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Ecstatic/Conscious Dance Facilitator Training
at Uelenspieghel
A Week of Dance Transformation
 7-12 October 2022 (Drenthe, NL)

  • A week-long facilitator & leadership training for Ecstatic & Conscious Dance.

  • Topics: movement facilitation, holding a sacred space, DJing, in short: everything needed to create, facilitate and lead Ecstatic & Conscious Dance events. 

  • In a beautiful natural environment with our own dancing hall, outside fire, Ecstatic Dance, forest, open fields and sunrises & sunsets!

  • Lodging in a single/double or shared room, or sleeping in your own tent, camper or caravan.

  • Delicious ecological, vegetarian and local meals. 

  • An elaborated printed manual of 80 pages full of information and online resources.


Our facilitator training in Uelenspieghel is a 6-day residential training program for everyone who feels the calling to create a dancing community. You'll learn to manifest, hold and facilitate your own unique Ecstatic or Conscious Dance events. It is a deep dive into the core of what makes dance 'ecstatic’ & 'conscious'. We'll talk about the fascinating history of ecstatic dancing and sense into it's emerging future. We will share all the steps needed to create an event: finding a space that fits, holding and creating a safe environment, dealing with challenges, conducting different types of ceremonies and rituals, and bringing the right music and DJ skills to serve the dance.


This residential training is a 'hands on' - or more correctly: a 'body on' - training where you will practice yourself how to lead a ceremony; design the space; and play with music with our training group. We encourage everyone to bring and share their specific skills and wisdom, so we build a collective toolbox and open up space to co-create. Besides practice opportunities within our training. We will also have a chance to try it out for real and be involved (and even host) our own Ecstatic Dance at the retreat center of Uelenspieghel, in Drenthe (The Netherlands).

We believe Ecstatic Dance only works when it has a strong beating heart.

The guidelines are simple, but how do we make it sacred, authentic and transformative?


Below is a short impression of the program. In reality the program will be more flexible, organic, and adjusted to the needs of the group. Although each day has a theme, we'll weave all the topics throughout each day of the week. It will be an intense week - with a lot of information and practice. We recommend that you give yourself this entire week for your own training, growth and learning. We will train all days, including some evenings.

Day 1 * Arrival and Dance together. Practicalities and basics: building community amongst ourselves.


Day 2 * A dive into the his/her/our-story of Ecstatic Dance and the art of creating a safe / brave space for dancers to get wild and free.


Day 3 * Hands-on practice in leading a ceremony, creating a ritual, facilitating a class/warm up to bring the people to an open state before the dance. 


Day 4  * Music: choosing the right music for every crowd, learning about the effects of music on a dancer's body and how to go with what is in the room while gently leading it.


Day 5  * Building a community and leadership: learning about personal leadership; how to bring diversity in awareness, build bridges with already existing communities and work with the footprints of community. Ending our day with an exclusive Ecstatic Dance.


Day 6 * Troubleshooting & Integration: what can go 'wrong' and how to navigate these situations. Harvest of our week together and closing ceremony.  



  • 750 euro (early bird for the first 4 people who sign up)

  • 850-950 euro (full price, according to income and financial abilities)

Stay (5 nights)

  • Double room: 200 euro (per person)

  • Shared common room: 175 euro (5 people in a big room)

  • Pipo wagon / Cabin for single use: 350 euro (4 places only)

  • Pipo wagon / Cabin for a couple (there is only 1 bed): 450 euro

  • Own tent / Caravan / Camper: 100 euro

Below are some pictures of the options:


  • 190 euro for food ( 5x breakfast, 6x lunch, 5x dinner)


10% of the profit will be donated to a charity organization.


During this residential training we wish to create an intimate dancing and learning community. We therefore have places for 25 participants.




  • Uelenspieghel is beautifully located in the midst of nature. You can find more info and photos of the center - click here.

  • There is also the option to stay for a longer time at Uelenspieghel. You can then communicate this through email:


  • The food is vegetarian, biological and mostly local. We try to give the best food and nutrition, but we do realize that for some of us there are different needs.

  • If you have your own specific food that you need, please bring for yourself. If you have allergies, please let us know.

  • We offer food from Monday lunch until Saturday lunch (so no breakfast on Monday morning and no dinner on Saturday evening).


Please let us know as soon as possible if something comes up and you cannot attend the workshop. Please make all cancellations by email. If you wish to cancel 4 weeks before the training starts, you will receive your down-payment minus 50 euro registration fee. If a cancelation happens after that time we keep the down payment. No refund is available for withdrawal once the workshop has commenced. And of course, if your cancellation for one of our training happens due to the current corona measurements, we will send you back the complete amount that you have paid.

We are happy and excited to share our vision with the world!

For a further visual and poetic impression of our journey together, click here:

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