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Biodanza Personal Development Course



The Personal Development Course is about putting LIFE first and increasing your ability to create the relationships you want. It is a series of fourteen weekends of intense Biodanza. Each weekend is an experiential group process.

The people participating in the course become your companions. They become friends, colleagues and people who support you in your life changes. Each weekend is supported by a Training Manual written by the Founder of Biodanza – Rolando Toro Araneda – (right).

These provide the cognitive understanding of the experience and an opportunity to reflect on your life. Normally, you start on Saturday morning and finish on Sunday afternoon.


Your Program

 Science, Art, Love

1. Definition & Theoretical Model

“The conceptual basis of Biodanza came from a reflection on life, a desire to be reborn from our broken gestures and our empty and sterile structure of expression. We could assuredly say it came from a nostalgia for love.”

“We have a way of being absent with our whole presence. By not looking at, not listening to, not touching another person, we subtly strip them of their identity. We do not recognise the person in them; we are with them but we ignore them. This disqualification, conscious or unconscious, has a terrifying meaning involving all the pathologies of the ego.

To celebrate the presence of another, exalting it in the essential enchantment of the encounter, is perhaps the only healthy possibility.”

Rolando Toro Araneda


Putting Life First

2. Biocentric Principle & Vital Unconscious

“The Biocentric Principle has as its starting point the Vivencia of a universe based on life.

Everything that exists in the universe – be it elements, stars, plants or animals, including humans – is a component of a larger living system. The universe exists because life exists – not the other way around.”

Rolando Toro Araneda


The Heart of Biodanza

3. Vivencia

“Vivencia is an experience lived with great intensity by an individual in the here-now.”

Vivencias are a doorway though which we penetrate into the pure space of being, where time stops existing and we are here and now forever.”

Rolando Toro Araneda

Children of the Stars

4. Biological & Physiological Basis of Biodanza

“There is no doubt that the energy of life is one, common to plants, animals, and humanity. We are contained in a cosmic broth of life. The energy of life circulates in us and in nature as a flux. We humans block this flux; we try to stay isolated. But in reality we are linked by a subtle telepathic intelligence whose nature is love and which we can open or close ourselves to.”

Rolando Toro Araneda


Life, Death & Resurrection

5. Mythical & Philosophical Aspects of Biodanza

“Humanity, throughout history, has frequently lost the great revelations discovered by its visionaries and gone through dark periods of dissociation and complete loss of identity. We can look for inspiration within these Mysteries in order to nourish the health and vitality of our civilisation.”

Rolando Toro Araneda


Who am I?

6. Identity & Integration

“Our identity is revealed in the presence of the other. This notion of being different and unique is revealed in the presence of others.”

Rolando Toro Araneda


Moving into New Awareness

7. Trance & Regression

“Integrative trance has a restorative effect. The trance that leads to sleep, the trance that leads to sexual ecstasy, the trance of dancing are all examples of integrative trance. The mystic trance, accompanied by vivencias of supreme happiness, physical well-being and union with the cosmic totality is also a form of integrative trance. The trances induced during the exercises and ceremonies of Biodanza are integrative. During the integrative trance, states of anxiety disappear.

Coming out of an integrative trance has the quality of “rebirth.” The trance of Biodanza has profound “reparenting” effects.”

Rolando Toro Araneda

 Our Need for Contact

8. Contact & Caress

“Anybody that is not caressed begins to die. Contact is a source of health and is the most important therapeutic action. To see that all people have access to caresses … is the only revolution that makes sense.“

Rolando Toro Araneda


Your Will to Live

9. Vitality

“Vitality means having a strong will to live and possessing energy available for action.” this line is generated in the instinct of conservation of life, in the many mechanisms in charge of maintaining the homeostasis and regulation of the organism. It is linked to the first experiences of movement and feelings of energy.”

Rolando Toro Araneda


Connecting with Another

10. Affectivity

“Affectivity is a state of deep affinity toward other beings, capable of originating feelings of love, friendship, altruism, maternity, paternity, and companionship. However, opposing feelings such as anger, jealousy, insecurity, and envy can also be considered components of the complex phenomenon of affectivity.”

Rolando Toro Araneda

Stepping Beyond Ourselves

11. Transcendence

“A feeling of intimate connection with nature and with another person is a peak experience we rarely have in our lives. To know “for sure” that we are not isolated beings, but that we are participating in the unifying movement of the cosmos, is enough to alter our scale of values. Perceiving themselves as a source of intimacy and open with love undoubtedly influences people’s evolution, inundating them with vitality and inner unity.“

Rolando Toro Araneda


Desire & Pleasure in Your Life

12. Sensuality

“Sexuality and life are absolutely linked. Sexual desire represents a strong motivation to live. Human sexuality is a way of being and growing. Our whole life unfolds according to our sexual connections. Human identity is organised in the natural flow of erotic energy.”

Rolando Toro Araneda

April 09 – 10 Creating Your Life!

13. Creativity -The Path from Chaos to Harmony

“Creativity is an integral part of the cosmic transformation, the path from chaos to order. The work of creation is always the expressive result of the act of living. The creator’s problem can be a struggle against his own overabundance. The humility necessary to take one of several projects and to carry it out well, as if we were eternal, thinking of the infinite time that it takes the universe to create a small flower, a bumblebee, an emerald.

Our opulence as artists is not in our overabundance, but in the humility to abandon our multiple options and to place our serene love in a single one of them.”

Rolando Toro Araneda


A New Beginning!

14. Review Weekend

“By proposing a process of integration and development for each individual, Biodanza postulates freedom and respect for each one, the same respect the farmer has for the seed. This idea can only be supported from the axiom that the human seed is essentially good, that is to say that there is a divine impulse within it. All a discipline of development must do is to help individuals recognise this impulse within themselves.”

Rolando Toro Araneda


Your Facilitator

Carolina Churba will be facilitating the course and your journey of personal transformation. She is among the leading world figures in Biodanza and has over thirty years of participating in Biodanza.

Carolina has been offering these weekends in South Africa since 1998 and many people have gone through this personal development process with very positive results. There will also be invited local and international guest teachers of Biodanza who will lead specific weekends.

In 1996, she brought Biodanza to South Africa. In 2005, she was recognised by Rolando Toro Araneda and the world governing body of Biodanza, the International Biocentric Foundation, as the official license holder and custodian of Biodanza in southern Africa.

“I Started Biodanza at 18 in Argentina. Biodanza has helped me live my life in balance. Every class I have a chance to process my week. And i find my inner source of love that allows life to flow from week to week in a positive way. That is why I have continued with it for over thirty years!

I trained as a physiotherapist in rehabilitation and wanted to help people heal. I found that medicine treated the symptoms and focused on illness. I wanted to focus on generating health. Biodanza proved to be something I needed to apply not just in my own life but also through my professional life. I see people heal their lives through Biodanza from their very core. This gives me purpose in my facilitation.”


SIMUNYE- 36 Modderfontein Road- Midrand- it’s a “stay away” weekend!!

Time Table:
Fridays: 7pm till 10.30pm
Saturdays:10am-5pm- dinner bring and share cooking!!!
Sundays:10am – 4pm

All weekends are residential.

Completion of Course

This personal development course will have given you increased capacity for:

  • Joy and passion for life;
  • Self-confidence;
  • Better communication with others;
  • Intimacy within relationships; and
  • In most cases, an overall state of well-being.

You will perceive the potentiality in life for joy, passion and health. You will be able to continue the process of self-transformation through regular Biodanza.

Further Training

These fourteen weekends are the essential personal development necessary for a facilitator of Biodanza. To lead others in their personal growth, you must have experienced the impact of deep Vivencia on you and your life.

On completion of these weekends, it may be possible to continue towards professional training as a facilitator of Biodanza. This is not for everyone and the experience of the above fourteen weekends will clarify your desire to pursue this as a profession.

At this point, the training will continue your own personal development but the focus shifts to learning the practical skills needed by a facilitator to lead a group. These skills are:

  • Understanding the theory and methodology of Biodanza
  • Your own ability to experience Vivencia
  • Your ability to demonstrate the exercises to others
  • Your poetic enunciation (or introduction) exercises with imagery, a word,
    poetry etc.
  • Your choice of music and understanding of how music impacts on a
    group process
  • Your design of a class on the correct gradient and sequence for participants
  • Your observation and reading of the group and individual reactions to
    exercises or the class

This requires a further eleven weekends of training, a supervisory period to assist you apply the material learned in your own group and a presentation of monograph.


Time Table JHB: Personal Development Course @ Simunye – Midrand




  Definition & Theoretical Model
  Biocentric Principle & Vital Unconscious
  Biological & Physiological Basis of Biodanza
  Mythical & Philosophical Aspects of Biodanza
  Identity & Integration
  Trance and Regression
  Contact Caress
Review Weekend






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