Awake Dance Celebration – 3 days – Algarve, Portugal

When: 14 Jul 2017 - 16 Jul 2017 (Fri - Sun, 2 nights)
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Awake is located at the foothills of the Monchique mountain range, with the Atlantic Ocean in sight. Between the mountains and the sea, Awake is a peaceful refuge for meditation in nature. We offer workshops, retreats and therapies, and we are constantly evolving to fit the ever-changing flow of our society. Awake invites the opportunity for us to go deeper inside ourselves, closer to our true essence. To be present, tapping into the spirit of meditation and self-discovery. A place for us all to come together, to grow and share in truth. Awake does not follow any religion, doctrine or belief, but practices a way of life based on conscious living. A place to gather, to grow and share in truth.

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Cristiano Martins

A seed released to the earth in the fertile spring of 1979 in Freiburg im Braisgau, Germany whose roots later on extended and whose flowers bloomed open in Oporto, Portugal. I am a Biodanza (Rolando Toro System) Facilitator, certified by the Biodanza SRT School of Oporto, Portugal and also a Didactic of the same System.
In the last few years I have dedicated myself to the creation of diverse Signature workshops such as: Roots in the Earth, Roots in Heaven; Chaos, Creativity and the Return of the Sacred; The Birth of the Cosmic Man; Under the Sign of Affection; Surrender to Love; Sacred Warrior; Ecstatic Lover; Mystic Magician; The King; Equinox and Solstice Celebrations in Nature.

I am part of the teaching staff at the Institute of Applied Psychology in the postgraduate course “Human Development and Therapy through Expressive arts” 
 and also collaborate with the Portuguese School of Biodanza in the accompaniment and supervision of students.

After graduating in clinical pyscho-pedagogy, I trained in Gestalt therapy; these tools permitted me to work during some years in the field of behavioural deviations such as drug addictions, prostitution and also the homeless. Simultaneously, I attended different theatrical and dance workshops.  

I have facilitated skills development groups through Transactional Analysis; Relaxation groups; Dramatic Expression groups (children and adults). I have been at the service of the “Teléfono Internacional de la Esperanza” and worked during few years as a teacher of pedagogy in a project to train educational providers. 

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Arantxa Joseph

Born in London and lived in Spain from 16 years old, she has come to grow roots in Portugal. It was the link to African culture, the music and dance that thrives in Lisbon that called Arantxa to stay. In 2001 she discovered African Dance with Petchu and trained to become a dancer/choreographer with Marc N’Dnou from the Republic of Togo, with whom she danced until 2006, and who left a significant imprint on her dance style.

She has performed onstage in West Africa (Burkina Faso, Togo and Ghana), where she participated in the Woenyo Company of Lomé. She was a choreographer and dancer in the Rhythms of Guinea Bissau group-Djamboonda, directed by Gueladjo Sané, representative of Afro-Mandiga percussion in Portugal. In 2006 after completing a course of Dance and Communication in the Dance Forum of Lisbon, a curiosity to look for other contemporary strands of African Dance was born.

In her training of African Dance and afro-contemporary dance, she worked with Patrick Acogny, Director of L'École des Sables (Senegal), Annie N’ganou (Cameroon), Abdoulaye Camará and Moustapha Bangoura of Guinea.

Last year she completed her continued training in dance; Investigation of movement through West African dance oriented by Cristina Rosa in the Carmen Senra School of Dance-Madrid, and also completed the intensive course of Vocab Dance with Alessandra

Seutin in the Superior Dance School-The Place in London. She also had the opportunity to learn with other great teachers such as Merlin Nyakam of Cameroon, Georges Momboye of Ivory Coast, Irineu Nogueira of ABIEIÊ and Daudet Grazie of Cirque du Soleil. She was invited to share her dance and voice in the following projects: AL TEO BU by Madalena Vitorino and Pedro Salvador, Djamboonda, The Cristina Rosa Dance Company, Yemadas and Terrakota.

Currently, Arantxa lives in the Algarve where she gives regular classes and workshops, where she has been invited to orchestrate a performance of dance and nature by the phenomenal Portuguese choreographer Madalena Victorino.

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Apurva Mastinu

Apurva Mastinu is a disciple of Osho since 1986. He has studied and collaborated with some of the pioneers and well-known professors of Human Potential, Humanistic Therapy, Positive Thinking, Shamanism and Meditation. For 30 years he studied, traveled and experienced different spiritual paths and ways of thinking in Europe, India, the Amazon, Belize, Guatemala, Peru, South Africa, Thailand, among others; he knew and collaborated with many influential people in the spiritual and alternative sphere, specifically with: Osho Rajneesh, Frank Natale, Veeresh Yuson (Humaniversity), Rosita Arvigo, Shaida Cartellà, Anam Smith, Padrinho Valdeci (Santo Daime) and many more…

Apurva has been leading courses, retreats and trainings for 25 years, and was the founder and leader of different meditation centres and communities. Among them, the most recent was the creation of a major inner transformation centre in Italy, from 1996 to 2013 with the Soleluna Institute and Pangea Consulting. He is a composer of Trance Dance and Meditation music and leads his own seminars in Italy, Germany, Slovenia, Croatia, Brazil, Thailand, Switzerland, San Marino, USA, Belieze and more.

Apurva is a teacher and seeker of truth. He experimented and analyzed different spiritual paths and innovative techniques and created cohesion between the contemporary Western approach and the original Eastern approach. He is able to remain open to all; the ancient healing and meditation techniques associated with the newest humanistic therapies and human potential.


“My objective is to do my best to awaken the consciousness in myself and others. Enlightenment, awakening, inner ecstasy and abundance in all aspects of life are human birthrights. We can make heaven a place on earth, creating it in ourselves; we can form a new human being, more conscious of his and her own gifts and potential.” - Apurva

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