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Embodied Community Gatherings

Production Training Module One, 7 -12 April 2024, Algarve Portugal


Learn how to create transformative gatherings that turn your vision into reality.

Ecstatic Dance Retreat – Healing Festival – Contact Improvisation Camp – Cacao Ceremony –  Every discipline, every form, every content can be recombined in any constellation. If you follow a few basic principles, have an alert mind and an open heart, you can make your event a success.

Artistic Vision

Discover an artistic path to designing organizations. Immerse yourself in a profound process by following your inner voice, authentically leading and implementing projects.

If you feel inspired to realize projects that are close to your heart, we invite you to take part in this training. We are a globally connected organization and follow our path to encourage people to trust their unique creative abilities.

Our goal is to provide you with knowledge that will empower you to realize projects independently. At the same time, our permaculture training takes place at the same location, the two groups meet in dance, meditation and leisure activities. Our teachers teach with different focuses in both training courses. This promotes synergies through networking and exchange and helps with the integration of experienced people.

Our proposal

TRAINING CONTENT Artistic approach / project method / authentic leadership / rituals / permaculture / networking / marketing / business models

PROJECT METHOD  in four phases. Vision/ Planning/ Management/ Realization. The goal this week is to design your own project.

After Module One a CERTIFIED PROGRAM begins. The EMBODIED COMMUNITY GATHERING PRODUCTION TRAINING, consisting of several face-to-face events/+online lessons/+individual coaching sessions. The MODULE ONE  is recognized in the certified program. If suitable, there is the possibility of working with Forgotten Land productions.

APPLICATION Please fill out the online form and we will get in touch with you. In the next step, we will have a Zoom call to get to know each other and understand your needs and motivation for this training.

Training Content

We invite to our program authentic and experienced people from our Forgotten Land network whom we will get to know in an online event and meet in person in the further course of the training and engage in direct exchange on important topics. The topics introduced by the guest speakers will be covered in more depth during the course of the training.

Artistic approach

The artist’s way, follow your heart’s desire.

You get introduced to a tool in discovering and reclaiming one’s creative self. Our guest speaker Laura Sofia, Psychotherapist and Coach from Barcelona Spain, will bring in four online sessions the wisdom of The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameroon in a condensed form.

Project Creation Process

Lively, professional, creative project development

Volker Eschmann works with you according to the creative project method. We will work as artists who locate their artistic work in the social context. We successfully develop and realize concepts, strategies and ways of working in the context of different life worlds. We learn to understand non-artistic issues, problems and prejudices in relation to competence systems, to react to them professionally and to justify the relevance of our own work.

Authentic Leadership

Embodied Presence, Empathic Resonance, Deep Listening

Sophie de Lacaze, an introduction into the 6 Principles of the Authentic Leadership Model. She is a Core Energetics  Trainer from Berlin Germany. To step into our authentic leadership, means to embrace our unique qualities and our vulnerabilities. It’s about coming forward with our truth and to connect with others beyond separation, power struggles and abuse.


Forgotten elements of traditional societies and cornerstones of a living future.

The traditional West African Mythteller of the Griot family Nago Koite, will talk in a session about: The African animistic worldview and reflection into Western culture. A Griot is a West African historian, storyteller, praise singer, poet, or musician. The griot is a repository of oral tradition and is often seen as a leader due to their position as an advisor to royal personages. Nago is working and living in Berlin Germany and M´Bour Senegal.

(To confirm with) Minako Sekiwill speak in a session about: Perfoming arts and the traditional japanese culture. She was born in Nagasaki, in Japan. She started her dance career in Tokyo with the Company Dance Love Machine, under the artistic direction of Tetsuro Tamura and Anzu Furukawa. At that moment, Tamura was recognized as one of the most innovative choreographers in Japan.

A big wish is to invite  Josh Schrei, to speak in one session about: Festivals today, through the framework of myth, story and imagination. Josh. Is a writer. A teacher. A lifelong student of world mythologies and cosmologies. He has a  podcast called The Emerald: Currents and Trends Through a Mythic Lens. Offering perspectives on everything from current global events to cultural movements in art, science, music, literature, yoga practice, and politics, all through the framework of myth, story and imagination.


Respect for the living environment as a whole

Lars Blume, Expert on Renewable Energy and Energy Transition. Will speak about Permaculture ethics & principles, deep ecologie. The eight forms of capital: Social-, Material-, Experiential., Financial-, Spiritual-, Natural- , Intellectual Capital.


everything is connected and interrelated

(To confirm with) Pascal de Lacaze, will speak about: Building Community through Ecstatic Dance. He studied cultural studies, is a musician, DJ and chief organiser of Ecstatic Dance Berlin and a heartful gifted social media specialist.


Conscious & responsible communication

Business models

Laying solid legal foundations for long-term success

Lars Blume, will give a lecture to: Business administration for alternative international lifestyle. Expert on Renewable Energy and Energy Transition.


The main modules are led by Volker Eschmann. He is your principal contact person and responsible for the content and structure of the programme.

Individual, specific courses are run by experienced Forgotten Land community members. We will consult our best people on specific topics in advance and work together in the field.

Specialists from related fields will also be invited to give lectures.

Volker Eschmann

Sophie de Lacaze

Pascal de Lacaze

Laura Sofia

Lars Blume


I took part in Volkers Production Training last year and was able to gain a lot from it. I felt very recognized and supported in my strengths. The regular feedback meetings helped me a lot through all the ups and downs of the process and gave me a lot of support and support during challenging phases. At the same time, I feel that my need for a free and creative way of working is in good hands with him. What I particularly appreciate about Volker is his open, experimental, but still very grounded and experienced way of working and I am now working with him on a new project that is close to my heart.


I’ve had the pleasure to work with Volker during a period of 12 years in the context of co-organizing Goa contact festival. I see Volker as the great conductor, who knows exactly how to orchestrate a masterpiece. He has a ability to recognize people’s strengths and talents and find the right place for everyone, so that they can contribute their unique qualities and engage in a nourishing process. He also has the willingness and the time even in the middle of most stressful event to support people with their needs. His wise insights arise from his ability to see larger frame, and not to get lost in details or drama. He sincerely wants to make people around him shine and rise into their highest potential. Witnessing his determination to focus and pay attention makes me believe that he can go through any obstacle in the process of manifesting his dreams and visions.

Iiris Raipala/ dance artist, performer & teacherFinland

Volker Eschmann and I met in 2011 while working together in his Festival intouch.
I was a young choreographer in Berlin ready to burst my ideas into action.
Volker recognized my talent and passion for the arts, and supported my early journey as a maker. As we know today as an artist you need to self produce your work, create a solid structure, plan ahead, communicate with your audience.. With his sharpness and long time international experience, Volker knew how to lead me, with a lot of listening and care, to widen my perspective and helped me to translate my vision into action. He could map situations, build strategies and design a remarkable plan for your creation. Till today every session is priceless.

Shiran Eliaserov / ChoreographerIsrael

Volker has been supporting and motivating me to realize my heartfelt projects for years. His practical expertise in project development in the field of art and culture is based on many years of experience in festival organization, leading teams and carrying out social and cultural projects such as “Forgotten Land”. Volker has the talent to move people in different cultural circles and to create space for deep encounters and long-lasting intercultural friendships between participants in events, retreats and festivals in different countries (e.g. in India, Portugal, Germany, etc.).

As his assistant, I was able to accompany and support him in various projects over 4 years (Goa Contact Festival, Contact Gathering Portugal, Body Love Festival, Berlin Contact Festival). I watch how he helped other cultural institutions overcome crises and never lose sight of their focus. When I was ready to start my own projects, I could count on his lasting advice. He gave me the courage and practical tools to also organize festivals and retreats. I am very happy that he continues to be there for me as a mentor and now also a friend.

Zuzanna Bukowski/ Organiser, IT Consultant, DancerPoland

Several personal life coaching sessions with Volker helped me gain clarity and define my vision. We worked together to identify and set achievable inspirational personal goals. By asking me the right questions, he helped me gain a deeper understanding of my values and beliefs.

Nata TarbaIndia

Module One Program


Sun 7th

Mon 8th

Tue 9th

Wed 10

Thu 11th

Fri 12th

8.15- 9.00

Meditation- New Vision

Meditation- New Vision

Meditation- New Vision

Meditation- New Vision

Meditation- New Vision

9.15 -10.00






10.15- 12.45

VISION/ Volker Eschmann

PLANNING/ Volker Eschmann

MANAGING/ Volker Eschmann

REALIZATION/ Volker Eschmann

PRESENTATION/ Volker Eschmann


Sharing & Deepening

Sharing & Deepening

Sharing & Deepening

Sharing & Deepening

Closing Circle


Arrival 12 -14.30







Welcome Circle


Session / BUSINESS/ Lars Blume

AUTHENTIC LEADERSHIP/ Sophie de Lacaze – Zoom

MARKETING/ Volker Eschmann


Sharing & Deepening

Session / PERMACULTURE/ Lars Blume

Sharing & Deepening

NETWORKING/ Pascal de Lacaze – Zoom








Music & Movement

Music & Movement



Quinta Braz



discover your purpose use your talent and create consciously


methodical planning, networking, budgeting and marketing.


bringing people together, meaningful communication, purposeful flow


Leading your team with compassion and presence to a joyful project realisation.

Each and every event began somewhere in the mind and heart of an inspired producer. The aim is to develop your own project and learn with Forgotten Land Production Teams.

Certified Program 2024/25

Virtual Events

Programme of online events, video lessons, written questions to work on, personal coaching. Network meetings. Insights into ongoing projects.

Presence Events

multiple sessions 3-6 days: Face-to-face events possible in different countries in different teams. Production assistance at Forgotten Land festivals, trainings, workshops, events.


Project development intensives / focus on new project.


During the project implementation


Four Modules

The dates for the modules will be published one after the other according to the 2024 Forgotten Land event calendar.

Supporting each other

The programme is open to all communities from different countries. We will adjust the prices according to the currencies and possibilities. It is important to us to make the information accessible to all, especially in countries with difficult conditions for artists. We believe that as a community we are strong and can make a difference.

That is why it is very important that each participant makes a conscious payment. If your financial situation allows you to, we appreciate that you support us in our work. This way, you also help us to support other artists!


In addition to a price table per module, we have decided to also offer monthly rates (travel costs, accommodation and meals are not included). Please contact us to find the best option. The goal is to get ready to create your own Project. This will enable you to earn money right away.

Since we are already in many different countries, we can also offer the face to face modules individually at your location for your community. Contact us if you have an idea.

Book Module One

Application Process

MODULE ONE 7-12. April in Portugal. Registration is open!

Training fee regular price is 750€ – overnight stay & full board 300€ / in own tent or van – to 525€ / single room

After you registered we will invite you to a zoom call first to get to know each other and understand your needs and motivation for this training.

Volker Eschmann / copyright



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