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Contact Improvisation & Tantra
One-Year Training 2014 in Freiburg
with Benno Enderlein & Sabine Sonnenschein


We decided to open our one-year training for a few more people, who would like to join it in May 2014. For people, who already know our teaching well, it's possible to join the training just for single weekends.
If you are deeply interested in the fusion of CI and tantra and already have experience in contact improvisation and meditation or tantra , you are welcome to contact us. In a talk we find out, whether it would fit for you and us that you join our group of the one-year training. We are looking forward to more people , who are ready to meet themselves , their innerness, the others and the space in dance.

March, 14th -16th, 2014: Engaging and Setting Boundaries, Loving Yourself
May, 16th -18th, 2014: Affection/Aversion, Attraction
September, 26th -28th, 2014: Qualities of touch
November, 21th -23th, 2014: Being one, Presence

Fri: 7 - 9:30 p.m.
Sat: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. / 3 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Sun: 10 a.m.- 1 p.m., 2:30 - 5 p.m


Contact improvisation and Tantra let us experience the higher self, connection to the universe, the world, the others and immediate authenticity in encounters. This training enriches your love life and living in relationships.
Teachings include tantric meditation, kundalini yoga sadhana, contact improvisation technique and skills from a tantric point of view, elements of body work, and massage.

We focus on human encounter in dance. Tantric approaches to the world allow us to experience classical basics of CI techniques (dealing and playing with gravity, effect and use of weight, rolling point) in a new way. The emotional, spiritual, and sensual aspects of dance become as important as the physical aspect. In this way, we gain a new perspective on the familiar language of contact improvisation. In meditation, we learn how to deal with inner energies and inwardness. We feel and explore qualities of touching and being touched as a key to a new experience of contact. We learn tools of dance technique that support an Us in the dance. Beyond the question of how I lift, roll, and fly, being present and in the moment are more relevant for us.
Dancing thereby becomes a deep human experience and spiritual practice. In this, we will explore, what it means to be aware of yourself and to be with others. We will experience what it is like to listen to and sense yourself and the others at the same time. How do closeness and distance arise, not only externally but, mainly, internally?
What thoughts, affinities and aversions come up in my dance and how do they influence my dance? What do I expect from my dance partner, consciously or unconsciously? What happens when I instrumentalise the others and use them to feel myself? What kind of experience takes place when I do not want anything from my dance partner, and my dance partner does not want anything from me? Can my dance evolve freely and dynamically without intention, concept, or aim?
Am I able to say very clearly yes or no to a quality of touch or a dance?
Basic themes are dealing respectfully with myself and displaying responsibility and empathy in dealing with others. I am invited to become aware of my personal boundaries, limits, and taboos and to look at them affectionately. I can preserve them, experiment with them, or outgrow them.

For participation, some experience in a holistic, physical training is required, for example, Tantra, CI, or dance, dance improvisation, Yoga, Tai Chi, martial arts, etc.
We offer a postgraduate training, designed especially for people working in the field of education, therapy, art or other creative professions.

The training is held in German and English!


€ 760.- if registered until February, 28th, 2014, after that € 880.- for four weekends

For just the first workshop you pay € 200,-, if registered until February, 28th, 2014. From 1rst March on it's 230,.- for the first workshop.

LOCATION: THE MOVE in Freiburg in Breisgau in Germany

INFORMATION: Sabine Sonnenschein
T.: 0043-650-3197237
REGISTRATION: Benno Enderlein: bennoenderlein(at)
Latest possibility to join the One-Year Training is the second weekend of the training.

Cancellation is possible till March 23rd, 2014 paying just for the first weekend (€ 190,- if you registered as early bird, or € 220,-, if you registered after February 28th). If you cancel after March 23rd, you pay for the whole One-Year Training.


What is contact improvisation?

What is tantra?


Benno Enderlein (D)

studied at the "European Dance Development Center" of Arnhem University (NL) from 1989 to 1993.
Focuses of his work as a dance teacher are Contact Improvisation, Body-Mind Centering, Release Techniques and choreography.
Important influences came from Nancy Stark Smith, Steve Paxton, Bob Rease, Mark Tomkins, Deborah Hay and others. Since 1991 he is teaching New Dance and bodywork, especially Contact Improvisation, and is a dance performer.
He has been Shiatsu practitioner since 1991 and and certified Shiatsu therapist GSD (Gesellschaft für Shiatsu Deutschland) since 1997.
Since 1999 he has been practising awareness training and meditation techniques intensely, especially in the Advaita tradition.
For ten years he's been organising dance events and is co-founder and organizer of the international Contact Festival in Freiburg.


Sabine Sonnenschein

(1970, AT) has been choreographer and performer since 1992 and has had a tantric approach to life since 2004. She lives and teaches a fusion of tantric perspective on the world and dance as a practice of life. She studied Contemporary Dance, theatre science, philosophy and history of art. Her performances have been shown in Europe and NYC, .
She has been involved with sensitizing the body since 1990, and Contact Improvisation since 1991. She has training in tantric full body massage (AnandaWave/Cologne) and also Lomi Lomi Nui. She was introduced to Yin Yang Massage by Andro, has studied Pelvic Massage by K. Ruby; she has been introduced to Kashmir Tantrism and Kashmir Yoga of Touch by Daniel Odier. She studied "Vijnana Bhairava Tantra" with Dr. Bettina Bäumer. In Vienna she has practiced Tantric Bodywork since 2006, primarily individual work. She gives workshops focusing on the fusion of Tantra and Contact Improvisation. Teacher at ImpulsTanz Vienna and at Schwelle 7 in Berlin. Sabine Sonnenschein has been cooperating with Günter Touschek since 2010. They organize Dance & Tantra New Year in Vienna.

  Photos above: (c) (c) Lars Ebert, Benno Enderlein, Robert John Peres