Silks & Rope Retreats
with Guest Teacher Rain Anya of Paper Doll Militia
February 1-8, 2020 – Beg/Int
March 21-28, 2020 – Int/Adv
Puerto Escondido, Mexico
a WEEK in beautiful Mexico – Silks & Rope Aerial Escapades Retreat with new friends, the beach, delicious, fresh, local food, and loads of fun!
Join Paper Doll Militia for an all inclusive aerial getaway, set on the beautiful beaches of Puerto Escondido, Mexico. Come to learn exciting new silks and rope material while soaking up the sun, meeting new aerial friends and eating delicious and healthy meals.
Beginning/Intermediate – February 1-8, 2020
With instructor Rain Anya as your guide, this retreat will feed you fun new skills and refine fundamental technique for silks and rope. Additional classes are offered in flexibility, conditioning, handstands and Paper Doll Militia’s quintessential approach to creative aerials, Vertical Theatre Method. The rest of our time can be spent eating amazing, healthy food, swimming in the warm ocean, reading in hammocks, and breathing the tropical air. There will be time to explore local markets and beaches as well as the local night life.
Prerequisites: The only prerequisite for the Beg/Int retreat is that you have already taken enough aerial silks classes to know that you enjoy it and want to learn more. If you have never tried aerial silks, please take a few classes at your local studio before signing up for this retreat.
If you are a total beginner, sign up for our Circus For Everyone Retreat! Fun!
Intermediate/Advanced – March 21-28, 2020
This retreat will feed you fun new skills and sequences while challenging your brain with fabric and rope theory. Additional classes are offered in flexibility, conditioning, handstands and Paper Doll Militia’s quintessential approach to creative aerials, Vertical Theatre Method. The rest of our time can be spent eating amazing, healthy food, swimming in the warm ocean, reading in hammocks, and breathing the tropical air. There will be time to explore local markets and beaches as well as the local night life. At the end of the week, we will have a performance / party for everyone to celebrate.
Please note: This retreat is designed for aerialists who are already at an intermediate or advanced level. There will be NO beginning skills taught on this retreat. If you are not at the level to learn at an intermediate/advanced pace, you should sign up for the beginning/intermediate retreat Feb 1-8.
Prerequisites for Int/Adv Aerial Escapades Retreat: – A solid understanding of intermediate / advanced skills including same and opposite side wraps, hip key, s-wrap, and various foot locks combos, and basic drops. – Endurance to stay in the air for up to 5 min at a time – Multiple and consistent air inverts (without cheating) and windmill hip keys.
If you’re not sure which retreat is better suited to your level, please contact us and send us a sample training video at Retreats@PaperDollMilitia.com.
Sample of daily schedule
(choose as many or few classes/activities as you like)
8-9:30am Coffee, Tea and Breakfast
9:30-12:30pm Aerial Skills and Technique
1-3:30pm Pool-time, lounging, tanning, relaxing
4:30-6pm Vertical Theater Method
6:30-7pm Beach Play and Sunset
8-10pm Evening Activities
We will take you to our favorite beaches for swimming, surfing, snorkeling, and releasing baby turtles into the sea. Also we have evening adventures to a phosphorescence lagoon and local night market. There are bars and discos for you night owls.
About our Teacher – One of the Artistic Directors of Paper Doll Militia
Aerialist, actor, and dancer Rain Anya holds a degree in “Performance for Social Change.” She has trained extensively in aerial and physical theatre, including immersive programs such as Circomedia (Bristol, UK), NECCA (Brattleboro, VT), and Circle in the Square (NYC, NY). Rain’s aerial career began with the political circus company Wise Fool New Mexico. Out of inspired collaborations there, the seeds for the Paper Doll Militia were sown. With over 20 years of experience on stage, Rain’s life’s work is the integration of circus arts with other performance and movement disciplines. Notable credits include: BALD; Beyond the Veil; Fog Fest (San Francisco); London-based Peter Pan, (US tour), This Twisted Tale (U.S. Tour and Edinburgh Fringe Festival), Circus Luminous (Santa Fe), Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival, Moisture Festival (Seattle), Exposed (Atlanta), LoopsEnd (New Orleans) & Manipulate Festival (Edinburgh, UK). Rain has acted as an aerial consultant and choreographer on a number of projects including training Katrina Kaif for her role in the Bollywood box office hit Dhoom3. Rain is also a passionate aerial arts and yoga instructor. She has taught classes, specialty workshops, and private lessons at over 25 different facilities across the US and the UK. www.RainAnya.com
Classes/ Activities may include:
Aerial Rope skills
Vertical Theatre Method Momentum lab Silks
Rope Theory Flexibility
February 1-8, 2020 – Beg/Int
March 21-28, 2020 – Int/Adv
Rates for Aerial Escapades
Click here for descriptions of each room.
Rates are listed in USD.
$500 Deposit is required to secure your spot.
|Room||Early Bird Price until October 1, 2019||Full Price|
|Double Occupancy – budget cabana||$1700||$2000|
|Dorm (2-5 people)||$1800||$2100|
|Single Occupancy w shared bathroom (Franco 3)||$1900||$2200|
|Single Occupancy w private bathroom||$2100||$2400|
Rates refer to cost of one person’s tuition. Couples must sign up together.
Prices for Aerial Hoop Retreat include:
- Ground transportation to/from the Puerto Escondido Airport (PXM) to our accommodations**
- Accommodations for 7 nights
- Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner in our Monkey House Kitchen
- Dinner out at our favorite local restaurant
- 2 daily classes
- Beach and Aerial Photo Shoots
- Informal show at the end of the week
- Use of Swimming Pool, wi-fi, Hammocks, and Fitness/Yoga/Aerial Studio, boogie boards, snorkels and flippers.
- Day trip to a local beach, turtle release, dinner out, and night market.
- Impromptu dance parties, pool parties, sunset cocktails (21+), and hanging out with new friends.
- Homemade chocolates, popsicles, and other treats
Links for more information:
- Accommodations – room descriptions
- Meals and Food
- How to get here. Info and advice on booking your travel