Dates: 11 - 14 October 2013
Location: Pasjak (Dogs Land), Croatia (see below)
Coordinator - Vanja Kodnik
Come and Dance, come and play, come and serve, come and pray we invite you all to come together and create a beautiful healing Dance in Croatia. The For The One Dance is a ceremonial dance that brings together many people from all over the world from very different backgrounds to dance together. When we Dance our joys, dance our fears, dance our pain and dance our hopes ; we discover that there is very little that separats us from our fellow human being , the animals and all that surrounds us on this beautiful earth .When we surrender and trust, we see that there is only love, even where we could not see it before.Each of us bring something very unique into this world and it is our old wounds that prevent us from expressing our true being. It is in dancing that we leave behind what does not serve us and step into our limitless potential knowing that all there is is LOVE.
To dance in a circle is a very old way of Dancing in many traditions. Something very sacred happens when it is done in an honouring and loving way. We all come to be together to serve each other with open hearts and create a save space where the healing of old wounds can take place in us and for the world.
I invite all of you to come to Croatia the Balkans. In this part of the world people are very expressive they put all of their heart into whatever they feel and passionately express this : their anger, their joy and their love. Some of us that are not from here have found ourselves to do the same!!The people of this area have recently seen many changes in social form from communism through war to capitalism to the EU. It is a place where a lot of the old values and ways of being are still lived among the romantic charm of small vineyards and olive groves, old stone houses and the beautiful Adriatic sea. Some may say they are 100 years back in time but are now catapulted forward.
There is however only so much I can describe the only way to find out what it is about is to take the risk and come along and share in this beautiful way of being together. Like some of the people of this area have said to me: I am not sure what it is you do, but it sure feels good to be with the people of the Dance you laugh a lot.
The chiefs who felt called to serve the people are Henry (our Leprechuan)from Ireland and Sonja from South Africa who gave her heart to Bosnia/Croatia. Together they have served at many Dances around the world. Our co-ordinator is Vanja who with her wide open heart has called the people and this time many are saying yes.
We look forward to weave together all the open hearts of all the people that feel called to come to this Dance.
To register please email Vanja Kodnik on:
2008: Jeanne White Eagle and John Pehrson - Chiefs (Bosnia & Croatia)
2009: Jeanne White Eagle and Jens Ivers - Chiefs
2010: No dance in Croatia. (Dance was in Bosnia with John Pehrson and Sophia Peters as Chiefs)
2011: Sophia Peters and Jens Ivers - Chiefs
2012: Sonja Flying Deer and Jens Ivers - Chiefs See Croatia 2012 photos
2013: Sonja Flying Deer and Henry Rowan - Chiefs
The fee you pay is based on the country you are from or you work in. The reason for this is because of the different economies in the world. Each country has a sliding scale based upon ability to pay. If you are say unemployed then you might want to pay the lower end. Or if you are in full time employment then you may be able to pay nearer the upper end.
If you are from USA, UK, Germany, France, Canada, Norway or similar economies the fee if you wish to dance is between $450-580 US dollars / 330-450 Euros or equivalent.
South Africa the fee to dance is 1850-2500 ZAR.
Israel, Palestine is 900-1300 NIS.
Bosnia / Croatia 175 Euro - 230 Euros
There is a discount for Youth Dancers under the age of 21: this amount is one half of the above fee.
The For the One dance is a not for profit organisation. The Crew, Coordinators or Chiefs are not paid. We pay the Chiefs' reasonable travel expenses whenever possible.
There are many expenses with the dance, and if we have any money left over after expenses, it is used by For the One Dance to support the work going forward. The For the One Organization is a not for profit organisation and any monies remaining are used to support the work on a global level.
Each dance has a crew that is larger normally than the number of dancers. Help is always needed. As a member of the crew, you will pay a fee to cover food and general expenses. This fee may vary from country to country but is typically about 50-75 US dollars.
For youth under the age of 21 it is one half of the above stated amount.
Pasjak (Dogs Land), Croatia
Pasjak is the land of Celin Valentic, and is for many generations in his family. His wife Edita and him are slowly turning it in an eco-village.
There is running water near by, but conditions are fairly basic. Sleeping will be in tents during the dance but before and after the dance we are trying to coordinate sleeping and showers etc.
Click here to find out more information about Kastelir-Labinci which used to be two villages but as they grew larger have now become one.
There are lots of "tourist" things to do in the local area, because Poreč (12 KM from Kastelir) is one of most tourist towns in Croatia, and also is an old Roman town, with "Euphrasian Basilica" that has been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1997 - see this link for more info.
The beautiful local town of Poreč can be found just on the coast. (Poreč on Wikipedia)It is only 20 minutes by car.
Other places that might be of interest are:
Parenzana - walking and cycling ex railroad trail.
If arriving by plane the nearest Airports are:
Trieste Airport (Code TRS) (Italy) - Click for Directions on Google Maps (About 1 hour 35 minutes drive)
Pula Airport (Code PUY) (Croatia) - Click for Directions on Google Maps (About 50 minutes drive)
Rijeka Airport (Code RJK) (Croatia) - Click for Directions on Google Maps (About 2 hours drive)
Please find below a map of Croatia showing the three airports and the dance site.
Directions from Trieste airport, by car:
Exit airport, turn left and follow signs for the autostrada (motorway)
when you reach the autostrada, after the pay toll, follow directions for Trieste;
having passed Trieste, stay on the autostrada until you reach the exit for Capodistria/Koper;
on reaching Koper, take the second exit, marked Pula;
1 km after the Croatian border control, you will reach a motorway that travels the length of the Istrian peninsula; there are pay tolls on this road,they take euros but I suggest you stock up with kuna at the border.
after approx 30km, take the exit for VISNJAN and when you reach the local roads you will find a sign for Kastelir; you are now 4km from your destination;
this narrow road leads into Kastelir via the village of Labinci;
on leaving Labinci at the main Porec road, turn right up hill;
in 150m you will come to the Dom bar; turn left here up hill towards the church;
at the church, continue across the square and turn left, past the Kastel pansion and restaurant, just straight down following same road;
Vanja's and Gordon's home is about 600 meters down the road.
Note: From Trieste airport to Kastelir is about 100 kilometres.
The only driving decisions are:
1) stay on the main branch of the Italian autostrada until the Capodistria fork;
2) at Capodistria, be careful to take the second (Pula) exit, not the Centro exit;
Trains, Buses and Autoroutes from Italy:
by car, follow autostrada past Venice to Trieste; then follow directions above;
buses leave Trieste airport hourly for Trieste; in Trieste, the bus station and train station are side by side; buses leave Trieste for Buje, Porec or Pula every afternoon;
reasonably fast (and comfortable) trains leave Venice (Mestre) for Trieste, 8 or 9 times a day (10.20 euros single).
From Ljubljana and points north, by car:
the autostrada south from Ljubljana is well signposted to
from Koper, follow directions above.
From Pula Airport:
Follow signs for Pula until you reach the Istrian highway;
(there are tolls on the road)
follow signs for Trieste;
after about 50 kilometres take the Visnjan exit and when you reach the local roads you will find a sign for Kastelir; you are now 4km from your destination;
this twisting little road leads into Kastelir via the village of Labinci;
on leaving Labinci at the main Porec road, turn right up
in 150m you will come to the Dom Bar; turn left here up hill towards the church;
at the church, continue across the square and turn left, past the Kastel pansion and restaurant;
Vanja's and Gordon's home is about 600 meters down the road.