Thailand Retreat!


An aerial and cultural movement retreat w/ Brittany Naegel (@britsaerialife) in… Thailand!!

The word “Cetnā” in Thai means “Intention”. The steps leading to this retreat began over a decade ago… and as the planning progressed, we kept coming back to the same word, intention. For every intentional step made over the past decade+ has led to this moment. 

If you have a love for aerials and have always wanted to explore Thailand, we hope you’ll join us! We’ll be spending the mornings training, focusing on both soft & hard apparatuses (sling & teardrop). Gaining a deeper understanding of how our apparatus moves, how we move and how we move together (of course, there will be spin work!). The afternoons will be spent exploring pieces of Northern Thailand or relaxing by the pool. To top it all off, we’ll be traveling to an elephant sanctuary where we’ll get to fly alongside these incredible beings!!

Thailand holds a very special place in Brit’s heart and she can’t wait to explore and share space in this beautiful place with other aerial movement lovers!!!

Dates: 4/15/24-4/20/24

Location: Fly Karavek located in Chiangrai, Thailand

Apparatus Focus: Sling & Teardrop Trapeze (soft & hard apparatus, all provided for you)

Prerequisites: Aerial invert required (bent legs okay!). An intermediate knowledge of fabric wraps/skills highly preferred. A yearning for learning, both in aerials and Thai culture!

Pricing: $2700 early bird registration (ends October 1st 2023)

$2900 (after October 1st 2023)

Includes: All accommodations, transportations, excursions, meals and aerial training!

Excludes: Flights 

***This retreat will cap at 12 students!! A non-refundable $200 deposit is required to hold your spot. Please email Brit at to inquire about reserving your spot. 50% of payment is due by February 1st 2024, remaining balance is due April 1st 2024. All payments are nonrefundable.***


Some mo details about the retreat… 

Accommodations: While at the aerial training space (April 15-19, as the last night we’ll be spending with the elephants) each guest will have their own private room with private bathroom. Queen bed w/ AC. 

Transportations: All transportations during the retreat are included in the price. Guests will be picked up on day 1 beginning at 10AM. Choose to be picked up at the Chiang Mai Airport (CNX) or at a hotel in Chiang Mai. Guests will be dropped off at their preferred location in Chiang Mai beginning at 5:30PM on the last day of the retreat. The retreat center is located about 1.25hrs from Chiang Mai. 

Meals: We are told we will have local, organic, farm-to-table delicious meals made for us and we CAN NOT WAIT!! **Gratuity is expected and appreciated. Please plan to bring about $100-125 for gratuity payout at the end of retreat for all cooks, drivers, etc.**

Excursions: We have a wonderful handful of excursions planned for guests to enjoy and learn about Thailand. Some examples include visiting a temple, waterfall, etc. All excursions are included in the price. You may choose to par-take or hang and relax by the pool. On the last night of the retreat we’ll be venturing out to visit an elephant sanctuary where we’ll spend the night to meet these gentle giants and end with an aerial elephant sunrise photoshoot to commemorate the trip!

Example Schedule:

7-8AM Breakfast

8-11:30AM Aerial Training

12-1PM Lunch

2-6PM Excursions / Free Time

7-8PM Dinner

Who this retreat is for: For anyone that wants to explore, learn and dive deeper both in aerials and in another culture that may be different from your own. 

Who it’s not for: For folks that want to bang out a bunch of new sequences, or feel they know it all and their way of doing things is best. 

Instead, let’s dive into the details… be open to different pathways, both culturally and aerially. 

Contact to inquire about reserving your spot on this adventure!

Camille Swift Workshops!!

Coming to EA this fall to teach workshops & a few very limited private lessons we have the ferocious dynamic Camille Swift! We are so excited for our students to get some time with this power house. Her schedule will include both dynamic and creative goodies!

Saturday, Sept 9: Sling 1 Dynamic Foundations @ 2PM & Sling Choreo @ 4:30PM

Sunday, Sept 10: Sling 2 Dynamic Theory and Flow @ 2PM & Character and Artistry (any apparatus) @ 4:30PM

Read all about it and grab your spot here!

Interested in booking a private lesson? Email us at

Our 2022 Student Showcase!!

Our 2022 student showcase is quickly approaching! Our students have been working so hard to present their best for all of their friends and family. Doors will open at 2:30PM, show starts at 3PM. Purchase your ticket in advance for $25, or $30 at the door. After party will be held next door at the Taft Brewporium where additional parking and restrooms may be used. Presale tickets will be available until Nov 12th. After that, you may pay at the door upon entry. If you purchase your tickets in advance, all you’ll need is the name of the purchaser at the door for entry.

We hope to see you all!!

Shannon McKenna (The Artist Athlete) Workshops!

This just in and up for registration 🙂 We are hosting a few silks (also known as fabric) workshops taught by the lovely Shannon McKenna!

A little about Shannon

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 up 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. Career highlights being a magician’s assistant in Portugal, a post-food poisoning silks act in the German show WET, and hanging underneath a motorcycle on a tight wire with the Flying Espanas.

As a coach, Shannon is known for making aerial technique approachable and fun, and she is driven by the belief that artists at any stage in their aerial journey have a valuable creative capacity to share. She is widely sought after to teach workshops all over the world.

In 2018, Shannon launched The Artist Athlete Podcast which contains interviews with professionals in the circus industry. It is available on Spotify, Google Play, Stitcher, and iTunes. She currently lives in Montreal with her cats Puppy and Hervé.

She is offering 3 silks workshops at EA on November 20th! Check them out and read all about them at the link below.

Aerial Finesse: 4 Day Creative Aerial Intensive

We are thrilled to announce our first ever movement intensive hosted here, at EA! Instructors Brittany Naegel and Samantha Hancock will be offering a FOUR DAY MOVEMENT INTENSIVE combining skill deep dives, creative movement games & inward practice development!

This intensive will work to merge two cornerstones of movement: technique and creativity. 

With equal parts skill focus and finding freeness in your movement, you will explore all the depths of your practice, leaving with a better understanding of who YOU are as an aerial mover.

When: 3/30/23-4/2/23 

Where: Our home Studio of Elevated Aerials in Cincinnati, OH

Registration is now closed!

2022 Student Showcase Registration is now OPEN!!

The date is set! On Sunday, November 13th 2022 we will be hosting our 5th showcase. We are so excited to start the planning process and see what our students have in store. Mark all the calendars because you know, it’s going to be incredible!!

If you’re interested in performing – you can read all about it and what’s required here.

Registration closes September 7th.

Intro to aerial classes!

We’ve moved our Sunday intro classes to 10AM for your brunching pleasure! Join us every Friday and Sunday for our intro to aerial classes. Come play in the air and treat yourself afterwards with brunch with your friends. No experience is needed, all are welcome (ages 12+).

We teach group aerial classes in sling, silks and lyra. We switch apparatuses each week so you have the opportunity to try them all and we highly suggest trying them all too!