From 29 September to 2 October 2021
A five day intensive seminar
Centro d’Ompio at Lake Orta / North Italy

Let your soul dance! With Trance Dance, Rhythm and Ritual live music performed by the percussion ensemble „Busch-Werk“.
Seminar Coaches: Sabine Rittner und Herman Kathan
Languages: English and German

Immerse yourself in the magical power of rhythm, pulsation and sound.  Explore the effect of archaic cult rhythms on your own body. Let them carry you into other dimensions of reality. Give wings to your soul through dance. In a protective ritual space let go and still feel held. The live music is especially suited to the situation, which activates powerful, quiet and sensuous aspects of who you are.


In this seminar, the participants will take part in a number of rituals, each lasting several hours. There one can experience the healing, consciousness-expanding and strengthening potential of trance states. The rhythm archetypes, which will be performed in the seminar, specifically can be found in the music of Brazil and West Africa and are still in use today.

The members of “Busch-Werk” (Herman Kathan, Norbert Schubert, Tiemo Feldmann, Christoph Jung und Uwe Berger) are professional musicians who for more than 20 years have gained great expertise by performing with traditional ritual musicians in both West Africa and Brasil. With the help of these powerful rhythms, we can easily achieve altered states of consciousness. If these trance states are searched for in ritualized ways, safely achieved and resolved, they are beneficial and regenerating for body and soul.

They facilitate access to creativity and intuition, they support the development of resources, and they often reveal new ways to pose and respond to our questions and understand our needs.

Good to know
This detailed, especially intensive “Tribal-Trance-Dance-Journey” starts this time again with a completely new program! It will only take place once in 2021: at Lake Orta!


Trance dance and indigenous trance rhythms, „Ritual body postures and ecstatic trance“® according to Felicitas Goodman, hypnotherapy, breathing and bodywork, drums and meditation. At the conclusion of the rituals there will be plenty of room to process and integrate the „travel“ experiences and impulses creatively by painting or writing, in silence, in nature, in small groups, and also in the circle sharing. In the evenings, there is the opportunity to drum freely and to improvise with each other musically under the guidance of the musicians. Musical or dance expertise are not required.

In this seminar, the decades of experience of two “old masters” of the seminar work – Sabine Rittner and Herman Kathan – converge in this way synergetically.

The team

Sabine Rittner

Sabine Rittner is Psychotherapist (approb.), Music therapist, Hypnotherapist with specialization on working with altered states of consciousness and body-oriented psychotherapy. She works at the Institute for medical psychology of the University of Heidelberg (teaching, psychotherapy, trance research), as well as in private practice (supervision, coaching). For four decades she has directed seminars in Germany and abroad. She is a longtime student of anthropologist and consciousness researcher Prof. Felicitas Goodman and empowered to give trainings in the method of “ritual body postures and ecstatic trance”.

Herman Kathan

Herman Kathan is percussionist for West African and Brazilian cult and profane music, composer, director of the percussion ensemble „Busch-Werk“, director of „Tam-Tam-Mandingue Germany“, diploma in religious education. He has worked as a freelance musician and music teacher since1986.

The musicians of the ensemble „Busch-Werk“

Herman Kathan, Norbert Schubert, Tiemo Feldmann, Christoph Jung, Uwe Berger

→ The double CD “Trance” of “Herman Kathan’s Busch-Werk and the Masters of Groove” is available at

The seminar location

The Centro d’ Ompio is a special, unique, beautifully situated seminar center in Pettenasco above the Lake Orta (West of Lago Maggiore) in Italy. It includes a park-like terrain of 100’000 m ² with lush flowering gardens, terraces and chestnut forests, meadows, quiet corners, criss-crossed by paths that lead past streams, springs, and a pond. From the sun terrace with a large pool you have a wonderful wide view of Lake Orta and the surrounding foothills of the Monte Rosa mountain range. We live together on the terrain of the Centro d’Ompio in the old Casa Felicina, a former Farm. Our beautiful, large, octagonal seminar room is set among lovely trees. The Alpe Selviana with its wonderfully refreshing waterfalls on the river Pescone is located 10 minutes away (by car). An ancient natural pool is the perfect place to go swimming on a hot day.

The rich vegetarian meals are prepared lovingly and fresh for us by two cooks in our team. With minimal help of the participants, this enables us to keep the price for our meals down.

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Start: Mon., 27.09.2021, 6pm
End: Sat., 02.10.2021, 2pm

Personal contact

Phone: 0049 7964 300034

Seminar fee including expenses for overnight accommodation

980,- €

Additional an amount of 100,- Euro for all meals has to be paid in cash on arrival.

The tourist tax which is common in Italy, is 22,50 € and has to be paid in cash on arrival in the seminar house.

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