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After their recent popular workshop in London, Nil Teisner (Finding Flow) and Wil Brown (Figuring Things Out) will collaborate on a 5 day practice Intensive together in Barcelona this winter and share about their practice and mutual research.
During the Practice Intensive we will explore dynamically each day. There will be a minimum of 20hrs of practice, with opportunity for extra exploration outside of this. We are really excited to share this experience in Barcelona, due to the vast and immersive environment on offer. You will gain access to different aspects of our movement practices and gain exciting perspectives, tools and insights that you can integrate into your own practice.
Elements and methods from acrobatics, locomotion, floorwork, dance, partner work, parkour, plyometrics, physical conditioning, falling practice and other areas that influence and inspire both Nil and Wil’s practice will be introduced and interwoven.
"Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean." – Ryunosuke Satoro
Monday, November 27th until
Friday, December 1st
The exact schedule will be given prior to the event. Expect about 20-25 hrs of practice spread throughout the week. The schedule for this event will be held loosely and will be adapted to the groups process and desire. Main practice times will roughly be between 10:00 and 17:00.
Early Bird Price - 630€*
Regular - 700€
* If you sign up with us before September 15th, we offer a 10% early bird discount.
The fee covers only the practice sessions and teaching. Accommodation, travel and food have to be paid by each participant on their own.
A portion of the fee will be donated to Rainforest Trust in order to compensate ecological travel expenses.
We will be exploring various spots and locations in Barcelona. A main location will be close to "Platja de la Mar Bella". This could be a good area to look for accommodation.
If you are interested in joining this event, please send a short application (introduction to you, your practice and intention as well as hopes/desires/expectations towards the intensive) to [email protected].
Expect a group of about 16-20 participants. Expect practice in indoor spaces but also outdoors (any weather). Expect a great time with wonderful people and an immersive event which will stay in your memory long after!
Registration for the event is valid when the required amount has been posted as payment received.
Participation can not be cancelled but transferred up to 24h before the event. The transfer must be communicated via email to [email protected].
To participate in the intensive you don't need any special acrobatic skills, you don't need to be particularly agile or overly strong. However, you should have an active movement practice - which style doesn't matter. Please remember that we will be moving intensively for many hours over many days. Also, for this event it is expected that one has the willingness to try something unfamiliar, to show openness to novel experiences.
The following content will be presented individually during the intensive as well as linked together. The exact content will be chosen spontaneously, as both Nil and Wil like to work with the energy of the group and set an authentic process in motion.
Internal Practice/Zero Pointing:
The role of breathing, meditation and mindset in movement and how we can use these tools in our practice. Here, body awareness and body experience are at the forefront and guide the learning process.
Conditioning, strengthening and mobilization:
How can we keep our bodies strong and supple all around? This part presents routines and methods that can be practiced and explored on an ongoing basis, preparing the body for specific physicality. The approach is oriented towards holistic development of the body and not just in isolation, as is often the case in the fitness industry.
As part of the Intensive, Wil is driven to share ideas that encapsulate both the physical development through movement, and also the subjective experiences that lie beneath it. We will use containers such as Agility, Coordination, Strength, Organisation, Softening in the search of Physical Intelligence.
Falling Through Space:
The focus lies on fear management, honing intuition, and trust in oneself. Through solo and partner exercises, creativity and problem-solving skills are challenged while effortlessly confronting fear of falling. Rolling and falling techniques are learned and tested in a playful way. Ultimately, we will transition from abstract practice to specific acrobatic material. The work is heavily inspired by Nil's many years of skateboarding and acrobatic experience.
Acrobatics, Floor and Freeform:
The fascination of movement in space, on the ground and with gravity, elements from acrobatics and improvisation. Rolling, supporting, upside down, jumping, slow, fast, gentle, explosive and wild. How can we navigate from isolated, technical through more integrated, sequential and ultimately to freeform practice? How can concepts and imaginative work help to enrich our practices?
Nil follows an approach that aims to find effortlessness, lightness, precision and calmness in movement. It is less about learning particularly difficult elements and more about finding pure joy in expressive movement and flow.
Immersion into urban/nature, sharpening the senses, jumping, rolling, climbing, balancing swinging and connecting with the urban nature within and without. Learning to see how we can use our environment actively, how to participate in and create with it.
Nil has been involved in a wide variety of physical disciplines since childhood and has been sharing his experiences and ideas about a holistic, long-lasting, fulfilling and joyful movement practice in his work for over 10 years.
His interest in working with the body and mind began at an early age. Nil sees continuous education, open-mindedness and constant curiosity about life as the cornerstones of what he does.
Teaching is informed by his interest and practice of many systems and disciplines, including rehab & health training, acrobatics, skateboarding, bouldering, dance, weight training, parkour, gymnastics, combat, yoga, meditation, bodywork, didactics, pedagogy, etc. The teaching goes beyond the physical: aspects such as learning experiences and processes, exploration of the self, trust in one's own body or fear management are an integral part of the approach.
The work is informed by many teachings, including:
Tom Weksler, Fighting Monkey Practice, Moshe Feldenkrais, Katy Bowman, Ido Portal.
As a child I was always active and compelled to explore. I played as many team sports as possible growing up, as I found the combination of social interaction and physical practice so special. I transitioned through many sports at various levels, including Soccer, American Football, Golf, Cricket, Tennis etc. However they all left me a little lacking, but in what? I could feel a disparity between team competition and self development. A series of injuries in my late teens pushed me towards more exploration and further modalities, and in turn further self exploration.
Over the past years I have spent my time adventuring the world, practicing with many inspiring individuals across a variety of disciplines, in an attempt to figure things out. After years of searching for ‘the answer’ I realized there isn’t one, but many. The myriad of learning opportunities and personal growth that lies within it is fascinating, and keeps life alive. It keeps me on the journey of figuring things out, whilst avoiding the stagnation and ignorance of thinking I know everything. To me a personal practice should give more than it takes.
My joy lies in learning. In being exposed to new and inspiring individuals and disciplines. In breaking down and working on my weaknesses. My practice is my own, but it is not alone.
I see my work as an attempt at providing this to my students. A personal practice, an embodied learning experience driven by their own motives and guided by my experience and ideas.
Event Venue & Nearby Stays
Barcelona, Catalunya, España, Spain