We have no immediate Motion Theater performances scheduled.
But Nina Wise is offering the following meditation retreats…




If you’ve learned some Motion Theater practices and scores, come together and jam! Meet other Motion Theater Artists, improve your skills, and discover the joy of improvising with new and old friends. Full-out play date!

Weekend Motion Theater Summit
with Nina Wise
Saturday–Sunday, August 5–6, 10am–5pm

Wildcat Studio  |  2525 8th Street  |  Berkeley, CA


Learn and practice the foundations of Motion Theater. Playful, lighthearted games and exercises that develop your skills in storytelling, movement, spontaneity, and the art of presence. We work in solo, duet and ensemble forms. People regularly report that the workshop not only improves their improv skills but actually changes their lives.

Motion Improv 1–2
with Nina Wise
8 Wednesdays, September 13 – November 1, 7:30–9:30pm
4th Street Yoga  |  1809 4th Street (upstairs)  |  Berkeley, CA
$320 for 8-week series

Scholarships available for those in need.

Motion IMPROV 1

with Sybil Meyer
Learn the foundation practices of Motion Theater. Discover ways to move with freedom, create spontaneous personal stories, experience the pleasure of creative expression in partnership with others. Develop tools for public speaking, storytelling, movement and presence in a safe and supportive environment. Much less scary than you think! We promise.

8 Mondays,  September 11 – October 30, 7:30–9:30pm
4th Street Yoga  |  1809 4th Street (upstairs)  |  Berkeley, CA
$275 for 8-week series

Scholarships available for those in need.


A Workshop in Meditation, Improvisation, and Yoga
with Nina Wise and Barbara Voinar
Saturday, December 3rd, 1pm–5pm

4th Street Yoga  |  1809 4th Street (upstairs)  |  Berkeley, CA

Suzuki Roshi once said that we practice sitting to be “ready for anything.” The goddess Tara is most often depicted as sitting in a meditation posture with one leg out-stretched, alert and relaxed, ready to respond. In the improv practices Nina teaches, we will learn to express ourselves moment-to-moment in ways that are spontaneous, uplifting and liberating. In yoga with Barbara, we will explore how each asana develops a different quality of action, revealing balance and equanimity. Using yoga, sounding, movement, and improv we’ll cultivate our authenticity and ease of being. The workshop is open to all, both as a tool for greater awareness and an avenue for self-expression.



An opportunity to learn and practice embodied storytelling.  For beginners and those with previous training, this workshop will focus on solo, duet and ensemble practices that are uplifting as well as skill building. You will learn skills in moving with abandon, speaking with ease, presence, and self confidence in public speaking. And you will have a great deal of fun.

Motion Theater 1–2   (CANCELLED)
with Nina Wise and Sybil Meyer
7 Mondays
November 7–December 19, 7:30–10:30
4th Street Yoga  |  1809 4th Street (upstairs)  |  Berkeley, CA


Performance Lab

For people who’ve already taken a Motion Theater workshop. Hone your skills and practice with other trained improvisers.


with Nina Wise
Friday, August 10, 7:00pm – Sunday, August 12, 4:00pm
Su's house  |  13745 Empress Road  |  Nevada City

During this weekend retreat, we will practice Motion Theater on the Yuba River and spend a night watching the Perseid meteor showers.  We will meditate and chant outdoors, practice Motion Theater games in the natural environment, and create improvised performances on the granite boulders, in the rushing waters and still pools. There will be open time for solo contemplation and play as well as organized group activities.

Fee includes all activities/teaching, dinner Friday night, late night hot drinks and snacks for the meteor shower.

To keep the price down, we ask that you make your own sleeping arrangements. There are plenty of local campgrounds if you’re wanting to go rustic and a wide range of airbnb’s if you want to go more upscale. There are three tent sites and one studio cottage on site for an additional fee. We will provide support in connecting participants so they can share housing.

Sliding Scale $275–$350