Values of salt City Circus
Everyone is welcome here. We embrace you wholly as an artist and a human while aiming to challenge you creatively and physically. This retreat is a safe and inclusive space for all gender identities, sexual orientations, races, ethnicities, backgrounds, etc.
At Salt City Circus we are focused on creating a community that embraces individuals wholly as artists and humans. We take a holistic approach to aerial training, focusing not only on working hard but also on advancing skills through play, building relationships, cultivating creativity, reconnecting with nature, and taking time to nourish and rest. This is an off the grid, intimate retreat that gives you space to unplug from technology and tap into community building.
About The Retreat
Cabin & Circus Barn Highlights
Remote & Off the Grid
Our secluded mountainside location nestled in the heart of the Manti-La Sal National Forest outside of Scofield, UT offers a short digital detox, surrounded by breathtaking landscapes and fresh mountain air. The property is powered by a combination of a generator and solar power, and supplied by fresh well water. With no cell reception or internet, you will have the chance to fully engage in immersive workshops and activities and create unforgettable memories.
The spacious three-story cabin sits on 40 acres and features four shared bunk rooms, two communal gathering areas, two bathrooms, and a large porch with spectacular views. Dedicated to fostering community, the retreat will provide opportunities for people to come together, share stories, play, and support one another's growth. It is the perfect place to immerse yourself in nature and form deep connections with others.
Fuel & Nourish
Recharge each day with delicious healthy meals and snacks prepared with care by our professional catering team. Nutritious meals are centered around high quality ingredients, including accommodations for vegan, gluten-free, and allergy-sensitive diets. You’ll enjoy fresh mountain well water, a variety of teas, and coffee that you can self-serve throughout the day.
Expand your skills during this aerial intensive retreat with multiple daily aerial workshops, free time for jam sessions and creation, and specialized classes to round it all out. The property has an outdoor aerial rig and a large two story circus barn with 8 aerial points ranging from 16-28ft. The barn is filled with natural light and has a dedicated area for warm up, body care, and ground movement.
5 or 6 day stay at the retreat cabin
Shared bunk room (price based on bed size)
All meals, snacks, & self serve coffees, teas, & fresh well water.
Your choice of multiple daily workshops
Mobility & flexibility workshops
Open jam sessions
Guided professional photo shoot
Circus movie night
Airport shuttle to and from the retreat at designated times
Your spot is secured after the registration form is returned and deposit is received. The deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable.
50% of tuition will be due within 30 days of your registration (deposit counts towards this 50%). Full payment of tuition is due no later than two months before retreat begins. If this presents a serious hardship for you, please contact us about a payment plan.
Coaches & Staff
Salt City Circus is proud to have a team of passionate and knowledgeable coaches who are committed to helping students achieve their goals. With years of experience in various circus and movement arts, our team has the expertise to guide you through every step of your journey. Our staff care about your experience and work hard to meet your needs during the retreat.
Co-founder & Coach
Kate law Hoflich
Kate has been performing and teaching circus arts for over 18 years. Her background as a professional dancer and her childhood full of dance, gymnastics, and an obsession with general frolicking inform her work and the joy she takes in it. She specializes in dance trapeze, contortion, cyr wheel, Chinese pole, and harness based aerial dance, as well as invented apparatus, and loves partner and group collaborations in the air and on the ground.
Kate is a graduate of the New England Center for Circus Arts and has a long list of teacher certifications. As a coach she loves finding supporting moments of growth and discovery for students and sharing her knowledge of circus arts. As a co-founder and co-director of Salt City Circus Kate is passionate about creating a community and joining her love of nature with her love of circus.
Co-founder & Coach
Rachel is a dynamic movement artist whose training includes both technical and street dance styles, contortion, partner work/acrobatics, and aerial arts. She specializes in aerial hoop, loves invented apparatus or anything that spins, and has a knack for weaving different disciplines together. A collaborator with an insatiable desire to learn, she will try just about anything once and is constantly baking treats for anyone that will eat them.
As a coach and co-founder of Salt City Circus, Rachel is passionate about creating a supportive community that helps students build confidence and find their movement voice. Her classes incorporate a fusion of energized play, mobility, Pilates, mindfulness, expression & connection. Home is the Pacific Northwest where she adventures with her wife and pup.
PJ is a corde lisse specialist who approaches aerial with a slow and dissective mind, curious to understand the mechanics of how things work in addition to exploring the infinite space between skills. She relishes the creative process and exults in the opportunities to perform her work locally, nationally, and internationally.
PJ's background as a kinesiologist and pilates teacher lend to her an analytical eye and extensive creative cuing vocabulary as a coach. Balancing coaching, training, and performance not only gives her plenty to do, but is her dream job. PJ is phasing out of international performance contract work to focus on coaching and local community building. She lives in Bellingham, WA, and is currently homesteading near Mount Baker with the love of her life, Ramona, her herding mutt.
All Bar Coach
Mykelle is a multidisciplinary performing artist and researcher who strives to combine her intellectual and physical curiosity. In her primary discipline of aerial acrobatics, Mykelle has performed internationally through varieté shows, artistic festivals, and cruise ships in aerial hoop, hair suspension, and aerial straps. She often ventures out of the circus tent and explores other areas of performance including modern dance, durational performance, and devised theatre. Mykelle deeply informs her practice making connections between philosophy, critical theory, and aerodynamics. Using a foundation in metaphysics she transforms the critical thinking of philosophy into a movement based practice to create complex, layered work.
Originally from rural Idaho, she has worked with organisations such as Animate Objects, AIDA Cruises, Virgin Voyages, and the New England Center for Circus Arts. She has been supported by the Idaho Arts Commision, Alexa Rose Foundation, and the Frequent Flyers Aerial Dance program. After founding the Boise Circus Guild and serving as president and artistic director for five years, she is currently matriculated at Mount Holyoke College on full scholarship to study philosophy and dance. She lives with her wife and loves to hike in the mountains.
Shannon McKenna was never a dancer, never a gymnast, but one hell of a tree climber.
She earned her B.F.A. from NYU with a concentration in physical theater and decided the summer after college, without much idea of what it meant, to become a circus artist. She packed her life in a suitcase and traveled the globe in search of the best coaches to teach her and put her work on any stage she could. Her performance work has spanned from traditional shows in large arenas to intimate contemporary pieces in small black box theaters. She performs as a solo artist, a part of artistic duos, and ensembles.
As a coach, Shannon has a reputation for innovative choreography and progressions on aerial silks as well as for making aerial technique accessible to a diverse student population (particularly aerial straps). She believes that artists at all stages of their aerial journey have unique and valuable perspectives to express. She is internationally sought after for workshops, both technical and creative, and has been a featured instructor at retreats and festivals including The Aerial Dance Festival in Boulder and The Irish Aerial Dance Festival.
In 2018, Shannon launched The Artist Athlete Podcast interviewing professionals in the industry as a resource to start conversations in the circus community. It is available on Spotify, Google Play, and iTunes. She currently lives in Montreal with her cats Puppy and Hervé.
All Bar Coach
Amaya Alvarado is a multidisciplinary circus artist and lover of movement. Amaya has performed with a number of renowned companies including Comedy Central, Summer Stage NYC, Nimble Arts, and Aerial Angels, and she is the founding director of Aiya Productions. Amaya is a movement storyteller and her work has been called “hilariously vulnerable” and “beautifully touching.”
Amaya specializes in Trapeze, Chinese Pole, Hand to Hand, Aerial Partnering, and Handstands. She has studied with incredible coaches and innovators at NECCA, Cirque du Soleil's ArtCorps in Montreal, and at the Beijing Acrobatic School. Currently, Amaya is an Executive Director of the Wise Fool New Mexico circus school.
“Happiness, not in another place, but this place not for another hour, but for this hour”