INFORMATION - Filming & editing: Franziska Neuhaus - firedancing.ch. Video gear & technical support: Yannick Barthe - yannickbarthe.ch. Camera: Sony NEX-5n. Editing program: iMovie. Music: Nuvole Bianche - Ludovico Einaudi (iTunes: tiny.cc/7cpikw).

VIDEO - It's an honor for me that the very first video I've ever filmed & edited all by myself is about the Poi & Yoga Retreat which is so dear to me! I've visited it four times and it's heart warming to see how it evolves and gets even better and better every year!

PICTURES - firedancing.ch/meeting

POI & YOGA RETREAT SWITZERLAND - It takes place on the Balmeggberg in Switzerland and it's an ideal feel-good-&-improve-your-level package! A beautiful location, being out in nature, the fresh & pure air, the warm sunshine (...or sometimes the rain!), welcoming & cosy yurts, delicious & healthy food prepared with love, surrounded by people from all over the world... simply the perfect setting to fully benefit of the great teachings! During the poi and yoga classes the excellent skills of Nick, Jon & Adrian pick you up at whatever stage you're at and bring you exactly what you need to improve your personal level.
The combination of the setting and the fantastic teachers make it really easy to dive deep into a powerful practice flow!

MY EXPERIENCE - The Poi & Yoga Retreat 2012 was, once again, a very special week for me. We heard this piano piece "Nuvole Bianche" the whole week live, by someone who was practicing it on the piano in the music area. It was this beautiful underlying song that accompanied me during the week and therefor it was my very first and only choice for my video.

For me it was a week long bubble of Love & Joy, meeting beautiful people in a beautiful surrounding and with beautiful activities. Awesome poi & yoga classes, meditation, singing, laughing, dancing… this all made me deeply reconnect with my inner core, which had a huge healing impact. During one of the meditations with a singing bowl I felt its vibrations like an overwhelming wave of Love breaking down the big walls I had unconsciously built up around my soul over years, washing away all the sorrow and the blockades that had been suffocating it. I felt like a river that was suddenly freed from a big dam. This left a powerful inner space of Stillness and Love. Like the calmness and the pure air after a cleansing storm. I felt evermore vibrant and free from that moment on. The powerful piano piece of Ludovico Einaudi brings me back to that space deep down at my core, where the Stillness and Love lie.

It was such a joy to see all these smiling faces again during the editing process and I want to simply share where this retreat took me and maybe the music will take you wherever it needs to take you!

By coincidence I discovered a beautiful text of Clare Dakin (founder of treesisters.org) the very same day and it somehow relates to my experience during the retreat: Reclaiming sacredness (tiny.cc/372mkw)

THANK YOU - My special thanks go to our poi teachers Nick Woolsey & Jon Everett from Playpoi (playpoi.com) & to our yoga teacher Adrian Wirth (oshadi-yoga.ch). Thank you for creating such a blessing of an event!
Thank you also to the friendly Balmeggberg staff (balmeggberg.ch) for the delicious vegetarian food and the warm atmosphere.
Thank you to all the wonderful people I have met "up the hill". You all rock!
And a very special thanks to Yannick (yannickbarthe.ch) for his great video gear and the precious technical support on my first video! Learning by watching - I've been watching you filming & editing for over 2 years and got the virus without even noticing it! I hope this is the first of many more videos and good food for our beautiful synergy :o)

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