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

Nayeli Špela

About Nayeli Špela: In my profession and passion, I work as psychologist and psychotherapist, founder of Moave - psychology in movement NGO. My background in movement comes from growing up being a semi professional handball player for many, many years. This sport tough me about momentum, ability to fall without fear, trust my instincts, trust my body intelligence to adapt, observe the space and have a felt sense perception of it, being fast, but alert etc. etc. After starting dancing contact improvisation I realised, it is all there in the body and so for me felt like arriving home. All this informations came together. For me contact improvisation is about principles that need to be embodied, to be danced and they can only be embodied if they are felt and experienced, rather than understood. I have deep respect for this practice since in my perception it is a teacher of life. Thanks to many, many knowledgeable people I have met in the jams, festivals and workshops, their wisdom and body intelligence have touched me and reshaped me into a more aware, soft and humble human being. I look forward to meeting you in this workshop and learning from you!




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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