23-28 July 2020
Body Love Festival
Live Music stage with international artists. Interdisciplinary Movement Workshops and Children Program.Holistic Healing Area, Landart Installations & Organic food.
Florencia Lamarca (Fluent Body), Joy Tyson (Voice Impro), Lia Pavlidis (Tribal Shake), Ben Pavlidis (Music), Stella Caric (Urban Dance), Nadja Schwarzenbach (Contact Improv), Brigitte Breternitz (Vinyasa Yoga Flow), Marielle Gerke (CI & Somatics), Erik Manouz (Music), Guru Suraj (Contact Improv), Matze Jechlitscha (Music), Nuno Salem (Embodied Process), Sophie Kinkel (Grinberg Method), Hugh Stanier (CI & Contemporary Dance), Zinn Da (Fire Puja) and more
A festival that will create a space for interdisciplinarity, encounter, exchange and sharing. An environment to explore your awareness and love of your body.
Celebrate with the international communities
Join this unique event to unite and celebrate with the international communities of body awareness, music and dance. Only one and a half hour from the most vibrant city of Europe, the site is located on a large farm in the country side directly on a lake. Come with your tent, camper or rent a room in the spacious farmhouse. Children are welcome!
Amseltango Barnin Lake. Wonderful venue in an old german farm house directly on the lake. Beautyful garden, fireplace, in- & outdoor dance floor, atelier with lake view. A dream place for our Body Love. Aditionally we rented the entire Strandbad for our festival. There we can camp, dance, cook, celebrate. With own dancefloor and all facilities toilets, shower, electricity etc. Plenty of space for campers and tents. Only 5 Minutes walk to the farmhouse.
Come by car
If your planning to come with your own car please bring as many people as possible with you! We have a Facebook Event use this to get in contact with each other. Please take special care to include the people from other countries arriving by plane in Berlin. If you might have a place to stay before or after the festival, please offer it to those they will be very thankful.
You can share informations, looking for a ride or communicate about a place to stay in Berlin before you come to the festival through our Facebook Event
Adress: Hof „Amseltango“, Lindenstrasse 10, 19089 Barnin & Strandbad 19089 Barnin
Arrival by train:
Next Train Station is Crivitz, you can reach it from Berlin or Hamburg. You have to be at the train station that day in the morning 9.00 a.m. to meet other participants from festival to travel cheaper in group tickets ! To make this trip as comfortable and economic as possible you should travel in a group of 5 people. With the special mini group Ticket Quer-durchs-Land-Ticket, price € 78.- , with 5 person (15.60 € per person, bring change! Bycicles cost € 5 extra). Chose the box only local transportonline, because No IC or ICE train possible with reduced group ticket. You will get Tickets on the vending mashine on the gate in the train station. Meet in groups at the gate and be on time. Have fun with each other, the festival has already begun =)
You need to walk from the train station to the lake campside/ farmhouse (about 1 hour) There will be an luggage pick up and scouts with way discription at train station at 1 p.m. only. PLEASE TAKE TRAIN WE RECOMMEND IN ORDER TO BE ON TIME!
Arrival at the venue Please arrive and register at the venue the Farm house on Thursday 18 July from 13.00 on. Not before.
Registration:Please register first moment you come between 13.00-16.00 at the registration desk. Bring cash in € to the registration that day to complete your festival fee. No ATM close by!
Securtity our venue is a super lovely Strandbad & Farmhouse with gardens in the sweet nature of Barnin. We will be there with many people, tents, campers, kitchen dancefloor etc. The Strandbad is an public space not an secured camping site! You have to take care of your valuables all time by your own. Best is not to bring unessesary valuables like Labtops, expensive cameras. There is rarely a cellphone connection or Internet. As well in the house will be no Internet provided. Make your arrangements for your further travels before you come to the Festival. With open questions for your way back we will help you to organise there, dont worry!
Use this days to live the new luxury of being UNPLUGGED and RELAXE completely!
Very important to bring EVERYONE(as well those sleeping in the house):
-sleeping bag (and bedsheet)
-rain jacket and pullover. Think about wearing layers !
-your own dishes
-knife, falk, spoon etc.
-a own bottle (to be filled with drinking water)
People in tents bring additionally;
to swim and dance in the lake:
-Bathing suite, Bikini etc.
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Lets dance, jam and celebrate!
Your Body Love Festival Team
Our delicious outdoor kitchen with serve up to 80% organic food from local providers.
Come with your own tent or camper van. You can also chose between different limited rooms in the farmhouse for economical price.
On three mornings during the Festival you join one Intensive course, either Contact & Somatics, Tribal Shake or Contact Improvisation. You can choose the first morning which one you want to follow. This gives the teacher the possiblity to build up the material and develop a deeper process into the form.
After registering you will receive a mail with our bank details. CHECK your SPAM filter! You need to pay 100€ deposit to our association account within the next 5 working days to confirm your participation. In need of cancellation, we will keep 50% of your deposit before June 20th 2020, if your cancellation happens after June 20th 2020, we will keep the full deposit. Participation is on your own risk. Please note that if you are under medication, or are suffering from any severe physical injuries, please let us know before registering
The organizer reserves the right to cancel the festival, even at short notice, if there is a danger to the well-being of the visitors and organizers, such as viral infections (corona epidemic), storms or natural disasters (fire, hurricanes, floods). In this case the organizer cannot be held liable for private failures. Deposits will be refunded at 100%. To prevent further personal loss, we recommend to take out a travel cancellation insurance.
We reserve the right to refuse your participation, if necessary without giving a reason. In any case you will get your deposit back.
You can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions.
Após o registo, receberá um e-mail com os nossos dados bancários. VERIFIQUE o seu filtro de SPAM! Você precisa pagar 100 euros de depósito na nossa conta de associação dentro dos próximos 5 dias úteis para confirmar a sua participação. Em caso de necessidade de cancelamento, nós manteremos 50% do seu depósito antes de 20 de junho de 2020, se o seu cancelamento ocorrer após 20 de junho de 2020, nós manteremos o depósito completo.
A participação é por sua conta e risco. Por favor, note que se você estiver sob medicação, ou se sofrer de qualquer lesão física grave, por favor nos avise antes de se registrar.
O organizador reserva-se o direito de cancelar o festival, mesmo a curto prazo, se houver perigo para o bem-estar dos visitantes e organizadores, como infecções virais (epidemia de coroa), tempestades ou desastres naturais (incêndios, furacões, inundações). Neste caso, o organizador não pode ser responsabilizado por falhas privadas. Os depósitos serão reembolsados a 100%. A fim de evitar cancelamentos pessoais, recomendamos que você faça um seguro de cancelamento de viagem.
Reservamo-nos o direito de recusar a sua participação, se necessário, sem dar um motivo. Em qualquer caso, você receberá o seu depósito de volta.
Você pode nos contatar em email@example.com para qualquer pergunta.
Nach der Registrierung erhalten Sie eine Mail mit unserer Bankverbindung. Prüfen Sie Ihren SPAM-Filter! Sie müssen innerhalb der nächsten 5 Arbeitstage 100€ auf unser Vereinskonto einzahlen, um Ihre Teilnahme zu bestätigen.
Im Falle einer Stornierung behalten wir 50 % Ihrer Anzahlung vor dem 20. Juni 2020, bei einer Stornierung nach dem 20. Juni 2020 behalten wir die volle Anzahlung.
Die Teilnahme erfolgt auf eigenes Risiko. Bitte beachten Sie, dass Sie uns vor der Anmeldung informieren, wenn Sie unter Medikamenten stehen oder schwere körperliche Verletzungen erleiden.
Der Veranstalter behält sich vor das Festival notfalls auch kurzfristig abzusagen, wenn eine Gefahr für das Wohl der Besucher und Veranstalter bestehen, wie zum Beispiel durch virale Infektionen (Corona Epidemie), Unwetter oder Naturkatastprophen (Feuer, Hurikane, Überschwemmungen). In diesem Falle kann der Veranstalter nicht für private Ausfälle haftbar gemacht werden. Anzahlungen werden zu 100% zurückerstattet. Um persöhnlichen Ausfällen vorzubeugen empfehlen wir eine Reiserücktrittsversicherung abzuschliessen.
Wir behalten uns das Recht vor, Ihre Teilnahme zu verweigern, falls erforderlich auch ohne einen Grund nennen zu müssen. Selbstverständlich erhalten sie in jedem Falle ihre geleistete Anzahlung zurück.
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Registration opens January 2020
€ 360 Regular Price in own tent
€ 380 With own Camper Van
€ 400 Bed in Farmhouse. Chose your accommodation and click one box in the form.
Early Bird Price- discount of € 20 , if you paid your deposit till June 1st 2020 !
Meet Your Facilitators
Lia Pavlidis is a passionate dancer and a dedicated dance teacher. She is also a singer and performer, heartful communicator, energy worker and coach. Lia studied Rajasthani Gypsy Dance, Afro Carrebean, Release Technique, Qigong, Gaga Technique, Contact Improvisation, as well as other progressive urban styles. With a wide focus on the emotional, physical and energetic body in general, Lia’s curiousity for movement and body language is endless. Her dance is always soulful, blending street style with a deeply spiritual inner power, connecting mother earth and father sky, with the tongue of an urban shaman.
ZinnDa: means to be alive! A free spirit and a bundle of pure joy, there is nothing this happy soul isn’t capable of! His evolution has been quite a journey, from being a techie to transforming into an Osho sannyasin. He was born with the heart of a nomad and has been a traveller for most of his life now. What’s his purpose? one might wonder! He has been closely working with the Osho Communes, spiritual festivals all around the world and the Contact Dance Community to help in bringing spiritual awareness and spreading peace in communities everywhere. This was the thought that lead him to create his NGO: Global Cultural Exchange Organisation that brings communities around the world and people from all walks of life together in a peaceful and harmonious environment of sharing and learning. Navgrah Shanti Yagna or The Fire Pooja for Peace and Prosperity: A Yagna or Havan is a traditional Indian Pooja ceremony that involves the recital of Vedic Chants and holy offerings(Samagri) made to the fire. The combined effect of these chants and the fire together cleanse and purify the air and aura. You are free to participate or observe during the ceremony. A brief explanation about the Havan, its scientific and spiritual benefits will also be discussed.
Ben is a songwriter, producer, and also known as the frontman of the Berlin based band Ohrbooten. On his musical path he developed a deep passion for bass music and in his DJ-Sets, he is defiantly paying homage to the beloved bass frequency . The half Greek half German grew up in west berlin and the city has always fed him with an eclectic mix of urban ,world, and electronic music. The essence of all his genre is a super danceable mix of global bass music. For the last 3 years Ben has dedicated his passion for music and DJing to ECSTATIC DANCE and recently just started Ecstatic Dance Potsdam as resident DJ. He loves to create a wave with different emotional islands and will always serve a mixture of classics tracks and underground music soaked in a great bass-shower. ° soundcloud.com/ben-pavlidis ° kreismusik.de/de/pavlidis/ ° www.diegaeng.de
Circus ist für ALLE da!!! Mein CircusWorkshop richtet sich schwerpunktmässig an Kids und Jugendliche und alle sind herzlich willkommen daran teilzunehmen! Hauptsächlich geht es darum, den Spass am bewegen zu geniessen und dem spielerischen ausprobieren und entdecken neuer Circusgenres und Techniken für jeden Einzelnen. Jeden Morgen findet ein offenes Circustraining statt, in dem sich die Kids jederzeit einfach einklinken können und eingeladen sind mitzumachen. Wir starten täglich mit einem `Come together Kreis`, machen ein kleines Warmup, spielen ein paar Spiele und lernen uns somit immer besser kennen. In dem Ausprobier Training lernen die Kids niedrigschwellige Basistechniken in unterschiedlichsten Circusgenres kennen, wie beispielweise: Akrobatik/ Pyramidenbau, Springseil springen, Mini Trampolin , Stelzen laufen, Diabolo spielen, Kugellaufen, Clowns Reprisen, Teller drehen, Stockkampf, Feuerjonglage etc…Neben dem Training in der gesamten Gruppe, gibt es auch individuelles freies Training, in dem alle TeilnehmerInnen trainieren und weiter ausprobieren können, was Sie am liebsten mögen und Ihnen am meisten Spass macht. In dieser Trainingszeit gehe ich in der Gruppe umher und gebe Einzelnen kleine Ideeninputs oder Techniktips . Die Teilnehmenden können nun lernen verschiedene Tricks miteinander zu kombinieren, Sie in eine Reihenfolge zu bringen und vielleicht sogar in einer kurzen Choreographie in einen kleinen Showing act zu verpacken. Nach ein paar Tagen des bunten experimentieren und ausprobierens ist dann für alle die Bock darauf haben Ihre neue erlernten Circusskills auf unsere kleine Bühne zu bringen endlich SHOWTIME!!! Die kleine Circusshow Präsentation am Ende des Workshops kann zu einem unvergesslichen geteilten highlight Moment werden, sowohl für die Circus ArtistInnen als auch für die ZuschauerInnen. Wir würden es lieben euch ein paar kleine Circus Tricks und Nummern , an denen wir die letzten Tage gearbeitet haben präsentieren zu dürfen! Kommt und bringt Eure Kids, Manege Frei!!!
Fluentbody workshop Bodies have their own language. They tell a story, and constantly seek to feel as alive and fluid as possible. Uncovering this fluidity gives us the potential to enrich our senses and imagination, to experience lightness and power, and to raise our self-awareness and the capacity for self-healing. Bodies can feel confident, soft, pleasurable and free, moving through space without any agenda or self-judgment. We will open doors to new places, shifting our emotional states through physicality. I will guide you through a journey, blending conscious and unconscious movement and dance, to unlock your own body’s story. In the workshop, you’re constantly in movement. I give a flow of evocative ideas and impulses that layer and interweave in a series of different stages allowing you to explore your own movement and possibilities, rather than copying something already set. Florencia brings 20 years of dance experience, primarily training and performing with Ohad Nahrin of Gaga Movement, with having worked as a somatic practitioner since 2011. Florencia has been traveling the world teaching unique workshops combining her extensive knowledge of movement, her choreographic research and her somatic healing
Jorien van Dam
Our body is a wise wonder. It speaks to us. Guides us. Tells us truth. Yoga helps me to listen to and understand its language. Conscious movement and breathing can be medicine! Simple yet profound. Three years ago I followed a Hatha Yoga Teacher Training. It gave me the opportunity to share my passion with others; adults as well as children. I have been teaching in the North and South of the Netherlands (Maastricht and Groningen) and organised two yoga retreats in Portugal and Switzerland. Here I could bring my love for nature, community building, music, and body-work together.
Urban_Stella_Workshop Footwork und Bodywork – alles ist möglich. Ich starte mit flowenden Housemoves, die uns mit Schwung über den Dancefloor schweben lassen. Schnelle Füße die sich verselbstständigen und auf eine Reise mitnehmen in typisch urbane Tiefe. Eine weite mögliche Qualität können wir mit urbanen Arm- und Muskeltechniken für uns ergreifen, auf dem Weg hierher werden wir Wellen reiten die geschmeidig fließen oder als Treppen Brüche und Kanten abverlangen. Ein Spiel mit natürlichen und unnatürlichen Bewegungen bringt uns in kontrastreiche Dynamiken vom Robotdance zu Wasserwesen die jegliche Wellen spiegeln. Musikalisch wird das getragen durch House, HipHop und Drumstarken-Beats.
Mathias Jechlitschka loves to play guitar, what he´s already done for quite a while and with a lot of intensity. Over the years he became a good listener – he understands to create space, hold it and finally leave it, when the next is opening up. To trust the first impulse is what he´s learned through music.
Thai Yoga Flow For several years I have been work as a massage therapist, offering traditional Thai Yoga Massages and Osteothai treatments. I have been working for Spirit Yoga Spa Berlin, the spa of the renowned Hotel de Rome and My Heart mobile massage. I take regularly workshops with my teachers David Lutt (http://lulyani.com/) and Krishnataki (http://www.thaimassage.gr/), two real masters of Thai Massage. I understand Thai Massage as a holy dance between two individuals which is given with METTA. Metta is the buddhist principle of loving-kindness. It is important for me to give session from this state of mindfulness, equanimity, compassion and joy. THAIYOGAFLOW www.thaiyogaflow.com, 01631631614
Somatic Explorations into Contact Improvisation In this workshop we will use somatic explorations inspired from Body-Mind-Centering in order to investigate and understand our Contact Impro practice on a deeper level. In my experience especially enrichening for the dance form is the exploration and embodiment of the developmental movement patterns described by Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen. Remembering different steps of our own movement development from the moment of conception to the complexity of the unique human walking pattern can nourish, enrich and inspire our solo movement as well as our Contact Impro dances. Drawing inspirations and images from the animal kingdom where we can find similar movement organisations in water-living and/or land-living creatures supports moving from our inner wisdom and our inherent need and desire for movement and touch. Rediscovering the joy and journey how we first started to move in a pleasurable and efficient way – rediscovering ourselves, others and the environment through movement and touch shall be the main focus of the classes. Finding the breathing of the cells, our inner starfish and our soft spine using those somatisations as a point of departure for Contact Improvisation. There is always the option to explore your body in solo movements – no Contact duty at all! All levels welcome.
Joy Tyson is a traveling troubadour, explorting the world and sharing the gift of song and rhythm to the places and people she meets. Joy is one of the founding members of the Afro Fusion band FARAFI and a current member of the gypsy rock band SHISHKO DISCO. Her exploration began when she was 18 upon meeting her first teacher, Djensu Diallo who introduced her to the beautiful world of african music and the open hearted spirit that accompanies it. Later, delve into other traditional music’s from Brazil, Iran, India, Turkey and the greater middle east and african areas. Drawing inspiration from all over the world, improvisation and cultural fusion makes up joys eclectic style.
I am a CI dancer, teacher and improviser based in Berlin. I passionately practice CI since 2006. My sense for touch and the understanding of the human body moving has been nurtured in many ways. Important was my three years natural medicine training including different massage and bodywork styles and attending klein technique and axis syllabus classes. Currently I am training to become an Ilan Lev practitioner and a Gestalt therapist. Crucial inspirations for my CI practice come from learning and dancing with Joerg Hassmann, Mirva Mäkinnen and Nancy Stark Smith. I assisted Daniel Werner and Joerg Hassmann during five years in the CI training program in Berlin and in international workshops. Since 5 years I co-organize the Contact Festivals in Berlin (www.in-touch.es) and for the 9th time I am part of the organizing team of the Contact meets Contemporary Festival in Goettingen (www.contact-meets-contemporary.de), and last year I co-founded the Out of Berlin Jam (www.outofberlinjam.de). 2010 I started teaching weekend workshops and weekly classes. Since then I have been teaching weekly classes in Berlin, many weekend workshops in Germany and abroad (in Sweden, Denmark, Israel and Morocco) and on many CI Festivals in Europe and Goa/India.
NGO Board (IN) ZinnDa: means to be alive! A free spirit and a bundle of pure joy, there is nothing this happy soul isn’t capable of! His evolution has been quite a journey, from being a techie to transforming into an Osho sannyasin. He was born with the heart of a nomad and has been a traveller for most of his life now. What’s his purpose? one might wonder! He has been closely working with the Osho Communes, spiritual festivals all around the world and the Contact Dance Community to help in bringing spiritual awareness and spreading peace in communities everywhere. This was the thought that lead him to create his NGO: Global Cultural Exchange Organisation that brings communities around the world and people from all walks of life together in a peaceful and harmonious environment of sharing and learning. Navgrah Shanti Yagna or The Fire Pooja for Peace and Prosperity: A Yagna or Havan is a traditional Indian Pooja ceremony that involves the recital of Vedic Chants and holy offerings(Samagri) made to the fire. The combined effect of these chants and the fire together cleanse and purify the air and aura. You are free to participate or observe during the ceremony. A brief explanation about the Havan, its scientific and spiritual benefits will also be discussed.
SIMONE Is a straight down the line woman. Able to wander between different worlds with ease, as if they were her own; an ever on-the-go chameleon. Simone can be a graphic designer, nature pedagogue, healer, organizer, gardener and simultaneously a dancer. She appears to be a mystery who seems to be untouchable. However – and this is visible for all who wander through the world with an open heart – there is something within her which is she herself. In every movement, every word and every bat of her eyelid, … in every thought, every act and every moment is a person concealed who has enormous empathy, understanding and pure vitality of life. And yet her actual essence is … love. The real, true and shared living-within-us … love. In the tangible world, Simone has travelled to almost every continent and spoken to people in many and various languages. At the moment she is relishing the pleasure of having the opportunity to experience the privilege of creating a place she can call home.
Fluent Body, Bodies have their own language. They tell a story, and constantly seek to feel as alive and fluid as possible. Uncovering this fluidity gives us the potential to enrich our senses and imagination, to experience lightness and power, and to raise our self- awareness and the capacity for self-healing. How can we reconnect to our body’s language and fluidity? We will take a journey through movement, connecting and feeling, to explore the intricacies of our stories. Connecting conscious and unconscious movement, we will uncover delicate, pleasurable and powerful movements, without self-judgment. We will open doors to new places, awakening physical sensations, which can also work on an emotional level. This workshop could help you navigate through feeling tired and heavy, feeling disconnected from your body or too much in your head, feeling blocked, suffering from chronic pain, or simply wanting to learn, move and explore. Florencia brings 20 years of dance experience, primarily training and performing with Ohad Nahrin of Gaga Movement, with having worked as a somatic practitioner since 2011. Florencia has been traveling the world teaching unique workshops combining her extensive knowledge of movement, her choreographic research and her somatic healing approach.
Hugh is a Contemporary Dance Artist specialising in Contact Improvisation. He has over 12 years of teaching & performance experience. He began dancing when he was 15, training in Break dance and Contemporary. He went on to train at Northern School of Contemporary Dance, graduating in 2008. Since then he has worked with companies such as 2Faced Dance, Tom Dale, STAN Won’t Dance, and most recently Wim Vandekeybus/Ultima Vez. He has taught internationally at the Goa Contact Festival, Goa Dance residency, Thailand Contact and ecstatic arts festival, Berlin Contact Festival and Portugal Contact festival and for National Dance company Wales (NDCW) as well as organising his own workshops and retreats in Portugal, Germany and Israel. Within his teaching practice he combines his experience in Breakdance, Contemporary and Contact Improvisation to create a highly physical, technical and intuitive approach to movement exploration. He has collaborated and choreographed with Danceworx Delhi on an international 360 degree dance film, and creates his own work focusing on collaborative improvisation with Musicians. He is also a qualified TMW (Tai Chi Movements for Wellbeing) facilitator. The principles of Tai Chi and Qi Kung underpin his approach to teaching and sharing movement.
Embodied Process I have always felt drawn to the mysteries of Life. Throughout the years, I have explored different fields such as Psychology, various meditation methods, several expressive arts and I have deepen my Spiritual practice. I experience life and Nature as an embodiment of pure creative expression, where the free flow of energy within ourselves connects us with the free flow of energy in the Universe. My interest and research around self-awareness and personal growth, have led me to explore the connections between Psychology and Creative Expression. Over the years, I’ve developed projects in very diverse social and institutional realities. As a Core Energetics practitioner, I feel passionate to support people to find their way to self-healing. To guide them to face their shadows, work through their negativity towards life and reconnect to the uniqueness of their being. I experience the transformative power of this work in my own life and I am committed to share it with others. Men’s Circles The ritualized gathering of men is deeply rooted in the history of humanity. In our circles the aim is to create a shared space of trust and unity so that all emotions, needs, desires and wishes may be expressed. It may be very challening to be vulnerable in front of others but to realize we are not alone and that others share similar experiences and wounds has the ability to shift the way we view and act in the world. www.nunosalema.com
Massage Alchemy of touch with Gorden Deep tissue – joint release – fluid touch. Alchemy of Touch is a method of bodywork developed by Tapesh Paradiso. It is designed to elevate massage and bodywork to a new level, using different techniques from the Eastern and Western world into a single harmonized approach. The origin comes from Osho Rebalancing Massage India. Alchemy of Touch is the holistic understanding of the interconnectedness of the body, mind and soul. Releasing tension will open subtle energy channels or meridians through which the Qi or life force flows—restoring the body and mind to a state of balance, harmony and relaxation. Alchemy of Touch Massage is the profound fusion off: Rebalancing, Deep Tissue Massage, Myofascial Chi-Release, Joint Mobilization (Trager Technique), Yoga Thai massage, Digital Pressure Massage, Holistic Massage, Visceral Work, Meditation and Energy Work. These techniques will be integrated with the method of ‘Fluid Touch’. This technique uses wavelike movements, which allows energy to vibrate through the body improving fluidity and oxygen flow.
He is living in Chennai/India is a Painter, dancer, theatre artist, Yoga trainer and more. Graduate from one of the most established Art Institutions in India – The Government College of Fine Arts, Chennai. Has a Masters in philosophy in Yoga. Has a 200 hr of Yoga Alliance from U.S.A in LILA Yoga. Confident and savvy, Suraj is also a contact-improvisation dancer with experience in organizing yoga camps, C.I Workshops and art exhibitions around India and Abroad .He is exposed to the vibrant creative milieu of musicians, dancers, Painters, and actors of this artistically conscious South Indian city and Traveled around Asia with sharing C.I and art work. Worked as a Teacher in Goa Contact festival. Worked with the Goa contact festival team for 8 years now. This year in continuation of the Goa Contact Festival, our intention is to sow seeds of CI India in various parts of the country. As a team he wanted to extend this wondrous journey from the beach into our cities, from dancers to all people.