The Carpetbag Brigade Physical Theater offers original physical theater and acrobatic stilts workshops that can be tailored to our participants. If you are interested in hosting a workshop in your area, please contact us.


Up Coming Workshops:


REGISTRATION OPEN (Early Bird ends August 20)

Date: September 21 – 23, 2018
Language: English
Teachers: Helen Goodrum & Alicia Gerstein
Location: Arcosanti Arizona, USA
For more information: Facebook
Stiltasana is a great event to evolve your skills and meet the wider stilting community as we work, train and relax together. It is for performers, stilters, dancers, yogis, and those with a deep curiosity to explore the capacity of their body.Start the full moon weekend and shake off the cobwebs by spending a weekend learning Carpetbag Brigade’s unique acrobatic stilt vocabulary. Participants will learn a mix of acrobatics, butoh and contact improvisation through still point exercises, partner walks, inversions & oppositions and graceful ground movement all on stilts. With a mix of technique and improvisation participants will be given tools to evolve their own sequences. Challenge and classes will be provided for all levels of stilters – beginners, intermediate and advanced. Evolve you skills and meet the broader acro-stilt community.

Enjoy the unique urban desert city of Arcosanti sharing stilt stories by the pool and immersing yourself in the urban laboratory and desert landscape of Arcosanti in Northern Arizona.


Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced levels (Pre-requisite: stilt walk unaided)

Arrival September 21 (6pm dinner, 7:30pm evening class begins), departure September 23 (class ends at 6pm) participants are welcomed to stay at Arcosanti Sunday evening.

Peg Stilts and Knee Pads

We recommend using 2 feet – 2.5 feet aluminum peg stilts for our Stiltasana work.

All participants must have their own knee pads (including those who are renting stilts). These MUST have a plastic outer protection as well as foam. Carpetbag Brigade recommends Triple Eight as a retailer.

Wooden stilt rental from Daddy Long Leg Stilts is available at an additional cost and must be arranged on registration. Aluminum stilts will also be available for purchase, contact daddylonglegstilts.com for details prior to the workshop to ensure they have a pair made and ready for you to take home. If renting stilts, you will need to also bring a pair of sneakers which we will drill onto the stilts. Gym sneakers with laces and a good sole are ideal stilt shoes. Those renting stilts will need to be fitted by Carpetbag Brigade in advance of the workshop (before 6pm on September 21).

Overnight Options at Arcosanti

CAMPING: Camping at Arcosanti requires you to bring your own tent, mattress and sleeping bag. Camping is outside in the Meditation Gardens overlooking the Agua Fria river gorge. It can be windy (bring pegs) and September can be cold at night (high of 95F and low of 40F). If you camp come prepared! All campers have access to a shower inside Arcosanti.

SHARED DORMITORY: Dormitories at Arcosanti are 6 to 9 person shared rooms. You will sleep with other participants and have your own single bed in a shared community space. Arcosanti provides a blanket and a pillow, but you must bring your own sheets and pillow case.  Arcosanti can rent sheets for an additional cost.

GUEST ROOMS: Private single and double rooms are available at varying costs.

Stiltasana Food at Arcosanti:

ARCOSANTI CAFÉ: Arcosanti Cafe provides three meals a day to their community. The Cafe is less than 5 minutes from our working and living spaces and provides vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options. Due to the nature of the work and wanting to take full advantage of the time we have together, this will be the only option available for food while at Stiltsana.

Traveling to Arcosanti:

Participants are expected to make their own travel arrangements to get to Arcosanti (13555 South Cross L Rd, Mayer, AZ 86333, USA).

By car or bus: Directions are on the Arcosanti website. Arcosanti is located one and a half miles (2.5 km of unpaved road) northeast of Arcosanti Road (exit 263) on I-17, near Cordes Junction, 65 miles (100 km) North of Phoenix. If you are coming by bus or shuttle, Carpetbag Brigade will arrange to have you picked up at Cordes Junction.

By airplane: Phoenix airport is the closest airport to Arcosanti. From the airport there is a bus called the “Arizona Shuttle”  which stops at Cordes Junction (our exit off of Interstate 17, about two miles from Arcosanti). You will need to make a reservation on the route that goes to Prescott, AZ. You can check the Arizona Shuttle schedule or make a reservation at 1-800-888-2749.


Prices and PayPal Links:

Stiltasana Camping = $330 – includes tuition, housing and food

Stiltasana Shared Dormitory = $350 – includes tuition, housing and food

Early bird discount ended August 20

* Stiltasana Guest Room will be priced individually as guest room costs vary depending on room desired.

Stilt Rental = $70

Add linens = $15


  1. Apply Online by completing the application.
  2. Pay in full to confirm your place at Carpetbag Brigade Stiltasana 2018. Payment can be submitted via PayPal or checks must be in US$ and  made payable to CARPETBAG BRIGADE and posted to C/O Helen Goodrum, 1425 Paar Drive, Prescott, AZ 86305.

Early Bird prices end August 20, 2018