Cool Retreats in Europe
If we were to list every yoga retreat or dance workshop or mediation course in Europe it would fill several websites so here we’re just compiling a list of retreat centres and workshop groups that appeal to us.
The Road Junky Sahara Retreat
We organise our own retreats in the Sahara Desert each winter. One is a meditation and joy of dance retreat, while the other is a contact improv and yoga retreat. Both retreats feature storytelling, music and singing around the fire as we camp in traditional Berber tents under the full moon deep inside the sand dunes.
It’s really the best week of our year, every year, as 20 interesting people come together in a mind-blowing landscape to share their stories and experiences, and just experience the magic of the Sahara.
Next retreats are 11-17 December and 5-11 March – learn more about our meditation and yoga retreats in Morocco.
We also organise the Festival of Creativity that feels like a retreat with just 100 people, no phones and loads of creative workshops and acoustic music around the fire.
Check out the Road Junky Festival in the Czech Republic 23 June – 3 July, 2017
Oceans and Flow, the Azores Islands
Every September Oceans and Flow organise dance retreats on land and water in the Azores. The workshops are held by lagoons, waterfalls and mountains around a different island each year. The retreats meld conscious breathing techniques and visualisation with movement featuring Contact Improv, Flydeeper, Freedive Flow and Dragon Dreaming.
Learn more about Oceans and Flow dance retreats!
Findhorn Foundation, Scotland
In their words:
‘The Findhorn Foundation and surrounding community at The Park, Findhorn and at Cluny Hill in Forres, is a vibrant, creative home to more than 400 people from all over the world. Together, and with the thousands of people who visit each year, we are exploring the challenge and task of creating new ways of living to promote:
- inner listening and self-knowledge
- peaceful relationships
- cooperation with nature
- sustainability on all levels’
Ängsbacka Course Center, Sweden
Angsbacka is, in their own words: ‘Ängsbacka is among the most important meeting places in Scandinavia for people who want to live a more conscious life, live from the heart and care for our planet.’
There are courses, workshops and festivals going on throughout the year at this rural location in Sweden with a strong focus on tantra, sensuality and dance (they even have a tantra festival) and while it’s run as a limited company you can actually join it and become part of the center. Or run your own course there. Or just go and volunteer.
Learn more about Angsbacka!
Gaga Dance Workshops
Gaga is a dance movement originating in Israel and now they make gaga workshops across Europe.
It’s a little hard to define what separates it from ecstatic dance or aspects of contemporary dance but what’s apparent is how it has inspired thousands of people to explore the joy of movement and unlock an innate desire and ability to dance.
Learn more about Gaga dance and movement workshops.
The Tanzfabrik (“dance factory” is a creative centre in Berlin offering ongoing workshops, courses and performances. In particular they offer the chance to immerse yourself for a concentrated period in the world of dance.
They say: ‘Tanzfabrik offers four intensive workshop seasons each year: Oster-, Sommer-, Herbst- und Winter Tanz. Each season has their own particular atmosphere and features a unique combination of experienced and international teachers engaging in current topics of the dance world. Suitable for all levels from complete beginner to professional and with both participants and teachers ranging across several generations, our intensive workshop programmes welcome anyone curious to actively engage with the range of dance forms, bodywork and performance techniques available today within contemporary dance.’
Learn more about the Tanzfabrik in Berlin!
Bont’s Clown School
Eric de Bont has been teaching the art of clowning for decades and has established his own school on the island of Menorca where, along with other teachers of music and dance, he offers intensive clown seminars exploring the arts of improvisation and spontaneous humour through transparency and vulnerability.
There are also from time to time clown courses offered in different locations in Europe.
They say: ‘BONT’s is a small but professional International Center fully focused and dedicated to the beautiful art of clowning, a place where people from all continents meet, work together, attend classes and develop their own authentic Clown and show their work in an atmosphere full of humanity and with a very big heart.’
Learn more about the Bont’s Clown School
Please send in your suggestions!