YES, WE ARE HAPPY – Alessandro Papalini

Since our project started, we have been able to welcome five wonderful groups of dancing meditators, coping in our own way with the pandemic and all that this entails. It was immediately clear to us, but also to the participants and to the people involved in the project that what we were doing was special, especially in this moment, so we found the strength to go on and persevere despite the great difficulties that we all know. We danced, meditated and cultivated presence for 25 full days in the last year, which is almost a month, which is almost an entire cycle of the moon. And we danced at night under the moon and during the day illuminated by the light of the solstices.
What is silence? The question that arises spontaneously and on which most of the dancing meditators find themselves pausing during the retreat. Enter and leave it, enter and leave it until the border becomes blurred, until the concept dissolves naturally, the meshes expand making the colors of the contents more vivid. In the evening, with the sound of the fire, a last look at the sky before going to sleep. Perhaps silence is an expanded sound, dispersed in space, the immense noise of the stars that reaches us like a delicate, imperceptible, very subtle thrill.
Yes, we are happy, because many dancers found the space they needed and recognized the complex simplicity of what we are proposing.

Da quando il nostro progetto è partito, dialogando a modo nostro con la pandemia e tutto quanto questo comporta, siamo riusciti ad accogliere cinque meravigliosi gruppi di meditatori danzanti. E’ stato chiaro sin da subito a noi, ma anche ai partecipanti e alle persone coinvolte nel progetto che ciò che stavamo facendo era speciale, in particolar modo in questo momento, così abbiamo trovato la forza di andare avanti e perseverare nonostante le grandissime difficoltà che tutti noi conosciamo. Abbiamo così danzato, meditato e coltivato la presenza per 25 giorni interi nell’ultimo anno, che sono quasi un mese, che è quasi un intero ciclo di luna e abbiamo danzato di notte sotto di lei e di giorno illuminati dalla meravigliosa luce dei solstizi.

Cos’è il silenzio? La domanda che sorge spontanea e sulla quale la maggior parte dei meditatori danzanti si trova a sostare durante il ritiro. Entrarvi e uscirne, entrarvi e uscirne finché il confine diventa labile, finchè il concetto si dissolve naturalmente, le maglie si espandono rendendo più vivaci i colori dei contenuti. Alla sera con il rumore del fuoco un ultimo sguardo al cielo prima di andare a dormire. Forse è suono espanso, disperso nello spazio, l’immenso rumore delle stelle che arriva a noi come un delicato, impercettibile sottilissimo fremito.

Si, siamo felici, perché molti partecipanti hanno trovato lo spazio di cui avevano bisogno ed hanno riconosciuto la complessa semplicità di quanto stiamo proponendo.


Living the void – Elisa Ghion

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Linus and Emelie

Linus and Emelie are two professional musicians and sound healing practitioners fromSweden.Emelie has been studying classical percussion and chamber music at Örebrouniversity in Sweden and

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Circle – Nayeli Špela

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Beginner’s Mind – Lior Ophir

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Who moves who? – Roberto Bellatalla Between lines, points, spirals, an invisible thread holds bodies and ropes together, like the grass that grows in the interstices, new forms are generated,

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Polarità – Elisa Ghion

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E=mc2 – Anna Da Pozzo

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LEAF JAM – Angela Mara Florant

Finding pleasure in every movement.Connecting with the season.Harvesting thoughts,Inspirations.Moments of silence.Focused spaces where we dance.Moving from the insideTo the outside.I don’t know the next stepI

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ECHOES – Marta Iucci

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Tomo Haru


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6 – 10  April 2023

Gaia Terra, Flambruzzo, Udine

31 Agosto – 4 Settembre 2023

Monterosi, Anghiari, Arezzo

29 October – 2 November 2023

Gaia Terra, Flambruzzo, Udine


CONTACT SILENCE retreats is a social promotion project of LIBERA MENTE APS association

We firmly believe that contact improvisation holds great potential on a social and communicative level and carries within it an unequivocal educational message. In addition to being the vanguard of the natural and authentic movement, it teaches respect for one’s body and the other, nourishing the fundamental need of the human being to physical contact, gives joy and well-being to those who practice it, reconnects man to his creativity and the primordial dimension of the game.