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THE EXPRESSIVE BODY

20 - 26th February

Zazil Retreat Centre, San Agustinillo ~ Mexico

Join us for the 4th edition of the 'Expressive Body' at one of the most breathtaking retreat centres in the southern coast of Mexico. You will not only be diving into creative movement but also enjoying luxurious facilites overlooking the Pacific Ocean, healthy gourmet meals and the wild nature to enrich the full spectrum of your senses and wellbeing.

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FREE YOURSELF

WHAT IS IT THAT MOVES ME

 

We invite you on this creative Journey that unfolds in the search of the 'Expressive Body', inspired by the senses, the emotions, the interactions with each other and the natural environment. On this journey we immerse ourselves in the richness of movement and expression through new forms and languages of the body as a way to discover and express our many layers of Self.

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HIGHLIGHTS

6 Days of awakening our Creative Self through movement, dance & expression. 

In-Studio practices: Contact Improvisation, Movement Play/Acroyoga, Personal Poetics, Physical Theatre,

Authentic Movement, Water Dance, Dance & Creative Labs.

 

Nature Practices: Somatic Exploration, Bodyland Art,

Ritualistic Tribal body paint, photographic/video sessions.

Movement creations and Performance development in Studio and Nature.

Incredible Studio with panoramic sea views and swimming pool.

Luxury bungalows with sea view and the sounds of nature.

Nourishing vegetarian meals.

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COMPONENTS OF INVESTIGATION

What wants to express itself through me?

How to Transform a internal process into a external expression of my authentic self?

How can I form a deeper relationship with Nature and feel intimately part of natures creative impulse.

Expansion and Contraction from the Individual to collective process.

Body-art and performatic elements to transmit our Authentic self.

This Immersion is open to everyone interested in expressing and creating with the body, there is no prior experience needed. For those that already have a practice in dance, acrobatics, circus and yoga we invite you to bring these into this context to develop further and discover new qualities of movement as well as be part of this collective creation.

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ABOUT THE PRACTICES 

★ NATURE SESSIONS AND CREATIVE LABS - Bodyland art 

 

These sessions will be held in some beautiful settings by the wild ocean, beach and cliffs to bring us into a deeper connection with the elements. Here we will bring some of the elements from the studio into nature as well as body art with different materials and paint and photographic sessions. We will be diving into the richness of the landscape, be moved by the natural surroundings by merging with the sand, the waves and the rocks into a creative act of art and poetry in motion.  

 
 

★ CONTACT IMPROVISATION 

 

The practice of CI comes from elements of contemporary dance, martial arts and improvisation of presence. We will be sharing technique and explorations which guide us to playfully reach gravity, share weight, come into spiral movement and meet ourselves and others through contact. The lab space will inspire us to co create new worlds which be integrating themselves in jams and a final presentation of our creative process.

 

★ PERSONAL POETICS AND PERFORMANCE LABS

 

Personal Poetics is a constant process of becoming, of rediscovering oneself through the body, its movement, sounding and imaging. In this laboratory around improvisation and performance, we will find different channels of expression to be able to share them in spaces of deep awareness, in a context of performatic realities.

 

★ THEATRE ELEMENTS

Creative and expressive dynamics - In this investigation we will focus on how to transmit that which one wants to share from all of the aspects - physical, corporal and emotional. Tools to manage your energy, the space and the different dynamics that this presents in order to express yourself.


 

★ ACROYOGA 

 

In this workshop you will discover different forms of expression and interaction to create a playful dialogue with one another, using partner dynamics, fluid acrobatic transitions and creative processes as a way to open this channel of play.

 

 

★ AUTHENTIC MOVEMENT AND DANCE

 

Find new spaces within, let go, surrender and listen to how the body wants to express itself in its essence. 

PROGRAMME

Sunday 20th

17:00 - 19:00 Opening Session

19:30 Welcoming dinner

Monday 21st

09:00 - 11:30 Contact Improvisation

16:00 -18:30  Elements of Theatre

20:00 -22:00 Dance Journey

 

Tuesday 22nd

09:00 - 11:30 Acro-Contact 

16:00 -18:00 Dancing Landscapes in Nature & Sunset

20:00 -22:00 Somatic Exploration

 

Wednesday 23rd

09:00 - 11:30 Personal Poetics

16:00 -19:00 Water Dance 

20:00 -22:00 Free night

 

Thursday 24th

6:30 - 10:00 Nature and Body Creations on Sunrise (Photo/ Video) 

16:00 -18:00 Physical Theatre 

20:00 -22:00 Jam - Instant Compositions

 

Friday 25

09:00 - 11:30 Contact Improvisation

15:00 -18:00 Creative Laboratory

20:00 -22:00 Performance

Saturday 26th

09:00 - 11:30  Closing Dance and Circle

 

 

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LOCATION

Zazil is the Mayan word for ‘light’ and all that the idea of light signifies. On the Pacific coast of Oaxaca, Zazil is a unique retreat centre perched on the top of the hill overlooking incredible panoramic views of the Pacific Coast. Just  bellow lies the town of San Agustinillo located along the beautiful beaches where you see the sunrise, its majestic waves, the fishing boats and a tranquility as you contemplate its wild beauty.

San Agustinillo is right next to Mazunte which is one of those places that keeps its simple charm and holds magic in its wild majestic nature. A little hub for yoga, alternative vibes, circus and nomadic travellers that all seem to be attracted to this place for its authenticity, creative people and the wild nature that captivates the soul.

In the area you will also find many incredible activities to do such as going on a boat tour to see the Whales, Crocodile and Mangrove tour in Ventanilla, Turtle museum and many wild beaches to explore and sunsets to enjoy.

Zazil offers spacious and beautiful bungalows with terraces overlooking the ocean, high ceiling palapa roofs (palm roofs) and mosquito nets all around the bungalow so you can enjoy the experience of being in direct contact with the sounds of nature.

OUR CUISINE

Delight the senses through a nourishing and healthy vegetarian cuisine with a Mexican twist from our amazing Chef. We will be offering brunch at around 11 am and dinner at 19:30.  There will also be fruits or smoothies and fresh flavoured waters or tea during the morning before the session and available throughout the day.

We provide high vibrational food that nourishes and is made with a lot of love, always trying to use local fresh produce as much as possible. The meals will be mainly vegan with a few exceptions of eggs but always with a vegan/gluten free option. We avoid the use of processed sugar, refined flours as a way to help cleanse the body and to improve your wellbeing.

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YOUR HOSTS

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Zara Rutherford

A seeker in Creative Expression through movement, acroyoga, somatic explorations and bodywork.

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Andrea Scheel

Mexican artist trained in Contemporary dance, Water bodywork, Contact Improv and Somatic practices.

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Ola Jas

Nomadic Yogini and Movement explorer spreading her magic and imagination to the experience of the body

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Maximiliano Ongaro

A interdisciplinary background in Circus, Physical Theatre, Bioneuromocion and Bodywork.

LOGISTICS

ACCOMODATION: 

There are several options for accomodation depending if you want to share a room, if you want your own private room or if you come with a friend or your partner and want to share a room with a king size bed. There is also the option to join us just for the workshops and find your own accommodation in San Agustinillo/Mazunte where there are many options with different price ranges.

GETTING HERE:

There are two airports one hour away from San Agustinillo - Huatulco and Puerto Escondido which both have flights from Mexico City. Taxis and public transport are available at the airport. If you are flying from abroad, Mexico does not have any restrictions or requirements to enter the country.

PRICES:

Please Inquire for the prices and if you want the full package with accomodation and meals or you are interested just in participating in the course.

We also have a special disccount for mexican residents.

For more info you can contact acroyogaibiza@gmail.com or whatsapp to Zara +34634853597