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.
5Rhythms® is a dynamic movement meditation. It’s a free dance embodied practice aiming at increasing awareness and presence in the here and now. Each of the rhythms has a different energy, and
will have a unique flavour for each individual. Dancing through all the 5Rhythms® – Flowing, Staccato, Chaos, Lyrical, Stillness – is called a wave.
Gramya teaches 5Rhythms® as a dance meditation, as the art of being present in the here and now. As the art of unveiling the self to find love in our core. Dancing has been her medicine, her salvation, and her passion.
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.
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.
Dhyana Vargas is a certified meditation facilitator for the OSHO Active Meditations, as well as Sufi Whirling and Dance Alchemy. She is the creator of Whirling in Berlin, as well as OSHO Meditation Colombia, and organiser of the Conscious Dance Festival.
Mridu was born in Greece. In 2007, he discovered meditation, Osho, alternative therapies and the ecstatic dance movement. He fell in love with the conscious way of living and working with people.
ED for him is a way of using music and movement as a vehicle to open the body/mind and to access deeper states of consciousness, joy, presence and healing. A beautiful way of transforming
the individual, conditioned human into a holistic being.
Mridu has trained in many different modalities, such as Osho Meditative Therapies (Mystic Rose, No Mind, Born Again), Tantra, Biodynamic Breathwork and Trauma release, From Separation To Unity, Osho Active Meditations, Sound Healing and Reiki.
He is the creator of Ecstatic Dance Greece, sharing ED events all over Greece and abroad. With ED, he’s inviting people together for dance, communion, love, joy and healing - an invitation to Life.
In the year 2000, Bodhitara (inspired by Vin Marti’s Soul Motion) was dancing religiously on sunday mornings, making fresh mix tapes each and every week...As music technology advanced, and new sounds continued to evolve, it was Max Fathom who brought dance to the next level at Kalani on the Big Island of Hawaii. He was already familiar with Gabrielle Roth's wonderfully complete 5Rhythms. At Ecstatic Dance, we join together to create a safe and sacred space for dancing.
Not talking on the dance floor allows us to move out of our heads and into our bodies, hearts, and souls. We leave behind the words and worries of the day and connect with spirit and one another in new ways. It’s been created as a safe contained space, whether we’re dancing alone or with others,
it’s what you make of it.
Vikalpo is a meditation facilitator and 4D Coach. He worked for years at the OSHO IMR in Pune India and at OSHO Afroz in Greece. He got trained in many different methods and shared workshops and events such as Osho meditations, meditation for daily life, around the world for over a decade.
Vikalpo will share a guided meditation, inspired from an ancient technique, for enhancing awareness while in deep relaxation. A journey leading to a dance of expansion with the sound of live drums.
Kabiro (Lara Ubago) has for decades studied and engaged deeply with many of the conscious body work and dance forms that have arisen over recent times.
She is an artist and art director, as well as having trained as a breath worker, bodyworker and gestalt art therapist. She also co-founded the Conscious Dance Festival and facilitates Body and Art workshops in Spain.
This will be an exploration of your body and soul through movement, paint and poetry. A space to free your creativity in new ways both on your own and through playful partner and group interaction.
Dhyanaraj, born in Mexico, based in London, is a Music Producer, Musician, DJ, Sound Therapist, Meditation Facilitator and certified Humanistic and Gestalt Therapist. He creates the space for
mindful and immersive experiences that allow participants access to deep human connection, peace and the realization of the true self.
As you relax on your mat, allowing yourself to be guided into an immersive enhanced state of consciousness, the sound waves will wash through you, carrying you on a journey deep within yourself.
One of the intentions behind the session is to use the healing tools of the gongs, drums, voice & other instruments, to create frequencies and patterns, which when combined with various meditative techniques, induce an enhanced a state of consciousness where healing can occur. Sound has been used in sacred ceremonies & shamanic rituals since ancient times, and can affect and change our brainwaves, allowing mystical altered states to be induced and for connectedness & oneness to arise.
Anam will be holding the space in the morning yoga classes in the festival. She came to the path of healing through yoga and meditation in her twenties as an antidote to the demands of a hectic
lifestyle working in the London advertising industry. At age 30, she left her corporate career to follow her heart to India where she completed her initial yoga teacher training in the Satyananda
tradition in 2013, followed by specialist trainings in Yoga Therapy, Advanced Yin & Yin Fascial Yoga and Kundalini Yoga. She spent the following 5 years between India, other parts of
Asia and Europe, practising, teaching and immersing herself into various ancient healing practices from Vedic, Tantric, Taoist, Dance and Shamanic lineages, before settling in Eresos, Lesvos in
In her yoga classes she intuitively weaves different styles from Hatha, Flow, Yin & Kundalini Yoga with her diverse background and experience as a bodyworker & breathworker (Biodynamic Breathwork & Trauma Release System®) and energy healer into what she calls ‘embodied presence’ – an undogmatic experience of movement, breath & stillness which naturally arises from within and the energies that are present in the group, the collective, the cosmos and the Earth.
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.
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.
Akul is creativity and curiosity in his whole being. In 1977 he went to India to meditate with Osho, leaving behind a boring life as electronic technician. Years later he moved to Greece where he built his house from scratch learning by doing what it means to build a house. One friend came one day to visit him bringing 4 gongs and giving him his first gong experience. Since then Akul enjoys his evenings playing the gong while watching the beautiful Greek sea. 74 years young Akul will be delighting our souls with the vibration of the gong.
Shankar has always been interested what is relevant for being a human.
This led him into getting a degree in psychology, afterwards to Asia into long meditation retreats in Buddhist monasteries. A remaining desire for joy, sex and self-expression led him into studying acting, followed by about 7 years of professional experience in German theatres. Almost parallel he moved into the world of Osho with active meditations, chakras and energy healing groups and later many years in India and other parts of the world. For many years now he has been sharing individual treatments in chakra-balancing and groups for meditation, encounter and healing.
An important aspect of his life is also dancing, Shankar has been training in the Axis Syllabus Community for several years and he is a passionate DJ and dancer in Ecstatic Dance.