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May 23, 2020 - May 29, 2020

| Submitted by Kerstin Kaufmann

In our retreats, we teach basic and advanced techniques with up to 8 hours of daily practice, including acrobatics, yoga, contact improvisation, breathwork, bodywork and meditation. Together we are going to explore the offerings of a professional movement based mentoring tailored to the practitioner’s individual level and needs. This journey of self-discovery will not only help you to deepen your practice but also unfold an essential aspect of your innermost self.

About the Format:
This retreat offers you a wide range of playful elements, including important principles of acrobatics (L-basing, washing machines, whips, pops and flows), functional movement, open play, contact improvisation, martial arts, bodywork, yin yoga and community building. The core of this week will be about cultivating trust, strength and flexibility, within ourselves and as a group of dedicated movers.

Our Teaching Style:
Each season we select a fine variety of facilitators to create a unique and lasting learning environment. Our classes are held in an uplifting, fun and refreshing way. By splitting the main workshops into two levels we can ensure that beginners as much as intermediate practitioners are being met on their level of experience.

Your Holiday Package:
Alongside an extensive schedule filled with 5 workshops a day, you will find many opportunities to spend your time outdoors. We strive to only chose the best locations to make sure our participants get enough time in a nurturing environment.

Daily routine:
Following a warm-up of functional movement and yoga, we will work on building up a fundamental skill set in acrobatics. The integration and focus on inversions, handstands and L-basing flows will be an essential part of your morning practice. In the afternoon, we will dedicate our time to a more playful side of moving. Depending on the group there will be classes in contact improvisation, martial arts, partner games and 2 hours of FTC (free training with coaches) waiting for you. This will be your opportunity to work on specific skills and refine them with the coaches on site. After a full day of movement exploration, we will round off the day with a nourishing meal and a connective evening therapeutics class.

08:00-09:30 Yoga
09:30-11:00 Breakfast
11:00-13:30 Acro Skills
13:30-16:00 Lunch & Siesta
16:00-17:00 Movement Exploration
17:00-19:00 FTC (free training with coaches)
19:00-20:00 Dinner
20:00-21:30 Bodywork, Campfire & Yin Yoga

• Basics & Technique
• Flow & Rhythm
• Choreography & Body language
• Partner Calibrations & Progressions
• Endless Fun & Community Spirit
• All Levels are welcome!

The Venue:
Amid endless hectares of olive groves, we will reside in a charming 200-year-old and newly renovated farmhouses. The scent of lavender, rosemary and other Mediterranean herbs is so omnipresent that it will be easy to pour your full energy into the adventure of this retreat. For the water lovers among you, we have two swimming pools and the ocean is only 30minute walk away from the location. Yeah!

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

Your Spring Upside Down 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 will be hosting this retreat and there focusing on coordinating and leading the teachers team. He will be teaching communication skills, some acro classes and wll be taking part on the evening sessions.

Daisy Alisaa

Daisy is a former acrobatic gymnast that left the world of competition and entered a world of free movement, fun and love for inversions. Her practice evolved into a mixture of acrobatics, yoga and most of all hand balancing – and so does her teaching. Daisy loves to share her technical approach on inversions and hand balancing with a variety of exercises.
We are super excited to welcome Daisy to our retreat this year – be ready to build your foundation, grow with awareness, grow with confidence and grow with grace!

Andres Covelli

The desire to move every part of my body, the passion to be anything I can imagine, the need to play in life; to stand on my hands and spin on my head, to bend backwards and forward, to roll over like a little kid, to fall over just to get up again. This is how I learnt to live my life. Lover of nature, collector of tattoos, believer of magic and the power of love…. This is what led me to yoga years ago. I wanted to keep the energy flowing and to challenge myself daily.
Andres will be teaching Yoga and Acrobatics. His classes are dynamic and always connected to breath, balance and most important alot of fun!

Mito FlyingMonkey

Born and raised in Germany, Mito now lives a nomadic lifestyle exploring and teaching movement, acrobatics, Yoga and bodywork. Movement and its diverse effects and qualities have blessed Mito with lots of precious moments, insights and connections. From (re)discovering the joy of play and exploration, to health, power and freedom, to teamwork and social skills, and even to profound spirituality. Now it is also part of his passion to share these experiences.
Teaching Acro at this event, Mito intends to facilitate a holistic, transformative experience of embodiment, where open and sincere experiencing of movement, the self and others can happen in a natural, intuitive and joyful way. A place where the inner child can thrive and shine.

Wotan Alvaro Sun

Founder of the blossoming Heart Culture Festival, experienced musician on stage and father of two beautiful children, obviously loves what he does. Using sound healing, Wotan guides people at workshops, retreats, single session`s and circle gatherings world wide to truly connect with their souls and fellows. As an intuitiv coach and herbal medicine producer he is gifted with a wide tool selection to support people finding their own wealth and joy in life.
Wotan will be hosting 2 soundhealing workshops and playes live to yoga, contact impro and bodywork as well adds some spice to our evening bonfire sessions. Be ready for a pure delight for your ears and heart!

Cooper T Beconnsall

Cooper T Becconsall is a certified Acro addict.. He’s also a passionate advocate for finding the “Art of Balance” within movement, human self development / community / environment & deepening heart connections with playful authenticity.. He has been on this acro journey of self discovery since the bug bit in 2014, seeking out & searching for the embodiment of this practice, worldwide.. Cooper has a keen eye for detail & refinement (virgo rising haha) Fundamental / foundational basics & things that flow. He loves the complexity, depth & multiple layers found within this practice & this is what he loves to share, help inspire & nurture in others.
Cooper has been a gem for our community and will be teaching the all levels acrobatics classes at this event. Be ready to get upside down with fun and grace!

Francesco Baffa

Francesco is an Osteopath and teacher of the Feldenkrais method. At the University of Sport Sciences he met yoga, circus arts and free climbing. He is passions about art, working abroad and travelling. He loves to share his functional vision of applied anatomy and natural nutrition, to improve the quality of life as well as teaches dedicated movers how to minimize injuries and learn to excel.
Coming from Italy and spending many months in Brazil, Francesco is coming to teach Anatomy, Nutrition and Movement.

Claire Hermanns

Claire her desire for movement, expression and connection and interest in anything that had to do with it, made her travel the world since a young age. She studied Yoga, Thai Yoga Massage and completed her AcroYoga International Teacher Training. She graduated from Trinity Laban Conservatoire for Music and Dance in London. Since 2016 Claire is based in The Netherlands and does what she loves most: as a freelance artist she is dancing with Dance Theater Company Meyer-Chaffaud and shakes her limbs in several other projects where she performs as a dancer, acrobat/hand balancer, singer and actress.
When teaching or performing across disciplines Claire implements her versatile experiences in different movement/performance arts and she shares her love for connection with, and expression of our own body and mind, as well as with/of those of our fellow earthlings.

Language: This retreat will be taught in english

Beginning & end times of the retreat:
Arrival: Saturday May 23th, 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: Friday May 29th, 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 the tent option)
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:
Graz – Istria 4:25 h
Vienna – Istria 6:00 h
Munich – Istria 6:00 h

By Plane:
Nearest airport is Pula (30min taxi ride away – we offer two shuttles on arrival day – 4pm & 8pm on additional cost)
You can also check airports in the region, for example Trieste, Zagreb and Rijeka (if you do so please include a 2-4h bus ride to Pula into your calculation)

Car pooling:
Are you offering or looking for a ride? Share your information with other participants in our facebook group “spring upside down group 2020”

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

Email: [email protected]

Love, light & happines,
your Team


May 23, 2020 @ 4:00 pm
May 29, 2020 @ 10:00 am
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