20 - 23 Jan 2022

CI Intensive with Vega & Hugh

We Hugh Stanier (UK) & Vega Luukkonen (FIN) invite you to explore Dancing in physical connection together. The way we approach sharing Contact Improvisation is playful, explorative and technical. We offer tools to easily explore your own moving body and moving together with other bodies, in duet, trio and larger groups. The flow of these 4 days together will build gradually, starting from the floor and progressing to spiralling and lifting, to finding ways to fly through the air together. We focus on using the Breath to bring more awareness to the body and as a way to find relaxed and fluid movements that serve to dance without damaging our bodies. These principles can help to find more precision and grace in movement which helps when moving in touch with other people.



The Taiji Tao Temple was established in 2012 as a Taiji Tao school, retreat center, sustainable farm and local community betterment initiative. In Sept. 2013, senior Taoist officials and lineage holders from Taiwan, Master Waysun Liao and Master Chang Jinyuan, made the long journey to San Marcos la Laguna, Guatemala, to initiate a 7-year residential training program and provide guidance and other services for our members. On the guidance of senior Masters, the Taiji Tao Temple currently continues its original mission sharing Taiji, and as a retreat and event center open to the public; guests are welcome for their own private or group retreat, or to join us for daily Taiji training, in person!


You can fly into Guatemala City. Attention: if you fly trough the USA from any other country you need a vaccine passport, also if you are just in a transfer. 



From there you can take a tourist collectivo (shuttle) or private taxi to the lake. Lago Atitlan is about 3.5-4 hours away from the airport, pending traffic. 



Recommended private Taxi drivers Martha or Fernando. You can contact before you arrive in Guatemala.

They offer private/shared transportation to Antigua, Panajachel, San Marcos or any destination in Guatemala. Safe and reliable service. The drivers are nice, responsible and professional.





+502 3073 0413








At the lake between the villages you use Rikshas or boats. We have an awesome crew of Tuktuks that are always around Gaia.



Taiji Temple, San Marcos, Lago Atitlan, Guatemala



All passengers flying into Guatemala must present evidence of either: a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of arrival; COVID-19 vaccination completed at least two weeks before arrival; or documented recovery from COVID-19 within three months of arrival.

Plentiful hostels, hotels, and Airbnbs are available in San Marcos to sleep comfortably and cheaply nearby.

We recommend the Taiji Temple Apartments in San Marcos. Search in Air Bnb; Casa Buena Vista, Casa Veranda, Villa Mirador, Cabaña Sencilla, Cabaña mejor, Cabaña modestia.campus.

After registering you will receive a mail with our bank details. CHECK your SPAM filter! You need to pay -  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 January 1st 2022, if your cancellation happens after January 1st 2022, we will keep the full deposit.


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 admin@forgotten-land.com for any questions.


Registration is open.

The Course Ticket includes full program with all Classes, Circles and Jams. Not included is food, accommodation and transfer.

Early Bird Price: $ 140/ €110 till 18 Dec 2021

Regular Price: $170/€150 

Guatemalan National Price: $100/ Q770 

We give to a limited amount discounted tickets of $100/ Q770  and scholarships to Guatemalan nationals only. For scholarship PM us and tell us about your motivation. admin@forgotten-land.com

Meet Your Facilitators

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.

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.

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