Yoga Nautilus: Mind-Body Journey

Yoga Nautilus: Mind-Body Journey

November 14th 2021 Retreat

9:45 am – 4:00 pm Bolinas, CA


Join us in this day-long somatic exploration to reconnect us with ourselves, nature, and our environment. We will Yoga, Spiral and sound bathe on a beautiful bluff-side private property in Bolinas overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The day begins with a morning Hatha yoga class that will energize, open and prepare the body for spinning, followed by an organic vegetarian lunch, yin yoga to release and create space in the body and mind, and then Alchemy Spinning ™, a whirling practice inspired by the Sufi Dervishes that induces expanded consciousness. We will close the day with a crystal bowl healing sound bath to help integrate the unfolding of practices into mind, body, and spirit while creating a sense of calm, strength, and peace.


Hatha Yoga: Carmen Casado

Yin Yoga and Sound bath: Rachel Goudey

Alchemy Spinning ™: Raquel Santiago

*The magnificent property is one hour or so from most Bay Area locations with easy on-site parking.

*There is an ocean-side hot tub and outdoor shower available to retreat participants.

*No yoga or spinning experience necessary.

*Investment: $108 Register here

*With questions contact us

*Note: Due to COVID 19 masks and distancing required for unvaccinated people and everyone will be asked to sign a disclaimer.

Memorias Eternas

Memorias Eternas

Memorias Eternas is a dance performance about plastic pollution by Raquel Santiago, presented during the Mahahual Libre de Plástico Festival in Mexico in June 2019. Memorias Eternas refers to all the plastic memories we leave behind. Every piece of single-use plastic we have touched contains all the memories of us playing, eating, drinking, having fun, loving… When we die our body decomposes, but our plasticized memories endure for hundreds of years.

Dancer: Raquel Santiago
Camera: Jan Vozenilek

Mahahual Libre de Plástico Festival was organized by Menos Plástico es Fantástico Mahahual and El Plástico Mata

Discover the Power of Whirling-an Intro to Alchemy Spinning Workshop with Raquel Santiago

Discover the Power of Whirling-an Intro to Alchemy Spinning Workshop with Raquel Santiago


This workshop is an invitation to explore and deepen our Alchemy Spinning practice –a powerful and yet accessible somatic modality at the intersection of mindfulness and movement, which promotes an intense creative and personal blossoming.

Whirling, rather than being a goal or a destination, becomes a spiral journey towards greater body wisdom, self-expression and self-knowledge.

In our practice we will use different forms of dance, movement, breath work, meditation, and contemplative art making.

For years Raquel Santiago  has been exploring the whirling dances of the world to understand and distill their benefits, and to connect these with other disciplines and somatic wisdom traditions. The result is a truly unique discipline that bridges the somatic and the transpersonal realms, and that opens up new frontiers of discovery to professional dancers, dance lovers and novices alike.

What you will learn

  • Develop a whirling super mindfulness practice
  • Expand your consciousness, and reach a higher potential.
  • Learn how to root yourself in the Earth
  • Learn how to make energy flow along your spine.
  • Balance your brain hemispheres.
  • Activate your vertical axis –which connects Heaven and Earth along our spine.
  • Activate your horizontal axis –which crosses our heart and projects our being into the world
  • Connect your inner spirals with the larger spiral movements of our planet, our solar system, our galaxy, and beyond.
  • Unleash our own power to heal yourself, your relationships, and the world.

The Alchemy Spinning™ practice is open to people of all ages, levels, and physical conditions.

We typically start off with nurturing, meditative, somatic practices that will prepare our bodies, minds and spirits for whirling. Once we are ready, we will create a safe, open space to share in the transformative experience of whirling.  At the end of each session we will open a space for group integration and sharing.


 February 22, 2020, 10am-1pm

As part of the Spacious Grace Arts Festival

Venue: Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, CA

Cost: Sliding scale $40-50/ Early Bird $35-50 until February 15, 2020.

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December 15, 2019, 11am-2:00pm
Venue: Tot Dansa, Passeis de l’Estatut, 8, Santa Maria de Palautordera, Barcelona, Spain.
36€ // 30€ Early Bird until December 8, 2019

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December 14, 2019, 10am-2:00pm.
Venue: Alnöuart, Carrer Berga 36, Barcelona, Spain.
Cost: 55€ // 48€ Early Bird until December  7, 2019

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November 03, 2019, 1:30-4:30 pm 
Venue: Studio Azul, 2525 Eighth St #16, Berkeley, CA
Cost: $45//$40 Early Bird until October 27.

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Discover The Power of Whirling Workshop at Montalvo Arts Center

Discover The Power of Whirling Workshop at Montalvo Arts Center

Discover the Power of Whiling- Alchemy Spinning, Introductory Workshop at Montalvo Arts Center.

This class is an entry point for anybody curious about the relationship between mind and movement. Inspired by Sufi Dervishes and other whirling dances of the world, Alchemy Spinning™ makes the physical, psychological, and spiritual benefits of whirling available to everybody. This accessible, pleasurable, and powerful super-mindfulness practice takes your body, mind, and spirit through a journey of self-discovery, expanded consciousness, and higher potential. Instructor Raquel Santiago will prepare and guide you in dance, movement, and contemplative whirling practices to induce a state of expanded consciousness.

Experience an expanded state of consciousness

Become more aware, present and embody

Discover your own true power to heal your life

Unleash your creativity and your artistic expression

Awaken joy, inner peace, and compassion towards self and others

Open to everybody. No previous dance experience is necessary.

Date: March 25, 2019, 6:00-9:30pm
Location: Montalvo Arts Center, 15400 Montalvo Rd, Saratoga, CA, 95071

Cost: $45

Alchemy Spinning-Vernal Equinox Ritual & Workshop in Berkeley

Alchemy Spinning-Vernal Equinox Ritual & Workshop in Berkeley

Discover the power of whirling

Join us for a special Alchemy Spinning ritual and workshop with Raquel Boluda to welcome and celebrate Spring, and to invite renewal into our lives.

Alchemy Spinning™ is a powerful and yet accesible whirling somatic practice. Alchemy Spinning™ makes the physical, psychological and spiritual benefits of whirling available to everybody.

Alchemy Spinning™ combines dance, movement, yoga, breath work, and chakra meditation to induce a expanded state of consciousness through whirling.

Alchemy Spinning™ is an excellent platform for personal growth, healing, innovation, group facilitation and artistic inspiration.

Date: March 22, 2015

Time: 10am-1pm

Venue: Studio 8, 2525 8th St.STE 16, Berkeley, CA.

Cost: Gift Economy (Offered as a gift to participants. Participants are free to offer gifts back if they choose to, but not obligated in any way).

Space is limited. RSVP as soon as possible.


Raquel Boluda
Founder of Alchemy Spinning

Raquel is an international dancer, dance activist, yogi, and transpersonal somatic therapist, originally from Barcelona, Spain, She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

She is trained in contemporary dance, butoh, Middle Eastern, African, yoga and meditation. In addition to Alchemy Spinning™, she founded Crisalis™, a somatic therapy to treat eating disorders, sexual abuse, and trauma. Dubbed “the new Isadora Duncan of the Environment,” Raquel has danced for UNESCO, Shambhala, TEDx, and other venues and organizations.

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