Warrior Woman


June 17th - June 22nd, 2018

Spaces limited as this is meant to be an intimate and deep experience!

Venado Retreat Center
Healdsburg, California


Full Weeklong- 33 hours total of dance/music sessions
$500 early bird until April 15th
$650 from April 15th ($200 deposit holds place)


*Prices for full duration of stay
$300- room in a beautiful cabin
$200- bed in a tent cabin
$150- bed in a sunroom studio or camping on a redwood deck

Contact Miriam to reserve your spot


Warrior Woman is a dynamic and diverse bi-annual weeklong immersion, incorporating dance, music, and focused inquiry. The week falls during a powerfully charged time of year leading up to the Summer Solstice. Over the course of the week students are guided on an empowering movement and music journey creating personal dance scores that embody each individual’s unique potential. Each day opens with an intention, a heart centric meditation, and guided journaling. Then the sessions move into immersive dance and music experiences.

Participants have the option to select a morning session focused on either dance or music (alternatingsinginganddrumming). Thosewhoselectdanceinthemorningwillstillhave afternoon music offerings. Each day will close with an improvisational session incorporating live music and dance scores offering an opportunity to integrate all aspects of thecreativeprocess. TheweeklongintensivewillculminateinaSummerSolsticeritualin the forest with live musical accompaniment and a presentation of each warrior woman’s score that has been carefully crafted over the course of the week.

This new Summer Solstice edition will feature frame drummer, Marla Leigh and vocalist, Sonja Drakulich (of Stellamara).

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Songs of the Soul
Ancestral Songs & Sound Healing with Sonja Drakulich

Music is one of the most powerful tools for emotional healing. The vocal format of Sonja Drakulich is based in the expanding and refining of the voice through the creation of pure natural tone. Sonja guides students in finding their authentic voice, empowering them to transform deep emotion and open new pathways for healing. Beautiful songs of the Balkans and Near East, along with other ancestral lineages are integrated, as well as devotional chanting from North Africa and Sufi traditions.

Did you know that women were known to be the first drummers? YES! Women played frame drums in ancient cultures worldwide for healing. Join frame drum specialist Marla Leigh Goldstein, for a transformational journey in sacred frame drumming, world rhythms, and healing trance.


June 17: Embodying Devotion & Gratitude, Opening rituals
5:00-7:00- Opening rituals & potluck dinner
7:00-10:00- Turning Towards the Heart

June 18: Finding the Compassionate Warrior within
10:00-1:00- Dance Session with Miriam or Singing with Sonja
4:00-6:00- Singing with Sonja
7:30-9:30- Poetry/Music/Dance/Improvisation

June 19: Moving with Humility and Grace
10:00-1:00- Dance Session with Miriam or singing with Sonja
4:00-6:00- Singing with Sonja
7:30- 9:30- Singing and drumming by camp fire (welcome in Marla!)

June 20: Cultivating Patience & Discipline
10:00-1:00- Dance Session with Miriam or Frame drum with Marla
4:00- 6:00- Frame drum with Marla
Free Night!!

June 21: The Art of Gesture & Generosity
10:30-1:30- Dance Session with Miriam or Frame drum with Marla
2:30-4:30- Singing with Sonja
7:30-9:30- Workshop session to refine personal scores led by Miriam

June 22: Opening the gates of Equanimity & Solstice ritual in the forest
10:00-1:00- Warrior Women presentations & closing circle
(with live musical accompaniment)

June 22-June 23: Optional hot spring field trip excursion to Harbin Hot Springs!!

Daily passes with approval only, and space providing
Limited scholarships & work trade possibilities


I recommend this workshop to anyone yearning to find a deeper meaning of life through dance.  As we reflected on the deeper layers of our humanity the open dialogue helped us form a sisterhood and safe space where we could then explore movement in space.  The warm-ups and choreography seasoned and empowered us to embody our authentic warrior woman within.
— Samia Karimi
“A wonderfully epic chapter of Miriam Peretz’ ever-dynamic evolution as an Artist and Guide.”

— Ronnie Brodsky