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Sun, 12 May



Hoop, Hammock, Silks and Storytelling Retreat

Learn dynamic tricks, spins and drops, create innovative flows and dive into a world of storytelling and creative movement exploration!

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Hoop, Hammock, Silks and Storytelling Retreat
Hoop, Hammock, Silks and Storytelling Retreat

Time & Location

12 May 2024, 15:00 WEST – 19 May 2024, 10:00 WEST

Lagos, Quinta de Verao, 8600-310 Lagos, Portugal

About the event

Our mission and greatest passion is to create a safe space for your inner artist to soar. Focusing on technique and safety will set the foundation for exploration and play.  We honor and celebrate all aspects of the human experience and invite you to allow those experiences to infuse your imagination and create memorable pieces of art with us.

May 12-19

Silks, Hoop & Hammock with House of Honey Grand Opening

What to look forward to:

Aerial Hoop |  Our hoop classes will be split into three categories: tricks, spins and combos/flows.  We will break down intricate and dynamic tricks and execute them safely, learn proper technique for various spins and create interesting and unique flows.

Aerial Hammock |  Aerial Hammock/Sling- Our aerial hammock classes will focus on three categories: tools for developing personalized choreography, poses, and drops. We will focus on creating combos and flows that cater to your individual strengths.

Aerial Silks |  We will learn different wraps, drops and focus on dynamic foundations in the silk portion of the retreat

Storytelling |  We will explore different qualities of movement and stillness alike, create narratives and storylines to be expressed fully, create intentions for transitions and to just have fun!  We are most excited to debut our “finding your divine feminine” portion of the retreat.  These classes will be centered on accessing and celebrating aspects of femininity and sensual movement.

*performance opportunity in collaboration with the to close out an epic couple of weeks

Detailed description of what we will teach during the retreat:

Hoop dynamics:

• momentum foundationals: hollow beats, bell beats, pike beats

• drops: danger drop, Superman, thigh hitch from spanset, handstand drop

• rolls: elbow rolls, lion rolls, split alien rolls

Hoop spins:

• spinning foundationals: right front spin, right back spin, left front spin and left back spin (learn what they mean and discover what type of spinner you are)

• top bar spin, pumps and walks

• bottom bar spins and flairs

• tweezes

Hoop combo:

- learn a unique and interesting combo


- Shapes and flows

Silks drops:

- Star variations, back dives, wheel downs and bullet drops (roll ups if requested)

Silk wraps:

- Belays, s-wraps and z-wraps

Silk flows:

- Includes split, wraps and drops

Story telling (creative movement):

- Explore movement through different prompts for example: move as if you were a machine

- Explore being still

- Tell your story through movement

Your Instructors: 

Amanda Ritchie

Amanda began performing at three years old. By the age of seven she starred in a local South Florida children’s show, KidZone. Her passion for performing blossomed and before she attended high school she was offered the opportunity to study with the Joffrey Ballet School on scholarship.  During her academic schooling, Amanda worked full time performing with the Ft. Lauderale Ballet Classique. But after graduation, her desire to travel the world led her to run away with the circus as a headlining aerialist/dancer with shows such as: Dezire, Cirque on Ice and Four Spirit of the Elements.  In 2009 until May 2015 she made the bright lights of Vegas her home performing with Cirque du Soleil’s Zumanity and Michael Jackson ONE.  Amanda now lives in Los Angeles, California where she teaches her craft to all ages and all walks of life. In 2020 Grounded in Flight, Amanda’s aerial company and studio, was born.

Elaine Brackin

Elaine Brackin, a Florida native, is an aerialist focusing on the artistry of dance hammock performance and aerial doubles on various apparatuses. Her routines focus on combining athleticism with musical creativity drawn from her background as a singer.  With seven years of experience, Elaine has trained and performed on four continents. She enjoys discovering valuable tips and tricks from various cultures and disciplines that enrich her own practice, as well as give her material to share with her students.

PRE-REQUISITES: Must have an openness and willingess to play and explore. Have a strong interest in building community, strength and confidence. Beginners are also welcome as long as you know some basic moves. We are running an extremely small, boutique retreat so we will have time to give each one of you personal attention and relevant feedback. 

  • Lodging options: 


Shared Room: 2400 euros

UNTIL APRIL 1: 1920 euros

Private Room: 2600 euros

UNTIL APRIL 1: 2080 euros

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How to Get Here

The studio is located 1km from Lagos. You have international flights into Lisbon and Faro. Depending on your departure city, they are more or less expensive. Generally, within Europe, flights to Faro are cheaper and from the United States Lisbon is cheaper. However, in 2024, there will be a direct flight from NYC to Faro so this will be a great option if you’re coming from that side of the pond.


From Faro: you can either take a shuttle, a bus or a private taxi/uber to the studio. Generally the price is about 85 euros for private taxi and shuttles are around 12 euros. It’s a 45 minute drive. We can help you arrange group transport if you’re arriving at or around the same time. 


From Lisbon: Bus is the best option. It’s about 15 euros and takes 3.5-4 hours to get to the Lagos bus station. From there it’s a 5 minute/5 euro uber to the studio. There are also trains but they take longer and you need to change trains at a station not far from Lagos. We can arrange group pick-ups and help you with transport if you’re arriving around the same time. There are private taxi options for up to 8 people at a time for around 300 euros.

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