Dancing the Wilderness:

Residential workshop in Pembrokeshire, Wales. 2017 dates

taught by Nick Parkin & Marie-Gabrielle Rotie


Friday 23rd June (arrival)  to Saturday 1st July 2017 (departure)


Cost £370 inclusive of food, accommodation, tuition.

Deposit of 120 pounds payable to secure your place.



Email butohuk@googlemail.com to receive complete information brochure and for booking form details. International students welcome.


 This residential workshop takes place in the wild and unspoilt National Parks Coastline of Pembrokeshire, voted by Lonely Planet readers in 2014 as the number one most beautiful coast in the world!


 We explore how to physically open, sensitise and relate to the land, how to create material  from a creative engagment and connection with nature and the site-sensitive, and look at the potentials for physical and creative responses given by each natural element.


Wind, rock, stone, earth, sky, sand, trees, become entities, partners, in an unfolding of sensitive engagment, listening, and tuning into the spirit of a place  and of things as they are. We aim to decentre out human perspective and learn to see things from the point of view of an non-human perspective. To see with the eyes of fish, water, stone, grass and flower. Such a perspective is an urgent antidote to the erosion and disappearing of our relation to nature.



The workshop venue  Caerhafod, and has been hired for our exclusive use, and has bunkrooms, self-catering kitchen and excellent facilities. We are within walking distance of the coast path, with the villages of Trefin and Porthgain, both with lovely pubs and cafes and eating places, nearby.


Price includes accommodation, tuition, food for breakfast and dinner (with option to create packed lunches from any leftovers for lunch). It is possible to have two pitches if you wish to bring tents so please contact us for a reduced price. You may not  wish to share a room, and prefer more quiet and privacy, so some participants stayed in a cottage off-site (they shared the cost of rental between them) and received a reduced cost for the workshop.


Catering is vegetarian and done on a rota, from a set menu, by all participants and is a lovely communal experience. There is plenty of opportunity to also be more independent if you want more 'alone' time as well. In 2016, participants ranged from international participants from France, Japan, Italy,  Australia, mature professional artists, MA and BA students and just those wanting to do something different. There is plenty of opportunity to film, take photos, and work in different visual mediums.


We will have access to car transport for those who don't want to do a lot of walking, but be prepared for walking on moderately challenging terrain and for that being part of the workshop process. On average we walk in total, 6 mile round trips each day. Some participants, for instance those with injuries or health issues or minor disability, preferred to drive to our dance location, which is also possible.


Nearest railway station is HAVERFORDWEST. We can arrange timed arrivals for collections from station to venue etc. Price does not include train or flights, so do book as early as you can. Many participants shared cars from London or other cities, which greatly reduces travel costs. There is secure car parking on site.


Nick and Marie-Gabrielle have collaborated since 1994 (for over 20 years!) and bring a wide range of expertise to this workshop. Nick in particular has a long history of sound and movement practise drawing upon environmental, site-specific and eco-critical approaches. He teaches a soft martial arts based warm up each day. Teaching also draws upon somatics, visual art, Butoh and Marie-Gabrielle's own methods evolved over an artistic practice spanning 25 years. The have both undertaken signficant site-based works, including residencies and site-specifc  performances  in Portland Quarry, Wales, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Denmark, London.


 Brochure click here