SOFT AND PRESENT
CONTACT IMPROVISATION WORKSHOP WITH ULLI WITTEMANN.
JULY 11 - 18, 2021, GOMARDULI ZEN GARDEN
Ulli Wittemann

Actor & Performer
Coach and Teacher for acting, movement, awareness & communication

Performer & Teacher

A passion for movement and growth has drawn Ulli to new directions since he was a child.

From practiсing Ballroom Dance and Hip Hop as a teenager and 28 years of studying different Martial Arts forms (Judo, Aikido, Kickboxing, Boxing and nowadays Muay Thai) he finally fell in love with Contact Improvisation in 2001 during his actor studies at the University of Performing Arts in Frankfurt, Germany. After eight years of performing more than 1000 shows in the German State Theater system he decided to change his focus from performing to sharing his love for Contact Improvisation, Acting, Awareness on Relating and Communication in Munich and abroad.

Since 2010 he taught Workshops, Classes and Retreats in China, Japan, India, Thailand, Bali, Israel, Palestine, Russia, USA, Canada, Turkey and many European Countries. On a regular basis he coaches individual clients and teaches CI, communication and his own PLAYFIGHT system in Munich, Germany.

Organizer

He is one of the Founders of the Tempelhof Contact Festival in Germany and the Conscious Flow Festival in India and co-organized six editions of the Touch & Play Festival in Germany, England and Bali. Their BODY MIND SOUL Festival happens close to Munich since 2019 and his nature retreat BEING HUMAN invites people to connect deeper with nature and water since 2015.

With his wife Isabelle Pyttel he founded the retreat format ACHTSAME SINNLICHKEIT (conscious sensuality) and they just started into the amazing adventure of parenting. With the enthusiasm of young parents they also initiated a new community in nature with space for movement, healing, arts and permaculture in the South of Germany in 2020.

"In myself I feel a deep longing for connectedness, healing and joy. I seek for depth and lightness in everything I do and so also in the spaces that I open for people, no matter if it's teaching a workshop or creating an event. By growing a network of motivated humans I want to give us the chance to learn and enjoy together and work towards peace and harmony with each other and our planet."


Softness. Connectedness. Presence.

What's the possible meaning of these terms in dancing CI, in the physical interaction with our own and another person's body?

How can I create a state of relaxed awareness, where every moment is an invitation to learn and grow and every surprise is a gift?

One part of this Intensive will be exploring new pathways and expanding our dance to unknown territories. From opening our bodies to all directions on the floor to dynamic interactions in lifts on different levels.

This exploration will be guided by the idea of being fully present with ourselves and our dances, with our partners and with the whole group moving together.
We will practice being connected and grounded, yet flexible and open to enjoy spontaneous changes.

"How can I support partners, who are bigger than me and how can I stay light and soft flying on someone else?"

These and other questions will be researched with clearly structured exercises and we will also keep space for exchanging about our experiences and free exploration in the dance. At the end of the day we just want to enjoy growing together.

Feeling connected. Being alive. Let's do that! ;-)
Excited for meeting you and having a good time together!

Ulli

All levels welcome


Resident Teachers
Christine Cole
RADICAL EMBODIMENT
Nini Ghibradze
YOGA
Yu Gen
TEA PRACTICE
Gomarduli Zen Garden is a CI based mountain retreat in Georgia. We hold the ongoing contact residency for 30 people and organise educational and research events around contact improvisation, contemporary dance, embodiment and somatic treatments.
What do we eat?

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.

Rooms


We have rooms with the forest or mountain view.

4 rooms on a second floor of each of 5 houses.
Every room has a bathroom and a balcony.
Ground floor of the cottage is a public space, with kitchenette, fireplace and big windows.

We live in a shared double rooms.
Single room is available by request.
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:

somaticfest@gmail.com

Whatsapp/Telegram:
+38 050 287 86 10

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
gomardulilife@gmail.com
Cost
299 €

Including:

- workshop with Ulli
- classes with resident teachers
- accommodation
- 3 meals a day

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

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

Book Your Place
(You will receive an e-mail with next steps to complete the registration.)
What are you coming for?
When are you coming?
When are you leaving?
How did you hear about us?
Say something :)
Are you going to make the prepayment within 3 days after the registration?
You will receive an e-mail with next steps to complete the registration. Please check promotions folder too and sign us as inbox material ;)
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.
Made on
Tilda