Healing and Happiness Through Immersion in Dance

By David Schafran, Founder of Somoloco Salsa Immersion


Almost three years ago I had an awakening. An awakening to a part of myself that was lying dormant, unnourished, and unseen. The creative part. The silly part. The loving part. After several years of being "the warrior" social entrepreneur trying to help the world through my health technology startup (eyenetra.com), I was burnt out. My light was dim, my world a bit grey. Something needed to change, and I could only trust that my intuition would take me to where I needed to go.  My path took me to Colombia, and thats where everything changed.

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There I found vibrancy, warmth, passion, flavor, and JOY. And the way to embody that was through living it most literally through an embodied practice: salsa dancing.  

Through immersing myself in the world of salsa in Colombia...the music, the dance, the significance and mindset of it all...I have healed myself and imbued my life with joy, flavor, and warmth that is now fully mine. I will forever be grateful for the opportunity I had to travel to Colombia and experience this transformation.  The power of this experience for me led me do build my company Somoloco Salsa Immersion to make experiences like I had accessible to others. 

We foster healing and growth through imbuing joy, flavor, and warmth into people's lives. We do that not only through showing people, but through allowing them to practice and embody this mindset primarily through salsa...the music, the dance, and the Colombian culture.  Our 1-4 week immersions in Medellin, Colombia combine private + group dance instruction, social dancing, special group experiences (eg indigenous healing, yoga, tantra, and more), and a community of local professional dancers, musicians, and likeminded travelers that facilitate your journey of healing and growth towards a zestful life. 

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