May 2019

May workshop with kalari: 1–5 May 2019 (Wednesday–Sunday)
in Strużuny, lubuskie voivodeship, Poland

One thing at a time
We limit stimuli as much as possible and simplify our live for a couple of days. Kalari, meadows and a lake are enough.
When we practise, we do it up to maximum. When we rest, we take a deep breath and charge our batteries.
Do you also need the same?

During workshops in the nature, you can focus on practice and develop it much more effectively than during standard classes, while natural sourrounding support you in rest far from city noise and everyday routine.

For whom is the May workshop?
We invite both kalari practitioners, as well as beginners.
If you do not know kalarippayattu, the workshop is the best way to get to know the basics of this art. You will learn:

  • characteristic exercises and sequences of movements, such as salutations and animal postures,
  • bamboo stick spinning,
  • to observe your body habits,
  • you will practise under guidance of an experience teacher and therapist who will adjust intensity and tempo to your skills
  • awareness, coordination and precision are main elements on which you will focus.

Strużyny is a little village next to Bledzew in lubuskie voivodeship, Poland, only 150 km east from Berlin. It is hidden among fields, woods and lakes, in silence and calm, where vast space lets you take a break from the hectic city pace and information noise.
The workshop will take place at the countryside seat of the Towarzystwo Kultury Czynnej – Society for Active Culture – with which we collaborate.

Who leads the classes?
Sankar Lal Sivasankaran Nair – teacher of Southern style of kalarippayattu and Ayurvedic therapist. Sankar runs regular kalari classes in Wrocławiu, workshops in Poland and all over the world, as well as few-week winter sessions in his own school in Trivandrum, India. As a therapist, he collaborates mainly with Medical Integrative Center in Wrocław, Poland.
You can read more about Sankar here.

1.05, Wednesday
ca. 16:00 arrival to Strużyny (you can also get there earlier)
19:00 dinner
20:00 talk about kalarippayattu with films and photos

2-4.05, Thursday-Saturday
8:00–10:00 kalarippayattu
10:30 breakfast
11–14:30 free time
14:30 lunch
15:00–17:00 free time
17:00 snack or „coffee and chocolate” 🙂
18:00–20:00 kalarippayattu
20:30 dinner

5.05, Friday
9:30 breakfast
ca. 11:00 departure

During free time, you can go for a walk, contemplate nearby lakes or swim (they are in few-kilometer distance from the house), fish, lay on a meadow…
An extra option during free time: Ayurvedic massages and consultations (paid extra; fee varies 100–250 PLN). After a massage, physical activity is not recommended on this day.

There will be vegetarian and non-vegetarian meals, with allergies taken into account (please inform us about them when you enrol).
We prepare meals together and so do we clean afterwards.
For fans of Indian cuisine, we have another opportunity – we will prepare some meals with Sankar who rocks not only in the working space or therapist office, but also in the kitchen.

How to get there?
You get to Strużyny on your own. The village is located next to Bledzew, close to Gorzów Wielkopolski.
Closest airports are in Berlin, as well as Goleniów/Szczecin, Poznań and Wrocław. Then you should take a bus or a train, or a car.
However you come – by car, bus or train – the best way is to get to town Skwierzyna from where we will pick you up on 1 May around 3 pm, and we will drop you on May 5 in the morning.
If you need any advice on how to get there, please do not hesitate to contact us.
We can also put you in contact with other participants so that you can come together.

690 PLN (approx. 165 EUR)
For regular students from Wroclaw, the fee is 610 PLN.

The fee includes:
– kalarippayattu trainings
– full board (breakfast, lunch, snack, dinner)
– accommodation in 2-4-bed rooms (please bring your own sleeping bag and a towel).

Number of places is limited. Participants are accepted on first-come, first-served basis.
To save a spot, you should pay a non-refundable advance fee of 200 PLN (50 EUR) by 22 April 2019 (Monday). We will provide you with bank data upon receiving your application email. The remaining fee should be paid in cash upon your arrival to the workshop on May 1, 2019.

Enrolment and questions
If you want to enrol to the workshop, or ask for more details, please feel free to email us at or call: +48 509 345 995.