WiseMotion Urban Retreat Barcelona, 3rd Edition

WiseMotion retreat – Movement, Meditation and Neuroscience with Dr. Hanna Poikonen, June 11th -14th 2020

The WiseMotion method improves brain health, holistic well-being and physical abilities with movement, meditation and neuroscience. At the retreat, we focus on learning, creativity and the importance of sleep for the well-being and for learning cognitive and motor skills.

“Really appreciated the elegant combination of dance and neuroscience” – A scientist

“Warm and good feeling both physically and mentally”
– A professional contemporary dancer

“Dr. Poikonen’s guidance was so gentle and inspiring, provide a very relaxed environment. Focus “just” on the body, feels like been to a sanctuary after the class. What we all need to find our way back to our own body! Highly recommend.” – Yvonne, integrated energy practitioner

“A really refreshing experience” – A journalist

Video about the WiseMotion method https://vimeo.com/335283678

The WiseMotion workshops consist of movement practice, neuroscientific presentation and conversations. The workshops are designed to promote processes in concentration, stress-reduction, creativity and embodied communication. In addition, physical abilities such as the joint and muscle dynamics, relaxation and balance are improved. During the neuroscientific presentation, Dr. Hanna Poikonen clarifies the content using practical examples and connects the latest scientific discoveries to everyday life. During the conversations, the group deepens their knowledge about the topic of the workshop, based on the personal experiences of the participants and the neuroscientific approach.

The WiseMotion method is developed by Dr. Hanna Poikonen. She is a neuroscientist, dancer and movement specialist, and holds a PhD in the neuroscience of movement, dance and music (Faculty of Medicine, University of Helsinki, Finland). For the years 2008-2013 and again from 2019 onward, she works at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ) in brain research and education focusing on the fields of prolonged embodied cognitive learning, intelligence and creativity. In addition, she is a Guest Researcher at the Örebro University Hospital focusing on creative movement in rehabilitation.

She has studied movement and meditation in cities such as New York (Gibney Dance, Movement Research), Barcelona (La Caldera, Institut del Teatre), Montreal (Circuit-Est Centre Chorégraphique) and Berlin (Marameo). Explorations in kung fu, tai chi, butoh and somatic methods have taught her a holistic approach to the body and mind.

She has toured with WiseMotion worldwide in institutions, festivals and wellness centers such as Harvard Medical School (USA), Gibney Dance (New York City), Swissotel Berlin (Germany), Kuopio Dance Festival (Finland), Alive Wellness (Hong Kong), and Institut del Teatre (Barcelona).

The WiseMotion retreat is designed for:
Leaders in institutions and enterprise
Professionals in the healthcare, arts and wellness
Professionals in the human resources and education
Individuals interested in advanced holistic health recovery and maintenance

The schedule of the WiseMotion retreat

Thursday June 11th
10-11.30 Opening the retreat and introduction to the morning routine: Harmony of the body and the mind
11.30-13.00 WiseMotion workshop: The body and the mind learn together

20-23 Welcome dinner: Tapas & wine

Friday June 12th
10-11.30  Morning routine: Harmony of the body and the mind
11.30-13.00 WiseMotion workshop: Wellbeing of the body, mind and brain through breathing and good-quality sleep

15-18 Visit at the Museu Nacional Art Catalunya (MNAC)

Saturday June 13th
10-11.30 Morning routine: Harmony of the body and the mind
11.30-13.00 WiseMotion workshop: Creativity for work and leisure

15-18 Beach trip to the Ocata beach

Sunday June 14th
10-11.30 WiseMotion workshop: Recognizing and expressing emotions, and their underlying brain processes
11.30-13.00 Short morning routine and conclusions of the retreat: Take-home notes for the body and the mind

13-16 Farewell picnic at the Montjuic mountain



Movement, Meditation & Neuroscience Retreat program 380 euros
15% discount for students, unemployed and retired
Participation to the afternoon and evening activities by covering your own expenses