June 11-16, italy 2022
Vojta STOLBENKO &
RONAN MCLOUGHLIN

>>> SOLD OUT !!! <<<

UPGRADE YOUR POI LEVEL, AND HAVE AN INCREDIBLE TIME TOGETHER WITH OTHER SPINOHOLICS ON THE MAGICAL ISLAND OF STROMBOLI!

Learn the signature moves of the legendary Ronan McLoughlin himself! The incredible invention of “contact poi” is attributed to this man. As seen on YouTube with his famous “Learning to learn” TED Talk.
And did you know that Mr. Ronan is also a Tai Chi guru? Well, now you do, but even better, you can also follow his lessons every morning to be grounded, and quiet your mind before it will get totally scrambled up again in the intensive Poi Boot-Camp.

With the classes of Mr. Poi Prof Stolbenko, you will go on a quest to find your Inner Ninja. You will learn how to get into the flow, so you can express yourself freely through movement with poi. Only by truly understanding the mechanics of poi, you can have the freedom to improvise…

And to prevent you from only laying on the beach and eating the real Italian Pizza and Artisanal Gelato for the rest of the time, we’ll also throw in some mediocre activities like; climbing one of the world’s most active volcano and having a tour around the island on our private boat.

Beware, this Poi Boot-Camp is only suited for people that really enjoy spinning things on strings! It does not matter if you just took the first step on the journey to finding your inner Ninja, or if you are a black belt, and belong to the antiques of the high poi society.

poi boot-camp
On an active Volcano

How it all started…
Not such a long time ago, in a land you probably know, there was a boy, that wanted to do nothing else than spin things all day long. He loved it so much, that he practiced all the time because he wanted to learn everything there is to know about this mysterious object called Poi.
One day he decided to make a video, and that’s when something incredible happened… He got over 1 million views on YouTube with his video “The future is Now” which is now the world’s most viewed poi video! He started traveling the world, and making more videos on beautiful places in nature, spinning his poi.
That’s when he decided one day to climb a real, active volcano for the first time in his life. He was totally overwhelmed by this mystical experience. The sight of the bubbling magma, the fiery explosions that made the ground vibrate and the smoke everywhere made it into an otherworldly experience… From that day on, he climbed many more active volcanoes around the world from Iceland to Africa.

That’s how it all got started, and now we invite you to have this extraordinary experience together. Come, to learn about the mysterious object called Poi and we’ll climb Stromboli together so you can see the enchanting magma flow with your own eyes…

become
a poi ninja

 – Pump your Poi skills with 3 hours of lessons per day
– time for individual questions & trick requests
– Get the recap videos of everything covered in the Boot-Camp

amazing Adventures

– Climb the volcano Stromboli to see the extraordinary magma flow with your own eyes…
– We’ll have our private boat(s) to make a tour around the island and see the Sciarra del Fuoco

Time to
relax…

– Comfortable apartments with terrace and wonderful sea view
– Get a nice tan on the beach
and go for a swim
– Tai chi and yoga lessons every morning to ground, and de-stress

book now, before the early bird ends…

a day in the poi boot-camp

TAI CHI OR YOGA from 8:15 am to 9 am

Do you feel like easily starting the day? You have the choice to join tai chi- or yoga classes every morning.
TAICHI WITH RÓNAN
Recalibrate your system and reintegrate mind, body, and energy to function at your full capacity. Join Ronan for Taichi and Qigong moving meditation every morning. Feel. Align. Release. Flow.
YOGA PRACTICE
Gently wake up your body, align your body and mind by breathing consciously, and stretch.
The classes will be slow-pace and suited for every level, no prior experience is needed. Yoga mats will be provided!
BREAKFAST 9 am 

POI CLASSES from 10 am to 1 pm
Classes are suited for both beginners and advanced spinners.
We won’t only focus on tricks, so even if you aren’t familiar with some poi moves yet, you will still benefit from the body movement workshops, and you will be taught the moves you miss. For intermediate to advanced spinners; for every exercise we do, you will get a more advanced version that suits your personal level.
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).

LUNCH 1 pm A delicious warm meal will be prepared, you also have the option to arrange your own food

afternoon Activities

BOAT TRIP AROUND THE ISLAND

We’ll have our own private boat(s) to see this pretty island all the way around! This is only possible by boat, as we wouldn’t recommend hiking ‘Sciarra del Fuoco’ the ‘wall of fire’, where the lava flows down into the sea…

We’ll go to the other side of the island, to the small and picturesque town of Ginostra. This is the perfect spot to watch the sun sink into the sea, while we’ll enjoy some spinning, delicious Italian antipasti, and real Strombolian wine. When the night falls, we’ll light some fire for a spin jam, and take our boat(s) back under the full moon.

GUIDED HIKE TO CLIMB STROMBOLI

Of course we want to see the lavaaa! To get as close-by as possible, we’ll have our tour-guide Renzo, who can guide us safely to climb one of the most active volcano’s of Europe. He was born on this magical island, and he is a tour-guide since years now, so there are many interesting facts and stories to hear… And on top of that, he’s also awesome with contact staff and poi! If we’re lucky, he might join us for a fire jam, and show some of his authentical Strombolian flow!

Stromboli has been quite active since a very big eruption, around one month after our 2019 retreat. There’s much more magma flow nowadays, at our 2021 retreat we saw it flowing till in the sea! When there’s much activity, we can’t go up as high as we could before. But it’s also less necessary, because there’s already a lot of pretty magma to see when climbing not even half up the mountain. It’s always a surprise, will the fire gods show us some lavaaa? But to us, it never gets old, and it’s always a special, almost outer-wordly experience to see this phenomenon of nature giving a fire-show…

afternoon flow workshops

LONG STAFF, DOUBLE STAFF, ROPE DART & LEVI STICK

For those who are interested in also learning other props, there will be multiple mini-workshops of 45 min during the afternoon. When we won’t be out, hiking up Stromboli, or having our private boat(s) to tour the volcanic island, we’ll be on the beach, or in our training space Parco Parco, to learn some more props!

You can choose to follow any number of the mini-workshops. It’s required that you bring your own props, as we won’t guarantee that we’ll have extra ones to borrow (It might be the case that there will be some spare props around, if you’re lucky and you don’t have the prop. But to be sure, please bring your own props to follow the mini-workshops)

The daily poi classes

During the poi classes we will be focussing on:

– increasing our ability to learn fast by practicing coordination and hand independence
– beautifying moves that you already can do (also individually)
– incorporating our body into the motion
– transitions, explaining different poi concepts and branches of contemporary poi
– anti-spin based tech moves
– manipulations
– pirouettes, tracers, isolations
– contact poi (the innovator of contact poi will teach you contact poi – isn’t that awesome?
– tosses
– under the legs, jumps
– hyperloops
– wraps (spiral wraps, body wraps)
– stalls, transitions between all the moves
– advanced butterfly variations
– behind the back patterns
– 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 the groups preferences
about the poi instructors
RONAN MCLOUGHLIN

Rónan is a world renowned fire and object manipulation artist from Ireland. Best known for his innovative style of poi spinning and being the originator of contact poi, Ronan has been teaching and performing around the world for almost 20 years!

 

Taking inspiration from other juggling and object manipulation arts, as well as movement and mind/body awareness disciplines such as Taichi and meditation alongside illusion-based dance, he has developed a unique style of movement and performance.

As Ronan explored these skills more deeply, he became fascinated with how we learn and how to learn more efficiently. Over the past years he has shared the ideas, experiences and techniques on learning that he has acquired through this process. He has spent over 15 years teaching and facilitating Poi and Learning-to-Learn workshops around the world and has given a TEDx talk on these topics.

Seeing the positive effects of these arts on all ages has inspired Ronan to continue to explore these arts and to share these amazing tools, techniques and skills far and wide.

Check out Ronans  website and social profiles to learn more about this amazing Artist. Just click on the icons below.

about the poi instructors
Vojta stolbenko

Mr. Poi Prof Stolbenko is a Czech poioneer 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. 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.

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you will all get!

Poi boot-camp

-3 hours of poi workshops per day
-time for individual questions
-get all the video recaps from the workshops, to practice at home
-tai chi or yoga classes every morning

cosy apartments

-choose your room, based on your preferences
-all apartments have an own bathroom and kitchen
-all apartments are built in authentic Italian style

the real Italian food

-breakfast, and a delicious warm lunch are optional to include every day
-every apartment has a kitchen, and there are also plenty of restaurants and supermarkets

awesome activities

-We’ll climb Stromboli, with our own tour-guide Renzo
-We’ll have a private boat to take a tour
-Fire spinning on the beach, fuel will be provided

stromboli room choice

THE PRICES BELOW ARE FOR THE FULL RETREAT;
INCLUDING WORKSHOPS, TRIPS, AND YOUR ROOM OF CHOICE
The Lunch 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.

PREMIUM SHARING
  • Bedroom: 2 – 4 persons
  • Apartment: 6 persons
  • Multiple bedrooms
  • Shared bathroom with 6 p
  • Shared kitchen with 6 p
  • Single beds available

Premium sharing, price per person: 590 euro
Early Bird price; book before 11/04/22 and get a discount of 25 euros!
Lazy Bird prices after 30/05 are +75 euro
This apartment is mixed gender

ONLY 1 MORE BED AVAILABLE! SOLD OUT

APARTMENT 4P
  • Bedroom: 2-4  persons
  • Apartment: 4 persons
  • Shared bathroom with 4 p
  • Shared kitchen with 4 p
  • Double and single beds available

Stay in an apartment with 3 other people, price per person: 650 euro
Early Bird price; book before 11/04/22 and get a discount of 25 euros!
Lazy Bird prices after 30/05 are +75 euro

1 MORE BED AVAILABLE! SOLD OUT!

TWIN APARTMENT
  • Bedroom: 2  persons
  • Apartment: 2  persons
  • One bedroom
  • En-suite bathroom
  • With own kitchen
  • Double and single beds available

Stay in an apartment with one other person, price per person: 720 euro
Early Bird price; book before 11/04/22 and get a discount of 25 euros!
Lazy Bird prices after 30/05 are +75 euro
Give your gender preference to share with other attendants.

1 MORE BED AVAILABLE! SOLD OUT !

PRIVATE BEDROOM
  • Bedroom: private
  • Apartment: 4 – 6 persons
  • Closed, private bedroom
  • Double bed
  • Shared bathroom with 4-6 p
  • Shared kitchen with 4-6 p

Have your private bedroom, price per person: 750 euro
Early Bird price; book before 11/04/22 and get a discount of 25 euros!
Lazy Bird prices after 30/05 are +75 euro

ONLY 1 BED AVAILABLE!  SOLD OUT!

CASA PEPE
  • Bedroom: private
  • Bathroom: private
  • One bedroom
  • With private en-suite bathroom
  • Private terrace
  • Private kitchen

Have your private apartment, price per person: 900 euro

Lovely apartment in Aeolian villa surrounded by a large garden, with volcano view. It can accommodate one person, or a couple. It consists of a bedroom with bathroom and a kitchen and living room. This apartment is only a one-minute walk away from all the other apartments at Salvo.

This apartment is only available to book before 11/05/22

ONLY ONE AVAILABLE!  SOLD OUT

CASA ARNICO
  • Bedroom: private
  • Bathroom: private
  • One bedroom
  • With private en-suite bathroom
  • Private terrace
  • Private kitchen

Have your private apartment, price per person: 975 euro

Lovely apartment in Aeolian villa surrounded by a large garden, with volcano view. It can accommodate one person, or a couple. It consists of a kitchen-room, a bathroom and a spacious double bedroom. A panoramic terrace with sea view and a large garden. This apartment is only a one-minute walk away from all the other apartments at Salvo.

ONLY ONE 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
– 3 hrs of poi workshops per day
– taichi or yoga classes every day
– fuel for fire jams
guided hike on the volcano of Stromboli
– boat trip with our private boat
Optional:
– Lunch Package: 108 euro for 6 lunches

Not sure if you should book the lunch package? We recommend that you do, as we have fantastic chefs (for those who know, they are Renzo and Salvo) who will be cooking amazing meals using the resources from their own garden! You won’t save money if you eat in a restaurant. We just give the option to book the retreat without the meal plan to those who prefer to cook lunch on their own, to be able to save a bit on food costs. But, when you come home after all the workshops, you will appreciate the warm meal waiting for you at the table! as well as the breakfast straight after your yoga or taichi morning class.

 

COME TOGETHER!

Come with a friend, and you’ll both get a 10% discount on the retreat price!
The friend’s discount only applies if 2 or more persons register together for the full retreat, including the workshops. The friend’s discount doesn’t apply to private bedrooms or apartments. (It doesn’t apply to the Early Bird discount)

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 workshops, but all the other things will be included: 5 nights of accommodation, guided hike to the top of Stromboli and the boat trip with our private boat. (The friend’s discount doesn’t apply here, so the person who does participate in the workshops, pays the normal fee)

how to reserve my ticket?

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

details & FAQ stromboli

The retreat is from 11/06 to 16/06/2022
The retreat dates are set to match the Napoli – Stromboli ferry schedule. The boat only goes 2x a week and it is the cheapest way to get to Stromboli. The one we recommend leaves Napoli at 8pm on Friday  the 10th of June and arrives at Stromboli at 6am on Saturday the 11th. To go back you can take the boat leaving at 10 pm Thursday the 16th of June, arriving at Napoli at 8am the next day, the 17th of June.
Click here to see more detailed info about how to get to Stromboli

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 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 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 (such as those on Playpoi.com – those are great!)

Prices start at 565 euro per person, for the full retreat. Accommodation, trips, and workshops are all included in the prices below. The difference in price is the room sharing option and the lunch package.

See all different room option at the rooms page;
Get your ticket now, before we’re fully booked!

Not sure if you should book the lunch package? We recommend that you do, as we have fantastic chefs (for those who know, they are Renzo and Salvo) who will be cooking amazing meals using the resources from their own garden! You won’t save money if you eat in a restaurant. We just give the option to book the retreat without the meal plan to those who prefer to cook lunch on their own, to be able to save a bit on food costs. But, when you come home after all the workshops, you will appreciate the warm meal waiting for you at the table! as well as the breakfast straight after your yoga or taichi morning class.

With the standard ticket, there is no food included. We offer the option to include a lunch package, and breakfast for an extra fee.
There are dozens of restaurants as well as markets and food stores on the island. Every apartment has an own kitchen you can use to prepare meals (except the private apartments don’t have an own kitchen)
BREAKFAST : there will be breakfast options available, just order what you want, every day. There’s no need to reserve in front.

LUNCH PACKAGE : a delicious warm lunch buffet will be prepared and ready for us every day. The cost of the lunch is 18 euros per day, the package is 108 euros for the retreat, which includes 6 lunches. There are meat and vegetarian options.

Not sure if you should book the lunch package? We recommend that you do, as we have fantastic chefs (for those who know, they are Renzo and Salvo) who will be cooking amazing meals using the resources from their own garden! You won’t save money if you eat in a restaurant. We just give the option to book the retreat without the meal plan to those who prefer to cook lunch on their own, to be able to save a bit on food costs. But, when you come home after all the workshops, you will appreciate the warm meal waiting for you at the table! as well as the breakfast straight after your yoga or taichi morning class.

Share a bedroom with more people, and you’ll pay less!

  • TWIN: this is one bedroom with two sleeping places. This can be one double bed, or two single beds. Ideal for partners, two friends or attendants that want to share a room.
  • SHARED: Premium sharing or Apartment 4 p  You can choose a single bed, and for partners there are double bed options.
  • PRIVATE: this means you’ll have a private bedroom, or private apartment

There are different options for room sharing;

  • Share with partner or friends – You can give us your preferences, and we’ll try to put you in a room with the people you want. Twin rooms are ideal for partners.
  • Share with other attendants – 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. You can give us your preferences if you want to share a bedroom with the same- or another gender. Share a room for a lower price, and get to know other attendants! Room sharing options are of course depending on how many other attendants are wanting to share the same type of room, but most of the time we can make a match.

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. You can give us your preferences on which room type, and if you want to share a bedroom with the same- or another gender. Share a room to get a lower price, and get to know other attendants! Room sharing options are of course depending on how many other attendants are wanting to share the same type of room.

The Retreat fee has to be paid in two parts; a deposit, and the remaining fee.
The deposit is 200,- euro per person and has to be paid by credit card. For private apartments, the deposit is different per apartment.
The rest of the fee is due at the start of the retreat, in cash or by card.

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 your home-country or Italy will go into lock-down again, we will fully refund your deposit up to 2 weeks before the start of the retreat. This doesn’t apply to deposits for private apartments.

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