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WEEK 1 : October 16-22
Mastering the Basics
Poi, Staff & Hula Hoop

WEEK 2: October 23-29
Intermediate & Advanced
Poi, Staff & Hula Hoop

Learn, Play, Discover & Relax!

The Fire Dance & Flow Retreat on the beautiful Hawaiian island of Oahu combines poi, staff & hula hoop classes with pristine nature and adventure expeditions. 

The event takes place at a private retreat center located in a secluded valley amidst majestic mountains & forests with a 15 minute walk to the beach!

Hauula Beach

Instructional Classes are balanced with playing, relaxing and discovering Oahu’s rich natural and cultural heritage.  Participants can choose their level of challenge but overall this retreat is very conducive to taking it easy and enjoying the ride. 

In addition to daily classes & nightly fire jams, we’ll explore many amazing places around Oahu (private transportation organised): Pristine beaches, waterfalls, volcanoes. 

Join us for adventure & fun in Oahu, Hawaii!

Get a discount! Get an Early Bird Ticket!

About the Instructors

Michelle Hoops
Instruction in Hula Hoop:

Fire Dance & Flow Retreat – Poi, Staff & Hula Hoop: 16-29 October 2022 (OAHU HAWAII)

Mishie Hoops has over 10 years of hula hooping experience and is Head Play Professional at The Hula Hoop Institute, a leader of hoop dance across South East Asia and International Hoopie award winner, 2016 Hooper of the Year – Asia. She has represented PUMA Women, US-based Super Hooper and Australia-based Bayside Hooping.

Mishie has been teaching and performing internationally since 2014. She regularly offers her Hoop Dream Retreats in Bali, Malaysia and Sri Lanka

Mishie discovered fire hooping in 2013.  She creates a safe, encouraging and supportive environment for new fire dancers to come into the ring of fire.

Srikanta Barefoot
Instruction in Poi, Staff & Dance-based Fire Dance:

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Srikanta was the first Contemporary Fire Dancer featured by the Cirque du Soleil (2007-2010), performing over 700 shows using fire poi, fire staff, double fire staff & double fire swords. He has 20 years of experience fire dancing including his position of Fire Dancing Coach and Lead Fire Dancer for Cirque Du Soleil. 

As the founder of Dance-based fire dance, Srikanta is passionate about combining fire dance techniques with stage presence, story, full body movement & dance!  He has taught poi & staff workshops at locations worldwide since 2003 and has created an Instructional Video Series called Dancing with the Fire Staff.  

Jen Barefoot
Instruction in Poi, Staff & Dance-based Fire Dance:

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Jen has a background in ballet & contemporary dance.  She has been an integral part of Srikanta’s teaching since 2011.  She continues to refine both their dance-based style of fire dance and the way it’s taught. 

The two combine fire dance technique with martial arts, acrobatics & dance in their shows as well as in their instructional classes.

About the Retreat Format

Students are encouraged to join us for the full two weeks in order to benefit from a full immersion in dance-based fire dance concepts & techniques.

WEEK 1 : October 16-22
Mastering the Basics
Poi, Staff & Hula Hoop

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(Re)learning the basics of poi, staff & hula hoop, from the dance-based fire dance perspective offers unique insight & opportunity for connecting object manipulation technique to the body.

We start from (re)discovering our props & (re)establishing a relationship with them which is line with our individual style & aspirations.

In addition to basic & intermediate techniques with poi, staff & hula hoop, we focus on dance-based fire dance techniques like turning, jumping & dancing.

PREREQUISITES: Week 1 is open to all levels, from complete beginners to advanced.

WEEK 2: October 23-29
Intermediate & Advanced
Poi, Staff & Hula Hoop

Building upon the foundation of techniques & concepts covered during week 1, we will begin to explore the concepts & techniques which will be the most useful in creating dynamic & effective performances.  These include:

stage presence & theatrical concepts
musicality & choreographical concepts
Intermediate & advanced dance & object manipulation techniques (poi, staff, hula hoop)
techniques for engaging audiences (with the use of story, emotion, symbol)
insider advice from pros with 20+ years of experience producing shows

PREREQUISITES:  Week 2 is open to those who have EITHER completed Week 1 OR who can demonstrate their proficiency in certain required techniques.

Adventure & Discovery Schedule

On Monday afternoons,  join the group for a walk to the beach for downtime & a sunset fire jam.  You can already test out some of the new concepts you’ve learned, or just hang/ do your own thing. It’s an opportunity to both connect with your comrades and to begin enjoying the amazing surroundings.

On Tuesday evenings, we’ll have a bonfire & fire jam at the retreat center!

On Wednesdays, we’ll set out for a jungle/ waterfall hike followed by a sunset cruise (week 1) a group snorkeling trip (week 2)

On Thursdays, we will enjoy sunset & a fire jam at one of the islands most beautiful beaches, Waimea Beach.

On Fridays, we will stay at the retreat center & have an “in house show & tell”.  This is the opportunity to present your work in a very safe & supportive atmosphere.  Performing is totally optional but it’s a great opportunity to receive constructive feedback from the instructors & to appreciate the different styles evolving in the group.

Preparing for the event

Once you’ve registered we’ll send you an info pack with lots of useful info to help you to prepare for the event. For example:

You will need to bring your own poi, staff & hula hoop or alternatively, you can benefit from a participant discount and free delivery when ordering from the  Fusion Arts Shop.

Take advantage of free shuttles between the retreat venue & the airport.

Tips on what to bring to make the most of your experience

Program Start & End Times

The October 2022 Oahu Fire Dance Retreat runs from Sunday October 16th to Saturday October 29th.

Orientation begins at 4pm on Sundays  (arrive as early as 3pm).

Retreat activities finish with the “in house” show & tell on Friday evening followed by checkout at noon on Saturday.

The retreat is preceded by the lunar vibes festival (details below- don’t miss out!)

In addition to daily instructional classes & nightly fire jams, we make the most of being in one of the world most amazing spots!

Get a discount! Get an Early Bird Ticket!

Booking Private Instruction

Srikanta & Jen are available for individual and small group instruction. If you are interested in learning any props not taught during the retreat (ie. double staffs, swords, double swords, etc), workshopping your choreography or show, or delving deeper into any aspect of the week’s poi & staff instruction, please contact us in advance to book your private session.
It’s best to plan these sessions for the days either preceding or following the retreat as the weekdays are packed with group activities.

Private Instruction Rates:
Individual Instruction: 60eu/hr
2 Individuals: 80eu/hr (40eu per person)
3 Individuals: 100eu/ hr (33eu per person) *1 hour minimum booking

Meals

Lunch & Dinner is provided for all retreat participants from dinner on Sunday October 16 through dinner on Friday October 28, 2022 with the exception of all meals between dinner on Friday October 21 to dinner on Sunday October 23, 2022.

A shared kitchen is available throughout the week & weekend.  For meals during the weekend which are not provided, there are few food trucks within walking distance which are really good!

Please inform us of any allergies or food restrictions. Meals are both organic & vegetarian.

About the Retreat Venue

The Hawaii Spiritual Center is nestled deep in the valley of Hauula in the fabled North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii. It is surrounded by majestic mountains and forests. There is a stream that goes through the land and into the nearby pristine beaches about 15 to 20 minutes away on a leisurely walk.

The retreat center fosters Hawaiian culture via gatherings and workshops. Cultivating native and local crops, the HSC has acres of agricultural land.

There is a peaceful and tranquil atmosphere in this secluded retreat space revered by the ancient Hawaii people. There are sacred sites which are kapu, and should only be entered with explicit permission.

There are numerous hikes with beautiful breathtaking views that stems from the center itself.

Hawaii Fire Dance Retreat

Lunar Vibes

As a Retreat Participant, you are welcome to attend the Lunar Vibes Community Retreat from October 14-16 2022!

Lunar Vibes is an Audio Visual Movement Meditation Community Weekend Retreat.  In addition to workshops, live music, dj sets & fire/ glow jams, there will be performances by Srikanta & Michelle.All students are welcome to stay on & attend Lunar Vibes FOR FREE!

Get a discount! Get an Early Bird Ticket!

More about our teaching events

“The Fusion Arts Fire Dance Retreat in Oahu has been life changing for me. Never have I had such a magical experience, and Oahu is a one of a kind place to host such a fantastic event! What a gift to share with such incredible and motivating people.”
Chris (Oahu – 02.2022)

“It was great fun.  Best holiday ever!”
Matt (Stromboli – 2015)

“Thank you for a great event and all your energy you spent in my improving.  I enjoyed every single minute and wish I could stay much longer.”
Suzanna (Stromboli – 2015)

“I went last year and this was such an amazing time! Be prepared to work hard and learn tons! Srikanta is a fantastic teacher!”
Jennifer  (Costa Rica – 2012)

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