January 8 – March 6,  2020 in the heart of Mama India on the seaside of Mandrem village
@ Devarya Holistic Retreat & Sanctuary, Temple of Dance (North Goa) 

~ From the School of Mystery, Sacred Dance & Feminine Arts ~
a Two-Month Training with Zola Dubnikova in India

“This is a call for women to know and believe in the holiness of their bodies, the sacredness of their dance & the power of their voice…. “

Temple Arts. Sacred Dance. Dance Medicine

Soon we gather once again for our yearly intensive training to explore the magic, depth and power of the Holistic Dance Language with world-renowned teacher & visionary, Zola Dubnikova. Zola’s work has been coined “the art of reincarnating in the same body” and there is no doubt that this experience will be life-changing for all who attend.

When we do the practices of this work together on a daily basis, we begin to feel a new way of life emerging from which we would never wish to return. Combined with dietary awareness, sustainable lifestyle, strong physical practice, transformative spiritual discipline, and supported by a hand-selected core support team and guest teachers, within a circle of powerful women gathered from around the world, we co-create a recipe for deep evolution.

Through this training, we will receive tools for increasing awareness, empowerment, expression, body communication and energy. We will work on rigorous disciplined techniques to harness feminine power and create an embodied experience of this inner work. We cultivate softness and strength, we cleanse the heart, we strengthen the body, and we practice devotional movement. Through the unique fusion of structured improvisation with precise physical training, we enter into a collective experience of awareness, pleasure and fully expressed divine womanhood. We taste the exquisite possibilities of what life on earth could look like as we open to our untapped potential within. The intention of this immersion is to empower women in body, heart, voice and spirit to become powerful vessels of divine expression.

Through rigorous training in various ancient traditional dance lineages fused with contemporary movement science and powerful tools to free the body, we receive important forgotten tools from the past, while experiencing an evolutionary system which addresses contemporary needs of women in today’s world.

If you feel the call, you will feel it… We welcome you 🙂

A meeting of sacred tradition, contemporary movement awareness and cutting edge holistic practice dedicated to the empowerment of women worldwide. This is a call for women to return to the temple and to remember the sacredness of their bodies and the power of their expression.

This is an exceptional opportunity to study with Zola Dubnikova following a structured and comprehensive program.

Two-month, 230-hour intensive training in healing aspects, ritual sequences & advanced practices of the Holistic Dance Language & Mystery School Curriculum includes:

-Holistic Dance Language Curriculum daily practices
-Immersion into Sufi meditation, practice and philosophy, Sacred Feminine Teachings, Sexual Alchemy, Tao Tantric Arts, Jade Egg practices, Sound Alchemy, Kumbhaka & Transfiguration
-3 Initiation ceremonies(frame drum, jade egg, moon)
-Training for Ritual Sequences, Sacred Dance, Mudra Language and Sound Alchemy
-Improvisational practice & development
-Ancestors Practices, Earth Practices, Divine Mother Practices & Self-Care practices
-Cultivation of our Sangha (spiritual community)
-Teachings on the Sacred Geometries of the body, as well as sacred geometry configurations for dance
-Artistic & prayer-formance methodology and development, ritual creation and choreography
-Specialised training in: Sufi ritual, Classical Persian dance, Odissi Temple Dance practices,
Balinese Temple Dance practices, dances of the Silk Road & dances of the Romani Trail
-Weekly instruction in frame drum technique
-Dance medicine ~ technique and application of Zola’s unique medicine movement system
-Lectures on Sufi philosophy, Temple Dance Lineages & Priestess Traditions across time & worlds
-Final Ritual Offering & Ceremony

We have limited spaces so students who feel the call to participate are encouraged to apply soon. We offer certificates upon completion of the full mystery school program for those students who fulfill all requirements.

*There will be one week off during the training in the middle to be determined during first 3 weeks of training

*We will create an optional event for local children from El Shaddai orphanage for anyone who would like to participate


We are very blessed to run this years’ training at our brand new Holistic Dance Sanctuary Retreat, Temple of Dance India. Our new location has been created by the exquisite Devarya Retreat owner from Morjim, explicitly for Zola’s trainings. Our new dance space has a wooden floor, plenty of natural light, sea view and option for air condition whenever the tropical heat feels like too much. The new sanctuary is located within walking distance to quiet sandy beaches in the beautiful coastal village of Madrem, North Goa. Mandrem is also known for its delicious restaurants and cozy cafes, eclectic fashion, jewellery boutiques, and yoga trainings.

Guest teachers :
Every year we have special guest teachers who add to the depth and magic of our training! Stay tuned about who guest teachers will be this coming year…!  Guest teachers in the past have included visiting teachers from across the world –  of Sufi practices, frame drum technique, vocal/singing technique, womb awakening practices, taoist/jade egg alchemy & more…

Ritual Performance & Final Offering: 
There will be a beautiful opportunity at the end of the full program for students to share themselves, their inner dance and the material learnt during the training as an offering and prayer for the empowerment of women worldwide. This is a highlight of the mystery school but it is not required for those who wish to make their final offerings in an alternate way.  When the final offering is public, all proceeds always go towards a local humanitarian cause.  For those women who do not wish to participate in the final offering, offerings can be made in any number of ways including: volunteering at the local orphanage or supporting local environmental/humanitarian projects. 

The curriculum and schedule are designed to support committed and passionate students who wish to deeply develop themselves and complete the entire two-month immersion with Zola and our special faculty. We have limited spaces so students who feel the call to participate are encouraged to apply soon.  Although we do offer certificates upon completion of the full mystery school program for those students who fulfil all required commitments, it should also be noted that this is not a teacher training. The process of apprenticeship is only open to women who have previously completed the two-month training as a student as well as worked with Zola in other contexts. 

Monday – Friday:
09:40 –  09:45      Arrival
09:45 – 10:00       Silent Meditation
10:00 – 13:30       Morning session
13:30 – 16:00       Shared organic catered lunch (2-3x per week), swimming, integration and rest
16:00 – 18/19:00  Afternoon session (2-3x per week)
20:00 – 21:30        Evening session (occasionally)

*Please note organization of hours may vary week to week
**When we are preparing for our ritual offering, hours may increase for a short period of time
*** Zola and/or her main assistant will be available on a weekly basis for individual consultations/check-ins

It is highly recommended to come to India several days before the course begins to give you time to settle, organize your logistical needs, and get acquainted with the area.

Accommodation is NOT included in the course fee. This year intense dance workshop is taking place in the residential retreat centre located in Mandrem. The centre contains individual and shared accommodations with kitchen facilities for all students.

The participants are responsible to arrange the accommodation within/out the centre by liaising with the owner. All the detailed information will be provided to the students who have signed up.

Every prospective student must submit an application with a deposit payment of 500 Euros to secure your place in the course. Upon receiving your application and deposit payment we will confirm via email.  If we decide that for some reason you are not eligible to attend, your deposit will be returned.

If Zola accepts a student for participation in the course, the deposit will be held in reserve and the full remaining balance must be paid at least one month prior to the course start date (December 1st). Deposits are non-refundable for accepted students.  We have limited spaces so students who feel the call to participate are encouraged to apply soon. We offer certificates upon completion of the full mystery school program for those students who fulfil all requirements.

For students who are interested to return in a support role, and who have worked with Zola before, there is a separate application – please inquire.


8 week Mystery School – Early Bird Price – 4,100 Euros (available for those who register before or on September 15th, 2019)
If you register after, September 15th the price will be 4,400 Euros.
*This cost includes frame drum, costumes for our special ceremonies, hand held candles and ritual moon
** Cost also includes 2 -3 organic, gluten free, vegan lunches per week so that you can relax at the center during breaks and enjoy swimming in the sea

How to get there:

By Air: Book your flight to the Goa Dabolim Airport (GOI).  Take a taxi to Mandrem beach. Taxi pick up contacts can be provided upon request. The Retreat Center,  is 1.5 hour drive from the airport.



Please contact Magdalena Smolarska for info&registration at: holisticdanceindia@gmail.com.

This winter immersion represents the planting of a seed – the opening of a ecological, sustainably-modeled Institute of sacred dance & related holistic arts, for which we are now searching for an accurate location. Yet, the model of this program, in which we practice the holistic dance language within a community, as part of a sustainable lifestyle, begins to look like the seeds for a dream envisioned long, long ago …

Short documentary clip: about Zola & the Holistic Dance Language.

For a photo gallery from previous Mystery School trainings please click here.