Enter the Dojo
Experience the next level of awareness with Ivan Zoric and Daniel Sonic Rojas.
Spend 9D/8N days on the island of Koh Phangan, Thailand, with Movement Maestros Daniel *Sonic* Rojas and Ivan Zoric, taking your movement comprehension, capacity and integration the further bound.
31 Jan – 8 Feb 2020
Koh Phangan, Thailand
EARLY REGISTRATION DISCOUNT (150€) ENDS 20 NOV
WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU?
Are you curious to take your movement practice to the next level? Are you looking to go beyond linear and repetitive training techniques and introduce mobility, spirals and integrative forms of movement? Desiring a more intelligent, efficient and playful way to train? Are you ready to harness your innate body creativity to step into the world of movement improvisation, confidently? Then we invite you to Enter the Dojo…
From the micro to the macro, everything is movement, and if everything is movement, then life is about navigation. This human body is our means of navigating, expressing, playing and interacting with others. To make the best out of this experience we need to learn how to play this incredible instrument in which we live, and to live means to play. Play inspires and transcends the practitioner beyond any discipline. When play is done well it is called improvisation, and when improvisation is done well it is called art. Play is the unrestricted authentic self expression of an individual. The more we play the more self comes out. And when movement turns into playful improvisation, the practice has reached full maturity.
Enter the Dojo is a deep dive into the art of movement, approached creatively, holistically and functionally from an integrative perspective. We offer you a unique invitation to step into the immersive space, to expand your physical awareness, to dissolve the boundaries of movement and to play intelligently.
Join Daniel *Sonic* Rojas and Ivan Zoric, for a 9D/8N journey to bring your movement to maturity through daily practices, theory, training & play within an idyllic bay of Koh Phangan, Thailand.
Integrative techniques and modalities used in this training:
Bioenergetic movement flows
Martial arts-inspired contact improvisation
Partner movement work
Holistic & therapeutic mobility
Connective tissue rehabilitation
Exploring how to:
Build a mobile, resilient and strong physique for effortless and unrestricted motion
Use creative movement tools for self expression and improvisation
Create your own intelligent practice suited for your current capacity, skill and curiosity.
Within this intensive training, you will gain a better understanding of your physical faculties, as well as how to move, play and improvise, truly experiencing the world of intelligent, embodied & integrative movement. Each day will include 3 practices (Preparing, Exploring, Experiencing) as well as 1 theory session (Comprehending).
Friday 31 Jan: Opening Evening 5pm – 9pm
Saturday 1 Feb – Friday 7 Feb
Saturday 8 Feb: Final Practice and Closing (finish 12:30pm)
7:00am – 9:00am Preparing: In these sessions, we will prepare your body for the rest of the day by using slow and mindful methods to open, align, strengthen and bring mobility and flexibility into your physical and mental form.
10:30am – 12:30pm Exploring: With a prepared body, we can now enter the lab and play. In these sessions, we will experiment with, explore and discover the body’s mechanics and functionality through playful movement. Here you can find creativity of movement by allowing a curious mind to become part of your training and by discovering the freedom of your body’s natural movement.
3:30pm – 4:30pm Comprehending: These sessions are for comprehending the theory behind the movement concepts in order to develop a greater personal understanding, as well as the opportunity to assimilate what is relevant for your own personal practice. These sessions will include discussions, breakdown of information, stories and Q&A.
4:30pm – 6:30pm Experiencing: The day culminates in a Masterclass to experience the Teachers’ personal art form, taking everything to the next level of body awareness..
* This is an approximate schedule but may change depending on the group’s needs, energy and environment.
THE TRAINING SHALA
Get ready to train in one of the best-kept secrets of Koh Phangan Island, a spacious Shala nestled at the peak of a tropical jungle and facing the clear blue waters of the open sea. The Shala is found in Haad Tien Bay, hidden perfectly between Haad Yuan Bay and Haad Wai Nam Bay in the southeast of the island. The three bays are within walking distance of one another and offer an array of accommodations & restaurants. The Shala is situated up the hill from Beam Bungalows. Most of the training will take place in The Shala, but creative use of the beach and surrounding environment will also be incorporated.
We have reserved rooms for this training at Beam Bungalows, a short 5 min walk from The Shala. Beam is known for the best fresh coconuts in the area, as well as a range of room options and a great restaurant with sea view.
– Dormitory: The spacious shared room can accommodate up to 20 people. Beds include a double mattress, bedding, pillow and mosquito net. The showers and toilets are communal and located in the garden.
– Standard: Wooden bungalows with sea views that have a double bed, electric fan, en-suite bathroom (cold shower) and a simple porch with a hammock.
– Superior: the new superior bungalows have a double bed, electric fan, en-suite western style bathroom with hot water, a large porch and built-in closets.
There are many tasty and affordable eateries nearby the training shala, ranging from local cuisines (starting at 3 – 5€ per meal), to western style organic cafes and simple restaurants (prices ranging from 10 – 30€ per meal). Some of the more popular restaurants nearby include The Sanctuary (beachfront vegetarian), Bamboo (a great sunset spot with Thai & Western cuisine), Spice (barbecued seafood & meat) and Beam (tasty local Thai food).
HOW TO REACH US
Traveling by Plane
There is no direct plane landing on Koh Phangan. The easiest way to get from Bangkok to Koh Phangan is to fly from Bangkok to the neighboring island called Koh Samui. Bangkok Airways and Thai Airways are the only airlines that currently operate on this route.
Traveling by Ferry
If arriving to Koh Samui, then we recommend taking either the 11:15am or 13:30pm Lomprayah Ferry from Nathon Pier on Koh Samui to Thongsala Pier on Koh Phangan, Friday 31 Jan or earlier. We will provide pick up from Thongsala Pier at two designated times (depending on group’s arrival) and provide transport to Beam Bungalows. Ferry tickets can be purchased for 300 THB from Lomprayah.
Traveling by Train
This is a much cheaper alternate from flying. However, the journey can be quite rough and long. We only recommend traveling this way if you’re on a tight budget or really up for an adventure! Simply take a train from Bangkok to Surat Thani. On arrival at Surat Thani railway station, shuttle bus meets the train and takes you to the Don Sak ferry terminal. The bus is included if you’ve purchased the train+ferry fare. Ferries sail every hour from Don Sak to Koh Samui, crossing time 1.5 hours. Some ferries continue to Koh Phangan. You can buy the combined train+ferry tickets at Bangkok Hualamphong station reservations office, or online for a small handling fee. See more information about tickets here.
The fascination with body and Movement started from a very young age. Ivan’s first real obsession was water. As a child he could spend hours flowing with the element and eventually chose to take swimming to a professional level. Turning an art into a measurable capacity practice ultimately killed his love for it. He enjoyed the discipline but hated the competition which made him quit at age 21.
Looking for a supplement for swimming, he started to look into disciplines where capacity wasn’t the deciding factor for victory. In fact the more things he tried the more “winning” seemed negligible. If an art didn’t have an unpredictable playful expression he quickly lost interest. He was looking for game, resonance, playing for the sake of playing rather than trying to “get” there. This shift in perspective allowed him to dump mindless repetition training and instead go on a journey to find play. Ever since he started his own movement journey, researching and playing. Momentum is his attempt to breed out the raw, unrestricted human movement nature by focusing the practice on exploring and experimenting with the most primal, most expressive human movement arts.
DANIEL “SONIC” ROJAS has been dancing, moving and performing for more than 25 years, and is known around the world for his movement creativity and dance mastery. His rich experience includes several World, European and Scandinavian Championships in breakdance, touring for nearly 20 years with reputable, contemporary dance companies in Europe, performing in world acclaimed theatre productions, dancing for Queens, Kings and Presidents, and inspiring millions to move through his performances, competitions, workshops and life story. Combining his Latin roots and his experiential journey of many years as a dedicated movement practitioner, Daniel has created his own art form, Embodied Dance Movement (EDM). EDM is a multi-level movement methodology, grounded in mindfulness, that dissolves the boundaries between different movement cultures with the aim of giving individuals a unique way of expressing themselves, expanding body awareness, connecting to feeling and developing an intelligent self practice of conscious movement. The five core principles of EDM include mobility, alignment, strength, feeling and locomotive movement, explored through a variety of integrative movement art forms. Daniel shares EDM worldwide to all ages and levels, including at festivals, schools and dance academies, as well as continues to perform, compete and judge international events and to share private sessions and immersions.
WHAT DOES IT COST?
Basic: 950€, includes dormitory room
Standard: 1100€, includes standard room
Superior: 1250€, includes superior room
The Investment includes 4 daily practices, unlimited use of the training shala, your choice of accommodation (see below for more details), fruits and beverages and group transport from/to Thong Sala Pier. Not included in the fees are flights, ferries or meals. If participants would like to find separate or shared accommodation, please inquire, as we are happy to help.
A 300€ non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your place. The full investment is to be paid by 20 Jan 2020.
To register or inquire please send an email to