School of SacredDance

Sacred Dance Initiation and Training

  Sacred Dance Initiation & Training at Pachānanda Retreat Center, Cusco, Peru.

The Pachānanda School of SacredDance teaches embodiment and dance as energy medicine.   Participants experience and learn to host different styles of dance meditation and breath work; these powerful techniques help people to heal, connect, journey and thrive.  This program also includes excursions to nearby sacred sites, as well as a range of workshops designed to enhance the dance meditation process. All in our stunning retreat center—built exactly for this and purposefully located among the sacred mountains and energy power centers of Cusco, Peru.  Come to dance, leave transformed.    

Date: Aug. 30 to Sept. 14, 2019 Cost: $1850 USD ( including food, lodging, treatments & excursions) Location: Cusco, Peru at Pachānanda Retreat Center of Healing House

“Dance your most genuine offering, your deepest most heart-felt prayer of gratitude, and you will find what you are looking for.” Niki Coate, Founder of The Pachānanda School of SacredDance “


Daily Schedule

Friday, August 30.  Check-in 10am, Opening day starts 11am.

  • 7-8:30 am: Morning Purification Practices—Pranayama & Hatha Yoga/Kundalini Yoga/Meditation
  • 8:30-10 am: Breakfast
  • 10 am -1 pm: Morning Workshop—Themes to Deepen the Dance Experience
  • 1-2pm: Journaling.
  • 2:30-4pm: Integration: Mentor meetings, Therapies, Medicinal Baths, Readings and SacredDance
  • 4:30-7pm: Afternoon Practice—Sacred Dance Techniques
  • 7-8pm: Dinner

Saturday, Sept. 14, Only breakfast served, Checkout by 10am.

* Sundays free (only brunch 11.30am served on Sundays)
“WARNING: This is not a dance class. There are no choreographed moves. There is no one to follow except yourself. We are not trying to look or move in a certain way. WE ARE SEEKING RADICAL FREEDOM. Prepare to blast out of your comfort zone and right into your most thriving Self.”

Themes & Experiences:

New Moon Opening Circle

Students and staff join together to open our sacred space for the program, tapping in to New Moon energy. We will work with intention and other magick to gain clarity and invoke guidance. Here, we will also go over the program schedule and other helpful details to make sure you get the most out of your experience.

Inhabiting the Body & Setting Intentions

Sacred Space, Ritual & Intention

What is sacred space and how do you access it? In this workshop, we will learn how to create specific energetic environments through intention and ritual, personalized according to your own beliefs and style.

Exploring Breath Techniques: Pranayama & Somato Respiratory Integration

Pranayama, the yogic science of breath control, is one of the most powerful ways to work with your own energy. Through pranayama, we can become more connected to the breath and its power to influence our mood, body and awareness. As a central technique to all the New Mystic School modules, it is an ally in all energy medicine and sacred ritual, as it cultivates an authentic connection to the Self. Here, we will learn about this ancient tradition and its basic philosophy, as well as practice several simple yet powerful techniques to enhance our mind-body-spirit connection. From this workshop, you will be able to start practicing and weaving these techniques into your life and classes. Eat only a light breakfast before 9am in order to effectively participate in all of the breath techniques.

Dancing to Charge the Chakras and Aura

Andean Offering Ceremony

The Despacho or Haywarisqa ceremony is an ancient act of ayni/sacred reciprocity between humans and the Awki/Nature Beings in celebration of all that we value. Also called a “pago” or “offering to Pachamama/Mother Earth, you will discover the meanings behind the representation of the many items used to create this beautiful mandala as a gift of “ayni” to Pachamama for all she and the Apus/Mountain Spirits share with us and how the Andean Pagos use this ceremony to transmute energies. You will come away with a deeper understanding and a squeaky-clean energy body !

“Hoja de Coca” Dance

Discovering Archetypes

Archetypes are universal symbols and energies that manifest throughout creation. By consciously connecting to different archetypal families, we can reveal much about ourselves and our world. Here we will creatively explore some key archetypes that will play into the evening’s dance module.


Ralph Payne

What is Sacred Dance?

Sacred Dance is a form of dance in which participants go through a deep healing process by moving their bodies to music carefully selected for the sole purpose of being used on this course. Although it is a group of people involved, the process is very much individual and introspective. Participants can have somatic experiences comfortable in the knowledge that they are in a safe space at all times.

How was my experience?

10/10. Niki Coate (founder of Healing House) facilitates all the dances and creates a holding container in which everyone feels safe to express themselves how they wish. Her energy provides the drive and inspiration for the course. Dances are held most evenings, and complementary workshops are given during the days. Healing House takes care of all accommodation and food, so you don’t need to worry about anything except getting fully immersed in the Sacred Dance experience.


Dancing the Andean Archetypes

“Get into your body like never before–let it shake and writhe and sweat and feel–and begin to unlock your full potential, begin to remember that everything you seek is within.” Niki Coate, Founder of The Pachānanda School of SacredDance “

Working with Dreams

Mindfully connecting to our dreams opens a new dimension that helps us better understand ourselves, our relationships and our realities. We will creatively explore the dreamscape in this mind-opening workshop, and gain tools to continue this journey on your own or with groups. Bring recent dreams that have caught your attention.

Experience Rebirth, Memory and Astral Travel through Dance

Manifestation & Gratitude Dance

Exploring Music: Music Selection & Making Mixes

Let’s consider the music! How do we choose what styles and songs to use for our sacred dance sessions? Where do we get music from and how do we put it all together?  Here we will cover these topics and more, getting a very practical start to music selection through technology.  Bring a computer if you can, and enroll ahead of time so you can get a head start downloading some free software.

The Heart & Healing Dance

Niki Coate, Founder of The Pachānanda School of SacredDance “

Cacao & The Heart: A Workshop & Ceremony

Through this workshop and ceremony, you will gain an understanding about the sacred tradition of Cacao as a heart-opening medicine, as well as have your very own first-hand experience. Are you ready to really open your heart? Eat only a light breakfast this day.

Channeling Dance

Movement Techniques and Styles

Throughout the program, we will have explored multiple techniques for embodiment and dance. Here we will review the techniques and experiences, and give program participants a chance to ask questions and anchor in their ability to host the respective techniques.


Ralph Payne

Why do Sacred Dance at Healing House?

  • You get to study with (and be inspired by) Niki Coate
  • Cusco is a magical place to learn and expand your mind.
  • All the music has been curated and mixed by a DJ with the sole purpose of being used on this course. You won’t hear these mixes anywhere else.

What advice would I give for future participants?

Try to come into the course with no expectations. You will be immersed in Healing House for the whole two weeks, so try not to have any other plans during this time. Remember that you don’t need to have any dance experience or know anything about music. There are no rules, and there is no right or wrong. Just trust in the process, and be prepared to have your mind blown!

Exploring Voice & Percussion

In this dynamic workshop, we will explore techniques to free our voices and use them in creative and meditative ways, as well as look at the tradition of drumming in shamanic lineages, and practice some simple ways to deepen states of consciousness through rhythm. You are welcome to bring your own percussion instrument, but we will also provide some for your use.

Creating & Facilitating the Experience

Practice Facilitating with support and feedback from staff

Niki Coate, Founder of The Pachānanda School of SacredDance “

Full Moon Journey: Empowerment & Initiation Dance

This workshop will be a journey through meditation, breath and dance, as our Empowerment & Initiation Dance.  Tapping in to the energy of the full moon and putting together the pieces from throughout our two weeks, we will do some of our most powerful magick of the program.

Excursions to Sacred Sites!

Personal mentoring and holistic therapies

High-vibe vegan and vegetarian food

PLACE: Healing House Cusco

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