EMBODIMENT RETREAT
Inner Cultivation Through Movement, Breath and Gravity
9 - 23 APRIL 2022
2 weEks
To reunite with nature, flow and movement
10 full days
Of transformative body-mind practices
2 facilitators
To lead you through a self-discovery journey
✓ The wisdom body - awaking the ancestral intelligence
✓ The transient body - moving like a river
✓ The sensitive body - rediscovering the sensorial world
✓ The truthful body - daring to be what you are
✓ The courageous body - welcoming the unwelcome
✓ The natural body - living by non-resistance
✓ The playful body - evolving skills gracefully
✓ The liquid body - reconnecting to our oceanic roots
✓ The dancing body - extrapolating creative powers
✓ The breathing body - a portal to self-knowledge
✓ The meaningful body - committing to higher purposes
✓ The intuitive body - aligning with your inner guide
✓ The enduring body - withstanding adversities
✓ The mysterious body - growing tolerance to the unknown
✓ The conscious body - cultivating infinite presence
RECOGNIZE YOURSELF THROUGH THE DIFFERENT BODIES:
The Retreat will take place in Bamboo Temple from the 9 - 23 April, at Praia de Algodões, on the Maraú Peninsula, a place of pure magic and stunning beauty. It is going to be 2 week-immersion what will be facilitated by Bruno Caverna & Marina Pereira. It is our commitment to hold a space for self-cultivation and provide a fertile ground for each of the participants to retrieve a sense of connectedness and wholeness within the self, from the core of our bodies. We are going to play and journey through an interplay of movement, breath and gravity, the foundational elements of the Embodiment Retreat. The process will be supported and nourished by principles and tools from the following practices: Play-Fight, Liquid-Body, Movement Research, Contemporary Dance, Contact-Improvisation, Martial and Healing arts, Somatics as well as a deep immersion into the Breathwork and Apnea. The classes will take place in the mornings and afternoons from Monday - Friday during 2 weeks. The weekends are off so participants may have free time to integrate the process at the same time getting the chance to explore the astounding nature and tropical surroundings. Evening activities are optional and will be decided as the process unfolds based on the group's needs and wishes.
THE PROGRAM
BRUNO CAVERNA
Bruno Caverna is a pioneer in developing authentic multidisciplinary body-mind practices sustained by an embodied movement philosophy drawn from over 35 years of studying and immersing in various of disciplines such as Capoeira, Acrobatics, Contemporary Dance, Contact-improvisation, Taiji, Russian Systema, Watsu, Breathwork and Freediving. Still in 2012 Bruno created Play-Fight and Liquid-Body practices and in 2016 changed the focus of his professional perspective by founding Formless Arts. Since then Bruno has been organizing his own events, teaching training courses under the philosophy of Formless Arts which currently has a team of 10 people based in 6 countries. Bruno assiduously trains Systema, a Russian martial art, with his master Alexander Solovev. The meeting with Mr. Solovev has been revolutionary in deepening the inner and subtle arts. Bruno is also a Watsu practitioner and a freediver. Lately Bruno has been dedicating himself to the respiratory universe, becoming an instructor of the Buteyko breathing methods and the Oxygen Advantage, the decisive step towards the newest chapter.
TEAM
MARINA PEREIRA
Dancer, choreographer and teacher in the field of Contemporary Dance and of the movement philosophy of "Formless Arts". Play-Fight Practice Facilitator.

From 1999 to the present day, she has been exploring her body and mind through the practical process of diverse languages of movement and artistic expressions. She lived experiences in contemporary and classical dance, basketball, gymnastics, jazz dance, folk dance, tap dance, street dance (house, hip-hop, waacking, vogue), Play-Fight Practice, the ancient Russian martial art Systema, Liquid Body Practice, acting as well as freediving.

She graduated from "Herzen Russian State Pedagogical University", the Institute of Music, Theater and Choreography, where she worked in depth to develop her abilities as a choreographer and performer.
Bruno Caverna is the founder of Formless Arts, a multidisciplinary platform with an educational and cultural nature, and is the creator of the Play-Fight and Liquid-Body practices that approach the mind-body relationship from an innovative perspective.
Since 1987 Caverna has been integrating in his life trajectory, personal and professional, knowledge of several disciplines starting with Capoeira, passing through Acrobatics, Contemporary Dance, Contact-improvisation, Chi-Kung, Russian Martial Arts and Freediving. As a young man Bruno began teaching capoeira in 1995 as a social project in partnership with Luiz Lopez at the Philippe Pinel psychiatric hospital in Rio de Janeiro. The highly challenging project induced Bruno and Luiz to a process of deconstructing the most conventional pedagogical methods of capoeira at the time, under a pressure to integrate and communicate through some body language to a mentally committed audience. From this urge to go beyond normality, his self-taught character and the realization that his life trajectory would be unusual is born.

After failed attempts to pursue an academic path, Bruno dropped out of 3 university courses to devote himself to his highest life purpose. In 2000 Caverna decides to follow an inner call and detaches from all his social commitments to explore the world in a nomadic style. As each new experience and opportunity unfolds only after 20 years, due to the pandemic crisis, Bruno decides to return to his homeland with his partner Marina Sekacheva, with whom he has been collaborating since 2015.

In these last 20 years of a ceaseless flow, Bruno has established his base in parts of the world: Amsterdam, Oslo, Berlin, Athens, Zurich, Brussels, Moscow and St. Petersburg. Bruno has been invited to give workshops at schools, festivals and recognized dance companies in over 35 countries communicating in 6 languages. As a teacher Bruno taught for the Impulstanz Festival, Ultima Vez-Wim Vandekeybus, Deltebre Festival, Kalamata International Dance Festival; Codarts Rotterdam, Circus School of Chalons en Champagne in France, just to mention a few. He has also participated in social projects such as the Oslo Penitentiary, the Norwegian Refugee Camp, the Psychiatric Clinic for Young People and People with Physical Disabilities in Belgium; and at an immigrant school in The Hague. As a choreographer he was invited to do choreographic research for the Norwegian National Ballet; he has choreographed for the Istanbul MDTist-Opera and the Oslo Dance Conservatory, and has been a guest choreographer for the contemporary children's dance company De Stilte in the Netherlands. Bruno was invited to be the artistic resident at the University of Stavanger in Norway in 2012.

Still in 2012 Bruno created Play-Fight and Liquid-Body practices and in 2016 changed the focus of his professional perspective by founding Formless Arts. Since then Bruno has been organizing his own events, teaching training courses under the philosophy of Formless Arts which currently has a team of 10 people based in 6 countries. Bruno assiduously trains Systema, a Russian martial art, with his master Alexander Solovev. The meeting with Mr. Solovev has been revolutionary in deepening the inner and subtle arts. Bruno is also a Watsu practitioner and a freediver. Lately Bruno has been dedicating himself to the respiratory universe, becoming an instructor of the Buteyko breathing methods and the Oxygen Advantage, the decisive step towards the newest chapter: Pulmonautas.
Marina Pereira - dancer, choreographer and teacher in the field of Contemporary Dance and of the movement philosophy of "Formless Arts". Play-Fight Practice Facilitator.
From 1999 to the present day, she has been exploring her body and mind through the practical process of diverse languages of movement and artistic expressions. She lived experiences in contemporary and classical dance, basketball, gymnastics, jazz dance, folk dance, yoga, tap dance, street dance (house, hip-hop, waacking, vogue), Play-Fight Practice, the ancient Russian martial art Systema, Liquid Body Practice, acting as well as freediving.

She graduated from "Herzen Russian State Pedagogical University", the Institute of Music, Theater and Choreography, where she worked in depth to develop her abilities as a choreographer and performer.

Since 2016 Marina has immersed herself in the Play-Fight and Liquid Body practices. She began to actively study outside of Russia, which dramatically influenced her perception of the body and sense of herself in the world. The core of her teaching and research has become more focused on the principles of relaxation, falling and the force of gravity. Sensitivity to resistance and tension in the body became more present in the approach to practice and significantly altered the state and effect of the body-mind relationship.

Gradually, after several years of assisting Bruno Caverna (founder of the FA philosophy) at various festivals and camps around the world, she acquired the role of a senior member of the Formless Arts team, where she develops and supervises photo and video projects, as well as graphic design and website creation.

Marina currently lives in Brazil and she is developing her own online and offline improvisation development program called "Dissolution".
PRACTICES and TOOLS
PLAY-FIGHT PRACTICE
  • Recognizing dysfunctional moving patterns
  • Mapping the inner landscapes of physical blockages
  • Embodying principles of effortlessness
  • Pursuit of mental relaxation by confronting discomfortable zones
  • Releasing internal blockages and recycling stored resistances into forms of power ad personal strength
  • Primal fear of falling as a coping mechanisms and its multi-dimensionality implications
  • The cultivation of non-resistance as a doorway to enter into the flow state

  • Read more: play-fight.com/about
LIQUID BODY PRACTICE
  • Gain of physical and mental freedom
  • Reduction of stress and anxiety
  • Fullness of human biomechanics
  • Improvement of mobility
  • Joint wear reduction and injury preventio
  • Increase of self-awareness
  • Wellness restoration
MOVEMENT RESEARCH AND DANCE
    The main focus of the practice is the study of the physical, mental and creative abilities of the body and its potential to extrapolate everyday movement. As part of the process, we will observe and dive inside our own body language and movement patterns.

  • Development of creativity through improvisation tasks
  • Technical skills with a focus on safe movement.
  • Interaction with space and time
  • Florwork and dance with objects
    • Attention Games and Intuitive Intelligence
    • Falling dynamics and the relationship with gravity
    • Following the direction of the momentum
    • State of resistance and state of relaxation
    • Connections of isolation and integrity
    • A moving dialogue between space and object
    • Partnering
    BREATHWORK
    • Regulate the nervous system
    • Improve lungs capacity
    • Anxiety management
    • Higher oxygenation in the bloodstream
    • Growing CO2 tolerance
    We will approach Breathwork from various angles but mainly inspired by the Buteyko Method and Freediving knowledge. A good part of the work will be focused on dry apnea, breath retention, in order to learn about our breathlessness capacity and endurance. The whole idea is expand our breathlessness limits by bringing a deep sense of relaxation , as opposed to entering into a state of inner fighting.
    ACCOMMODATION
    ● Camping
    ● Sleeping on the bamboo temple which can be adapted as a dormitory during the nights.
    ● One private room
    We provide 3 planted-based meals per day, except on Sundays when participants will have freedom to explore the local cuisine around the area. At request for an extra fee we may offer fish and seafood as well.
    Meals
    The Bamboo Temple is located in the Algodões Beach, Península de Maraú, Bahia Brazil. The nearest airport is in Ilheus, about 2 hours driving distance.

    Pandemic Dynamics:

    We are sensitive to the unfolding of the tricky situation. Even though we don't require participants to be vaccinated, the Brazilian authorities have recently passed a regulation that imposes that anyone entering the country must have a complete cycle of vaccination plus a PCR test made a couple of days prior to the flight. We will look after the integrity of the individuals and the group once we are all gathered here during the entire process. We are committed to provide as best assistance and care as we can for any type of occurrence throughout the event. We encourage, though, that foreigners should arrive with health insurance for the period of their stay in Brazil.

    DESTINATION
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    Camping
    710 € - EARLY BIRD
    780 € - REGULAR FEE
    • Camping spot
    • Shared bathroom
    • Transfer fro-to Ilheus airport
    • 10 days of activities
    • Dinner on the arrival day
    • 3 meals from Monday - Saturday
    • Breakfast on Sundays and on the departure day
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    Dormitory
    780 € - EARLY BIRD
    830 € - REGULAR FEE

    • Sleeping place in the training hall
    • Shared bathroom
    • Transfer fro-to Ilheus airport
    • 10 days of activities
    • Dinner on arrival day
    • 3 meals from Monday - Saturday
    • Breakfast on Sundays and on the departure day
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    Private room
    850 € - EARLY BIRD
    920 € - REGULAR FEE
    • Small house close to the studio
    • Shared bathroom
    • Transfer fro-to Ilheus airport
    • 10 days of activities
    • Dinner on arrival day
    • 3 meals from Monday - Saturday
    • Breakfast on Sundays and on the departure day
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