Once Upon A Time 2023

‘The wild joys of living
The leaping from rock to rock…
The cool silver shock of the plunge in a pool’s living waters’.

These words of the poet Robert Browning are full of innocence, joy and surprise, full of life

As experienced movement teachers there was a time when we fell for the dance, for movement, for the community and family units we entered and created together. For the sheer joy  and surprise of it…the wild delicious surprise of how good it felt even when it was rough…Before becoming a teacher, facilitator, holder of space for others.

These five days together in the beautiful surroundings of Masia Cal Pau Cruset (near Barcelona) is an invitation and opportunity to simply dance together in the company of teachers with over 5 years of experience working in the field of conscious dance. The format is simple, we dance in the morning and the afternoon. Up and down, in an open circle, free form -  whatever the person who is offering the music wants to set up. And also an opportunity to spend time together off the dance floor, talk, sleep, eat, laugh, cry, walk, read.

Sietske and Cathy will hold the first day of offering music with perhaps a light invitation or theme and off we will go. From then on everyone who turns up can put their name in a bowl to offer music for one of the sessions, so we get a smorgasbord of talent and taste to move to and with.

Once upon a time…come and join us!

Cathy Ryan and Sietske Venema


Monday 28th August 2023 - Friday 1st September 2023

Monday arriving at 2.00 P.M. - Friday leaving after lunch.

Masia Cal Pau Cruset
, Barri Mas Bertran
08737 Torrelles de Foix,  Barcelona - Spain

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€ 488, - for a shared room (2 or 3 or 4 persons per room). We pay the VAT. So when you have a VAT number you give it in the subscription.
Cost is including:  accommodation, meals are vegetarian and 10% fee for the Administrator.

A few single rooms are available at an additional cost (around 100 euros), and depending on the number of participants. You can indicate your preference on the registration form in the field: message. You will receive information if it is possible and about the exact costs.

There is a possibility for transport from Barcelona Airport to the venue. Cost appr € 50,-- total (to and from).

This first time is an experiment and if it works, we can rotate who takes on the coordination and wants to be organizer of the event; each time for the same financial NON-PROFIT setup. After the organiser (Jaap) gets 10%  for organising venue/bus/monies/bookings/emails etc. any remaining monies after accommodation/food and rental will be given to a charity or organisation chosen during our time together.  Sietske and Cathy are paying the same as everyone else.