Ecstatic Dance Retreat Amsterdam

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Dance every day

On August 23, we gather on conscious art ship Odessa to dance, sing, connect, and celebrate in community.

A rich program where we explore the connection between nature, the city and ourselves. With Ecstatic Dance sessions in mornings and evenings, workshops, yoga and one special Ecstatic adventure on an outside location, this retreat will make us go very deep into our natural selves. Our DJ's, musicians and ceremony leaders will facilitate musical and spiritual journeys. There will be lots of time to relax, sweat in the sauna, dip into the hot tub, hang out on our rafts and swim in the river. All on a natural high. 


Ecstatic Dance
is a freeform conscious dance

where movement expands

spirit activates

boundaries melt

boredom ceases

creativity breaks out

hope happens

beauty flows

communities collaborate

ritual is reinvented

harmony resonates

The beat deepens

as an electronic tapestry of world rhythms

 weave us together

as individuals

within a greater family.


Dance every day! Here's the program. Some small changes may occur.


Rafael Zielinski

​'Rafael is a transformer of space and energy. Through his radiant presence, sensibility and creativity, he is able to move (with) all that is.' Rafael is also a Somatic Movement coach and professional dancer. He seeks to bridge dance,  nature and shamanism, and to bringing nature back on stage. At Odessa, Rafael is one of our ceremony leaders. During the City Retreats, he will also be your host, making sure that you will feel at home on board of the ship.


Tikki Masala

After first traveling in India, Tikki Masala was inspired by the deep flavors of authentic Indian classical music. Tikki Masala blends together sounds of Indian classical instruments like Sitar,

Tabla, Santoor, Sarod, Flute, Tanpura, Harmonium and Vocals ... with beats, synthesizers, drums and percussion. Recordings made across India from Bhajans, Kirtans, Mantras, street musicians, fellow travelers, jam sessions, concerts, nature and temple sounds are mixed together with psychedelic hypnotic electronic sounds, rhythms and bass lines.

enjoy listening.

Yarun Dee

Yarun gives deeply relaxing and nourishing Holistic Ayurvedic Massages. After 15 years of experience his hands became sensitive, gentle and firm at the same time. A massage takes 1 to 1,5 hour.

The music Dj Yarun plays is a fusion of electronic music mixed with Shamanic, Tribal and Oriëntal sounds. Subtile and compelling melodies, strong and earthy beats, and Rythms that make your body want to dance, your Mind to become silent and your Spirit to expand.

DJ Yarun Dee on Mixcloud

Premala Vollebregt

Premala is a teacher at the Essence Training School for Inner Work (, trainer/coach at the Energy Balancing Institute (, and certified practitioner of The Reconnection and Reconnective Healing ( Ten years ago he started his path to heal his own wounds and awaken to his Souls higher calling. Since then he has committed his life to sharing the tools and teachings that have helped him grow as a person, in mind, body and spirit.

Sebas van Wetten

Sebas van Wetten   teaches Contact-Improvisation and Creative Dance since many years, mainly in Utrecht and Amsterdam. He loves to inspire people to find new possibilities and expression in their dance, using images of nature and the body and body-awareness. Being also a Physiotherapist, he uses this knowledge to teach safe and healthy dancing.

'What I love about CI is its playfulness and diversity. I enjoy the spacious journey of a dance and the rich and subtle communication in our touch that leads to unexpected movements and joyful encounters'

DJ Esta Polyesta

DJ Polyesta creates a party with Global Beats and Ethno House. Polyesta is well known for her World Music and Balkan Beats sets, but because of her love for electronic music, she truly enjoys merging beats with ethnic music into a funky feel-good mix. She blends music from Africa, Asia, Middle East, Latin America and Europe like there are no borders, connecting cultures and people in dance. Polyesta’s style is flowing and feminine, uplifting and fun. “Dance is a celebration.”

Sophia Maria Kienhuis

Sophia Maria is working as a Autonomous Dancing Artist and dance-teacher/ maker. She uses dance and all forms of expression as a way to solve, express and communicate, while performing, teaching or creating. She is the owner of Stichting Het Bedrijf Sophie.

Sophia Maria on facebook

DJ Albert Pala

Founder of Ecstatic Dance Barcelona

Watch our interview with Albert on Odessa here:



  • Early Explorers: 225,- (until July 21st)

  • Medium Explorers: 260,- (until Aug 5th)

  • Regular Explorers: 295,-

This is including all sessions and workshops, daily use of the sauna, lounge and hot tub on Odessa.

Daily vegan meals
You can bring your own (vegetarian) food, or join us for 95,- to get three daily delicious vegan meals from our chef Tijana. Tick the option in the ticket link if you want this.

Accomodation: sleep on the ship
There will be some space for a sleepover party in the belly of the ship. A spot on the ship costs 95,-. If you want to apply for this, please tick the link in the ticket shop. We have yoga mats to sleep on. Please bring your own sleeping bag (and a mat)

Other suggestions for a place to stay in Amsterdam:
- Check out Airbnb.

Odessa's address:
Veemkade 259
1019 CZAmsterdam

You can reach Odessa pretty easily from any corner of the city.
Take Tram 26 from Amsterdam Central Station, and get out at Rietlandpark.

- Want luxury? Lloyd Hotel is around the corner. Prices go from about 70,- p.p.p.n.

- Ask the community for couches or beds! More info coming soon..

If you don't have much money or feel like contributing in other ways, join as a helper! You will commit to helping out an amount of hours per day by setting up, closing down and other small chores. 

Please send us an e-mail at info [at] and tell us (in a few sentences) who you are and what you're good at.

Please note that we expect of helpers that they are engaged and willing to put in a few hours every day. But that's part of the fun!

Please note

The participation in the festival happens at your own risk. The organizers and the teachers are not liable for any injuries or damages. 

Registration and payment
Please reserve your spot through the link below. If you decide to cancel, we can  refund part of the fee.