BRAINS. BICEPS. BLISS.
THAILAND AERIAL RETREAT
WHEN, WHERE AND WHAT?
Date: February 2-12, 2019
Location: Railay/Tonsai Beach, Krabi Peninsula, Thailand!
Brains. Biceps. Bliss. What other three b words could describe an aerialist at their best?
This retreat is focused on Aerial Silks, Aerial Hoop (Lyra), and Flexibility Training for Aerialists.
Inspired by the strengths and talents of three teachers, we designed Brains. Biceps. Bliss. to address the mind, body, and soul of the aerial artist. Dr. Jen Crane of Cirque Physio will provide educational courses to teach you best practices to prevent injury and maximize your knowledge of anatomy and biomechanics. Shannon McKenna of The Artist Athlete will give you conditioning drills and work on technique specific to your physical goals in the air. Rachel Strickland will provide artistic exercises and exploration to encourage you to create and move in ways that are all your own.
After 10 days in beautiful Thailand, you will emerge smarter about your training, relaxed and confident in your abilities, and with muscles strong enough you will only want to wear sleeveless articles of clothing!
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
PRICE: $3000 deposit of $1000 (non-refundable)for double occupancy.
For a solo room add $250 (total $3250)
YOUR FULL BALANCE MUST BE RECEIVED
NO LATER THAN JANUARY 1ST, 2019
Airfare to Thailand is not included.
Flights to Phuket, Bangkok and Krabi airport range in cost and duration. We suggest flying into Phuket and taking a scenic, relaxing boat ride to Krabi. See the FAQ
WHO ARE MY AMAZING TRAINERS?
See the bios of the trainers behind BRAINS. BICEPS. BLISS. Shannon McKenna, Dr. Jen Crane, and Rachel Strickland!
See the TRAINER PAGE
WHO IS THIS RETREAT FOR?
The Brains. Biceps. Bliss. Retreat is for any aerialist seeking to strengthen not just their physical, but creative and mental muscles! The primary apparatuses taught are aerial hoop (lyra), aerial silks, and there will be a secondary emphasis on flexibility training. It is recommended that you have at least a year of consistent aerial training in either aerial hoop or silks. If you have questions about whether or not this retreat is right for you please email email@example.com.
As experienced instructors/coaches, Shannon, Jen, and Rachel are comfortable and confident teaching to your specific needs. However, be mindful that this is NOT your average aerial retreat! Our goal is to give you 4-6 hours of training and information on most days. We have incorporated a rest day, free time and timed training to maximize the physical learning capacity of most students. So, while there are no prerequisites, it is recommended that you have enough aerial experience to know your strengths and weakness.
COOL! HOW DO I SIGN UP?
This retreat will have a simple, brief application process. Please fill out this google doc and we will review within a week and get back to you! Don’t worry, you can place your deposit after we reply.
After we respond, you may pay via:
Send your FULL BALANCE or $1000 deposit to
(paypal as a friend, check, or venmo available) to secure your spot!
Pay by checks: Mail a check of $1000 for deposit or the remainder of your balance to:
Dances In Air
3505 Old Ivy Ln NE
Atlanta, GA 30342
Paypal: Same deposit and balances, please try to avoid fees (paypal as a friend) to
Venmo: Same deposit and balances to @dancesinair
FULL BALANCE MUST BE RECEIVED NO LATER THAN JANUARY 1ST 2019
TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS ONCE IN A LIFETIME EXPERIENCE.
WHAT DOES THE PRICE INCLUDE?
Most everything but airfare!
Comfortable transport to and from Phuket or Krabi Airport
Gorgeous, Comfortable Jungle Accommodations (2 people per room) with options for single room at $250 surcharge
Aerial classes in dedicated aerial indoor/outdoor studio (Beginner to Expert)
Professional Photography of your experience
Transport to all group activities (Authentic long boats, speed boats and ferries)
Unforgettable Excursions - We will have many adventures, and there will be an excursion rest day that will include boating to 4 islands and snorkeling with a lunch provided!
Relaxing Beach time in paradise.
Breakfasts with vegan and vegetarian options.
Two celebration dinners and an excursion day meal.
Cost does NOT include..
Travelers Insurance. However, we do recommend you get it. Check out the FAQ page for more info.
MOST Lunches and Dinners. There are many amazing restaurants in the area at very affordable prices. (local price is $5-10/meal) WE WILL INCLUDE TWO CELEBRATION DINNERS AND EXCURSION DAY LUNCH.
Amenities such as Thai massage and other self-care activities. However, they are delightfully priced and encouraged!
Excursions and Travel costs not supervised through Dances in Air (personal adventures)
All recommend Vaccinations, Medicines and Personal health items you are responsible for.
Alcohol and souvenirs
(local price for: Â Water $1 Beer is $1-3 Â Â Alcoholic drink $3-7 Bottle $5-15 Â Â Coconut $5)
SO, WHY ARE WE GOING TO THAILAND?
Railay/Tonsai Beach is located in the southern part of Thailand where the Krabi peninsula's fairytale limestone formations come to a dramatic and scenic climax, the ultimate gym for rock-climbing fanatics. Monkeys frolic alongside climbers on the gorgeous crags, while down below some of the prettiest beaches in THE WORLD are backed by lush, tropical jungle.
Thailand is a beautiful country with a fascinating history and culture. Thailand’s national slogan “The Land of Smiles” is true. The Thai people are warm, helpful, friendly to foreigners and couldn’t be more accommodating. With only a few Thai words and phrases and a few rules of the road to follow, adventuring in Thailand will be an experience you’ll never forget.
Our adventures will be happening during Thailand’s dry season. The South Thailand/Krabi area can still be hot and humid. In Thailand, DRY really means less rain than usual. If you enjoy a mildly hot, humid day in the southeast, you’ll be very comfortable.
Eating in Thailand is a dream come true. World renowned, Thai food is unbelievably delicious and varied. From a whole fried fish with Thai chili sauce, to the countries famous sweet and spicy Pad Thai, the meals you’ll experience are an appetising treat. Always fresh, with a big lean toward vegetables, fruits, rice and seafood, Thai cuisine is a gourmet's delight as for both the vegan, vegetarian and omnivores alike.
WHAT IS THE TRIP LIKE? SCHEDULE?
6:30- 7:30 (optional) self care time before breakfast. You will want pack for the days activities each morning/ night in a light daypack!
7:30-8:30 Breakfast every day at the hotel buffet, with many options available.
8:30-9 am, Walk to the aerial studio. The walk is about 25 minutes and will be a great, easy cardio warm-up across a sandy beach, some natural rock and stairs, and paved walking path. You choose to run on this path or meander and grab a coffee or smoothie or fresh Thai coconut. There will be monkeys!
9am - 12pm Aerial studio warm-up and physical preparation exercises followed by technique/skill based training.
The aerial studio is in an open air studio that we will be privately using for classes all week.
12pm- 3pm Lunch and rest time. You are free to get a Thai massage, visit some deliciously tranquil beaches, shop, or explore the peninsula, including the viewpoint hike (takes 2 hours) until the next aerial session.
From the aerial studio, we have many options for authentic Thai cuisine that overlook mangroves and the bay. Apart from Thai food (much of that being Vegetarian/ pescatarian) they also generally have Italian and American or even Mexican style food. These are all clustered one minute walk from the studio along the strip that includes small beach town necessities and Thai massage spots! Guests will pay for their own lunches and dinners unless we eat at the same restaurant together.
3pm - 6pm Second training of the day- More of an emphasis on exploration/creative work, ending with a group flexibility training session. A great time to prepare for photo shoot poses, flesh out personalized sequences, and play!
6pm - After all this heavy training, beautiful sunsets await us over the water. Personally it is my goal to be in the ocean as many sunsets I can have in my life, so I try for this every day. It is always magical, and some days it is beyond belief. The ocean is long and flat with no drop off, like a lagoon, it has no waves, and is very tranquil. It’s perfect for coral and snorkeling, resting in, walking on sand bars… Awesome, salty, clear, and at least 80 degrees for sore muscles.
Just after sunset, we will head home and clean up for dinner. We will have chosen a beach location for the sunset and dinner of our choice per day. Dinners can be a great time to hang out with friends, most days we socialize at the dinner table for a couple hours.
Afterwards, guests can use free time to enjoy an early bedtime, get a Thai massage, enjoy nighttime on the beach, or late night fun in clubs/ bars. The entire peninsula is walkable and caters to tourism, and has no roads for cars.
We will host two celebration dinners- upon arrival and the last day after we have a showcase party!
There will be a total rest day where we take an excursion to neighboring islands and go snorkeling. Lunch will be included in that trip. You will love this rest day!
SOUNDS AWESOME, HOW DO WE GET THERE?
See the travel information on our FAQ! You will fly into an airport and get scooped up by our retreat guides! Door to door, you have nothing to worry about. However, traveling to Thailand requires a passport and some medical preparation. The FAQ will outline all of this and we are happy to help you navigate the cheapest, most practical solutions.
WHAT ARE THESE COMFORTABLE JUNGLE ACCOMMODATIONS?
Superior accommodations with authentic Thai design and simple, up-scale presentation. Rooms will have fans (AC not usually needed in Feb, but available), room niceties and special retreat gifts.
Two beds are in all shared rooms, and private rooms are available upon request for a surcharge. Rooms include seating areas, private bathrooms, and more.
OK, HOW DO I PACK FOR THIS ADVENTURE?!
Pack your bags for a great time doing all the things you love! Pack light and bright, for a sunny time, for aerial training, and to look fabulous while you lounge by the pool, on the beach and make new friends everywhere.
Here’s our list of ‘must pack’ for this adventure:
Your Passport (30 day Visa given on entry)
Personal Medicines/Prescriptions (Including antibiotics, anti diarrhea and/or digestive aids)
Small pouch or purse for cash and cards
Headlamp (You’ll want your hands free)
Swimsuit (2 will do)
Small Sunscreen and Bug Spray (Also available for purchase everywhere in Thailand)
Adventure Shoes (Sneakers or Trekking Sandals) and Flip-Flops for beach
Lite Summer Dress or Casual Evening clothes (1 will do)
Camera (But we got ya)
Small writing pad for class/workshop notes
An open mind and smiling face
You will need some medical items, please look at the FAQ for info!