Journey to the Core, Alchemy Spinning Intensive Workshop on Whidbey Island

Journey to the Core, Alchemy Spinning Intensive Workshop on Whidbey Island

Journey to the Core, Alchemy Spinning Intensive Workshop on September 2016 at Butopia, beautiful Sanctuary for Embodied Arts on South Whidbey Island, WA.

Alchemy Spinning™ is a powerful and yet accessible whirling practice at the intersection of mindfulness and movement, that induces a state of expanded consciousness

This Journey to the Core Alchemy Spinning™ workshop will take us on a spiral journey towards the core of our being, where we can discover and unleash our own power to heal ourselves, our relationships, and the world.

In our core we will connect with Fundamental Goodness, self-confidence, empathy and compassion, and we will explore how to take and project these core treasures back in an outward spiral towards an illuminated society for the benefit of all beings.

We will take a deep dive into the Alchemy Spinning™ practice, using a combination of dance (from different dance modalities,) movement, breathwork, and contemplative art making techniques,  as well as teachings and inner technologies adapted from the Sufi dervishes and Shambhala Buddhism.

We will learn how to connect with our vertical axis, which connects Heaven and Earth through our bodies along our spine;  and with our horizontal axis –which crosses our heart and projects along our arms in order to allow our core being to manifest in this world.

Together we will practice how to root ourselves in the Earth, how to make energy flow along our spine, and how to balance our brain hemispheres.

Using rhythm and repetition, contraction and expansion, we will delve into the fundamentals of spiral movement, while connecting these inner spirals within with the larger spiral movements of our planet, our solar system, our galaxy, and beyond.

At different times we will create open spaces for group whirling, as well as open spaces for integration and sharing.

This workshop is open to everyone. No previous dance or whirling experience is required.

Date:  Sept 9 – Sept 11, 2016, Friday evening 7pm-9:30pm, Saturday 10am-6:00pm, Sunday 10am-5:00pm

Venue: Butopia, Whidbey Island, WA.

Cost: Full Tuition $260. Early bird $225 until August 9.

Contact: Maureen 206 855 5836


Raquel Boluda is the founder of Alchemy Spinning™. She is an internacional dancer, dance activist, yogi, and transpersonal somatic therapist, originally from Barcelona, Spain,
 now she is living in The San Francisco Bay Area, CA.  Raquel is trained in a wide variety of dance styles such as Contemporary,  Butoh, Body Weather, Middle Eastern, and African –among many other types of dance and body work. She is also a yoga instructor, and a meditation teacher, and she have received training in chakra work, Shambhala Buddhism and Transpersonal Psychology.

In addition to Alchemy Spinning™, she founded Crisalis™, an art-based somatic therapy to treat eating disorders, sexual abuse, and trauma. 

Raquel has been dubbed by the press as “the New Isadora Duncan of the Environment”, because her projects often have a message of consciousness and transformation. She has worked with UNESCO and other nonprofit organizations, and performed at environmental conferences and transformational gatherings, such as San Francisco Green Festival and the Boom Festival in Portugal, for Midway Film, at TEDxCibeles Events, among others events.