Origins of Movement
1- 5 July 2021, GOMARDULI

Join us with daily Somatic Classes for exploring origins of movement . Arrive in your body through movement, bodywork, and embodied research.

After the success of the last SomaticBODY Intensive in Gomarduli, Christine Cole director of SomaticBODY and Nitzan Ledermann, Teacher in Training will present this workshop which will be all about somatic inquiry and re-discovery of our MOVEMENT roots!

"Some of us in the field of somatics and embodiment take it for granted that motion is primary for humans - yet most sciences focus on the body only to quickly jump to the mind, the brain, to psychology, trauma, or to sensing ourselves. Yet sensing developed together with movement and drained of movement, action, or engagement, sensing itself runs dry and loses touch with the wholeness of our being.

In these 5 days we will re-invigorate the un- separated body that moves, senses, thinks, and feels, we will invite studies in Embryology, Developmental patterns, Fluid movement, movement practices, & movent as connection and social engagement. We would like to give you the tools and experience to bodily & politically re-place movement into the center and core of our human being.

The senses rely on movement, they perceive movement, to refine movement. Can we re-ignite the true motivation, inspiration, and identity of our actions, our PLAY? - What are we drawn towards? How does desire become movement? Expect us to dig down as far as Brownian movement, vibration, and early movement of cells. We are offering 7 sessions in the 5 days, starting at 4 pm on the first day, we will also be available for private sessions in SomaticBODY"

Meet Our Team
You will be taught by Christine Cole, director of SomaticBODY Trainings,
assisted by Nitzan Lederman, teaching embryology.

There will also be SomaticBODY clinics, where the candidates offer personal sessions in a group setting.

Christine Cole
RSMT, SomaticBody director
Nitzan Lederman
Axis Syllabus, Choreography

All other resources at Gomarduli Zen Center

are available to you:

- Morning practices, such as Yoga, CDP, Taichi and meditation

- Other resident teacher classes, like contemporary dance, butoh, CI, singing, etc

-Recreational practices like breathwork, tea ceremony, and bodywork

- The great outdoors: Mountains, fields, hikes, cows

- Evening events like Contact Jams, Ecstatic Dance, Dj’s or movies, games or conversations

(More info here.)

For more information about SomaticBODY please visit
Gomarduli Zen Garden
The first and the only retreat center in Georgia. The perfect spot for meditation, yoga, mindfulness, and outdoor activities. Gomarduli is created for inner discoveries, healing, refreshing, inspiration, and finding your people.

It's a place where you can pull back, withdraw your everyday life and focus your attention on things that you truly love.

Getting into the country
From March Georgia allows to enter people from the EU, Israel, USA, Switzerland, Norway, Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Belarus and Turkey
with 72-hours PCR test.

Rest of the world:

Can come having the document about vaccination (any kind of vaccine)

Gomarduli is a Covid-free place. It is a mountain resort, the village is about 1 km away, about 40 families live there. We are about 30-40 people living here, those who arrive, are coming with the test or vaccine.

For questions, please contact us:

+38 050 287 86 10

We are located on the mountain, about 1 km from the village.
Place is workable, there is 25 mbit/s Wi Fi in each house + in the restaurant.
We have laundry, bar, coffee machine and sauna.
There is no store in the village, bring your tobacco and chocolates with you.
We have a cat, a dog, 3 horses, 50 cows and 840 frogs in the pond.


We have about 20 beds in rooms and 16 in dorms.
This time we don't make a difference in price. Book first - get a place in a room.

We have 2 studios - 200 sq.m. indoor studio with the wooden floor and 300 sq.m. outdoor space with dancing linoleum. Also we have a tea bar, sauna, spacious terrace for dining, indoor chillout and beautiful forest around.


Vegan rustic food, fresh local vegetables and fruits.
Nutritious and delicious.
Guilty pleasures like cheese and fish are also around :)

As for the drinks, we are offering fresh coffee, blackberry tea, wild strawberries tea, chinese teas, cacao and more.

How to get to Gomarduli!
Gomarduli Village
60 km from Batumi
GPS 41.6639° N, 42.1968° E
(You have to pass Shuakhevi first!)

Detailed guidelines on alternative ways to come including the fares will be sent to your inbox with registration info letter.

Bus website (from Kutaisi)
Train website (from Tbilisi)

Your best friend in Georgia:
+995 591 01 77 22


330 euro

Including accommodation, food and all of the program!

15 spots only

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2 weeks performance workshop in the nature of Georgian mountains.
One week - physical training classes: contemporary dance, contact improvisation, improvisational movement, composition, Butoh. Another week - Co-creative performance development. And a final multiple performance event.
We will start warming up the body with the DanSoma Postural Training (a stretching in movement
developed by the teacher that improves both the body's health conditions, its coordination skills and then
the movement quality), we will study handstand and acro dance movements

If you wish to participate to the next event of the month with Ulli, you might like to stay for the whole month and join our community in residency, including accomodation, 3 healthy meals a day and all the daily classes of Yoga, CDP, Contact Impro, Butoh, Contemporary Dance, Breathwork, Meditations and more.
I don't have experience in dance. Can I come?
Yes, we are beginner friendly. We have both, educational and research programs.

While here, you don't have to participate in everything, but you can choose your own rhythm and level of involvement in the center's activities.

Most of the program is designed for all levels.

How long I can stay?
From 1 week to 3 months

If you have been in the residency for 3 months, you will need a one-month break before you can return to the residency again.

There is a possibility to stay for a shorter time in our comfortable hostel. You will be able to attend classes with the resident teachers and to join the most of our activities.

Will there be classes and activities happening in between intensive while I’m there or just freestyle?
Sure, these are our routine, they always happen. We have a base schedule that has morning practices like qi gong , yoga or etc, and then two slots in the day for dance classes or other sharings. Then an open slot at night for jams or parties sometimes. We usually gather in the beginning of each week to decide the specific schedule for the week according to the mood of the group.
Can I bring my pets/children?
Yes, we are children and pet friendly. Children till 12 will get a 30% discount.
Can I buy things around? Any other restaurants?
We are the only restaurant around. We have a bar and a small store with chocolates, lighters and fruits. We don't sell tobacco. Once a week we are getting our supply from the city, you can order things you need and they will arrive on the scheduled day.
Can I offer my class/service?
Yes, we have slots in the schedule for the residents classes/labs.

If you want to offer some service/product in exchange for payment, please let us know. We're not demanding our share, we just want to make sure you're not offering absolution or karma correction.
What do I need to bring with me?
Personal belongings, clothing, knee pads, toiletries, some small presents/yummies from your country for other participants. For the personal mobile card we recommend Geocell, their internet works best here. Also we have a tradition of gift exchange - we give genuine Chinese/Taiwanese tea in exchange for a good book/vinyl plate/house plant.
Are there conditions for remote work?
Yes. We have a coworking space, 25 Mbit/s Wifi, tables, chairs, lamps and inspiring views
What language do you all speak?
We are coming from different countries, so we choose English as a main communication language.

Besides of it you can meet French, German, Spanish, Russian, Ukrainian, Georgian, Turkish and Italian.
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