Closing Ceremony – Dance Adventures

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closing ceremonyI’m sort of sad to be writing this last post documenting my trip with Dance Adventures to the Dominican Republic earlier this year. It’s been fun reminiscing through photography on the amazing, life changing time we had in the DR jungle. Today I’ll share images from our last lunch, the closing ceremony, and our final morning at the Dominican Tree House Village.

After our morning zip lining adventure & play time at the Domincan Tree House Village’s very own waterfall, we had worked up quite an appetite! We decided to eat our final lunch at the restaurant at the end of the pathway from the Tree House to El Valle. For lunch in the DR, we had pretty much the same thing every day, even if we were at different restaurants: red snapper, tostadas, rice & beans, & salad. Our last lunch was no different, and it was just as delicious as all our other meals! I even ventured to eat a whole fish, which I’ve never done before & have always been intimidated by. Check another item off the ol’ bucket list I didn’t even know I had!

After lunch I headed back to the Tree House for a massage. Our yoga instructor was also a masseuse! She gave me the most relaxing aromatherapy massage, right in one of the tree houses! From there I went for a solo swim, then enjoyed a little photo excursion around the Village before heading back to our tree house to get ready for our final dinner.

Not that we were at all excited to depart our time together, but I think we had all been a little curious about what our trip leaders, Megan & Cat, had in store for us at the closing ceremony. We suited up with our headlamps, sweatshirts, and bug spray to cross the creek & set up in the yoga pavilion for the closing ceremony. We sat in a circle & watched and listened as the evening unfolded before us. I won’t say exactly what we did (OK, we did burn some shit!), but I will say the ceremony was deeply moving and life changing in and of itself. There was laughter, acknowledgement, and tears. It was the perfect cap on our time together in the DR.

The next morning I took a few impromptu photos before hopping in the van for our three hour drive back to Santo Domingo. As our plane took off and I was able to watch the island disappear beneath me, I was emotional but at peace, anxious to get back to the real world & put what I’d learned into action. A piece of that peace is still with me today & I will forever be grateful to the time I spent with these six other incredible, unique souls in the jungle of the Dominican Republic.

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