Hand Balancing Retreat 
with Nicolas Montes de Oca  March 19-24 2023
ABOUT THE RETREAT

The retreat is open to all levels, from complete beginners to professional hand balancers.The handstand methodology taught at the retreat will be a combination of two different techniques, Chinese and Ukrainian hand balancing techniques.

What we will cover during the retreat:

Jumping into a free handstand ( for beginners )
Different handstand positions
Technique correction
Presses and mounts to handstand
Advanced handstand physical preparation
Strength and Endurance
Movement exploration and fluidity
Programming for adjusting posture and increasing resistance and strength
Introduction to a core strength program
Various spotting techniques for partner training to achieve faster technical results
Preparation and programming for one arm handstand training plus introduction to new one arm sequences (For more advanced students)
What we will cover during the retreat:

Different handstand positions
Technique correction
Presses and mounts to handstand
Advanced handstand physical preparation
Strength and endurance
Movement exploration and fluidity
Programming for adjusting posture and increasing resistance and strength
Introduction to a core strength program
Various spotting techniques for partner training to achieve faster technical results
Preparation and programming for one arm handstand training plus introduction to new one arm sequences (for more advanced students)
A sample schedule:

March 19th  4-6 pm
March 20th› 10-1 pm 4-6 pm
March 21 10-1 pm 4-6 pm
March 22 10-1 pm 4-6 pm
March 23 10-1 pm 4-6 pm
March 24  7:30- 10

About Nico

NICOLAS MONTES DE OCA IS A PROFESSIONAL CIRCUS PERFORMER WHO HAS DEDICATED HIS LIFE TO HANDBALANCING AND THE CIRCUS ARTS

He discovered circus at the age of 16 when he first saw a juggler performing in his hometown and fell in love with it.

He began to develop his skills self-taught and this took him on a journey around the world, finding more people like himself.At age 23 he decided that he wanted to dedicate his practice completely to the art of handbalacing. This led him to China where he met several handstand coaches and the one that he considers who changed his life- Liu Laoshi, a handbalancing coach who won the gold medal at the Olympics in 1986 in Mexico. 

After spending many years of training with Liu Laoshi in China Nicolas traveled to Kyiv, Ukraine where he had an amazing opportunity to receive professional training by Vitold Antonovich Kuvshinov, considered to be one of the best handbalancing coaches in the world before he passed away in 2016.

He spent many years of self-development with handbalancing but reached new levels with his skills by receiving professional tuition at the Shanghai Circus School in China, ESAC (Ecole Superior du Arts du Cirque) in Belgium, and Kyiv Circus Academy in Ukraine. 

Nico has developed his own unique style in the discipline of handbalancing, fusing it with dance and movement and he has since performed all around the world.He has performed at many prestigious companies such as Franco DRAGONE, LES 7 DOIGTS DE LA MAIN and CIRQUE 

About the Retreat Center
Casa Om Potomac sits on 63 acres once owned by George Washington. Even before that the Indian River Cave on property was a major trading post and sacred ground for the Opequan Tribe. The retreat center features 11 bedroom/ 13 bathrooms, a yoga room, hiking trails, a cave, hot tub, dining room, bon fire area, pool ( not open in winter), and meeting spaces. River access allows for swimming and kayaking.
About the Food
We prepare fresh delicious meals from scratch in our open kitchen concept. We generally serve a light breakfast of coffee, tea, fresh baked goods, a protein and cut fruit. Our brunches are generally 4 or 5 items like  baked eggs, acorn squash boats, quinoa and black beans, home made salsas, fresh squeezed juice, avocado toast, and more. Our dinners are generally themed Thai, Lebanese, Mexican, Indian and Vegan American.

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