29 October – 2 November 2021

Partecipants: Max 35

Gaia Terra, Udine, Italy

This retreat is designed for people with experience in contact improvisation who are familiar with the dynamics of the jam, and for those who wish to discover how silence and meditation can enrich and deepen their experience of dance.

Silence, The Contact Improvisation Jam, Meditation, the Word Circle

The space of practice will always be silent, with just a few exceptions. While in the rest of the retreat space you can talk during the day. From the start of the evening jam we will keep silence in all areas until after breakfast. The Jam in all its forms will be the main exploration space.

Gaia Terra

CONTACT SILENCE retreats will be hosted by this incredible project that is being developed in northern Italy

Gaia Terra is a container of projects, a hotbed of experimentation to create alternative possibilities of inhabiting the planet in an ecological way:

   – practice sustainable agriculture;
   – build with natural materials;
   – educate to be critical of the things we buy;
   – live in a group to support each other;
   – eat consciously;
   – relate to the territory and protect the surrounding environment;
   – develop cultural projects;
   – practice hospitality and cultural diversity.





08.15 / 09.00 Meditation

10.00 / 10.30 Silent Circle

10.30 Silent Jam

15.00 / 16.00 Word Circle

16.00 / 19.00 Workshop

21.00 Silent Circle

21.30 Jam



00.00 – 24.00 Silence in the platform

21.00 – 10.30 Silence in all areas of the retreat


09.00 / 10.00 Breakfast

13.00 / 14.30 Lunch

19.30 / 21.00 Dinner

Autumn Retreat Focalizers

Lior Ophir

 is a Dancer, Improviser, Performance Artist, Musician, Shiatsu therapist, Engineer, Teacher, Student. Since the late 90’s Lior practices and explores various forms of movement, dance, body/mind and awareness, including: Improvisation, Contact Improvisation, Butoh, Contemporary Dance, Shiatsu Therapy, Yoga, Vipassana Meditation, Tai-Qi, Qi-Kong. His performance work and teaching are influenced by these disciplines. Lior has been performing in solo works as well as in collaborations with various artists, in theaters, galleries and in the public space, in Israel and throughout the world. Co-founder of the Israeli CI Association, co-organizer of the Israeli CI festival, and founder of several other festivals and ensembles. Had worked, collaborated and danced with some of the great dancers and teachers. Lior currently lives in the little village Udim in Israel, teaches and performs regularly in Israel and around the world, and finishes the Teacher Training Program of the Feldenkreis Method.

Nina Radovanovic

I am a dancer, a yogini, a human and a mermaid 🙂 After completing my formal education in Languages, I continued to educate myself, primarily by traveling and encountering new cultures, new people, and new experiences. I have been practicing various forms of movement throughout my life. Twelve years ago in India, I discovered the internal practices of yoga and meditation. Since then, I have studied and practiced diverse bodywork techniques from Thai and Ayurvedic traditions, having learned from international masters in Asia. Through these somatic practices, I came to contact improvisation, which has allowed me to observe my mind-body connection in a totally new way. I discovered CI during a contact festival in Goa only recently, in 2016, but I fell in love with it at first touch. Soon after, I was running all over Europe in order to attend classes, workshops, and festivals, and meet important teachers. When I moved back to Belgrade I just wanted to dance, so I started giving classes in 2018. I organized jams and workshops with foreign guests, first very timidly, and then, frantically. I was eager to infect others with this gorgeous dance form, so that I myself would be able to dance. It warms my heart to see that this small group, originally only a handful of people, has matured into a wonderful contact community that is constantly growing. CI finally brought me to water, where I rediscovered my essence through Aguahara treatments and water dance which I have been exploring as Vu Ava (Slavic Water Goddess – the name that I choose to reconnect with my Slavic roots). I teach yoga and contact improvisation classes in Belgrade, and organize yoga dance retreats in Europe as part of the MOVE2Collective.

Roberto Bellatalla

During the first half of the 70s he emerged in the panorama of the new Italian jazz and soon moved to Amsterdam to play in the Tristan Honsinger quartet, together with Radu Malfatti and Sean Bergin. In 1978 he went to live in London, where he remained until 2004. He became part of the environment linked to Anglo-South African improvised music and collaborates with the major jazz and improvised musicians, in particular with Elton Dean, Nick Evans , Louis Moholo, Keith Tippett, Dudu Pukwana, John Stevens, Trevor Watts, Evan Parker. He forms a double bass trio with Marcio Mattos and Paul Rogers. In 1982 the South African drummer Louis Moholo called him in his group "Viva la Black", with whom, in 1992/93, he participated in the "Freedom Tour" in South Africa, the day after the liberation of Nelson Mandela and the country. In 1982 he joined "Dreamtime", a sextet founded by trombonist Nick Evans. This collaboration will last until 2006. In London he participates in many projects, playing with the main interpreters of avant-garde music. He goes on tour in various European countries and in Russia, Belarus, Lithuania and China. In 2004 he moved to Rome where he mainly collaborates with Mike Cooper, Stefano Costanzo, Emanuele Parrini, Michele Rabbia, Sandro Satta. In the theater with Cosimo Cinieri, Antonino Iuorio, Daniela Stanga, Ubaldo Lo Presti Antonio Bilo-Canella. He is part of the “Primitive Field” trio, with Christian Muela and Ivan Macera and of the Biggi Vinkeloe quartet, together with Peeter Uuskyla and Nema Vinkeloe-Uuskyla. Since 2012 he has collaborated in Italy and Spain with the dancer and choreographer Marisa Brugarolas in the projects Ruedapies and Inesperadamente. He teaches improvisation courses in contact workshops and festivals, plays with K.J. Holmes, Nicholai Shetnev and Ray Chang. In Butoh he plays for Maddalena Gana, Alessandra Cristiani, Masaki Iwana, Atshushi Takenushi.

How to get there

By train

Nearest airports: Trieste, Venezia

By Car


By train

Nearest Train station: LATISANA

then you’ll get a bus to FLAMBRUZZO

By bus

Linea 515
LATISANA – FLAMBRUZZO  ore 13:40 – 14.10


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