Trance Dance Programs – Wellspring Academy

Wellspring Academy

Wellspring is a training and retreat center, founded by Aernoudt Knecht, offering programs, facilitator trainings and masterclasses on contemporary shamanism, trance dance, ceremonial darkness, soul retrieval, tantra, and intercultural spirituality, including the trancedance facilitator training program presented on this website.


senior teacher:Aernoudt Knecht MSc

Aernoudt Knecht MSc

coach, trainer, author, musician and mystic


Aernoudt has a Master degree in Psychology (Radboud University Nijmegen), and has specialized in the psychology of culture and religion. He was taught over many years by various teachers, and is also a musician, trance dance facilitator and trainer. Aernoudt has more than 20 years of experience in coaching and teaching, and in facilitatng trance dance rituals, and is senior lecturer for all the workshops, retreats and trainings Wellspring Academy organises.

“If you are willing to be an authentic expression of life, apart from a clear vision and a powerful intention, surrendering to whatever unfolds, is essential. Breath, music, movement, trance … are portals to an infinite source of inspiration and creativity. The void in the darkness is an ocean of endless possibilities!”




~ Sacred Darkness – about blindfold, surrender and transformation

~ Breath – portal to inspiration and healing

~ Sound and Creation – the world is a song

~ Trance Dance – how to change unconscious behavios

~ Awakening within the Dream – about brainwaves, dreams and trance