12th Annual Maydays Improv Retreat

The 12th Annual Maydays Improv Retreat

 

This place is amazing – it’s like Hogwarts for improvisers


How would you like to spend five days staying in a grand old house in the Dorset countryside, taking your choice of improv classes in the company of some of the most lovely and talented people you’ll ever meet?

If this sounds good to you, then we invite you to be part of the Maydays Improv Retreat from 18th-22nd September 2019.

Whether you’re new to improv, a seasoned veteran, or somewhere in between, you’ll come away from this residential week refreshed, energised and inspired.

What is the Improv Retreat?

Quite simply, it’s an unforgettable experience.

Every September for the last 10 years, The Maydays – one of the most established and experienced improv troupes in the UK – have taken over the stately Osho Leela spiritual centre and transformed it into a unique improv school.

Around 60 attendees come from all over the country, and from all kinds of walks of life. Each day these lucky people choose from a taster’s menu of 16 different classes. There are two sessions before lunch and two more in the afternoon, with four class options to pick from for each session. So everyone charts their own course through the day, picking the classes that most appeal to them. In your downtime between classes you can relax in the café, take a well-earned nap in your room, stroll the spectacular grounds, venture deeper into the surrounding countryside, or simply mingle with the other guests and teachers and compare notes on the classes you’ve taken.

Then, every evening, you’ll be treated to performances from some world-class improvisers, and you’ll see the techniques you’ve been studying come to life on stage.

On the final day, an afternoon showcase gives everyone the option of getting up and performing in front of the entire group – improvising a scene or a song (or both) in a way that they might have found unthinkable just a few days earlier. Then everyone hugs and goes home, counting the days until next year.

Why you’ll like it:

  • The atmosphere at Osho Leela is buzzing – with so many fascinating creative types under one roof. You know those special, switched-on people you meet from time to time, the ones who are bright and kind and funny and generous and have a gleam in their eye? Imagine a
    houseful of them.
  • Each class you take is taught by a true improv master: a kind, wise soul who knows exactly how to help you raise your improv game in the most supportive environment imaginable. As the Maydays work their magic, your breakthroughs will come thick and fast.
  • You’ll laugh a lot. Really. A lot.
  • And the food is amazing.
  • And each morning kicks off with a dance party.

What you’ll learn:

Whether you want to brush up on your scene work, dig deeper into character, or explore the possibilities of new improv styles and forms, you’ll get practical guidance and instruction that is personally crafted to give you what you need. Here is just a taster of the classes that have been offered in previous years:

  • Practical classes aimed at specific areas of improv: ‘Object Work,’ ‘Scenes, Scenes, Scenes,’ ‘Move Your Body.’
  • Slightly more eclectic and tantalising topic areas: ‘Own that Joy!’ ‘Fail Big,’ ‘Totes Emosh.’
  • New styles and techniques: ‘Shakespeare’, ‘Musical improv,’ ‘Improv for One.’
  • Forms and structures: ‘The Harold,’ ‘The Deconstruction,’ ‘Living Room.’

You can stay in your comfort zone for some classes, and for others you can push yourself into scary new areas that turn out not to be so scary after all.

You’ll find new confidence you didn’t know you had. You’ll reawaken your capacity for joy. You’ll discover that you are a genius and a poet and an artist. And, best of all, you’ll make some truly brilliant new friends into the bargain.

What you’ll say:

‘What an utterly magical week. How am I going to readjust to life in the real world?’

‘I feel like I’ve run away and joined the circus.’

‘Look at all these lovely nutters!’
– Mayday who shall remain nameless, gazing out at the assembled students

 

£555.00 – Book before the 18th August to receive a £50 Early Bird discount

Jason Chin Scholarship applicants need to apply before the 1st August, winner announced 9th August – full scholarship applicant info HERE


Private rooms are now sold out for this event.

 

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  • Maydays Improv Retreat
    18th September 2019 - 22nd September 2019
    6:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Dormitory Accommodation - Includes All Meals £555.00 (GBP)   Sold Out

Biodanza Supporters Weekend

with the Student Teachers

with Niraj and friends


Dorset School of Biodanza; Supporter Weekends, Open To All!

We warmly welcome you as a supporter during this weekend at a reduced price for you to act as raw material for the students to practise on.

We call you supporters, as you are supporting the development of the next generation of Biodanza professionals by your presence and willingness to provide valuable, meaningful, essential on-the-ground experience for them. There is no substitute for teaching real people!

There is a special reduced price for this, and you get a lot of free time to hang out at the wonderful Osho Leela, set in the Dorset countryside, while the students are preparing their sessions. This is a great way to nourish yourself.

The Friday night session (vivencia) is led by an already qualified teacher with experience and is open to local people also just for that night. On Saturday and Sunday you join us at 11 a.m. for the dance led by the students, and at 5 p.m. Saturday and 2.30 p.m. Sunday (which will include a sharing circle). The rest of the time you are free to enjoy yourselves how you wish, a country walk, catching up on some sleep, reading, hanging out in the gorgeous grounds, meditating… whatever. You don’t even have to join us for all the dances, but of course, you can if you want! It’s a chill-out weekend with some dancing and connecting and helping the school group get some invaluable experience.

So, whether you are a regular Biodancer, a friend of a trainee, someone curious about the Biodanza training, come along this autumn and join the latest batch of graduates from the Dorset School of the Dance of Life!


If you would like to book a private room for this event, please complete a dormitory booking below, indicating on the form that you would like a private room, and continue with the payment process. Once your booking has been confirmed, please contact the Booking Office on 01747 821221 to let us know your room choice and pay the private room supplement. Details of private accommodation can be found here.

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  • 27th September 2019 - 29th September 2019
    6:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Early Bird Supporter Price - Dormitory Accommodation - Includes All Meals £185.00 (GBP)  
Supporter Price - Dormitory Accommodation and all meals £195.00 (GBP)   Goes On Sale
21st September 2019
Early Bird price School Members £225.00 (GBP)  
School Members £235.00 (GBP)   Goes On Sale
21st September 2019

Gardening Weekend Sept 2019

With Premen

Autumn is almost here and there are a variety of jobs to be done in the grounds and gardens preparing for winter coming. It’s enjoyable, rewarding work and you will be helping Osho Leela to look more beautiful.

Bring boots and gloves if you can, but more than that bring an open heart. Love to see you here.


If you would like to book a private room for this event, please complete a dormitory booking below, indicating on the form that you would like a private room, and continue with the payment process. Once your booking has been confirmed, please contact the Booking Office on 01747 821221 to let us know your room choice and pay the private room supplement. Details of private accommodation can be found here.

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  • 27th September 2019 - 29th September 2019
    6:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Dormitory Accommodation - Includes All Meals £25.00 (GBP)  

Yoga from the Heart

With Shambavi

In this weekend we will create a bubble of positivity in which to stretch, BREATHE and heal. Yoga creates a wonderful feeling of well being and you don’t have to be experienced to to reap the benefits. Sivananda/Vinyasa flow style yoga.

Great company, good music, mantras, healthy veg food, (we will eat together), and plenty of time to chill in nature.

The optional early morning meditations will ground and centre you allowing your natural joy to flow. You will leave us feeling de-stressed, with a renewed feeling of enthusiasm for yourself and your life. The usual warm and friendly Leela welcome awaits you. See you there! See you there!

www.oshoyoga.com

Yoga and Meditation Weekend Schedule

(everything optional except dishes)

 

Friday 4th October

5-6pm Check In

7pm Dinner together

8.25pm Opening Circle

 

Saturday 5th

7.30am Nadabrahma Meditation

8.30-9.00am Breakfast

10.15 Yoga Class

1pm Lunch

2.30 Walk in Nature (Weather Permitting otherwise Yoga Nidhra)

4.45pm Yoga Class

7pm Dinner together

7.45pm Karma Yoga – Dishes for all

8.30 Audio Discourse

 

Sunday 6th

7.30 Early Morning Mediation

10.30 Yoga Class

1pm Lunch

3.15pm Yin Yoga

5pm Goodbyes

 

Looking forward to seeing you

Remember to bring your own blanket or shawl for relaxation

 


If you would like to book a private room for this event, please complete a dormitory booking below, indicating on the form that you would like a private room, and continue with the payment process. Once your booking has been confirmed, please contact the Booking Office on 01747 821221 to let us know your room choice and pay the private room supplement. Details of private accommodation can be found here.


 

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  • 4th October 2019 - 6th October 2019
    6:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Early Bird price Dormitory Accommodation - Includes All Meals £150.00 (GBP)  
Dormitory Accommodation - Includes All Meals £170.00 (GBP)   Goes On Sale
21st September 2019

Spiritual Bootcamp

3 Day Bioenergetics Intensive
with Devaraj + the Leela staff

October 10 – 13 2019


Are you ready to step up? Are you ready for a real challenge? Do you want to make ultra-positive lasting change in your Life?

Then Spiritual Bootcamp is for You. 3 days and nights of full-on, challenging therapy – Facing your Demons in a safe and supportive environment and Coming Out on Top.

We will be working with Bioenergetics, Emotional Release, Group Therapy, Osho Meditations & more – giving you the individual challenges needed to really step up and live life to the max.

Break through barriers, overcome your fears, unleash your amazing self. You can do it!

Due to the intensity of this process I take on 20 people onto each workshop. This is so I can give sufficient attention and care to each individual participant.

Workshop Schedule online here.

 


If you would like to book a private room for this event, please complete a dormitory booking below, indicating on the form that you would like a private room, and continue with the payment process. Once your booking has been confirmed, please contact the Booking Office on 01747 821221 to let us know your room choice and pay the private room supplement. Details of private accommodation can be found here.

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  • 10th October 2019 - 13th October 2019
    6:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Early Bird Dormitory Accommodation and all meals £259.00 (GBP)  
Dormitory Accommodation and all meals £269.00 (GBP)   Goes On Sale
4th October 2019

Self Love Workshop

 

With Sanjula

A weekend to deepen your self love practice. Learning to listen to your heart and accept where you are at right now. Taking time to Heal, through meditation, dance and healing exercises. Sanjula combines her healing skills to create a heart opening weekend.


If you would like to book a private room for this event, please complete a dormitory booking below, indicating on the form that you would like a private room, and continue with the payment process. Once your booking has been confirmed, please contact the Booking Office on 01747 821221 to let us know your room choice and pay the private room supplement. Details of private accommodation can be found here.

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  • 11th October 2019 - 13th October 2019
    6:00 pm
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Early Bird Dormitory Accommodation and all meals £165.00 (GBP)  
Dormitory Accommodation and all meals £185.00 (GBP)   Goes On Sale
28th September 2019

The Empowerment Group

A Leela Life Training Group

with Svabhavo and Sanjula


This intensive will cut through the negative self belief systems that make you feel that you are inadequate, powerless or unlovable and will show you how to access your authenticity and totality of your being, in a safe and held space.  It will give you the support to live your life free from old fears and shadows of the past, and nurture self-awareness, grace and celebration.


If you are doing this group as a standalone group, please come back to this page and complete a confidential online questionnaire here once you have completed your registration.


Please note: Leela Life Training groups offer dormitory accommodation only.

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  • 18th October 2019 - 20th October 2019
    6:00 pm
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Early Bird Price Dormitory Accommodation - Includes All Meals £220.00 (GBP)  
Dormitory Accommodation - Includes all Meals [1403] £240.00 (GBP)   Goes On Sale
12th October 2019

Desire and Intimacy

A Conscious Sexuality Festival
for the Under 40’s

With Tarisha, Shivani & Team

Our fourth year running this popular festival. A fresh exploration of who we are as sexual beings, ready to learn what we never got taught. The more we uncover what we don’t know in this juicy area of life, the greater our capacity to learn about intimacy, pleasure, authentic relating, ‘Yes!’ and ‘No!’. It’s experiential, it’s fun, it’s tender. There’s no bypass of the more vulnerable things we encounter as we open up. We’ve got a great team again offering workshops: Jem Ayres (Orgasmic Embodiment coach), Ed Rooke (Authentic Intimacy), Andy and Julia Samel (Forro), Sy and Ash Balderson (Sacred Sexuality), Maria Bosisto (Art of Being), Esmeralda & Matthew (Acro Yoga), Dominik Schnell (Heartwave Dance).

As always there are evening gigs, talks, parties, rituals, sauna, meditations, individual sessions, tribal sharings and the Love Lounge.

This is a gender balanced event, and we are now holding a waiting list for male bookings. If you would like to be added to the list, please use the Contact form to provide your name, the event and your contact number so that we can call you as soon as we can offer you a place. (This does not apply to male/female couples booking together).


Click here to see the Festival Schedule

Workshop Leader info here

Festival worker info here


If you would like to book a private room for this event, please complete a dormitory booking below, indicating on the form that you would like a private room, and continue with the payment process. Once your booking has been confirmed, please contact the Booking Office on 01747 821221 to let us know your room choice and pay the private room supplement. Details of private accommodation can be found here.

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  • 23rd October 2019 - 27th October 2019
    6:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Women Only Student Rate (with Student Card) £169.00 (GBP)  
Women Only Early Bird rate Dormitory Accommodation and all meals £249.00 (GBP)  
Women Only Dormitory Accommodation and all meals £269.00 (GBP)   Goes On Sale
17th October 2019

Puravida – Saucy Samhain!

 

with the TLPs, Dev & Parvesh

October 31st – November 3rd

Come for our Autumn Tribal Spectacular, a feast of conscious celebration and connection. Join us for Celtic New Year with a saucy twist. There will be dancing, workshops, meditations, DJs, plus loads of time to hang out, relax and chill.

Saturday night theme party – Animal Kingdom! Dress up as your favourite animal.

Happenings at this Puravida will include…

Puravida Schedule Online Here

Please remember that Puravida is now completely alcohol free.


If you would like to book a private room for this event, please complete a dormitory booking below, indicating on the form that you would like a private room, and continue with the payment process. Once your booking has been confirmed, please contact the Booking Office on 01747 821221 to let us know your room choice and pay the private room supplement. Details of private accommodation can be found here.

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  • 31st October 2019 - 3rd November 2019
    6:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Details Price Qty
Early Bird 3 Days Dorm Accommodation (includes all meals) £169.00 (GBP)  
3 Days Dorm Accommodation (includes all meals) £189.00 (GBP)   Goes On Sale
25th October 2019
Early Bird 2 Days Dorm Accommodation (includes all meals) £139.00 (GBP)  
2 Days Dorm Accommodation (includes all meals) £159.00 (GBP)   Goes On Sale
25th October 2019

Dying to Live

Living and Dying Consciously workshop

with Archa Kate Robinson and Team

This workshop is for anyone who is interested in exploring how their own death, the death of others and the mini deaths… the transitions, affect our lives now. It is suitable for anyone facing death in the next 90 yrs!

A subconscious fear of death can affect the way we live our lives. But not looking at this takes up a lot of energy.  If we look death straight in the eye, particularly our own, it stops being a menacing dark cloud hovering on the horizon of our lives and becomes a powerful source of lightness, aliveness and freedom.

This poignant, confronting, meditative and maybe, surprisingly fun workshop, will help you see the potential ‘life-force’ of death and how you can use it to live the life you love NOW !

We use image making, meditation, silence, writing and other ways to explore this magical process called death. To support participants on their own inner journey they are asked to stay in silence during this workshop.


If you would like to book a private room for this event, please complete a dormitory booking below, indicating on the form that you would like a private room, and continue with the payment process. Once your booking has been confirmed, please contact the Booking Office on 01747 821221 to let us know your room choice and pay the private room supplement. Details of private accommodation can be found here.

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  • 8th November 2019 - 10th November 2019
    6:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Early Bird price Dormitory Accommodation - Includes All Meals £175.00 (GBP)  
Dormitory Accommodation - Includes All Meals £195.00 (GBP)   Goes On Sale
26th October 2019