Warrior Woman

December 15th-December 20th

Spaces limited as this is meant to be an intimate and deep experience!

Mahea Uchiyama Center for International Dance
729 Heinz Avenue, Berkeley

$375 early bird - before November 20th/$450 regular -  after November 20th
($150 deposit must be received by November 20th to secure the early bird price. Daily pass with approval only, and space providing….)

Contact Miriam to reserve your spot and to be sent the full workshop schedule. 
Check out the Facebook event to see who else is going! 


Warrior Woman is a dynamic and diverse annual weeklong intensive training incorporating dance, music, and focused inquiry.  This week falls during a powerfully charged time of year leading up to the winter solstice, and the New Year.  Over the course of the week students are guided on an empowering movement journey creating personal dance scores that embody each individuals unique potential.  Each day opens with an intention, a heart centric meditation, and guided journaling. Then the session moves into intensive dance training, incorporating Nava technique (Miriam’s signature format,) martial arts techniques and core strength training.  These practices not only help build stamina, but also encourage dancers to take away new practices for healthy diverse strength training.  Ethno-contemporary warm up sequences, and guided improvisational scores will inspire dancers towards creating their own choreographic sequence.  The art of gesture will also be explored as a means for expressing our super-hero, super-power strengths.

Did you know that women were known to be the first drummers?
YES! Women played frame drums in ancient cultures worldwide for healing.  Join frame drum specialist Marla Leigh Goldstein, for a transformational journey in sacred frame drumming, world rhythms, and healing trance.

This year we will have two very special musical guests; Rachel Valfer (vocals,) and Marla Leigh Goldstein (frame drumming.)  Each afternoon we will have a music session (focusing on either drumming or singing.)   The day will close with an improvisational session incorporating live music and dance scores offering an opportunity to integrate all aspects of the workshop.  The weeklong intensive will culminate in a Solstice ritual in the forest with live musical accompaniment and a presentation of each warrior woman’s dance piece that has been carefully constructed over the course of the week.  


December 15: Embodying Devotion & Gratitude, Opening rituals

4:00-6:00- Dance Session

6:00-7:00- Light potluck meal

7:00-9:30- Illahis with Rachel & Turning Towards the Heart

December 16:  Finding the Compassionate Warrior within

3:00-6:00- Dance Session

December 17:  Moving with Humility and Grace

10:00-1:00- Dance Session                      

2:00-4:00- Singing with Rachel

7:30- Shebi Arus (Annual Sufi whirling ceremony in honor of the great mystic and teacher Mevlana Jellaladin Rumi)

December 18:  Cultivating Patience & Discipline

10:00-1:00- Dance Session                     

2:00-4:00- Frame drum with Marla

December 19The Art of Gesture & Generosity

10:00-1:00- Dance Session                        

2:00-4:00- Frame drum with Marla

December 20Opening the gates of Equanimity & Solstice ritual in the redwood forest

10:00-1:00- Warrior Women presentations (with live musical accompaniment) & Solstice rituals                     

followed by a potluck picnic! (1:00-2:00)           

(December 21: optional hot spring field trip excursion! separate payment….)

**schedule subject to change



I recommend this workshop to anyone yearning to find a deeper meaning of life through dance.  As we reflected on the deeper layers of our humanity the open dialogue helped us form a sisterhood and safe space where we could then explore movement in space.  The warm-ups and choreography seasoned and empowered us to embody our authentic warrior woman within.
— Samia Karimi
“A wonderfully epic chapter of Miriam Peretz’ ever-dynamic evolution as an Artist and Guide.”

— Ronnie Brodsky