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Beginners Handbalancing Intensive

Finally – Handstand Factory training intensives are back! Taught by Emmet Louis and Mikael Kristiansen, the Push Intensive is suited for handbalancing beginners and intermediate practitioners. They are a great way of deepening your handstand practice, meeting your fellow Handstand Factory students (and us) in person, and spending a week immersed in full training in sunny Turkey.

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  • TWO TEACHERS FOR HANDSTANDS AND FLEXIBILITY
    Mikael Kristiansen and Emmet Louis

  • 7 DAYS OF TRAINING
    October 17 – 23, 2022

  • ALL INCLUSIVE
    Transfers from and to the airport, food and accommodation, excursions

  • SCENIC LOCATION
    Nova Soul Retreat Centre, Turkey

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This 7 day handbalancing and flexibility training intensive in Turkey is based on the Push (Beginner) and Keep Pushing (intermediate) and Press programs by Handstand Factory. Prior experience with one or more of these training programs is beneficial, but not a must.

In line with the above mentioned programs, the focus of the training intensive will be on beginners and intermediate practitioners in their handbalance training. The week will be centred around training for, achieving, or progressing your straight two arm handstand, as well as beginning to work on all the different handstand shapes and effortless changing between them, and beginning to build strength and technique for the straddle press to handstand.  Along with the handbalance training, we will be spending a lot of time on learning about the flexibility development needed to aid you in your handbalancing practice. 

If you would like to join us on this very special event, we would ask you to register as soon as you know you can make it as numbers are super limited! All details about the training intensive can be found below, along with details on how to register.

Level Beginner to intermediate
Goals Progress your handstand and flexibility practice
Duration 7 days in Turkey
Included Food, location, shuttle

“I have been loving the training here every day!”

“I have been loving the training here every day!”

SARA, COLORADO

Entry Requirements

You should feel reasonably comfortable going up into a wall handstand, and make sure your wrists, elbows and shoulders are conditioned enough for a week of handbalancing training. Skillswise, this intensive is open for complete beginners as well as intermediate handbalance practitioners up until a good 45s freestanding hold. The groups are kept small enough for individual adjustments of training to your specific level. If you are unsure about your level or which intensive to book, don’t hesitate to get in touch here. While training the Handstand Factory online programs is not a requirement, we do recommend it as it will prepare you to get the most out of the week learning from Emmet and Mikael.

Entry Requirements

You should feel reasonably comfortable going up into a wall handstand, and make sure your wrists, elbows and shoulders are conditioned enough for a week of handbalancing training. Skillswise, this intensive is open for complete beginners as well as intermediate handbalance practitioners up until a good 45s freestanding hold. The groups are kept small enough for individual adjustments of training to your specific level. If you are unsure about your level or which intensive to book, don’t hesitate to get in touch here. While training the Handstand Factory online programs is not a requirement, we do recommend it as it will prepare you to get the most out of the week learning from Emmet and Mikael.

Concepts and Skills Covered

  • Going deeper into the material of the three programs: Push, Keep Pushing and Press. We will be covering the sections of the programs: Preparation for Handstands, Balance drills, Conditioning for Handstands, Entry to Handstand as well as explaining all the basic shapes, how to train and enter them efficiently, and how to change between them. We will also be looking at other things to consider, such as different leg coordinations, timing, rhythm and so forth.
  • Going into depth on the flexibility section of the programs, mainly working on front folding and overhead flexibility, but also covering the main principles of the flexibility training we use to gain any flexibility position such as front splits, bridge and deeper backbending, strengthening for Mexican handstands as well as pancake, going from base levels of flexibility all the way to working on oversplits and overpancake.
  • Adding layers of progression to the above sections, and getting a better understanding of what you personally need to work on
  • Active prehab, rehab and recovery, mainly for shoulders, wrists and elbows
  • Daily Q&A’s on the day’s material to fully grasp and integrate it in your future training
  • One big lecture at the end on programming, smart training with a final Q&A

Logistics & Schedule

The Push Intensive will be taking place in Turkey from the 17th to the 23rd of October 2022, set amidst the beautiful Turkish countryside in Nova Soul Retreat Centre.

There will be two training sessions each day, led by Emmet and Mikael, along with some free training time. Overall, you can expect five to six hours of training a day. On one of the days, we’ll do only one session and do an excursion to the surrounding sights in the afternoon! A full schedule will be sent to participants closer to date.

The Location

Nova Soul is a beautifully crafted retreat centre in the southwest of Turkey.  A safe, beautiful and calm environment for you to concentrate on what our focus for the week is. Located in the mountains, the views from our bungalows and training space are magnificent. Accommodation is offered in bungalows which sleep two to three people.

The gorgeous studio space is open 24 hours, and there is a wonderful pool and many comfortable nooks for relaxation.

Food and Transit

This training intensive is fully catered with 3 meals a day plus snacks. You will have the option to choose between a vegan, vegetarian and a meat including menu, as well as specifying any intolerances or dietary needs. Meals will be served buffet-style.

While you will need to arrange your own flights to Dalaman airport, transfers between Dalaman airport and the venue  will be organised for you, and are included in the ticket. You will just need to make sure to let us know your arrival and departure details. Once you have signed up with the deposit, we will prompt you to send us all the information necessary through a form. When booking your flights, keep in mind that the transfer to our retreat centre takes one hour and forty-five minutes. We will be grouping participants of the intensives for the transfers, depending on arrival times.

Excursions

One afternoon trip to the beautiful local areas will be factored into the schedule for the week. We will be making our way to a waterfall and have a picnic there, after which we’ll stop by the sea for a quick swim, followed by dinner.

Excursions

One afternoon trip to the beautiful local areas will be factored into the schedule for the week. We will be making our way to a waterfall and have a picnic there, after which we’ll stop by the sea for a quick swim, followed by dinner.

“The training has been really amazing, it’s nice to come to a place where you can meet people that have the same passion, have the same fire as you.”

“The training has been really amazing, it’s nice to come to a place where you can meet people that have the same passion, have the same fire as you”

GENEVIEVE, MONTREAL

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Pricing

The price for this Handstand Factory training intensive is 1,950.00 total. This includes transfers from and to the venue, accommodation, food, and all excursions and training. The spaces are very limited, and are given on a first come first served basis. You can either pay the full amount in one go, opt for paying half of the price now and half at a later date, or sign up with a deposit and then use a payment plan by paying 3 further installments.

The event is currently full, but you can join our waitlist to be notified on openings!

– Emmet, Mikael + the Handstand Factory team

Terms and Conditions Regarding COVID-19

With international travel restrictions changing rapidly, we understand it is difficult to plan ahead. To shed some light on our terms regarding COVID-19, please read our following measures to ensure a safe and fair handling of the global situation. Planning travel amidst COVID-19 is full of questions, and we will do our best to handle all coming changes in restrictions, travel and health advice as fair as possible.

First of all, we ask everyone planning to attend to check with your travel insurance beforehand, in which cases you would be able to claim a refund of the intensive fee, as well as your travel costs. In regards to our own policy, we will refund the full course fee if A) you are unable to travel due to travel restrictions. This does NOT include a possible quarantine upon return to your home country – please factor this in to your travel plans.  or B) due to medical conditions (such as COVID). For this, we will ask for proof of the restrictions in place/a letter from your doctor or similar, as well as a letter from your insurance if they do not refund the intensive fee.  We cannot offer any refunds on travel costs. If you cannot attend the intensive due to a cancelled flight, we ask you to rebook your travel (your travel insurance should cover this), as we will not be able to refund your course fee because of this.

In case we have to cancel due to restrictions regarding Turkey, all course fees will of course be refunded. For this reason, we also ask you not to book your travel until closer to date, when we send out full confirmation of the events.  At the intensive itself, we will have all health and safety regulations in place, as well as a maximum of 3 people per room. We will also ask everyone attending to take as much care as possible before the intensive, to ensure a safe and fun environment. We will be sending out further information on the measures we are taking onsite to all those attending.

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Reviews of the Push Intensive

PUSH INTENSIVE

Genevieve
Montreal, Canada

So hi! My name is Genevieve Beaulieu, I’m coming from Montreal, Canada. I am a yoga teacher, so I’ve been doing yoga for maybe 6/7 years, but I’ve been kind of obsessed with handstands for about 2 years.

So, the training has been really amazing, it’s nice to come to a place where you can meet people, have the same passion, have the same fire as you. I’ve been training alone for a lot and people don’t really understand why I’m so obsessed with handstands and here everyone understands, they just want to train and be upside down and it’s really incredible to have this power, this energy.

I think I’m most proud of how quickly I can apply the tips I’ve been given, I haven’t been given a lot of tips recently because I’ve been training alone, so being given those tips to just do it on the spot has just really made me proud because I saw, on my self, the evolution that happened really quickly, so yeah, I’m pretty proud of what I can do.

I think my favourite thing about TADAH is the for sure the nature around here, I feel like I’m away from the city, I feel energised by this natural environment. The cold pool, natural pool is great, the food is great, it’s really relaxing, it’s really zen. I love it here.

What I’m taking back from here, what I think I’m bringing is a lot of energy, a lot of passion, a lot of fire. Even more than what I had! A lot of tips, a lot of excitement about handstands, which I used to have lots, but now it’s multiplied! I’m thinking, a lot of love from everyone around here, this energy and this community I think I’m taking with me.

PUSH INTENSIVE

Katie
Oregon, USA

Hi. My name is Katie. I come from Portland, Oregon and I started handstanding about a year ago, so in August of 2018. I’d done a little bit in yoga, before I started training full time, full time handstanding!

I like the training here at the push harder retreat, mainly because I feel like connecting with the community of other handbalancers has been the biggest benefit for me. I train alone a lot, so having the people around to kind of poke at you and show you things, like you may be training the same drills that you train at home but once you have people actually kind of hands on and working with you, then it just makes so much more sense and, yeah.

Not only that but I feel like I’ve been able to kind of push myself physically to limits that I wouldn’t normally be able to do, while training by myself.

So far, it’s only half way through the training, but what I’m most proud of, I would say, has been in some of my mobility gains, not thinking I’m the most mobile or flexible person and getting into the deepest form of my pancake or even into the backbending things like that, is what I’ve been most proud of.

My favourite thing about TADAH and the surrounding areas is that just the serenity, the beauty and the greenery, it’s beautiful natural lighting here. Uh, yeah it just feels like a community and kind of like a home.

What I’m taking home with me from this training? I think is mainly friendships and community and people I’ll always have connections with and obviously a ton of new skills and drills and things to train on my own and kind of hopefully work on throughout the next year and come back next year and nail it! (laughter)

PUSH & PUSH HARDER INTENSIVES

Kai
Germany

Hello, my name is Kai, I’m from Germany, I did gymnastics as a kid and I went to martial arts for a long long time and I found yoga for me and of course in yoga the most impressive asana is the handstand. So I found handstanding for me and since 2015, I’m on this journey and I like it.

So, I’m in a really lucky situation because I did first the push and the push harder retreat now and so far it’s amazing. In both groups there were amazing people so far and we had a super time!

I’m super proud to be here, to have made it, to get past all these ideas of that I’m not good enough for it through and to just went here and met creative people and do the things we love to do: stand on the hands and enjoy the journey, don’t think about “after the two weeks my one arm will be there, because I paid for it” now it’s just about having a good time, having new ideas for your program for the next 6 months, 6 years, who knows?

So I really like to be here at TADAH, because it’s more like a family place, like a circus place. Where it’s more about the humans and not so much the other stuff.

So from this retreat I take home, the reminder that life is too short and it’s not about getting all the stuff, it’s about enjoying the journey, have a good time, yeah… Surround yourself with a good community and that’s it! That’s what it’s all about!

PUSH & PUSH HARDER INTENSIVES

Sara
Colorado, USA

I have been doing handstands for almost four years, and I have been doing both the retreats so far (push and push harder) , almost through the second one and I’m from the US.

I have been loving the training here every day! Two classes a day plus eating and learning all the things and getting bendy and I’m much better at handstands.

What am I most proud of in training so far? Um… oooh.. Being able to not get mad at myself, for the times that I fail. I have not really been that frustrated with myself when I’m here, but when I do get frustrated I get the whole “it’s okay”, so that’s been nice.

My favourite thing about TADAH and their surroundings? Mm.. probably the people. I really like the people here and being around the nature and all the upcycling and everything and the chicken, even though his voice is just terrible. I still like him (laughter) he’s cool.

What am I going to take back from this retreat in training? Self confidence and self love (laughter), and uh, a lot more like things to work on and understanding where people are and how to communicate these things. So yeah…

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Push Intensive

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