• The Hero’s Journey             Oct 7th:  10:00am-4:00pm

  • Deep Dive                               Nov 4th:  1:00-7:00pm

  • Dancing in the Dark             Dec 2nd 4:00-10:00pm


COST: $90 per day

EARLY BIRD: $75 per day if purchased by Oct 30th for Nov 4th workshop & Nov 26th for the Dec 2nd workshop.


Join Mia Pem founder of Austin’s “Ecstatic Soul Sessions” and Shannon Gill-Jones founder of Boulder’s “Rhythm Sanctuary” for a 3 part ecstatic dance immersion into the deeper dimensions of your Soul.

The timings of each Saturday gathering  will reflect a transition of light to dark; we will move from morning/afternoon October 7th 10am – 4pm (growing light) to midday November 4th 1 – 7pm (the most light) then late afternoon/evening December 2nd 4 – 10pm (total darkness).

As we experience the natural shift towards the longer nights we will utilize rhythm, ritual, and the body as a portal to our deep understanding of self and other. We will explore our relationship to light and dark…our power, our life force, and our capacity for transcendence.

Jupiter, the planet of expansion enters its year long sojourn into the powerful sign of Scorpio on Oct 10th. Scorpio, known as “The Dark Mother” archetype, rules over our Soul dimensions and the greatest of mysteries…life, death, sexuality, and the alchemical process of the transmutation of light and dark.

We have the opportunity during this passage to ascend into extraordinary levels of empowerment through consciously aligning with this once in 12 year cycle.

Our retreat will be held on 7 lush acres of Lotus Bend Sanctuary in SE Austin. We will enjoy the perfect balance of movement, stillness, sound, silence and ceremony, as well as personal astrological guidance based on your birth chart.

No experience necessary!

Register at our EventBrite link:  The Alchemy of Light & Dark 

Specifics will be emailed upon reservation.  Please don’t hesitate to reach out with questions. Email:



Shannon Gill-Jones is an certified Evolutionary Astrologer, Jungian Life Coach, founder of “Rhythm Sanctuary”, an ecstatic dance community in Colorado, and facilitator of women’s spiritual immersion retreats and events.

She is a graduate of Naropa University and received her degree in Contemplative Psychology with an emphasis in Expressive Arts and Healing. She attended the Archetypal Academy in Boulder, CO receiving her professional certification as a Jungian Life Coach, and most recently completed Maurice Fernandez’s Evolutionary Astrology Course.

Shannon is currently serving on the board of the ASA and has a private practice here in Austin, Tx where she is passionate about empowering people to find alignment with their Soul’s Contract.



Mia E. Pem is a graduate of University of Colorado Boulder/Theater and Dance, Mass College of Art/ Interrelated Media Studio, and Harvard Summer Dance. She has studied many disciplines of movement awareness and has taught modern, belly dance, improvisation, yoga and Qoya. She has performed many original works and created interactive movement environments in Boulder, Boston and Austin. Her passion now is to facilitate dances that heal, unlock passions, connect to the divine and inspire.