KalaKeli movement arts is an intensive training programme that invites acclaimed international and Indian teachers from various movement disciplines to share their knowledge and inspire the next generation of movement artists from all over the world.
Our unique programme offers training in contemporary technique, traditional martial arts, yoga, meditation, breathwork, fighting methodologies, improvisation, creative research as well as complementing lectures in the sciences of the body, mind and soul.
The retreats are hosted at Jungle Dance in Arambol, Goa, surrounded by lush vegetation, exotic birds and monkeys. A beautiful and peaceful environment to move amongst nature.
Kalakeli is a Sanskrit term meaning ‘playful arts’. Playful as expressing pleasure and amusement. Art as the expression of human creative skill and imagination. Kalakeli’s intensive training programme is a space where you ‘play’ with ‘art’ and put ‘art’ at ‘play’.
Young animals learn the skills and tricks of their elders by playing. They invite each other to play with ceremonious attitudes and gestures. Play is a training of the young creature for the serious work that life will demand later on.
During this process infants rise and fall without judging themselves. In this safe space where everything is allowed and everything is possible, where failure and success do not exist, the initiated, with the support and care of their more experienced guides, experiment all sorts of action to reproduce the skills of the bigger ones. Using creativity, they play genuinely until they are ready to face the difficulties of life with self-confidence and independence.
Training and preparing for life are not the only reasons behind play. As animals play, human beings play and move as a reason to feel good, as a reason to gather, to connect and to tune back into our utmost precious moments.
As a reason to be free.
LOKAH SAMASTAH SUKHINO BHAVANTU
Who is it for?
Kalakeli retreats and residencies are aimed at people who have an existing practice within the movement arts. We are looking for an openness to express and discover ones honest true self as part of a community of like-minded individuals.
You will be training for several hours a day and will need to remain adventurous, curious and humble in front of unknown disciplines.
We ask our participants to be respectful of themselves, others and nature, with an eagerness to explore outside your comfort-zone.