may, 2024

02mayallday05Understory - residential retreat (Newcastle, AUS) - not CI

Event Details

Welcome to our second Understory Retreat!
After our delightful and nourishing Understory in Feb 23 we’re back to offer another barefoot adventure in fusing our loves of embodied nature connection, somatic improvisation and community.
Again we will offer led practices in the bush, beach and inside the hall. We’ll focus on dropping into embodied presence and our innate affinity with the natural world, where we can develop trust in listening and responding. We notice what influences us, we follow our curiosity and courageously open to the unknown. We’ll explore how engaging in the very different worlds – nature and studio – may support, balance and inspire each other.
We look forward to journeying into the quiet Understory alongside the ever-present dialogue between our somatic beings, the natural world and each other. And hope you will join us there too.
All bodies, backgrounds and levels of experience and interest in movement and nature connection are welcome. And to be clear, this is NOT a Contact Improvisation event.
WHEN: Thursday 2nd – Sunday 5th May, 2024

TIMING: Arrival – from 12noon, by 3pm Thursday
Departure – by 4pm Sunday

VENUE: Glenrock Scout Camp, 157 Scout Camp Road, Whitebridge. Awabakal Country, Newcastle NSW
COST: $490 Standard
$390 for those with limited income
Up to $590 for those who can pay more to support others
Financial hardship: we do not want money to be a barrier to attending, there will be some “pay what you can” places if you are experiencing financial hardship. Please let us know.
REGISTRATION: Please complete our expression of interest form here:
MEALS: Includes lunch and dinner for 3 days
Shared dorm room
Camping (BYO tent)
JOERG HASSMANN …movement lover & researcher, space holder, dancer, touch explorer, writer, father, admirer of gardeners, mechanics & builders, Zenthai Shiatsu Therapist, local & global contact improv teacher and men’s grouper
JOANNA LIN ….mixed heritage dancer, curious mover, creative creator, community gatherer & organiser, mother, tree draper, nature connection mentor, wanderer, group worker and compost heap
JONATHAN LIN … trying to do all of the above…
with the UNDERSTORY TEAM, including Bron, Ellie, Caitlin and more


may 2 (Thursday) - 5 (Sunday)