Dance and Desire–Let me introduce to you…

Let me introduce to you the two women, along with myself,

who will be bringing you so much goodness at our

 22nd Annual Women’s Weekend

the Tribal Quest Experience Retreat —  

Dance and Desire

with Paulette Rees-Denis, Lynea Gillen, and Elena Lipson

April 24-26, 2015

at Breitenbush Hot Springs, Detroit, Oregon


every year, always different…but always incredible

After 21 years of my life-changing Tribal Bellydance Retreat, every spring at this, oh so, perfect bunch of cabins in the wooded mountains–

it has been amazing –our Dance and Vision..

and I am continuing the tradition

with Gypsy Caravan Tribal Bellydance (™) as the core and foundation, plus these two women and their awesomeness! Think self-care, dance, desire, sweat, shimmy, shake, and so much more…

 WHO is joining me this weekend for YOU?

YES, the incredible Lynea Gillen!


Step inside yourself and find your beauty, your gifts and your deep connection to spirit. Lynea will guide you through the stillness of yoga, the wildness of African dance and the healing practice of Tension Release Exercises (TRE). Laugh, dance, release and find your bliss!

PLUS,  I am so excited to present to you your Divine Self Care Mentor —Elena Lipson!

elena lipson

Elena Lipson is a life coach, retreat leader and creator of the 21 Days of Radical Self-Care Rituals online course. Through her coaching, retreats, and programs, Elena works with women all over the world to become the #1 asset in their life, business and the bedroom. And she is bringing this to our spectacular women’s gathering.


IN A COMMUNITY OF AMAZING WOMEN, a retreat and a celebration!


Join us to dance,

to be nourished and to nourish,

to dream and be dreamed,

to honor and cherish ourselves.

We use our bodies and our words, as catalysts

to acknowledge, to build, to create, our dreams and desires, our core feelings,

and we share in our intimate circle of women this weekend.




we desire to feel freakin great, in our bodies, in our skin, in our souls, in our minds, in our businesses…we need and want to be healthy and whole, to feel alive and desired, to desire

we will dance together, Tribal Bellydance–the Gypsy Caravan way–

we will Map our Desires

and we will


Tribal Trance–to move in meditation

 Heal –self care and self love is where to start

Tribal Groove– to move it out and celebrate

 Stretch- into and out of our comfort zones

 Desire–to bring out and bring on what you crave

Listen-inwardly, deeply

Write and Dream — to find the words from the inside out, and we use the Desire Map (Danielle laPorte’s book and methods)


The Celebration

-like the hermit, we dance into the unknown, with a little light to guide those hips, and let life and dreams and words unfold from within us

-like the high priestess, we honor and desire and dream the richness and the life, that we need and want

-like the stars we dance, like children, celebrating ourselves with each other, and allow, ALLOW, us to play and be joyful

Dance and Desire—Won’t you join us this year?

With Elena, Lynea, and Paulette — to give yourself the time, the space, the freedom, to quest, to move and Shimmy, Shake, and Sweat, to laugh, to let the tears flow, to soak and steam and hike and write, to sit, just sit, with yourself and each other, for the weekend that is your treat, your gift to yourself, and then, allow it to unfold into realness and bliss all around you. wow….

AND I offer you and early registration discount! Pay in full before February 1st for an early bird discount!

Register here



What have women said about this annual weekend?

Written up in Fuse Magazine….2014

Immersion RetreatTribal Rocks Breitenbush 2014

I have been intending to go to the Tribal Bliss belly dance retreat for years, and in 2014 I finally made it a priority. The 21st annual women’s Tribal belly dance retreat was held in April in its annual location at Breitenbush Hot Springs in Oregon. In addition to Paulette and Lynea, instructors for 2014 also included Cammi Vance (Darshan) and Carol Vance.

Participants stay in cabins along the Willamette River and are invited to dance, meditate, journal, heal through TRE (tension release exercises), soak in the hot springs, and participate in deep discussions and bond with fellow dancers over the three day weekend. We also were treated to delicious vegetarian meals (and I’m a meat eater!), a relaxed performance salon on Saturday and more time in the hot springs, which are so fabulous they deserve a second mention.

To say the weekend was refreshing, rejuvenating and inspiring would be an understatement. Even months after attending, I am still processing all the insight I have gained about dance, health – and life.


**Breitenbush Tribal weekend:What is a dream if not a vision of what may become reality? And what is reality to each of us? Desire for community,connection…to women to Earth. A venue to host collective expression. How can one explain the balance,that special energeticflow defining this weekend? Certainlythe effort and focus of our leader, her belief in the mystery defining the soil from which we bloom. But there was more…Each woman honoring the others. Each woman sharing the abundance. Each woman being vulnerable enough to share her truth. And each woman allowing flow to lighten her spirit. Breathe in possibility… And exhale LOVE.


**Thank you, thank you, thank you! For such a fantastic retreat! I have never felt so rejuvenated 🙂 I loved everything about this experience. Brietenbush is amazing, my new “home away from home”. What an incredible group of ladies you attract! All of the talented instructors and dancers. Wow, I am so inspired and thankful for this opportunity to learn this dance and be surrounded by such lovely people. 


What was your favorite thing about the weekend?

*Beautiful location, dancing, being with friends, great food and of course soaking in the tubs.

*The energy of the space that we hold. The dance, laughter and the tears.

*Dance jam Saturday night

*Hard to pick just one thing. Probably the community and sisterhood. I have never experienced anything like it. I felt welcome, encouraged, supported and able to do anything without being judged.

*Can’t decide – food, dance, friends and soaking!

*The variety of wonderful instruction, getting to see more of classmates I barely knew, meeting a wonderful new roommate.

What was your least favorite thing about the weekend?

Wish it was a bit longer.

Sunday when it was over.


That it had to end. 


The Particulars

This is a fabulous blend for our weekend of Dance and Desire-add luscious outdoor hot tubbing, steamy saunas, great vegetarian meals, relaxing time to hike, walk the labyrinth, nap, visit, get a massage, in the peacefulness of the mountains, and our circle of dancing women. This retreat just gets stronger and more remarkable every year! This is for all women, no dance experience necessary, but for all Tribal bellydancers too…

Included in the weekend fee are all of your delicious vegetarian meals, the various classes, time for soaking in geo-thermal hot tubs and sweating in the amazing sauna, your shared rustic and cozy cabin (roommate requests taken but not guaranteed). And on Saturday night, we have our infamous informal salon where you can show us your stuff—-be it dance, poetry, a song, a story, yourself!

Got some drums and zils, bring those too! A fabulous weekend, Breitenbush–here we come!

**This retreat sells out quickly so don’t wait!

Retreat starts Friday night at dinner until Sunday at noon before lunch. Breitenbush Hot Springs is a 2 1?2 hour drive south east of Portland, in the mountains. Some people are be flying into the Portland ariport. You can rent a car at the airport.  If you can offer a ride, please let us know, and we will send it out. Carpooling is a great thing!
Roommate request gladly taken, but not guaranteed…Please let me know ASAP who you want to room with. Cabins hold 2-3, with a few bunk cabins for 4 gals! Some have bathrooms and some don’t, see pricing differences. But bathrooms are close by, no problem!

Cabin with bathroom $365 (early registration and paid in full by 2/1/15  special rate of $340),

Cabin w/o bathroom $345 (early registration and paid in full by 2/1/15 special rate of $325)


*There are absolutely no refunds or exchanges.

Deposit of $160.00.00 will hold your spot. Must be paid in full before workshops starts.

We take Paypal or a personal check. You can mail a check to Paulette: (Please email Paulette first so she can hold your spot (up to one week) before you mail a check.)
Gypsy Caravan, 4805 NE Campaign St, Portland,OR 97218

All meals are vegetarian. Food sensitivities can possibly be met, you need to tell me if you are vegan or gluten-free, ahead of time. If you drink coffee, you must bring your own coffee and pot to use, and there is a group refrigerator for a small amount of your own labeled food.

You make your own massage appointment through their office. You need to bring your own bedding and towels, or they can be rented for the weekend for a small additional fee — again you need to let me know ahead of time.


Questions? contact Paulette at

A more detailed schedule will be sent out after the holidays. Plus directions, and what else to bring.

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 Joining us? Register here!

Lynea Gillen, MS, LPC, Lynea is a licensed professional counselor and holds a Master of Science degree in counseling in education from Portland State University. She is the award-winning author of Yoga Calm for Children: Educating Heart, Mind and Body, Mindful Moment Cards and Good People Everywhere.. To date, her Yoga Calm program has trained over 6,000 school teachers, counselors, therapists and parents.

Lynea is a lifelong educator dedicated to the development of human spirit. She has been studying yoga and tribal dance for over 30 years. She is also trained in Tension Release Exercises, a revolutionary practice developed by David Bercelli. In her work she combines these tools to bring healing, inspiration and joy to her students and clients.  Lynea brings a holistic, lyrical and compassionate touch to her  teaching..

Elena Lipson has lived in Russia, NYC, California and today happily enjoys the green trees and fresh air of the Pacific Northwest with her amazing husband, zen-kiddo and sweet-soul pup Chi-Chi. You can learn more about Elena and her work at


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