Unfortunately the Retreat has to be postponed this year due to Covid-19
You've found one of New Zealand Belly Dance's most exciting, popular, and fun events of the year! The Phoenix Retreat with SADIE!
Our vision is to deliver their very best creative, worthwhile retreat aimed to delight, inspire and increase a deeper understanding and enjoyment of the art of belly dance, as well as the chance to foster friendships with dancers from all walks of life. Our vision is to build our community, enable dancers to learn and grow, to reach dancers who feel out-of-touch, those who are struggling to be inspired, and to make the retreat a safe environment for dancers to really let their hair down, play, and find pure joy in sharing dance.
The Phoenix Belly Dance 10th Annual Retreat , 5-7 November 2021
The Belly Dance Retreat is an incredible weekend where you will experience inspiring technique, choreography and discovery workshops with international and local teachers, entertainment, games, non-stop laughter, relaxation, and a chance to make new dance friends! There are 40 spots available and we usually sell out, so if you would like to book your spot please register now.
You couldn't find a more beautiful spot to relax and have fun than at the stunning Bella Rakha Retreat Centre, boasting 32 acres of native bush and bliss, just 25 minutes from Auckland CBD.
Our International Teacher - SADIE
This year, you will get the chance to learn from one of the most elite international master teachers and dubbed Queen of the Drum Solo: Sadie Marquardt! Check out her bio below.
You can find out about any announcements including more New Zealand teachers, shows, and activities both here and on our Facebook page, so stay tuned!
If you've never been on our retreat before (or you have and would like to relive the memories), please feel free to check out our past retreats, with information on activities, teachers, and testimonials. You can also watch trailers for the 2013-2019 retreats, which give you a pretty good idea of all the wonderful things you'll get up to!
Please feel free to let me know if you have any questions, I’ll be happy to chat to you!
Candice / 0211704183 / firstname.lastname@example.org
What else is included:
Dancing, Performances, Show and Hafla
There will be ample opportunities for you to dance, watch our teachers and other guests perform, and show off your improvisation skills. It’s going to be heaps of fun, whether you’d prefer to sit back and enjoy being entertained or if you’d like to share your dance with us! This is one of the most encouraging environments to perform, so feel free to perform no matter what your experience level! Send your music ahead of time if you’d like to present an item or two! Group and solo items are welcome! Works in progress are also welcome!
You'll get a chance to participate in loads of fun and challenging belly dance games and activities throughout the weekend:
NZ/International Teachers for 2020 Annual Retreat
Our teachers this year hail from far and wide around NZ and beyond! For their bios, please scroll down the page.
There will generally be two streams of workshops running at the same time, including lecture/technique/style/choreography workshops, and also theory and discussion based workshops to broaden our knowledge. Check out the Teacher's bios below to see their workshop topics and detailed descriptions. Feel free to email us with any questions.
Two wonderfully prepared healthy dinners will be provided for all dancers to fill their bellies after the days’ fun, and snack platters will be provided during the day between activities. Our chef Hayley has had the most amazing feedback on her meals each year - some people even say it is the highlight of the retreatYou can also purchase our pre-packed lunches and breakfasts or you are welcome to pack your own lunches, breakfasts and drinks for the weekend (we have structured it this way to help you make savings by supplying some of your own meals).
Once you have registered, you will receive a confirmation email within a few days, announcements and updates leading up to the retreat, and a detailed information pack a couple of weeks before the Retreat. This will include travel information and maps, a suggested packing list, daily schedule, and any other final details. Please let us know if you would like to share accommodation with any attendees in particular, and we will do our best to make it happen.
The Retreat prices include:
SADIE MARQUARDT - International Teacher
Sadie is an inspiration and icon to her students and fans around the world and serves to empower people through the captivating art of Oriental Dance (Bellydance). She has produced dozens of bestselling instructional videos. She has represented the art of Oriental Dance in front of millions of viewers on the hit show “America’s Got Talent”.
Sadie is the founder and director of the “Raqs Flow” training program, which enriches students with a strong foundation in technique while keeping them engaged and connected to the dance’s culture and historical roots. She recently launched a new clothing line of athletic dance wear and produces a variety of destination dance retreats around the world, taking her students on a deep journey and exploration of this incredible art form as well as their own inner selves.
Sadie lives in Denver, Colorado. She loves spending time in nature, hiking, camping and adventuring with her family. Aside from dance, Sadie has a deep passion and commitment to living and creating a holistic, sustainable lifestyle and world. She loves to combine her passions in her retreats; bringing the power of nature, dance, music, conscious living and human connection together.
When she is not busy traveling the globe she can be found teaching her award-winning bellydance classes and workshops as well as performing locally in Colorado.
Sadie's Workshop Topics:
CANDICE FRANKLAND - New Zealand Teacher
Founder and director of Phoenix Belly Dance, a multi-award winning dance company and home to some of New Zealand's most sought after performers and teachers. Candice received the Tarazade Festival’s Trained by the Stars Award in Turkey in 2012, was winner of the Bellydance Evolution International Casting Competition 2014 (LA/Sydney), taught and performed at the 2015 Tarazade Festival in Turkey, and was cast in a supporting role during the Bellyqueen Journey Along the Silk Road in Oz 2016 Tour. It's one of Candice's most closely held beliefs that belly dance has benefits for everyone, both psychological and physical. The multiple layers and genres of belly dancing allow students to explore and find the styles they are most comfortable with, ones which make them feel beautiful and powerful.
Candice's Workshop Topics:
Candice Frankland (Auckland, NZ)
Aziza (Montreal, Canada)
Marta Korzun (Ukraine)
Anasma (USA / France / Tunisia)
Sahra Saeeda (Los Angeles, USA)
Rose Ottaviano (Australia)
Helene Skaugen (Norway)
Kateryna Siham (Dubai, UAE)
Jrisi Jusakos (Australia)
Bibiana Franco (Australia)
Rabiya (Sydney, Australia)
Vanessa Castro (Brazil)
The Ruby Lady (Christchurch, NZ)
Mirian Caberlon Chamberlain (Wellington, NZ)
Lisa Maia Ambrose (Dunedin, NZ)
Zummarad (Christchurch, NZ)
Christine Haviland (Auckland, NZ)
Angela Mott (Auckland, NZ)
Suezy Robertson (Auckland, NZ)
Julie Anterrieu (France)
Aida Sajadi (Iran / NZ)
Tanya Bamford King (Tauranga, NZ)
Dallia (Auckland, NZ)
Tatyana Tania Laptsevich (Belarus / Australia)
Margaret-Mary (Auckland, NZ)
Krishna Gotty (NZ)
Thrilling workshops, making new belly dance friends, non-stop fun and activities, relaxation time, and a stunning weekend away at our new location, the spectacular Bella Rakha Retreat Centre! The venue is surrounded by nature, facilities are lovely and inviting with comfortable one or two sleeper rooms, spacious workshop rooms and brand new kitchen and dining facility. The venue has recently been refurbished and plays host to several local artists and sculptors, and has a massive Frisbee golf course!
Testimonials from Past Retreats