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THE ECSTATIC JOY OF NIA: Megan MacArthur & Kevin VerEecke

  • Madrona MindBody Institute 310 Fort Worden Way Port Townsend, WA 98368 USA (map)

A 2-Night Residential Workshop
June 27-29, 2014


Dance your big Joy out in the world—on the dance floor of the Earth we will take it to the trees, the community, the beach and together, drop in deeper into the place where the ecstatic Joy of living in a body is set free to play, express and seamlessly dance through life.

Spend a full weekend deep diving into this ecstatic experience of Joy and Nia, journey into the unknown through music, beat, breath, movement, mind, and the ultimate magical blend of our unique spirits. Based in the Joy of the Nia practice we will dance into uncharted spaces accessing, new levels of possibilities in body, mind, emotions and spirit.

Ecstatic Nia, Megan MacArthur
"The soul of movement is Joy and this is ecstatic. The physical celebration of the body is ecstatic when it is allowed to move freely and break habit. When we allow this seed of light to sprout in us, we feel held, connected, and supported and have a context in which to place the dance of our lives. Ecstatic Joy is not a technique or a choreographic method of finding bliss in the moment. It is an attitude toward the body, movement, and life. Ecstatic Joy is not just for when things in life are going well. It is an open accepting energy that accepts whatever comes its way." - Debbie Rosas

Join us for a weekend of Nia and the ecstatic experience of Joy!

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Accommodations, Transportation & Meals

Madrona MindBody Institute (Residential Option) is a moving arts sanctuary located in Port Townsend, Washington, an easy drive from Seattle. Our learning campus is unmatched with it’s exemplary movement space - the floor and space are entirely delicious. Group meals are provided (see schedule) with local cuisine provided by Bon Appétit Catering (food for a sustainable future). Housing offers stunning vistas of two mountain ranges and full horizons of pristine beaches. Nestled inside the "City of Dreams" 434 acre park.

Residential Retreat with Single Occupancy Rooms: workshop tuition plus your own single occupancy guestroom (twin bed) for 2 nights which includes delicious healthy gluten and dairy free meals, linens, bedding, Saturday Night's Salmon Potluck Dinner and other Madrona movement classes.

For more housing information, please visit Accommodations & Provisions.

For more information on Port Townsend and transportation, please visit Transportation & Directions.

Meals are a great time to socialize with the other movers in your workshop.  Our meals are gluten and dairy free, created by our on-campus caterer, Bon Appétit.  Bon Appetit proudly sources much of its food from local and organic farms.  Our meals are abundant with fresh vegetables and greens, meat is local grassfed beef or pasture raised chicken. You choose whether you want to restrict your diet to vegan, vegetarian, vegetarian plus fish, or omnivore. Every meal is catered so we need to know ahead of time what your preferences are.

Questions? Contact Allison Dey - - 360-643-0295

Investment in this Workshop

Tuition Only: $225

On-Campus Residential:  $485 (includes all meals and housing)

SATURDAY ONLY (9-6 pm) - SPECIAL: $125

Check in for Residential Dancers is at 4pm on Friday. Evening session starts at 7pm.

Workshop finishes at 5pm on Sunday.


  • Clothing and foot protection for out-of-doors experiences as well as indoor barefoot and sweaty hours of bliss.
  • A journal and something sacred to you (that fits in your suitcase).
"Once we say “yes” to Joy, embrace it, and become one with it, we have a powerful tool to make choices and decisions, no matter what comes our way."  -Debbie Rosas

    Megan MacArthur

    Megan has been dancing since she was three years old. Megan’s first Nia class was the one she took on the first Sunday of her Nia White Belt Intensive in 1993. It changed her life completely. Upside down and rearranged by the new ways of Nia, she navigated, tore apart, rebuilt, re-structured, and scrambled the habitual into a world of experimental and organic. Megan was introduced to living life as “real” joy, as sensations felt only now, and to body wisdom as it educates. Megan’s career as a performer began to reach new depths and heights. As a Nia instructor in New York and Hawaii, sharing the Joy of Movement continued to expand her life. Her self confidence grew, endurance increased, and the Joy of movement became her truth.


    Kevin VerEecke

    Kevin began teaching Nia in 2001 after 15 years of dance training and performing. He is now a Nia Black Belt, Trainer and choreographer for Nia HQ. Kevin has helped develop the 52 Moves Training with Debbie Rosas, and is currently developing an Athletic Nia program. “Masterful” “Outrageous” “Exciting and Fun” are how his students describe his classes.

    Earlier Event: June 21