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Our Story

Finding Inspiration in Every Turn

The Vision 

“It’s not down on any map;  true places never are.” - Herman Melville 


Explore Aerial Reteat's creators, Sarah and Shaina, joined creative forces back in 2019. They lived less than a mile away from each other in Northeast Portland and became aerial training buddies through gig work right before the pandemic. The 2020 lockdown motivated a fast friendship. They were most often found training together, working on duo material or walking to the Alberta Arts District for cheat day donuts, while practicing their Spanish. The seeds were planted and Explore Aerial Retreat blossomed soon after!

As kindred spirits who draw inspiration from similar realms, they mapped out a vision to not only share their beloved aerial practice, but to carry it to many corners of the world.  With an emphasis on sunny and salty locations to beat the blues of the Pacific Northwest 9 months out of the year, they launched their first Explore Aerial Retreat in Dominical, Costa Rica, in the winter of 2023. Together, they believe this retreat truly embodies their tenacious, curious, and artful approach to the beautiful adventure that is their life, their travels, and aerial career. 


The Mission

Shaina and Sarah believe in a holistic approach to all levels of aerial training from recreational students to seasoned professionals. We put our heads together to create a soulful week of play, learning & growth, guided by a carefully curated itinerary made with focus on energetically balancing the mind, body, and spirit through yoga, meditation, breath work, multi-level aerial technique training, and creatively-driven workshops. 

It is our mission to create a safe space with a community of movers who outwardly encourage their own (and that of one other’s) personal, artistic, and technical growth- in the air, on the mat, and everywhere in between.


We aim to keep the inspiration flowing, renewing our curriculum annually with fresh material & profound themes to guide our week together, along with an adventure (or three) to satisfy our inner wild child! We hope to set the tone to foster connection, lifelong memories & friendships between our guests from all races, ages, genders, sexual orientations and walks of life.


We seek to empower all of our students to hone and own their skills as teachers and equals that have come together from different backgrounds to hold space for even more learning opportunities throughout our week together, and beyond!


Explore Aerial Retreat proves itself year after year to be a profound experience for each student who attends! 

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