Three day embodiment and creativity retreat, online

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All sessions can be done from your home and will be streamed live on Zoom.

***Pay-what-you-want for BIPOC folks***


The freedom and creative potential we wish to bring into the world is to be found within our embodied experience. This retreat offers a container with both guidance and space for you to explore your own path into embodiment and creative practice in this time of cultural change.

This 3-day retreat is a blend of: 

  • Somatic Meditation
  • Movement
  • Guided creative exercises
  • Creative time offline
  • Artshares with feedback


Each morning starts a two hour practice including somatic meditation, movement (somatic meditation, free movement with music, yoga, and breathwork), and time to reflect and share. This practice is designed to be inclusive for both beginning and experienced movers. Returning to meet ourselves in the space of our own bodies is a potent skill for understanding where our biases live, how we are culturally conditioned to think about bodies, and how we can shift our beliefs through embodiment.

Afternoons begin with a guided creative exploration to explore our relationship to our own creativity and how our art can be part of a vision for cultural change.  From there we will head offline. This is your undistracted time to dive into whatever project you’re working on. After a morning of embodiment practice, we are primed to do this work from our true center.

In the evenings we gather back on Zoom with an opportunity to share any work that you’ve made and receive feedback. We’ll close the day with an evening restorative practice. 

We believe the combination of embodiment and artmaking is incredibly potent.


(all times in ET)


6:30-8:30pm Somatic Meditation / Movement & Opening Ceremony


10am-12pm Morning Practice: Somatic Meditation, Movement, Personal Share

2-2:30pm Creative Starter

2:30-5:30pm Creative Practice (offline)

6:30-8:30pm Artshare, Evening Restorative Practice


10am-12pm Morning Practice: Somatic Meditation, Movement, Personal Share

2-2:30p Creative Starter

2:30-4:30 Creative Practice (offline)

5-7pm Artshare, Closing Ceremony


“My experience with Neva was a full mind, body, spirit nourishing and full contact experience. Neva’s shared wild vibrant energy is truly contagious.”

More testimonials…

“I find this a really fun way to shake it loose, revel in the body, and widen my community while being stuck in my room. Very affordable, very fun, and a great support to sitting practice.””I experienced some rich and vivid sensations during today’s practice – that was nice since I’ve found it hard to cultivate that richness in other online spaces. I was letting go – it felt like I was shaking leaves or marbles out of my body!”

“I was impressed with the ease in which Neva taught this class via zoom. I could feel her…her presence and warmth…her teaching was clear and she checked in enough and in non-invasive ways.”

“The work in our private session, which I’ve been practicing most every day, has allowed me to re-inhabit my infant body. In one instance, my arm actually ‘became’ a baby’s arm as my hand curled in, then opened up. This new territory has invigorated the re-experiencing of my one year old self. There was trauma at 11 months, and the somatic work we did gives me another doorway into that time. So grateful for our co-creation!”



(We believe everyone is an artist.)

And people with bodies.


This retreat is designed for artists who are looking for a supportive environment to create, and also want time in the day for meditation and embodiment practice.

Dancers & physical performers will enjoy a full morning of physical training, arriving to the afternoon ready to create. 

Artists working in less physical mediums, will arrive to the afternoon relaxed and refreshed in body and mind.

About Neva, Retreat Leader

Neva Cockrell is a professional dancer and interdisciplinary artist who uses art as a tool for social change...

Neva tours internationally with Pilobolus and directs new dance-theater works in the US, Dubai, and Europe with her company Loom Ensemble. She is passionate about teaching and leads many forms of embodiment practices, including her own 2-hour creation, Catalyst Training. She has been practicing meditation for the past 15 years, joined the Art Monastery in 2012, and has been serving as a co-Director since 2015. Through this journey she has found beautiful overlap in her artistic creations and her meditation practice. Her life path is deeply grounded in communal living, body-based activities, art-making, being outside, and contemplative practice.


$75-250 sliding scale

$250 PROFESSIONAL RATE for those living comfortably. The Professional Rate also helps us offer lower prices to those who could not otherwise afford to attend.

$150 FULL RATE for those with a regular income, making ends meet. The Full Rate covers the range of operational costs associated with offering Art Monastery retreats.

$75 SUBSIDIZED RATE for those with an income low enough that making ends meet is a challenge.

If you identify as Black, Indigenous, or as a Person of Color, you may choose the BIPOC Artist Fund option on the form below. This will enter your cost as $0. You may then enter whatever amount you feel great about giving in the donation field.

If you don’t identify as BIPOC and the sliding scale doesn’t work for you, please reach out to us at info@artmonastery.org. As with all Art Monastery programs, it is important to us that no one is turned away for lack of funds.

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