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Earth Dance 2023

A 6-month Nature & Body-based Transformational Journey

Begins April 2023! Apply HERE.

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Program Overview

Earth Dance is a Nature and Body-based Transformational  Journey and Rites of Passage for female-identified folks who are ready to develop a deep and foundational relationship with the Earth, their body, self, community, and sense of purpose.

Our 6-month journey (April - November 2023) gathers twice per month with Night Hikes, Day-long Outdoor Adventures, Dances, Song Circles, Fire Circles, Earth Medicine Walks, Ritual, Council, a 5-day Summer Retreat and one 24hr Solo Nature Immersion.

Earth Dance is for you if you are ready for:



Connection with the Earth

Full Self-Expression and Embodiment

Alignment with Your Purpose and Gifts

A Celebration & Marking of Being YOU

Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual Resiliency

Connection with Ancestral Knowledge

Connection with Your Innate Wisdom

Self- Confidence & Empowerment

Mentorship & Guidance

Feminine Leadership

A Sense of Belonging


What you will experience at Earth Dance 2023:

•  Nightime Moon Hikes

• Dance Journeys

•  Nature-Connection

• Embodiment Practices

• Earth Medicine Walks

•  Solo Nature Time

•  Emotional Support

• Earth-based Ritual

•  Camping & Hiking

• Community & Sisterhood

• Sacred Fire Circles

• Plant ID & Herbal Medicine Making

• Mindfulness & Meditation

•  Self-Care & Nurturing Practices

• Nonviolent Communication

•  Council Practice

•  Storytelling & Deep Listening

•  Mentorship & Guidance

•  Ancestral Skills & Tools

•  Ancestral Honoring & Tending

•  Connection with the Four Directions as a Life Map

•  Confidence in Nature, Self & Community

•  Singing Circles & Jam Sessions

•  PLAY!



April 2023 – November 2023




Earth Dance Opening Retreat

@ Wilder Ranch State Park

Saturday 4/29, 10am - 6pm



Earth Dance & Council

Tuesday 5/9, 6-9pm


New Moon Hike & Ocean Dip

@ Moore Creek Preserve

Tuesday 5/23, 6-9pm


Small Group Nature Outing: TBD




Solstice Fire, Cacao & Song Circle

@ Beach in Live Oak

Thursday 6/22, 6-9pm

Small Group Nature Outing: TBD


Earth Medicine Walk

@ Pogonip

Tuesday 7/25, 5:30-9pm

1:1 Retreat Preparation

45-60min Zoom Sessions

Various dates/times


Small Group Nature Outing: TBD



Ancestral Tool Making

@ Private Residence

Tuesday 8/8, 6-9pm

"Journey into the Wild"

4-night, 5-day Earth Dance Retreat

@ Private land in Santa Cruz Mountains

Includes a 24hr Solo Nature Immersion

Thursday August 24th - Monday August 28th

(dates currently subject to change)

Small Group Nature Outing: TBD



Fall Equinox Integration

@ Private Residence

Tuesday 9/19, 6-9pm


Medicine Making Workshop


Sunday 10/8, 10-1pm

Give Back Day


Sunday 10/22, time TBD


Closing Retreat & Celebration

@ Wilder Ranch State Park

Sunday 11/5, 10am - 6pm


Small Group Nature Outing: TBD


Earth Dance 2023 begins with an Opening Retreat at Wilder Ranch State Park in the Santa Cruz Mountains. This will be a day-long immersive journey of soulful connection, play, embodiment, dance and community! From there, we meet 2-3x per month for fire circles, outdoor adventures, dance journeys, sharing circles, song circles, wildcrafting, and more! You will be paired into small groups and given nature "home-play" to complete between our time together (titled "Small Group Nature Outing"). One-on-one mentorship and guidance is also available during this time. The first 3-4 months of Earth Dance prepares you for our August retreat, "Journey into the Wild", a 5-night, 6-day campout filled with dance, nature-connection, ancestral skills, song, fire circles, ceremony, and a 24hr Solo Nature Immersion. This journey is an opportunity for folks to celebrate and mark themselves into who they truly are and are becoming. Post retreat, we celebrate, support, and integrate our journeys through council, dance, potlucks, medicine making and a Closing Retreat during which all are welcome to invite close family and friends!

Sample Retreat Itinerary

"Journey into the Wild"

5-day, 4-night Earth Dance Retreat

@ Private land in Santa Cruz Mountains

Thursday 8/24 – Monday 8/28

Arrival Thursday 8/24

12-2pm: Arrival at the Land
2pm: Opening Circle Ritual & Connection Activity 

4pm: Dance
6:30pm: DINNER

7:30pm: Fire Council & Music

Sample Full Day Schedule

7 or 8am: BREAKFAST
9am - 10:30: Movement Practice

11-1pm: Morning Group Activity
1pm: LUNCH
2:30pm - 6pm: Nature Connection Activity 
6:30pm: DINNER
8pm: Ritual Fire & Council & Magick

 Departure Tuesday 8/28

7 or 8am BREAKFAST
9am - 10:00: Movement Practice

10:30: Closing Ceremony

12pm: Lunch

2pm: Head Home


Your Guides


Ari Eve Williams & Deanna Renee Falge


Ecotherapist, Transformation Coach, Rites of Passage & Embodiment Guide

Deanna is a passionate guide, Earth steward and dancer. She believes that our bodies and the Earth are inseparable, and that by developing a loving relationship with both of them, we can live a meaningful, connected and healthy life. Through her transformational experiences in nature, she has developed a relationship with the Earth that has served as an essential anchor for navigating her life and soul's purpose. She wants everyone to have this same opportunity.


Deanna has formal education in Biological Psychology from UC Santa Barbara, and is a certified Professional Life Coach, Transformational Wilderness Guide, Ecotherapist, Wilderness First Responder, Embodiment Facilitator and DJ. She has years of training and experience in somatic therapy, outdoor education, rites of passage, vision fast ceremonies, wilderness survival, community building, mindfulness, dance, embodiment facilitation, and being a human. When she is not guiding, Deanna loves to play in the ocean, surf, dance, climb oak trees, play music, tend fires, talk to plants, and drink cacao!


Rites of Passage Guide, Backpacking Guide, Birth & Postpartum Doula & Chef

Ariana is a certified Birth Doula, Postpartum Chef, Wilderness Guide, Body Worker, & Rites of Passage Facilitator. She has dedicated her life to supporting women’s transformations and initiations into motherhood, adulthood & womanhood.


Ariana is a Nature lover. She is here to empower women to connect to their own inner knowing, innate wisdom, and body intelligence to lead a life of love for themselves, the Earth, and their communities. Ariana bridges a connection between Earth, Body, and Spirit and uses nature as her guide to support others. She founded Hummingbirth Doula and has a blooming practice in Santa Cruz.


Ariana also has a degree in Outdoor Education and Holistic Health from San Francisco State University. She is trained in nonviolent communication, is a Wilderness First Responder and Wilderness First Aid. For many years, Ariana has studied meditation, yoga, council facilitation, the art of play, dance, and feminine embodiment practices. 


Ariana loves to hike, dance, sit in circle, commune with the Earth, swim in the ocean, travel, share songs, and be among great women and men.

Guest Guides & Elders

We will be joined by guest guides and an elder who will offer additional support throughout our journey!

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Registration & Tuition


Early Bird:

$200 off if you sign-up before February 28th!

Tier 1:

"Need Support"


Payment Plans Available

Bonus: (1) 45-60min "Retreat Intention Session"

Tier 2:

"Financially Stable"


Payment Plans Available

Bonus: (1) 45-60min "Retreat Intention Session" +

(1) 1:1 Earth-based Guidance & Coaching Session

Tier 3:

"Financially Supported"


Bonus: (1) 45-60min "Retreat Intention Session" +

(2) 1:1 Earth-based Guidance & Coaching Sessions

Scholarships & alternate payment plans available (see below)


What's Included:

• 5-day, 4-night August Retreat on private land

in the Santa Cruz Mountains

• April Opening Retreat

• November Closing Retreat

• 24-48hr Solo Nature Immersion

•  Guided Night Hikes

• Day-time Outdoor Adventures

• One Ancestral Tool (you get to make this!)

• One Herbal Medicine (you also make this!)

• Solstice Celebration with Fire, Songs & Cacao

•  Multiple Dance Journeys

•  Multiple Council & Sharing Circles

• Monthly Earth Medicine Walks

• Monthly Nature & Embodiment "Home-Play"

• One Community "Give Back" Project

• One Family & Friends Celebration

•  Dance & Embodiment Facilitation

• All meals at retreats

• Cooking/Kitchen supplies at August Retreat

(except occasional lunches)

• Snacks during hikes & dances adventures

• One-on-One & Group Support

•  Two experienced guides supporting you every step of the journey

•  Guest mentors and elders for additional support

•  Life-long friendships

•  The journey of a lifetime

What's Not Included:

•  Travel to-and-from locations

(we will help coordinate carpools)

• $40 camping fee

• PCR or Antigen tests

• Lunch for opening & closing retreats

• Camping gear, such as tent, pad, bag, etc.

(however, we will supply cooking/kitchen

gear, and we can help you find any other gear that you need)


We are offering two partial (or one full) scholarships to BIPOC folks, folks from marginalized groups and/or folks who want to join but do not have the funds. Scholarships require an informal interview and letter explaining why you want to join Earth Dance 2023.

We are choosing to make Earth Dance as affordable as possible, and

we do not want to turn anyone away for lack of funds!

If money feels like a barrier, please contact us and we can help find a way to make this work for you!


Application & Registration:

To Apply, please read & fill-out our Application Form HERE

Once we receive your Application, we will set-up a time to speak on the phone about next steps!

Please contact us with any questions at:

We are so excited for this adventure with you!!!​

With love and gratitude,​

Deanna & Ari

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