4-8 June 2020
Ecstatic Dance Festival Germany
Ecstatic Dance, Contact Improvisation, Cacao Ceremonies, Singing Circles, Embodied Presense, Fluent Body, Sound Journeys, Voice Workshops, Women`s & Men`s circles.
With Vesica (DJ), Pascal de Lacaze (DJ), Ben Pavlidis (DJ), Arun Ji (DJ), Anir Leben (Contact Improv), Florencia Lamarca (Fluent Body), Sophie de Lacaze (Embodied Presense), Erik Manouz (Singing Circles/musician), Nana Dakini (DJ), Naftali (Sound Journey)
Connect with a tribe of HEARTs that share the love for dance, music and awareness. Be welcome, precious human being, to this adventure for BODY & SOUL.
Windberg Community in Beichlingen, North Thuringia. A magical place surrounded by lush meadows and forests. Beautyful park, fireplace, several dance floors. There we can camp, dance, chill & celebrate. Rooms and beds in farm available. Plenty of space for campers and tents.
Am Windberg e.V. (gemeinnützig)
Am Windberg 1
Tel.: +49(0)3635 6027 107
Enough parking for private cars available.
By Train & Bus:
Please plan to arrive until 2 pm to the Festival venue.
Come by train from Berlin 2.5 hours/Hannover 3 hours, arrive at Railway station 99610 Sömmerda and take the Bus to Beichlingen. Only one Bus at 12.00! You need to catch that one ))
We will offer shuttle cars from Railway Station 06577 Etzleben to Beichlingen two times on Thursday June 7th and 11th, about 12.30 and 13.30, will be according to train arrival time.
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. 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 =)
We are working on a Festival Shuttle Bus from Berlin ! This needs to be paid extra.
The Windberg Community kitchen serves three meals a day full organic and super tasty food!
Festivals regular price includes accommodation in own tent, all program and 3 meals a day.
The Windberg Community offers rooms and beds. You can book directly with them for an affordable price additionally to regular price.
Below prices include all 4 nights.
Mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org, write english or german.
Lots of space to play. Plus a cool play house for kids to explore.
Registration is open!
300 € regular Price
270 € Early Bird until April 15th 2020
Festivals regular price includes accommodation in own tent, all program and 3 meals a day.
The Windberg Community offers rooms and beds. You can book and pay ONLY directly with them (additionally to our regular price). Below prices include all 4 nights. Mail to: email@example.com
plus 140 € for single room, own bathroom.
plus 100 € for bed in double room own bathroom.
plus 48 € for bed in four bed room.
plus 40 € for bed in six bed room.
plus 24 € for mattress in dormitory with 30 mattresses.
Meet Your Facilitators
Pascal de Lacaze
Pascal de Lacaze from Berlin plays music at events around the globe. His focus on rhythm and dance has made him friends in many communities: Dancers dig how his innovative DJ style connects with his energetic, modern drumming. Musicians & audiences appreciate his steady, rocking world percussion and transcendental grooves. Since 2010 Pascal organizes Ecstatic Dances in Berlin. He is the resident DJ, accompanies his DJ sets with live percussion and cocreates live dance journeys. In workshops and at festivals Pascal facilitates Body Bhajan – a fun and easy combination of chanting and body percussion. He has been on a long musical journey, spanning from drumming on techno raves in the 90ies to being a drum-set player in a Jazz Big Band, conga drummer at club partys and percussionist for acclaimed Sacred music artists like Dave Stringer, Janin Devi, Kevin James Carroll, Lulu & Mischka, Peia. Pascal holds a Master of Arts degree in Cultural Sciences and has worked as a copywriter, editor and social media manager. He is a certified Yoga & AcroYoga teacher and has a deep understanding of how to support nourishing group experiences. www.pascaldelacaze.life .
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
Vesica is Initiator and Co-founder of Ecstatic Dance Berlin, where she is a resident DJ and the organizer of Ecstatic Dance Sundays. Vesica, while born & raised in Berlin, has lived most of her adult life in the San Francisco Bay Area, CA. Oakland Ecstatic Dance saved her in 2008, when her doctoral dissertation on spirit possession & psychiatry was literally driving her mad. Ever since, Ecstatic Dance has been her twice weekly, non-negotiable pilgrimage to the dance floor -to get down and right with herself, her community, her body and the Sacred. It is no surprise then, that Vesica is a dancer’s DJ deeply steeped in West Coast Bass music committed to the Heart, Soul and Funk of her dancers.
Naftali is a multi-instrumentalist and hypnotherapist whose passion for creating trance-formative states of connection bridges the worlds of music, movement and healing. After abandoning a career in Theology in his hometown of Jerusalem, Naftali moved to the U.S. and attended Columbia University, where he gained degrees in Philosophy and Comparative Literature. While living in New York, he went on to study Method Acting as well as Movement and Somatic practices. Inspired by the deep potential for change and healing that he experienced there, Naftali continued to explore alternative modalities for increasing awareness and psycho-spiritual insight –including Core Shamanism, Tibetan Buddhism, Hypnotherapy, Generative Coaching and Non-Violent Communication. He is passionate about opening spaces in which people can reconnect with their natural aliveness, spontaneity and authentic presence. In addition to organizing musical concerts, trance dance events and urban ritual gatherings in Berlin, Naftali offers therapeutic workshops and individual sessions in Hypnotherapy, Embodied NVC, Conscious Movement and Authentic Self-Expression. Dancing the Animal Body An evolutionary exploration through sound and voice and movement. In this session we invite the body into deeper states of awareness, and go on a journey as we move through the various stages of our evolutionary history, awakening ‘the soft animal of the body’ and inviting ourselves to surrender to this vital and living force that sustains us, coming into deeper connection with ourselves and with each other.
Erik “Aquario“ Manouz Der reisende Weltenmusiker und Multi-Instrumentalist Erik Manouz zelebriert lebendige “Poly-stylistic Heart-music“ – eine Melange aus Folk, Weltmusik und elektronischen beats. Von tiefgehend bis absolut groovy und tanzbar, von Gänsehaut bis Extase. Und immer ein Hauch von devotional Bhakti Spirit… Manouz ist mit verschiedensten Formationen auf dem Erdenball unterwegs, erschafft mit seiner feinfühligen Art einen ganz eigenen, unverwechselbaren Klangkosmos und versteht sich selbst als “Sammler von uralten und heiligen Liedern“. Diese teilt er unter dem Namen “Aquario“ seit vielen Jahren in Chanting circles und Workshops. Für ihn hat jeder Mensch eine einzigartige, besondere Stimme! In seinen Konzerten und Kreisen geben sich die Zuhörer/Innen dem Moment, dem Fluss, dem Improvisatorischen hin und entdecken gemeinsam im Kreis beim Singen, Tönen & Grooven ihre Stimmen und Klangkörper. Ergänzt durch eine freudige Kombination aus Chanting und Bodypercussion: “The Yoga of sound – having fun!“ website: http://www.aquario-music.com , http://www.manouz.de
Arun Ji has 10 years of experience as a conscious dance DJ, trained in emotional awareness and tantra with Astiko Lopez and is passionate for Gabrielle Roth’s teachings of the 5 Rhythms. Arun offers a wide spectrum of rhythms and melodies, with a range of sensations and emotions, creating a space of connection and exploration. In his musical journeys meditation and celebration melt together in the dance. www.mixcloud.com/arunecstatic http://www.ecstaticdance.es
We are looking forward to having Leni Maylea and the magic spirit of cacao with us. 100%-cacao is a journeying tool used to facilitate journeys to connect to the spirit world and has been used in ceremonies for thousands of years. Leni gives cacao ceremonies and conscious touch workshops for more than 4 years. On Sunday she will offer you a heart opening cacao ceremony spiced with some nourishing connection games. more about Cacao and Leni: www.cacaoloves.me
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.
dancer, singer and mistress of urban shamanic ceremonies. Teaches, performs and organizes Conscious Events in different settings and roles, as well as giving Coachings with her BodyVoice Work and Self-Marriage Rituals. Graduation in Dance, Improvisation and Performance at TIP, bewegungsArt Freiburg. Founder of the formats “ScoreJAM Berlin” and “AbunDance”. More info & offerings: www.anirleben.com “C I A N I M A L” In these CI Workshops we will pad like cats, wiggle like snakes and play like monkeys. We will crawl our way into a strong animal body that helps us to move swiftly and easily into the world of Contact Improvisation dance. Here we we will physically understand softness inside and outside and explore the strength that stems from that. There will be some precious time to connect to our first outside dance partner: the floor. We will release and melt into, move with other dance partners and alone, roll, enjoy compression, go with and in counter directions, share weight and playtime and dance with the pull of gravity and outer space weightlessness. Basic and developped skills like the quality of pouring weight, rolling point, getting familiar with the layers of touch and using the point/surface of contact for rolling, leaning and sliding, as well as some easy moveable lifts and exploring the quality of the improvising mind are going to be our guidelines. And of course, your questions!