28 Agoust – 1 September 2024


Participants: Max 35 per  shift

Podere Calcinaia, Siena, Toscana, Italia

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.

Intensive workshop Teacher

Linda Bufali

I met C.I. in 1998 during a physical theatre course. I was fascinated by it and began a long learning process that continues to this day. Since 2008 I have been teaching in many Italian communities (Italy Contact Festival) and abroad (Madrid, Lleida, Alcoi, Basque Country, Cologne, Israeli Contact Festival, Ukraina Contact Festival, Barcelona Contact Festival, Asturias Contact Festival, In Touch Barcelona, Finland). Teaching means to me feeding my own research and satisfying the need to contribute to and support that of others. I conceived and organised events with the desire to spread CI as much as possible (Italy Contact Camp and CicloNomade) because I believe it is an extraordinary, powerful and healthy Revolution that starts from us, from our bodies. Personally, I experience C.I. as the best way I have in this life to meet someone outside of social compromises, to meditate and keep the urge to move alive. Life is movement, moving in two accelerates awareness. Today I am 46 years old, a mother of two children aged 27 and 4. I am also a grandmother of a two-year- old boy.

Intensive workshop


Relaxed but present.

Intention or absence of expectations. Giving or receiving. We will use very simple images to experience the concept of
fullness / emptiness and what is in the middle. We will push to
the exteme many ‘roles’ that we can choose during the dance
and that we can change all the time, looking for an internal
stimulus that travels from us to partner and to the space.
Technically it is a proposal on the tone, on the load of movement and connection, to enrich and enjoy every moment
what’s in the duo.
When working in solo, we will use the image of the ball to dance
the internal and external space of our body, to dance with the
floor, to play with moments of disequilibrium to exit from our
usual ‘frontal pattern’, discovering the endless directions.
Weight, momentum, listening, spirals.
And we’ll dance.



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

Alessandro Ismaele Binelli

Alessandro Ismaele Binelli grew up with a passion for the human body and movement, practicing many different sports and studying first Exercise Science and then Osteopathy. In 2016, he began exploring personal research through meditation, yoga, and shamanic practices. In 2021, he fell in love with Contact Improvisation, which opened up an innovative perspective on the conception of the body in movement and in relationship. Shortly after, he discovered Playfight, a discipline of conscious wrestling with a focus on emotions, which led him to start facilitating men's circles and mixed circles, beginning to integrate the emotional body with the physical and mental bodies. Today, his approach to the body is becoming increasingly in-depth thanks to training in biotransenergetic counseling.


Pierluigi Foschi

Pierluigi Foschi is a drummer, percussionist, and composer born in Rieti in 1993. He graduated with top honors from the "Accademia Siena Jazz," presenting two theses on the psychological interpretation of rhythm. During his academic journey, he performed with Maestro Alessandro Giachero at the "Victoria Jazz Club" in Oslo with the group "Typen," dedicated to the theories of C.G. Jung and his analytical psychology. He also recorded two albums released by "Aut Records" and "Fonterossa Records," respectively by Nicolò Francesco Faraglia and Amedeo Verniani. He has performed at the most important Italian festivals with musicians such as Giancarlo Schiaffini, Emanuele Parrini, and Silvia Bolognesi. In recent years, he has worked as a percussionist with Stefano Battaglia's "Tabula Rasa Ensemble" at the Accademia Chigiana, and with Battaglia, he performed with the quartet "Tetraktis" at the Italian Cultural Institutes in Berlin and Tel Aviv as part of the "Young Italian Talents in the World" project.

How to get there

Plane: Nearest airport: Perugia, Firenze, Roma

Car:  Podere Calcinaia, 53019

Castelnuovo Berardenga, Siena

Posizione: https://goo.gl/maps/N4EefPfQuGtFu7eVA

Train: The closest railway station is Castelnuovo Berardenga Stazione 15 min car or Siena 30 min car

By bus: The place is not directly accessible by public transport but we can pick you up in Castelnuovo Berardenga. There are buses from Siena

More detailed information will be provided following registration

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