28 October – 1 November 2024

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 Talking Circle
The retreat is quite demanding as it has a tight schedule with the aim of facilitating the participant who has the desire to immerse himself in the practice and wishes to experience the relationship and knowledge of the other mainly through movement, body and meditation. Keeping silence helps us to remain steadfast on this intention and to protect our sensitivity which opens up day after day.
In this retreat the workshop proposals will be the result of the collaboration of the focalizers who will have the task of “reading” the group, its needs and conducting its research. This is the original formula of our retreats created to stimulate creativity and collaboration between teachers with very different backgrounds.



08.15 / 09.00 Meditation

10.00 / 10.30 Silent Circle

10.30 Silent Jam

15.00 / 16.00 Talking Circle

16.00 / 19.00 Intensive

21.00 Silent Circle

21.30 Jam


 00.00 – 24.00 Silence in the platform

1st. 2nd. 3rd day 21.00 – 13.00 Silence in all areas of the retreat

4th day 00.00 – 24.00 Silence in all areas of the retreat


09.00 / 10.00 Breakfast

13.00 / 14.30 Lunch

19.30 / 21.00 Dinner


Retreat Focalizers

Virginia Negru

I am a dancer, performer and Contact Improvisation teacher. My passion and journey in dance led me to discover CI in 2006 and since then I am a dedicated researcher and practitioner of this art form. This experience awoke in me also the interest for real time composition which became an important part of my teaching and performance practice. I started teaching and organizing CI events in Romania after an intense period of traveling and dancing around Europe and USA between the years 2011-2015 - learning and participating in CI workshops, festivals and jams. This experience and also other significant personal changes gave me clarity and courage to start teaching and share my life perspective through dance. Along my practice and experience I learned and took inspiration from: Stephen Batts and Ursula Laeubli, Benno Voorhan and Sybrig Dokter, Catrina Choate, Scott Wells, Ekaterina Ericson, Alexandra Soshnicova and Serghei Golovnya, Cyrus Khambatta, Nora Hajos, Nancy Stark Smith, Ralf Jaroschinski, Sasha Dodo, Adrian Russi, Susanne Martin, Anjelika Doniy and many more. At the present moment i am looking for ways of readjusting my interests and dance practice to the fast changing realities, and understand how my experience can be of value to others. I am studying of philosophy, teaching weekly CI classes in Bucharest, performing and sometimes travelling to teach and also learn.

Michele Marchesani

MICHELE MARCHESANI In 1996 he started his work on the human body through Shiatsu, becoming a practitioner and teacher. In 2003 his experience allowed him to develop Tatto Interno – Deep Touch a body based method that merges movement and perception. He taught in Bologna, to continue in Orvieto (VT), Vasto (CH), Padua and Merano. He further developed his technique studying ShinTai, chakras, fascial work and Light Body Activation (Light Body Yoga). Following his interest and curiosity for the holistic approach to well being, he kept feeding his practice investigating disciplines like: Holistic Nutrition, Macrobiotic Cuisine, Oriental Diagnosis, Bach flowers, Chi Gong, Meditation, Breathing Techniques, Reiki, Five Tibetan Rites, and every other discipline that could support his understanding of human beings. In 2004 he discovered and started studying Contact Improvisation (CI). Over the years he has been organizing CI related events and, more recently, he sporadically teaches classes. For the past three years he has been leading the CI group in Orvieto.

Musician and focalizer

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Luigi Mattiello

I am a Gestalt counselor trained at the Miriam Polster Institute in Florence and an integrated approach music therapist graduated from the Tuscan Center of Music Therapy. In the social and educational sphere I collaborate with school institutions and mental health centers in prevention and rehabilitation projects with specific Music Therapy resources. As part of the relationship of help, I work with groups of adults through the tools of Counseling, using a Gestalt approach and artistic mediation. I lead groups on the use of voice and song as a vehicle for transforming human potential, an integration path between Gestalt techniques, artistic mediation counseling, vocal music therapy and free singing. In the artistic and personal well-being field I work as a multi-instrumentalist in concert activities called sound rituals / world-music, a path that sees the realization of meditative concerts through evocative sounds from different countries of the world, combined with the ritualistic dimension of the human being that offers the listener the opportunity to create internal landscapes useful for inner growth and the development of his potential. I am an educational teacher at the biennial music therapy course in Florence. Trainer and populariser in the pedagogical and social field with teachers, helpers and parents.

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

Prices and registration procedures

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