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July 6, 2020 - July 12, 2020

| Submitted by Kerstin Kaufmann

This retreat was brought into life by the two movement enthusiasts and creative minds David Suppan and Ishine Gape. Both are deeply passionate about yoga, acrobatics, martial arts, dance, and most importantly, moving in nature while simplifying life by using what their immediate environment has to offer. Together they have gathered more than two decades’ worth of experience in this field, ready to share their movement knowledge with you.

About the format:
Each day will be based on one of the four pillars of movement (pushing, pulling, dancing and sculpting). There will be daily movement classes on the mats, in the grass and in the local woods. Our goal is to be working with our bodies as much as with natural materials like clay, wood, rocks and everything else we will find on our journey. The core of this week will be about cultivating a new skill set, building neuro-muscular pathways and tactile strategies to face any challenge yourself.

Our teaching style:
David and Gape are both experienced movers ready to embrace their students with whatever they have got and wherever they are at. Together they will offer a multi-level and uniquely designed movement camp, tailored to advance the practice of their students. The main focus of this week will be about meeting your limitations, getting out of your comfort zone but also finding support and shelter amongst like-minded others.

Daily routine:
Following a warm-up of functional movement, breathwork and yoga, we will start building up the day with a fundamental skill set in martial arts, parkour and acrobatics. Be ready to broaden your horizon while practicing on the mats, grass, forest and in close contact with nature and fellow participants. While lunch and a relaxing siesta will give you enough energy to recharge your batteries, we dedicate the afternoons to a more playful side of moving mixed with contact games, dance and sculpting. Before moving into the evening break, we will recline and integrate the principals which we have learned over the day in a sharing circle and with some journaling. Last but not least, we round off the day with a nourishing meal and a connective therapeutics class and yin yoga

Level & skill requirement:
Whether you have some experience in yoga or acrobatics, or any other sort of movement practice, this will be the right place for you to learn more about yourself, your practice and your general approach to moving in life. This week is as much for beginners as it is for intermediate movers. Therefore, the prerequisites are less skill dependent than they are motivation-based.

Prerequisites for this week are a certain form of readiness to:
get out of your comfort zone
get dirty in mud and forest soil
move beyond your limitations
have fun in an environment of movers
08:00-09:30 Hiking & Yoga
09:30-11:00 Breakfast
11:00-13:30 Movement Skills #1 (martial arts, parkour & acrobatics)
13:30-15:30 Lunch & Siesta
15:30-18:00 Movement Skills #2 (dancing, sculpting & journaling)
18:00-19:30 Dinner
19:30-21:00 Bodywork & Yin Time

• Basics & Technique
• Flow & Rhythm
• Choreography & Body language
• Martial Arts & Functional Movement
• Partner Calibrations & Progressions
• Work in & with Natural Materials
• Vision Quest & Journaling
• All Levels are welcome

The venue:
The farm is located 650m high in the middle of the meadows, on the outskirts of the Polhov Gradec Dolomites. With the magnificent view on the Skofja Loka Hills, the Karavanke and the Julian Alps, we will find shelter in a simple but well equipped farm house made for up to 35 people. We also offer 10 camping spots for those who want to be fully immersed into nature. We will be sharing rooms with 3-4 people in total. Each room has a bathroom and a shared kitchen. In addition to the peaceful surroundings and fresh air, the certified eco farm offers the perfect environment to switch of and recharge.

Dining with us:

We strive to provide local and seasonal food from the eco farm itself and organic markets around the area as much as possible. Three times a day we will tickle your palate with vegan and vegetarian delights made by our famous barefootyoga kitchen crew.

Your Movement = LIFE Team 2020:

Ishine Gape
Originally from Austria, Gape loves to spend his time traveling, eating yummi food and taking photos. With a heart full of humor and well sized arms to hug almost everything, he is facilitating a wide variety of workshop worldwide. Gape is well known for his unique and precise way of teaching. His passion for bodywork gives him the oppertunity to embrace his students and encourage them to find freedom through movement and touch. Gape (founder of & ishine photography), is an Acrobatics & Yoga instructor, as well Massage Therapist with over 10 years of experience. He will be co-teaching this retreat and share his passion towards acro, dance, breathwork & functional movement.

David Suppan
David, creator of Simian Yoga, reaches out to evolutionary movement, training body and mind holistically. With his experiences in Yoga, Capoeira, Parkour and athletic sports, David unites a lot of components from different disciplines to guide you to your inner strength. David lives in Graz, Austria with his family and works as a Yoga and Movement teacher. Explore your body with playfulness. Find new paths and experience what you are made for.

Language: This retreat will be taught in english and german (optional)

Beginning & end times of the retreat:
Arrival: Monday July 6th, 2020 – Your rooms will be available from 4 pm onwards. Around 6 pm we will offer you dinner, followed by a welcome circle with an introduction to our week schedule at 8 pm.

Departure: Sunday July 12th, 2020 – We will conclude our retreat with the breakfast and departure at 10 am the latest.

The price includes:
6 x lodging (all rooms are equipped with towels, sheets etc.)
6 x onsite camping (bring your own camping equipment if you choose to camp)
3 x warm vegetarian meals a day
8 hours of workshop content daily
Holiday and training all wrapped into a juicy package

Price for your holiday package:
Price range from € 650 – € 800
Returning students and “bring-a-friend” bookings will get up € 50 discount!
For more information please click the registration link in the below.


How to get there:

By Car:
Ljubljana – Predmost 1:00 h
Graz – Predmost 2:45 h
Vienna – Predmost 5:00 h
Munich – Predmost 5:00 h

By Plane:
Nearest airport is Ljubljana, (45min taxi ride away)
Further away airport is Triest (2,5h by bus/train to ljubljana and 1h to Predmost)

Car pooling:
Are you offering or looking for a ride? Share your information with other participants in our facebook group “movement is life retreat group 2020”

Any questions left? Please do not hesitate to contact us by email!

Email: [email protected]

Love & light,
your Team


July 6, 2020 @ 4:00 pm
July 12, 2020 @ 10:00 am
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