Sandra studied contemporary dance, contact improvisation, dance improvisation, Horton technique,and jazz ballet for more than 15 years with renowned pedagogues in Slovenia, Great Britain at LABAN, China, Austria, and Georgia. In the field of dance and improvisation, she was teaching in Slovenia, India, Indonesia - Bali, Vietnam, and Croatia. She is also integrating knowledge of Kundalini and dynamic meditation, dance movement therapy, authentic movement, Dervish, and other practices into dance education. Sandra is also a licensed Pilates instructor.
Goran Bogdanovski is an award-winning performer, choreographer, teacher, curator, and artistic director. Since 1989, he has worked with over 70 choreographers and directors in many fields of the performing arts. At the same time, he was also a soloist at the Slovenian National Opera and Ballet Theatre. He founded Fičo Balet in 2000. Since then, he has developed his own style of expression, combining music, light, dramaturgy, technology, text, and body. Until now, he realized numerous dance productions, international research projects, festivals, and educational programs.
Ziya Azazi is a dancer, choreographer, and a Dervish in Progress. He shared his experience and knowledge with the public in academic and non-academic environments through performances and workshops. His work searches for the Dervish at a high level of speed, tension, and emotion, and creates a space for the viewer to encounter and experience these moods. Through his performances, Ziya Azazi seeks to represent the moment of realization when the Dervish begins to enjoy their achievement through the joyful and ecstatic repetition of whirling: the looping and spinning which leads to trance.
Meric started her musical training at State Polyphonic Children Choir, under the Ministry of Culture where she has studied with Prof. Saadettin Unal in 1991. She has performed at national and international concerts and festivals as a member of the following orchestras: Academic Symphonic Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra of Hacettepe University State Conservatoire, Mersin State Opera and Ballet Orchestra, Orchestra@Modern, Anatolian Youth Orchestra, Dokuz Eylül University Symphonic Orchestra, and Bilkent Academic Symphonic Orchestra.
Dario is an edible wild plant specialist and author of several wild food books.
Yahu was born in Belgium and lived in Cuba, Seychelles, Scandinavia, and all over the Europe. He is a student of Patanjali yoga, Yoruba, and plant medicine. Yahu has been building sweat lodges for over eight years, incorporating different cultures and traditions into the ceremony.
Boris Magdalenc is a percussionist and hang player from Slovenia. Over the years, he has collaborated with various Slovenian and foreign artists and played concerts in Slovenia and abroad. At the moment, he is focusing mostly on his project: SKARABEJ, Music for Hang and Violin. He produced music for theater, documentaries, and dance pieces. His work is focusing on exploring and harnessing the power of sound and music on the evolution of human consciousness.
Cristian was born in Chile and grew up in Greece where he went to an acting school. He moved to London, Sydney, Barcelona, Belgrade, then back to Greece, London, and then to Ljubljana for four years. He has been working as a cook for the last 12 years from fancy restaurants to heavy metal festivals and refugee camps. He loves cooking as much as he loves music because of the limitless improvisations.
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My experience was very positive and inspiring. The whole process was from time to time painful, but profoundly healing. Day after day, I was able to release the ever more poisoning material in my body and thoughts, emotions, and memories in my spirit that were stored in me, but which I no longer needed. The whole process was supported daily by iVitalis exercises, meditations, relaxation, lectures, and cleansing of the most vital inner organs. Through these practices, I was able to gain an insight into my body and my life: what I want to get rid of and what I want in its place. The entire experience was very fulfilling since I was able to reprogram myself and gather more energy. I sense great relief. I am also very proud of myself that I persisted in this challenging process to the end and won. From my heart, I am deeply thankful to Neja and Petr for all the help you both generously provided to me.