Silks & Rope Retreats
with Guest Teachers Sarah Bebe Holmes and Rain Anya of Paper Doll Militia
February 1-8, 2020 – Beg/Int
March 21-28, 2020 – Int/Adv
Puerto Escondido, Mexico
Aerial Escapades is limited to 10 participants.
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.
Intermediate/Advanced – March 21-28, 2020
With instructor Sarah Bebe Holmes as your guide, 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
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.
Aerial Escapades 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 Teachers – Co 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
Sarah Bebe Holmes
Sarah is co-founder and co-artistic director of LA/Edinburgh based aerial theatre company, Paper Doll Militia. Paper Doll Militia has been creating progressive aerial theatre in the States since 2006 and set up headquarters in Edinburgh in 2013. She has performed, choreographed and taught around the US, UK, India, Lebanon, Egypt, Austria, Germany, Croatia, Netherlands, Spain and Greece. Some notable performance credits are: Threesixty Entertainment’s 1300-seat pavilion production of Peter Pan, Osborne&What’s production of Birdy 2015, and renowned Site Specific theatre company Grid Iron in the production Crude about the oil industry. Sarah is a choreographer and director for circus and aerial theatre productions including Sharashif (Beirut Lebanon), Two and a Half Sisters (Zagreb, Croatia), SnowQueen (Zagreb, Croatia) and RISE (Edinburgh Scotland). Sarah Co-produced and had a leading role in LoopsEnd, which toured the US and UK in 2016. She is currently working on EGG, an aerial theatre production on aerials plastic looking at our modern approach to fertility.
Classes/ Activities may include:
Aerial Rope skills
Vertical Theatre Method Momentum lab Silks
Rope Theory Flexibility
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|
|Single Occupancy w shared bathroom||$2000||$2300|
|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
How to Register for Aerial Escapades –
February 1-8, 2020 – Beg/Int
March 21-28, 2020 – Int/Adv
- Fill out this Registration Form.
- 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 February 1, 2019.
- Once we confirm your reservation, you can book your travel. Click here for tips for booking your flight.
Please fill out this itinerary form in order to secure your ground transportation.
- Get excited! This is going to be amazing!
We will do our best to accommodate all of your needs.