Past Event Archive

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For MaureenKazuo & Yoshito OhnoBUTOPIA: Pacific NW Center for Embodied Arts in Nature; View Daily Dance Videos. 

For ChristaVoice Movement TherapyGiving Voice ProductionsSomato-Respiratory IntegrationMore about Christa.

For MelindaAnna Halprin

SEA LEVEL: WilderDance 3-5 Day Intensive Residential Retreat

on the LAND with Melinda Harrison of NatureMoves

featuring Life Art Process & RSVP Dance Making Cycles
Led by Melinda Harrison of NatureMoves in Boulder, CO
Assisted by your host Maureen “momo” Freehill, MFA
 More info: 
SEA LEVEL ~ 3-5 Day WilderDance Residential Retreat @ Butopia on Whidbey Island, WA
August 23-27, 2012
Butopia: Pacific Northwest Center for Embodied Arts in Nature presents master leader & founder of Boulder-based WilderDance & NatureMoves; Melinda Harrison ( her 20th year of leading WilderDance above 11K feet; this marks her first SEA LEVEL WilderDance Retreat based on Embodied Art principles and practices of her life long mentor/collaborator Anna Halprin including RSVP Cycles of Dance Making in Nature, Daily Movement Rituals and the Life Art Process of Improvisational Performance Scores. We inhabit seaside & forest environments to co-create site specific dance/art works inspired by the ecology of a secluded natural forest sanctuary and beaches on beautiful Whidbey Island, WA. Treat yourself to this sacred time for personal growth, creativity and healing with local Organic meals by chef Carolyn, accommodations, instruction & performance all included. This retreat is for every BODY~no experience necessary~our focus this time is on FAMILY groups with various intergenerational dancers coming as couples, father/mother/daughter/sister/etc.
Limited to 12 participants~ Filling Quickly…contact us TODAY If you are interested in attending or have any questions.
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 or more information, to apply & register TODAY
CONTACT Maureen Freehill at or 206 855 5836 to discuss our wide variety of donation & work exchange options.
EarlyBird special till July 25.


KATACHI: Sacred Geometry of the BODY 

A Butopia Mini-Retreat with Maureen Freehill, Ann Amberg
& others in the field…

SUNDAY June 10th ~~12pm-4:30pm 

This retreat is designed for people of ALL levels of non-experience, anyBODY.  Come on in~ the space is wonderful!   Love, Momo

SPECiAL NOTiCE: EarlyBird Special if registered by Friday June 1st @ 5pm …REGISTRATION/RSVP 24hr Deadline Sat June 9th @ noon
Location: Butopia Land in Freeland, WA

Description:  Sometimes referred to as “SHAPE,” there is no direct English translation for “KATACHI” which encompasses the aesthetic & philosophic essence of Design in Japanese. Join us in the SANCTUARY Of Moving Arts for a rare embodied journey into the very foundation of our evolution~as we explore the essence of shapes, colors and patterns that underly all of creation. We will be guided by profound lineages of cosmological physics (eg. Nassim Haramin, Brian Swimme), sacred art & philosopy (eg. Egyptian, Japanese Butoh, Nakota Sioux) as we engage in intermodal art cycles of drawing, collage, writing, music and movement. The serene vitality of our secluded forest sanctuary will support your adventure through inner realms of soulful sensation & imagination toward a conscious emergence in embodied harmony with our biosphere.

About Our Teachers: Maureen “Momo” Freehill, MFA is the co-founder and intuitive designer of Butopia and its off-grid, 11-sided sacred geometric SOMA~Sanctuary of Moving Arts where we will be meeting. She teaches in the dance lineage of butoh founders Kazuo & Yoshito Ohno. Her facilitation of embodied & intermodal art cycles incorporates principles essential to a day to day sustainable life of dancing freely & harmoiously with the true NATURE of human & non-human alike.
Ann Amberg, M.C.S. (Masters in Contemporary Spirituality) is a South Whidbey Island based artist, visionary and educator; a “cross pollinator” locally and globally who develops and manages integrative programs about sustainability, art, science, soul exploration and inner well being. Much of her current work is inspired by her work with evolutionary cosmologist and philosopher Dr. Brian Swimme; especially Ten Archetypal Shapes she developed based on the Powers of the Universe.  

Suggested Donation to Support the work at Butopia: $ 30 Early Registration by JUNE 1st OR… $45 After that.

Details: Please dress in layers for cool & warm, eat beforehand, bring closed top waterbottle….we will remain deep in the “zone” for most of these precious 3 hours. Stay for a short integrative social tea time following the retreat. Let us know if you would like to stay for potluck dinner as well. 

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REGISTER by contacting Momo or w/ PayPal~~just scroll to bottom & push DONATE button~fill in amount



 ~~DiVE: An Adventure in Your Own WATERS….~~~

SUNDAY APRIL 15 11am-4pm
REGISTRATION/RSVP 24hr Deadline Satruday April 14 5pm
Early Registration discount by Sunday April 8

Location: SOMA on Butopia Land in Freeland, WA

Description: Join us in the SANCTUARY Of Moving Arts for a rare guided somatic meditation within the foundation of our flesh~the fluid body & breath. Influenced for over 30 years by the deeply embodied work of Emile Conrad and Continuum {see: };……..Martha Trolin will tenderly facilitate our somatic journey.

This movement dive at Butopia will utilize breath, sound and subtle movements to inspire personal exploration. These three primary body perturbations, coupled with keen curiosity, can act as a pebble tossed into a pond, where information takes the form of deepening and expanding ripples in the water.

Of most interest to Martha these days is are re-awakening peripheral vision, enlivening the back body and swimming into our limbless viscera fish-body. Always of deepest importance to Martha is awakening through the senses to our birthright of resonant belonging. Martha, who hails from the dry lands of New Mexico and the watery world of Port Townsend is one of the best guides I have ever experienced through the realms of your unseen inner biosphere.

About Our Teacher: Martha Trolin began her life-long interest in movement when at 10 months she somehow managed to break her leg and learn to walk in a waist-high cast. At 12, and 5’8″, her mother sent her to “dancing classes” so she might, at least, be graceful as she towered over her class mates and 6th grade male teacher. In 1975 she happened on Emily Conrad’s Continuum Movement Meditation Studio and her body- as-temple, journey home, began. Emily Conrad, Susan Harper, Hubert Godard, water, catastrophe (both small & large), boredom (both large & small) surrender and clouds have been her greatest teachers. Martha’s adventures in movement are still in full swing to this day, a number of decades hence.


~~~~~The 5 Elements in the Body Sanctuary ~~~Butoh Mini-Retreat in Nature  

SAT MARCH 31, 2012 ;  2-5pm   Join us for our once-a-moon Butoh Dance mini-retreat to explore the basic foundation of all creation: The Elements of Earth, Air, Water, Fire and Space. Each element has a unique cosmology of influence and can be profoundly useful and creatively inspiring for our dances and day to day lives. Our bodies, minds, emotions and spirits can encounter balance or dis-harmony based on conditions of the elements in our consciousness. Each element corresponds to organs, emotional states, patterns of energy, rhythms of movement and states of awareness. Participants will leave with a deepened understanding of the Elements and how to effectively and freely dance with them for personal & communal transformation. We will use intermodal art cycles of movement, poetry & visual art as well as investigate commonalities and distinctions among a variety of ancient & contemporary systems that use the elements as guides & metaphors such as: Native American, Chinese Acupuncture, Celtic, Tibetan Buddhist, Ecstatic Dance Rhythms, Yogic and others.  Optional potluck and informal performance/sharing to follow the retreat 5-6:30pm.  Suggested Donation: 25 in advance 35 at door. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

ELEMENTAL YOGA OF PHYLLIS MOSES  Sun Feb 19; 4-5:30pm  Yogini Phyllis Moses will offer a master class on the yogic practices of transformation and deep healing. Working with the subtle energies of body, mind, and spirit she will guide us into activating the dormant forces within the spine, using the alchemy of the yogic practices of asana, pranayama, bandhas, and meditation to integrate, embody and stabilize our practice. For this class we’ll focus on the element of Space, feeling Spaciousness within….appropriate for ALL body conditions and levels of experience. 

RSVP to attend 206 855-5836 or

Feb. 19  Sun. at 4:00 – 5:30pm  $15 suggested donation  Phyllis has taught Viniyoga for 18 years. She has studied esoteric yogic practices with some of the most profound Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Masters.

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Contact Improvisation As Healing Art: Workshop & Performance with Stu Philips

CI Performance/Beginning Demo & Lesson Friday March 2; 6:30-8:30pm  Workshop Saturday March 3 11-4pm

Workshop consists of methods of being, particularly with self, and extending those out when “interacting” with others, by deconstructing, undermining and bypassing easily our usual or known mental and physical patterns, and allowing our true/real raw emotional energy to transform our dance movement, as well as ourselves, through behaviorally articulating who we are in aligning with how we are, perfectly.

Stu will lead an introduction with performance and participatory elements for anyBODY on Friday evening. Saturday’s workshop will go into depth researching and practicing the healing potentials of the art of Contact Improvisation: dancing in physical (and other means of) contact with others.

Stu Phillips is a Professional Contact Improvisational Dance Performer and Teacher of more than 24 years, teaching and performing throughout the U.S., Canada and New Zealand, also teaching and performing Improvisational Dance and Theater for 30 years throughout US.  The focus is full expression, tuning to emotional and energetic reality constantly in personal flows, portraying that onto students with gentle psychic sensitivity. He is based in Eugene, Oregon. Suggested Donation: 10-15 (at door) dollars for Friday~ 50-60 (at door) dollars for Saturday/Work Exchange also available. 

Hope to see you at Butopia soon….till then~~Dance Freely!! 


Butoh Mini-Retreat in Nature: Dream Dances ~
Location: SOMA @ Butopia in Freeland, WA
Date: SAT January 28, 2012  2-5pm PST
Description: MomoButoh presents “Once-a-Moon Butoh Mini-Retreat in Nature” facilitated by Maureen Momo Freehill, MFA at the newly opened SOMA (Sanctuary of Moving Arts) in Freeland, WA. This month’s theme is Dream Dances. We will delve into the Embodied realm of DREAMS of the night and day and our heart’s deepest callings. We use a range of Embodied Arts tools including Scoreography with cycles of Movement, Drawing and Word/Poetry. We will stimulate meaningful sensation and activate imagination to craft dances based on our personal and collective DREAMS. This retreat will assist our MomoButoh Dance Company project for Jan/Feb to enter one another’s dreamscapes, dance and exchange with one another there. 2-5 pm will be the work, 5-6:30pm will an optional potluck meal to converse socially and make merry.

Contact Momo for info and pre-registration. 25 suggested in advance 35 at door….or just scroll down to REGISTER with PayPal in form below photo.

  • On 11/11/11 Butopia OPENED with a ceremony in the 11-sided sacred geometric SOMA~ Sanctuary of Moving Arts.
  • On 12/17/11 Butopia hosted its first Guest Artists in Residence: The YES Tribe from Colorado; offering an enchanting evening of Human Mandala YOGA (2-5pm); a potluck discussion of all things cosmic & embodied (5-7pm) and an Ignite EnLIght Activation Wave/Rave (7-11pm).  All very affordable at $10-25 suggested donation to support YES Tribe on tour. See beautiful images from this event here.
  • On 12/21/11 Butopia hosts and OPEN HOUSE at SOMA from noon-10pm. Performance, Dance, Ritual, Play, Live Music, Food, Connection….Freely! Contact Maureen Freehill for more information.
  • On 12/31/11 Butopia hosted Celebrate a Cycle Around the Sun!!  MomoButoh Dance Mini-Retreat in Nature from 2-5pm with optional community & birthday potluck & performance 5-6:30 pm and dancing in the New Year with our favorite Local Heroes Band. Suggested donation $25-35. Contact Maureen Freehill  for more information….or just REGISTER with PayPal deposit in form below photo.

    ~ BUTOPIA ~Center for Embodied Arts & St. Peter’s Lutheran Church Presented: “Living Without Money”~~~~~~~~~~~~~  Film  •  Give-Away  •  Conversation  (about the emerging local economy!)   Sunday, February 12th  ~  2 – 4 p.m.   St. Peter’s Lutheran Church 6309 Wilson Place, Clinton

    ~ First 100 Guests Admitted Free!~ Attendees encouraged to commit to 1-2 hrs volunteer time, to aid local service organizations in need!~ Bring Goods & Services to GIVE AWAY!

    The Screening of Living Without Money will be followed by a rousing discussion about the emerging gift economy and barter/exchange of goods & services as well as info about local opportunities to make a difference with 1-2 hrs of your volunteer time.

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    For more information, contact St. Peters at:  360) 341-4715 Or Maureen “momo” Freehill at:  (206) 855-5836

    And, FOR SEATTLE DWELLERS: ON SAT FEB 11 Butopia will be hosting the film “Living Without Money” ( along with a really sweet band DREAMHOUSEPLAYS from southern california ( on Capitol Hill at the Beery’s place (1419 19th near E. Union). 

    That is 6-10pm on Feb 11. Free Party!  Begin with potluck @6, movie @7, discussion/freecycle @8, band @ 9. 

    Freecycle barter exchange of goods/services encouraged. 
    “LIVING WITHOUT MONEY” Summary (52 minutes, directed by Line Halvorsen)

    Is it possible to feel rich without possessions? Can you live happily without money? In the documentary Living Without Money, we meet the German woman Heidemarie Schwermer (68) who made a deliberate choice to live without money 14 years ago. One day she cancelled her flat, donated all of her belongings and started a new life based on exchanging favors – without the use of money. The experiences she made totally changed her outlook on life. Today she is living an interesting and adventurous life, which is very much related to living in the moment without worrying about the future. She is constantly on the move and always trying to help others find their path towards a more simple and harmonic life. The reactions against her are many and various. While some get angry and call her a parasite, others think she is a visionary and a great source of inspiration. The film reflects around themes of materialism and over-consumption – how money influences our way of thinking, living and acting – and the consequences this has on our life, health, and the environment.~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ 

Feeling Good: A day of Centering BodyMind with Douglas MacKenzie

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This Event has been POSTPONED till a Later DATE….please inquire if interested in attending.  Join our exploration with an expert guide for Developmental Movement and Experiential Anatomy of Body-Mind Centering® in a supportive environment that encourages self discovery. Through comfortably guided somatic meditations, you will dive into the imagination that arises from sensation, unravel your outdated habits, and discover ease in motion. By exploring the patterns of our earliest movement–from conception through the first year of...

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Brave New Contact ~ The Improvisation of Intimacy with Stu Phillips + Dr. Jessica Tartaro PhD

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A MOST PRECIOUS VALENTINE GIFT FOR THE BELOVED!!  “BRAVE NEW CONTACT” ~~ a WEEKEND IMMERSION of THERAPEUTIC DANCE + INTIMACY                                  with Stu Phillips and Dr. Jessica Tartaro ~ FRI March 27 7-9:30pm ~ featuring live performance by instructors ~ SAT March 28 10am – 5pm ~ SUN March 29 10am – 5pm Optional Sat Eve Potluck + Community Play CONTACT IMPROVISATION is a generous, playful, partnered dance practice. If we ask of it, it will reveal everything we need to know about our...

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Radical Wholeness Weekend with Philip Shepherd author of New Self, New World ~ Oct 17-19, 2014

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Join master teacher of the journey of getting IN TOUCH with the WORLD through the BELLY BRAIN…Read all about it here in The Sun Magazine: Dates – October 17  ~~ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm AND October 18, 2014 – October 19, 2014 10:00 am – 5:00 pm “What can we gain by sailing to the moon if we are not able to cross the abyss that separates us from ourselves?”  Thomas Merton We are taught from childhood that mind and body are separate. This lesson is not merely inaccurate – it...

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The Embodied Voice and Shamanic Singing Retreat with Christa Ray

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SEPTEMBER 26-29, 2014….DISCOVER…how to sing songs and use vocal sounding as vehicles for bringing forth and integrating hidden parts of yourself and your soul.  …A singing method based on sensing your body, sourcing somatic and archetypal images, and cultivating trust in the raw impulses that allow you to move authentic and powerful energy through your voice.  …Exercises to vastly expand the range, volume, power and qualities of your voice. TRANSFORM …fear of freely expressing yourself through compassionate...

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Qoya: Movement to Remember Your Essence ~ June 22 with Virginia Rosenberg

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Body of Breath ~ Nature of Sound: Journey into Landscape Within + Without ~ Jamie McHugh on JULY 12, 2014

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Body of Breath, Nature of Sound: Journeys into the Landscape Within and Without With Jamie McHugh, RSMT, MA July 12, 2014  10:30 am – 9:30 pm $150 – includes catered dinner – before June 15; $180 after   Save $30….EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT EXTENDED till June 15th!!  “Our breath is our way of exchanging ourselves with the world. We breathe the world in and we breathe ourselves out into the world; it is a constant relationship which goes on mostly unconsciously. The use of the voice is one way in which this becomes...

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Essential Embodied Arts Training 2015 ~ EEAT on the Land

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Join us for our annual  ESSENTIAL EMBODIED ARTS TRAINING (EEAT)  … In the heART of the Colorado Rocky Mountains! Our Summer 2015 EEAT on the Land is now open!! Are you called to immerse in the wild beauty of the Rocky Mountains? Does dancing, singing, drawing and being intimately supported to share stories and create new myths to live by quicken your heart? EEAT is the foundation training for the full series of wilderness art programs offered by NatureMoves Professional Intermodal Expressive Arts training with Movement,...

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Mandala Dance of the 21 Taras ~ Retreat with Phyllis Moses ~ May 16-18

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 The Mandala Dance of the 21 Praises of Tara ~ A Weekend Retreat & Dance Offering with Phyllis Moses Fri. May 16 6:30 – 9 pm  Open to all. Sat. May 17  10am- 6pm Sun. May 18 at 11 – 6 pm  Public Offering at 5 pm Locations: FRI + SUN Public Dance Offering at Island Dance Theater 714 Camano Ave. Langley, WA SAT + SUN Retreat held at beautiful, forested sanctuary on S. Whidbey in Freeland Program Description: The Mandala Dance of the 21 Praises of Tara is a movement meditation. It is a non-sectarian practice based on a traditional...

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EASTER Renewal Retreat with Philip Shepherd author of New Self ~ New World: Coming to our Senses in the 21st Century

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Join us April 18-20 for an EASTER weekend of deep renewal with Philip Shepherd; celebrated author of New Self~New World: Coming to our Senses in the 21st Century. WATCH VIDEO HERE NOW: “What makes Philip Shepherd’s work unique is that it demonstrates clearly and specifically how the orientation of our thinking about the body has determined and potentially aborted our evolution…The great hope that he offers–and that has clearly inspired him through...

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Winter + Spring WonderLand at Butopia

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 In the PresentMovement of NOW the New Year of the Horse trots into an open-field of energetic, prosperous + graceful possibility. Are you ready to ride freely into the creation of your dreams come true?  Are you ready to let the horse of your body + soul divinely transport your BEING?  Are you ready to allow the blossoms of your brilliant true nature be revealed by your RADIANT + fully embodied presence?  What does 2014 hold for you? We offer the following gifts + invitation: JOIN US as we dance freely ~ awakening the PresentMovement...

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