Ecstatic DJ Camp 2023 • SPAIN

      Banyoles, Girona, Spain

      DT
      Dance The Medicine
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      25 reviews
      Oct 23 - 28, 2023
      Group size: 12 - 30
      Ecstatic DJ Camp 2023 • SPAIN
      Banyoles, Girona, Spain

      Dance The Medicine
      • Email address verified
      25 reviews

      Oct 23 - 28, 2023
      Group size: 12 - 30

      About this trip

      ✤ Join our in-person Ecstatic DJ Camp to take the next steps in your DJ evolution while connecting with fellow DJs from around the world ✤   

      Would you like to immerse yourself in the world of conscious dance DJing? Join the DTM Team for an intermediate level DJ training in Spain. For 6 days, you’ll live and breathe music and dance, while connecting with other DJs from around the world. Level up your ability to craft truly transformative dance journeys by soaking in the collective wisdom of our skilled DJ coaches, while having loads of fun!


      The Ecstatic DJ Camp Is For You if You Are...

       → A graduate of our DTM DJ Training

       → A seasoned DJ who is keen to step into the world of Ecstatic and conscious dance
      → A conscious dance facilitator eager to deepen your technical DJ skills

      What to Expect at Our Ecstatic DJ Camp?

       This 6-day immersive DJ Camp is more than a training—it’s a full on experience. Running  from 23rd until 28th of October at Amara Valley in the enchanting area of Banyoles in Spain, we’ll dive deep each day exploring technical and theoretical topics such as; 

      → Set creation and preparation 

      → Looping

      → Midi mapping

      → Mixing with more than 2 channels
      → Playing live, reading the room and improvising

      → Tempo bending

      → Setting the beat grid and properly analysing tracks

      → Using cue points effectively and creatively 

      → Library and file management secrets

      → and much, much more


      During each session, members of the DTM team will demo and share their personal tips & tricks. Afterwards, you’ll be given a chance to practise in a supportive environment with hand-on guidance from our DTM coaches and mentors. We know that our DJs are dancers at heart, so we’ll begin each day with a dance practice, and offer opportunities to dance even more throughout the day. 


      We have capped this gathering at 30 participants to make sure everyone gets some 1-on-1 tutoring. There will be opportunities to play live sets in various settings (inside, poolside, and silent disco sets). And on one of the evenings, we will invite the Amara community to join us for a large community dance.


      We’ll include some downtime in our busy schedule to enjoy the comfortable luxury of the Amara Valley (walk the labyrinth, meditate in the stone circle, swim in the pool, or relax in the sauna). The renowned Amara kitchen will serve us healthy, delicious locally sourced meals, as we become more confident and skilled DJs.

      Get ready to learn new skills, forge deep connections, relish in the joy of dance, and indulge in a full on conscious dance DJ geek-out intensive



      Requirements to Participate

      Set your sights on our training if you're an intermediate DJ (or enthusiastic beginner) with a solid foundation. Basic DJing skills and proficiency navigating DJ software in a must!


      Important to know:

      → You will benefit most from this training if you already have experience and are looking to improve your skills and knowledge. We won’t be teaching entry-level skills.

      → We teach using Traktor Pro 3 software, but you do not have to be a Traktor user. Our course is universally relevant to those using other DJ software. The skills you'll acquire can be seamlessly applied to other DJ software such as Serato, Recordbox, DJay, etc.

      → It's essential that you arrive at the camp with your own computer and controller/console/midi device. Again, we will teach using Traktor hardware, but you can bring whatever brand you are currently using. 

      → DMT has an exclusive deal with Native Instruments, the creator of Traktor. If you plan to buy a new controller (or any other NI equipment) sign up with us first so that you can receive a code which gives you 25% off all Native Instruments hardware.


      Feeling excluded because DJ software seems like a foreign language to you? Join our ONLINE ECSTATIC DJ TRAINING designed for beginners where we teach all the fundamentals to start DJing for conscious dance! Or join our mailing list to be the first to know when we announce dates for our In-Person Ecstatic DJ Training (for beginners and intermediates) coming early summer of 2024.

      If you want to get started right away, you may want to opt for our Self-Led Ecstatic DJ Training. You’ll get instant access and can journey along at your own pace. 

      The Team

      BERNICE RAABIS • Founder of Dance The Medicine

      Having begun humbly in the Kootenay Mountains of Western Canada, Bernice is now a respected mentor for Conscious Dance Leaders across the globe. Her journey started with hosting Dance Church for over ten years, where she harnessed her expertise from training in various disciplines, including Soul Motion, Movement Based Expressive Art Therapy (The Tamalpa Institute), and Relational Somatic Therapy. These were brought together to nurture her local multi-generational dance community, which flourished and surpassed even her most ambitious expectations.


      In 2016, she stretched her wings co-founding Ecstatic Dance International, facilitating successful leadership trainings in the US, the Netherlands, Guatemala, and Portugal. Driven to incorporate DJ and dance facilitation skills into her training repertoire, she went on to founded Dance The Medicine, a collective of accomplished conscious dance professionals on a mission to infect the world with dance. 


      While Bernice loves DJing and creating transformative events, her deepest fulfilment comes from facilitating deep somatic processes using a combination of dance, art, and ritual; to help dancers find freedom and health through connection to self, community and humanity.


      ALEX SEVILLA • Co-teacher @ DTM DJ Training & Resident DJ @ Ecstatic Dance Madrid

      After more than two decades behind the decks as a club DJ, Alex stumbled upon conscious dance. This encounter reshaped not only his personal life but also his profession. He soon traded in his career as a computer engineer to become a conscious dance entrepreneur, sharing his passion for dance, music, and consciousness with the world. Stepping into his new life, he became a resident DJ at Templo del Baile, a hugely popular conscious club in his hometown Madrid. Two years later, an invitation to play Ecstatic Dance Madrid, enabled him to take this newfound career to the next level. 


      During the pandemic, it became Alex’ mission to help the worldwide Ecstatic Dance community by navigating the technical challenges of live-streaming dance and music events as we all struggled to fulfil our need to dance during lockdown. Post-restrictions, he facilitated in-person dancing again by offering donation-based sessions in the streets of Spain, giving birth to a monthly gathering known as La Plaga del Baile (The Plague of Dance) In May 2020, Dance The Medicine recognized Alex’ talent and generous nature recruiting him as a teacher and tech guru during their first Ecstatic DJ Conference. He has been with us ever since, lucky DTM!


      ESTA POLYESTA • Co-teacher @ DTM, Global Ecstatic Dance DJ & Dance Facilitator, Event Organizer & Resident DJ @ Ecstatic Dance Amsterdam & Ecstatic Dance Goa 

      Introducing Esta, your globe-trotting full time professional DJ and ceremony leader from Amsterdam. While she found her passion for music and dance early in life, she waited until 2005 to share her talent with the world. Nearly two decades later, Esta is celebrated for her significant influence on global beats, world music, and Ecstatic Dance, extending her reach from Russia to Thailand, USA to India, and beyond. Her playful facilitation and adventurous sets invite expression, connection, and joy have enchanted crowds worldwide. 


      Esta's expertise isn't confined to the decks; Her versatile skill set includes ritual design, music production, and Trance Dance facilitation. She showed her entrepreneurial prowess by pioneering Ecstatic Dance at Odessa and co-organising both Ecstatic Dance Amsterdam and Ecstatic Dance Ruigoord. She further shapes the Ecstatic Dance scene by offering 1-on-1 mentorship of emerging DJs and conscious leaders and teaching in several DTM trainings. 


      Esta's collaboration with DTM stretches back to the very first live DJ Training when she was hired as DJ Coach after Bernice stumbled across her play on a pirate ship. As one of DTM's first team members, she's been instrumental in shaping its identity as professional, fun, and supportive, and remains a crucial team member until this day.

      SOPHIE AUBER • DJ Mentor & Founder of Ecstatic Dance Montpellier  

      Meet Sophie, a DJ, Ecstatic Dance and Movement of Life facilitator, Yoga teacher, and Self-love coach who is passionate about the art of movement and music. As the founder of Ecstatic Dance Montpellier and Ocytocine (an outdoor silent disco Ecstatic Dance), she's been serving up captivating musical journeys that make the soul dance for several years. 


      Having completed all three DTM trainings (Leadership, DJ, and Dance Facilitator), Sophie is one of DTM’s first triple graduates. She joined us with over 15 years of experience in the healing arts, empowering others to unlock their innate potential through dance, embodiment, and mindfulness. 

      She inspires individuals to root themselves in their own lives, bravely embody authenticity, journey into unexplored dimensions of their being, love themselves unabashedly, and re-ignite the thrill of being authentic. 


      CLÉMENTINE CASAFINA (Coco Fandango) • DJ Mentor  

      Introducing the multifaceted Clémentine Casafina, aka Coco Fandango, is a unique DJ, Event Curator, and Facilitator, believing in using adversity as a creative catalyst and fun as an empowering motivator. Clémentine's magic stems from her ability to spark the inner child in all of us, creating safe spaces for shedding inhibitions and remembering that life is an eternal learning journey.


      From an early age, dance practices served as a vital emotional outlet for Clémentine, transforming her bedroom into a place of self-expression. This passion ultimately led her to the vibrant Ecstatic Dance scene in London and later inspired a pivotal life change - trading her urban hospital job to lead transformational retreats in Costa Rica, Europe and online.

      Clémentine's offerings extend beyond DJ-ing and facilitating dances; she also leads mindfulness workshops, sharing circles, breathwork classes, and cacao ceremonies. Always eager to expand her expertise, she turned to DTM, graduating from both the DJ Training and Dance Facilitator Training programs. Today, she proudly serves as a DJ mentor, sharing her rich experiences and unique approach with others on their own journeys.

      Testimonials from Graduates

      “An incredibly passionate group of experienced teachers, lovely and open-hearted people from all over the world! Perfect way to connect with Ecstatic Dance professionals and lovers and to broaden your knowledge of every aspect of Djing. It is an honor to be a part of this amazing Ecstatic Tribe!”
      → Marija Ranic • Serbia


      “A beautiful way to get to know everyone in the business I'm working in. Everything that was shared came so much out of the heart, this makes me believe that dancing makes the world a better place! Thank you <3” 

      → Anna Merel • Guatemala


      “It was a great experience and definitely worth the investment! The instructors were incredibly knowledgeable, and the classes were so interactive, which made it even more fun! I’m so glad I decided to join this group!"
      → Samantha Johnson • USA


      “This school was amazingly well-thought-out and put together. A great balance of learning technique, theory, and practicing. The 1-on-1 time with experienced DJs was also extremely helpful. I ended this school experience feeling like my time and money was well-invested!” 

      → Stephen Wieber • USA


      “This course really expanded my DJ knowledge, and I got to meet other aspiring Ecstatic Dance DJs to discuss all our burning questions. It has given me a lot of confidence to DJ live now at events. I enjoyed it immensely, it was such a fun learning experience!”  

      → Iona McNeil • UK

      The Location

      The Ecstatic DJ camp will be held at Amara Valley, located 15 minutes from Banyoles, Spain. It’s the ideal place to retreat and connect with yourself, nature, and a vibrant conscious community. As a project dedicated to holistic health and well-being, Amara supports everyone who comes here on their journey of healing, learning, and personal growth. 


      Surrounded by an oak forest, this magical retreat centre is fully equipped with a 120 m² dance space, meditation room, swimming pool, sauna, dining room, professional kitchen and several options of accommodation (more on this below).


      Regeneration of all aspects of life and sustainability is their main focus. Therefore, Amara is 100% off-grid, using renewable solar energy and contributing to the shift in human consciousness for a greener planet.


      There’s nothing better than a recharging sauna session after a whole day of dancing and learning, followed by a jump into the stunning swimming pool with views over the Vall de Biert!

      The Accommodation

      The lodging at Amara Valley is comfortable and modern. You have the choice between a private suite, shared double rooms, dormitories, glamping, camping or staying in your own van/tent. Please check the add-ons in the pricing section for a more detailed description of each accommodation type. 

      IMPORTANT: When you register for this training, you will make your choice of accommodation by choosing and ADD ON option. The cost of the accommodation will be added at check out.

      The Food

      The Amara kitchen will open up a new perception of healthy food! Your Full Meal plan includes; a large morning brunch; a substantial midday snack with smoothie, and finally a delicious hearty dinner. The meals are vegetarian and mostly gluten-free. 


      We choose these two big meals with one smaller in between to support digestion given the flow of our program. Be assured that no one goes hungry at Amara! Snacks, teas, and other beverages are always throughout the day.


      Amara’s chefs are renowned for the outstanding quality of their dishes, and their attention to detail. Their menus are designed around seasonal, locally produced ingredients, and they create dishes bursting with flavour, colour, and nutritional goodness.


      While allowances can be made for special diets and allergies, e.g. wheat-free, gluten-free, celiac, nut allergies etc.). If the kitchen is not informed before arrival about your needs, Amara cannot guarantee a kitchen suitable for severe coeliacs.

      How to Get to Amara Valley

      ✤ ADDRESS

      Amara Valley Nature Retreat

      Masía Can Coll, Carretera Pujarnol 14

      17834 - Porqueres - Girona

      Google Maps

      • 15 mins from Banyoles

      • 45 mins from Girona

      • 100 mins from Barcelona


      ✤ CLOSEST AIRPORTS

      • Girona International Airport

      • Barcelona International Airport


      ✤ BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT

      There are reliable bus services running daily from Barcelona and Girona to Banyoles. You can find the timetables from Barcelona here.

      Barcelona - Banyoles

      Daily buses from c/ Pau Clarís, 117

      One way trip - €14

      Girona - Banyoles

      Daily hourly buses from RENFE train

      One way trip - €2.65


      ✤ From Banyoles to Amara Valley

      Taxis cost €19-21 per trip (depending on time of day and week), and need to be booked between 24–48 hours in advance. You can contact them directly:

      Martí +34 679 745 257 

      Eli +34 639 006 601

      Père +34 629 624 584

      Sussi +34 609 284 872

      More Info

      ✤ ARRIVAL

      We ask you to arrive between 15:00-16:00 on Monday, October 23rd to allow time to check in, explore the grounds and settle in before we start. The retreat will begin at 17:00 with an introduction and exercise before we go to dinner together! 


      ✤ DEPARTURE

      The retreat will end after brunch on Saturday, October 28th. Checking out of your rooms by 11:00 and leaving site by 13:00.


      WHAT TO BRING

      → Tech & Gear

      - Laptop

      - DJ controller

      - DJ headphones

      - Bag or backpack to carry your DJ gear

      - Cables, stands or gear you need to DJ 


      → Clothing & other

      - Headlamp or head torch to walk around at night

      - Clothing suitable for dancing (we’ll dance numerous times a day, both inside and outside)

      - Clothing suitable to bring outside (Mountain weather in Catalonia is unpredictable in October; come prepared for all conditions.)

      - Bring layers, especially if you are glamping/camping. It can get cold at night!

      - Swimsuit

      - Comfortable and appropriate outdoor shoes to walk/dance outside (lots of nature to explore)

      - Dress up for a fun night; not fancy, just fun. Bring something if you enjoy dressing up.

      - Towel! Only the private accommodation are given towels, everyone else, please bring one!


      → Other

      - Toiletries (only natural, biodegradable products please)

      - Talisman (or sacred item) for the community altar

      - Pens and markers

      - Ear plugs (if sharing accommodation)


      ✤ PAYMENT

      A non-refundable deposit is required to book and secure your place. Balance due 15 days before the retreat starts. Please carefully read our Retreat Terms & Conditions as by booking on our retreat, you become legally bound by these terms.

      FAQ

      I'm coming from abroad. Do we need a visa to enter Spain? No! But to be sure, check with your own government and check your specific requirements. 


      Can I come on my own? Absolutely! Most of our participants actually come on their own, and many do not know anyone else who is coming. This retreat is inclusive, and we strive to create a culture of belonging. The program is designed to facilitate connections between one another with ice-breakers, group exercises and a daily sharing circle in small groups.


      Is this a festival? No. Festivals are generally larger events with several programs or workshops to choose from and participants can arrive and leave as they wish, also meals are not usually communal. Our DJ Camp, on the other hand, is a closed container: we start and finish together. We are limiting the number of participants to create a more intimate gathering. There is just one program and all the activities, including meals, are communal. We encourage you to attend all sessions and participate in all activities, as this will give you the fullest experience. We will also ask you to use your phone in designated areas only. This retreat is an invitation to dive deeper into your DJ practice and let go of the outside world.


      What is your cancellation policy? In the unlikely case that we have to cancel the retreat, a full refund will be offered. In case of cancellation from your side, no refunds or transfers will be offered, regardless of the reason.


      If I can no longer make it, can I transfer my booking to someone?

      If you find someone to take your booking, there will be a €50 admin charge to transfer your booking to another person. If the retreat is fully booked, and you want us to sell your booking on your behalf, we will retain your deposit and refund you the balance only if we find a replacement who has paid in full. Please note, we will only accept booking transfers and allow posts on our social media if the camp is fully booked.

      What’s included

      • Professional Education
        A team of five established Ecstatic Dance DJs, Organizers, and Facilitators will guide you and share their knowledge
      • Daily Dance Sessions
        Prepare for daily dancing, often multiple times a day!
      • DJ Opportunities
        Instantly practice your newfound skills with chances to DJ. We'll offer lottery slots to interested participants for morning dances, poolside sets, and more.
      • Small Groups
        Enjoy the benefits of small group discussions, fostering personal connection and mutual support
      • Networking Community
        A dedicated WhatsApp group for continuous networking and support among fellow DJ cohorts
      • Gradutation Certificate
        Upon completion, receive a graduation certificate acknowledging your accomplishment
      • 25% discount for Traktor
        A voucher for Native Instruments' website to purchase a controller or other gear.
      • Accommodation & food
        The total cost of the training depend on the type of accommodation you choose! When you register, please choose a desired accommodation & meals add-on
      • Transport to the venue
        Check “How to Get to Amara Valley” above to coordinate your travel. We'll establish a WhatsApp group for participants to facilitate shared taxi arrangements. Please contact us if you need support.
      • Gear
        Be sure to bring your own computer and DJ Controller for the sessions.

      Available Packages

      Ecstatic DJ Camp

      Please note, the training price doesn't include accommodation, choose an accommodation option from the list below. All accommodation packages include all meals.

      €1,195

      Available options

      Itinerary

      How we Start the Day
      Morning Movement

      What sets Ecstatic and Conscious DJs apart from others? Well, we are pretty sure it is because at heart we are DANCERS. And so, we begin our day with a Morning Movement practice. 


      This practice starts very slow and gentle, using multi-genre & slow bpm tracks that allow for a gentle awakening of the body with micro movements and curiosity. There is minimal guidance in the middle of the set (yes, the middle! It's a kind of reverse ED set) and a very short closing circle, so we can go off to our small groups and Brunch

      Your Organizer


      DT
      Dance The Medicine
      25 reviews
      Our Dream Team at Dance the Medicine includes established Conscious and Ecstatic Dance event organizer, movement facilitators and DJ's, We are diverse, coming from a wide array of backgrounds and modalities with varying visions about how to deliver our dance medicine to the world. What we share is a love of dance, music and community. We are collaborative, empathetic, action-minded and believe that dance has the ability to change the world! Come learn, play and DANCE with us!

      Reviews

      Very helpful and friendly masterclass ! Such a pleasure to exchange with this great team.
      By Bruno A for The Monthly Masterclasses! Continuing Education & Support on Feb 18, 2024
      Great time with fine and experienced people. A pleasure journey!
      By Roel H for Ecstatic DJ Training 2023 • Beginner • ONLINE on Feb 02, 2024
      KP
      I attended the DTM DJ training and found it to be very comprehensive, well thought out, and easy to understand. I am grateful that I chose this training because it allowed me to become familiar with the Traktor software and hardware. I am now comfortable with transitions and creating a well-organized music catalog. With the help of facilitators and mentors, I was exposed to various preferences and techniques. It was interesting to see how different DJs do things differently and why it works best in their workflow. This allowed me to find my own workflow and creative outlets more easily.
      By Kevin P for Ecstatic DJ Training 2023 • Beginner • ONLINE on Jan 29, 2024
      Training was really good, I learned a lot and I felt the support of the team. Personally I found challenging to sit for 3 hours in front of the laptop, I wished that I could have at least 20 minutes break in between and not only 5-10 min Another point is the recording. It was great to have the possibility to review the recording and I noticed that sometimes it could have been great to have a different view: the person ,who records the video, could have change the view in order to see the traktor software better, e.g. when a person talks, the screen of that person could be muuuch smaller so the screen of the software could be bigger. In many videos both screen had the same size which it makes difficult to see the software. Another example is when there is small demo and the screens of all participants is on, if the dj controller is not pinned , we do not know what the DJ is doing because there are too many videos. I am aware it is extra work for the one who is recording and this is only a suggestion. Anyway it is so great to have them available for the next months. Thanks a lot for your teaching, with love Roberta Kasha
      By Roberta C for Ecstatic DJ Training 2023 • Beginner • ONLINE on Jan 29, 2024
      This was a great course. It covered not only the technicalities of the software but also the broader view that underpins the creation of music landscapes. It was fun and deep at the same time. A great booster to get started!!
      By Andrea S for Ecstatic DJ Training 2023 • Beginner • ONLINE on Jan 26, 2024
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