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Most of the time it won’t be a problem to fly with your fire spinning tools. Read the tips below to make sure you have the least risk of getting into problems. After having taken our fire props all around the world many times, we never got into real trouble. If you put your fire gear in your hand luggage, you might get some questions, but Kevlar is not forbidden to take with you 😉
Here are the tips;
  • Never use the word fire or anything to do with fire. Instead, use juggling equipment, sport, circus or performance equipment.
  • Make sure your wicks are well burned off and don’t contain any fuel residue.
  • Put everything in ziplock bags to cover the possible smell.
  • You can wash your tools with warm water and soap, so most of the black goes off. Let them dry well.
  • Put socks or pink fluffy protection (doesn’t look dangerous, hahaha) around your equipment, so it’s not directly visible.
  • You can even disconnect the chains from your poi heads, and store them in separate bags.
  • We recommend putting your fire poi in your check-in luggage. Don’t lock your bag, if they want to check it, they might break it. You can add a note, explaining it’s juggling equipment and your phone number.
  • If you take a staff, see what the maximum luggage sizes are to see if you can take it without having to pay extra. A thick staff bag will protect your staff during transportation.


After leaving the Cirque du Soleil, I reduced the length of my staffs from 162cm to 142cm to avoid paying oversized luggage fees. While each airline has its own limits and fees for oversized luggage, 152cm-158cm is the average limit for many airlines before paying additional fees. However, there is no single rule which applies so you had best research fare rules prior to booking.

Many budget airlines (especially in Europe) will charge a fee for any bag which doesn’t resemble a standard suitcase regardless of the length. In general, the nicer the airline, the less likely they are to charge you extra fees for your baggage.

Check out this great worldwide baggage fee chart:

With over 10 years of flying around the world with fire tools, I’ve yet to have any problems or anything confiscated.
These are tips based upon what continues to work for me:

  • Pack your tools with care
  • Make sure to have burned off any excess fuel from your wicks.
  • I always travel with gloves, dish soap and a sponge/ cloth to clean my tools and wicks prior to flying.
    Check in counter
  • If you are like me, you will show up with a bag big enough to fit a mummy inside. There will be questions.
  • Most importantly, never say ‘fire’ and avoid any connotation with weapons. I say that I am a circus artist and that I do object manipulation/ juggling. I talk about ‘batons’ and ‘dance’ while avoiding ‘swords’ and ‘martial arts’.
    Many airlines charge extra for golf/ kite surf/ sports bags so with a bit of luck and charm you can dodge the looming fees with happy talk about circus and art. Not always.
    Carry on luggage
  • I don’t recommend traveling with fire tools in your carry on luggage, although I’ve seen it work once (from Las Vegas to LA). If anyone dares to try or has more info, let me know and I’ll add it here.

As of late 2014, airlines must abide by new rules regarding lithium batteries. Limits have been placed on the voltage allowance of lithium batteries in checked luggage. As many of the light dance props on the market use lithium batteries, they are subject to these rules. Even though the limit is way above what you could reach with a checked bag full of light dance tools (most tools are 3-12 volts), as the voltage isn’t specified on your tools, there is a risk that they be confiscated.
The same rules don’t apply to carry on luggage so we recommend traveling with all of your light dance props in your carry on luggage. We’ve tested this a few times without any problems. The average capacity of light dance props (from pyroterra for example) is 3.7 volts/ 700mah.
More info on traveling with lithium batteries:

The main airport in Bali is the”Ngurah Rai International Airport” located 13 km south of Denpasar.
A great website for comparing different flight rates is

The resort is located 50 km from the “Ngurah Rai International Airport” in Bali.

We can arrange taxi services to pick you up from the airport. The fee will be around 30$ one way, depending on how many persons can be picked up at once. It will take around 1,5 hour to get to the resort from the airport.

There is public transport going to Ubud, form there you can only take a taxi for the last 15 km to the resort.

You probably don’t need a visa to visit Bali as a tourist if you stay is for less than 30 days. Your passport must be valid for 6 months and have free pages for visa stamps. Another great thing is that it’s also free!

Altogether nationals from 169 countries do not need an Indonesian tourist visa for stays up to 30 days. So if you’re form Europe, the US, Australia or Japan no problem!

American citizens are not required to have a visa to enter Indonesia if staying for tourism for 30 days or less. Entry under the visa exemption is for free but may not be extended.
European citizens don’t need a visa to enter Indonesia for visits of up to 30 days, calculated to include your date of arrival and date of departure.

If you are from Africa or an Arabic country, please check for yourselve here:

In case your stay is between 30-60 days, you will have to get a visa on arrival. This visa is valid for 30 days and can also be extended.

Classes are ideal for both beginners and advanced spinners. We won’t only focus on tricks, so even if you aren’t familiar with some poi or staff moves yet, you will still benefit from the body movement workshops, and you will be taught the moves you miss.
Workshops will be held in a group and also individually (for some moves we might make small groups depending on the skill level and your interests).
To benefit the most from this retreat, be sure to know the basic moves.
Poi basic moves:  3-beat weaves (forward & backward) windmill, watermill, hip-reels & turns, butterfly (same-time, split-time), buzzsaw.
If you can’t do some of the moves listed above, don’t worry! We will teach you that. However, if you want to be prepared, look up some tutorials (such as those on – those are great!)
Staff basic moves: Vertical: Forwards Figure 8, Backwards Figure 8, Half Turns
Horizontal: Helicopter, Around the Waist
Optional but Recommended Prep: Full Turns and Hand Wraps
If you would like to bring your non-spinning and not participating in the workshops partner, friend, parent or child you may do so with 40% discount on the retreat price!

– Improvisation- Freedom of Movement/ Expression
– Creative and Dramatic Choices- dare!
– Optimizing your training
– Bringing out your own style
– Dancing with the unforeseen- what to do when things don’t go as planned
– Special Focus on Body Movement & Dance

NOTICE: at the staff retreat there will be one full day expedition in the middle of the retreat, so there won’t be an offical workshop that day.

– increasing our ability to learn fast by practicing coordination and hand independence
– beautifying and exploring possibilities of the moves you already can do
– becoming free with movement and expression, thoughts on improvisation and “flow”
– incorporating our body into the motion
– contrast moves, transitions between different planes, cross-points
– anti-spin based moves
– pirouettes, tracers
– contact poi, tosses
– under the legs, jumps
– hyperloops (basics or advanced)
– wraps (spiral wraps, body wraps)
– stalls, transitions between all the moves
– behind the back moves
– triple poi and meteor basics (from one-handed weaves to one-handed anti-spin patterns)

* note that we might not be able to do all of this, however if we lack enough time the classes will be adapted to your preferences

You won’t only learn poi moves and tricks – we will talk about how to incorporate these moves into a performance, how to achieve a good stage presence, you will be taught some light acrobatics, footwork and dance moves you can use in flow arts. Moreover we’ll play some theatrical games that will help us to explore more body movement possibilities.

Puri Saron Madangan is a temple-like resort nestled among Bali’s lush inland. Situated far from the tourist track, the area enjoys fresher air than along the island’s coasts. The resort features typical Balinese architecture, 3 swimming pools and beautiful views into the jungle. The villas are charming and all offer prestine views into nature. You can choose your accomodation on the resort, based on your preferences. Have a look here to see the different rooms

The resort provides; towels, bed sheets, soap, shower gel, shampoo and a dental kit.
Daily mineral water refill in your room, and also free mineral water with every meal.

Depending on availability, you can book more nights before or after the retreat. Another great place to stay is the Bali Flow Temple, not far from the resort.

Staff retreat: Saturday the 14th of March starting at 6pm to Saturday the 21st of March check out of the resort at 11am.

Poi retreat: Sunday the 22nd of March starting at 6pm to Sunday the 29th of March check out of the resort at 11am.

The Retreat fee has to be payed in two parts; a deposit, and the remaining fee.
The deposit is $ 200,- p.p. and has to be payed after reservation. The payment can be made by credit card.
The rest of the fee is due at the start of the retreat, in cash.

The deposit is non-refundable.

more in bali

The Bali Sprit Festival is starting right after the Poi Retreat. Loads of worshops and international music artists. A real reccomendation if this is your kind of festival! The location is half an hour from the resort.
Dates: March 29 – April 5 2020

The Bali Flow Temple is a super nice training- and accomodation space not far from the resort we’re staying. We will go there some time during the retreat to do the workshops. Especially for the floorwork workshop we’ll need a huge space, and this training space is bigger than the one we have at our resort.

Find out everyting about the Bali Flow Temple;
If you want to stay at the Bali Flow Temple before- or after the retreat;
On Facebook;
See what kind of beautiful jewlery the owner of Bali Flow Temple makes;

Here is a general link about what to do in Bali. Depending on which retreat(s) you attend, half of this you will be seeing during the retreat(s) 😉

12 Things You Must Do in Bali, Indonesia

The Bali Flow Temple is a super nice training- and accomodation space not far from the resort we’re staying. We will go there some time during the retreat to do the workshops. Especially for the floorwork workshop we’ll need a huge space, and this training space is bigger than the one we have at our resort.

Find out everyting about the Bali Flow Temple;
If you want to stay at the Bali Flow Temple before- or after the retreat;
On Facebook;
See what kind of beautiful jewlery the owner of Bali Flow Temple makes;

A Hindu celebration called Nyepi Day falls every year on the Hindu Lunar New Year. The meaning of Nyepi is “to keep silent”. For 2020 it will start from 6am on Wednesday 25th March and finish at 6am on Thursday 26th March. For tourists, it’s a great experience to immerse yourself in Balinese culture by watching the pre-Nyepi Day celebrations.

On the day before Nyepi (Tuesday 24th March, 2020) a procession through the village will take place where music will be played, and men will carry the ogoh-ogoh on their shoulders. It is believed that through this process evil spirits will be disoriented and thus leave the village and cease to harm human beings. Once the procession has taken place, the ogoh-ogoh will be taken to the cemetery or beach where it is finally burnt to ashes as a symbol of purification. This celebration is during the Poi Retreat, and we’ll go to Ubud to see the procession.
At Nyepi Day all people in Bali stay inside and all shops are closed. We’ll have our meals prepared at the resort, and do workshops like normal. We can use electricity, but should be not too loud. To respect this tradition we’ll not do an excursion that day, as it is “forbidden” to travel. There might be extra workshops in the afternoon, we’ll discuss that with the group during the retreat.
This day is strictly reserved for self-reflection anything that might interfere with that purpose is strictly prohibited. The inner and outer world is expected to be clean and everything starts anew, with Man showing his symbolic control over himself and the “force” of the World, hence the mandatory religious control. Nyepi expects a day of absolute silence, based on the four precepts of Catur Brata:
Amati Geni: No fire or light, including no electricity. Prohibition of satisfying pleasurable human appetites.
Amati Karya: No form of physcial working other then that which is dedicated to spiritual cleansing and renewal.
Amati Lelunganan: No movement or traveling.
Amati Lelanguan: Fasting and no revelry/self-entertainment or general merrymaking.
More info about Nyepi Day:
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