HUNGER for CONNECTION met Nele Vandezande

18,19,20 February 2022 – Naarden

Nele Vandezande geeft de workshop in het nederlands (en vertaalt in het engels indien nodig).

Human beings, like all animals, are wired for relationships, wired for moving forwards and moving away. Our cells know fear, hunger, longing, love. What by nature is easy for us, will get more difficult for most of us along the way of our lives. We close off to protect ourselves. We learn that doing things on our own seems more easy. However loneliness and separation deprive us from the deep nourishment we can receive from healthy relationships.

It is the Hunger for Connection we will explore over our weekend together.

Through some of the embodiment tools of Open Floor practice we will explore in movement the dance of when and how we open or close ourselves and how we also have the choice of distance or proximity. What would it mean if we could re-connect again without restraint, but with curiosity and care for ourselves. The ability to find safe and meaningful connection with others is essential to our well-being as humans. To have embodied connections with others: gives us the capacity to care and be cared for; teaches us to express and receive love; helps us to learn and grow through connection; facilitates the experience of healthy attachment and differentiation. In this workshop we will explore all of these aspects, we will get to know ourselves and each other better, we will see the beauty of all our approach dances, sometimes quiet and soft and then in full surrender.

  • This workshop counts for prerequisite hours towards the Open Floor Teacher Training.

Nele studied and apprenticed with Gabrielle Roth, founder of the 5Rhythms® Movement Map and has been working with the practice for 20 years. She is founding member of Open Floor International and teaches Open Floor Movement since 2015. She runs and teaches at her studio ‘Souldance’ in Moorsele (B). She works exclusively in Belgium and Europe. She teaches with much love and weaves her extensive knowledge of the human body in a natural and inspiring way into her classes. For more details about her work and background see: and

Date: 18,19,20 Feb 2022; Fri 7-9:30pm; Sat 10-5pm; Sun 10-4pm; Friday eve can also be attended as an Open Class.
Venue: Nia Moves Sudio (1st floor), Amersfoortsestraatweg 16, 1411 HD Naarden
Cost: €190/€175/€165 early bird if fully paid by 17 January 2022/ extra early bird if fully paid by 17 December 2021; Friday eve only: €25
Contact: Linda Kant, Phoenixdance | +31 611234228

– Upon arrival of the workshop you will be asked to sign the Corona checklist, which confirms you are free of Corona symptoms.
– When you have symptoms of the flue, I like to ask you stay at home. Please do inform me if this is the case.