– Handstand Retreat 2021

Handstand Retreat (25th July – 29th July 2021)

About this format:
During this 3,5 day intensive we will be focusing on inversions of all sorts. We will be incooperating exercises coming from acrobatics and other disciplines like functional movement, animal locomotion, yoga and dance. Our program is dedicated to all those who want to deepen their understanding in moving in and out of inversions, as well as spending some quality time on their hands, shoulders and heads. While fine tuning your handstand skills in the mornings, we will be focusing on partner inversions in the afternoon. By including conditioning & mobility, partner acrobatics and therapeutics into our program, we can ensure that everyone finds the right balance challange and fun. That said, it doesn’t matter if your here to improve your handstand or learn more about partner acrobatis (hand2hand), we believe this is the right training for your summer 2021!

Morning times: After a juicy breakfast and a holistic warmup we will be leading you through our first round of skill workshops. In this time we will be sharing helpful exercies including drills, calibration and progressive exercises with the focus on the right alignment, correct technique and sustainability for your body. Be ready to learn heaps about your body and its abilities.

Afternoon hours: After a feasty lunch and a break of 1,5h we will be gathering again for our second skill workshop of the day. This slot is commited to a more playful and explorative environment. We will be offering 2 tracks, each with a different emphasize on solo or partner inversions for your delight.

Evenings: Concluding the day with a nourishing dinner, a therapeutics session to roll out our bodies and a beer on the campfire.

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Our Goal: Our goal is to offer our years of experience and help you to empower yourself on your journey towards the perfect inversion.

Level & pre-reqs:
This retreat is designed to be a multi-level retreat yet we have 3 pre-requisites to match your participation!

  • Pre-req #1: Come with 2 healthy wrists in order to endure all sessions with a smile
  • Pre-req #2: Submit a video (30sec – 1min) of you practing any inversions of your choice (solo, partner)
  • Pre-req #3: Be ready to immerse yourself into 3-4 hours of upside down with our crew daily

Your Holiday Package:
Alongside an extensive schedule you will find many opportunities to spend your time outdoors. We strive to only chose the best locations to make sure our participants get enough time in a nurturing environment.

08:00-09:00 Warmup
09:00-10:30 Breakfast
10:30-12:30 Skill Workshop #1
12:30-13:00 Jam
13:00-16:00 Lunch & Siesta
Skill Workshop #2
18:00-19:00 Jam
19:00-20:00 Dinner
20:00-21:30 Therapeutics & Campfire

• Solo/partner inversions
• Alignment & strengthening drills
• Partner calibrations
• Anatomy & functionality
• Sustainable movement patterns
• Community & fun

The Venue:
With the magnificent view of the Skofja Loka Hills, the Karavanke and the Julian Alps we will be finding shelter in a big farm house made for up to 35 people. We also offer 10 camping spots in case people want to be fully immersed into nature. Each room has a bathroom and a shared kitchen. In addition to the peaceful surroundings and fresh air, the certified eco farm (who produces milk and cheese) offers many opportunities for recreation throughout the day.

Dining with us:
We strive to provide local and seasonal food from the eco-farm itself and organic markets around the area as much as possible. Three times a day we will tickle your palate with vegan and vegetarian delights made by our famous barefootyoga kitchen crew.

Your Handstand Team 2021:

Andres Covelli

The desire to move every part of my body, the passion to be anything I can imagine, the need to play in life; to stand on my hands and spin on my head, to bend backwards and forward, to roll over like a little kid, to fall over just to get up again. This is how I learnt to live my life. Lover of nature, collector of tattoos, believer of magic and the power of love…. This is what led me to yoga years ago. I wanted to keep the energy flowing and to challenge myself daily.

Andres will be teaching Yoga, Functional Movement and Acrobatics on this retreat.His classes are dynamic and always connected to breath, balance and most important alot of fun!

Gabriel Schüers

Originally from Austria, Gabe loves to spend his time traveling, learning about other cultures and eating foreign food. With a heart full of humor and arms so long he once managed to hug 5 people at once, he is facilitating a wide variety of trainings in Europe and South East Asia. Gabe is well known for his unique and precise way of teaching. His passion for bodywork gives him the opportunity to welcome and embrace people from all walks of life and encourage them to find freedom through movement and touch.

Gabe is the founder of and will be therefor hosting this retreat and leading the teachers team. He will be involved with most of the classes and will make sure you take home some epic memories.
Mito FlyingMonkey

Born and raised in Germany, Mito now lives a nomadic lifestyle exploring and teaching movement, acrobatics, Yoga and bodywork. Movement and its diverse effects and qualities have blessed Mito with lots of precious moments, insights and connections. From (re)discovering the joy of play and exploration, to health, power and freedom, to teamwork and social skills, and even to profound spirituality. Now it is also part of his passion to share these experiences.
Teaching Acro at this event, Mito intends to facilitate a holistic, transformative experience of embodiment, where open and sincere experiencing of movement, the self and others can happen in a natural, intuitive and joyful way. A place where the inner child can thrive and shine.

Lorena Schneider

What fascinates her about Acroyoga is its capacity to connect people from all walks and teach them to communicate needs and boundaries through movement within a safe and fun space. Ever since she stumbled across a crowd in the park stacking people on top of each other, she has found herself in a community driven by teamwork, inclusiveness, and mutual support. At the end of the day, the biggest reward for her is to see your beautiful faces when you realize you just achieved something you thought was impossible.

Lorena brings awarenes to communication and expression into her classes and co-teaches a variety of handstand and partner acro to the community - we are happy to have her joining us!

Language: This retreat will be taught in english and german (optional)

Beginning & end times of the retreat:
Arrival: Sunday July 25th, 2021 – Your rooms will be available from 4 pm onwards. Around 6 pm we will offer you dinner, followed by a welcome circle with an introduction to our week schedule at 8 pm.

Departure: Thursday July 29th, 2021 – We will conclude our retreat with the breakfast and departure at 10 am the latest.

Early arrivals / late departure:
In case it makes your travel itinerary easier (i.e. cheaper flights) you can book your extra days directly with the farm. Once you have signed up we are sending you a PDF with all the information and a contact email of the farm manager.

The price includes:
4 x lodging (all rooms are equipped with towels, sheets etc.)
4 x onsite camping (with own camping equipment)
3 x warm vegetarian meals a day
Up to 8 hours of workshop content daily
Holiday and training all wrapped into a juicy package

Price for your holiday package:
Price range from € 350 – € 450
Returning students and “bring-a-friend” bookings will get up € 50 discount!
For more information please click the registration link in the below.


How to get there:

By car:
Ljubljana – Skofja Loka 1:00 h
Graz – Skofja Loka 2:45 h
Vienna – Skofja Loka 4:00 h
Munich – Skofja Loka 4:00 h

By Plane:
Nearest airport is Ljubljana, (45min taxi ride away)
Further away airport is Triest (2,5h by bus/train to ljubljana and 1h to Predmost)

Car pooling:
Are you offering or looking for a ride? On your registration we will send you link to a google spread sheet which you can use to connect to other participants and share a possible ride with.

Any questions left? Please do not hesitate to contact us by email!

Email: [email protected]

Love & light,
your Team