26-31 August 2019
Ecstatic Dance Festival Portugal
Join us for a transformative community experience through awareness, music and movement, on a beautiful eco campsite near the ocean.
Ecstatic Dance, 5 Rhythms, Cacao Ceremonies, Live Music, Singing Circles, Authentic Relating, Women & Men Circles, Tantra, Contact Improv, Yoga, Breathwork, Bodywork, Wellness & Healing Team
Tikki Masala (DJ), Porangui (Musician), Arun Ji (DJ), Pascal de Lacaze (DJ), Selecta Alice (DJ), Martyn Zij (DJ), Ben Pavlidis (DJ), Astiko Ji (Tantra), Yamuna Devi (Yoga), Shivani Cristiana (LifeMastery), Elīna Ratna (Breathwork), Jeska Aquamarina (Singing Circles), Leilani Weis (Contact Improv), Arjan (5 Rhythms), Imaya Renne (Healing Team), Kiri de Bruin (Healing Team)
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
• Telephone: 00351936914279 (Portuguese)
• Telephone: 00441273900229 (English)
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 26st, 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 25th from 3 pm on. You HAVE TO get in touch with owners through this e-mail, so they can plan accordingly email@example.com
Airport Bus Faro Airport to Faro Train station you have to count minimum one hour with waiting times.
Nearest train connections from Faro (or Funcheira) to Santa Clara -Saboia (or San Teotonio). Departure times from Faro to Santa Clara on Aug 26st 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. 31st, departure 12.24 am, 4.21 pm, 8.53 pm / price € 7.90/ 45 min drive in train to Faro.
Pick ups available from Sao Teotonio and Santa Clara-Saboia to our venue in Aterra. Lets us know if you need a pick up a few days before.
€ 30 to Santa Clara-Saboia up to 4 persons in car.
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 event. WE RECOMMEND TO THINK ABOUT THIS OPTION !
The Aterra cooks will spoil us with their delicious portuguese cuisine.
Regular Ticket €420: Come with your own tent, or own camper van.
Cold Shower, shared bathroom.
Rental Tents Fully booked €470, incl. air mattress and blanket.
Bell Tent € 540 , shared with three on airbeds, cosy style. Cold Shower, shared bathroom.
Bell Tent € 600 , per person if used as couple. Cold Shower, shared bathroom.
Glamour Camping FULLY BOOKED €560: 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
Tipie: One double bed and two single beds.
Yurt: One double bed and two single beds.
€ 420 Regular Price, incl. three meals a day. Bring own tent or camper van.
€ 280 Portuguese residents (up t0 20 pp.)
€ 470 Rental Tent, single occupation fully booked
€ 540 Bell Tent, three airbeds, cosy style
€ 560 Glamour Camping, four bed tents, fully booked.
€ 600 Bell Tent, pp. used as couple
Choose your bed and click box beside. Information check up in the field “Accommodation”.
Meet Your Facilitators
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
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.
it´s been already many years since I live learning, practicing and teaching CI. It´s a source for inspiration to my artistic work, as well as a reading key of the world and life. To practice it fulfills me with happiness and satisfaction. My work is about opening the own doors to the participants of my lessons, offering the possibility of a practice focused and disciplined, profound and funny. I feel tremendously lucky for constantly being traveling in this beautiful world to share dancing CI.
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.
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.
“My art is that of holding sacred space. The degree to which I can hold space musically or in silence, on a stage or with a client on the treatment table, determines if magic will happen. Whether we are dealing with the space between notes or the space between breaths, the healing power of my work happens when I get out of the way and allow Spirit to move through me.” ~Poranguí Reared among the three cultures of Brazil, Mexico and the U.S., Poranguí was steeped in various traditional forms of music, healing and ceremony since birth. Drawing from his cross-cultural background and ethnomusicology training at Duke University, Poranguí has over twenty years of international work experience as an artist, musician, educator, filmmaker, consultant and therapist, utilizing the healing properties of sound and movement to foster our individual and collective well being. https://www.porangui.com
She teaches tantra since 20 years. Her masters were Osho, Papaji, Guirida and Barry Long. Since she knew the nature of “What Is” she dedicated her life to share consciousness through tantra, Ericksonian Hipnosis, Human Design, breath work, etc… The aim of her work is to bring the mind back to its origin, to the total relaxed surrender to the Here and Now. Only in this space we know love and bliss.
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
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.
Breathwork Elina Ratna is an experienced Breathwork Coach, BioDynamic Breath & Trauma Release therapist, body-worker, and Lifestyle & Wellness Strategist for Personal Empowerment. She facilitates Breathwork workshops, Embodiment & Detox Retreats, and offers private sessions worldwide. Her motivation is to support people on their journey of personal growth and empowerment, so they can connect with their potential and have a direct experience of their true self. Breath Circle is the fruit of her own journey as a practitioner with over 10 years of expertise in various forms of healing arts & therapy modalities, breathwork, meditation, somatics, conscious movement, psycho-spirituality and self-inquiry processes.
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
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 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