response (feedback) to make your act memorable and uniquely yours. Intermediate/ advanced students welcome; any apparatus. Additional related classes offered: Yoga and Dance Technique (for warm up each morning); Aerial Improv Techniques and Games (for generating aerial movement); Crafting Dynamic and Storied Transitions; Drop Shop: One Up (Add-ons and stacking to up the wow factor on your drops). Duo acts welcome; each participant must pay full fee.

Pre-requisites:  This retreat is for intermediate/advanced students, pre-professionals or professionals. You must be able to stay in the air for 3.5-5 minutes at a time, have the stamina for a 2 hour class, and have a basic fluency on your chosen aerial apparatus. You must be able to hold a hollow body for at least 1 minute, and feel comfortable with inversions and pulling up. Desire to perform a must. Basic act concept highly recommended.

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Mornings are slow and unstructured, with individual beach and reflective time. We will begin our working days with a yoga and dance class to get moving, then, after a short break, a class focusing on one specific technique (Improv, Transitions, Drops, etc). Afternoons are for our dedicated act creation practice, with a different focus each day. The last two days we will be performing our acts for one another in the afternoons and engaging in critical response with our peers. Evenings are our own to absorb and process the work done each day. This is truly an immersive week-long workshop. An aerial maker retreat. We are here to create, and also to bear witness to each other’s process.

Sample of daily schedule  

(choose as many or few classes/activities as you like)
8-9:30am  Coffee, Tea and Breakfast
10-12pm  Aerial Workshop
12:30pm   Lunch
1-3:30pm  Pool-time, lounging, tanning, relaxing
3:30-5:30pm  Aerial Workshop 2
5:30-6:30pm  Flexibility / Conditioning / Handstands
6:30-7pm  Beach Play and Sunset
7pm Dinner
8-10pm  Evening Activities

Delicious and Healthy Meals

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner is included on most days of the retreat.  The food will be grounding,  nourishing and amazing!  Our meal master, “Skillet,” presents simple, healthy and delicious meals made with fresh, local ingredients.  Most meals include eggs, chicken and/or fish, and vegetarian/vegan options are always available.   We can accommodate most special dietary needs.

After dinner we will offer evening activities from partner massage and sharing to an adventure to the Phosphorescence Lagoon.  There are also plenty of local night markets and discos for you night owls.

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Act Creation & Refinement Retreat will be held at the Monkey House community complex a short walk from the beach.  In addition to clean and safe accommodations, there is a swimming pool, an ocean view palapa practice space, the Monkey House Gym for aerial & acrobatics training, lots of grass and hammocks for relaxing between classes, and our Monkey House Kitchen and hang out space.  It is awesome!  Click here for details about the rooms.

Just outside our living/training complex there are cafes, shops, and local markets to explore.  The neighborhood, called La Punta, is small, quiet, and full of friendly people.  Surf lessons are available in La Punta.  Just a mile down the beach is Playa Zicatela where you can find bars, restaurants, discos, nightlife, and plenty of surf shops to buy Mexican trinkets, beach garb, and anything else you might need.  Puerto Escondido is a safe and welcoming town.  For information about weather in Puerto Escondido, click here.

For information about booking your travel to Puerto Escondido, click here.

About our Teacher

She’s been called “The Grande Dame of New Orleans circus”; but Liza’s career began far outside the Crescent City. Highlights include: Featured soloist in Mezzo Lunatico for Teatro ZinZanni Seattle, performing with the Aerialistas, collaborating with cellist Zoe Keating, choreographing for America’s premiere contemporary circus company, the Acrobatic Conundrum, and being featured alongside Jessica Lange on American Horror Story: Freakshow. In 2016 she was a finalist US Aerial Championships. Liza is also the founder of Fly Circus Space, New Orleans’ only professional circus training facility, and produces the Fly Movement Salon every first Tuesday at Café Istanbul. She works to grow the national community through her involvement with the American Youth Circus Organization, the American Circus Educators Organization, and national American circus advocacy group Circus Now. Keep up with her at or visit

This Retreat will cover:
Elements of Choreography Workshop in parts:
The Element of Character,
The Element of Story,
The Elements of Choreography,
The Element of Critical Response.
Other classes may include:
Alignment Based Yoga and Dance Technique,
Aerial Improv Techniques,
Crafting Dynamic and Storied Transitions,
Drop Shop

Space is limited.   Sign up below!

Early Bird Rates for Act Creation & Refinement Retreat
Click here for descriptions of each room.

Rates are listed in USD.
$500 deposit is required to secure your spot.  The following early bird rates will increase by $300 after December January 1, 2018.

Eclipse 1 & 2
–  Single Occupancy (shared bathroom)  $2000

Franco 1
–  Double Occupancy  $1800

Franco 2     
–  Single Occupancy (private bathroom)  $2100
–  Couples  $3800/couple sharing the bed

Franco 3  –– Sold out
–  Single Occupancy (shared bathroom)  $2000
–  Couples  $3700/couple sharing the bed

Franco 4  — Sold out
–For 1 person (considered double occupancy-more details here) $1700

Rates refer to cost of one person’s tuition.
Couples must sign up together.

Prices for Act Creation & Refinement Retreat include:

  • Accommodations for the duration of the retreat
  • Daily meals – breakfast, lunch, dinner & treats!
  • Travel between Puerto Escondido Airport and our accommodations*
  • 2 Daily classes
  • Evening Activities
  • 24 hour use of Swimming Pool, wi-fi, and Community Space
  • End of the week Party and Performance

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How to Register for Act Creation & Refinement Retreat

  1. Fill out this Registration Form.
  2. Pay your tuition.  Once you fill out the registration form, you will receive an email with payment information.  You must pay a $500 deposit to secure your spot.  Full payment is due by March 1, 2018.
  3. Once we confirm your reservation, you can book your travel. Click here for tips for booking your flight.   
    Please send us your itinerary in order to secure your ground transportation.
  4. Get excited!  This is going to be amazing!

We will do our best to accommodate all of your needs.

For questions about accommodations, meals, and work-trade jobs, email us at
For questions about classes and curriculum, email Liza at

*Food service begins with a snack and dinner on Saturday, April 7, and ends with breakfast on Saturday April 14.  There are 2 days during the retreat where guests are on their own for lunch.  All other meals and smoothies are provided.  The food is amazing!
** Your taxi to/from the PXM airport is included if you arrive/depart on designated days.  Arrive on April 7, 2018 and depart on April 14, 2018.    Click here for info about getting to Puerto Escondido.
Alumni Discounts do not apply to Guest Teacher Retreats.

Cancellation Policy:
No Refunds.  No exceptions.
Cancel more than 60 days before 1st day of retreat:  60% of your payment can transfer toward a future Sweet Retreat.
Cancel  30-60 days before the 1st day of retreat:  40% of your payment can transfer toward a future Sweet Retreat.
Cancel up to 30 days before the 1st day of the retreat:  20% of your payment can transfer toward a future Sweet Retreat.
Deposits are non-refundable and non-transferrable.