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The Space Between- 2 days of Taketina, Ecstatic Dance and Deep Rest
November 4 @ 12:00 pm - November 5 @ 5:00 pm AEDT
This 2 day workshop will be an opportunity to gather in community with meaningful ritual, to sing, to embody rhythm, to dance and to deeply rest. It is a chance to delve deep into the still pool within, to connect with each other and to something greater.
Through the structured layers of rhythm in Taketina to the open freedom of Ecstatic dance, participants will be guided into a journey of deep listening, connection and discovery.
The extended two day format will give ample time to dwell in the restorative practice which will feature live ambient music.
Please bring a yoga mat, blanket, pillow etc for extra comfort and warmth during the restorative practice.
TAKETINA- We will explore the Taketina rhythm process as developed by Reinhard Flatischler. In this process participants begin with a mantra, then we add simple repetitive steps, claps and call and response singing. By engaging with these primal rhythmic movements using multiple layers, we are required to step out of the rational mind, to let go of our habitual linear, learning patterns and enter an embodied listening that engages the senses as well as our intuition.
This enables us to enter simultaneous awareness, a place of both deep connection and emptiness. Taketina is a powerful tool for emergent rhythmic consciousness and trance like states. Participants are encouraged to make mistakes whilst remaining playful and curious. It is a practice that is appropriate for beginners and the experienced to share.
ECSTATIC DANCE- Participants will be led into a free expressive dance journey that explores the space between breath, our bodies and each other. Set to specifically chosen pieces of evocative and powerful music, participants will be guided into a somatic journey that explores the letting go of self directed dance and leaning in to the forces that dance us. Ecstatic dance is a powerful and complimentary contrast to the structure and unison work of Taketina.
DEEP REST- Integration is a crucial part of somatic learning and a restorative practice will be an important aspect to this workshop. The Deep Rest will be accompanied by silence as well as ambient live music, a sound healing journey that features Charlottes beautiful voice, crystal bowls, gongs, piano and flute.
For more information on Taketina (as developed by Reinhard Flatischler) please go to
About the Facilitators:
Justin Holland is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA), a certified Yoga teacher, a Contact Improvisation teacher/choreographer and professional musician.
He has had an extensive career as a performer working with many ensembles and theatre companies -Bird On A Wire, Snuff Puppets, Legs On a Wall, La Soiree, Down Town Brown, Meow Meow, Polyglot and Back To Back to name a few.
Justin was a co founder of Spirit Dance, a regular ecstatic dance event that ran in Melbourne between 2006 and 2013.
As an experienced community arts practitioner Justin has had over 20 years of experience teaching music and theatre in the Australian prison system. He is passionate about the arts being accessible by all.
When Justin discovered Taketina he found a form that brought together many of his many passions and skills into the one modality. He went on to complete the basic teacher training and is midway through the senior training in Vienna with founder Reinhard Flatischler.
Currently Justin is also the Musical Director/Choreographer for Somebody’s Daughter Theatre Company, a Melbourne based community arts organisation that works with women in prison and marginalised youth.
Charlotte Roberts is a vocal improvisational artist, musician, mentor and facilitator specialising in group work/process and body, voice, rhythm & music-based meditation, experiential education, co-creative vocal improvisation, responsive composition and extended vocal techniques.
A Taketina Rhythm Process Teacher, somatic practitioner, experiential educator (VIT) and warm water body-work practitioner; Charlotte is the originator/facilitator of The Musical Body Process: developing and leading groups nationally and internationally since 2003.
Charlotte is based on Taungurung and Wurundjeri country, Macedon Ranges, Victoria and has co-composed and co-created projects such as ‘Murmuring Walk’ and ‘In Your Arms’. Along with this, she has released two albums (is currently completing a third) and has performed in multiple vocal improvisational ensembles, and seasons such as ‘Vocal Digs’ at La Mama Theatre.