Contact Improvisation & Tantra
Workshop with Sabine Sonnenschein (AT)
with Kashmiri tantric massage (as taught by Daniel Odier)!
Live Music: Günter Touschek (AT)
Soul Care & Assistance: Christian Neher (DE/AT)

For everybody, who has experience in Contact Improvisation (CI) and meditation


March 6th- 8th, 2020, Fokus, Vienna (AT)

Fri: 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Sat: 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. (including two breaks)
Sun: 11 a.m.- 5p.m. (including one break)


You experience physical, energetic, emotional and spiritual ways of authentic encounter and true connection.
Each dance, each encounter informs our bodies, changes us energetically. Each dance makes us/our identity anew. Forget your concept of self and what you are: Trust the moment and your body.
You become a superorganism with the other, when we are open for the Unknown in the encounter wit the other, when we listen to each other and react to one another.
Skills of contact improvisation (CI) enable you to create with your whole body a communication with the other in a delicate, articulated and smooth way.
You 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. You create energy by breathing, by shaking and rocking, by vibration and through touch, on your own and in contact with others. Sexual energy nourishes your dance!
Through breathing circles you connect the energetic centres (chakras) in your body. You will practice breathing/energy-circles in your body on your own and with with a partner.
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 ability of devotion. This experience reinforces your basic trust and might be deeply healing.

You learn 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 very healing. It is very close and sensual. By embracing and enveloping each we experience absolute love and endless tenderness, if we free ourselves from inner limitations! There is only the moment in being touched by the endless space and permeated by love.
Tandava, a slow dance meditation, based on breathing already provides the experience of touching the space and getting touched by the space.
With his sounds Günter Touschek creates magical spaces, in which we meet each other. With his live music he is in a dialogue with the participants/dancers and the participants/dancers with him.
These sounds are supporting us to expand into the space and experience our actual dimension, which is divine.

We feel spanda in us.
Spanda - meaningful in Kashmiri tantrism - is vibration, consciousness, cosmic vibration.
We practise dance and touch as meditation, which facilitates transpersonal and spiritual experiences.
The base of meeting, encoutering is: To sense yourself, to sense your physical body and the subtle emotions and energies inside, to be aware of your personal boundaries, limits and taboos. In each moment you decide whether you respect them in a loving way or experiment with them or transcend them.
For being fully in a dance, a meeting, you have to be sure that your boundaries are respected by the other(s). The workshop situation itself provides a safe space.
Only if you are able to say NO to what you don’t want right now, you have a clear YES to what you want. You learn to be able to articulate a no and get out of a dance, that is not appropriate for you right now. You learn to appreciate, when your dance partner is clearly communicating a yes or a no.

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

Watch this contact improvisation dance video:

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

Fees: 230,- EURO
Deposit of EURO 100,- to:
Bank Austria
Name of account: Verein für Tanz-, Bewegungs- und Bildertheater
IBAN: AT27 1100 0014 7389 3400
As reference please write your name as well as March 6th-8th, 2020

Cancellation is possible with an administrative charge of EURO 50,-. If you cancel after May 23th, you will be charged the entire fee, unless you find a person replacing you or there is a waiting list

Accomodation: On request

Information and registration:
Sabine Sonnenschein
Ph: +43-650-3197237

1070 Wien, Neubaugasse 44 / staircase 2 / 2nd floor/ top 12

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

Sabine Sonnenschein (A):
Photo (c): Jesse Johnson

Sabine Sonnenschein Contact Improvisation Tantra 2019
Günter Touschek Contact ImprovisationSabine Sonnenschein Contact Improvisation Vienna Tantra

is tantra & dance teacher, clinical sexologist (sexualtherapeutic method Sexocorporel), cheoreographer.
She 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 10 years, mainly in Vienna, Germany and France.
She has been teaching at international tantra as well as dance festivals, like Tantra Festival Ibiza, Tantra & Sexuality Festival Poland, Open Heart Festival at ZEGG close to Berlin, Touch & Play, Contact Festival Freiburg, ImPulsTanz Vienna, Contact Festival Austria.
Her artistic work - 39 performance pieces - has been shown in Europe and NYC. She dances Contact Improvisation since 1990; impressive CI teachers for her were Nita Little, Andrew Harwood, Daniel Lepkoff.
She is student of tantra master Daniel Odier since 2008, she has been introduced to Kashmir tantrism and Kashmir yoga of touch. Deepening in "Vijnana Bhairava Tantra" with Dr. Bettina Bäumer.
Her work one-to-one and with couples:
She works as clinical sexologist with the sexualtherapeutic method Sexocorporel , she gives tantric body work and womb dialogue and teaches tantra.
She has training in tantric full body massage (AnandaWave/Michaela Riedl/Cologne), was introduced to yin yang massage by Andro, made the physiotherapeutic training BM Balance (prevention and therapy of problems in the pelvis, bladder, prostate) and studies intrapelvic osteopathy with Veronique de la Cochetière.
Sabine Sonnenschein works together with the musician Günter Touschek (AT) since 2010.
With FloZif (FR) she created Tantra Experinece Paris for women, lesbians and trans*.


Live Music:
Günter Touschek(AT):
Photo (c): Günter Touschek
is father of two sons, musician, singer in different genres, dancer, impro theatre actor, photographer, ComMusication trainer, LinzErschweben guide. Assitant teacher at workshops focusing on contact improvisation and tantra in Austria, Czech Republic and Spain; in cooperation with Zita Pavlištová, Ulrike Prochazka and Sabine Sonnenschein. Arranges evenings of mantra chanting. For many years he has been dancing contact improvisation (CI) and making music for CI jams. He creates sound spaces by receiving and supporting what wants to be expressed. His instruments are for example guitars, ukulele, monochord, zither, shruti box. He refines the instruments with electronic like loop, delay and reverb, in a way that the natural sound of the instrument doesn't get lost.

  Soul Care & Assistance:
Christian Neher (DE/AT):

Christian Neher Contact Improvisation
He is yoga teacher and gestalt therapist in education. Looking back on a long and successful career as tournament dancer, he's been getting into contact improvisation, studying it extensively all over the world and began teaching this form in 2011. Engaged in tantra since 2009 (Art of Being, Skydancing, Daniel Odier, Sabine Sonnenschein, among others). He's teaching social dances & contact improvisation. He's working with Sabine Sonnenschein since 2011.



"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)

"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)

"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)