July 12-17, 2022, Gorzanow, south poland
Vojta STOLBENKO
Lucero Ponce
Gustavo Ollitta

A MULTI-PROP EVENT AT A VERY UNIQUE PALACE!

6 special days in the magical renaissance Palace of Gorzanów – a castle built in 1573, with (only) 187 rooms, that offers a perfect atmosphere for artistic residency with amazing indoors and outdoors training places. Everything will be taken care of; beautiful bedrooms, delicious food, a program super full of workshops, shows, DJs, and jams!

WORKSHOPS; POI, BUUGENG, HOOP, SILKFANS, STAFF SPINNING & JUGGLING, BELLY DANCE, DRAGON DANCE, ACROBATICS, AND YOGA!


All levels are welcome! It does not matter if you are a total beginner or a seasoned artist, the workshops will be adapted for any level.

RETREAT at a
very old castle

Palace Gorzanow is a very rare place and we are super happy to have discovered it! Do you know the feeling when you’re at some really nice, old place, that once thrived and hosted all sorts of arts and artists, and you wish that it would be more than just a tourist sight? That you could do your art there too, and perhaps even throw a party?

So this is Palace Gorzanow, the one of a kind. It hosts many types of events and arts – from theatre and expositions, to rave parties. Visitors from all over the country are coming to take a picture of these painted walls and sculptures from centuries ago, in the rooms where we hold our flow arts workshops (and possibly hang out all night). To make this place even more colourful, you’ll meet various animal friends that wonder through the castle, such as goats, sheep, and chickens.

Apart from the wonderful interior, as every castle it also has a beautiful castle garden, which is another perfect place for workshops and fire jams.

this is what

you will all get!

LEARN NEW SKILLS

–5hrs of workshops every day
-super amazing teachers
–time for individual questions
–lots of jamming and skill-share
-yoga every morning
-try a new prop

PALACE GORZONOW

-tickets start at only 250 euro!
-choose your room, based on your preferences
-explore & relax in Palace; with 187 rooms, there is are plenty of places to get lost and enjoy the calm

DELICIOUS food

-breakfast, and a delicious lunch are included every day
-the dinner package is optional, prepared by local cooks
-vegetarian and meat options
-and there’s also a bar

awesome activities

-fire jam every night, sound system and multiple DJs
-witness – or become part of – amazing shows
– explore the village of Gorzanow and the vast, surrounding forests and mountains

GET NOTIFIED WHEN WE LAUNCH FOR SUMMER 2023!

about the gathering

THE DAILY PROGRAM & WORKSHOPS

The day will start with a short yoga class, to prepare our body for the flow arts workshops that follow. Workshops will take place from 10am till lunch time, followed by a short lunch break, and resume in the afternoon, around 3:30pm.
The Poi workshops will be split in two levels; beginners and intermediate/advanced. The other workshops will be catered to your skill level, and we will always present an easier and more difficult version of any trick or concept.

PROPS
If you would like to borrow props, that’s no problem! When you register, you will be asked to answer a short question form in which you can indicate what props you would like to borrow. We have almost any prop to borrow for free.

FOOD
A delicious breakfast and vegetarian or non-vegetarian lunch are included in the retreat price! Dinners are for additional 10€ p/p per day. If you don’t want to have a dinner package, you can also use one of the small kitchens available in the Palace to prepare your meal. There is a supermarket on about 5 min by foot. The Palace restaurant also provides various extra tasty things you can buy, and the bar opens in the evening, with cocktails, beers and the infamous Polish vodka, and other delicious liqueurs ; )

FIRE SPACE
There will be a fire space, open every evening! We’re happy to have a very good sound system and multiple, awesome DJs to play for you every night. The fuel will be provided, you only need your fire props.

VARIOUS ROOM OPTIONS
We offer a range of rooms, from private, en-suite bedrooms to the Dorm. There are plenty of nice rooms to choose from. Scroll down to see what they are. You can opt to take a single room, or share a room with your friends, or other attendants.

The most basic and the cheapest accommodation is in the dorm – which is pretty spacious. Sheets, blankets and pillows are provided. You’ll only need your own towel and a toothbrush!

workshops poi – flow freely

Learn Poi from Vojta Stolbenko.
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 a liberty of expression.

Choose your Level; Poi Beginners or Intermediate and above
Every day, there will be 2 blocks of Poi Classes. This assures the classes will be catered to your level, and you’ll benefit the most from all the workshops.

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

buugeng – key movements

Learn Buugeng from Gustavo Ollitta
In these workshops, we’ll explore the different Manipulation Techniques. Get to know all of the beautiful patterns and dynamic geometries that can be created using S Staff or Buugeng.
The name Buugeng comes from the Japanese ‘Buu’ which is ‘optical illusion’ and ‘geng’ means ‘martial arts’.

This is a great opportunity for beginners to start the journey of buugeng, or for intermediate spinners to refine their moves. We’ll go into the concepts of 1 & 2 beats, finger-spins, liquid weave, and much more!

For those who don’t yet have their own Buugeng, it’s possible to borrow Buugeng or to buy a pair of Gustavo Ollitta.

hula hoop – dance & play

Learn Hoop Dance with Lucero Ponce
The Hula Hoop workshop combines the art of dance, meditation, and a full-body workout!
An inner journey to connect more with our bodies, as for being able to spin the hoop at almost every point, we need to build awareness, strength, and coordination.
Being playful, just dancing and moving without judgment. Find the joy of this active meditation and experience you can release tension through Hooping. We will explore our own style of dance with more organic ways to play.

There will be different exercises; first the warm-up, some stretching, dance moves, and we will explore the different possibilities of manipulation and movement with the Hoop spinning around the body, and holding the Hoop.
The workshops are suited for beginners and intermediate Hoopers. It’s possible to borrow a Hoop if you don’t have one.

silk fans – dance & expression

Learn Silk Fans from Lucero Ponce
In these workshops, you will learn the Silk Fans Fundamentals: basic wrist movements, flourishes, frames & turns. We will also create a choreography with all the different movements learned.

Come, practice, and experience the beauty of Silk Fans! ♥
For those who don’t yet have their own Silk Fans, it’s possible to borrow a pair, or to buy a pair. The workshops are great for beginners.

sTAFF SPINNING & JUGGLING

Staff Spinning & Juggling with Vojta Stolbenko
If you want to learn the basics, or if you want to learn more tricks, and beautify your moves, this workshop is for you! We’re also getting into throws and turns.
You can borrow a Staff to follow this workshop.

poi, STAFFs, 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.

bUUGENG, DRAGON
gustavo ollitta

Gustavo Ollitta is a Brazilian circus artist who excels with buugeng, poi, slack rope, and balance techniques.

Since 2007, he’s started his manipulation research, started to practice with poi, and straight after that discovered buugeng in 2009. In 2010 he released his first research of buugeng in a YouTube video called “Flow”. With this video, which reached more than 2.5mil viewers, he’s become one of the world’s most influential buugeng artists.

If you heard of buugeng, you probably also heard about Gustavo!

In 2011, Gustavo traveled to Italy to participate in the Contemporary Circus course of Scuola di Cirko Vertigo (2011-2013). Thanks to the knowledge gained in this school, Gustavo’s movement portfolio includes a lot of contemporary circus techniques, such as handstands, slack rope, and many performing and teaching techniques.

HOOP, SILK FANS, BELLYDANCE
lucero ponce

Lucero Ponce is a Peruvian Flow Artist and a certified 200hr yoga teacher, specialized in Hula Hoop, bellydance, buugeng, and balance.

As someone who’s always been passionate about body expression, she started in 2010 taking classes of modern dance, belly dance and contemporary dance. In the same year, she got introduced to the philosophy and practice of yoga and meditation.

In 2015 she started to develop flow arts techniques, starting with Hulahoop and combining her experience of body expression with other flow arts disciplines.

In 2018, after 7 years of Yoga practice, she got certified on 200H Yoga Teacher Training in Thailand.

Gustavo and Lucero form the company Equilibra, A duo that has already performed and taught as solo and duo at TV shows, juggling and music festivals, retreats, conferences, and Galas in more than 25 countries around Europe, Asia, North America, Middle East, and South America!

Always bringing new concepts of Flowarts, circus and dance technique to the world!

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ROOMS Palace Gorzanów

THE PRICES BELOW ARE FOR THE FULL RETREAT;
INCLUDING WORKSHOPS, BREAKFAST, LUNCH, AND YOUR ACCOMMODATION OF CHOICE
The Dinner Package is optional with every room

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.

dorm
  • Shared Bedrooms
  • Shared Bathrooms
  • Single Beds
  • Breakfast & Lunch included

Dorm, price per person: 270 euro
Early Bird price; book before 12/05 and get a discount of 20 euro!
Lazy Bird prices after 01/07 are +20 euro
The dorm is mixed gender

BUY YOUR TICKET HERE

camping
  • Shared Bathrooms
  • Breakfast & Lunch included

Camping, price per person: 250 euro
Early Bird price; book before 12/05 and get a discount of 20 euro!
Lazy Bird prices after 01/07 are +20 euro

BRING YOUR OWN TENT! And all other camping gear you’ll need. Only the camping space is provided, you’ll need to take care of all the rest.

BUY YOUR TICKET HERE

Zamkowy
  • Bedroom: 1 or 2 people
  • Private Bathroom
  • Double or single beds
  • Breakfast & Lunch included

Zamkowy private: 530 euro
Two people in Zamkowy, price per person: 400 euro
Early Bird price; book before 12/05 and get a discount of 20 euro!
Lazy Bird prices after 01/07 are +20 euro
You can have Zamkowy as a private room, or with a partner or friend.

ONLY 1 ROOM AVAILABLE!  BUY YOUR TICKET HERE

Komnata Luizy
  • Bedroom: 1 or 2 people
  • Private Bathroom
  • Double bed
  • Breakfast & Lunch included

Komnata Luizy private: 565 euro
Two people in Komnata Luizy, price per person: 400 euro
Early Bird price; book before 12/05 and get a discount of 20 euro!
Lazy Bird prices after 01/07 are +20 euro
You can have Komnata Luizy as a private room, or with a partner or friend.

ONLY 1 ROOM AVAILABLE!  BUY YOUR TICKET HERE

Komnata Holteia
  • Bedroom: 1 or 2 people
  • Private Bathroom
  • Double bed
  • Breakfast & Lunch included

Komnata Holteia private: 585 euro
Two people in Komnata Holteia, price per person: 420 euro
Early Bird price; book before 12/05 and get a discount of 20 euro!
Lazy Bird prices after 01/07 are +20 euro
You can have Komnata Holteia as a private room, or with a partner or friend.

ONLY 1 ROOM AVAILABLE!  BUY YOUR TICKET HERE

Biblioteczny
  • Bedroom: 2 to 5 people
  • Private Bathroom
  • 3 Single Beds
  • 1 Double couch bed
  • Breakfast & Lunch included

Two people in Biblioteczny, price per person: 420 euro
Three people in Biblioteczny, price per person: 370 euro
Four or five people in Biblioteczny, price per person: 325 euro
Early Bird price; book before 12/05 and get a discount of 20 euro!
Lazy Bird prices after 01/07 are +20 euro

ONLY 5 TICKETS AVAILABLE!  BUY YOUR TICKET HERE

sarny
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 to 6 People
  • Private Bathroom
  • Single Beds
  • Breakfast & Lunch included

Two people in Sarny, price per person: 450 euro
Three people in Sarny, price per person: 380 euro
Four or five people in Sarny, price per person: 335 euro
Six people in Sarny, price per person: 308 euro
Early Bird price; book before 12/05 and get a discount of 20 euro!
Lazy Bird prices after 01/07 are +20 euro

ONLY 5 MORE TICKETS AVAILABLE!  BUY YOUR TICKET HERE

BUY YOUR TICKET

What’s all included?

The prices of the different room-sharing options above include:
– 5 nights of accommodation
– Breakfast & Lunch every day
– 5 hrs of workshops per day
– yoga classes every morning
– fuel for fire jams
Optional:
– Dinner Package: 50 euro for 5 dinner

COME TOGETHER!

If you would like to bring your partner, friend, parent, or child who will not be participating in the workshops, there will be a 20% discount on the retreat fee. The person will not participate in the workshops, but all the other things will be included: 5 nights of accommodation, breakfast & lunch and shows to watch

how to reserve my ticket?

Buy the deposit ticket for your room of choice, see above. You will receive an automatic confirmation message. Didn’t get the automatic confirmation message? Check your spam for shop@poiretreat.com

FAQ gorzonow

The easiest way to get there is by car or train. If you’re flying, the best is to fly to Wroclaw, from where a direct train goes all the way to Gorzanow! It takes taking a bus from the airport to the train station and then the train.

Also, we’ll help to organize ride shares, as there will probably be someone who can give you a ride! This all will be discussed in a WhatsApp group with all the attendants, and if you don’t have WhatsApp, by email.

Airports:
The nearest airport is Wrocław–Copernicus Airport, 85.3 km from Palace Gorzanow.

It’s also possible to fly to Prague (Czech Republic), which is about 2.5hrs away.

Flixbus is also going to Wrocław from many cities, like Berlin.

Prices start at only 230€ per person, for the full retreat! This is absolutely the cheapest event we hold, the idea is to offer an event that is accessible also to those who are on a budget, or come from poorer countries. As typically, our retreats cost between 500-800€.

The price of 250€ includes accommodation in a dorm, breakfast, lunch, workshops, and fuel for fire spinning. Dinners are available for an additional 10€ per meal.

You can also get a private room or share a room with some friends for an additional fee. See the accommodation section.

With every ticket, breakfast and lunch are included in the price! A delicious breakfast and vegetarian or non-vegetarian  lunch will be prepared every day of the retreat!

Dinners are optional for an additional 10€ p/p per day. If you don’t want to have a dinner package, you can also use one of the small kitchens available in the Palace to prepare your meal. There is a supermarket on about 5 min by foot. The Palace restaurant also provides various extra tasty things you can buy, and the bar opens in the evening, with cocktails, beers and the infamous Polish vodka, and other delicious liqueurs ;

For all rooms with only one double bed; you’ll need to know the other person 😉 Only for partners or friends

All other room options; 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 a matching room.

The Retreat fee has to be paid in two parts; a deposit, and the remaining fee.
The deposit is different for the different room options, payment by credit card.
The rest of the fee is due at the start of the retreat.

The deposit is non-refundable.

We will fully refund your deposit if government rules prevent you from traveling, so paying the deposit is quite risk-free! If Poland will go into lock-down, we will fully refund your deposit up to 2 weeks before the start of the retreat.

We’re super happy to say there are NO covid restrictions, in Poland at the time of writing (updated; may 2022)

You don’t even need a test if you enter Poland form inside the EU https://www.gov.pl/web/coronavirus/eu-member-states-schengen-area

For people from outside the EU, look here https://www.gov.pl/web/coronavirus/outside-the-european-union-schengen-area

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