Heart of Ecstatic Dance Training (Amsterdam)

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Heart of Ecstatic Dance * Training in Amsterdam
Holding space for creating a community
18th-24th August 2019

Register through our website!

Heart of Ecstatic Dance is a week, hands-on training program for everyone who feels the calling to create a dancing community. You will learn to hold, facilitate and manifest your unique Ecstatic Dance. We will share all the steps needed from the very beginning – finding a space that fits, holding and creating a safe environment, dealing with challenges, conducting different types of ceremonies and rituals, and bringing the right music and DJ skills to serve the dance.

Every dance floor is special. Every sound system is different, and every experience of every dancer is unique. And YES, this is what adds up to the magic of Ecstatic Dance! When it comes from the heart, it shines out. Not only will we share with you how to build an Ecstatic Dance in this training, but also how to create a real movement from an authentic place – a heart space.

For this to happen the most important thing is where our heart and intention lies. Yet, there are a few ’magic tools’ that we can learn as DJ’s, organizers and ceremony leaders – tools that help us in the creation process of an Ecstatic Dance journey. It’s like learning a new language. It asks for patience and practice, lots and lots of curiosity, playfulness, being open to everything on the dance floor and learning to fail successfully.

The road to a flourishing dancing community is a long journey and there are also moments of hardship while encountering different obstacles. We also have had our share of challenges in our many years of experience in dance. In this training, we will share lessons we learned along the way, so we can support you on your journey.

This special training is a “Hands on” or more correct a “Body on” training where you will experience yourself how to lead a ceremony and play with music with our training group. We encourage everyone to bring and share their specific skills and wisdom, so we build a collective toolbox and open up space to co-create. Besides practice opportunities within our training, we will also have a chance to try it out for real and facilitate one or more Ecstatic Dances in Amsterdam.

We believe Ecstatic Dance only works when it has a strong beating heart. The guidelines are simple, but where does the magic come in?


About us:

Tom Goldhand is a dancer, dance teacher, group facilitator and a Dance therapist (MA). Tom has been teaching, creating and facilitating dance for over 15 years. He is the co-founder and facilitator of Ecstatic Dance Amsterdam, and owner and manager of Sadhana Dance School. In the last years alongside the weekly classes, Tom facilitates movement and personal development week workshops and retreats in Europe.

“I see myself as an improviser, I dance to discover, uncover and recover. My dance gravitate more and more into exploring movement with awareness and this is what I like to share, whether it is in dance improvisation – the art of here and now, working with partners in the form of contact improvisation, going deep into Authentic Movement or high and above into Ecstatic Dance”.

His website: www.tomgoldhand.com


Léon Beckx is a dancer and a psychologist (MSc). After studying Gestalt therapy he came across the 5Rhythms in 2001 and fell in love with the Conscious Dance form. In 2008 he trained with Gabrielle Roth to become a teacher and has since then been teaching Conscious Dance in the Netherlands and abroad. Besides dance, Léon is a lifelong student of martial arts, a somatic practitioner and a playback theater actor and weaves these practices in his teachings. His teaching style is experimental and subtle with much focus on our bodies innate intelligence.

Léon will also bring his extensive experience with facilitation, community building and community art to the training. From 2007 he has been working as a senior trainer and co-director for a Dutch NGO ‘Diversity Joy’, working with diverse and often marginalized communities and educating facilitators (inter)nationally.
For more info see: www.conscious-dance.com.


Caroline S’Jegers, the founder of ‘ícaro – roots to create, is an embodied entrepreneur and trainer. She is the co-organizer of Ecstatic Dance Belgium and is passionate about sharing her (he)ART – from teaching workshops to DJ’ing and leading ceremonies at dance communities and (conscious club) events all over the world.

As a dancer and DJ, Caroline uses music as poetry, while speaking the language of the body and listening to the heart’s longings. The sounds of DJ CaroLine can be summarized in three words: uplifting, deep and soulful. As a psychologist (BA) and a cultural anthropologist (MSc), Caroline has absorbed herself for years in the deeper-lying healing aspects of dance across cultures. Bringing dance back to the land, Caroline envisions a future where community life flourishes and respect for Mother Earth deepens…

Her website: www.carolinesjegers.com.


During this week training we wish to create a small and intimate dancing and learning community and therefore have places for only 20 participants.


To join this training please send us an e-mail with a description of yourself and the reasons behind your wish to join this week – mail us to this address: heartofecstaticdance@gmail.com.

Once received you will get a confirmation mail and all info will be sent to you.



* Super early bird price, (for the first 4 people subscribing) – 500 euro
* Early bird price (till 31.3.2019) – 650 Euro
* Full price – 800-900 Euro (according to income and financial ability)

10% of the income will be donated to a dancing organization in India: Kolkata Sanved.

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