With the launch of our new Handstand Factory programs on the horizon we are excited to open registrations for our 2nd launch celebration retreat, this time for Handbalancing Beginners and intermediate practitioners! It’s a 7 day beginners and intermediate handbalancing and flexibility retreat in Turkey with Mikael Kristiansen and Emmet Louis, based on and open for future students of the Push and Keep Pushing online courses. Because this is a celebration retreat, you will get one course (either the Push or the Keep Pushing Course) for free when you sign up to the retreat :) It will become available to you as soon as we publish the courses.

Since the launch of our first program, we have been overwhelmed with the positive response from you guys, and the many requests for beginners and intermediate programs. Now that they are in the making, we would like to invite you all to celebrate the launch with us while deepening your practice, meeting your fellow Handstand Factory students (and us) in person, and spending a week immersed in full training in Tadah Artist Habitat, Antalya.

In line with the Push and Keep Pushing programs, the focus of the retreat 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. Along with the handbalance training, we will be spending a lot of time on learning about flexibility to aid you in your handbalancing practice.

This retreat is open to students of the Handstand Factory - Push (Beginner) and Keep Pushing (intermediate) programs! As the courses are still in the making, you will receive one free copy of either the Push or the Keep Pushing course as part of the retreat once you sign up! Access to your chosen program will be given once they are launched.

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 handbalance training. Skillwise, this retreat is open for complete beginners as well as intermediate handbalance practitioners up until a good 45s freestanding hold. If you are unsure about your level or which retreat to book, don’t hesitate to get in touch at handstandfactoryonline@gmail.com

The Push retreat will be taking place in Turkey from the 4th to the 11th of September 2018. Set amidst the beautiful countryside of Antalya, we will be spending 7 days training handstands and flexibility in Tadah - Artist Habitat. There will be 2 - 3 training sessions with Emmet and Mikael a day, along with some free training time and fun excursions.

Concepts and skills covered over the week:

  • Going deeper into the material of the two programs: Push and Keep Pushing. 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 differentleg coordinations, timing, rythm and so forth

  • Going into depth on the flexibility section of the program, mainly working on front folding 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 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

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 retreat can be found below, along with details on how to register.

Below is a review of last years retreat from Sonja Smith at Handstand Diary. IG: @handstanddiary


This stunning retreat centre is based in beautiful Antalya in Turkey and will be our home for the week. A safe, beautiful and calm environment for you to concentrate on what our focus for the week is. The beach is located a short drive away, on the edge of the historical Turkish village of Side and surrounded by ancient ruins... the water colour alone is one of the many reasons to visit during your stay!

The gorgeous studio space we will be using has 12.6m by 7.9m floor space with a specialised dance floor and is surrounded by glass walls. It is open 24 hours! Have a walk around Tadah here.


You will be staying in the beautifully crafted dorms at Till and Deniz’s Artist Habitat a.k.a. TADAH. Attention to detail of this location is amazing, plus nearly all the building materials were up-cycled. Beds made of beautiful reclaimed wood, the toilet doors used to be on hotel rooms, the glass walls of the training space were originally hotel fridge doors. Essentially, they have turned what would be wasted into a haven for us to play ittn!!

Between classes there is the option to swim in the natural pool, lie on the sun deck, get a tour around the permaculture gardens, borrow a bike and ride to the local market (20mins)/beach (30mins) or chat with new friends in the many communal areas.

TADAH also has a beautiful natural pool. Cleaned by the fish that live in the pool there’s no need for chlorine... it’s akin to having a private swimming lake. Tucked away to the side of the pool, is a sauna. The sauna will be fired up on one evening of the event (included in cost).


This retreat is fully catered with 3 meals a day plus snacks. You will have the option to choose between avegan, vegetarian and a meat including menu, as well as specifying any intolerances or dietary needs.

You will notice strong Turkish and German influences in the food, but all with a very original twist. A lot of the food comes direct from TADAH’s own organic permaculture gardens!


One afternoon trip (food provided) to the beautiful local areas will be factored into the schedule for the week. We have not decided where to yet as there are so many beautiful places to choose from; including the beach, stunning canyons or a nice hike! In one location there is a walk down into the canyon with the option to swim in the crystal clear (and cold) waters for the brave! In another location we could hike/climb up to an 11th century castle on a hill.

Don’t worry, you can bypass the adventuring and enjoy the sights from the bottom. The other trip will go to some ancient ruins, to have an epic photoshoot among the stunning scenery. Be it handstands, crazy splits or random poses, there are no limits to your creativity in creating some beautiful memories from our Handstand Factory retreat in Turkey! You can check out the location here.


While you will need to arrange your own flights to Antalya airport, transfers from and to Antalya airport will be organised for you. 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.

Pricing and payment

The price for this Handstand Factory retreat is 1800€ total. This includes transfers from and to the venue, accommodation, food, and all excursions and training, as well as one free program, either the beginners or the intermediate one. 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, or sign up with a 600€ deposit and then use a payment plan by paying 2 further instalments of 600€ each.

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We are more than excited to have you join us on our celebration launch retreat for the Handstand Factory Push and Keep Pushing courses!

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