A weekend of movement and writing in search of a healthy body-mind balance.
The rich nature of the remote Oder valley provides the backdrop for a workshop aimed at enhancing the connection between our body and mind.
Our 2024 retreat will be planned for sometime in September.
Ponderosa Gutshof 3, 16248 Lunow-Stolzenhagen
2h from Berlin Hbf by Train
1.5h from Berlin Mitte by Car
Full board included. Breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as water, tea & coffee.
Freshly cooked and locally sourced vegan meals.
Free time for yourself to relax, integrate, share with others or have a walk near the river.
Enhance the connection between your body and mind.
In the large rooftop studio of the dance retreat Ponderosa we embark on a connecting movement journey. Together we develop a language that allows us to let go and put aside our stressed everyday egos. In the here and now we focus on the sensual perception of our bodies through movement and breathing exercises. With a sharpened knowledge of our intuitive needs, we get in contact with each other and create a common movement story.
Principles of body awareness and movement tools are taught. We release inner tensions, let energies flow freely and explore the power of resistance. In doing so, we trust the language of the body and touch.
Through reflexive and creative writing segments we further investigate the physical experience and seek new movement impulses. The workshop is based on a collaborative approach that brings us together in formations consisting of group, pair and solo exercises.
Since I was already attending a couple of Akzeptanz group courses over the winter, I had roughly an idea what it would be like. And actually, I had no expectations. That's why I didn't expect it to have such an impact on me at so many levels and to come back to Berlin so much grown inside.
I mentioned this a couple of times during the retreat already, but a big surprise for me was the group dynamics outside the classes. It was really nice to spend time with the participants and get to know them better. In the regular Acceptance courses, we were always perfect strangers, which also has its own charm, but the retreat showed me again how diverse and interesting people can be. Here, I was reminded of your words, Elke, that one shouldn't just focus on oneself, but also on the group and group dynamics.
I found the combination of writing and movement really great because it allowed me to better understand what had just happened or what effect the topic had on us. You could observe and describe it for a moment longer than in dance where it disappears quickly. You could not only be present in the moment of realization but also perceive it, stay in the moment, hold onto it, reflect on it. I really liked that we were supposed to read our own texts. It was initially challenging because I had never read my own texts before, but I really enjoyed it. The reading - spotlight effect - had a really strong therapeutic effect. The fact that everyone had to do it was crucial. Otherwise, I would have had the feeling that we had to compete for who gets to read their text, i.e. who is more extroverted. I had another moment of this kind at the end of the retreat when we shared our experiences - I am very grateful for these solo spotlight moments.
I didn’t know what to expect of the weekend and found myself discovering a new way of communicating and expressing, namely with my body, followed by words only after the body had spoken. Instead of the usual thought process, I learned to explore expression physically and realised that the body offers a way to negotiate emotions and relationships through space, weight (gravity), tension, expectations (suspense) and physical parameters of itself and the surroundings. The experience was then distilled and shared in written form, tying ideas and the group together.
I was very surprised to notice how feelings were created purely through the physical and how, in response, those feelings could be explored and answered to also with the physical.
It was the first time that I got to know a group of people intimately without speech (except about the movement) and I felt this was a valuable lesson, because it demanded less ego and more vulnerability from everyone involved.
I can recommend this workshop to anyone interested in their emotional landscape and in how emotions are dependent on and shared between people (and animals). Also, to anyone really interested in feeling their body. I have a new appreciation for my physical manifestation after this weekend.
Thank you Elke, Adrian and my fellow movement-writing-astronauts.
Here’s what you will experience
Deepen your mind-body connection
Gain awareness of how your thoughts and emotions affect your physical body, and vice versa.
Reflect and rewrite your patterns in social interactions
Understand your own patterns and tendencies in social interactions.
Release and express past experiences through movement and reflexive writing
Many experiences get pushed away the moment they happen and do not get space to be processed fully.
Take a break from the big city life and find space to hear your inner voice
Use the change of environment and pace to become more attuned to your own needs and desires.
Unleash the power of your body's intuition and explore your emotional landscape.
The Remote Oder Valley provides the perfect backdrop
The Ponderosa is a community arts center, a place of encounter and exchange. Founded more than 20 years ago, it has developed into an alternative dance retreat with several studios and a large garden.
It is located in the village of Stolzenhagen, about an hour by train from Berlin in the Lower Oder Valley National Park. The Ponderosa thrives on the self-organized charm of a sustainable ecological community that facilitates gatherings on fair terms.
1.5h from Berlin Mitte
2h from Berlin Hbf
Frequently Asked QUestions
I have no experience in movement, can I come?
The Connective Movement Class does not require any prior experience and is good for any level of fitness, if you have any injuries or limitations, remember to communicate them before your session starts. Just be open to experience new sensations and possibilities of movement in your body.
There are workshops and advanced classes, please read the description before or write an e-mail if you have any doubts.
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Join us for a transformative weekend of movement and writing, looking into your emotional landscape to find balance and harmony within yourself.
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