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I am claiming and remembering my power. I am remembering to listen for my inner guidance. I am remembering the language of my heart. I have ALL the power within me NOW. I remember I am the ONE I had been waiting for. I carry this message with me every day! — Meghan Dwyer, Raw Food Chef ~ Sedona
I was guided towards profound insights that have shifted both my understanding of myself and my way of being on this planet. — Justin Caruso, Yoga Teacher ~ NYC
I have a totally new understanding of who I am. I HAVE THE POWER TO CHANGE MY LIFE, and the knowledge that I am supported by love to make these changes! I am ready to move forward from a trust in my own light and power. — Roko Ona, M.D. ~ Tokyo
It was like the dam broke, and everything came out to be healed. I felt totally revealed and safe in the nurturing space you created. We went so deep, and yet it was so easy. Thank you. — Shela Tarwater, Paralegal ~ Florida
August 1-22, 2016 – Sierra Hot Springs

Join us for our 22 day immersive Facilitator Training and Soul Initiation Retreat

Dancing Freedom is a conscious movement practice, founded over 12 years ago by Samantha Sweetwater, that supports healthy intimacy, full body expression, loving boundaries, emotional coherency and spiritual awakening for individuals and whole communities.

This is no ordinary training.   Our training blends deep somatic, ecstatic and shamanic movement work with collaborative leadership training, soul empowerment, sacred ceremony and community peer mentoring.

If you already know that this is THE training for you, apply HERE.

Our training intensives are a deep dive into your personal transformation and evolution as a leader. They take you beyond your edges and bring you home.  You will dance every day, do yoga every morning, learn new skills for powerful embodied awareness, cultivate amazing new friends, and flow forward in your own evolution – all at the same time. If you are ready to step deeper into your leadership and join a dynamic, collaborative, spiritual community- while also giving your body the gift of an immersive, purposeful and fulfilling 22 day dance experience- this training could be for you!

Who should attend?

Moving together, we are a global movement. Our global team of over 180 facilitators is a diverse community of people who serve life through the sacred practice of dance. We are age 12 to 67. We come in all shapes and sizes. Participants from all levels of experience have taken part in our trainings– from new dancers to experienced dance teachers, body workers, therapists, changemakers, yogis, DJ’s, coaches, teachers, permaculturalists, integral leaders, mental health workers, love warriors, and holistic healers. Everyone who has completed our training has had significant transformation and learning through our trainings. We highly recommend a consistent movement practice prior to arriving, but it is not required. Dancing Freedom supports those who feel the call to take their lives to the next level through embodying all that they are.

The Dancing Freedom Community is a fractal of a global wave of awakening. We dance for unity, peace, personal transformation, earth healing, social healing and oneness. We bring this through the medicine of the Dance. We are specifically calling those who carry DANCE MEDICINE to join us to uplevel personal and collective capacity to shift consciousness, transform fear into trust and bring joy and celebration as a means of healing our world.



What People Are Saying

‘For the first time in my life I feel that I have the possibility and the inner and outer tools, to start sharing what I truly treasure and believe in with my community: a dimension of embodied awakening where authenticity, growth, connection, love, compassion, full expression of body*mind*soul, joy and celebration, prayer, nourishment, co-creation, creativity, aliveness and freedom can happen. I feel more adult and more ready to take action and responsibility, I feel a readiness (which includes embracing my fears and my vulnerability) to step into the bigger me. I feel that trust keeps growing within me and in the ways I interact with the worlds, visible and invisible. It’s nourished as I open up to prayer and Godliness and as I interact with the physical world, nature and people with an open and curious heart. I came out of the training with an expanded heart, feeling a greater capacity to love, feeling a true love for people and an authentic desire to share this BIG LOVE and beauty. Today, I feel I’m more here, more fully adult as a woman, I deserve to be born in this world and to shine my light, I truly believe that’s the only way I can help others shine their light too.’
~Keri G.





‘The Dancing Freedom training opened my heart to fully accept myself in ways I wasn’t capable of on my own. The group container offered a safety and love that allowed me to step into my vulnerability in ways that I had never allowed myself to do before. I feel that the range of emotions I am able to experience has expanded through movement, group sharing, and support. As I saw others grow, change, and open their hearts, I was able to tap into parts of myself and my experience that had never been named or discussed before. Dancing Freedom empowered me to explore and appreciate the full range of human emotion and the many levels of connection we have with each other, all animals, plants, and the earth.’
~Eliza S.





‘I came into this training knowing that I wanted to facilitate dance, but lacking a form that I trusted, and also not thinking of myself as qualified. I came out of this training with an experiential knowing of Dancing Freedom, feeling qualified to teach, and with a wealth of gifts I never could have anticipated. I’ve gone from waiting to live my passion, to living it. All-in-all, it was better than imagined.’
~Alicia GA picture of Alicia..

Are You Ready to Join Them?

Click Here to Apply


The Place

Sierra Hot Springs, CA

Sierra Hot Springs

Set on 700 wooded acres on the edge of the Tahoe National Forest, Sierra Hot Springs will be the place you call home for this 22 day embodied leadership immersion.

There are hot springs and pools, including a few scattered among the pine and aspen forest for use 24 hours a day! You will be surrounded and held by beauty as you journey deep into the Dancing Freedom practice by day, and by night you can can relax out under the stars and listen to the coyotes howl. Whether you wish to go for a midnight soak, or rise with the sun for a daybreak hike, Sierra Hot Springs’ scenic surroundings will accommodate you.

For centuries, Native Americans have regarded this land as a sacred healing place. Here, you shall all be welcomed to discover its incredible powers for yourself as you dance, sing, connect, pray, release and sleep upon its ground.


You are invited to bring a tent and camp out on the land. Although there are other accommodations you can arrange with the venue- camping will give you an opportunity to tune in deeply with nature and all the elements. This will allow for you to fully experience the wisdom the land has to offer, even in your dream time.

Co-generating community is a major attribute of Dancing Freedom and the key to bringing this powerful practice into the world. In addition to co-creating our own village on the land we will also share 3 meals a day that will be lovingly prepared for us, on site, using fresh, organic ingredients. This food will support our work and play-on and off the dance floor while also nourishing us body, heart and mind.


What you will learn… 

This 22-day Facilitator Training is a high-impact, super fun, deep dive into dance, DJ training, space holding, embodied leadership and community building. Science has proven that it takes 21 days to create a lasting habit, so we will take 22 days to make dance a lasting way of life for you!

As we dive into the core curriculum of Dancing Freedom you’ll learn the fundamentals of the practice through embodied experience. We dive deeply into the Dancing Freedom practice, the energetic and personal empowerment tools needed to facilitate and guide others, and the big picture on spiritual, emotional and physical transformation possible for you and your communities through dance. We offer a comprehensive experience, a broad and powerful toolbox, and a total holographic understanding and working map for your own leadership. The Dancing Freedom Facilitator Training and Soul Initiation is a modern day embodied Mystery School.

Take a deeper look at  what you’ll be learning be learning over at the Dancing Freedom Curriculum page.

Dancing Freedom Certification:

When you finish the training you will be approved to teach as a Dancing Freedom Facilitator-In-Training. You can begin teaching immediately as a Facilitator-In-Training. To get your graduation certificate, you must teach five (5) classes, complete a final self-evaluation, and finish a final coaching & review session with a lead trainer.


Who are the trainers?

Your training team for our August immersion: Lydia Marolda • Hamid Martin Richard Tronson • Chen Lehner • with guest teachers LeeAnn Malorie and Samantha Sweetwater.

Lydia Marolda:  Embodiment, Community Development & Teacher

Inspired by her experiences on dance floors from around the globe Lydia has devoted the past 15 years of her life to exploring what it means to use dance, authentic movement and ceremony for healing and transformation. In facilitating her own evolution and that of others she is assisting with the global shift that is happening at this time. With the tools she has gained throughout her life she empowers and reminds others to embrace their body’s movements and natural intelligence as a means of experiencing life to its fullest. She is currently living and loving in Melbourne, Australia where she facilitate dance ceremonies and workshops within a growing community, founded in dance medicine and transformative ritual.


Hamid Martin:  Passion, Mystery & Music Magic

Hamid is the founder of Inner Rhythm and co-founder of Ecstatic Dance Santa Cruz. He facilitates and DJ’s for East and West Coast Dance Camps as well as weekly and monthly dance sessions in Santa Cruz where he has inspired a rich, loving, interwoven community of embodied movers. He also offers workshops internationally and is one of the lead teacher trainers for Dancing Freedom ™


Richard Tronson
Richard Tronson is on a mission to activate the deep, present and wild intelligence of the body and to learn to listen to the world from that place. A committed dancer and world-bridging DJ, Richard also has multiple degrees, most recently with a Diploma of Dance Movement Therapy from the Phoenix Institute of Melbourne, Australia. He was the first to bring Dancing Freedom to Australian shores in 2010.  Since then he and his partner, Lydia, have shared the Dancing Freedom practice and a diversity of other transformational offerings with thousands of people in Australia and abroad.


Chen Lehner

Your Registrar and Logistics coordinator. Chen grew up at Harbin Hot Springs and began practicing conscious dance and movement before he even knew that’s what he was doing. As a trained Bodyworker, Counselor, Dancing Freedom Facilitator, and Life-Coach he offers a diverse set of tools and resources. His greatest joy lies in creating a deep sense of peace and well-being in all those he touches.


LeeAnn Malorie

LeeAnn Mallorie, MAPP, MSC is an embodiment expert who helps leaders reclaim their soul’s power and deeply walk their talk. She is part of a global community that is co-creating a shift in consciousness to support human flourishing at the individual, organizational and community levels. In her work, she is committed to creating socially conscious business approaches that rebalance the masculine in the corporate world with feminine qualities like emotional intelligence, interpersonal connection and creativity.

LeeAnn has a masters of Positive Psychology degree from the University of Pennsylvania and has recently joined the the teaching faculty of the Strozzi Institute, School for Embodied Leadership. She has worked with over 30 organizations delivering coaching and training in the past 10 years. She is also a Nia Technique instructor and Dancing Freedom facilitator. LeeAnn is currently developing a series of corporate leadership and wellness training programs, and runs a women’s wellness course called Permission to Thrive. Email: [email protected], website:


Samantha Sweetwater

Internationally loved for her infectious capacity to instigate laughter, tears and soul-level transformation, Samantha has facilitated tens of thousand of people on four continents in soul-level transformation and trained over 170 Dancing Freedom Facilitators.  She is a love warrior on a mission to cause a planetary culture of embodied awakening one dance, one smile, one glance, one heart at a time.  As the founder and Artistic Director of Dancing Freedom, she brings you 27 years of experience as a trainer, dancer, choreographer, producer, director, contact improviser, somatics practitioner, community organizer, yogini, yoga teacher trainer, coach and shamanic practitioner to her facilitation.  Her joy is to co-create immersive, participatory experiences where people feel welcome, safe and free to live and love as their authentic selves.



This is the ultimate gift, that will keep on giving to you and all your relations!



What’s the Investment?

REGISTRATION includes training tuition, the training manual, camping, access to all pools and accompanying grounds, a 1-on-1 coaching session, lovingly prepared organic meals, and all outings, ceremonies and activities. Please apply before registering for the event. You will receive a response to your application within 24-48 hours.


Extra Early Bird - Available when you pay IN FULL by March 15th, 2016 – $4755 USD

Early Bird – Avaliable when you pay IN FULL by May 31st, 2016 – $5055 USD

Regular Registration – registration is open until sold out or until August 1st, 2016 – $5555 USD

Payment Plans:  We offer generous payment plans to make the training work for you financially. Please contact chen(at) with any questions.

This is one of the greatest values available ANYWHERE in the world for embodied transformation and a dance facilitator training of this calibre.

Payment Policy: All payments are nonrefundable.  All costs are in USD.  A $500 non-refundable deposit reserves your spot.  You must pay in full by the dates listed to be eligible for early bird or other discounts. Full payment is required before the training begins. Payment plans are available by request.

For more information on the training please email chen(at) or lydia(at)

You were called here for a reason, maybe it’s time to trust it. This is for you, APPLY NOW!

We love you.

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