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), Ana Root (PT), Sarasvati Dasi (GER), Vega Luukkonen (FIN), Andrea Scheel (MEX), Tiago Rouxinol (PT), Izaias Sajvin Mendoza & Ana Izabel Perez (GT), Rolando La Tinta (GT), 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. 



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









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 all 5 nights.


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


You might need a recommendation for an economic accommodation, we made a list for you with really good places. Most of them are not even in Air Bnb, have a look


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 Festival Ticket includes full program with all classes, ceremonies, concerts, circles and dances. Not included is food, accommodation and transfer.

Early Bird Price$ 230/ €200 until Jan 10th 2022

Regular Price: $ 290/€250

Guatemalan National Early Bird Price: $110/ Q880 until Jan 10th 22

Regular Guatemalan Price: $140/ Q1100

We give to a limited amount discounted tickets  to Guatemalan nationals only. 

Meet Your Facilitators

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

Sarasvati Dasi

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  

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


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.

Tiago Perfil

Tiago Rouxinol

Tiago Rouxinol born in Portugal in 1977 and moved to Brazil in 1999 where he became a Capoeira teacher. Traveling around Latin America he fell in Love with music and went to Cuba to study percussion. Looking for the roots went several times to West Africa to learn traditional and tribal instruments such as djembe, kora, balafon. Became a multi instrumentalist and created 2 bands of world music that still exist, Yemadas and Onda 9. Also he has been making a research on how to include everybody into the music and started to study Body music with a great master Keith Terry- Cross Pulse. Some years ago he created and facilitated the Music for All workshop  based on Body percussion and Circle Singing, where people can learn many music games and different forms of developing rhythm and coordination in a very playful way without using instruments , but simply their bodies!

Erik Manouz Ecstatic Dance Festival Germany

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

Zinn Da Alive

Zinn Da

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.

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.

Andrea Scheel

Mexican artist trained in contemporary dance in AREA, espai de movimento; (Barcelona, 2006 – 2008) and the dance conservatory of Sevilla (2009 – 2010). She starts her professional dancing with CAD- centro andaluz de danza (Sevilla, 2010 – 2011) with different choreographers such as Johan Inger, Isabel Vasquez}. Now in constant exploration with somatics, biomechanics and evolutionary movement on land and water. She has practiced Contact Improvisation since 2008, facilitating spaces for its practice since 2013.

Pascal de Lacaze

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 .

Rolando La Tinta

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  

Ana Root

She has been a dancer since she was a child. Her training was developed around classical ballet, contemporary dance, flamenco, butoh and odissi dance, classical dance from India, where she lived for seven years. Lately, it was on the African continent, Mali, Senegal and Burkina Faso, that she found the right space to develop her most recent projects. Since 2009, her great dedication is focused on regular Afro dance classes where she develops a work of body and cultural awareness. Ana Root, is the voice of the Yemadas musical project, a world music band that has already released 5 albums. It was during this project that she developed her passion for music, having a natural gift for playing different instruments such as the ukulele, space drums and multi-percussions. She lived and worked artistically in several countries, until taking root in the south of Portugal, where she currently lives in a community. Invited by Madalena Victorino, she developed choreographic and musical projects such as Rastilho, Mar Adentro, Evaporo 2, A Cantora Deitada and Quando in the context of the cultural project LAVRAR O MAR. Recently, as percussionist and dancer, Lusitana de Mariana Root, her sister, is part of a musical project dedicated to Portuguese roots.

Peia Luzzi

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

Joshua Swahe

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

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