Awareness through Movement - Gaga, Yoga & Butoh/MB-training
a week of dance & yoga in South Spain
April 8-14 2018
This 6-day workshop, conducted in an amazing nature setting in the mountains of south Spain, is an opportunity to explore awareness through movement. We will use three beautiful systems, that each in their unique way invites into a deeper presence in the body, as you sweat.
It is neither about performance nor perfection, but a journey of finding your own authentic expression. We welcome practitioners at all levels, you need no previous experience in any of the systems - only a passion to move and cultivate awareness!
Gaga is a movement language developed by Ohad Naharin over the course of many years, a language applied in daily practice and exercises by the Batsheva Dance Company members. The language of Gaga originated from the belief in the healing, dynamic, ever-changing power of movement, and it continues to evolve today.
Gaga is a new way of gaining knowledge and self-awareness through your body. Gaga provides a framework for discovering and strengthening your body and adding flexibility, stamina, and agility while lightening the senses and imagination. Gaga raises awareness of physical weaknesses, awakens numb areas, exposes physical fixations, and offers ways for their elimination. The work improves instinctive movement and connects conscious and unconscious movement, and it allows for an experience of freedom and pleasure in a simple way, in a pleasant space. We dance in comfortable clothes, accompanied by music, with ourselves and others. Read more about Gaga here.
The Gaga sessions will be led by dancer Siri Wolthoorn. She was born in 1985 in Aarhus, Denmark. She is educated from Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in Amsterdam, and has worked with Batsheva Dance Company Ensemble, Yossi Berg and Oded Graf Dance Theatre, Recoil Performance Group, Danish Dance Theatre, Ari Rosenzweig and Itzik Galili. Siri has been teaching Gaga since 2009. She is also currently studying Engineering in Human Life Science Engineering.
Siris approach to Gaga is physical, imaginative and intensively connecting to our passion to move. We explore the power of our imagination and investigate our inner animal. We are playful and free as we move with images like "spaghetti in boiling water", "bag of bones" and sense "tickling stuff", ""secret excitement" and "cold showers". We enjoy the potential of our physicality and become available to movement in the moment.
DANCEmandala is a free form movement meditation developed by Areeradh K Tri-Siddha. In a session, you move through different layers of body, emotion, heart and beyond. The music and guidance support release and intensity as well as stillness and sensitivity. The meditative approach and the breath is central through the whole journey.
The ultimate purpose of Yoga is to calm the mind. Our sessions will include postural work that increase core strength, flexibility, breath and relaxation, breathing practices and meditation.
The yoga and DANCEmandala sessions are taught by Sandra Grundstoff, who has taught yoga and meditation for 11 years. She was introduced to meditation at age 6 and fell in love with both Hatha Yoga and free form dance 1993. Her main work is as the lead yoga teacher trainer at Axelsons Bodywork School, one of Scandinavias leading schools for wellness education, where around 200 yoga teachers has been examined since 2014.
Sandras approach to the physical yoga practice is focus on alignment, core work and body awareness. Being present to, and respectful of, the individual bodys needs and boundaries is essential. Her approach to meditation is based on Vipassana - buddhistic insight meditation - with a personal angle, connected to daily living.
Sandra also appears as DJ Grundstoff and will inspire you to integrate all the juicy movement of the week, at the dance party on the last evening!
Butoh/MB-training MB-training means Muscle/Bone or Mind/Body, the physical part of the butoh dancer Min Tanakas Body Weather-work.
It is a dynamic, powerful practice where we move over the floor accompanied by music. All body parts are worked through efficiently. Pulse, flexibility, coordination and balance are strengthened. The awareness of center, alignment, grounding, breathing, time and space is sharpened.
The Butoh/MB-training sessions and Mindful Tapping is led by Hanna Noorberg. She studied Butoh/MB at the Nordic School of Butoh in Copenhagen. She is also an experienced massage therapist, educated in both healing massage and classical Swedish massage. She holds a Bachelor in Public Health and works to build bridges betwen the world of complementary therapies and western medicine. Today her main focus is as a co-founder and teacher of Mindful Tapping.
Hanna lives in the countryside south of Stockholm with her lovely five-year-old daughter. She is a warm and down-to-earth person, appreciated as a teacher for the care and attention she gives each and every student as well as her pedagogic skills. She has a strong passion for dance, especially in the form of free, consious movement.
Read more about Hannas work (in Swedish)
There will also be the opportunity to participate in two mini-workshops on Mindful Tapping, led by Hanna Noorberg. Mindful Tapping is a system of techniques that combine neurobiological research on stress and trauma with practical hands-on-methods that help the brain and body to restore balance and heal from trauma. The practice consists of having a somatic mindful focus while tapping on acupressure points on the head and fingers. Tapping sends calming signals to the limbic brain. The experience often gives a very direct calming effect and helps traumatic memorys become integrated correctly in the brain.
The 6-day workshop daily schedule includes morning yoga practice, daily MB/Butoh & Gaga sessions, evening meditation, Mindful tapping, finishing dance party, breakfast, lunch, dinner and relaxation time in the beautiful nature.
Of course, you can join as many or as few as you want of the activities on the schedule.
The retreat center:
The center is located in one of the most pristine and beautiful areas in Spain, the Alpujarras. at the edge of the Sierra Nevada national park.
You will stay in wooden or cob houses, everything is solar powered, built from natural materials and stunningly beautiful.
The accommodation included is in a shared house with one, two or three other people, with your own bed space of course. You can add an extra fee for a single accommodation. The food is vegetarian, organic and delicious - and for the larger part locally grown. There is water, tea and fresh fruit available for free all day.
The classes takes place in a circular wooden hall with a panoramic view over the mountains, overlooking the sea. There is a beautiful mineral water pool, wonderful walking trails and lots of secluded spots for contemplation, breathing and enjoyment.
Nearest town: Origiva
Nearest airports: Malaga, Granada
We can arrange a shared transport from the airport for a fee of 25-30 EUR (Malaga) or 35-40 EUR (Granada).
We will help you with this via mail, when you have signed up for the retreat and made your travel plans.
Arrival April 8, 14.00-17.00. First Gaga class at 18.00.
Departure April 14, 11.00-13.00. Last yoga class finishes 10.00.
You get more info about the retreat center when you sign up, or on request.
LATE BIRD: After November 10th, 2017, you will pay 500 EUR for the workshops.
EARLY BIRD: Until November 10th, 2017, you pay 360 EUR for the workshops.
This part covers all classes on the schedule - not food and lodging! - and is what you pay for on Billetto.
Food & Lodging Fee:
Additional 300 EUR to be payed on arrival, in cash directly to Hidden Paradise.
Covers 6 nights shared accommodation in a double room, 3 gourmet veggie meals/day + free tea, water & fruit.
Single accommodation – 107 EUR extra to be paid on arrival.
If you wish to reserve a single room, tell us in the form at www.naturewise.dk
When you have paid, your spot is reserved.
If you should cancel before December 1st, we keep 50 EUR for administration.
If you cancel after December 1st, there is no refund guarantee but you can sell your space to someone else.
If the workshop is cancelled, you get all your money back of course, except the small Billetto fee.
Fill in the form at the bottom of the page. We reserve your spot for 14 days.
When you have paid, your spot is reserved.
How to pay:
Pay the workshop via the payment button below.
Before October 1st, you pay EUR 330.
Before November 1st, you pay EUR 360.
If you sign up later than November 1st, 2017, you will pay 500 EUR.
Notice that the Billetto payment covers the workshop part of your retreat only!
If you cancel before December 1st, we will keep 50 EUR for administration.
If you cancel after December 1st, there is no refund guaranteed, but you can sell your space to someone else.
If the workshop is cancelled, you get all your money back of course.
Pay food & lodging cash at the retreat center.
When you arrive at the retreat center, you pay the remaining 300 EUR for food and lodging to the retreat staff - in cash.
You need to bring 407 EUR if you have booked single accommodation.
If you want airport pickup, this will also be paid cash directly to the driver.
We look forward to dance with you!
Contact us for any considerations or questions.
firstname.lastname@example.org, 0045-20149683 or use the contact form below.
NatureWise Yoga & More by Sandra Grundstoff
Nörre Sögade 27, st tv, Copenhagen K