Tropical Team-up

March 19th – 26th 2023

Airborne Arts, Costa Rica

Aisling Ní Cheallaigh and CircSci are teaming up again to offer a week long hoop and straps (stroops/haps?) intensive in Costa Rica at Airborne Arts!

The hoop classes will cover Ash’s ethereal and dynamic flows, spins and rolls, while the straps classes will be taught by Aaron Koz and CircSci-tested drills and progressions to give students the building blocks for swinging, spinning, switches, drops, and c-shaping.

With two structured workshops per day (one hoop and one straps) and unlimited training time on top of that, you can either take both the hoop and straps sections or choose a la carte based on what suits your fancy!  

What’s Included:

– Airport to Retreat Center Drop-off/Pick-up
– 7 nights of jungle accommodation 
– Aerial straps immersion  
Unlimited training time
– Three delicious local meals per day
– Beach excursion to Dominical
– Additional Excursion (activity dependent on weather conditions)
– 24/7 mountain-side infinity pool access
– Group games and shenanigans
– Chocolate tacos and Costa Rica coffee
– Fiber-optic wifi for all your social media needs! 

Prerequisites for attending:

This is a mixed apparatus intensive and we are aware that some students may have little to no experience in one of the disciplines. We are therefore asking for a video on your preferred apparatus to ensure everyone is at a safe level of strength and body awareness to train a new apparatus intensively. If you have experience in both hoop and straps you can choose to put both in your video. Only move in a ROM that feels SAFE for you when filming.

  • Ability to straddle up with long arms and straight legs with a spin
  • Demonstrate an understanding of flares
  • Pull ups (between 1 and 3) and push-ups (between 4-8)
  • Ability to hold a meathook on one arm (entry can be two armed
  • A sequence in your apparatus that displays a confident, developed understanding of aerial vocabulary (30 seconds – 1mins).
  • Suggested prerequisites but not required: understanding of c-shaping and ability to hold your Back C (back balance on the spanset, straps back balance/support flag/butterfly, or reverse meathook).

 Not included: 

 – flights to/from SJO (San Jose Airport)
 – optional travel insurance
 – optional flying trapeze classes, massage, et cetera
 – Covid-related costs


The full price of the retreat is $2800 (USD)*. However, there is an EARLY BIRD price of $2500 if a deposit is paid by August 22nd 2022. 

If you would only like to book one class (either Hoop OR Straps) the early bird cost is $1875 while the full price is $2100.

To book click the REGISTER now button and fill out the form. Once your video is approved and your deposit of $500 is payed your space is secure and further information will be sent to you on how to pay the balance. All remaining course fee’s must be paid  one month before arrival.



Highlights from Past Trainings

I’ve been to several teacher trainings that did not feel appropriately leveled where I’ve left feeling like I didn’t learn as much as desired or “get my money’s worth”. This training was the first that I have been 100% satisfied with. The amount of material covered was good, and I appreciated learning so many progressions and drills to help students (or myself) work up to a skill. I feel like I have all the tools I need to build training plans for myself as well as lesson plans for experienced aerialists looking to start straps training. You allowed us plenty of time to work through skills thoroughly and get a full understanding of everything, while maintaining a good pace and not making me feel like I was just sitting around waiting for the next thing. You also made it fun – which is hugely important but not often the case with teacher trainings.

Excellent ability to organize and connect information in an accessible way for people coming from different backgrounds, apparatuses, and motivations. I really enjoyed that the atmosphere encouraged us to offer & receive feedback from one another in addition to your feedback, and practice hands on spotting.

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