retreat training for young professionals dealing with mental health through arts

EMPOWERmental is a retreat training dedicated to young professionals working with the notion of mental balance. The 7-day programme will introduce different art-based methods with the aim to work towards a more sustainable, stress-free society. During this training, participants will have the chance to try out different embodied artistic practices for improving their own mental balance. This experience aims to equip participants with useful and easy-to-adapt tools that can be introduced to their own general practice. The retreat training provided by Hungarian, Slovak and Czech experts introduce a holistic approach inspired by various performing art sectors (dance, theatre and music) as well as other fields such as yoga, breathing techniques and art therapy. EMPOWERmental aims to promote the importance of mental balance and well-being both in one’s professional and personal life.


Our programme is open for any artist, facilitator, social and youth worker, mental health professional or anyone who aims to learn tools and methods to contribute to one’s mental balance and who aims to embed them into their own practice.

We are looking for young professionals (aged between 18 – 30 coming from one of the partner countries: Hungary, Slovakia or the Czech Republic) working with a specific (not necessarily regular) target group aiming to support their mental health journey.

Selected participants based on professional experience and motivation will be supported to participate but a symbolic participation fee is required.


Ziggurat Project is an independent, interdisciplinary art collective based in Budapest, collaborating on local and international projects in the cultural and educational fields since 2015. In recent years, our organization is triggered by the possibility of connecting performing art-based methods and mental health. We have been supported by the Tandem Europe program to collaborate on a research-creation project entitled Co-warming (2019-2020) about the mental balance of working communities with Elena Guinta art therapist and social design expert and the Italian social enterprise Larius. We have created the workshop and project EMPOWERmental based on that research and our own experience working not only with professional performers and cultural managers, but also with youth and adults in different local and international collaborations. We adapted the workshop for the 16-18-year-old age group and collaborated with many Hungarian high schools, focusing on tools supporting mental and physical balance in the midst of pandemic anxiety and the challenges of remote education. We had the opportunity to hold workshops in the frame of several international collaborations or events, such as the Istanbul Fringe Festival or the Anti-Bullying Movement Series Erasmus+ project. ​EMPOWERmental has been selected among the winning projects of the Good Impact Sustainability Fair 2021.

  • Flóra Eszter Sarlós (HU) is a choreographer, yoga teacher and founder of EMPOWERmental project. Currently she is learning the TRE method and practising motherhood.
  • Fanny Hajdú (HU) is a facilitator, drama pedagogue and co-founder of EMPOWERmental project. Her current interest lies in creating embodied participatory experiences applying movement and senses.
  • Katarína Rampáčková (SK) is a choreographer, performer, teacher, dance activist and director of PST.


During the one-week retreat training, participants have the opportunity to engage in a series of practical and theoretical workshops, community activities and common brainstorming. Hungarian, Slovak and Czech trainers will give an in-depth introduction about their fields of expertise and provide practical tools inspired by the performing art sector (dance, theater, music), as well as from other fields such as yoga, breathing techniques and art therapy to improve mental balance. The last two days of the exchange will be devoted to creating ideas and strategies. We will find ways to incorporate the introduced practices into our everyday lives and professional practice.


  • Application period: 20 Jan – 12 Feb (extended deadline: 25 Feb)
  • Application deadine: 25 Feb
  • Participants noticed by 25 Feb
  • Deadline for paying the participation fee 5 March
  • Travel arrangements and practicalities: during March
  • Arrival: 11 Apr
  • Training days: 12 – 19 Apr
  • Departure: 19 Apr



280 EUR which includes:

  • accommodation for 8 days
  • 3 meals a day (locally produced & organic)
  • participation in all the programmes

Participants are expected to organise their travels and cover their costs from their hometowns to Komařice. We will provide information and logistic help if needed.

The project is supported by the International Visegrad Fund.


In case of any further question, don’t hesitate to contact us in mail via or by phone on +36702540744.

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