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Freedom in Connection - Contact Improvisation

2 – 3 February 2019

Žíl in Orlice Mountains

You have an extraordinary chance to experience the contact improvisation in a different way. This approach is going to expand your inner feeling of fullness, openness, tenderness, simplicity, presence, trust and surrender. Through the touch you can improvise with your well-being and the wisdom of your body. The time slows down and the senses open up.

A weekend retreat of contact improvisation in which we are going to focus on how to experience freedom and enjoyment within given constraints. Sometimes given as a task, sometimes by your own choice and sometimes by just the fact we are dancing in contact.

We get into the dance – contact improvisation – itself using a completely different way from we are used to. The mind does not predict, the most important are the physical impulses. The nervous system is tuned to a much finer and more precise degree, the body responds in a more relaxed fashion and reacts more effectively. We are able to change our habits. Our blocks and stagnations lose their importance.

Such contact improvisation has renewing and strengthening effects. It becomes a dance which is integrative. It directs both dancers into balance fosters their movement wisdom. We are going to expand skills which help our dance to become a form of a motion massage. Sometimes such dance reminds you of pleasure and the healing quality of massage, sometimes it’s full of transformation emerging in somatic learning and sometimes it encourages mind to closeness, pulsating and full of life.

Joe Stoller (USA)

He has been researching and teaching movement, touch, and somatic awareness since 1998. He is a Feldenkrais Method teacher, Contact Improvisation teacher, and a Shengzhen Qigong instructor. He is also a registered massage therapist integrating Shiatsu, Phenomenal Touch, Myofascial Release and Somatic Education.

Throughout his international career, he has received a Watson Fellowship for research on Contact Improvisation(CI) in diverse cultures, taught regular Qigong and Awareness Through Movement classes at the Present Moment Retreat (Mexico), and danced extensively with Tumblebones in Boulder (USA).

As a massage therapist he has worked in various contexts including a therapeutic center specialized for athletes, a yoga retreat center, high class spas and in private practice in The United States France. His approach to teaching encourages processes of transformation and learning something new while holding a deep respect for people finding their own way.

Žíl is the place where it all is going to happen. In the foothills of Orlice Mountains in the village of Javornice – Přím. GPS coordinates are 50.169522, 16.392851

The workshop is intensive, arrivals on Friday after 18:00, leaving on Sunday evening.

Price 120 EUR when the deposit of 40 EUR is payed before 26 January, after that the price is 140 EUR.

Accommodation and food 50 EUR.

Interested in this workshop? Book your place!

Workshop:   Freedom in Connection - Contact Improvisation | 2 - 3 February 2019 | Joe Stoller (USA)

For more information reach us at druna@druna.cz or via the phone on +420 725 449 409.