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Dancing Freedom Soul Quest and Facilitator Training

Join us for a 22-day International Facilitator Training & Soul Quest

Embodied Alchemy Retreat

November 11-18th, 2018

 Dancing Freedom Facilitator Training 

November 11- December 2, 2018

The Living Arc Retreat Centre

Kyogle, New South Wales


Dancing Freedom is a conscious movement practice that supports full body expression, loving boundaries, nature connection, emotional coherency and spiritual awakening for individuals and whole communities.

This is a training for people who love to move, who are committed to the deepest dance of freedom within themselves, and who truly care to be an agent of change and creation in the world. It’s a training for people seeking full self-expression, their deepest contribution, and are willing to take a stand to lead an extraordinary life

Our training intensives are a deep dive into your personal transformation and evolution as an embodied leader. 

This facilitator training will take you to your edges and beyond, bringing you home to your Authentic Self.

You will dance every day, do yoga every morning, learn new skills for powerful embodied presence and awareness, cultivate amazing new friendships, and move forward in your own life as a leader on the global stage – all at the same time.

If you are ready to step deeper into your leadership and join a dynamic, collaborative, spiritual community that is making a BIG difference in the world – while also giving your body the gift of an immersive, purposeful and fulfilling 24 day dance experience- this training is for YOU!


The Place

The Living Arc, Kyogle, N.S.W


Located 2 hours inland from the Gold Coast in the Northern Rivers region of Australia, The Living Arc is surrounded by ancient subtropical rainforest with expansive mountain views, fresh water and abundant iconic wildlife. Situated on a 900 acre shared land community, with the vast majority of the land being wildlife and rainforest nature reserve. The retreat centre is accessed through a scenic valley up a very steep four wheel drive track to the top of the mountain to ensure private seclusion in a pristine natural environment with expansive views.

At The Living Arc we will live, work & play harmoniously with nature, creating inclusive abundance and a safe space for personal transformation and authentic self expression. Through intercultural relationships of respect, the stewards of The Living Arc weave together local and global visions that inspire positive social and ecological impacts in the world


As we step into this dance of deep ecology and recognize ourselves as part of the ecosystems and world that we breathe, we begin to fully recognize the impacts we make. The Dancing Freedom community is beyond excited to collaborate with this extraordinary permaculture community, in the magical space they have created for deep, transformational work. It is the perfect space to host the Dancing Freedom facilitator training; we will be surrounded by the elements and woven into the very fabric of the culture of the land that supports us.

Who should attend?

The Dancing Freedom Community is a fractal of the 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 and embodied leadership.

We are specifically calling those of YOU who carry DANCE MEDICINE to join us on this epic adventure.

In this ecstatic dance training you will up level your personal and collective capacity to shift consciousness, transform fear into trust, and bring joy, celebration and ceremony as a means of healing to our world.


What you will learn…  

This 22-Day Intensive Facilitator Training is a high-impact, super fun, deep dive into dance, movement meditation, space holding, nature, DJ training, embodied leadership tools and resources, personal business development, and community building. 

As you dive into the core curriculum of Dancing Freedom you’ll learn the fundamentals of the practice through your own embodied experience.

You dive into the Dancing Freedom practice, the energetic and personal empowerment tools needed to facilitate and guide others, and the “big picture” of spiritual, emotional and physical transformation possible for you and your communities through dance and conscious movement practices.

You get a comprehensive experience, a broad and powerful leadership toolbox, and a total understanding and working map for your own leadership. This training is for those of you who are ready to take this powerful step in your personal evolution.

The Dancing Freedom Facilitator Training & Soul Quest is a modern day Rite of Passage. 

“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 G.

“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.”

~Keri G.

Logistics and Investment:


EMBODIED ALCHEMY: November 11-18th, 2018

FULL TRAINING: November 11- December 2nd , 2018

Location: The Living Arc, Kyogle NSW, Australia



To create a space accessible to those wanting to take a deep dive into the elements and embodiment but not yet ready to commit to the full training- we have created an opportunity for YOU to choose what suits you.

You have the option to join us for 1 week or for 22 days.


1 week fully catered residential experience (also a prerequisite for the full certification).

This is an opportunity for you to become your own “elemental alchemist; “ to dive deeper into the power of dance and how it is your greatest tool for transformation, personal and global healing, and your full-bodied expression in the world.

*Learn powerful somatic practices to connect to your inner power and reset your nervous system (including several that are great for healing and releasing trauma)

*Get really real by diving into what is authentic and present for you in the moment and working directly with it (this breaks down inhibitions and fears of “being seen” in your power or vulnerability)

*Create time and space to re-connect with and remember the inherent wisdom that resides in your body, prioritizing what REALLY energizes you

*Learn powerful somatic processing techniques to connect to your body, your breath, and your emotions at any time… anywhere (this is SUPER helpful for clearing trauma or moving stuck energy)

*Experience authntic connection with yourself and other people from our global dance tribe

*The opportunity to face your personal blockages and break through them in a safe, supportive, and encouraging environment

*Set powerful intentions for yourself, your community and our planet and further become an agent of change.

*You will be challenged to grow and learn new ways of being in the world by connecting to your “larger than ego” Self and how to GROUND and MAINTAIN this state all the time

*Be seen and heard in the full expression of your Truth and receive the reflection of like-minded tribe doing the same (no more playing small, this is YOUR time to shine)

Are you ready to step through the alchemical gate and embrace the fullness of YOU?

THE FULL IMMERSION: $5700 (+GST) all inclusive (includes Embodied Alchemy Retreat). BOOK HERE

Dancing Freedom is an embodied spiritual practice you can work with for the rest of your life. Our curriculum is designed to support optimal learning, depth of embodiment, and to give you the tools and support you need to take this potent practice and modern day ceremony to your community.

There are four modules embedded within in our full immersion training: EMBODIMENT gives you the essential practice; VISION is an invitation to receive the voice of your soul through connection with the heart of nature; EMPOWERMENT supports you to embody your soul purpose and to effectively bring this into the world as your business; MASTERY details soul anatomy and gives you the essential energetic tools to set and hold space, work with ritual and archetype, and create a safe container for transformation and authenticity.

EMBODIMENT, we open personal and collective pathways for being fully embodied, fully in your power and fully free. You learn the basic template of the Dancing Freedom Practice: Circling, the Elemental Wave, the Harvest and the Inner Dance + ways to innovate on and modify that practice for different settings and intentions. You get to know what the practice is, how to put a practice together, and how to work with movement as medicine.

VISION is a ceremonial gateway – an invitation to receive the voices of soul and spirit through sitting and sacred wandering with yourself in the heart of nature.

EMPOWERMENT supports you to identify your personal purpose and to create your Dancing Freedom business through a guided, step by step process.

MASTERY focuses on the essential energetic and personal empowerment skills and understandings needed to support emotional, physical and spiritual transformation for yourself and your communities.

The primary focus of our learning space is experiential. We also work with lecture format classes to support you in your intellectual and theoretical understanding of the work. We integrate head, heart, body and hands in our methodology.

Once qualified you gain certification and credentials to gain insurance as facilitator of this practice as recognised by I.I.C.T.

If your body is telling you this is where it needs to be – LISTEN.

Fill out the application and we will contact you soon.

 You were called here for a reason, NOW is the time to trust it.

Become a Force of Nature



  1. CommentsSara-Jane Cleland   |  Wednesday, 01 February 2017 at 2:45 am

    I am very interested in doing this training – can you give me some idea of cost so I can start saving… Sj x

  2. Commentsmilena   |  Wednesday, 01 February 2017 at 8:46 am

    Dear Chen, I’m very very interested to apply to the next year leadership training in Dancing Freedom, but I need to know how much it will be, so I can be conscious about my application.
    Thank you very much, have a good dancing day, Milena

  3. CommentsMalaine Gabel   |  Sunday, 05 February 2017 at 5:08 pm

    Hi there! I am wondering how much the Immersion is? I am very interested. Thank you!

  4. CommentsDanika Sharpe   |  Monday, 27 February 2017 at 4:20 am


    I have been searching for awhile now for kundalini/ecstatic dance facilitator training. This program is the one that is calling me!

    I want to put in an application, but before I do so, I have one practical question; if you don’t mind.
    1.) How much (roughly if not confirmed yet) does the program cost

    Many thanks and I look forward to hearing from you.

    In kindness,


  5. CommentsVivianne   |  Thursday, 02 March 2017 at 11:14 pm

    I’m interested in this facilitator training. Please send me full details.
    Thank you!

  6. CommentsNicole Lyne   |  Monday, 06 March 2017 at 8:25 pm

    Hi! Would love to be kept in the loop about this training.

  7. CommentsChen Lehner   |  Sunday, 19 March 2017 at 1:30 pm

    Hi Vivianne! I just sent you a personal response via email!

  8. CommentsChen Lehner   |  Sunday, 19 March 2017 at 1:41 pm

    Hi Nicole! This is Chen, Registrar with Dancing Freedom. Just wanted to let you know I sent you a personal reply to your email :-)

  9. CommentsSarit   |  Sunday, 21 May 2017 at 12:15 pm

    Hi Dancing Freedom
    This training looks magical!!
    I’m interested to know who will be facilitating the course

  10. CommentsSarit   |  Sunday, 21 May 2017 at 12:18 pm

    Hi Dancing Freedom
    This training looks magical!!
    Would you be able to send me some info on who will be facilitating the course

  11. Commentssara-jane Cleland   |  Monday, 14 August 2017 at 5:40 pm

    hi chen… I send an application for the facilitator training about a month ago and I haven’t heard back – did you receive it ok? Thanks Sara-Jane

  12. CommentsEve   |  Monday, 16 October 2017 at 9:34 am


    Who are the teachers who run the teacher training? Lydia? Samantha? Thank you!

  13. CommentsAudrey   |  Thursday, 23 November 2017 at 9:06 am

    I’m Audrey, an Australian gypsy cacao carrier who has been living between San Marcos and the US (NYC and Cali) for the last 3 years working with Cacao, expanding into tantra and now dance.
    I’ve been working with Gaia Ma of Inanitah and am headed there tomorrow to assist on her Tantric Way Series.
    Then I return to Lake Atitlan to hold ceremony at Cosmic Convergence before assisting and also holding ceremony at Omar Aena of E-dance NYC’s Dance Beyond retreat in January.
    And settling into my life in San Marcos.

    I’m sharing this as I am intending soon to return to Australia and settle in and begin sharing more of Cacao, tantra, movement and expansion there.
    And before I do I’d love to do a facilitator course as incredible as this sounds – and it happens to be held at the very town I have been living and will be again.

    But I am not in a position to afford it – however I LOVE to serve and assist and was wondering if there are any work trade – partial payment options available.

    I am fluent in Spanish and very knowledgable of the community of San Marcos. My “career” back home has been in festival and event management and specifically volunteer coordination so I am organised and a good manager.

    Just putting this out there on a whim.
    Many thanks and I’ll see you at the Lake regardless!
    chocolatey love
    Audrey Love Bean

  14. CommentsShanti   |  Wednesday, 13 December 2017 at 3:55 am

    When is the next facilitator training and will it be in the sane venue. I am called yet already booked a holiday for my partners birthday at this time. Namaste shanti

  15. CommentsVicky Heskin   |  Friday, 26 January 2018 at 7:53 am

    Hi there,

    At the moment are there places left on your training?

    Love Vicky

  16. CommentsPetra   |  Friday, 23 February 2018 at 3:01 pm

    I found this website today, the day the facilitators workshop starts. Do you know when and where the next one will be?

  17. CommentsLydia Marolda   |  Friday, 04 May 2018 at 5:17 pm

    Hello Petra. We are currently organizing ourselves for the next training which will be here in Australia November 11- December 2, 2018. We will have the information and application up on the website within the next 2 weeks.

  18. CommentsLydia Marolda   |  Friday, 04 May 2018 at 5:19 pm

    We had to cancel the last retreat due to personal reasons. We are currently organizing ourselves for the next training which will be here in Australia November 11- December 2, 2018. We will have the information and application up on the website within the next 2 weeks. Please stay tuned if you are interested to join us.

  19. CommentsLydia Marolda   |  Friday, 04 May 2018 at 5:19 pm

    We are currently organizing ourselves for the next training which will be here in Australia November 11- December 2, 2018. We will have the information and application up on the website within the next 2 weeks. Please stay tuned if you are interested to join us for this upcoming adventure.

  20. CommentsLydia Marolda   |  Friday, 04 May 2018 at 5:22 pm

    Hello Audrey,
    Im reaching out to let you know that we are currently organizing ourselves for the next training which will be here in Australia November 11- December 2, 2018. If you are still interested in gaining some more skills and weaving dance, tantra and cacao into your life- lets have a chat. We will have the information and application up on the website within the next 2 weeks. Please stay tuned if you are interested to join us for this upcoming adventure.

  21. CommentsLydia Marolda   |  Friday, 04 May 2018 at 5:23 pm

    We are currently organizing ourselves for the next training which will be here in Australia November 11- December 2, 2018. We will have the information and application up on the website within the next 2 weeks. Lydia will be facilitating with Caitlin Wood. Please stay tuned, or get in touch if you are interested to join us for this upcoming adventure.

  22. CommentsRuby Everett   |  Sunday, 13 May 2018 at 1:31 am

    Hi there!
    I am interested in the training happening in November-December…
    I have been dancing with Caitlin Wood for some years now and am really wanting to expand my practice and learn how to facilitate..
    Are you able to let me know when there is more information available?
    Thank you!
    Ruby Everett

  23. CommentsHollie   |  Monday, 04 February 2019 at 12:09 am


    I’d love to find out about trainings in 2019 please?

    Thanks so much!

  24. CommentsKathleen Young   |  Sunday, 14 April 2019 at 12:28 am

    Hi there,
    Will there be a facilitator training in 2019? I’m very interested.
    Many thanks,

  25. CommentsLydia Marolda   |  Monday, 13 May 2019 at 8:10 pm

    Yes. We will be training this November, same place as last year. I am putting up the details this week. you can private message me for more details and any questions you want answered– [email protected]

  26. CommentsLydia Marolda   |  Monday, 13 May 2019 at 8:12 pm

    Yes. We will be training this November 3-24, here in Australia. I am putting up the details this week. You can private message me for more details and any questions you want answered– [email protected]

  27. CommentsLydia Marolda   |  Wednesday, 17 July 2019 at 8:00 pm

    Hey Hollie, this is Phoenix from Dancing Freedom, Just checking in with you regarding the 2019 training. Are you still interested to learn more? If so, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.
    You can email us directly at [email protected] or [email protected]
    Thank You.

  28. CommentsLydia Marolda   |  Wednesday, 17 July 2019 at 8:00 pm

    Hey there Kathleen , this is Phoenix from Dancing Freedom, Just checking in with you regarding the 2019 training. Are you still interested to learn more? If so, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.
    You can email us directly at [email protected] or [email protected]
    Thank You.

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