WaTa (WasserTanz, WaterDance) was developed in 1987 by the Swiss Arjana C. Brunschwiler and Peter Schröter. WaTa is an advanced technique of aquatic work where the recipient is - with the help of a nose clip - brought gradually underwater in a three-dimensional weightlessness experience. Working with the breath soothes the person, the body relaxes and the apneas get longer without effort during the session, always adjusted to the capacities the person receiving. It follows a liberation of the movements in the water thus creating a form of underwater dance.
WaTa moves sometimes recall those of Japanese Aikido, classical ballet, swimming dolphins and sometimes even the cradling of the fetus in the womb - constantly evoking a dancing element, even playful. The body is animated by an undulatory movement, the sequences on the surface and under water follow each other according to the respiratory rhythm of the recipient.
WaTa helps release major physical and emotional tensions. It can provoke a spatio-temporal shift in which altered states of consciousness and a feeling of deep relaxation arise. Impressions of pleasure and joy often appear. WaTa is a form of body and energy technique that combines play, dance, fluidity and harmony. It is aimed at all those who are willing to be accompanied under water, surrender to the power of breathing and the joys of dancing under water.
In the water, we will discover the basic movements of WaTa and learn to establish a rhythm that works with any breath pattern. By moving different types of bodies in the water, we learn to adapt our technique and find more security, fluidity and poetry in our movements. Moreover, by bringing the person under water through kumbhaka (retention of breath in the Pranayama), she is invited to relax and touch deep states of silence, freedom and joy.
To balance this powerful aquatic work, it is essential to be able to enjoy a space for growth and authentic encounter with oneself and each other in our natural element - Earth. A wide range of exercises will be offered in a carefully prepared practice room or outdoors, weather permitting.
Daily schedule (informative): We start the day with a meditation before breakfast. We then work all morning in the pool (except on day 1). After a good lunch break we spend the afternoon working indoors or in the nature. Finally, before or after dinner, participants have the opportunity to practice in the water what they learned in the morning.