24-29 August 2020

Ecstatic Dance Festival Portugal

Join us for a transformative community experience through awareness, music and movement, on a beautiful eco campsite near the ocean.

Registration 2020 is open!

Ecstatic Dance, 5 Rhythms, Cacao Ceremonies, Live Music, Singing Circles, Authentic Relating, Women & Men Circles, Emotional Awareness, Contact Improv, Yoga, Bodywork, Wellness & Healing Team

Tikki Masala (DJ), Arun Ji (DJ), Pascal de Lacaze (DJ), Martyn Zij (DJ), Alice Selecta (DJ),Ben Pavlidis (DJ), Sophie de Lacaze (Emotional Awareness), Yamuna Devi (Yoga), Jeska Aquamarina (Singing Circles), Vega Luukkonen (Contact Improv), Arjan (5 Rhythms), Kiri de Bruin (Healing Team), Gordon (Healing Team) and more



We DANCE under the sun, the moon and the stars at Aterra, on the Southwest coast of Alentejo, Portugal!! Aterra only 15 min drive from the ocean, is a secluded, peaceful site in a valley surrounded by woodlands, fruit trees and grasslands. Dance, sing, relax and experience the ecological yet exotic ambience of Aterra. Shower under the stars, chill out in a serene atmosphere and cool off in the enormous freshwater lake. Aterra aims to bring people back down to earth and step away from the world of technology, materialism and reliance on others.


Carvalhal Das Figueiras,

Corgo Da Casca, 5707

São Teotonio


• Telephone: 00351936914279 (Portuguese)

• Telephone: 00441273900229 (English)



37°30’1.69″N,   8°43’5.23″W

37.5004694°, -8.7181194°

37°30.02817′, -8°43.08717′

37°30’01.6900″, -8°43’05.2300″


Nearest airport Faro (1 hr1/2 drive). Lisbon (2hrs1/2 drive)


Plane Tickets from all bigger cities in Europe to Portugal with Ryan Air, Easy Jet, Air Portugal, SAS for about 150 € roundtrip (incl. 10 Kg luggage)

Please take an early flight to be sure to arrive on time to festival August 24th, 2 pm. ! www.momondo.com


You need to come a day before the festival begins?  Resigned Helpers and International guests can arrive a day before, on 23rd from 3 pm on. You HAVE TO get in touch with owners through this e-mail, so they can plan accordingly info@aterra.pt


Airport Bus Faro Airport to Faro Train station you have to count minimum one hour with waiting times.


Nearest train connections from Faro to Santa Clara -Saboia (or San Teotonio). Departure times from Faro to Santa Clara on Aug 24th are 7 am, 8 am, 2 pm and 6 pm / price € 7.90 / 45 min drive in train to Santa Clara-Saboia. Check www.cp.pt

Return from Santa Clara to Faro on Aug. 29th, departure 12.24 am, 4.21 pm, 8.53 pm / price € 7.90/ 45 min drive in train to Faro.


Pick up and drop off available from Sao Teotonio and Santa Clara-Saboia to our venue in Aterra. € 30 to Santa Clara-Saboia up to 4 persons in car. Sharing can be arranged through our facebook rideshare group, which will be published here in Juli. Let us know a few days in advance. registration@forgotten-land.com


Rental Car from Faro Airport for this 6 days with full insurance 100 €. Book now, its most economical. Car sharing can be arranged through our facebook rideshare group: which will be published here in Juli. 


The Aterra cooks will spoil us with their delicious portuguese cuisine.


Menu will be composed of local a available produce there for dishes will be changing daily . However format will be so :

Lunch and dinner will be served buffet style.

Food will be be mostly vegan with some dairy and eggs .

Vegan alternatives will be always available .

Buffet will have on each meal, Fresh garden salad, Wholegrain side dish, Side vegetable or starch dish, Changing daily main dish, Bread and a dip

Example for a meal: Garden salad, Brown rice in fresh pesto, Stir-fry green beans, Main dish, Sweet potato and  coliflure Alu Gobi with Tofu, Bread, Green Thaini Dip

Registration 2020 

Regular Ticket 430€ : Come with your own tent, or own camper van.

Cold Shower, shared bathroom.


Rental Tents 470€ , incl. air mattress and blanket. 

Contact Dance Camp Algarve Portugal


Bell Tent 540€ , shared with three on airbeds, cosy style. Cold Shower, shared bathroom.



Bell Tent 580€ , per person if used as couple. Cold Shower, shared bathroom.

Rundzelt zu zweit

Cold shower


Glamour Camping     600€: Limited amount of places. Options in Tipies, Yurts, Rajastani tents each tent shared with four persons. You have to decide between a single bed or one place in a double bed (couple). Warm Shower, shared bathroom.



Rajastani Tent: One double bed and two single beds/bunkbed

Rajasthan Tent


Tipie: One double bed and two single beds.

Tipie Glamour Camping


Yurt: One double bed and two single beds.

Yurt Glamour Camping


Shared bathroom:

Glamour Camping Bath

Glamour Camping


After registering you will receive a mail with our bank details. CHECK your SPAM filter! You need to pay 100€ deposit to our  account within the next 5 working days to confirm your participation. In need of cancellation, we will keep 50% of your deposit before June 15th 2020, if your cancellation happens after June 15th 2020, we will keep the full deposit.


At this point you do not need to pay a deposit to be able to join the festival.
Should we cancel, all deposits which are already paid will be returned.


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 registration@forgotten-land.com 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 15 de junho de 2020, se o seu cancelamento ocorrer após 15 de junho de 2020, nós manteremos o depósito completo.


Neste momento não é necessário pagar uma caução para poder participar do festival.
Se cancelarmos, todos os depósitos que já foram pagos serão devolvidos.


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 registration@forgotten-land.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 Konto einzahlen, um Ihre Teilnahme zu bestätigen.

Im Falle einer Stornierung behalten wir 50 % Ihrer Anzahlung vor dem 15. Juni 2020, bei einer Stornierung nach dem 15. Juni 2020 behalten wir die volle Anzahlung.


Zu diesem Zeitpunkt brauchen Sie keine Kaution zu hinterlegen, um am Festival teilnehmen zu können.
Sollten wir absagen, werden alle bereits geleisteten Anzahlungen zurückerstattet


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.

Bei Fragen können Sie uns unter registration@forgotten-land.com erreichen.

You can help in the festival and get a € 60 discount. For 1.5 hours work a day, helping with cleaning and taking care of the space. You will have a coordinator and nice team. Please click in the below form YES if you want to help and Nicole will get in touch with you a few weeks before the festival starts.


430€  Regular Price, incl. three meals a day. Bring own tent or camper van. 

No deposit necessary to reserve your ticket !

Early Bird discount €50 for max 30 pp. if you registered till May 1st 2020 (Exept you already got port. resident price.)

290 €  Portuguese nationals living in Portugal (valid only on regular price in own tent or van for max 20 pp.) 

470€  Single Rental Tent

 540€  Bell Tent, three airbeds

600€  Bell Tent, pp. used as couple.

600€  Glamour Camping, single bed in three bed tents. 

650€  Glamour Camping, kingsize bed in three bed tents. 

Choose your bed and click box beside. Information check up in the field “Accommodation”.


Tipie Bed Aterra Portugal

Meet Your Facilitators

Sophie de Lacaze

Sophie de Lacaze

Sophie de Lacaze is trained in Core Energetics and Somatic Bodywork. She is working with individuals, couples and leading therapeutic process groups for the last 6 years. She is passionate about guiding people to fully express themselves and bringing their unique gifts to the world. Together with Nuno Salema she leads the Holistic Embodiment for Authentic Leadership (H.E.A.L.) Program, which is a one year Self-Empowerment Process starting in February 2020 consisting of 6 weekends. Participants will explore and experience the main Principles of Core Energetics – a body oriented psychotherapy – and the Authentic Leadership Model. www.sophiedelacaze.com

Ben Pavlidis

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

Arjan 5 Rhythms


Dancer, musician, actor… For me it’s a beautiful combination, always on search for the expression of inner movement. Dancing helps me to follow the movement of my life. I don’t have to change; I can follow the changes. I love rhythm, rhythm of music, of the sun and the earth; I can take refuge in the beat. When guiding the dance, I use a lot of life music, sometimes working with different musicians.  My down to earth humanness creates a save space in which life-force can find its way to move through on the dance floor. Meet you in the beat.

Gorden Massage


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.

Jeska Aquamarina Singing Circle

Jeska Aquamarina

Singing Circle Jeska Onderwater is Dutch singer-songwriter and yoga teacher who writes and sings songs from and for the heart. Her soft, angelic voice enters into your soul and takes you on a journey to hidden places and forgotten memories. Through yoga she discovered the power of mantra singing and started guiding regular singing circles. She is always looking for new songs to come her way, both from the existing ancient wisdom traditions as well as from her own creative source. In her workshops and circles she creates a safe and loving space for you to freely explore your voice and become a channel for the sounds that are flowing through. Jeska believes that singing is a healing practice which helps us calm our minds, express our feelings and come into alignment with the wisdom of our bodies. More info and music via www.jeskaonderwater.com

Yamuna Devi

Yamuna is a highly experienced and qualified Yoga teacher & Therapist. She has been working in the Holistic field for nearly 10 years. She has roots from her father in India and grew up with yoga & healing throughout her childhood. She has travelled internationally to teach and has given treatments in various Spas, Villas, Hotels and Yoga Centre’s. Her approach is gentle and compassionate, she brings the beauty and wisdom or all her experience and tailors her yoga classes and treatments to each individual clients needs. Her aim is to bring happiness and peace to each person she meets and shares with them all she has learnt, with the intention to help them to feel better and to improve their overall health and wellbeing. Yamuna has studied and can teach various styles of yoga such as Hatha Yoga & Vinyasa flow but she is also interested to see what each student needs and designs the yoga practice according to their level and experience. She is a Native English speaker and speaks Italian. Her treatments are also designed to each client and she uses different techniques that she has studied such as Deep tissue, Myofascial release & Joint mobilization to give a session to the client that will help them to release any held tensions or patterns that maybe stuck in their bodies. WWW.YAMFOW.COM  

Tiki Masala Ecstatic Dance

Tiki Masala

After first traveling in India, Tikki Masala was inspired by the deep flavors of authentic Indian classical music. He blends together sounds of Indian classical instruments like Sitar, Tabla, Santoor, Sarod, Flute, Tanpura, Harmonium and Vocals… with beats, synthesizers, drums and percussion. Recordings made across India from Bhajans, Kirtans, Mantras, street musicians, fellow travelers, jam sessions, concerts, nature and temple sounds are mixed together with psychedelic hypnotic electronic sounds, rhythms and bass lines. After some time the music evolved to world Beat, tribal, ethnic fusion, dance music with influences from all over the world. The interest in dance became more present, he discovered Ecstatic dance and other forms of dance and found that dancing was so beneficial for the personal, emotional, physical and spiritual development, opening up and discovering the freedom and authenticity. He started to pick dj’ing again and playing a lot of hes creations at ecstatic dance events. There was a call to start organising, holding space and play at ecstatic dance events in India, thailand and Europe. And share with others, what was for him such a beautiful exploration and growing in the being.

Volker Eschmann

Volker Eschmann

is an artist who positions his artistic work in the context of society. He develops and realize successfully concepts, strategies, and ways of working in the framework of various life-worlds. In relation to systems of expertise he understands non-artistic questions, problems, and prejudices, to respond to these professionally, and ground the relevance of his own work. He studied anthropology in J.W.Goethe University Frankfurt/Main with focus on rituals in traditional communities. Practical anthropological studies with the Griot (trad. mythteller) Nago Koite from Senegal/Berlin in african dance, music and storytelling He has bases in Berlin, Algarve and Goa. Volker is in the directors team of Goa Contact Festival, Goa Ecstatic Dance Festival, Body Love Festival, Ecstatic Dance Festival Germany, Portugal CI Gathering and Ecstatic Dance Festival Portugal. He is the founder of “Forgotten Land” and “Little House of Arts” at Arambol beach and a co-founder of the Yoga & Dance Retreat “Ibiza Moving Arts”, In Touch Festivals international and an original member of Spacewalk. Spacewalk works with interventions in social and spacious areas of conflict by using means and methods of theater, dance, music, video and visual arts.

Selecta Alive

Selecta Alice

  Music and oxygen have the same vital need to her. Songs and records have always inhabited, more than anything, her life. Sharing music has always been one of her communication tools. First, the piano, from childhood, then, the radio at age 16, and later the first spontaneous incursions into the art of putting the right record at the right time. No plan or path. The passions take us without warning and, although she never thought of being a Dj, Selecta Alice is one of the pioneers and driving forces behind the movement of World Music played in a Dj set in Portugal. The rhythms of Africa, Latin America, the Balkans and India are obligatory stops in her sets, sound travels around the world. Worldbeat – world music, pure or in fusion with electronic beats, in a homage to the roots and the celebration of life through music and dance.

Vega Luukonnen

Vega Luukkonen

I am dancer, dance-teacher, performance-artist and bodyworker made in Finland, but currently based in Berlin, India, and nomadic temporary moments in time and space. I have studied in Finland, Helsinki – in Theatre Academy of Finland (TEAK) and Metropolia AMK. I graduated from TEAK 2008 as dance- and theatre-teacher (Master of Arts), and 1998 I got out of Metropolia as Theatre- and dance-pedagogue, specialised on devising dance and theatre. Though – I guess my dearest high-school and university in dance and contact-improvisation has been finnish contact community, where I have learned so much, by sharing the dance and rolling point with the other spiralling beautiful finns since 20 years. I have been teaching contact and dance since 15 years all around the world, on many internationally acknowledged festivals and retreats.  Especially recent years I have been more focused on organising my own workshops, events and festivals. I am one of the organisers of Goa Contact Festival since 10 years, and that has become big part of my life – to live my winters in India, and create platforms and possibilities for cultural exchange, dance and learning – throughout the whole winter-season in Arambol Beach, in “Forgotten Land” which is our collaborative dance-center.

Zinn Da

Zinn Da

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.

Nuno Salema

Nuno Salema

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

Martyn Zij Ecstatic Dance Dj

Martyn Zij

Martin Zij developed an unique taste for different music genres from all over the world, diverse but with a similar characteristic – music which gives space, excites trance and imagination but also ensures a presence in the  “here and now”.  His sound ranges from grounding bass & beats, tribal grooves to a more meditative and lyrical vibe. These he brings together in a funky and soul-full way touching the heart of the dancer and listener. As might be expected of a (ceremonial) musician he is guided by the energy on the dance floor, and is not afraid of unexpected surprises and twists in his DJ sets. One of the reasons to find his passion for deejay-ing was the discovery of Ecstatic Dance. Suddenly it became clear that all the music Martyn loves so much easily can come together in a set for this special phenomenon. At the end of 2013 Martyn became and is still one of the resident-deejays of Ecstatic Dance Amsterdam. From then on Martyn also got invited by diverse Ecstatic Dance Tribes in Netherlands and Europe. He loves to share the music, the dance and the joy with these communities and gets inspired by the different vibes of the unique happening every Ecstatic Dance is. After a few years deejaying Martyn started to combine his skills as a producer/musician with his experience as a deejay. He uses his studioskills to remix and rework different music from all of the world so they become “dance floor” friendly and he can include them in his deejay-sets. Next to these remixes he is also working on his own compositions and songs to spread and share his unique deep funky and heartwarming sound all over the world.

Pascal de Lacaze

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 .

Arun Ji, Ecstatic Dance Dj

Arun Ji

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

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