About the festival

Our events

Our first festival was created in 2017 by our growing love for Ecstatic Dance with
a mission to bring different worlds, cultures and backgrounds together in one beautiful place.

We welcome all lovers of dancing and life from different ages, experiences and countries – this combination makes it beautiful and powerful as we experience our oneness in the dance in freedom and joy. Whether you step onto our dance floor alone or with friends – by the end of the week everyone feels like family.

Our previous events have been sold out every year and we are thrilled to welcome you to our Dancing Tribe in Cyprus!

Ecstatic Dance

Ecstatic Dance is a liberating dance and movement practice inviting you to explore the exhilaration of moving your body freely.
In this space, we co-create an safe environment where you can move, play, connect, sweat, stretch, sound, unwind, renew, release, and transform.
Be true to yourself while respecting your body—unleash your wild dancing self without worrying about judgment. Claim your freedom, open your heart, and touch the infinite!

Specific steps are not required; instead, you abandon yourself to the rhythm and move freely, leading to a trance-like state and a feeling of ecstasy.
Experience connection to others and your own emotions as you embark on a meditative journey, while being encouraged to self-expression through movement. As you enter the dance-floor, you are invited to let go of judgments and expectations, allowing yourself to feel emotions, sensations, and the connection of body, mind, and spirit.

Guidelines of Ecstatic Dance are: no shoes (comfy clothes), no booze (or any other drugs), no talking during the dance—body language only.
Embrace all forms of expression; there’s no ‘right and wrong’—trust in the journey and move through everything that arises.

Watch the aftermovies on the Feel the Vibe page!

For who

This festival is for the mover and shakers, that enjoy stepping out of their comfort zones. It’s for free thinkers, creatives, lovers of the sun and the adventureres.
If you’re looking to dance admits like-minded people from all over the world,
we welcome you to the place where you can be truly yourself!
In this 6 day journey, you will have the opportunity to dance to the best tunes,
sing your heart out, express yourself, enjoy quality workshops, chill in the hammock, eat delicious food and receive nourishment from being in nature.
This festival is for you if you are looking for real beauty, love, connection and freedom.

Will you be part of our dancing tribe?

“Feeling the music, becoming the dance, moving without thinking, free from time and space, in this state, dance is one the greatest healers.”

– Kareem Raïhani

The venue in Cyprus

Val’s Place – Set in a breathtaking location, expect unobstructed panoramic views of the undulating landscape that makes its way down to the deep blue of the west coast. People from near and far are now discovering what is becoming known as a rather paradisiacal hang-out in this unspoiled and unkempt region of the wider Paphos district. This paradise will be your home for the week and the local family opens you with open arms :

“Val’s place is not your ordinary venue; it is an experience, a way of life. We want visitors to feel that they are part of the family, a family that constantly grows. Love is the backbone of what drives us and it is important for us to give love to anyone that enters through our door. Val’s Garden (same premises as Val’s Place) is the main source of our food. We use no chemical fertilizers because we believe food is fuel to our body, soul and mind. The restaurant kitchen is based on our mother’s delicious recipes. A true wizard in the kitchen, she combines her knowledge of food (that was passed down from her mother) and creativity, producing dishes that truly water your mouth.”

Check out the venue
on Google Maps

A day in our island program

07.30 – 09.00 – Yoga/Meditation/Qi-gong class or Silent Meditation
08.30 – 10.00 – Breakfast time
10.15 – 12.15 –Ecstatic Dance or Movement Workshop
12.15 – 13.00 – Sound Healing & Sharing Circles
13.00 – 16.00 – Lunch & Afternoon break
16.30 – 18.00 – Workshop / Music
20.00 – 22.00 – Ecstatic Dance / Live Music

Opening Ceremony on Sunday 29th of September 7pm
Closing Ceremony on Friday 4th of October 7pm

Breakfast & lunch are included.

Camping is optional.

No day tickets available.

ecstatic dance
“An awesomely, amazingly deeply vibrant festival with so many beautiful people, music that takes you beyond and a place that nourishes the soul”

“I came away feeling so alive, my body felt so great from all the movement and the warm sun on the beach. I met beautiful friends for life, and was so inspired by the creative group of people the festival attracted. Thank you!”

“A wonderful beautiful epic transformative and heart opening experience which has opened up a whole new world within me and around me”

Feel the vibe

Watch video’s and photo’s of earlier editions and feel the vibe of the Ecstatic Dance Festival!

Meet the Ecstatic team

Nadine Ruiter

Founder & Organizer

The Netherlands

Manuele Paradiso

Organization team

Italy

Judith

Organization team

The Netherlands