Dear Jonathan and Olivia


I am almost at a loss for words to tell you how overwhelmed we were with all you did.  The venue, the music, the food ... all impeccably planned and executed.  As someone who has organized Tango festivals, I was stunned by all that you accomplished.  Possibly the most meaningful detail, for me, was the welcoming and generous nature that you both displayed.  I felt privileged to share the weekend with you.


I found the floor craft to be very good and the dancers courteous.  Everyone was friendly and fun.  The music was very good.  The food, wine and deserts were amazing.  Congratulations on hosting an event with such a positive feeling and thank you so much for including us.


I send you both warm embraces and many thanks,

Nat (Natali)



A superb event thanks to Jonathan and Olivia, the incredibly charming and generous organizers, and the great DJs who kept the energy at a high level all weekend. Attendees from all over the country danced masterfully in close embrace, taking care of their partners and fellow dancers. So happy to be included in this amazing invitational milonguero dance event...a truly Zen experience! Hope to see everyone back for part two in February!


Thank you both once again for a really delightful weekend which certainly surpassed and Encuentro I've attended thus far. You guys outdid yourselves! Hope our paths will cross again in the not too distant future...

With love and kisses,

Margaret (Sachs)



Hi Jonathan and Olivia,


I want to congratulate you on an event very well done. Very well organized and you guys are very loving and caring, and the event reflected that.  


Thank you.

Carlos Rojas



Hola Jonathan y Olivia


You two are AMAZING!!!!!!!


Nat (Francis) and I had an incredible time at your Encuentro Milonguero Berkeley. We appreciate the hard work that you both went to. You are obviously dedicated to the endeavor of inspiring people to have the best tango experience that they can. Your attention to detail and hosting finesse was not lost on us. You are both very skilled at such talents.


I simply can't imagine how many months and hours you put towards this event but the raft of Port Townsend participants are in awe. We hosted a festival for several years in the past and we know just how much effort is required to pull of something special. You outdid yourselves!!!!!


Aside from the delicious meals (incredible), decadent desserts, endless beverages, fabulous music and terrific line of dance, the minutia of ensuring no one was left on their own during the milonga was, well, what can I say, nothing short of mind blowing!


We hope to see you soon again.

Much love and fondness,

Ruthie (and Nat) xoxoox

(Ruthie Phelan and Nat Natali)



Dear Jonathan and Olivia

Your Encuentro Milonguero was great! Good food, new tango friends and accompanied by fantastic music. Well, I thank you!!!


I appreciate all the hard work that it took to make it happen. I had fun! Thank you for the tanda Jonathan. I enjoyed dancing with you!!!


Liliana Tooley



Jonathan and Olivia


I'm very grateful that you invited me to be a part of your wonderful event. The hosting and entertainment were beyond compare and the event was so friendly.


Warm hugs,


Ashvin (Iyer)



What an enjoyable weekend. Every tanda was exquisite with friendly, skilled leaders. I made new friends from Denver, Portland, and San Diego -- and enjoyed my favorite Bay Area milongueros as well. The dinners, dessert and wine were delicious. The location was convenient, the atmosphere intimate, and the floor impeccable. I look forward to your upcoming President's Day Weekend Encuentro -- Suzanna Gratz



Loved the Encuentro and met so many nice people and had so many memorable tandas.

Adrienne Horton



Hi Jonathan y Olivia


Encuentro Milonguero Berkeley was a really fun event with wonderful dancers and special foods! Thanks for arranging this event! Looking forward to the next one!


Junko (Shimazaki)



Jonathan y Olivia, et al.......


You and your team created a heartfelt and unforgettable Encuentro/Berkeley.


Thank you!

Marcia Van Lieu



I had a delightful time at the Saturday afternoon milonga in the sunlit Finnish Hall, thanks to a super warm welcome from Jonathan and Olivia (who had clearly worked hard to add special touches to the event) and DJ Ashvin, and the dancing embraces of long-time tango friends visiting from Seattle & Portland. Congrats on the Encuentro Milonguero Berkeley!


Chelsea Eng (attended Sat afternoon milonga)



Dear Jonathan and Olivia,


Just wanted to thank you again. I had a wonderful time at the Berkeley Encuentro. The venue, dancing, food, and music was wonderful and I had a great time meeting new and old friends! Thank you for aligning with our overall vision of the Encuentros. The seating, cabeceo, and use of the codes really enhances the quality of our dance experience overall, so thank you!


xxoo Liz (Haight)



Dear Olivia,


Thank you again for a wonderful weekend at Encuentro. We had so much fun! The dinners were especially enjoyed!


See you at Belrose.


Pam (Shreeve)



The Berkeley Encuentro was my second Encuentro and my most lasting impression is the consideration and respect people show for one another. It's done the impossible: show that tango and social dance are actually compatible.

Bob Landsburg



You guys did one hell of a great job!

1st Class!

Need I say more?


Johnny Glatzer



Dear Jonathan y Olivia,


My enthusiastic gratitude for the fabulous job you did hosting the first Berkeley Encuentro.  It was a lovely, hospitable milonguero feast.  Yummy food, wine, company, music and, most of all-- dancing.  Profuse thanks for the enormous labor you devoted to making our Labor Day Week-end so memorable.


Un abrazo milonguero, Judith (Stacey)



Jonathan y Olivia


Thanks so much for including me, especially at the last minute.  You guys did a marvelous job hosting what is surely a bear of an undertaking; alas, it was a 'golden bear'! I think a good time was had by all......next tanda....


Abrazos, Kelly (Doyle)



Jonathan and Olivia


We are just back from the trip and want to thank-you for the wonderful weekend!  We know so much time and effort was spent on the event and the wonderful hospitality and accommodations were evidence.  We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and hope to see you again sometime soon.



Barry L. Gillaspie



Our deepest appreciation for inviting us to your wonderful encuentro. We had such a lovely time. It was a well-planned and well-attended event with great attention to detail, reflecting much thought, care and generosity from both of you. Heart-felt congratulations, and wishing you the best in future endeavors that promote the tango we all love.



Neri and Jeff

Scottsdale, AZ



The Berkeley Encuentro was a class act! All details were well considered and carried out. From great DJs to awesome food and a lovely dance floor.  Reading all the changes that will be made for the Feb 2016 Encuentro shows the caring and class that Jonathan and Olivia bring to their organizing.  The dancers were skillful and friendly. A terrific weekend! Abrazos,

Sally (Churgel)  



Jonathan and Olivia,

Bravo!  I so understand the complexity of organizing such an event and you folks did an exceptional job.  I had a wonderful time and look forward to the next one.

Congratulations and get some rest,

Richard (Cammack)  


Jonathan and Olivia,


'As I entered the floor, I knew I was in the right place, the right embrace, the right connection.  Each lead and tanda was filled with newness and wonder.  I am grateful that this form of Encuentro has come close enough to me that I could drink from the well of richness.  Thank you Jonathan and Olivia for your endless effort, offering to our tango community, your focus on details and bringing such lovely people together in Berkeley.  I look forward to more, both near and far.'

Lizbeth Hamlin



Dear Jonathan and Olivia, I had the best weekend dancing ever at your encuentro. Incredible job you and Olivia did. Took me 3 days to come down from the high of it.  We actually had a breakthrough in our dance together as a result of the good partners we danced with during the encuentro.


Blessings to you both.  

Barbara Baumgartner



Dear Jonathan and Olivia, Thank you for a wonderful Encuentro.  Your warmth and generosity shine. Steve and I had a great time.  


Besos, Dvora



Dear Jonathan and Olivia,


Thank you both for the wonderful job you did in creating a wonderful event last weekend.  One of the biggest things lacking at most milongas and in many festivals is the social aspect.  This was perhaps, the nicest thing about the weekend -- the opportunity to get to know dancers from all over.  And because it was milonguero style, we didn't need to worry about the nuevo dancers only dancing with other nuevo dancers, etc. Your attention to detail was really appreciated.  Feeding people and feeding them well, as you did, really made a huge difference in the camaraderie of the event.  Thank you for your attention to vegans, like myself.


Stuart Kandal  



Dear Jonathan and Olivia,  Thank you for the exceptional time we had last weekend at your Encuentro.  The energy at the milongas was enjoyable throughout.  In addition, your endless -- and clearly exhaustive -- attention to detail was outstanding and overwhelming.  Your Encuentro was and will always be a success because of your love for Tango, the attention you give all participants and your warm and caring personalities.


Besos y Abrazos,  

Gonzales x 2 (Alberto and Enriqueta Gonzales)



Hi Jonathan and Olivia


That was the best Encuentro ever!

I had such a great time and I think everyone else I talked to said the same thing. From the music, to the food to the level of dancing to the friendly welcoming atmosphere, you all hit it out of the ball park and thanks to all of the lovely people who attended. It was fabulous!

See you soon. Best regards!

Niki (Glen)  


Hi Jonathan and Olivia,


Well, it's been a week and hopefully you've had a chance to catch your breath after the stupendous effort you put into the event. I thought the food was marvelous!


It's clear that many people had a marvelous time and felt so very welcomed and taken care of by you (as well as those who were helping out). You both worked your butt off to make everything a success. I know how much organization and time it takes to plan and execute events like this. So kudos to both of you!!


In sum, we had a really nice time, and it was great to see many friends. You should be proud of how well the event turned out -- all that hard work paid off!


Congratulations to both of you and thanks for inviting us!

Christopher and Caroline


Hi Olivia and Jonathan,

I did open the newsletter, but I have been traveling and didn't have time to write to you all.
That was THE best Encuentro Ever .

I had such and great time and I think everyone I talked to said the same thing. From the music to the food to the level of dancing to the friendly welcoming atmosphere .

You all hit it out of the ball park and thanks to to all the lovely people who attended . It was fabulous !

See you soon. Best regards, Niki