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In contrast to a regular Capoeira training event or a weekend workshop or Batizado, this event focuses on exploring the many aspects of Capoeira in a relaxed, informal, retreat-like holiday setting. One of the most unique things about this camp is the rare opportunity to live in such close contact with such experienced Capoeira teachers. Come and enjoy Tuscany, training and experiencing new things with others who share an interest in everything Capoeira. Learn Capoeira by going beyond the boundaries of the classes and delving into the moments spent with your teachers in this magical place.
Casalino is a rustic Tuscan farmhouse immersed in the nature which provides a typical "home stay" experience. It has rooms which can be shared by up to four people depending on the size of the group and places to pitch your own tent. Along with Al fresco compost toilets and showers, there is one indoor flushing toilet and a hot indoor shower room and bath.
Hot water for bathing is provided by a wood burning stove, which heats up in less than one hour. Whilst the house is not connected to the main electric grid, a small solar powered system is in place to allow charging for mobile phones and small electrical appliances. The house can only be reached by old stone road that is only accessible on foot or by a four-wheel drive.
The retreat has five simple but comfortable rooms. Space is limited so beds are handed out on a first come, first served basis. If you are staying in one of these shared room, bed, sheet, and pillow are available. However, you will have to bring your own blanket or sleeping bag as blanket is not provided.
If you are looking for privacy and more quietness then camping might be a better option for you. The retreat offers shaded places under the trees to pitch your own tent. This is the true way to experience the peace and serenity that surrounds this place. However, tents are not provided so you will have to bring your own tent and sleeping bag. Depending on the availability, the retreat may be able to provide you with a mattress that you can put in your tent.
For this training camp, there will be Capoeira classes each day with rodas in the evening depending on the group energy. All classes are delivered by highly experienced professional Capoeira teachers in a relaxed and timeless environment. Classes cover stretching and interactive movements to develop flexibility and strength. Throughout this training camp, all aspects of Capoeira are explored such as Berimbau playing, percussion, singing, acrobatics, ritual, history, Capoeira etica, and more.
Another special thing about this camp is the ability to experience the community aspect of Capoeira. For a short time, you will be immersed in a temporary commune of Capoeiristas that have a sharing desire to learn and develop their own growing passion for Capoeira. For beginners, it is a perfect environment to be introduced to the benefits of Capoeira and to learn the foundations of this multi-layered art form.
Capoeira is a Brazilian art form, which combines fight, dance, rhythm, and movement. Capoeira is a dialog between players - a conversation through movement that can take on many shades of meaning. The details of Capoeira's origins and early history are still a matter of debate among historians, but it is clear that African slaves played a crucial role in the development of the art form. Some historians claim that slaves used capoeira's dance-like appearance as a way to hide their training of combat and self-defense. Capoeira's many styles come out of the context of two principle branches that were formalized in the first half of the twentieth century following capoeira's legalization.
Open Week with Contra-Mestre Piolho and Professor Medusa
Capoeira Camp 2017 will kick off with an amazing first week of Capoeira training led by Contra-Mestre Piolho, who has more than 20 years of Capoeira experience and Professor Medusa, who has been training Capoeira for 16 years. During the week, you will learn different aspects of Capoeira, from ground movements and fluidity, to kicks, conditioning, music, and acrobatics.
This retreat will be held at Casalino, an old off-grid farmhouse situated in an area called Il Casentino. Casalino lies within the Foreste Casentinese National Park which is one of the biggest area of uninterrupted forest in Europe. There are many footpaths lead through the park, making it easy and pleasurable to explore the lush environment that is filled with porcupines, wild boar, roe, fallow deer, and even wolves rambling the landscape.
Casalino is the perfect retreat to go to if you want to escape your day-to-day life. Its remote location situated deep in the wilderness makes it an ideal setting to unplug from the digital world. Take this chance to immerse yourself in nature and reconnect with yourself. The nearest village to the retreat is Rimbocchi and the nearest town is Bibbiena.
All meals at Casalino are vegetarian. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are prepared for you and served at regular times every day. Food is freshly-made, wholesome home cooking, using as much home grown and seasonal local produce as possible. A cob oven is used for baking delicious breads, lasagna, pizza, and much more. Tea and coffee making facilities are available throughout the day. All the fresh water that comes to the house is from the mountain spring.
Please book your flight to arrive at Bologna International Airport (BLQ), San Francesco d'Assisi Airport (PEG), Pisa International Airport (PSA), or Florence Airport (FLR). For intercontinental flights, Rome has the nearest airport which is Rome Compino Airport (CIA) arriving from outside Europe and also offers flights within Europe. The pickup and meeting point will be at "Bar EdiI", Bibbiena.
if you're from Bologna International Airport (BLQ), you will have to make your way Bologna Centrale. There is a shuttle bus outside the arrivals gate which leaves regularly. Tickets are for sale on the coach. From the Bologna Centrale bus station make your way to the train station (il stazione, stat'szione). It’s about a five-minute walk around the corner. It will be sign posted. If not, just ask somebody.
Once at the station look out for the direct train to Arezzo (it may be destined for Napoli or Rome but it will stop off at Arezzo). These trains leave roughly every two hours. They will either be called 'Intercity' or 'ICplus'. The ticket costs around 15 EUR. There are also indirect trains to Arezzo which involve changing in Firenze Smn. These are called 'Eurostar' or 'Regionale'. The Eurostar is pretty swanky and costs quite a lot compared to the Regionale.
You will have to buy your train ticket at the counter or from a machine before getting on the train. Make sure you get your ticket stamped in one of those yellow box things in various places around the station and platforms. This is to validate your ticket. If you don't validate your ticket it is not a valid ticket and you will get fined.
If you're from Pisa International Airport (PSA), you will have to make your way to Firenze (Florence). There are two ways of doing this, one is to take an airport shuttle coach which goes directly to Firenze. There are two companies you can choose from which are Terravision or Autostradale. The coaches leave from the car park in front of the airport. Tickets are for sale on the bus. There'll be a coach leaving every half hour.
The second option is to get on a train. Trains leave quite regularly from the airport. Some trains go direct to Firenze and others just to Pisa Centrale. From Pisa Centrale you will need to change trains to Firenze Smn. Make sure you check which train you are on to avoid changing at Pisa Centrale unnecessarily. Tickets are available from machines near the platforms. Make sure you get your ticket stamped in one of those yellow box things in various places around the station and platforms. This is to validate your ticket. If you don't validate your ticket it is not a valid ticket and you will get fined.
If you're from Rome Compino Airport (CIA), get a bus to the central train station, Rome Termini. (The ticket costs around 5 EUR and the journey takes about one-hour). From Rome Termini, get a train to Arezzo (the train will be destined for Milan, Bologna or Firenze). This train is quite expensive compared to other regional trains but you can sometimes get it cheaper. This journey takes around two and a half hours.
If you're rom Firenze (Florence), you will have two options. One is to take the direct bus to Bibbiena from the Firenze bus station. Bus tickets are for sale at the counter in the bus station, not on the bus. The bus takes around 2 hours and 30 minutes and goes over a very bendy beautifully scenic mountain pass. Getting the bus is the cheapest and easiest way to get to Bibbiena. The other option of getting to Bibbiena from Firenze is to get a train to Arezzo. This costs more than double but depending on connections it can be slightly quicker and a smoother ride.
If you're from Arezzo, you'll have to get on the train to Bibbiena. Arezzo and Bibbiena are connected by a small local train called TFT. The train is destined for Pratavecchio Stia and takes around 50 minutes and costs around 4 EUR. Tickets for the train from Arezzo to Bibbiena are not available at the train ticket office but atthe small newsagents inside the station by the door to the platform. The platform you need is at the end of the main platform and quite difficult to see. Turn right and go to the end of the platform and you will see the train on the right. The platform you should be looking for is platform 1N.
If you arrive in Bibbiena by bus or the train, you should get off at the train station, it's the last stop in Bibbiena and where the bus terminates. There is a bar and gelateria directly opposite the train station called "Bar EdiI", this is the meeting point. Grab an ice cream and wait to here to be picked up. After you get picked up it is only 25 minutes drive to the bottom of the track where you will be transferred into an ex-military Land Rover and be taken on a wild ride up to Casalino.