The Marsh Studio offers aerial act creation retreats, workshops, classes and performances for aerial artists of all levels and aspirations.
Local trapeze classes are offered on a weekly basis, gentle exercise for every age group.
The Marsh Studio is a venue for performance arts…aerial dance, theater, modern dance, and music. The architecture of the space and serenity of nature surrounding the studio create an atmosphere of intimacy and beauty
Retreats give guidance to those who want to deepen their performance art and their intuitive skills for creating aerial dance, culminating in an opportunity to perform a solo which emerged from the days spent here.
Our beautiful location in coastal Georgia serves as the perfect environment for immersing yourself in artistry.

In this retreat, Susan Murphy (assisted by Julianna Hane) will guide you through creative explorations, teaching you to expand a phrase you bring into a dance you love. Structured improvisation will inform presence, personal meaning and connection with your apparatus and an audience.

You will also have a chance to work with apparatus you may not have explored before…aerial strap loops and tetra.  The Marsh Studio has a sling, a fabric, a circus trapeze and multiple dance trapezes; if you want to bring your own equipment, feel free. There will be opportunity to work with your personal apparatus.


WHERE:  Marsh Studio on a beautiful tidal creek and pond.  1258 Blue Heron Ln., SE Darien, GA (map on website)

WHEN:  Friday, Oct. 26-Sun. afternoon, Oct. 28.

Arriving Thursday. night, Oct. 25 and leaving Oct. 26 after the Retreat or Oct. 27, AM.

As always, dinner is served each night, to end the day breaking bread together.

COST:  Cost: $525 which includes: Supper Thursday- Saturday, lodging, hot tubs, kayaks, bikes, 10 hours class instruction including   1/2 hour private lesson with Julianna or me. Additional hour-long private lessons may be scheduled with Julianna or Susan once the retreat has begun.

REGISTRATION:  Please send a deposit of $250 by check to Susan Murphy 1258 Blue Heron Ln., SE, Darien, GA 31305 or via PayPal.  Call 912-437-3775 for information about PayPal Payments or any questions. The balance is to be paid when you arrive.

Aerial Art You Create Retreat Announced April 11-15, 2018




Welcome to The Marsh Studio where Susan Murphy and Don Carson together have created an Authentic Aerial Theater and Training Center like no other. Performances, Retreat Workshops and Personal One -on-One Training Classes are offered. Weekly exercise classes with gentle movement therapy are also offered.

Located just outside of historic Darien, GA on the beautiful coastal marshlands. A quick hour and fifteen minutes from the Jacksonville International airport and just fifty-five minutes from the Savannah International airport.  The Brunswick, GA regional airport that is serviced by Delta airlines is a quick 25 minute drive.

The Marsh Studio Video Presentation

“And this was my true task, to be the music of the body. For truly the body needs a song, a spirit, a soul. And no less, to make this work the soul has need of a body, and I am both of the earth and I am of the inexplicable beauty of heaven where I fly so easily, so welcome, yes…” Mary Oliver

Our Laurels

These are from our students and professionals that have attended workshops and retreats at Marsh Studio.

Throughout Susan’s workshop, I had moments of extreme peace and serenity as though everything else had melted away. Letting myself dive into the emotions we were trying to convey through movement took away all fears and inhibitions about performing. That has taught me to simply move in that moment.

Sarah Johns


“Susan can turn a stale space into a whole new learning environment. I was stuck and Susan allowed me to unfold and nurture my true movement. Working with Susan reminded me that the roots of movement begin inside and work their way out to the limbs. This was a great accompaniment to my aerial training and taking the next step in creating my own choreography.”

Alissa Lynn Feller
New England Center for Circus Arts

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