Suiko McCall | Art Monastery Project

The Embodied Artist

Three-day embodiment and creativity retreat

The last weekend of every month until we can gather in person again.

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

May 29-31
June 26-28
July 24-26


This 3-day online embodiment and creativity retreat is designed to offer you a perfect blend of guidance and structure combined with open schedule and space to take your creative project to the next level. This program starts from the premise that the freedom and creative potential we wish to access is to be found within our embodied experience.


This retreat is a fantastic combination of self-care and creative practice. Each morning we will do Catalyst Training, a 2-hour embodiment workshop aimed at helping you connect to your body, stretch and strengthen your muscles, learn to move gracefully, and feel into your breath. 

This class will meet you where you are. Neva, the creator and instructor, is incredibly skilled at personalizing the class to work for each participant (see quotes below), so both beginning movers and professional dancers are most welcome. 

The afternoons will be open creative time. We will offer a creative prompt to get you started, but this will be your undivided time to dive into whatever project you’re working on! After a morning of moving and breathing, you will be primed to feel relaxed, focused, and creative for your afternoon work. 

In the evenings we will gather back on Zoom with an opportunity to share any work that you’ve made and receive feedback. We’ll close the day with a meditation and a short song session. 

We believe the combination of embodied practice with art practice is incredibly potent! Once the body and mind are ready, creativity, energy, focus, and inspiration can more easily flow.

Sample Schedule

10am-12pm EDT — Catalyst (on Zoom)

2-6pm EDT — Creative Work (optional creative starter on Zoom, then OFFLINE)

7-9pm EDT — Artshare, Meditation & Singing (on Zoom)

Testimonials for Catalyst Training

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

—Maria Pilar Pina, Alexandria, Virginia

More testimonials…

“I’ve raved about my Catalyst Trainings since I experienced them at Art Monastery. Catalyst Training is like the dream blend, to me, of the best movement forms ever: intuitive dance, strength training patterns, muscle isolation challenges, and yoga. The way Neva creates the flow of movements shows a deep intelligence of the physical and emotional body. I experienced in myself and observed that Catalyst is incredibly accessible for a wide range of abilities and mobilities. All the while shaped by Neva’s substantial understanding of human anatomy and expertise in all these forms; she offered alternatives and adjustments to people throughout the session.”

—Becky Miller , Burlington, Vermont

Raphael Sacks | Art Monastery Project



(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.

Artistic feedback and contemplative support is available in one-on-one meetings with the Core Team, and from other participants during evening Art Shares.

Retreat Leader

Your retreat will be led by Artmonk Neva Cockrell, Suiko McCall, and Raphael Sacks.

Suiko McCall | Art Monastery Project

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

For more about the Retreat Leaders, please visit the Core Team page.


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.