Immersion with Dave Gardner


3rd - 9th September, 2019



Facilitated by Dave Gardner, this immersion will consist of physical & mental practices studying the human form & function, mechanics & technique, researching the unknown, learning to play again, with emphasis on self-study. An experience to cultivate awareness, expand your potential and learn how to move in an open free form way. Whether you are a complete beginner or committed practitioner, this process will empower you with tools on how to cultivate presence, clarity, adaptability, creativity and patience in yourself and your movement.

About Dave:

I go by Dave.
And I am first and foremost a student.

My proposition is called Original Condition.
Original Condition is an ongoing community research project into the enquiry of human capacity. Movement, meditation, immersion into natural environments and communication are tools explored to investigate what our original condition could be. The aim is to cultivate awareness around stimulus and response.

My experience so far has been influenced and inspired by Henry Madini of CAMA Muay Thai SA, Jim Harrington and Simon Borg-Olivier of Yoga Synergy, Aditi Gaur of the Himalayan Yoga Tradition, Cameron Shayne of Budokon University, David Aghion of Gracie Barra, Richie Lowe of Renzo Gracie Cape Town, Leilah Kirsten’s Movement Practice, Richard-Dean Sumares’ Crawl Project, Tom Weksler’s Movement Archery, Tomislav English’s Ferus Animi Terra Nova and Iesu Escalante’s Shifting methods, Shaolin Wushu and Acrobatics.

My process is to study with these and other teachers, to research through my personal practice and develop a way in which we all contribute to one another’s lives and work. What I discover through my study and practice is what I share. My work is to assist and facilitate the individual to create their own path through self-awareness.

I currently host masterclasses, weekend workshops, monthly immersion’s, and retreats in South Africa and abroad.
I look forward to meeting and sharing with you soon.
Big love, Dave


Each day will consist of a 90min morning warm up flow, followed by breakfast and self-time.

A 2,5 hour workshop with a specific focus on function and technique will take us into lunch and self-time.

A mid afternoon 2hr playshop with a specific focus on play and community will lead us into sunset on the beach or the forest with some snacks.

Some self-time before dinner. There will be an evening decompression, self-care, self-study and research sessions before a good nights rest.

07:00-08:30 - morning warm up practice

09:00-10:15 - breakfast and self-time

10:30-13:00 - technique & function workshop

13:00-14:30 - lunch & self-time

15:00-17:00 - community and play playshop

17:00-18:30 - snacks sunset outdoors

19:00-20:00 - dinner

20:00-21:00 - decompression

Each day will build into the next and will remain slightly flexible and it is likely that times may change slightly to ensure the flow of the groups dynamics and weather. There is also space for a morning of surf on the beach and a sunset walk at Oribi Gorge.

R7500 - 9500 pp / Meals and accommodation included / Early Bird valid until 30th of June