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ODISSI Retreat

with Sooraj Subramaniam 

9 - 12 June 2022

Malaga, Spain


SOORAJ SUBRAMANIAM is an international dance artist versatile in the styles of Odissi, Bharatanatyam, Kathak and contemporary forms. He brings his knowledge from years of professional experience to inform this workshop with a focus on calm, unhurried practice of the Odissi form. 


MAGHENTA is an international contemporary platform for Indian inspired arts based in Ghent, Belgium. It is led by its founder and creative director, Dr. Ayla Joncheere, a performer and academic, specialised in dance anthropology and heritage studies, and an international expert of the dance and music traditions from Rajasthan.

Set in the tranquil environment of a mountainside retreat in Malaga, Spain, the aim of this workshop is to find a balance between physical learning and relaxation, in an immersive and supportive environment.

Each day will begin with a gentle warm-up, including yoga techniques, followed by conditioning exercises to prepare the body. This will be followed by basic Odissi technique to refresh as well as challenge your mind and body.

A study of some basic Odissi talas and the formation of an arasa (rhythmic sequence) shall also be explored. 


These activities shall be interspersed with ample time for reflection and relaxation so that you may enjoy the serenity of the natural  environment.

This workshop is aimed at adults who already have a basic working knowledge of Odissi. Practitioners from all the various Odissi lineages are welcome.


9 June ARRIVALS + settling in + dinner
10 June Full-day workshop (including ample time for meals and leisure)

11 June Full-day workshop (including ample time for meals and leisure)

12 June Morning workshop + lunch + DEPARTURES

Participants should travel to the closest airport: Malaga, Spain (AGP). The airport is a 30-minute drive to the villa. We have a car for airport pick-up/drop-off available. Once you have registered please confirm your arrival and departure times with the organiser by 30 May 2022.

Do aim to arrive during the day on 9 June so that you can settle in, we may all be properly introduced, and can have dinner together.

Casa Trompetilla Montes de Malaga is a rural refuge nestled in an idyllic setting of extraordinary beauty in the Montes de Málaga Natural Park. It is a beautiful villa, including a fully-equipped kitchen, spacious living room, dining area, WiFi, swimming pool and sauna, and boasts exquisite views of the valley beyond.

Rooms are to be shared:
Room 1     2 x single beds + 1 single bed (loft)
Room 2     2 x single beds + 1 single bed (loft)
Room 3     2 x single beds

The rooms include bedding and blankets. Bathrooms are to be shared.

Vegetarian cuisine (e.g. roasted vegetables, rice dishes, pasta salads, etc.) shall be served buffet style! Special dietary requirements such as vegan, gluten-free, lactose-free, and any allergies, can be taken into consideration with prior notice.

Early-bird discount, for payments by 11 April €550
Full fees, for payments from 12 April onwards €650

Final deadline for payments: 30 May 2022

Fees include:

  • Tuition

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off

  • Accommodation for three nights

  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner for the duration


Fees DO NOT include:

  • Travel fares to and from Malaga, Spain


This official cancellation and refund policy is in place to guarantee the fair allocation of slots in the program to participants who have been accepted.


  • Payment (via Paypal) must be completed along with registration to guarantee enrollment in the workshop. In doing so the participant agrees to all the terms set out in this document.

  • Fees may not be transferable to a future workshop or to another person. 

  • Fees are non-refundable. In extenuating circumstances and at the discretion of Maghenta, a refund may be considered under the following conditions:

    • 0 - 30 days before the workshop: non-refundable

    • 31 - 60 days date before the workshop: 50% refundable

    • 61 days or more before the workshop: 100% refundable 

  • In the event of unforeseen circumstances—such as force majeure, including changes to travel or working conditions due to ongoing Covid19 regulations—and should this workshop need to be cancelled as a result, the participant shall receive credit towards a future workshop.


  • The participant assumes full responsibility for their safety and risks of participating in this training and while enrolled at Maghenta. 

  • The participant shall be responsible for their own travel and health insurance.

  • The participant agrees to inform Maghenta Administration of any health conditions, injuries and/or important medications they are taking. 

  • While all care shall be taken to provide a safe, healthy working environment, Maghenta shall assume no responsibility for any illness or injury sustained by the participant while enrolled in the program.

  • Maghenta reserves the right to ask a participant to leave the program without refund if their behaviour is deemed inappropriate or harmful to other participants.

  • We advise you to keep yourself up-to-date with the Spanish Covid19 regulations and travel requirements via Spanish Travel Health portal.



  • Dress code: loose, comfortable clothing that you can exercise and dance in. E.g. sports attire, t-shirt/blouse + tracksuit trousers, salwar-kameez, etc. Practice sarees are optional but not required.

  • NO DRUGS on the premises.

  • NO SMOKING on the premises.

  • Vegetarian food and non-alcoholic beverages shall be provided. You’re welcome to purchase your own alcoholic beverages. 

  • Filming and social media: filming or live streaming of the workshop is not permitted. However, in the spirit of recording your experience, you’re welcome to take photos with the consent of all involved. You consent to Maghenta taking photos for archival and future publicity reasons.


We look forward to your participation. Do not hesitate to contact us should you have more queries. 

Dr. Ayla Joncheere Director, Maghenta

Sooraj Subramaniam Workshop leader

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