1-6 Dec 2020

Soul Jam

This Improvisation Gathering celebrates the jam-culture in it´s different forms. We wish to bring together  dance- and music-lovers, movement enthusiasts and improvisors. In a fine tuned field based on listening, an environment for all levels to unfold from your creative source. Lets be an island of trust for each other.

Contact Improvisation, Dance Improvisation, Vocal Impro, Music, Instant Composition, Singing Circles, Yoga, Sharings...
Nature, Silence, Swimming Pool, Forests, delicious vegan food...
And yes, jamming ! 

Vega Luukkonen (Contact Improv/Composition), David Mages (Music Improvisation), Hugh Stanier (Contact Improv/Composition), Neelam Mages (Kundalini Yoga & Voice), Sophie Kinkel (Transformative Release) and more...

The Intention of this meeting is to come back to the roots, 
improvising and creating collaborative jam-spaces, where dance, movement, expression and sound come together. We wish to create a rich jamming culture - big part of this gathering is to establish different structures and frames for jamming together. 
Listening spaces where music is dance, and dance is music. 

 Togther we 
focus on contact improvisation & composition, music & voice improvisation and instant composition.

We wan to explore the nature and landscapes, 
 enjoy the chill out, pool and beach.
 Evenings we come together with celebrating improvisation, giving our full presence to the jam.

Welcome to this journey with us ! 


We, Monica and Samuel, invite you to an original country side house nestled in typical Portuguese farmland at the Algarve coast close by Faro. 

We have been building in new ways, with respect for the tradition, our grandfather’s farm into an organic ecological home. This week long gathering gives us time to be together connecting with nature and being part of the country side life during the blessed time of early December.

Our kitchen is 100% vegan, the food we use is organic and comes mainly from the region. Raw vegetables, gluten- and lactose-free food is available on request.

Rental Tents

Single Tent, with air matress and blanket.

Contact Dance Camp Algarve Portugal

Bell Tent tripple occupation, with 120cm airmatress and blankets

Rundzelt zu zweit  


In the main house are 5 rooms available with terrace and shared bathroom.

You can choose between double or single occupancy  

in queen size

and single beds

If you are a couple the rooms with king size beds are just perfect. (Click each of you kingsize bed together and mention you come with a couple)

Please let us know if you have questions about it.


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.



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.

//english below//

Wir haben ein Hygiene Konzept erarbeitet was es uns erlaubt unter Einhaltung der offiziellen Vorgaben ohne Sorge zusammen zu kommen.

Bitte komm gut vorbereitet zur Veranstaltung, bleib am besten schon ein paar Tage vor der Veranstaltung mehr zuhause, so gehst du sicher das du wirklich gesund bei uns ankommst. Nimm dir auch nach der Veranstaltung ein paar Tage Zeit wieder zuhause anzukommen, bei Krankheitsanzeichen geh zum Arzt und informiere uns umgehend, gefährde bitte niemanden.

Menschen die bei uns mit einer oder mehreren der bekannten Krankheitsanzeichen ankommen können nicht teilnehmen. Sieh bitte auch von einer Teilnahme ab falls du unter Diabetis, einer Gefäßkrankheit, Herzkrankheit oder Bluthochdruck leidest und Medikamente einnimmst.

Wir haben geschultes medizinisches Personal vor Ort was im Zweifelsfall Entscheidungen zur Sicherheit aller treffen kann.

Leute aus Risikogebieten können nur unter Vorlage eines Covid 19 Test der nicht älter als 48 Stunden ist, teilnehmen.

Falls während unserer Veranstaltung ,  die Mindestabstandsregel von 1,5 Meter gilt, werden wir die räumlichen Bedingungen dafür schaffen das alle mitmachen können. Die Leiter gehen in ihrem Kursen auf die Bedingungen so ein, dass es Spaß macht und alle Sorgenfrei mitmachen können. Kontakt Sportarten sind in Gruppen unter Auflagen gestattet. 

Die Installationen in der Küche, den Bädern und auf den Tanzflächen, sowie alle Vorgänge wie die Essenszubereitung und –Ausgabe, Reinigung etc. finden unter besonderer hygienischer Sorgfalt statt. Genug Desinfektionsmittel werden vorhanden sein, und regelmäßige Reinigungen aller genutzten Bereiche sind gewährleistet.


We have developed a hygiene concept that allows us to meet in compliance with the official regulations without any worries, so please come to the event well prepared and stay at home a few days before the event, so you can be sure that you arrive really healthy. Please take a few days after the event to come back home, if you have any signs of illness, please go to the doctor and inform us immediately, do not endanger anyone, people who arrive with one or more of the known signs of illness can not participate. If you suffer from diabetes, vascular disease, heart disease or high blood pressure and are taking medication, please do not participate. We have trained medical staff on site which can make decisions in case of doubt for the safety of everyone. People from risk areas can only participate by submitting a Covid 19 test that is not older than 48 hours. If during our event, the minimum distance rule of 1.5 meters applies, we will provide the space for everyone to participate. The instructors will take care of the conditions in their courses so that it is fun and everyone can participate without worries. Contact sports are allowed in groups under certain conditions. The installations in the kitchen, the bathrooms and on the dance floors, as well as all operations such as food preparation and serving, cleaning etc. are carried out with special hygienic care. Enough disinfectants will be available and regular cleaning of all areas used is guaranteed.



Registration closed.


Please confirm our Covid 19 hygiene rules and Terms & Conditions.


Meet Your Facilitators

David Mages

David Mages

David is a gifted multi-instrumentalist and has the extraordinary talent to play innumerable instruments of different cultures in a sensitive and expressive way, giving every music and every moment a very special magic. https://www.laeela.com/

Sophie Kinkel

Sophie Kinkel

Sophie Kinkel works since 13 years as a Transformative Bodyworker. Her intuitive work is based on the Grinberg Method, Energy Work, innerwise and Trance/Breath Work. The sessions are individuell and can have various aims. A starting point can be that you feel stuck in a certain place in your life and you want to dare to do new steps. You can also use a session to change limiting physical conditions like ongoing tension or pain. Through attentive touch and description you can learn to get aware of how you sustain limiting patterns, but most important: you learn how to let go of them and to let yourself be free in your individuelle state of being. This allows to digest old experiences and free your energy today. Like this you can follow more free your wishes (including physical recovery) in alignment with your own life energy in the context of life. Sophie Kinkel offers regularly individual Sessions, Workshops, Trance Dance/Breath Events in her Studio in der Körtestraße 8 in Berlin and Festivals. (Agape Zoe, Bodylove, Young Vision…) www.sophiekinkel.de

David Mages

JAMin'. with David

//INTENSIVE COURSE// The live music Contact Jams give a very special space of improvisation for dancers and musicians – the music can be danced – an interactive game and the fusion of movement and sound – musicians and dancers. In a sensitive way David opens wide spaces with guitar or piano and clones his playing by skilfully using inspired live loops, which give the basis for the JAM and give room for improvisations of all kinds. The versatile range of instruments allows many different sound colors and invites in a mindful way to create sound images in dance, which inspire the soul and lift the being into unexpected spaces of detachment. David's music workshops give room for free development and teach handicraft, theory & practice and give the participant access to a diverse musical knowledge base. Individual lessons tailored to each level are a trademark of David's musical work from 35 years of practical experience.

Sophie Kinkel Transformative Bodywork

Transformative Release Workshop

//MORNING & EVENING COURSE// by Sophie Kinkel In the 3 workshops we will work with the following subjects: Listening with the whole body Meeting the unknown Creative self-expression Each workshop contains different physical exercises that support letting go of old tensions, releasing energy and freeing our perception. Furthermore it will be a journey to consciously let go of old patterns/inner restrictions in order to allow the personal authentic, creative flow in connection with others.

Hugh Stanier

Hugh Stanier

Hugh is a Contemporary Dance Artist specialising in Contact Improvisation. He has over 12 years of teaching & performance experience. He began dancing when he was 15, training in Break dance and Contemporary. He went on to train at Northern School of Contemporary Dance, graduating in 2008. Since then he has worked with companies such as 2Faced Dance, Tom Dale, STAN Won’t Dance, and most recently Wim Vandekeybus/Ultima Vez. He has taught internationally at the Goa Contact Festival, Goa Dance residency, Thailand Contact and ecstatic arts festival, Berlin Contact Festival and Portugal Contact festival and for National Dance company Wales (NDCW) as well as organising his own workshops and retreats in Portugal, Germany and Israel. Within his teaching practice he combines his experience in Breakdance, Contemporary and Contact Improvisation to create a highly physical, technical and intuitive approach to movement exploration. He has collaborated and choreographed with Danceworx Delhi on an international 360 degree dance film, and creates his own work focusing on collaborative improvisation with Musicians. He is also a qualified TMW (Tai Chi Movements for Wellbeing) facilitator. The principles of Tai Chi and Qi Kung underpin his approach to teaching and sharing movement.

Kundalini Yoga Neelam

Kundalini Yoga with Live Music

In this //EARLY MORNING & AFTERNOON CLASSES// you will have the opportunity to delve deeper into the transforming power of Kundalini Yoga. The Kundalini Yoga Asanas or exercises are at once dynamic and meditative, invigorating and relaxing, healing and invigorating and feasible for each of us. Use this wonderful opportunity more and more to recognize your true being behind all the conditioning, emotions and colored thoughts, free yourself from built-in limitations and so on to your essence – self transformation is self healing!  Neelam’s singing and guidance through the practice of Kundalini Yoga is very heart-opening, with deep female intuition and inspiration she encourages us to go through all the processes that come up. Shaped by the power of polarity, of silence, vastness and the focus on our true being. Inwardly and sensitively, Neelam lovingly and purposefully accompanies us to extend our borders and arrive authentically in “just being”. True to the motto “It is not the external circumstances that determine your life, but the courage, the inner attitude with which you confront them” (according to Yogi Bhajan). 

Vega Luukkonen

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. 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.  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.

Contact Improvisation with Vega & Hugh

//INTENSIVE COURSE// TRANSITIONS, PRECISION & LIGHTNESS Contact Improvisation & Composition  During this intensive I will simply share with you the way I love to dance ! As the name says : “Transitions, Precision & Lightness” – describes well my interests in dance, and life. We will flow in and out of contact, viewing the dance as a playful dialogue, which breathes freely in time and space. Awareness and presence are helping us to expand the choices and possibilities in our dance. Cultivating conscious listening, breathing, giving and receiving. During the classes we work both technically – focusing on understanding the underlying physical principles of contact improvisation – and experientially – widening the trust to our instincts, impulses and intuition. We will evoke deeper understanding how our bodies function? How the joints, bones, muscles and fascia function ? Some of the movement principles I employ are informed by developmental movement patterns, release technique,  and floorwork.    

Neelam Mages

Neelam Mages

Neelam is a passionate singer, Kundalini Yoga teacher, gong master and event manager – she touches through the warm and clear sound of her voice and her open, authentic and heart open nature. https://www.laeela.com/

Singing Circle

//MORNNG SINGING CIRCLES// with Neelam and David and listening to them is balm for the soul – whether powerful kirtans, touching mantras & medicine songs or free soul songs – dive deep, let go, recharge your batteries, come home … The love for Bhakti Yoga and influences from different cultures shape their very own style. David’s magical guitar playing conjures up the basis on which Neelam’s touching voice can unfold in deep devotion.

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

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