Sacred Earth Belly Dance retreat, SPAIN, 14 - 20th April 2018

With Hannah Mi Anis

A 6 day retreat in Spain presents Hannah Mi Anis’ signature blend of Sacred Earth Belly Dance interwoven with the structure and strength of many generations of Tribal belly dance.

This year's retreat is held at the new moon and concentrates on dreaming, deepening, and exploring the inner messages we wish to bring out into the world through our art. As well as learning the root principles of Sacred Earth Belly dance we journey through old traditions of the Zar, the Taksim, the Turkish 9/8 through a contemporary lens gazing at the inner energies they gift us - that of prophetess, poetess, warrior and wild woman - and how to weave these naturally, holistically and intelligently into our own unique voice, to enrich our lives, our own artistic expression, and to deepen the message we wish to send out through our dance.

It will be about taking risks - as a performer, as a woman on this planet, as an artist. We’ll be looking at the many ever changing roles of the dancer, and the possibilities of what we can be and what we can give out to those around us in performance and in dance.

All levels are welcome. Emphasis is upon exploration, creation and moving with full-bodied intention and depth. All movements are presented from the root core each day and different levels of complexity are touched upon as we add intricacy, decoration and speed to add textures, not difficulty. Everyone is invited to take it at their own unique pace.

Sacred Earth belly Dance
All dance teaching follows the principles of Sacred Earth.  Sacred Earth belly dance originates with Mishaal, international Oriental dance artist as well as founder and creative director of Devadasi studio in Tokyo. Having spent many years traveling the world, visiting and searching for the heart and soul of many cultures in their music and in their dance, she created a deep sensual healing dance form based in the mystical roots of belly dance.

The dance takes the primordial sacred movements found in belly dance in their raw form, acknowledges each dancer's spirit, our innate knowledge, and the beautiful and essential connection between ourselves and Mother Earth. It is founded on strong musical sensibility, the dancer's expression, an acknowledgment of the seasons and cycles of our lives, as well as a deep sense of surrendering yourself to the moment and feeling the deep relaxation and joy that dance can bring your soul and your body.

Hannah Mi Anis was fortunate enough to spend her first three years in Mishaal's original group of students in Tokyo. She performed as a member of Samanyolu, her dance ensemble, and began teaching under her guidance. From 2010-2014 she held a yearly month long residency in the Devadasi studio in Tokyo, and in 2015 Hannah traveled to Bali to be Mishaal's guest teacher on her Sacred Mystical dance retreat amongst the rice fields of Ubud. Mishaal, now living in Bali and holding many retreats per year, remains an important guide for her in dance and life.

On returning to London Hannah Mi Anis, was inspired by and followed the ever growing Tribal belly dance movement. She followed a new pathway learning to weave the two styles together enjoying the juxtaposition of the energy and strength of the many generations of Tribal, with the elemental charge of Sacred Earth belly dance. 

'Let the beauty we love, be what we do'

For more in Mishaal and the Devadasi studio:


*Yoni Shakti Yoga.
A deliciously feminine approach to yoga enhancing our awareness of our inner woman's wisdom and elemental connections. We build vital energy through nourishing and fluid sequences, breath work, resonant sound, and deep healing relaxation It is suited to all women

*Morning dreaming. Dancing in the flow together, connecting with our fellow dancers, nourishing our yin aspect and opening us up for the day.

*Technique and strengthening class: Energizing our being and encouraging knowledge, awareness and ability in our bodies. We journey though strengthening exercises specifically benefical for Belly dancers, to the core movements and principles of Sacred Earth Belly dance in the style of Hannah Mi Anis including core Tribal Belly dance foundations.

*Main body of learning:
The Prophetess, The Poetess, The Warrior and Wild Woman.
This year's retreat is danced under a New Moon. We will be focusing on dreaming, creating and nourishing the inner aspect of the dance and learning how to authentically project it to our audience. Belly dance has so many different traditions and we will be journeying through styles that nurture different inner aspects of ourselves such as the zar, the taksim, and the 9/8 (Turkish Rom). We gaze at how the use of different instrumentation shapes our dance and how to engage with it with wisdom.  Tools are offered on how to find your own voice, how to enjoy it internally and how to grow into your own unique performer. Calling on theories from Middle Eastern and Indian traditions we look at what it is to share your message with others around you and how to nurture and unfold that message itself.
All dance will be accompanied by a succession of hypnotic, and soul fuelled rhythms and music designed to lead you into the intoxcation of the dance and the movement.

*Divine play, creativity and dancing as a pack. We explore images, archetypes and improvisation, individually and in groups.

*Star dancing. Closing the day with any extra theory, stories, circle discussion and night dancing in the flow.

What you bring:
A retreat is done within a beautiful space with a small tribe. It is this that makes it special. We aim to create an environment of profound relaxation for this is the deep seat of where creativity is initiated. Retreats by nature are interactive, much like a sacred circle. Each dancer comes to the retreat with unique and valuable qualities. There will be space for you to spend time alone, with others and bring your skills to the

BOOKING : Online booking is now open at El Abrazo De Shakti
EARLY BIRD OFFER UNTIL 14th February 2018. You can reserve your spot before this time to pay in installments.
The retreat will be hosted at The Dome, a sound healing centre located in Alcalali, just 1 hour and a 10 minutes drive from Alicante airport and 1,5 hour from Valencia airport. 

The Dome in Alcalali is a family run place. The accommodation is shared and not luxurious but the house is cosy and has a beautiful energy to it.

Situated in the heart of a valley, you can enjoy the peace and view of the beautiful mountains while relaxing by the pool or among almond trees.

Michele Averad, co-founder of The Global Sound Healing Association will join us for one hour and guide us through a Sound Journey.

Core details and Booking

Getting there

We recommend landing in Alicante airport, the shuttle bus from there is 56 Euros return ( If you are a group more than 6, let me know and we will arrange a private shuttle bus for around 46 Euros each person return.
At the Dome there is a finca with 2 bedrooms, dining room, kitchen and lounge area. In the garden there are two more wooden cabins with 2 bunk beds and another two connected rooms. All bathrooms are shared and the bedrooms sleep 2 or 4 people.
During the retreat the cook will buy, prepare and make the food with much thought and love.
The vegetables and fruit are locally sourced from Eco farmers and most ingredients are from “fair trade”.
The venue will host a minimum of 6 students and maximum of 16.

Bookings now open!   This event is hosted by El Abrazo De Shakti. Secure your place at:
EARLY BIRD OFFER UNTIL 14th February 2018. You can reserve your spot before this time to pay in installments.
Sacred Earth Belly dance retreat with Hannah Mi Anis 2017
Spain. April 2017. Hosted by Elabrazodeshakti.

In this first retreat with Hannah Mi Anis we dived deep into the 4 elements. Each day held both an element ( earth, fire, water, air, ether) / a
combination of elements and a season (Winter, Spring, Summer, Autumn).
We played with nature embracing the sensory aspects of each element and
how to channel its flow through the body and into the sphere around us.
We explored the cycles that exist in nature and within us, how we may
honour and respect them and how they affect the dance that is released.
Each season, each element having a different taste, a different bhav, a
different response in our body and different aesthetic in our dance.