This Summer’s week-long Retreat on the beautiful island of Stromboli combines a full immersion in poi spinning with pristine nature and adventure expeditions. In addition to daily classes & play on a shaded, outdoor stage, we’ll trek up Europe’s most active volcano & discover the nearby Aeolian islands and sail our private catamaran around the beautiful volcanic island of Stromboli.
Stromboli is a small island in the Tyrrhenian Sea, off the north coast of Sicily, containing one of the three active volcanoes in Italy. The volcano has erupted many times and is constantly active with minor eruptions, often visible from many points on the island and from the surrounding sea, giving rise to the island’s nickname “Lighthouse of the Mediterranean”. The island’s population is between 400 and 850. Learn More…
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Daily classes will be dedicated to:
poi spinning techniques and tricks (the difficulty ranges from the basics up to advanced) – see “classes” below
- – body movement, footwork and basic dance techniques
- – acrobatics basics (barrel jumps, cartwheels, butterfly jump, aerials, and more)
- – rhythm practices & rhythm vs. circles
- – theatrical & dance improvisation games
- – creating choreographies, the rules of doing performances, working with the audience
Every day from 9am to 12am on shaded outdoor stage
Classes are ideal for both beginners and advanced. The body movement / dancing part of the every day’s workshop won’t be related to the poi spinning level. For the second part the students will be split into diverse groups according to their skills levels. To maximize the retreat’s influence on your skill, make sure you are familiar with the poi basics (including the basic terminology) such as: 3-beat weaves (forward & backwards, windmill, watermill, hip-reels & turns, butterfly (same-time, split-time), buzzsaw. And ideally you should be able to do anti-spin (which is essential for a lot of the poi techniques we will be practicing). If you can’t do some of the moves listed above, don’t worry! I’ll be there to teach you that.
During the poi classes we will be focusing on:
- – increasing our ability to learn fast by practicing coordination, hand independence
- – beautifying moves that you already can do (also individually)
- – explaining, discussing the theory and our understanding of object manipulation (that is similar in moving any prop)
- – anti-spin based moves (flowers, CAPs, wall plane & wheel plane hybrids and variations, 3D moves, cateyes)
- – pirouettes, tracers, negative space
- – under the legs, jumps
- – hyperloops (orbitals, learning to exit from orbital, infinite hyperloops, looped-turning and plane changes)
- – wraps (spiral wraps, body wraps)
- – stalls, transitions between all the moves
- – advanced butterfly variations
- – behind the back moves
- – triple poi and meteor basics (from one handed weaves to one handed anti-spin patterns)
Food is not included in the price. There is kitchen at our resort, so we will be cooking ourselves, or there is a option to have a chef that will cook for us. We’ll discuss the cooking-plan on the meeting the first day of the retreat. Moreover, there are many restaurants on the islands.
The accommodation which is provided as part of the retreat package is on a compound that includes several houses and apartments. All participants will be required to share a room with 2-3 people per room (we’ll place you with someone of the same sex, if need be). If requested, we can place you in a room with a friend or in a house with several friends (up to 4). No food is provided but there are kitchens. Alternatively, you may choose to find your own accommodation on the island.
Program Start & End Times
The 2016 Poi Retreat runs from 8pm on Sunday July 17th to ~11pm on Saturday July 23th.
The 2016 Staff Retreat runs from 8pm on Sunday July 24th to 11pm on Saturday July 30th.
Each afternoon will be a different activity. Here’s some of the most exciting ones:
Sailing the private catamaran to the tiny nearby island called Strombolicchio. This place is perfect for snorkeling and cliff jumping, and the best possible viewpoint on the whole island of Stromboli. After enjoying Strombolicchio we’ll sail on the other side of Stromboli, to the tiny village of Ginostra, and enjoy one of the most beautiful mediterranean sunsets. The most exciting part is, that we will sail along the famous “Sciarra del Fuoco” which is the side of the island where you can see the erruptions and sometimes even lava flowing down to the see. Erruptions are truly an impressive experience that can’t be seen anywhere else than on Stromboli.
We will take the high-speed Hydrofoil boat and visit the island “Volcano” which is one of the Aeolians, with an incredible crater releasing lots of steam, and an amazing viewpoint on the top of the vulcano, that allows you to see not just all the beautiful Aeolian islands all around you, but even the Europe’s highest and deadliest volcano Etna, with the amazing altitude of 3327m.
Of course part of our adventure will be climbing the vulcan of Stromboli under the professional guidance. You will see something you have never seen before.. Stromboli is the Europe’s most active vulcano with erruptions going on every 30-60min. We will observe it from a safe distance. Trekking shoes and all the necessary gear will be rented (rental costs are included in the retreat price). If you prefer to bring your own trekking shoes, please do so.
One of the retreat’s evenings we’ll organise a BBQ with fresh local fish.
Early Bird: Register before April 1st 2016:
600eu (week 1 – Poi only)
700eu (week 2 – Staff only)
1250eu (week 1 & 2 – Poi & Staff)
Register after April 1st:
650eu (week 1 – Poi only)
800eu (week 2 – Staff only)
1350eu (week 1 & 2 – Poi & Staff)
- 7 nights (poi or staff only) or 14 nights (poi & staff) of accommodation at a private resort
- 3-5 hours of workshop daily + time for individual questions
- Guided hike trip to the vulcano
- Trip on a private catamaran to the Strombolicchio (bring your own snorkel) and to Ginostra (other side of the island)
- Fuel for fire jams
1 or 2 weeks?
Did you know that Jen & Srikanta will be teaching a Fire Staff Retreat in the week preceding Vojta’s Fire Poi Retreat? Consider joining us for all 14 days and a full immersion in dance-based fire dance. More info on the Fire Staff Retreat here.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR APPLICATION*:
Please complete the Workshop Application Form.
After clicking on “submit”, you will be led to the retreat payment page where you may pay the 200eu deposit and complete your reservation.
If submitted correctly, we will send you a confirmation email within 72 hours.
*Please read the Fusion Arts Payment and Cancellation Policy for all applications.
Please contact us with any questions or for more information. You can also check out the poi retreat event on Vojta’s website and get in touch with him directly there.