– AcroVenture Retreat (9.-15. September 2017)

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In our Retreats are teaching basic and advanced techniques with 8 hours of daily practice including Acrobatics, Yoga, Contact Improvisation, Thai Massage & Meditation. Together we are going to explore the offerings of a professional movement based mentoring customised to the practitioner’s individual level and needs. This journey of self-discovery will not only help you to deepen your practice but will also unfold an essential aspect of your most inner self. 

About the Practice:
This retreat is offering you a wide range of playful elements, including important principals of Acrobatics (L-basing, Partner-Acro, Dutch & Israeli Flows, Washing Machines), Monkey Business, Open Play, Contact Improv, Axis Syllabus and much more. The heart of this week will be about cultivating trust, strength and flexibility, within ourselves and as a community of dedicated movers.

Your Holliday Package:
Alongside the intensive practice (its up to you how many classes your going join) you will find many opportunities to spend your time outdoors. You have the chance to refresh yourself in one of the two pools, explore the surrounding nature, take an afternoon stroll to the beach or a quick ride into town, which could be Rovinj or Pula (two of the most beautiful towns in whole Croatia).

Daily routine:
Following a variety of the morning movement improvements, you will learn how to build up the day with an important skill set. In this time of the day each one of you will find their own level and achievements. The integration and focus on handstands, L-basing (Laying Acroabtics) and S-basing (Standing Acrobatics) will be an important aspects of our daily routine. In the afternoon we dedicate our time to the playfull side of moving. Elements with lesser form like Contact Improvisation and Adaigo (Dance Acrobatics) will be your main game untill we follow up with a feasty dinner and a final connective bodywork practice before we go to bed.

08:00-09:30 Warm Up
09:30-11:00 Breakfast
11:00-13:00 Handstands & Acrobatics
13:00-16:00 Lunch & Siesta
16:00-18:00 Contact Improv & Acrobatics
18:00-20:00 Dinner
20:00-21:30 Bodywork & Campfire (alternating)

• Basics & Technique
• Flow & Rhythm
• Choreography & Body language
• Partner Calibrations & Progressions
• Endless Fun & Community Spirit
• Good news ~ All Levels are welcome!

The Venue:
In the midst of endless hectares of olive groves we will find shelter in 200-year-old and newly renovated farmhouses. The smell of lavender, rosemary and other herbs is so omnipresent that it’ll be easy to pour our full energy into the adventure of movement exploration.

Dining with us:
We strive to provide you local and seasonal food from eco-villages and organic markets around the area. Three times a day we will tickle your palate with vegetarian delights from our kitchen.

Your AcroVenture Team 2016:

TIA_00091u23_smallIshine Gape: is well known for his dynamic, humorous and at the same time profound teaching. He is a trained massage therapist, yoga and acrobatics teacher, social worker and globetrotter and has been working in the field of bodywork for more than 10 years. Gape is the owner of and spreads his love for movement and teamwork all over Austria and Europe. When Gape isn’t hosting one of his retreats, you will most definitely find him behind the lens of a camera, or somewhere on a tree, representing the local monkeys. His goal is to lead people back into a life filled with joy and lightness. He believes that the only way into a valuable, free and sustainable life is to recognise the value of community and the confrontation on every level.



Anna Van Scharrel: Anna is going to co-teach this retreat with Gabriel. Anna has received her dance training at the Professional School for Ballet and Dance in Graz and is currently studying at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz. She is an integral member of the community and because of her background she integrates a set of artistic qualities into our teaching. Anna will guide you through the retreat with her energetic, open-hearted and empathetic style. Anna is a dancer, musician, full-time Acrobat and one of’s favourite assistants.



Mito TheFlyingMonkey: The love for movement, for exploring the possibilities of our bodies individually and together as well as the characteristics and qualities associated with it has blessed Mito with a lot of wonderful moments, connections and experiences. He has dedicated his time to understand movement untill the most possible and subtle level. His gift is to create class setting where every student will learn how to unfold his most possible potential. Mito is great in sequencing and knows more about Acro then any other person around. Mito is a certified teacher, full time AcroYogi and rickshaw driver 😉


index_3_cropYaeli Margalit: Israeli born, Irish bred, and well-travelled vagabond, Yaeli is a mishmash of all things fun and playful. She is an experienced body mover, clinical massage therapist and professional acro monkey. Having spent her early twenties in the world of academia, she abandoned her medical lab coat and decided what she wanted most in this life was to move her body, give and receive massage and follow the sun. Currently living in Dublin, Yaeli teaches yoga and Contact Improvisation Dance. Combining all her movement and healing loves, she hosts regular AcroPlayShops, with her best buddy Cian. Drawing from the principles and practices of Contact Improv they create curious, fun and inviting ways of exploring partnered acrobatics. Ultimately her wish in life is to be a good friend and a good clown.

Helena C Kober: Helena has more than twenty years of experience in classical ballet, contemporary and modern dance. She has been training with teachers from Madrid, Hamburg, New York, LA and beond. Ever since she has been trying to understand why all dancers wanted to be a soloist, only to reach the top and find out that indeed it feels so solo… so lonely. Years went by and while performing she discovered a way to play and get high, first with group contemporary dance in Germany, then with lyrical jazz back in Spain and in the last few years introducing trust and finding her true passion in Austria with Acroyoga and Contact Impro Dance. In 2016 she decided to move to Bali where she rediscovered the pure joy of Ecstatic Dance and Contact Impro Dance.

Language: This retreat will be taught in english and german (if necessary).

Beginning & End times of the Retreat:
Arrival: Saturday September 9th, 2017 – Your rooms will be available at 4 pm. Around 6 pm we will offer you dinner including our welcome circle & introduction to our weakly schedule.
Friday September 15th, 2017 – We will conclude our retreat with the breakfast and departure at 10 am latest.

The price includes:
6 x Lodging (please bring your own tent if you chose the tent option)
3 warm vegetarian meals a day
8 hours of teachings daily
Holiday and training all rolled into a juicy package
Meeting true friends for life

Registration: Please click this link for further Information about your booking:

Stancija Negrin d.o.o.
Negrin 56, HR 52215 Vodnjan

By Car:
Graz – Istria 4:25 h
Vienna – Istria 6:00 h
Munich – Istria 6:00 h

By Plane:
Nearest Airport is Pula or Rovinj / Pick Up & Shuttle Service from the airport available for €10.-

Car pooling:
Looking for a ride? Post your inquiry on our facebook event page “ – AcroVenture Retreat” or have a look in the doodle car pooling link we have send you with your registration.

We are looking for volunteers who support our kitchen crew during the upcoming retreats. For more information click here:


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Impressions from last years AcroVenture Retreat: