Trance Dance

Trance Dance Facilitator Training

Would you like to...

Dive into
a Process of Personal Growth and Healing?
Deepen Your Understanding
of Trance, Dance & Bodywork?
Experience the Power
of Breath, Blindfold and Movement?
Deepen your Knowledge
about Psychology, Mysticism & Ritual?
Learn how to
Facilitate a Trance Dance Safely & Wisely?

Trance Awake ConsciousIn the Trance Dance Facilitator Training you will learn about the mechanics, the psychology and the mysticism, behind the process of safely facilitating a Trance Dance ritual. It’s a very intensive program, consisting of two modules, in wich students will, first of all, gain a lot of personal experience… participating in numerous trance dances and other rituals, embarking on a strong journey of personal transformation and spiritual growth… exploring the spirituality of the body, and different states of consciousness and trance. And all of this personal experience will be embedded in a theoretical framework on the psychology, the physicality, and the mystisism of trance, music and dance.

Set Up

Module 1: Dancer

7 day retreat program

Module 2: Facilitator

4 day retreat program

These two modules can only be taken together, and are required for obtaining the certificate. Central throughout this program, is your personal growth, especially in the first module. You will have a lot of experience with trance dancing, and have the chance to explore and heal deeply and profoundly.

Provided with a practical and theoretical framework in the first module, you will continue to study how to work with trance, music, rituals, meditation and processes of transformation. There is a gap of a few months between the first and a second module. We consciously choose a program with sufficient space in between modules to integrate, before we complete the process together.

Personal Guidance

During your training you have one or more personal talks with the teachers. We pay attention to your personal development, and look at your individual needs and requirements.

Assigments & Apprenticeship

You get homework assignments attuned to your individual background and motivations. Besides practicing with each other, you also get the chance to do an internship in practice. This way you get to know a vibrant community of trancedancers, whilst gaining practical experience.


Once you have completed all parts of the training program, and finished all assignments and the internship to satisfaction, you recieve a certificate of completion.

Central Themes

Facilitating the Trance Dance Experience

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When you surrender to the dance, and allow yourself to be moved from the wisdom and true nature of your body, moments of insights, growth and healing can occur spontaneously. You learn how to create a safe environment in which to allow such processes.

Exploring Body & Mind

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In addition to in-depth experience with trancedance, you will get acquainted with other forms of trance- and bodywork. You are also given the opportunity to explore the impact of universal, traditional and contemporary rituals.

Inviting Spirit into your Life

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Breath is a powerful tool to enhance the flow of lifeforce within you. In many spiritual traditions breathing techniques have an important place. We will work with different types of breathing.

Working with Ceremonial Darkness

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In most of our trance dances, the dancers are blindfolded for one to one and a half hours, creating space for surrender, inspiration and transformation. In this training you can explore the effect of ritual darkness in depth.

Mastering Intentions and Awareness

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A shaman is a spiritual expert, who goes into a trance in order to improve his own quality of life, and that of others and of the community as a whole. All cultures on the planet have some form of shamanism in their roots. You get the chance to get in touch with the archetype of the shaman, and will develop skills that contribute to growth and healing.

Working with Sound & Music

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Music is the vehicle the shaman uses to travel. The rhythms and melodies take the dancer on a journey full of inspiration and adventure. You get the chance to experiment with making organic sounds with simple instruments, as well as with contemporary technological means.

Cultivating Alliances

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During trance journeys we can make alliances with guides, teachers and ancestors in the spirit world. Often these guides present themselves in typical earthly forms, such as animals. You get the chance to develop a personal relationship with your guides.

Integrating Lost Pieces of Self

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When we have suffered mild or severe trauma, we lose some or part of our uninhibited nature: the integrity of our soul is deeply wounded/damaged/effected. We will explore the idea of ‘loss of soul’ and will perform rituals for becoming whole again.

Dancing the Dream

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On this training you will learn how trance, dance and other techniques can enhance your creative power, and help you realize your dreams.

We provide a context in which science and spirituality meet.

Trance Dance Blindfold

Practical Info


Wellspring Retreat Center
located in the South Eifel Nature Park


participants stay in 2p and 3p rooms (single room depending on availability and for a surplus)


We serve healthy and vegetarian meals, mostly organic. Coffee, tea and refreshments are included.


Aernoudt Knecht

Upcoming Dates

Module 1: 7 days

December 5-11, 2022

Module 2: 4 days

March 2-5, 2023

Arrival 16-18 h, Departure 12 h


for both modules combined

meals and lodging: €720
workshop & materials: €1270

Sum: €1990

These prices include all teaching hours, materials, lodging in 2p or 3p bedrooms, three wholesome vegetarian, and tasty meals a day, and coffee/tea/refreshments during breaks.

The total amount can be paid in installments. With € 350 deposit, you reserve a place to participate. 

All amounts are including VAT. We will issue an invoice upon request.

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Max. 12 participants

If you want to participate in the upcoming training, please fill out the sign-up-form below, and we will send you everything you need to know.


In addition to the first two basic modules, there are various Master modules in which you can participate. These programs are intended for people who have completed the basic training (modules 1 + 2). Some of these programs are also open to others, depending on their background and experience. Some are offered every year. Please contact us about the possibilities.

These programs are intended to deepen your understanding, and each one offers a specific subject. Here are some examples:

Visionary Darkness Retreat

Masked Trance Dance Workshop

Tantric Trance Dance Retreat


feel free to contact us

Would you like to...

Deepen Your Understanding of Trance, Dance & Bodywork?
Experience the Power of Music, Breath, Blindfold and Movement?
Dive into a Process of Personal Growth and Healing?
Deepen your Knowledge about Psychology, Mysticism & Ritual?
Learn how to Facilitate a Trance Dance Safely & Wisely?