RETREAT 

Dance Alchemy & Teacher Training

6 - 18 August 2024

SLOVENIA

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DANCE ALCHEMY RETREAT & TEACHER TRAINING

6 - 18 August 2024 / SLOVENIA

TRANSFORMING SOULS THROUGH DANCE 

At Dance Alchemy Retreat & Teacher Training, we are on a mission to bridge the profound journey of the soul with the tangible path of personal and professional growth

Our mission is to nurture souls, to empower dreams, to build a community, and to transform lives through the art of dance.

For the Seeker: The Retreat is a sanctuary for the soulful seeker, providing validation and certification for their dance and movement facilitation skills. It's a space where dreams of crafting a transformative career through dance find their foundation

For the Visionary: We are the canvas for visionaries who dream of a career that mirrors their passion for transformation through movement and dance. We empower them to turn those dreams into reality

For the Community: We extend a heartfelt call to those yearning for an inclusive community that breathes dance as a language of the soul. We aim to embody dance not merely as an art form but as a practice that transforms lives

For the Leaders, Healers, Artists, and Teachers: We welcome leaders, healers, artists, and teachers alike, all with a common thread - the desire to weave dance into the very fabric of their being and their work in the world

For the Everyday person: We welcome all individuals who cherish dance and movement, regardless of experience, and seek a moment of self-renewal, heightened energy, and reconnection with their inner truth, untapped potential, and life's authentic path.

It's an Inclusive, Holistic, and Playful environment! 

SO TELL ME, IS THIS YOU?


If you answered YES to one of these or more, then this retreat was made especially with YOU in mind…


…that’s exactly why you’re going to LOVE Dance Alchemy Retreat & Teacher Training.

Imagine yourself on a 12-day journey of self-discovery and transformation at Dance Alchemy Retreat & Teacher Training. Immerse yourself in Breath-work, Qi-work, Yoga, Dance improvisation, Contact improvisation, and Dance therapy, embracing a holistic journey of Body, Mind, and Spirit.

In nature's embrace, surrender to the rhythm of your body and the collective energy of like-minded souls. Rediscover your essence through movement, touch, and complete body awareness, unlocking profound expression and freedom moments.

But this retreat is more than dance—it's an immersion into the transformative power of Dance Alchemy. Gain tools to shape and confidently lead your facilitations, guiding others on their journey of self-discovery.

Whether you're a professional or an individual seeking truth, join Goran Bogdanovski and a community of kindred spirits for an unforgettable experience. Take advantage of this chance to recharge, realign, and rediscover the magic within.

What you’ll come away with

A certification to show you are a confident, capable Dance Alchemy facilitator or teacher


By completing our program, you will be equipped with the knowledge, skills, and tools necessary to help others transform their lives through the power of dance.

After certification, you can use the certification as you want and you are not obliged to call your facilitation Dance Alchemy if you don't want to.

►  And you can get an opportunity to collaborate and be invited by Goran Bogdanovski in facilitating opportunities. In the long term, we wish to create a strong team to run the Dance Alchemy Academy. 

What will you learn

Dance Alchemy Embodiment



Gain Confidence to facilitate in a holistic, playful, and inclusive environment

Treat your practice as a business to thrive in the market 

Photos from previous retreats

Your growth in confidence will enable you to effortlessly guide a session that transmits a total embodiment of your authentic self and the topics you facilitate.

You will also learn how to:


Video trailer from past Teacher Trainings in Slovenia

Where will the retreat be

Veduna is a place of deep natural beauty, and calm and relaxed energy for sacred ceremonies, personal development, and healing. 

A space where new paradigms are pushed and deeper understandings are gained. Where we rekindle our connection to nature and reconnect with ourselves. 


23 hectares of private land to wander carefree, surrounded by mountains and meadows as far as the eye can see and the feet can carry. 

Location

Veduna Retreats; Lopatnik 4, 3320 Velenje - Slovenia

vedunaretreats.com

How to get there?


AIRPORTS 

You can fly to any of the following airports. Besides the airport name, we have indicated the approximate driving time from Veduna. 


You can arrange in advance transport from the Airport to the retreat place via GOOPTI, or we can arrange a group pick-up van from Ljubljana on 6th August at 2 pm, and participants share the cost. 


BUS & TRAIN

Closest cities are Celje and Velenje. 

From there you can take a Taxi to Veduna retreat center, the price is approx. 20 EUR.

Communal spaces

Dance, Yoga & Meditation Studio 

Large space with balcony, private bathroom & storeroom. 

Fully equipped to host yoga for 20 people – mats, blankets, belts, bricks, bolsters. 

Dining area / Multi purpose space 

Large space with smart board / TV (180 x 100 cm) and audio equipment, wood burning stove, chill-out area, and small library. 

Treatment room 

Fully equipped with a nearby shower room.

Small Workshop room 

Additional space for a breakout space, art/crafts room. Equipped with Moroccan-style sofa / day bed with table and wooden benches. 

Lime Tree Cafe & Shop 

With seating area inside and outside. Selling organic artisan produce from Veduna Farm and local producers. Cafe opened during retreats (at a time agreed with the practitioner). 

Outside facilities

Natural swimming pool

With a relaxation area, poolside chairs & solar-powered shower. 

Yoga wooden decking

Large area perfect for sunrise asana practice. 

Sauna

Hand-built to traditional design (4m x 4m). 

Fire pit

Seating around a bonfire with a view of the hills beyond. 

Land to roam

23 hectares of private land to wander carefree, surrounded by mountains, forest and meadows as far as the eye can see and the feet can carry. 

Food & Accommodation

Veduna's passion is Food. Simple, vegan / vegetarian food full of Prana. Organically grown on Veduna or sourced locally. Freshly picked and lovingly prepared. They offer a choice of vegan, vegetarian, or ayurvedic cuisine.

The following meals are included in the price: 

●  Meals 3 times per day


Dance Alchemy Teacher Training is an alcohol & drug-free environment.

Accommodation options

TWIN ROOMS

3 rooms for 2 people with en-suite bathroom and balcony

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TRIPLE ROOMS

2 rooms for 3 people with en-suite bathroom and balcony

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DORM

Dormitory room for 4 people with shared bathroom

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SINGLE ROOMS

2 single rooms with double bed and shared bathroom

Pricing

EARLY BIRD PRICE - 500 EUR for the first 4 people who apply:

FULL PRICE:

PRICE INCLUDES:

NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:



* Shorter attendance is also possible from the beginning of the retreat if there is a place. In this case, you will not receive an Online course and no Certification. 

* Priority is given to those who will take the entire program.

The following additional services are available: 

●  WIFI (free)


Provisional Timetable

We have 2 workshops per day 3 hours each, with plenty of time in between for integration, nature, swimming, socializing etc. 

Here is the provisional daily schedule, it can change a bit reflecting the group dynamic

Arrival day / 6 August

15:00 › Arrivals, accommodation... 

17:00 › Meeting, opening circle

17:30 › Workshop

20:00 › Dinner

7 - 17 August 

 8:00 › Breakfast

 9:00 › Workshop  

12:00 › Lunch

› free time (integration, walks in the nature, swimming, sauna, massages, etc.) 

17:00-20:00 › Workshop

20:00 › Dinner

Departure day / 18 August

 8:00 › Breakfast

 9:00 › Closing cirlcle

12:00 › Lunch

› Farewells and departure

Not sure if Teacher Training Retreat is a good fit for you? 

Book a call with Goran and have all your questions answered HERE.


I’m Goran Bogdanovski, Holistic Dance Teacher, Transformational & Embodied Leadership Coach, Choreographer, Dancer...  and founder of Ficho Institute. 

I have lived and breathed dance professionally since 1990 in the field of performing arts (classical ballet, contemporary dance, physical theatre, videos, and film). For over 10 years I was dancing for the Slovene National Ballet Company, from corps de ballet to principal roles and at the same time parallelly enjoyed a rich and versatile career as a freelance artist that brought me to work with many contemporary choreographers and theatre directors from the Slovenian and European art scene.

In 2000 I started practicing improvisation & Freedom - embodied Lifestyle. I had my own dance company, choreographed performances, and toured extensively worldwide. I ran dance studios, academy, festivals, platforms, and networks.

In 2006 I started teaching, coaching, and mentoring. Methods I use are an accumulation of knowledge and experience gathered through my life in the fields of Dance Improvisation, Contact Improvisation, Theatre, Meditation, Yoga, Martial arts, Embodiment, Spirituality, Shamanism, Therapy, Personal growth, Team building, Business strategy, and Embodied Leadership.

I’ve devoted my life to bring embodiment, dance, improvisation, creation, empowerment, and healing, helping people to become that 2.0 version of themselves.


In fact, through teaching, mentoring, and coaching for the past 16 years in 23 countries, working with more than 3000 people, from non-professional movement lovers, professional dancers, people with disabilities, dance & yoga teachers, martial artists, therapists, psychologists, coaches, professors, managers, heart entrepreneurs, CEO's, change leaders…


I’ve discovered what functions clearly for any-body regardless of dance background, experience, or level of understanding of dance, and created a Ficho method with more than 100 exercises, games, and Dance Alchemy tools that can also be transferred to daily situations, relations, and work.


Tools that can also be used for creation, classes, workshops, sessions, retreats, therapy, coaching, leadership, personal growth, and more.


Ficho method and Dance Alchemy tools work so well, it makes it easy for anyone to learn, implement, replicate or upgrade for their own needs or the needs of their clients and students. And can also be used in the creation, classes, workshops, sessions, retreats, therapy, coaching, leadership, personal growth, ... and especially for living a Freedom- embodied Lifestyle.

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 What people are saying about working with Goran?

"If you are searching for clarity and inspiration, looking to be reinvigorated as a teacher, facilitator, coach and retreat into a space where you can connect with yourself, your potential, and your path... sign up for Goran’s training."

Michelle Campbell; dancer, teacher and movement therapist / USA-DE

"I’m finally teaching again and using what you’ve shown me. Everyone loves the classes. I was stuck within my own self and walking through my family trauma and now  I’m teaching with fun, confidence and ease."


Jozef LeMonte; PURI Coaching/ USA

"Program gave me tools that can be used in a number of different professions as well as in personal and social relations. I feel clearer in my life direction and my perspective has expanded in terms of possibilities for my future."

Bridget McLemore; dancer and yoga teacher / USA

"Teacher training exceeded my expectations. Ficho exercises allowed me to understand improvisation better, so I can now easily to teach better. Thank you Goran for awakening my lost inner child!"

Barbara Guipponi; dance teacher & dancer / Italy

"Dance Alchemy is a journey into your soul and also with other souls. Goran can really hold the space and direct the energy so that the group can create easily and effective. Not all the facilitators have this ability."

Gamze Leela; yoga teacher, spiritual healer, retreat leader / UK

"After finishing the Dance Alchemy Teacher Training, I’m now able to independently pursue my path as a facilitator and provide a very expansive, unique, and authentic practice for my students & clients. Goran has a very specific approach as a guide: he’s a hypersensitive, patient, playful and accessible teacher, willing to guide you in whatever direction you propose. He will make you jump into unknown rivers and safely guide you through rough currents."

Sandra Anais ; dancer & Embodiment of Archetypes facilitator / Slovenia

“What I have gained from this experience is a really great sense of grounding and reassurance about my already existing teaching practice. I really dived into an experience of dancing for six hours a day that allowed me also to rediscover my playfulness and the source of my creative energy.


I would recommend this teacher training for anyone who is looking to start a movement practice or movement teaching practice because it offers a really great foundation to build your practice on with amazing tools. Or if you are already teaching and you are a bit in this space of needing reconfirmation and reassuring that you’re on the right path, this is a really good place for you to be.”


Sandra Gojić, embodiment trainer & movement teacher / Ireland

“I wanted to have more skills and tools to expand my practice with movement and what I learned here is a confirmation that a lot of stuff that I’m doing makes sense and I gained some sort of safety and confidence in the practice I already have.  And I’ve got tools, ideas, and new ways to improve those practices or even use them for different groups and people with different issues and needs. 


There are many things but one thing I noticed here in the last part of the retreat where we had to lead our workshops, I really appreciate how Goran was giving feedback because that's an art form in itself. I’m really impressed with how it was constructed, to the point, and he always saw and knew a crazy amount of details that he gave to us.


And one of the things that I did not expect was the people and the experience I had here has been also shaped by the people. So I take home with me a lot of people in my heart as well, and that’s maybe the most important part in the end.”


Anne Stilling Jeppesen;  psychologist, yoga teacher, healer, and a contact improv facilitator / Denmark

“I came here because I wanted to integrate and enrich my range of tools I could suggest to my students and clients and it’s been a very empowering experience from many points of view, emotional, technical, and professional. it was something that has worked at a deeper level, at a level where everybody is ready to go.


Goran led our sessions very accurately, patiently, and with care. Some sessions were led by other people here, the teachers, the trainers as part of teacher training… and it was very interesting to see how everybody can bring out the best from themselves and how you can really get to know them better once you see them doing the things they enjoy the most. It’s really inspiring to be their guinea pig and to test on yourself what was or wasn’t effective.”


Luisella Zandolin; holistic & forgiveness facilitator / Italy

“ I loved the 5 days I just spent exploring movement under Goran’s wise & playful guidance. I needed some inspiration and some innovative ways to play with and think about dance, and I found some!


Goran’s work walks the delicate & permeable line between pure dance/movement and personal development, deep inner work. We all experienced our “stories” rising up at times but Goran was able to elegantly show us ways to channel those energies back into our dance. 


Goran is generous with his extensive knowledge and experience, and my only regret is not being able to immerse myself for longer! Each day was fun, interesting, and sometimes challenging but in a good, positive, healthy way. I really look forward to learning more with him in the future!”

Allison Mulroy; studio owner, dance teacher & dancer / Bali

"I joined this Dance Alchemy TT with Goran because I'm at a crossroads in my life and I've been looking for clarity and inspiration.  A pathway to combine my experience teaching yoga and love of dance into an offering for those who want to tap into their inner power to live their fullest life. A life of joy and purpose with passion. 


Goran embodies living with passion. He is generous in sharing his wealth of knowledge and experience and is intuitive in his teaching. 


Although intense, the workshop is well organized and offers many tools to make people feel comfortable, safe yet adventurous. It will challenge you to meet your edge and grow. 


I recommend it for anyone looking for a fun, yet powerful personal growth experience."  


Audrey Kolb

Yoga Instructor and Dancer / Bali

“It was so intensive, magical, and beautiful. I got many many tools that I will definitely integrate and use in my embodiment work, but I also got this opportunity to live a lifestyle of a dancer which I wanted for a very long time. 


I’m grateful for you Goran holding me a space every time I came to you, asked a question or came to you with stories, my inner events that occurred, and all the way I felt safe and supported.


I feel content, grateful, and happy and I’m very curious to see how this journey will continue.”



Jelena Vuković; poet & women embodiment coach / Montenegro

"As a dance instructor and movement therapist, I often find it challenging to find a healthy balance between blending the two practices while respecting them as their own thing. For a few years now, I felt that I was losing my creative edge and focus. A few times I thought I would have to give up one practice and solely focus on the other. This led to a sense of being torn, stuck and unsatisfied with my work. A recent move and health issue forced me to stop, take some time off, and rethink my professional path. I wanted to find a way to bring both practices together which would be satisfying as a teacher and facilitator. I needed a clear direction; I found Goran’s training and signed up.

When I arrived to the Dance Alchemy Intensive, I felt as if I had been walking into a brick wall for months. However, I walked away from the intensive with a new sense of purpose, focus, and satisfaction. I could dream again.

I now have a clear plan and action steps, thanks to Goran’s coaching, the input from the community of participants, and the additional times given to us for personal reflection.

Goran’s leadership style invites participants to look deeply into their intentions, values, and desires. He holds space for everyone naturally, making it look effortless. Goran leads not with his ego, but with his heart, and also from a place of vulnerability. He would catch up with us in the free times and inspire us to be accountable to the personal tasks we had set for ourselves. I felt known by the leader, which is more than I’ve ever experienced in past workshop intensives. Goran was always himself; a mature and experienced leader. I highly recommend his trainings."

Michelle Campbell; dancer, teacher & movement therapist / USA-DE

"Uniqueness of this program is coaching on a personal level, making one recognize the potential of dance practice outside of dance field." 

Alexey Dmitrenko; dancer, teacher & choreographer / Russia

"Simple 8 step process gave me a practical framework to establish a structure and express my creativity at the same time. 

During my first class people were inspired by teaching and the passion I put into it. I’m grateful to Goran for helping me give life to something I had yearned to do for a long time, but had a feeling I wasn’t good enough to do it."

Muriel Juillard; dance teacher / Bali

" I’ve took my dance to another level, got tools and inspiration for facilitation dance workshops in the future, came closer to myself and the nature. 


What surprised me really positively was people who I’ve met here. They’ve been amazing supportive, and they became like family members for me, hey became friends for me.


One of the aha moments for me was, that everyone shares different energy in this world and we need to take care of this energy, being soft and kind to each other, and support each other. "


Bibiana Krauskova; dancer / UK - Slovakia

" The most important benefit of Online course was of getting something I can refer to, also to see live examples and so many modalities to use. I got an excellent base point to build upon, exactly what I was looking for.

It gave me the confidence to teach now, which I was previously lacking.  

It’s truly transformational to see, how people use their bodies and how they are with others. And the way I move my body changed, the way I move through space changed, and my work did change because I will teach this!! 

Also, the breath-work was another incredible thing for me, as after it I had SO much energy for two whole days! 

An online Dance Alchemy Teacher Course will provide you the clarity, base, ideas, structure, and teaching tools for you to expand and create your own unique teaching practice.

I am about to take the next leap, wouldn't have been possible so soon without this!"

Arushi Malaker; dance & yoga teacher / India

“ I've just completed your online teacher program and THANK YOU so much, it was everything I looked for and even more. It was a real journey and I will make it continue. I really really really enjoyed it! 

I am a dance teacher but I never liked contests or judgment or dancing this way or that way for tv shows. I love dancing according to my feelings and I really wanted to open classes in which I could dance this way: to listen to my body and to have the tools to teach my students in a holistic and playful way.

After this experience, I definitely do not want to teach dance as I used to, even if I have to start on my own.

Online course Dance Alchemy Teacher Training is transforming, it opens our mind, it gives pleasure and freedom.

Thanks a lot, Goran for your tools, your experience, and your knowledge. It was great and rich to learn from you!

P.S ...One funny thing, during the lock-down, I asked my husband to train tools for duets and contact improvisation with me:) It was quite something! Difficult at the beginning and then, awesome! ”

Amandine Mons; dance & yoga teacher / France


I experienced a lot of things, and a lot of learnings, and every experience was a gift that showed me where I need to go and where I have gaps, in what areas of my life I would need to cut to develop myself to be able to share my gifts and assets with the world.


The training was well pasted, there was lots of opportunity for interaction and sharing, openness to feedback and inner processes that we were going through and Goran really opened a space to bounce off ideas and to be able to experiment a lot.


Goran was like a basket of surprise because there was always something new and unexpected, and he always knew how to incorporate moments of struggle for me personally into something that turned in the end into a wonderful landscape to play on, vast possibilities from knowing nothing into realizing the potential of what was going on in every session. 


He was really knowledgeable and very skilfully he navigated through all of the moments. He’s also very thoughtful and he knows when to lift the spirit and when to stir joking around and play, and also he knows when to get serious. And he really was able to show up in every moment equally, even though the training is very intense and intensive and his readiness in to be able to answer any question, and go through any situation, just really shows how professional he is.”


Linda Biros, feminine energy leader / Slovakia

" Goran really knows what he's doing with this dancing, he just have so many tools, so many little tricks to get out of his pocket, that is really amazing.


It's like guiding us so gently on the journey, that we didn't even notice that we left, and then suddenly we reached our destination: We were like … whoa, we didn't expect that:) And this is what I really like, like flow of all this inner work, a lot of tools, and at the same time making it gentle and  playful."


Ajda Flašker; meditation and yoga teacher / Slovenia

" I think the most important thing what I take with me is the the strength, finding my core again. 

Goran teaches with a lot of passion and a sense of community building and in a fun way, so that was important for me because in the last few months I was in need of laughter, communication of connection through fun, dynamic activities and through focused actions. He's a great facilitator. In this sense he’s like… “if you want to go there … go, there no excuses, just do it”. And for me that is exactly what I was looking for." 


Angela Maldonado; Inner dance therapist, yoga teacher / Spain

" I recommend Dance Alchemy Teacher Training to people who are already teaching something and want to develop, to become better, to think about their practice, and also to people who don't teach yet and wants to teach or maybe also not, who just want to move and explore and find themselves into the dance or some other practices. It's not just about dancing, dancing it's a tool to come closer to yourself.

My favourite moments were when we connected as a group and created some flow, and we become like one breath, like one heartbeat, and our heartbeats connected. And I like this connection of living in community, this was the best for me to be together with other people, to create and learn from each other, help each other to grow."

Živa Stojanovič; teacher of Circus. Acro yoga, Aerial yoga and Dance / Slovenia

“What I admire most is the facilitator himself Goran, he is an insane source of inspiration, an incredible mentor that encourages you to go on your path and sees you for who you are. And he allows the freedom to use his tools in your own way. He’s actually very happy if you take his tools and use them in your own way, to Alchemize them as he calls it. 


I’m really grateful and I would come back for more."


Katerina Danae Kandylaki; scientist and dance & movement facilitator / Netherlands

“This experience was like a re-birth and life-changing, it can take you on where you’re meant to go, your life path … there are many ways you can describe it, it’s wonderful and it’s just such a great opportunity to see how dance can bring you to yourself and to the truth.


I threw myself into the unknown and I experienced a lot, from healing emotions and wounds and allowing the inner work that needed to be done. The first moment I entered the studio I cried because I had come home and I saw the dance of life and everything, even in nature, and what a gift it is to dance. 


Goran is very skillful, patient, caring, and compassionate and has wonderful tools to incorporate dance into every field and our lives. Part of the work here ware also workshops led by other participants of the group I could learn from and they contributed to my healing and to my journey.”


Lena O' Driscoll; yoga teacher and zumba instructor / Ireland

“I lead my first dance workshop and I’m really proud of it!


I didn’t expect such a strong community and I’m really grateful for the wisdom of the group. You can really be yourself, you can articulate whatever you want, whatever you need, you can share what is on your mind, and your heart, and you can learn so much from others.


Goran is a great facilitator, he can really feel and lead the group, he’s so open to perceive and be aware of each individual in the group and that is rare and something really important.”


Tina Koščak; teacher / Slovenia

“ It’s really a transformational experience. I see Goran as this energy, strong, powerful, but gentle at the same time. Someone who you can feel really is interested in transformation and helping people get to that transformation through movement because movement is his thing. Dance is his expression and his tool. He offers a great combination of concrete, practical, spiritual, personal and professional development.”


Carolina Parreira; art & dance producer / Portugal

“It was a powerful Journey. Goran is great, he has so much experience as a performer, and as a facilitator and a teacher he rally knows how to hold space, he really knows how to adapt to the group, he senses, he reads the room and knows how to guide everyone and the whole group, so that everyone gets the most from the experience. And he has so many tools he developed through years and years, and these tools are really so simple in a way, but so very powerful and so useful, and I and everybody can, no matter the skills people have, and how experienced they are, they can get something from the tools. But also they have so much depth, that if someone is more experienced in dance, or other body practices, it can go even deeper, so it’s just so many layers.”


Maša Tiselj; TV presenter, actress / Slovenia

“You are unique Goran with your energy and knowledge. You are passing on the mighty knowledge you have in a way that anyone can understand. And this is an art that only a few can do.” 


Lucija Poličnik; reiki master, angel therapist, ski instructor and horse riding teacher / Slovenia

“It was a really beautiful, interesting, and intense experience, it was something that needed to marinate for a little while because I just transformed so many layers and I needed to understand what happened and I just didn’t have the words. But it definitely brings you back to the core, and that is what movement, especially breath-work, does. I feel that the energy work that Goran does helps us do.


Goran does that in a really down-to-earth, joyful with a lot of passion but also really relaxed and natural way and he doesn't make a fuss about it.  He’s just like: yeah just experience it.


It’s a really nice jump-start of going into a mode of going towards what you want and what your path is, so I would definitely recommend it to everybody.”


Jasmin Cicek; social worker & a seeker in life currently / Netherlands


"If you would like to get to know yourself better and learn how can you use this what you have and what you are good at in your life, then you should come here because you have masters who can really support you on your way, personal, professional or what ever way. This is something where you can get the support."


Žiga Lukman; healer & social educator / Slovenia

"Great experience to learn more about the interaction of breathing and movement, energy connections, and empathic listening."


Federica Cecchet; civil engineer and an architect / Italy


"I came for the techniques and some wisdom. And apart of full of that, I also got my Soul :) or Home. Dance Alchemy is a perfect mix of exercises, that are enhancing body awareness, emotional intelligence and opens the dialogue between body - mind - emotions and soul, creating the primary space to just Be. I’ve also got new tools and methods for working with my team at current job and I feel clearer in my life direction and new possibilities to start new “profession."

Katja Beck Kos, cultural manager / Slovenia

“Ficho body work with Goran Bogdanovski is most amazing leadership learning experience I ever had. Looking back at the progress I made in last three years since starting the Ficho improvisation dance trainings, here are some awesome tweaks that made my life as a manager easier and more efficient. I made huge progress on stuff that brought me free time and energy boost in return. How to be clear around what I want, how to engage others to follow with ease, how to enter the space and radiate who I am, and the super bonus for this disruption prone times - I am more resilient, I am quicker at renewing my capacity to act at my will even in the moments of intense outside pressure. Profoundly grateful..” 


Svetlana Šaljič; co-owner & CTO at SETCCE / Slovenia

"Liberating and amazing experience! Goran has this knack of really connecting the essence of people and making you comfortable with getting in touch with really knowing yourself and not being afraid of it, enjoying it and enjoying the process.”


Paul Vratusha, investor & CEO at Atelier ltd. / Brasil - UK - Slovenia

"Dance Alchemy Teacher Training is perfect for you if you want to focus on one hand on healing your body through dance, nature, community, breathing, and authentic expression, and/or on the other hand explore the world of dance and movement, and incorporate it into your work. I came for both reasons and I am so very grateful for this epic 14-day dance journey. At the end of the retreat, I was very inspired by the fact of how much can one learn and experience in these 14 days.

  

It didn't take me long into the sessions when I realized HOW much was going on in my head, and how hard it is to consistently stay in the body, the moment, and keep awareness of the movement, and the breath. I learned how dance is an amazing tool for observing the connection between mind – and body and how it works in me. It was refreshing to feel how much gratitude my body gives me if I put awareness inside of it, different parts, breathe into them, connect dance and breath, and voice. To basically move very naturally, without the baggage of how it is »appropriate« to dance.

  

Lessons with Goran on the dance floor are powerful, and because you really embody them during the exercises and dance, you remember them often even outside of the dance studio. »Dance first, talk later« was the main theme of all the sessions and I loved how we could always find the parallel between the dance floor and life at the end of the exercises. 


Goran is enthusiastic, unique, and sensitive to each person's needs and individuality. Once you have a session with him it is clear to you that he has years and years of all sorts of movement practices in his body. Every session seemed to flow so organically, and naturally, you feel supported and we were always surprised how effortlessly we were led into free dance improvisation while incorporating so many new perspectives, details, and practical tools to take our dance to a new level. He lovingly but also firmly encourages you to face your fears and doubts or questions, and to be playful and curious. I loved how he shared his knowledge and encouraged participants to reshape and transform them into our own.


The retreat was a great balance between work and rest, it is long enough so you can really work on yourself and go deep. It is not really only teacher training, it gives a space for deep personal work if you wish to do it, it is a great place to find clarity and direction. It empowers you to take action toward your dream. I never imagined I would lead a dance alchemy session at the end of the retreat and it was an amazing experience – to create and lead a group through the whole session. I now feel more confident and can't wait to integrate what I learned into my life and work.”


Maja Toni; bodywork practitioner & dance facilitator / Slovenia


"I picked the retreat to reconnect to dancing. The variety of the content suited my profile perfectly. I experienced creative freedom, letting go of stress and regaining vitality. Being connected to an inspiring, wonderful group of like-minded and creative people.


The connection to Goran and the other participants (whom I never met before) was full of trust, empathy, and joy and could not have been planned beforehand. The activities inside and outside the studio underlined the interest in deepening personal growth together and individually.


A retreat is always the time to reconnect with nature, the self, and higher forces. The fact that dance was included in that journey, doubled the effect concerning the outcome of creative ideas, personal insights, and the connections to the beautiful people around. In many ways, I was challenged to strengthen my determination. In this process, Goran was a positive, reliable, and sincere mentor to guided towards the aimed goals playfully.


Many of the movement games, improvisational settings, the breath work, and the friendly open way of Goran´s approach to teaching/ guiding /leading can be included in my daily personal and professional life.


The upcoming change in my work life was transformed in many positive ways such as trusting and embracing the transformation fully.


Goran´s way of guiding through the wonderful program he created contains more than offering a variety of creative exercises. His experience in dance, facilitating, and generating vital energy is captivating. Also bringing the right people together, picking the perfect spot in nature, and being able to work alongside individual goals by developing them through providing important values such as humor, lightness, determination, and strength enables any individual to walk to broader, greater horizons.


Dance Alchemy is an opportunity to achieve serenity, freedom, and spiritual growth. If you are open and ready for deeper insights then trust and embrace the transformational force of movement and dance. Be ready to travel and collect stars from the sky."


Petra Bialojan; studied: Dance education (BA), Dance therapy (Diploma), Cultural Management (MA), Primary School Teacher (MA) / Germany

"My intention in coming to the retreat was to be better prepared to offer somatic dance to my community, and I achieved that, but I also gained so much more.


Goran's wealth of experience and skill together with his personal, customized approach helped me focus on my own growth and inspired me to step into the version of me who is meant to do this work.


Our dance alchemy wizard created a beautiful space for a cohesive community in a perfect location and led us through challenges with love, wisdom and democracy.


It was a beautiful experience that I will always remember and I highly recommend working with Goran to anyone who wants to bring movement into their human experience at a deeper level."


Natasha Ramlall; Mind-body coach and Somatic dance facilitator / Canada

"I wanted to feel more confident about how I could connect and develop my dance movement therapy studies with my existing job as a teacher in the future. I also needed time to take a rest and reflect on myself after a period of running so hard. 

During this time, I fully immersed myself in my movement and expanded the range and methods of my movements, discovering myself more deeply and feeling more passionate about what I want to do in the future.

 Being able to spend so much time surrounded by beautiful nature was also a great relaxation.  I was recommended this program by a friend who attended the first dance alchemy teacher training and it has way exceeded my expectations I would strongly recommend it to anyone who needs a boost of confidence and passion in their dance and movement-related profession or reflection and a break from it. 

Above all, Goran was a very experienced, pleasant, and thoughtful facilitator who tried to share with the participants as much as possible proven practices from his own experience. I feel very fortunate to have found such a reliable mentor who is so well grounded in his passion and experience in this field, and who is always there to support and encourage participants with an open ear and heart.


This could be one of the turning points and most memorable times in my life."



Jinwook Yang; Dance Movement Therapist and a special education teacher / Korea

"I just wrapped up an amazing adventure at the Intensive Dance Alchemy Teacher Training in the stunning landscapes of Slovenia. Picture this: 14 days surrounded by mountains, rivers, and waterfalls – it was like dancing in a fairytale.


Goran, our incredible mentor and dance guru, led the way. Under his expert guidance, the training was a whirlwind of learning and growth. Goran's attentiveness and intuitive teaching style created an environment of support and exploration, enabling me to acquire a wealth of new tools for my movement and dance therapy workshops and classes. Seriously, this guy knows his stuff.

Oh, and the food? Let's just say my taste buds did a happy dance too. Healthy and delicious – a real treat for body and soul.


But the real magic? The diverse bunch of fellow participants. We came from all over the globe and quickly became like family. We shared stories, laughter, and yes, a few tears too.


And the dancing? Pure catharsis. We let loose, shed inhibitions, and discovered layers of ourselves we never knew existed. Laughter and tears flowed, creating an emotional masterpiece. 

Looking back, this training was not merely a course, it was a transformative journey of self-discovery and empowerment. The dance, nature's beauty, newfound friendships, and Goran's guidance fused into an experience that lit up my soul.


Armed with a fresh outlook and a newfound love for the healing power of dance, I can't wait to share this magic in my own practice. If you're on the lookout for an adventure that blends dance, nature, and mentorship, the Intensive Dance Alchemy Teacher Training is an absolute gem. Get ready to dance your heart out!"


Kristina Bajzat; Dancer/Embodiment Facilitator / Slovakia

Jelena Vuković

poet & women embodiment coach / Montenegro

Lena O' Driscoll

yoga teacher and zumba instructor / Ireland

Maša Tiselj

TV presenter, actress / Slovenia

Carolina Parreira

art & dance producer / Portugal

Bridget McLemore 

dancer and yoga teacher / USA

Sandra Gojić

embodiment trainer & movement teacher / Ireland

Anne Stilling Jeppesen

psychologist, yoga teacher, healer, and a contact improv facilitator / Denmark

Napat Zuber - Machima 

yoga and meditation teacher / Thailand

Paul Vratusha

 Atelier ltd. CEO

Alexey Dmitrenko

dancer, teacher & choreographer / Russia

Barbara Guipponi 

dance teacher & dancer / Italy

Ajda Flašker

meditation and yoga teacher / Slovenia

Angela Maldonado

Inner dance therapist, yoga teacher / Spain

Živa Stojanovič

teacher of Circus. Acro yoga, Aerial yoga and Dance / Slovenia

Jasmin Cicek

social worker & a seeker in life currently / Netherland

Linda Biros

feminine energy leader / Slovakia

Luisella Zandolin

holistic & forgiveness facilitator / Italy

Katerina Danae Kandylaki

scientist and dance & movement facilitator / Netherlands

Tina Koščak

teacher / Slovenia

Katja Beck Kos

cultural manager / Slovenia

Žiga Lukman

healer, social educator / Slovenia

Gamze Leela 

yoga teacher, spiritual healer, retreat leader / UK

Federica Cecchet

civil engineer and an architect / Italy

Svetlana Šaljič

CEO at SETCCE  / Slovenia

Lucija Poličnik

reiki master, angel therapist, horse riding teacher & urban planner / Slovenia

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