TiT @ Gungas (Latvia)
18 - 21 June 2021
A unique location, a unique moment in the year. An invitation to share great times with new and old friends.
As of 16.00: Welcome on site. Settle in your rooms. Evening Milonga
In the morning, workshop: make your own Ligo crown. Afternoon and evening milonga. We celebrate the longest day with a big fire and dance till Sunrise.
We dance in the afternoon and the evening.
All meals, drinks and inbetween snacks as of Friday evening till Monday morning.
Group transport to the venue from Riga Centrum on Friday, in the late afternoon. Group transport from the venue to Riga Centrum/Airport on Monday morning (around 10.00 am departure).
Accommodation in shared rooms.
Use of rowing boats/SUP's for excursions on the lake.
Use of the sauna.
Gungas is an Ethnographical holiday resort. We stay and dance in historical Latvian log houses, from the past century or even earlier. It is a place where time stands still. Gungas is located in a typical pine forest on the shore of Dūņezers Lake. It offers great relaxation and tranquility. The sea is 10 km away, Riga is only 45 km.
There are approximately 40 sleeping places available on site, so the group will be small.
A very special time
Latvia is one of the few European countries where still today, just like hundreds of years ago, a celebration of the summer solstice is held. The shortest night of the year – from June 20 to 21, is spent in front of bonfires that burn bright until sunrise, singing Lego-themed folk songs. Women and girls wear a crown of flowers on their heads, while men wear a crown of oak leaves. And while the bonfires reach towards the sky throughout Latvia, guests are greeted with a beer and traditional Jani cheese with caraway seeds. We will create our own LIGO night.
For those that arrive early:
On Thursday evening we will organize a pre milonga. Place, time, and price to be confirmed.
On Friday, a guided tour of Riga city center, the Old Town, and the Art Nouveau district by our local co-organizer Natalia (4 h/ 15 Euro p/p). Departure at 10.00,
A second option on Friday, a trip on the river Gauja by raft (2 to 3 hours), through the most stunning valleys of the national park. Let the river carry you and enjoy the views, no rapids, no dangerous moments. (50 Euro p/p, transport and lunch included). After the excursion, the bus will bring you to the venue for the weekend.
For those that leave late:
On Monday afternoon, guided city tour of Riga. The program is the same as the tour on Friday (4 h/ 15 Euro p/p)..
On Monday evening, we share our last dances together. The venue still needs to be determined.
We are welcome at the venue as of 16.00 on Friday 18/06. We leave the resort on Monday morning 21/06.
Group transport from Riga to the venue on Friday, and back on Monday will be organized by us. It is included in the event price. We will also help organize individual transport if this would be needed.
The meals will be prepared by an external caterer, in close cooperation with us. We will also serve traditional dishes.
We will have the services of a local 'sauna' expert for authentic birch leave massages at a small additional cost.
Meals and drinks are included.
Bring swimwear, sunglasses, sunblock, and mosquito repellent (for your room and for your body). We are in the woods and the little friends come out in big numbers at night.
We stay in authentic wooden houses. The rooms have a lot of charm. All the rooms are different in size, layout, and comfort level.
Bed linen and towels are provided.
There are no single rooms available, Only double, twin and 1 triple rooms are offered.
If you need a partner to share a twin/triple room, we will try and partner you.
We have room for limited number of camper vans and/or tent pitches (no electricity or water conection provided).
A daily morning Yoga session will be offered by Julija.
We welcome all dancers that enjoy double role dancing.
No need to register with a partner.
We all dance with each other.
Is your friend/partner (still) a single role dancer? You are both welcome.
I have created a PRE-registration form.
This gives the possibility to indicate your interest and reserve your place already :-), without any financial engagement from your side.
Once it is clear how the pandemic situation evolves, you'll be recontacted by me.