Contact Improvisation & Tantra
Workshop with Sabine Sonnenschein (AT)
with elements from Kashmiri tantric massage (as taught by Daniel Odier)
For beginners and people with some experience in CI

September 20th-22th, 2019
La Grange /  Association AgriCulturelle  3, Les Granges, Lamothe Landerron, Gironde, 33190 FRANCE


Our body and psyche are always true, they never cheat us. We learn to listen to them, to find our inner truth. Forget your concept of self and what you are: Trust the moment and your body.
In this workshop we create energy in our bodies on our own as well as by influencing each other. We can create energy by breathing, by shaking and rocking, by vibration and through touch. Each dance, each encounter informs our bodies, changes us energetically. Each dance makes us/our identity anew. Through aware breathing we support our dance.
If we are able to sense each other also without physical touch, we create a high awareness and are able to listen to each other profoundly. What and whom do you attract in dancing Contact Improvisation (CI) and why? We get aware of the energies and qualities of our chakras (centres of energy in the body).
We learn how to deal in an aware way with our sexual energy in the body and direct it with tantric breathing techniques in the body. Sexual energy will nourish our dance!
Only if we are able to say no to what we don’t want right now, we have a clear yes to what we want. We learn to be able to articulate a no and get out of a dance, that is not appropriate for us right now.
In CI you experience to trust yourself and others. You are carried by the floor, you are carried by others. You experience to trust your own body, especially, when you fall.
The physical experience of being carried and held provides your devotion. This experience reinforces your basic trust and might be deeply healing.
You experience yourself in your strength and energy and in being connected with the earth, the universe, the others.
You experience to fly, to be in the moment and to be curious. Contact Improvisation & Tantra is a physical, spiritual and psychic experience of being one with the universe.
You experience that there is nothing to do for being loved, but that you are loved, just because you are.

You learn elements of the Kashmiri tantric massage (as taught by Daniel Odier). Direct out of the massage you will find into a dance.

Kashmiri massage is based on relaxed belly breathing.

The massage lets you arrive inside yourself, arrive in your inner peace. You can experience deep comfort, feeling of security and oneness in the massage. It can be healing. It is very close and sensual.

Tandava, a slow dance meditation, based on breathing already provides the experience of touching the space and getting touched by the space.
We practise dance and touch as meditation, which facilitates transpersonal and spiritual experiences.

In this workshop you experience:
<3 Conscious breathing, tantric breathing, tantric breathing circles
<3 Directing of (sexual) energy in the body
<3 How sexual energy nourishes your dance
<3 High awareness, ability to listen to each other
<3 Feeling subtle sensations, emotions and energies in your body
<3 Qualities of touch, elements of touch
<3 Tandava. slow dance meditation
<3 Spanda - meaningful in Kashmiri tantrism - is vibration, consciousness, cosmic vibration. 
<3 Elements of Kashmiri tantric massage
<3 Wheel of consent, being clear about your Yes or No to a touch, a dance or an encounter. Touch as giving or taking

None of the heteronormativity of classical Tantra!
You are welcome alone or together with your partner/s.
The workshop will be held in English, with translation into French

Watch this contact improvisation dance video with Sabine Sonnenschein:

Photo (c). Patrick Beeleart
Photos on the right (c): Robert Peres, Patrick Beelaert


She teaches contact improvisation as well as tantra. Is clinical sexologist (sexualtherapeutic method Sexocorporel);
lives and teaches a fusion of a tantric perspective on the world and dance as a practice of life. She supports people to get aware of themselves, to sense their bodies and themselves and to have a healthy and blissful (sexual) life.
Internationally she gives workshops focusing on the fusion of Tantra and Contact Improvisation since 2010, mainly in Vienna (ImPulsTanz Festival), Freiburg, Berlin, Paris (Studio Keller), Bretagne. She has been teaching at Contact Festival Freiburg, Contact Festival Austria, Paris CI New Year Gathering, Xplore Berlin, Xplore Vienna, Touch & Play in Berlin, Open Heart Tantra Festival (at ZEGG, Germany), Tantra & Sexuality Festival Poland, Tantra Festival Ibiza.
Since almost 10 years she is a student of Daniel Odier (Kashmiri tantrism).
Sabine Sonnenschein works together with the musician Günter Touschek (AT). She also works together with Benno Enderlein (DE), Manuela Blanchard (CH) and Déva Presence (Hawaii).
In Paris and Vienna she also offers tantra workshops for women, lesbians and transgender.
She is freelance choreographer and performer since 1992. Her artistic work - 39 performance pieces - has been shown in Europe and NYC.
Focuses in her dance education in NYC and Vienna were:
release techniques, contemporary dance, contact improvisation (CI), developmental movement and ballet.
Impressive CI teachers for her were Nita Little, Andrew Harwood, Daniel Lepkoff, Mark Tompkins and Inge Kaindlstorfer.
Her work one-to-one and with couples:
In Vienna she works as clinical sexologist with the sexualtherapeutic method Sexocorporel , she teaches tantra and gives tantric body work and womb dialogue.
She studied Kashmiri tantrism and Kashmiri massage with Daniel Odier. Deepening in "Vijnana Bhairava Tantra" with Dr. Bettina Bäumer. She has training in tantric full body massage (Michaela Riedl/Cologne) and also lomi lomi nui (with Margareta Kappl). She was introduced to yin yang massage by Andro, has studied pelvic massage by K. Ruby and made the physiotherapeutic training BM Balance (prevention and therapy of problems in the pelvis, bladder, prostate).

Sabine Sonnenschein talks about the healing potential of contact improvisation:
Photo (c): Patrick Beelaert



Bernard Joseph +33-6 74345506


3 Les Granges, 33190 Lamothe-Landerron, Gironde

200,- €
Early bird price before June 20th, 2018: 175€ 

If you really want to join us, but the price is an obstacle, contact us to find a solution together.
Full payment by wire transfer before September 5th on the following account : 
IBAN: FR43 2004 1010 0120 9299 8S022 45 / 
With communication : your full name, Contact Impro & Tantra Sept 2019

10€/person in the dormitory (12 places max) or 5€/person with tent or in the car.
Additional fee to the Association La Grange : 5 € 

Cancellation for free before June 30th, 2019
After June 30th, 2019 with a fee of 50 €
After September 5th, no refund possible.


Your participation to the workshop is under your own responsibility. Permasens and the other animator are not responsible may not be held responsible of possible accidents and injuries.


"Hi Sabine
How are you?
I'm writing to tell you that this experience with contact and tantra was very very important and beautiful for me, and changing my life. Also the dance, but mainly the work with chakra and breath.
For sure I'll participate to other workshops, please continue to informing me". 

C. (female, 28 years old, 2014)

SABINE thank U so much for BEING WHO YOU ARE !
Merci d~être qui vous êtes !
eyes CLOSED OPEN Chakras is the way to meet and enjoy share warmth, tenderness, comfort, energy and pleasure from one another
isn't it amazing? black, chinese, white, elderly, youngster, women, men and transgender...
From my point of view, CASTRATION is the main trigger for wars, slavery, submission and self destruction
The highest value in our western education, but not only; see the damage in so called traditional cultures !
The way you simply gently skillfully with subtlety and authenticity make it happen for all of us; joy in sensual~ SEXUAL experiencing of our mutual unspoken humanity.
HOW I WISH YOU COULD TEACH CHILDREN or ELSE SAVE THEM from the brutality of education that mostly deprive them from their creativity, self confidence, spontaneity, ability to love and create.
I DO HOPE you get much from all of us.
Take care keep well be happy 
Hopefully see you soon, B."

B. (female, 58 years old, 2015)

"vielen dank noch mal für deine unglaublich berührende art. ich hab das gefühl einer meiner wichtigen lebenslehrerinnen in dir begegnet zu sein:)
danke für deine achtsamkeit!"

N. (weiblich, 30 Jahre, Juli 2013) 

"Nachträglich möchte ich dir noch sagen, dass es mir sehr gut gefallen hat, es war sehr aufregend und auch schön für mich. Zeitweise habe ich über die Räume, die sich geöffnet haben, nur so gestaunt oder mich wir ein kleines Kind gefreut".
M., (männlich, 40 J., Juli 2013)

"Liebe Sabine, wow, danke Sabine für den wunderbaren Workshop und die vielen Impressionen und wunderbaren Sequenzen, die mir als Bilder im Kopf bleiben. Ich hatte ganz wunderbare Tänze. 
Das, was ich als Essenz des harmonischen Zusammenspiels von Tanz und Tantra mitnehme ist, dass Beziehung und Partnerschaft, sowie allgemein unsere Kontakte lebendig sind, solange sie dynamisch sind und Bewegung stattfindet. Beziehung hat mit Loslassen zu tun, weg von der Idee zu kommen, dass Beziehung etwas mit Festhalten und Beständigkeit zu tun hat, mit Sicherheit und dem Wissen, was als Nächstes zu sein hat. Beziehung bedeutet als Partner Konstrukt immer wieder bereit zu sein, sich dem Impuls des Jetzt hinzugeben, das Vertrauen zu haben, dass es weitergeht, in welcher Form auch immer, sich mit Neugier dem Jetzt hinzugeben, den Gefühlen, Bewegungen, Energien, die uns und den Raum durchfluten, uns vom gemeinsamen Atem und vom Licht, das uns durchströmt, tragen zu lassen. Neue Form und lebendige Verbindung entsteht immer aus der Präsenz und aus der Bewegung heraus. Der Kontakt ist dann stark und beständig, wenn er sich dem Unbeständigem hingibt. Bewegung ist Liebe. Bewegung ist Leben."

Y., (weiblich, 40 Jahre, Juli 2013)

"bist eine Meisterin".
A., (männlich, 38 Jahre, Juli 2013)

"Liebe Sabine,
danke nochmal für das schöne Seminar und Deine einfühlende Anleitung.
So konnte die ganze Freude am Contact wieder in mir erwachen. (...) Alle meine Energien sind wieder da. Tiefen Dank dafür. Die letzte Zeit war ich sehr ausgelaugt und irgendwie resigniert. Beruflich bewegt sich gerade sehr wenig. Also war das Wochenende genau richtig. Ich bin froh daß ich es noch geschafft habe, zu kommen.
Take care, best vibes, Bliss und Namasté, A."

A. (männlich, 49 Jahre, 2015)

"Liebe Sabine,Vielen Dank für das schöne Seminar, ich fühle mich zur Zeit sehr weich und offen und hoffe, dass es ein wenig so bleibt. :)"
D., weiblich, 30 J., 2013)

"Liebe Sabine,
grosser Dank an Dich und an Christian für dieses für mich wirklich "berührende Wochenende"
Berührend für mich das Erwecken meiner tiefen sensiblen Erinnerungen. Mein Kind hat all die Sehnsüchte gespürt und konnte lebendig werden. Ich konnte mit meinen Augen sehen und mich berühren lassen und wurden berührt. All die Sehnsucht und all die inspirierenden Bewegungen haben tief in mir eine Öffnung gefunden.
Meine Freude und meine freie kindliche Entfaltung zu erleben und all die Lust zu spüren, die keine Begrenzung kannte und dadurch so natürlich und einfühlsam wurde, all das war wie großer Strom der Emotionen fühlbar.
In all meiner Bewegung konnte ich den Ort meiner Ruhe, den Ort meines Schmerzes, meiner Bewegungslosigkeit all meiner Gefühle gleichzeitig und intensiv wahrnehmen.
Großer Dank und ich bin mir sicher wir werden uns wiedersehen.
Liebe Grüße, S. "

S. (männlich, 66 Jahre, 2015)