PLAY-FIGHT RETREAT
23 - 31 OCTOBER / BAHIA, BRAZIL
INFINITUDE
BREATH
NATURE
CONNECTION
MAGIC
LIFESTYLE
Left
Right
ABOUT
The retreat is ideal for those seeking refuge in nature, for those who are feeling the need to break away from a suffocating and limiting urban routine. The practice of Play-Fight stimulates the process of personal transformation, a way of self-knowledge and self-regeneration.
PROGRAM
The core of the Retreat will revolve around Play-Fight Practice, however it will be supported and nourished by other complementary and enriching practices. Along our journey we will experience Meditative and Functional Breathwork and Movement Research to expand and better support the process. On some occasions we will have night activities, putting into practice the lessons learned during the day training. We will also have a day off in the middle of the process to allow information to be assimilated and integrated at a favorable pace. It will also be a day where everyone will be free to explore and extrapolate the charms of Algodões in their own way.
PANDEMIC DYNAMICS

The great advantage of the retreat in these challenging moments during the pandemic is that all our experiences will be practiced outdoors, which greatly favors the reduction of possible contamination. However, as the practice involves some degree of physical interaction in pairs, all participants will have to submit a negative PCR test before traveling to the Peninsula. For those who were still insecure about a possible physical interaction, the solution for these participants would be to come accompanied by their practice partners, already with intimacy and freedom of physical contact. This would make it possible for the partners to maintain and regulate their physical distance from the rest of the group, if necessary.
The event will take place from the 23rd to the 31st of October at Praia de Algodões, on the Maraú Peninsula, a place of pure magic and stunning beauty.
Due the pandemic dynamics the number of participants will be restricted
PLAY-FIGHT PRACTICE WITH BRUNO CAVERNA
Play-Fight goes beyond the boundaries of a mere bodily activity. Above all, Play-Fight is a holistic practice that harmonizes the body-mind-spirit relationship, weaves movement with breath, cultivates creativity and spontaneity, retrieves the state of flow as our evolutionary legacy, always leaning on the processes of self-knowledge and self-cultivation.

The practice of Play-Fight has a vast foundation for aggregating an arsenal of elements and tools from more than 30 years of studies, knowledge and robust research in various body disciplines, artistic and somatic approaches. In its creation, Play-fight honors the influences derived from capoeira, through contact-improvisation, ancient Russian martial arts (Systema) and even water practices such as Watsu, Freediving and Breathwork. In the spiritual philosophical prism, the practice is inspired by the traditions of Taoism, Zen and non-duality.

In the Play-Fight arena, the physical interaction between practitioners exhibits a hybrid content between cooperation and confrontation with the purpose of friendly and mutually exposing bodily blocks. In the "fight-game" dynamics, we develop the ability and sensitivity to navigate each other's internal territory, making a reading of the overshadowed resistances and excessive bodily tensions that tend to accumulate and crystallize throughout life. The practice offers an opportunity for participants to experience modulated confronting simulations so that each one, within their limits, comes to know themselves in the face of an inescapable urgency when dealing with immediacy in adverse situations. Leaving the comfort zone has the potential to invoke a healthy evolutionary process, the survival instinct, the trepidations that stimulate the vital capacity for adaptation.

Play-Fight is a dance with the most mysterious side of life, the ineffable. As we launch into the abyss of the unknown, we become more aware of our blind spots, of our masked and suppressed fears. We always have the possibility of knowing ourselves in our frailties and transforming, recycling vulnerability into potency, as much as gradually expanding our tolerance towards physical, psychological and emotional discomfort. It is by pouring light into our most unconscious sides and visiting our inner limitations that we have the opportunity to dissolve all sorts of dysfunctionalities. Embarking on the Play-Fight journey is also an invitation to dissolve the frozen perspectives of life, at the same time inquiring about the attachment of fabricated acquired identities that deliver a false sense of security on the existential plane. In the end, Play-Fight values the simplicity of "not-knowing" as a source of wisdom, a release in the state of being, always aspiring for a fluid, unimpeded and resilient mind that does not oppose anything, on which nothing can oppose it.
PULMONAUTAS WITH BRUNO CAVERNA
FUNCTIONAL AND MEDITATIVE BREATHING

Breathing is not only the most vital physiological function, the one that animates the body, but also a gateway to self-knowledge allowing deep explorations of the being in its most intimate mysteries.

In current times, devastated by a pandemic that affects and compromises a healthy lung function, a basic notion about biochemistry, physiology and respiratory biomechanics becomes an essential knowledge in the exercise of personal and collective empowerment. In expanding our respiratory horizons, we learn to navigate through this global storm with a more present and keen spirit of trust and self-responsibility.

✦ Program content:

Theory

~ The role of carbon dioxide in the oxygenation of internal organs (Bohr Effect)
~ Buteyko Method
~ Regulation of the autonomic nervous system through respiratory control
~ Benefits of Apnea Exercises
~ Breathing as an instrument to relieve stress and anxiety
~ Importance of nasal breathing and its influence on sleep quality

Practice

~ Body oxygenation level test
~ Exercise for nasal decongestion
~ Increased tolerance to CO2 accumulation in the body
~ Functional diaphragmatic breathing
~ Static and dynamic apnea exercises
~ Optimization of respiratory rate
~ Practice of meditative breathing in mindfulness
BRUNO CAVERNA
TEAM
MARINA SEKACHEVA
Founder of Formless Arts, a multidisciplinary platform with an educational and cultural nature, and is the creator of the Play-Fight and Liquid-Body practices that approach the mind-body relationship from an innovative perspective.
Since 1987 Caverna has been integrating in his life trajectory, personal and professional, knowledge of several disciplines starting with Capoeira, passing through Acrobatics, Contemporary Dance, Contact-improvisation, Chi-Kung, Russian Martial Arts and Freediving.

In these last 20 years of a ceaseless flow, Bruno has established his base in parts of the world: Amsterdam, Oslo, Berlin, Athens, Zurich, Brussels, Moscow and St. Petersburg. Bruno has been invited to give workshops at schools, festivals and recognized dance companies in over 35 countries communicating in 6 languages.
Dancer, choreographer and teacher in the field of Contemporary Dance and of the movement philosophy of "Formless Arts". Play-Fight Practice Facilitator.
From 1999 to the present day, she has been exploring her body and mind through the practical process of diverse languages of movement and artistic expressions. She lived experiences in contemporary and classical dance, basketball, gymnastics, jazz dance, folk dance, yoga, tap dance, street dance (house, hip-hop, waacking, vogue), Play-Fight Practice, the ancient Russian martial art Systema, Liquid Body Practice, acting as well as freediving.

She graduated from "Herzen Russian State Pedagogical University", the Institute of Music, Theater and Choreography, where she worked in depth to develop her abilities as a choreographer and performer.
Bruno Caverna is the founder of Formless Arts, a multidisciplinary platform with an educational and cultural nature, and is the creator of the Play-Fight and Liquid-Body practices that approach the mind-body relationship from an innovative perspective.
Since 1987 Caverna has been integrating in his life trajectory, personal and professional, knowledge of several disciplines starting with Capoeira, passing through Acrobatics, Contemporary Dance, Contact-improvisation, Chi-Kung, Russian Martial Arts and Freediving. As a young man Bruno began teaching capoeira in 1995 as a social project in partnership with Luiz Lopez at the Philippe Pinel psychiatric hospital in Rio de Janeiro. The highly challenging project induced Bruno and Luiz to a process of deconstructing the most conventional pedagogical methods of capoeira at the time, under a pressure to integrate and communicate through some body language to a mentally committed audience. From this urge to go beyond normality, his self-taught character and the realization that his life trajectory would be unusual is born.

After failed attempts to pursue an academic path, Bruno dropped out of 3 university courses to devote himself to his highest life purpose. In 2000 Caverna decides to follow an inner call and detaches from all his social commitments to explore the world in a nomadic style. As each new experience and opportunity unfolds only after 20 years, due to the pandemic crisis, Bruno decides to return to his homeland with his partner Marina Sekacheva, with whom he has been collaborating since 2015.

In these last 20 years of a ceaseless flow, Bruno has established his base in parts of the world: Amsterdam, Oslo, Berlin, Athens, Zurich, Brussels, Moscow and St. Petersburg. Bruno has been invited to give workshops at schools, festivals and recognized dance companies in over 35 countries communicating in 6 languages. As a teacher Bruno taught for the Impulstanz Festival, Ultima Vez-Wim Vandekeybus, Deltebre Festival, Kalamata International Dance Festival; Codarts Rotterdam, Circus School of Chalons en Champagne in France, just to mention a few. He has also participated in social projects such as the Oslo Penitentiary, the Norwegian Refugee Camp, the Psychiatric Clinic for Young People and People with Physical Disabilities in Belgium; and at an immigrant school in The Hague. As a choreographer he was invited to do choreographic research for the Norwegian National Ballet; he has choreographed for the Istanbul MDTist-Opera and the Oslo Dance Conservatory, and has been a guest choreographer for the contemporary children's dance company De Stilte in the Netherlands. Bruno was invited to be the artistic resident at the University of Stavanger in Norway in 2012.

Still in 2012 Bruno created Play-Fight and Liquid-Body practices and in 2016 changed the focus of his professional perspective by founding Formless Arts. Since then Bruno has been organizing his own events, teaching training courses under the philosophy of Formless Arts which currently has a team of 10 people based in 6 countries. Bruno assiduously trains Systema, a Russian martial art, with his master Alexander Solovev. The meeting with Mr. Solovev has been revolutionary in deepening the inner and subtle arts. Bruno is also a Watsu practitioner and a freediver. Lately Bruno has been dedicating himself to the respiratory universe, becoming an instructor of the Buteyko breathing methods and the Oxygen Advantage, the decisive step towards the newest chapter: Pulmonautas.
Marina Pereira - dancer, choreographer and teacher in the field of Contemporary Dance and of the movement philosophy of "Formless Arts". Play-Fight Practice Facilitator.
From 1999 to the present day, she has been exploring her body and mind through the practical process of diverse languages of movement and artistic expressions. She lived experiences in contemporary and classical dance, basketball, gymnastics, jazz dance, folk dance, yoga, tap dance, street dance (house, hip-hop, waacking, vogue), Play-Fight Practice, the ancient Russian martial art Systema, Liquid Body Practice, acting as well as freediving.

She graduated from "Herzen Russian State Pedagogical University", the Institute of Music, Theater and Choreography, where she worked in depth to develop her abilities as a choreographer and performer.

Since 2016 Marina has immersed herself in the Play-Fight and Liquid Body practices. She began to actively study outside of Russia, which dramatically influenced her perception of the body and sense of herself in the world. The core of her teaching and research has become more focused on the principles of relaxation, falling and the force of gravity. Sensitivity to resistance and tension in the body became more present in the approach to practice and significantly altered the state and effect of the body-mind relationship.

Gradually, after several years of assisting Bruno Caverna (founder of the FA philosophy) at various festivals and camps around the world, she acquired the role of a senior member of the Formless Arts team, where she develops and supervises photo and video projects, as well as graphic design and website creation.

Marina currently lives in Brazil and she is developing her own online and offline improvisation development program called "Dissolution".
ACCOMMODATION AND DESTINATION
The Retreat will be hosted by Casa del Mar that will be providing both infrastructure, logistics of accommodation and food, as well as the availability of the practice room.

The accommodations are extremely privileged as they are located in front of the most beautiful and unspoilt part of Praia de Algodões. The accommodation options we will be offering are: triple, double rooms; individual.

Retreat includes

• 6 days of activities in the mornings and afternoons
• Night schedule (optional)
• Dinner on arrival day
• 3 meals during activity days
• Breakfast at the day off and in the departure day

What is not included

• Airport transfer to/fro Algodões
• Airline tickets
• Experiences and programs outside the retreat schedule
    HOW TO GET THERE?
    Casa del Mar is located on the Algodões Beach, in the Peninsula de Maraú.

    The nearest airport is Ilhéus.
    From there you need to schedule a transfer to Algodões.
    We can facilitate communication with transfer services, if you will.

    By car
    Access to the peninsula is through a rather bumpy dirt road.
    Get in touch with us to receive the most suitable tips according to which part of Brazil you would be traveling.
    INVESTMENT
    Limited spots
    TRIPLE ACCOMMODATION
    2900 reais - until 09/09
    3300 reais - after 09/09

    DOUBLE ACCOMMODATION
    3100 reais - until 09/09
    3500 reais - after 09/09
    INDIVIDUAL
    ACCOMMODATION
    3300 reais - until 09/09
    3700 reais - after 09/09
    Camping - no meals included
    1850 reais - until 09/09
    2050 reais - after 09/09
    We can facilitate payment in up to 3 installments
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