– Spring Upside Down Retreat (26th May – 1st June 2018)

Spring Upside Down Retreat 2018 Retreats for Heart n’ Soul ॐ
In our Retreats we are teaching basic and advanced techniques with 8 hours of daily practice including Acrobatics, Functional Movement, Yoga, Contact Improvisation & Bodywork. 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 inner most 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 you’re joining) 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 morning movement improvements, you will learn to build up an important skill set to push your capabilities further. Afterwards, 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 the central aspects of our daily routine. In the afternoon we dedicate our time to the playful side of moving. Elements with lesser form like Contact Improvisation and Adagio (Dance Acrobatics) will be your main game until we follow up with a feasty dinner and a final connective bodywork practice.

08:00-09:30 Warm Up
09:30-11:00 Breakfast
11:00-13:30 Handstands & Acrobatics
13:30-16:00 Lunch & Siesta
16:00-18:30 Contact Improvisation & Acrobatics
18:30-20:00 Dinner
20:00-22:00 Bodywork, Soundhealing, Yin Yoga
(Will be alternated every other day by..)
20:00-22:00 Campfire & Group circle

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

Special focus of this Retreat:
Beginner/Intermediate participants will learn a wholistic fundation in Acrobatics, Yoga & Bodywork
Intermedaite/Advanced participants will learn how to deepen their skill-set (L-basing, Standing Acrobatics, Washing Machines & Flows)

• We will we offer you 3 hours of childcare daily, please bring your kids if you want!

The Venue:
In the midst of endless hectares of olive groves we will find shelter in 3 200-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. We have 2 pools and the ocean is only 2,5km away from the location. Jeah! 🙂

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.

Spring Upside Down Team 2018:

Ishine Gape

Originally from Austria, Gape loves to spend his time traveling, eating yummi food and taking photos. With a heart full of humor and well sized arms to hug almost everything, he is facilitating a wide variety of workshop worldwide. Gape is well known for his unique and precise way of teaching. His passion for bodywork gives him the oppertunity to embrace his students and encourage them to find freedom through movement and touch. Gape (founder of & ishine photography), is an Acrobatics & Yoga instructor, as well Massage Therapist with over 10 years of experience. He will be hosting this retreat and share his passion towards acro & movement.
Anna Van Scharrel
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 our earliest member.
Mito TheFlyingMonkey
The love for movement, for exploring the possibilities of our bodies individually and with others, as well as the diverse aspects and qualities emerging from it have blessed Mito with lots of precious moments, insights and connections. In his classes he does not only impart information, technique and skills. He creates a space where open sincere experience of movement, the self and other humans can happen in a natural, joyful and spontaneous way. Mito will be sharing his passion about quality movement, progressions and flows. He is a certified teacher, full time AcroYogi as well as one of’s earliest members. 
Yaeli 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. Yaeli will be 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. 😉
Patrizia Liebisch
Patrizia is an open hearted and empathic sunshine, whoes aim is to live life light and in balance. She dedicates her love to nature and traveling to places where unspoiled nature still can be found. And just because everything in life should be balanced, her home are the mountains and oceans equally. Patrizia's movement practice is mainly characterized by acrobatics, climbing, slacklineing and yoga. Patrizia will accompany you through this Retreat with empathy and an sympathetic ear. No matter if you have a question during our daily practice or if you need an extra blanket. 😉
Agnes Ulreich
Agnes is known for her love to creative movements, for her cheerfulness and mindfulness. She likes to turn her world upside down every once in a while, and to brighten up the daily working routine by flying with an acro yoga partner or doing headstands on mountaintops. Her long practice of Capoeira, climbing and yoga brought her a lot of wonderful experiences which she loves to share. In summer 2017 she finished her Yoga teacher training in Graz. To get new inspirations and to satisfy her travel bug she visits international workshops and retreats whenever possible. Agnes will guide you through her classes in a playful way, but also concentrates on essential yoga elements like quality of movement.
David Suppan
Creator of Simian Yoga, reaches out to evolutionary movement, training body and mind holistically. With his experiences in Yoga, Capoeira, Parkour and athletic sports, David unites a lot of components from different disciplines to track you to your inner self. David lives in Graz, Austria with his family and works as a Yoga and Movement teacher. Explore your body with playfulness. Find new paths and experience what you are made for.
Wotan von Lichtberg
Founder of the blossoming Heart Culture Festival, experienced musician on stage, and father of two beautiful childs, obviously loves what he do. Using sound, Wotan guides people at workshops, retreats single session’s and circle gatherings to truly connect with their souls and fellows. In this retreat Wotan will share how to free your voice, breath, connect with your feelings. You will be guided to drop off your intellect and to connect to your body and true nature to feel yourself as a divine instrument of sound.


Language: This retreat will be taught in English and German (if necessary).

Beginning & End times of the Retreat:
Arrival: Saturday May 26th, 2018 – Your rooms will be available at 4 pm. Around 6 pm we will offer you dinner including a welcome circle & introduction at 8 pm.
Departure: Friday June 1st, 2018 – We will conclude our retreat with the breakfast and departure at 10 am the latest.

The price includes:
6 x Lodging (Rooms: have all included f.e. towels, bedsheets etc. / Tent: please bring your own tent and sleeping gear)
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

Register here: Please click this link for further Information about your booking:

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 “ – Spring Upside Down” or have a look in the doodle car pooling link we have send you with your registration.


Love, Light and Happiness your, Team

Impressions from our last years Spring Upside Down Retreat: