Thoughts from Retreat

June 23-26 2016.

Indiana University.

Ft. Movement Exchange dancers from across the country.

As the delegate for UC San Diego, a Movement Exchange chapter that’s just celebrating is first official year in action, I had no idea what to expect at our first summer retreat with the national organization. Our team hadn’t yet gone to Panama and had never met any other chapters. In fact, we hadn’t even gotten to meet our own chapter mentor in person yet! But after everything at retreat, I can confidently say that we (1) are feeling ready for Panama, (2) will be staying in touch with the other chapters, and (3) love our chapter mentor – yay Adele!

To boil it all down, here are the Top 3 Things I learned, through 3 amazing days of in-person stories, networking, and movement workshops.

What does it mean to be part of a MOVEMENT?

To pour your heart and soul into a cause. To be proud of what you do. To celebrate each other’s successes and collaborate against common challenges. And to know that you are not alone.

Why are we all here, and why do we do what we do? 

The answers to that question were at once completely different but all the same. Through learning the journeys that brought each of us to dance service, and hearing about the heartwarming stories and experiences that motivate each person to keep doing what we do, I could feel an instant connection to these people that I’d never even met. Dance and the experience it gives you is something difficult to put into words. But I could sense the passion and emotions behind every inspiring story, and I truly cannot wait to create more of these moments with my own team as we head off to Panama for the first time this upcoming September.

How do we plan to stay connected?

None of us is as powerful as all of us. Whether it’s collaboration projects, joint awareness campaigns, troubleshooting, or even having pen pals, there were no shortage of ideas this weekend. One of the most helpful takeaways for me at the retreat though, was learning about the art of social media and branding (thank you Hannah!). Curious about all the other things we learned and experienced throughout retreat? Check it out yourself, with the tags #MovetoChange or #MovexRetreat.

**Huge thank you to Anna, Kimberly, and Hannah for putting together an absolutely inspirational weekend for us all. And sending much love to all the passionate dancers I met on retreat.

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