Dance Alchemy is a body based therapy with a life affirmative attitude of celebration and love. It is a unique way of using dance and the alchemy in our own bodies to transform negative emotions,
find self-love and acceptance, understand and connect more deeply with one’s true nature, and enter meditation.
Maneesha McClure studied dance and dance therapy in the USA, and has been working as a dance therapist and teacher since 1986. She was trained in therapies such as childhood and relationship resolution work using emotional release, hypnosis and past life regression. She also is trained in metaphysical energy work, metaphysical reading, and therapeutic bodywork, and is a Somatic Experiencing (trauma healing) practitioner (SEP). She led various groups including the Dance Meditation Training in Pune, in the Center for Transformation and The Mystery School, from 1987 until 1995, and after that continued in various centers in Europe and the USA.
She currently lives in Sedona, Arizona where she gives classes and individual sessions.
Dance Alchemy was born out of the vision of the living enlightened Master, Osho, and in his communes, where Maneesha lived since 1973. The work is based on the transmission she received, and His vision of Zorba the Buddha; that life in this human body has to be lived to the fullest, and the inner search through meditation can happen simultaneously to create a whole person. His vision of the path of celebration and love, and His methods for inner transformation are based upon this understanding.
The 5Rhythms® are wonderful tools for self-exploration. The practice is as simple as profound. Its formless form gives us the right balance between structure and freedom to allow our bodies and
hearts to find their very own dance and get closer to our true nature.
Trained and authorized by Gabrielle Roth, Dagmar Cee has been teaching and organising the 5Rhythms® internationally (since 2005 on the Waves and since 2010 on the Heartbeat level). Her background is photography and Media Art. She is a 5Rhythms nomad and her home-base is Berlin.
“5Rhythms® are my medicine - a meditation that navigates me through times when I forget who I really am. That leaves me as a compassionate being connecting body, mind and heart and quietening my
chattering ego. I love to share my medicine and my own research with people around the globe.” Dagmar.
In this workshop we will utilize the elements of conscious connected breathing, unwinding movement and contact improve dance to bring us into deeper contact with our physical bodies and create space for silence to emerge naturally. A synergy of these elements will support to become keenly aware of the physical felt sensations. Through the connection to the felt sensation layers of trauma related physical and emotional tension are being released. No previous experience in Breathwork or contact improv dance is necessary.
Developer of the BioDynamic Breathwork & Trauma Release System, Giten Tonkov shares a mastery of body-oriented therapies that evolved from over 20 years of learning, exploration, and work with countless clients and groups around the world. His passion for life, humility, and love for people has inspired his own personal journey and the creation of his 6-element approach to healing.
The author of Feel to Heal: Releasing Trauma Through Body Awareness and Breathwork Practice, Giten continually leads practitioner trainings and experiential workshops with his unique blend of creativity, depth, and playfulness, while growing the BioDynamic Breathwork & Trauma Release Institute and its global community of friends and colleagues.
Giten has been a Licensed Massage Therapist since 1994 (Swedish Institute of Massage Therapy, New York), a certified Breathwork & Body Oriented Therapist since 2001 (Diamond Breath School, Miasto Meditation Institute, Italy), and is a former Osho Multiversity Therapist (OSHO Meditation Resort, Pune, India). He was born in Ukraine and lived in New York for 24 years before finding his current home in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California.
Río Abierto means Open River in Spanish and is an invitation towards opening up ourselves to the Flow of Life in a joyful and natural way. This exciting movement, body- mind and transpersonal
practice brings us in touch with our unique beauty and interconnection as human beings. Río Abierto integrates guided and free expressive movement and dance, massage, music, voice and breathwork,
relaxation, contact -in its various forms –and a precious group dynamic of sharing. Created in 1966 in Argentina and quickly spread around the world, this river of vitality, connection and joy
embraces us all into a dance where our Essence can gradually and organically unfold and shine.
Eirini Bataki is an instructor of movement, body-mind and transpersonal therapy for harmonious development Río Abierto System since 2010, a dancer and a student of body psychotherapy. She
received her training in Río Abierto in Italy and then followed intensive trainings in Spain, Uruguay and Argentina with the founder of Río Abierto system Maria Adela Palcos.
Eirini perceives embodiment as a way that leads to deep and authentic self- and collective connections. She loves to create spaces where people can explore, unfold, express and share their unique qualities as human beings and create a healthier, more joyful and peaceful life together. To this end she uses a variety of tools such as expressive movement, dance, body psychotherapy, massage, meditation, music and art.
Eirini is based in Athens and facilitates group and one-to-one sessions of expressive movement and body-mind therapy all over Greece.
Whirling is an ancient Sufi technique, where you whirl on the spot with your arms outstretched. Accompanied by musicians playing traditional Sufi music, Dhyana will share a space for you to learn
and experience this active meditation that helps the mind to relax, moving you into a soft, and silent space – your center.
Dhyana Vargas (born in Colombia, based in Berlin) is a passionate lover for meditation and dance with a vast experience in different meditation techniques, therapy work and movement practices. She is a certified facilitator for OSHO Active Meditations and OSHO Meditative Therapies, facilitates Whirling workshops, initiating other meditators and dancers in this ancient tradition and in recent years, she has been exploring the body-based therapy Dance Alchemy, becoming herself a Dance Alchemy practitioner. Dhyana is the creator of Whirling in Berlin as well as OSHO Colombia, and co-founder and organizer of the Conscious Dance Festival®. Feeling at home in water she created the experiential group Meditative Freediving, and offers one-on-one Aquafloating sessions.
Yoga Trance Dance® created by Shiva Rea, is a contemporary exploration of the spirit of dance within yoga. Beginning with pranic yoga, the practice flows into an exploration of free-form,
breath-driven movement to liberate one’s creative life force and cultivate embodied freedom.
Be guided through the elements using asanas (postures), movements and pranayama (breath) to journey into Sahaja - the unfolding of natural movement.
Yoga Trance Dance® includes: movement meditation, pranic flow yoga, kriyas, exploration and creativity through conscious dance with an eclectic mix of world music, specifically selected to sync with the movement, building to a peak of drums and ecstatic dance.
Serafina Mystix, born in Jersey, UK is an embodied practices facilitator and dance journey guide, devoting herself to creating safe spaces for people to dance themselves into states of trance and
ecstasy. Believing in the healing power of conscious and intentional movement to be therapeutic and medicinal on all levels, Serafina shares techniques which can be used as tools for embodied
empowerment, deepening connection and relationship with self, others, the land and the wider web.
Serafina, founder of Ecstatic Dance Cyprus, currently travels, dancing on sacred, energetic points around the world, teaching and guiding online and in-person journeys as well organising dance events, retreats, courses and trainings for the School of Mystery, Sacred Dance & Feminine Arts, assisting Medicine Woman Movement and developing her latest creation and community organisation; Path of A Mystic.
IG @serafinamystix / FB @serafinamystixsharing
Consisting of polyrhythmic, counter-intuitive movements and archetypal ritual dances, each movement and its music, practiced in a group, anchors us to the moment, strengthens our attention, and may help us become more available to finer energies. These sacred movements are essentially exercises in totality. Through a total engagement of our senses, mind, and feelings, we may experience oneness in our being and become aware of both how divided and mechanical we are. According to George Gurdjieff, this awareness and the aim for oneness are the first steps towards having true agency.
Ananda has been exploring various somatic approaches to healing, self-knowledge, and transformation since 2013, as part of his self-inquiry. He is both a student and teacher of different practices, including Gurdjieff Sacred Movements, Mythopoetic Qigong, Post-Daoist Sexuality, and Osho Meditations. By integrating these practices, Ananda has developed a deep inquiry into the potential for psycho-spiritual transformation through sensitivity, stillness, and movement. This inquiry has revealed how the body can be utilized as an instrument for higher energies to access, leading us to portals of experience into the immanence and transcendence of the soul.
Soma takes you on a journey to explore movement. Inspired by anatomical and physical principles, she guides you to sense into your body and receive its feedback and wisdom.
Taking advantage of the laws of physics instead of depending solely on muscle force, you start to experience more ease and lightness. By learning to use your joints sensibly, you start trusting the support of your own body structure. This can help you find new choices of movement that bring more fun and variety to your free dance.
Soma is a Contemporary Dance teacher, movement artist and body therapist based in Graz, Austria. The Axis Syllabus, a lexicon of movement principles and her work as a body therapist inspire her dance classes. Her teaching ranches from conveying basic movement skills to enhance wellbeing, permeability and freedom, to more complex techniques for advanced artistic dance. Teaching for her is an ongoing research into movement as well as a being present and supportive with her students developing their movement intelligence. While dancing she enjoys the quality of being receptive and in communion with something bigger.
This will be an exploration of your body and soul through movement and other creative expressions (poetry, land-art, performance) by playful partner and group interaction.
Kabiro (Lara Ubago) is an artist and art director, as well as being trained in Gestalt Art - Therapy Breathwork and Bodywork. She has, for decades, studied and engaged deeply with different forms of Conscious Dance and is also co-founder of Conscious Dance Festival.
Nadeen started his path in meditation 35 years ago. He was with the Indian master Osho since 88, deepening his personal growth and learning various meditation techniques, meditative therapies, esoteric sciences, hypnosis, energy reading, body therapies, among many others.
Nadeen is a facilitator at the Osho International Meditation Resort in Pune, India. He specializes in helping his clients to awaken presence in the heart center and open it to live with more self-love and acceptance.
Dance without thinking. Dance as medicine, and music as the guide for the soul. Ecstatic Dance is a space for free movement without rules, or predetermined steps. In the hands of a DJ, you can surrender to the music and allow your body to follow its expressive intuitive movements. Ecstatic Dance is a journey into yourself in which body, mind and spirit fall into unity.
Mayra aka La May is a Colombian Ecstatic Dance DJ, Movement Facilitator and solo singer. Her experience with Buddhism and Yoga, and her passion for music, inspired her to become a certified Ecstatic Dance facilitator and to initiate Ecstatic Dance Colombia. Since 2019 Mayra creates spaces for people to enjoy the synergy between dance, music and mindfulness, and enriches the experiences with her own musical interpretations adding a Latin and Tropical flavor to the music journey.
IG: @ecstaticdance.colombia / @la._.may
Geetprem is an autodidact musician who plays drums, flute, saxophone amongst many other instruments. In his early twenties he discovered Osho, who inspired his creativity and curiosity about music. In1983 he received the name Geetprem, which means music of love.
Music is for him something natural, and the best way to communicate and connect with people. Geetprem hears music in every thing in the universe. He invites us to discover it in ourselves, and to express it by playing, singing, and dancing. In his eyes, love and music can heal the whole world.
To support the integration of all the dancing, Prem Svargo will be playing the flute. Svargo is a multi-talented person who taught himself how to play the flute, the guitar and drums. He started to play music more than 30 years ago in different bands in Australia, India and Greece. Svargo has been playing music for meditation on a weekly basis since 2010 in Greece and lately continues sharing these meditations online. Parallel to his music passion, Svargo worked for more than 20 years as a mime in Australia.