FYF Retreat: New York 2018



“After the FYF retreat I feel changed. It is hard to explain but some of the garbage I haul around is gone. I feel lighter and more open. I still have more to explore and learn from. My journey continues, but I don’t feel like I am in such a rush anymore. I learned so much from everyone of you. And truthfully you all feel like family. My beautiful amazing sisters.”



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Our Second Annual FIND YOUR FREE Retreat in New York is happening over Labor Day Weekend, 2018 – it’s one day longer than last year! Scroll down for details on our retreat home, training space, staff, and more.

Retreat Testimonials:
“Coming down today after one of the most remarkable moments in my existence. But the dance isn’t over, the movement is just beginning. Feeling waves of endless love for my newfound tribe of freestyle sisters and am filled with gratitude for everything second of the Find Your Free Retreat.”

“I thought this weekend was going to be nerve-racking and intimidating, I am so glad I was wrong. This weekend was eye opening, creative, emotional, supportive, loving and all around magical. #FYFretreat was exactly what I needed.”

“When I signed up for the FYF Retreat, I thought it would just be an opportunity for me to practice some freestyle dancing while getting away from studio, school, and work life. Little did I know that it would be a completely transformative experience. One that would cause me to catapult into a life of genuine practice and reflection in self-love, slowing down, and exploring spirituality.”

“Forever changed by this retreat. My soul is lighter. Colors have more vibrancy, sounds have more melodies and rhythms, smells have more intensity and things have more texture. Grateful for the unconditional love and inspiration. Feeling alive.”



The Find Your Free Retreat is a 5 day, 4 night experience.
Do you want to find more freedom and joy in your movement?
Do you want to live life more creatively, at the back door of one of the most beautiful places in the world?
Do you want to gain tools to use movement for healing and personal fufillment?
How about greater self-awareness and restoration techniques to make your body feel strong and capable?
Would you like to make meditation a part of your daily life, and see the magic it brings for personal transformation and expanded perspective?
And experience the power of sound in ways you can’t imagine?
Do you want to form geniune and deep connections with your peers, and with strangers?
Do you want to eat right, for greater energy and for you own expansion?
How about having it all captured through the lens of Cecilia De Bucourt?

Oh baby, and there’s more. ♥

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What it includes:
– 5 Nights in a 10,000 Square Food Hudson River Estate
(hot tub, sauna, meditation room, multiple porches & balconies, lots of space, each shared room has private bathroom)
– All Health-Supportive Meals by Chef Kiele (3 meals/day)
– Transportation from the House to the Barn

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Daily Practices:
Morning Mindfulness, Meditation & Somatics (Dr. Linick)
Finding Your Freestyle with Tracee Kafer and FYF Team
Pilates, Restorative Movement & Conditioning
Gong Sound Baths/Therapy
Nature Excursions
Photography with Cecilia De Bucourt (Private portrait sessions available as a seperate purchase)
Fine Art and Creative Exploration
…you can expect more surprises and details when you arrive.

A La Carte Privates Are Available:
Pilates, Movement, Flexibility, Pole, Reiki, Sound Therapy, Somatic Experiencing

Body & Pole Offer:
Come early or stay late in NYC and enjoy 20% Off a Class Package or 7-Day Traincation at the world-renowned Body & Pole! Email findingyourfreestyle@gmail.com if you are interested in redeeming this offer.

The FIND YOUR FREE Retreat Team

finding-your-freestyle-retreatTRACEE KAFER, CREATOR OF FYF®

Dance was a first love for Tracee Kafer, who started at the innocent age of 3. Many moons later, with over 28 years of training in multiple genres and a decade of teaching (domestically and internationally), performing, and choreographing, she has now turned feverishly to improvisational movement to feel truly untethered from genre, style, convention, and apparatus. She believes that if you can move… you can dance, and in honoring that process as a life practice, you can live in a world of personal evolution, community, and freedom.

A true inspiration addict, with an insatiable appetite for both the logical and mystical, Tracee is a tarot and crystal healing enthusiast, Reiki II practitioner, certified Floor Flow instructor, practicing yogi, bibliophile, and graphic design digital nerd with a degree in Advertising.

finding-your-freestyle-retreatEMILY ROSE, FYF & ART EXPLORATION FACILITATOR

Though movement has been her most prevalent form of exploration, creativity and release, Emily Rose originally began expressing herself through abstract art. Emily studied color and form, creating large scale abstractions and photography while obtaining a degree in Studio and Fine Art at Southern Connecticut State University. She is also a published photographer. After years of experimenting with multiple media and concepts for projects she has come to realize that it is not about what you produce or create, but how you do it, as well as what you learn from the failures and successes along the way. She applies this process to her movement practice, constantly reminding herself and her students that cultivation and journey are just as important, if not more, then an end result. Working along side Tracee Kafer and Finding Your Freestyle, has been the perfect platform for her to spread her love of all things creative, moving, and connecting. Emily is also a Reiki Practitioner, FYF Facilitator and Visual Artist for the FYF brand, (with many new projects on the horizon!) Spreading good vibes and love is her passion.

finding-your-freestyle-retreatDR. JESS LINICK, MINDFULNESS & SOMATICS

Dr. Jess Linick is a clinical psychologist specializing in trauma, meditation, mindfulness, and body-oriented psychotherapy. She received her PhD from Columbia University, and currently works in a juvenile detention center in New York City. Dr. Jess began pole dancing while living in Los Angeles at BeSpun in 2011, and began studying at Body & Pole when she moved back to NYC in 2012. Along with Tracee Kafer, she is the co-creator of Pole Speak. She is in the process of becoming trained in Somatic Experiencing®, a body-oriented, trauma-focused healing modality, and is also Reiki Level 1 attuned.

Dr. Jess will be bringing group meditation and mindfulness sessions, as well as personal healing sessions, to the Find Your Free retreat. Personal sessions will focus on mind-body integration, and will encourage people to foster a better connection with their bodies, unlock any “stuck” patterns (both mentally and physically), and to move through anything that may be holding them back from being their most free self. Sessions can be personalized to a particular topic, or can be a free flowing exploration of what your body may be trying to tell you. Dr. Jess will also offer individual meditation and Reiki sessions.

finding-your-freestyle-retreatEMILY SANDERSON, PILATES & CONDITIONING

Emily Sanderson has been teaching movement since age 14 when she started instructing the younger students at her Irish dancing school in Ventura, California. While working towards her degree in Kinesiology she began studying many different forms of dance and movement and earned her first Pilates certification at age 19. After college she started training in the aerial arts, and when she found pole dancing she became hooked. She eventually moved to NYC to work at Body & Pole, teaching and training extensively in pole, flexibility, and floorwork. She is a continuous student of anatomy, yoga, functional movement, and dance, and is a certified instructor in Pilates, pole, flexibility, and Floor Flow. As an instructor Emily hopes to bring her students the same sense of strength and freedom within the body awareness developed by physical training.

finding-your-freestyle-retreatCECILIA DE BUCOURT, PHOTOGRAPHER

Cecilia De Bucourt is a photographer and fashion designer. She started her career as a model at the age of 14 when she participated in Ford’s supermodel of the World contest in U.S. From the age of 15 to 23 she modeled in Japan, Spain, Italy and France and traveled the world which awakened her passion for photography and creating images. Cecilia worked as a stylist, make up artist and hair dresser for a year before she decided to study fashion design at F.I.T. Once she finished her studies and her fashion label was created, she studied photography at I.C.P (International Center Of Photography) during 5 years. Photographing movement and women are her favorite subjects.

finding-your-freestyle-retreatKIELE TURRINI, HEALTH-SUPPORTIVE CHEF

Kiele is a health-supportive chef specializing in plant-based nutrition, vegan, and vegetarian cuisine. She received her culinary certification at the Natural Gourmet Institute in New York City.

Kiele became curious about this lifestyle after a severe nickel allergy. After 7 months of suffering and numerous doctor’s visits, she abandoned all Rx medication and was able to heal herself through clean, organic, plant-based foods. Kiele is passionate about cooking to cure, and understanding that each individual thrives on diets unique to their own specific needs. She embraces the idea that what we eat affects our physical, mental, and spiritual well being.