October 2 to 8, 2022, south France

Vojta stolbenko
andre hildago
tom hora

This is the perfect retreat if you want to give your performance skills a boost, learn new tricks and techniques, and of course, have an amazing time together at a luxurious private castle!
This year we’re having a mind-blowing line-up of teachers…

7 Days filled with workshops, music & dance, fire spinning, great food, playing together, and lots of inspiration. The workshop program is fully packed with a mix of flow arts, dance, and mindful movements from the most skilled artists!

The teachings we offer are focussed on integrating the whole body when doing Flow Arts. But no worries, your brain will also be fried learning the latest techy, crazy tricks.
One thing all professional fire artists have in common, it’s that it’s interesting to watch them. This is because they’re integrating their whole body, making big, expressive movements and they’re also moving on the stage. If you watch a person spinning whose body is frozen, only moving the arms, you’ll probably lose interest much sooner… A very basic trick nicely performed and integrated with the whole body can look way more interesting and beautiful than a very difficult trick when only the arms move.
This is why we’ll have 3 hours of Wave Dance classes for you on the program, every day! Even if you’re already a professional dancer, but if you’re very insecure and not moving much when you’re at a party, this is a great opportunity, as it will be so much fun to explore new ways of moving our body.

learn, Play & Relax
poi, flow arts, and wave dance

Learn Poi and Double Staff from Vojta Stolbenko. Learn personally from this pioneer who excels at combining tech tricks with dance and acrobatics. With a style and approach all his own, he has created innovative new poi techniques that enriched the poi world. Learn how to become limitless when spinning poi!

Sword, Staff Spinning, and Qi Gong from Tom Hora. Learn from this impressive Full-Combat Fire Artist who has studied with many different teachers across the globe to give you the best mix of martial arts and mindful movements.
Last year’s sword lessons were an absolute hit, so we’re super happy to have him back again!

Learn Wave Dance, and Mini Hoop Isolations from André Hildago! Learn from this mesmerizing artist that’s internationally recognized for the precision and fluidity of his movements. He has created a style all his own, by combing juggling and dancing; he pioneered in laying the framework for combining Windstyle with object manipulation.

Learn Hula Hoop, Fans and Yoga from Adrienne Zest. There are many pretty moves to learn from this graceful artist. Start your day by yoga with Adrienne, stretch to awaken your body, and get in great shape for the day.

THIS MIGHT BE TE LAST TIME WE’LL HAVE THE CASTLE AS OUR PRIVATE ACCOMMODATION for the Poi & Flow Retreat, as Nana will stop working there… 😭 So this is your last chance to come, and experience the magic of this enchanting 18th-century castle with us…

daily 8+ hours
of Workshops

– 2 hours of Poi – Vojta
– 3 h Wave Dance – André
– 1 h Sword + 1 h Qi Gong- Tom
– 1 h Alternating, different Flow Arts Workshops

ACTIVITIES &
The castle

– Private pool of 20 meters
– Fire spinning (fuel provided)
– A billiard table
– An outdoor cinema
– Luxurious rooms

everything
is included

– 6 nights of accommodation in a
luxurious private castle
– 3 delicious meals a day
– coffee & tea included
– pick a room based on your preferences

POI & FLOW RETREAT AT THE CASTLE

ALL LEVELS ARE WELCOME

All levels of Poi, Staff Spinning, Double Staff, (Iso) Hoops, Fans and Dance are welcome to join! We’ll offer beginning, intermediate and advanced options for most techniques. For the Poi workshops, we might split the group so different levels of poi spinners can work on different moves.

To benefit the most from this retreat, be sure to know the basic poi moves, such as; 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 (we recommend to have a look at Playpoi.com – those tutorials are great!)

get movin’

The first thing we’ll work on is moving the body in the right way to prevent injury’s. The second point is, that for an audience, we think it’s way more interesting to watch a person who’s spinning Poi and integrating the whole body, making big movements and moving in space, than watching a person spinning whose body is frozen, only moving the arms. Even when doing the most difficult tricks, when there is no movement in the rest of the body, a general audience will soon lose interest. A very basic trick nicely performed and integrated with the whole body can look way more interesting and beautiful than a very difficult trick when only the arms move.
We really want to invite you to work more on body movement, when spinning. Not only for how it will look, but it’s just so much more fun when you’re rockin’ it! That’s why there will be Wave Dance and Sword lessons, every day!

free your inner ninja

Learn Sword from Tom Hora. Working with the Sword is a great way to combine Flow Arts and work on body awareness, as the prop is quite easy to manipulate. All the steps and body postures you will learn can also be used with other props. The advantage of the Sword is that everybody can follow these lessons, without any prior experience, and get into it relatively easily. The Sword lessons are based on the traditional Chinese style, which is slower, and more meditation-oriented, not a full combat style. This will be mixed with performing techniques, as our teacher, Tom Hora is a professional fire-spinning artist. Last year, everyone absolutely loved Sword lessons of Tom! So we’re super happy having him back again, to learn more bad-ass movements…
If you don’t have a Sword, you can also use, or borrow a (light, not too long) Staff to follow the workshops.

express yourself freely through movement

Learn Wave Dance from André Hildago. These workshops will be focused on increasing body awareness, and mastery of the body in space. Grow your movement vocabulary and explore the possibilities of combining dance and objects. Learn to play with the perception of time through slow-motion and accelerated movements. Find pleasure in repetition, open yourself up to more freedom and remove constraints through improvisation practices. Leave your old boundaries behind, and fully dive into your own research to create more fluidity, and explore the contrast with robotic or slow-motion movements.
Almost all the movements we will learn can be combined, or will help to express yourself fuller through object manipulation.
We’ll use a Contact Ball during the workshops. Please bring a 100mm soft, plastic ball. If you don’t have one, you can borrow a replacement prop.

create illusions with iso hoops

Learn Iso Hoop from André Hildago. This prop is perfect to combine with Wave Dance! Many mind-blowing illusions can be created when manipulating Iso Hoops. You’ll learn the basics, of how to do Iso Hoop isolations. Or, for the more advanced levels, there are many interesting tricks to learn from André, as he pioneered in laying the framework for combining Wave Dance with object manipulation, creating mesmerizing illusions.
If you don’t have Iso Hoops, you can borrow them.

traditional staff spinning secrets

Learn Staff Spinning from Tom Hora. Tom’s style of Staff Spinning is quite explosive and fast, as he’s trained in Kungfu and traditional Indian fire art Banethi. But he’ll break it down, and go a bit slower, so you can also learn this impressive style of Staff Spinning.
Please bring a light Staff to follow the workshops, not a heavy Contact Staff. If you don’t have a Staff, you can borrow it.

flow freely with poi

Learn Poi from Vojta Stolbenko. Get inspired by this amazing artist and acrobat! He’s been a professional fire performer for over 10 years now and is frequently performing with many high-level artistic companies and groups, traveling all over the world to show his art. Since covid hit, he’s also created a Patreon, with many Poi tutorials on it. This is extending his passion for teaching to the online space, so it can be available for everyone.
But with this retreat, you’ll have the pleasure to personally learn from Vojta! We won’t only focus on tricks, but also on how to incorporate the moves you already know into your own flow, and how to beautify them.

Poi isn’t only about tricks… It’s a state of mind, and liberty of expression.

For those who don’t have their own Poi, it’s possible to borrow them.

double staff manipulation

Learn Double Staff from Vojta. Vojta’s style with Double Staff is quite fast, containing a lot of throws and turns. But he might also teach the more tech moves, doing manipulations, and isolation patterns. Did you know that Vojta is also amazing at juggling three Staffs? That is probably a bit too advanced for these workshops, hahahaaa. But if you want to get into that, you can just ask him for an exercise.
If you don’t have Double Staffs, you can borrow them.

start your day with Qi gong

Qi Gong classes with Tom Hora. These lessons are perfect to gently wake up your body, build your energy, and get centered to have an amazing day! Qi Gong is a more active form of conscious movement than Taiji. It uses active, standing, yoga-like poses while breathing consciously. I’m sure you’ll love Tom’s classes, as he’s been teaching Qi Gong for many years now, and is practicing it for almost two decades.

Hula hoop & fans

Learn Hula Hoop and Fans from Adrienne Zest! Weather you’re a newbie, or you want to learn some intermediate level moves. the workshops can be catered to individual requests. Please bring your Hoop and Fans, if you don’t have those you can borrow them.

a day at the retreat

(Tentative schedule)
This is what a day at the retreat looks like;

8:00 – 9:00   Qi Gong and Yoga (choose one)
9:00 -10:00  Breakfast
10:00-13:00  Wave Dance
13:30-14:30  Lunch
15:00-17:00  Poi
17:00-18:00  Sword
18:00-19:30  Alternating Flow Arts Workshops
20:00            Dinner

The Alternating Flow Arts Workshops are; Staff Spinning, Double Staff, Fans, Hoop, and Iso Hoops.

WEEK SCHEDULE
– 2nd of October: start of the retreat at 17:00 with an introduction meeting and dinner
– 3rd to the 7th : 5 Workshop days
– 8th of October: end of the retreat, breakfast, and departure at 11am

the fire tornado – zenith

Experience the magic of Zenith – Tornade de Feu. (under reserve) This is a real miracle of nature, brought to us by the one and only tornado tamer, Ima! What more to say, just watch the video, and come to the retreat…

prop shops

If you’re looking to buy some new props, Juggling Calling, and the Manda Lights Shop will be at the retreat. If you want to have a specific prop, please send a message upfront, to be sure they’ll take it. Also, if you have broken props, or you need new wicks, take them for repairs!

poi, DOUBLE STAFF, acrobatics
vojta stolbenko

Vojta is a Czech pioneer who excels at combining tech tricks with dance and acrobatics. With a style and approach all his own, he has created innovative new poi techniques that enriched the poi world.
Despite being famous for his poi spinning, Vojta also excels in spinning other props too. He’s been a professional fire performer for over 10 years now and is frequently performing with many high-level artistic companies and groups at various events worldwide. Nowadays he mainly works with his ex-Cirque du Soleil colleague Srikanta Barefoot and the company Fusion Arts, as well as the French companies Supercho, Mandalights, and Cercle de Feu. You can also often see him on stage with Phoenix Fire Dancers, or his Czech co-performers Tom Hora and Kristina Zebrova.
Vojta has shared his poi enthusiasm all over the globe and has taught many in his workshops and retreats worldwide. He’s filmed many popular inspirational poi videos (thanks to being a professional videographer, besides poi), including the world’s most-watched poi video “The Future Is Now”. In 2020 (with the arrival of Covid) he got fully into creating poi tutorials that also gained a lot of popularity. On his Patreon channel, you’ll find almost 100 poi tutorials. Check out Vojta’s videos and personal website to learn more about this talented artist. Just click on the icons below.

wave dance, contact ball, iso hoops
ANDRÉ HILDAGO

André Hidalgo is an artist that’s internationally recognized for the precision and fluidity of his movements. He has created a style all his own, by combing juggling and dancing; he pioneered in laying the framework for combining Windstyle with object manipulation. He’s also known as Pilolip, the artist name he has created famous videos with.

-In 2013 he started working together with Aragorn Boulanger, also known as Bishop, the founder of Windstyle. Windstyle is a kind of popping but in a fluid motion. From Windstyle, many different branches in body manipulation techniques like Wave and Liquid emerged. Aragorn and André gave many workshops together for 8 years, teaching a combination of dance- and circus techniques.
-In 2014 André played for seven months in Las Vegas, in a show from the Spiegelworld company. They later also toured in many alternative theaters in Paris.
-After coming back to France, he worked as a juggler, dancer, and creative director for the companies Piryokopi (juggling), Genom (dance), and Defracto (juggling).
-In 2018 he has created his first choreographed solo show combining juggling, body & object manipulation called “Tendrure”
-Since 2019 he is participating in a project from the company Kiaï, that’s a choreography with 6 acrobats on trampolines.
-He continues to develop his skills by following workshops in a broad variety of categories like clowning and capoeira.

sword, staff spinning, qi gong
tom hora
Tom is a Czech Full-Combat Fire-Artist who has studied with many different teachers across the globe to learn a whole range of combat techniques and meditative body work practices. He has a lot of experience as a teacher and is an amazing fire-performer, Tom cooperated with many artists and fire companies and he did more than one thousand performances!
Tom started with the Fire-Art in 2000 and he is fire-performer since 2002, he has founded the fireshow group PALITCHI in Prague with friends.
In 2005 he started to study traditional Indian fire art Banethi with his teacher in Varanasi (after this first visit he came every winter to study Banethi & Yoga and to perform in India for 6 years). Tom has been working as the Fire-Art teacher (long staff techniques and acrobacy) in Prague New Cirque Centre for 4 years (2012-2016). His artistic way was also influenced by Dance, Taiko Drumming, Capoeira and of course Chinese martial arts…:
– student of Shaolin kungfu since 2002
– student of Chen taiji and Qi gong since 2005
– member of Shaolin kungfu performance group (2008 – 2013)
– 2nd place winner of Czech national wu-shu competetion with long staff 2013
– kungfu teacher (for kinds and adults) since 2011
– studying in Wudang mountains in China – internal cultivation, Qi gong, Taiji and kungfu in 2015, 2016, 2018…for a total of 6 months
– since 2016 he is a student of Li shifu (abott and master in Five immortals temple and also good friend..;)
– Qi gong and Taiji teacher since 2016
Hoop, fans, yoga
Adrienne zest

Hello, my name is Adrienne. I am a dancer and a performer, as well as a teacher of yoga and movement. I conducted my formal dance education at the conservatoire of Dusan Nebyla in Slovakia and later continued broadening my skills by attending different workshops around the globe.

In my early twenties, I discovered object manipulation – also known as ‘flow arts’, which led me to a new and exciting world of performing with fire and light. My favorite tools to spin are mini hoops, fire fans, and poi. I enjoy sharing my passion for movement with others and discovering new ways to reach the ultimate body-mind connection.

Have a look at my Youtube channel, for free yoga classes. Also, see my website below, just click on the icons.

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THE PRICES BELOW ARE FOR THE FULL RETREAT;
INCLUDING WORKSHOPS, THREE MEALS A DAY, AND YOUR ROOM OF CHOICE

Retreat prices are based upon which kind of room-sharing options you would like.
See the different room sharing choices below, and buy your ticket at the bottom of this page.
LAST YEAR, WE WERE SOLD OUT, SO BE SURE TO BOOK FAST!

PREMIUM SHARING
  • Occupancy: up to 9 people
  • One or more bedrooms
  • Shared bathroom
  • Single and Double beds available

Premium Sharing, price per person: 650 euro
Early Bird price; book before 22/07/22 and get a discount of 25 euro!
Lazy Bird prices after 22/08 are +40 euro

12 TICKETS AVAILABLE!  BUY YOUR TICKET HERE

SHARED BEDROOM
  • Bedroom: 4 people
  • En-Suite Bathroom
  • One bedroom
  • Double and single beds available

Shared Bedroom, price per person: 775 euro
Early Bird price; book before 22/07/22 and get a discount of 25 euro!
Lazy Bird prices after 22/08 are +40 euro

4 TICKETS AVAILABLE!  BUY YOUR TICKET HERE SOLD OUT!

TWIN SHARING
  • Bedroom: 2 people
  • En-Suite Bathroom
  • One bedroom
  • Double and single beds available

Twin sharing, price per person: 890 euro
Early Bird price; book before 22/07/22 and get a discount of 25 euro!
Lazy Bird prices after 22/08 are +40 euro

2 TICKETS AVAILABLE!  BUY YOUR TICKET HERE

PRIVATE BEDROOM
  • Private Bedroom
  • Private Bathroom
  • Double bed
  • Choose your room!

Private Bedroom, price per person: 975 euro
Early Bird price; book before 22/07/22 and get a discount of 25 euro!
Lazy Bird prices after 22/08 are +40 euro

 BUY YOUR TICKET HERE SOLD OUT!

BUY YOUR TICKET

What’s all included?

The prices of the different room-sharing options all include:
– 6 nights of accommodation
– 8+ hrs of workshops per day
– 3 meals a day (meat, vegetarian, and vegan options are available)
– coffee, tea, and mint-water
– fuel for fire jams
– borrowing props if you don’t have them

how to reserve my ticket?

Buy the (deposit) ticket for your room of choice. You will receive an automatic confirmation message.
The email containing your payment receipt, also has a PDF attached with all info about the retreat.

Didn’t get the automatic confirmation message? Check your spam for shop@poiretreat.com.

COME TOGETHER!

Register together with a friend, and you’ll both get a 10% discount on the retreat price!
The friend’s discount only applies if you buy 2 or more tickets at the same time, for the full retreat, including the workshops. The friend’s discount applies to all room options, except for the premium sharing option. If you choose the premium sharing option, the discount will be 5%.

If you would like to bring your partner, friend, parent, or child who will not be participating in the workshops, there will be a 30% discount on the retreat fee.
The person will not participate in the Flow Arts workshops, but all the other things will be included: 6 nights of accommodation, all meals, and drinks. Taking part in the Qi Gong classes is included. (The friend’s discount doesn’t apply here, so the person who does participate in the workshops, pays the normal fee)

details and FAQ

START Sunday 2nd of October: start of the retreat at 17:00 with an introduction meeting and dinner
3rd to the 7th : 5 Workshop days
END Saturday 8th of October: end of the retreat, breakfast, and departure at 11am

The retreat will be held at Chateau Coty, in Montjoi. This picturesque Chateau is equipped with a private pool, outdoor cinema, and billiard.
You can have a look at the website https://chateaucoty.fr/

The address is: (Lieu dit) Coty, route de Quercy 815, 82400 Montjoi, Tarn-et-Garonne, France

BY CAR: When you are at the A62 (toll way between Bordeaux and Toulouse), take exit Castelsarresin. It will take around 25 minutes to reach the Chateau from here. The address of Chateau Montjoi is: (Lieu dit) Coty, route de Quercy 815, 82400 Montjoi. Montjoi is located in Tarn et Garonne, department Midy Pyrenees.

BY PLANE: The closest airport is Toulouse Blagnac (90 km). And then there are Carcassonne and Bordeaux (200 km)
From the airport, you can take a train to Moissac. There is no public transport going near to Chateau Montjoi.
We can pick you up from the train station (ask for availability!). There will be an extra fee (around 10 euroS depending on how many persons can be picked up together). Please note this is the application form.

TRAIN: https://www.sncf.com/en we can pick you up from the train station “Moissac”, as there is no further public transport. There will be an extra fee of around 10 euros for the service.

TRAIN long distance in France, discounted tickets https://www.ouigo.com/destinations

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You don’t need to know other attendants to share a room!
If you want to share a room with other attendants, we’ll try to make a match. Room sharing options are of course depending on how many other attendants are wanting to share the same type of room. You can give us your preferences, and we’ll try to find matching room-mates!

All levels of Poi, Staff Spinning, Double Staff, Iso Hoops, and Dance are welcome to join. We’ll offer beginning, intermediate and advanced options for most techniques. For the Poi workshops, we might split the group so different levels of poi spinners can work on different moves.

To benefit the most from this retreat, be sure to know the basic poi moves, such as; 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 (we recommend to have a look at Playpoi.com – those tutorials are great!)

POI:
– 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
– optional: 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.

At the moment of writing we’re happy to say that there are no restrictions at all in place, in France!
Masks are only mandatory in public transport (Updated, July 2022)

We will refund the Deposit paid for your Ticket if government regulations prevent you from travelling. If France will go into lock-down, we will refund your deposit up to 1 month before the start of the event, minus an administration fee of € 25. After one month before the start of the event, we can’t make any refunds.
These rules only apply if travelling will be forbidden in France, and the official government website(s) confirm this.

In principle, the deposit is non-refundable. Please make sure you have travel insurance, so in case you get ill, you can get the deposit refunded from your insurance.

We advise you to take personal travel insurance, that covers;
– Reimbursement of any pre-booked events or excursions
– Coronavirus cancellation cover
See an example here https://www.allianztravelinsurance.com/quote

 

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