4-8 June 2020
Ecstatic Dance Festival Germany
Ecstatic Dance, 5 Rhythms, Cacao Ceremonies, Singing Circles, Authentic Connection, Fluent Body, Sound Journeys, Voice Workshops, Women & Men circles.
This is the program of 2019, the new program 2020 will be online by January 2020: Alma ∞ Omega (DJ), Vesica (DJ), Pascal de Lacaze (DJ), Ben Pavlidis (DJ), Arun Ji (DJ), Willemijn De Dreu (5Rhythms), Florencia Lamarca (Fluent Body), Erik Manouz (Singing Circles/musician), Naftali (Sound Journeys/Authentic Connection)
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 opens January 2020
€ regular Price
€ Early Bird until April 30th 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 € 4o 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 .
Willemijn De Dreu
“I love the dance of life. Again and again, I am humbled by the cycles of birth and death. Health and illness. Expansions and contractions. Hello’s and goodbye’s. What else can I do then surrender and enjoy that dance?!” I love movement, any movement. The changing of the seasons, the come and go of day and night. The grass in the wind, running horses, flying birds, crawling snakes, fluttering butterflies, shooting stars, human bodies. What else can I do then invite to move with all that energy and play some good music to that?! I love the elements earth, fire, water and wind. I love what they teach us about being here, how they speak about nourishment, connections, cleansing, and walking lightly and in beauty. How they whisper about breath and great spirit. What else can I do than share that wisdom on the dance floor? I am grateful for all that I receive in this life and it’s an honor to guide people in the dance and witness how they find their aliveness and wild beauty through dance. Willemijn has more then 20 years experience in conscious dance. She is accredited to teach 5Rhythms (1998), Systemic Ritual (2014) and OpenFloor movement (2016). She is also trained in SE therapy and Theatre. With light and ease she creates safety and depth on the dance floor.
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
Alma ∞ Omega
Alma ∞ Omega is the co-founder of Berlin-based gatherings Lucid and Cacaophany, and has been passionately opening portals of magic since her first house-party in 1997, coinciding with her life-purpose for creating alchemical spaces of transformation, celebration, healing and releasing…She is an avid believer in the power of DANCE and MUSIC to elevate & connect the spirit of humanity: allowing us to get back to the basics, our roots, our hips, our hearts, our oneness…no dogma on the dancefloor…just a dream within a dream, and a dream we dream together. Landing Page
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.
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
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.
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.