14 - 19. Feb 2022
REUNION Ecstatic Dance Festival
Reunite with your global ecstatic dance family and join us for a transformative journey at Gaia Dance Temple, Lago Atitlán, Guatemala. Enjoy daily ecstatic dances, workshops and rituals, surrounded by powerful nature and held by international artists, facilitators and ceremony leaders.
Peia (US), Yemanjo (US), Swahé (US), Pascal de Lacaze (GER), Aquario (GER), Sarasvati Dasi (GER), Vega Luukkonen (FIN), Izaias Sajvin Mendoza & Ana Izabel Perez (GTM), Rolando La Tinto (GTM), and more.
Ecstatic Dance * Contact Improv * Sacred Relating * Live Music * Mayan Fire, Water & Cacao Ceremonies by local Shaman * Singing Circles * with spring fed riverside pools.
GAIA DANCE TEMPLE The stunning nature venue Gaia Dance Temple is a high vibe community located in the village of Tzununá on Lake Atitlán. The Ecstatic Dance Temple features a 6000 sq. ft combination of martial-arts mats and floating wood dance floor space underneath. Gaia Dance Temple is surrounded by avocado and kushin trees and a spring-fed river.
Tzununá, the small Kaqchiquel village, whose name can be translated as “hummingbird of water”, is a jewel between coffee plants and avocado trees, and has retained its indigenous character. Yoga and permaculture farming is also on the rise in Tzununa. Expect many colourful surprises! Search Gaia Dance Temple on Google for the exact location in Tzununá.
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.
TRANSFER TO SAN MARCOS/TZUNUNA
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/Tzununa or any destination in Guatemala. Safe and reliable service. The drivers are nice, responsible and professional.
+502 3073 0413
HOW TO MOVE AT THE LAKE
At the lake between the villages you use Rikshas or boats. We have an awesome crew of Tuktuks that are always around Gaia.
Gaia Dance Temple, Tzununa, 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.
Our cooks will spoil us with their delicious local cuisine. Organic vegetarian meals + elixirs are available at our Cafe on-site, as well as three other farm-to-table Cafes less than 5 minutes walk from the Gaia. About $ 6 per healthy vegetarian meal. Tea Temple will be open during dances.
On-site Camping: 25 USD per person for 5 nights. Includes drinking water & showers.
Single beds in dorm on-site are 100 USD for 5 nights.
Plentiful hostels, hotels, and Airbnbs are available in Tzununá and in San Marcos to sleep comfortably and cheaply nearby.
We recommend the Taiji Temple Apartments in San Marcos. Search in Air Bnb; Divya`s Account Casa Buena Vista, Casa Veranda, Villa Mirador, Cabaña Sencilla, Cabaña mejor, Cabaña modestia.
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.
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Registration is open.
Early Bird Price: $ 230/ €200 until Jan 3rd 2022
Regular Price: $ 290/€250
Guatemalan National Early Bird Price: $110/ Q880 until Jan 3rd 22
Regular Guatemalan Price: $140/ Q1100
We give to a limited amount discounted tickets to Guatemalan nationals only.
Meet Your Facilitators
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 He has bases in Berlin/Germany, Algarve/Portugal and Goa/India. Volker is in the directors team of Goa Contact Festival, Goa Ecstatic Dance Festival, Body Love Festival, Ecstatic Dance Festival Germany, Portugal CI Gathering & Meeting and Ecstatic Dance Festival Portugal. He is the founder of “Forgotten Land” at Arambol beach and in Aterra/ Alentejo, he is a co-founder of the Yoga & Dance Retreat “Ibiza Moving Arts” and In Touch Festivals international. He is an original member of Spacewalk. Spacewalk works with interventions in social and spacious areas of conflict by using means and methods of theater, dance, music, video and visual arts.
Swahé has played at Festivals and Ecstatic Dances Worldwide, bringing Kundalini Awakening Tribal Bass that is inspired by the Latin, Middle Eastern, and Indigenous Music that is in his blood. He lives in Lago Atitlan, Guatemala
Ana Perez & Izaia Mendoza
Izaias & Izabel work together as activists and promoters of Mayan ceremonies, dedicated to rescue, conserve and preserve the Mayan sacred sites so that they are not privatized. Our mission is to rescue the wisdom of the Mayan ancient practice. It is important to us to bring back into our society the awareness and the importance of sacred circles. Our call is to educate people from any background to connect with the origin of cacao and make good use of this sacred heart medicine, making the knowledge of its values available as well as the physical benefits that has to our bodies. https://lavalovecacao.com
Rolando Rukikel ik —visionary Mayan artist ;— sharing my art skills in San Marcos la Laguna atitlan Guatemaya —-Instagram xaman_arts@ https://www.facebook.com/rolandolatinta
Erik “Aquario” Manouz
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
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.
Berlin based Sarasvati Dasi – multi instrumentalist/ vocalist/ DJ – grew up in a Vedic culture of song, dance, philosophy and devotion between ashrams and temples both in India and the western world. She cofounded Kirtaniyas in 2009 and toured extensively for the next ten years sharing traditional mantra music in yoga studios, festivals and dance floors around the world. In more recent times her love for music has brought her into the ecstatic dance world where she blends live performance with eclectic beats and bass that will make you want to hit the dance floor. She has collaborated with artists such as The Polish Ambassador, DJ Drez, Cheb i Sabbah and Saqi. https://soundcloud.com/sarasvatidasi
Peia Luzzi is an American born song collector, writer and multi-instrumentalist based in the mountains of Southern Oregon. Like water from a deep well, she draws inspiration from her ancestral roots of Celtic and Old World European folk music. With the voice of a lark, Peia dances nimbly from Child Ballads and 17th C. Gaelic laments, to Waulking Songs, and Bulgarian mountain calls. She has traveled extensively over the past 10 years to uncover melodies wrinkled and wise with time, laboring to honor their language and stories, while bringing a piece of herself to each song she carries. https://peiasong.com
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.
Yemanjo is a project of producer, DJ, and singer/multi-instrumentalist Ben Harris. Born and raised in the rich cultural stew of California's Bay Area, Harris has called Lake Atitlan, Guatemala home since 2016. His original music is a polyrhythmic concoction of downtempo/ethnic house beats blended with traditional instruments and tribal chants from Latin America, Africa and the Middle East–influences drawn from Harris' near-constant world travels. He is well-known on the international conscious dance circuit in Europe, the US and in Central America, where he is part of the vanguard of a flowering dance scene in Lake Atitlan.
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 .