inkBoat workshops provide awareness practice to hone internal sensibilities and physical expression stemming from Japanese experimental and traditional performing arts. We work with physical/psychological risk and embodied images to train and refine the body, utilizing Body Weather Training, Action Theater™, Dao Yin, Qi Gong, Butoh Dance, MovNat®, Yang Sheng Gong and Noguchi Taiso.


Our live online workshops provide a space for both activating and giving form to your practice at home. The online work is focused on building a consistent and lasting physical practice to serve you in life.



Mobility 1: Circulation: Shinichi: Midnight to 1:30AM PACIFIC TIME (9:00 – 10:30 Central European Summer Time)

Mobility 2: Loosening: Shinichi: 8:00AM – 9:00AM PACIFIC TIME (17:00 – 18:00 Central European Summer Time)

Improvisation: Shinichi: 9:00AM – 10:00AM PACIFIC TIME (18:00 – 19:00 Central European Summer Time)


Elemental Vessel-Qi Gong: Dana: 10:00 – 11:30AM PACIFIC TIME (19:00 – 20:30 Central European Summer Time)


Elemental Vessel- Preparing the Ground & Playing with Natural Movement: Dana: 9:00AM – 10:30AM PACIFIC TIME (18:00 – 19:30 Central European Summer Time)


Mobility 3: Alignment: Shinichi: 9:00AM – 10:30AM PACIFIC TIME (18:00 – 19:30 Central European Summer Time)


Mobility 4: Kinetic Chain: Shinichi: 9:00AM – 10:00AM PACIFIC TIME (18:00 – 19:00 Central European Summer Time)

Deconstruct the Darkness: Shinichi: 10:00AM – 11:00AM PACIFIC TIME (19:00 – 20:00 Central European Summer Time)

Brief Descriptions:

Mobility Series: Shinichi

Each class in the mobility series will have a different emphasis. All focused on physical vitality, alignment, efficient movement and resiliency.

Circulation: opening joints, circulation of breath and blood with Tu Gu Na Xin and Yang Sheng Gong.

Loosening: making space, ease and flexibility in the body with Noguchi Taiso and martial arts practices.

Alignment: connecting up the innner alignment of the body with Gong Fu basic forms. Expect to sweat.

Kinetic Chain: The cause and effect of movement through the body, moving from interior to exterior expression.

Elemental Vessel: Dana

Qi Gong: The 5 Elements Model, which is an integral piece of many Chinese Internal Martial Arts, will serve as a guide to cultivating awareness of the inner terrain of our body and increasing circulation in our joints and soft tissues, all of which in turn can help nourish a healthy body and calm mind, and above all, celebrate our aliveness.

Preparing the Ground&Playing with Natural Movement: We could consider the body as a garden, and following this metaphor, in this class will be approaching movement in terms of how to create the ideal conditions for these gardens to grow and thrive.

Improvisation: Shinichi

Action Theater. Improvisational training for movers, musicians and theatrical performers. We play with timing and space while connecting to our internal feeling states.

Deconstruct the Darkness: Shinichi

Through the lens of Butoh dance, attending to connectivity within the body. Develop your relationship with spiral, expansion and center of gravity.

Training Modalities

Butoh: Deconstruct the Darkness

Never fixed in culture or time, this dance remains a personal investigation.
Taught by Shinichi Iova-Koga

Action Theater™: Improvisation of Presence

Improvisational training for movers, musicians and theatrical performers.
Taught by Shinichi Iova-Koga
Authorized Action Theater™ Teacher

Body Weather Training

Cultivate a body that is sensate, sensitive and dynamic, a body that relates in a non-hierarchical manner to the environment, and a body that, like the weather, is capable of shifting and transforming at any moment.
Taught by Dana Iova-Koga

Dao Yin and Qi Gong

This training focuses on the interconnected nature of soft tissues (including fascia), muscle, bone and the various regions of the body to promote vitality and strength.
Taught by Shinichi Iova-Koga
Authorized Qi Gong – Level 1 Instructor with Lotus Nei Gong

Elemental Vessel Qi Gong

By  practicing movement through physical forms while simultaneously focusing the mind we can find greater awareness of our inner state, bring the nervous system into balance, promote better circulation of fluids and energy in the body and find ease of mobility and alignment.
Taught by Dana Iova-Koga
Certified Qi Gong teacher by Holden Qi Gong

Yang Sheng Gong / 養生功

Physical tune-up for health and longevity open to all levels and body types.
Taught by Wudang West (Switzerland): Shinichi Iova-Koga, authorized by Wudang West / David Wei.

Dance on Land

For all bodies who wish to create artful play between raw, earthy elements, personal expression and development.
Taught by Shinichi Iova-Koga and Dana Iova-Koga


From the foundational MovNat® curriculum we play with some of the most innate and essential movements for the human body- such as squatting, crawling, and different ways of sitting on and getting up from the ground. Taught by Dana Iova-Koga, authorized MovNat® Level 1 Instructor

Noguchi Taiso (Water Body Movement)

A system of releasing unnecessary tension and developing a responsive and dynamic body for life, dance, performance and sports.
Taught by Shinichi Iova-Koga

Performance Lab

For artists exploring the structural development of the performative act.
Taught by Shinichi Iova-Koga



Shinichi Iova-Koga is the Artistic Director of inkBoat. The company has won five Izzie awards and toured in Europe, Asia and the USA. Long-term collaborations with Anna Halprin, Ko Murobushi, KT Nelson, Yuko Kaseki, Do Theater, Ann Carlson and Yumiko Yoshioka as well as mentorships with Ralph Lemon and Ruth Zaporah have shaped his perceptions and aesthetic.

Shinichi has existed and trained primarily within the contexts of Butoh Dance, Qi Gong, Action Theater, Improvisation, Aikido and Noguchi Taiso. These perspectives formed his approaches to body mobility and circulation, awareness of weight, breath, physical connectivity, feeling states and relationship to the environment. As a teacher and as a maker of performances, he subjects his own experience to re-consideration or re-assembly in order to excavate principles from within the forms.

He teaches both independent workshops and within University dance programs, most notably at Mills College in California from 2009-2017. In addition he is the editor of the book 95 Rituals, a tribute to Anna Halprin, and a contributing writer to The Routledge Companion to Butoh Performance.

Dana Iova-Koga began dancing at the age of 4. Her first performing role was a dancing cloud. Almost 40 years later she is still enjoying the attempt to find the clouds inside her body. Along with the love of movement that has been with Dana since birth is a love of the wilderness. And parallel to her study of dance has been the study of how to be informed by the elements, and how to feel the body in relation to its environment. She has spent many years of her adult life living closely with nature- working on farms and in the countryside. The seminal event which entwined these two interests was the time Dana spent in Japan with Min Tanaka. For several years she farmed green tea and vegetables and danced in dozens of productions under his direction. Since 2006, Dana has been a primary member of inkBoat. For over ten years Shinichi and Dana have co-taught “Dance on Land” in the remote countryside of Petrolia, California. She has been studying Qi Gong since 2014 and is a certified Holden Qi Gong teacher. Elemental Vessel is the name/container that Dana uses for the collection of practices she has gathered over the years.



inkGround in California is situated within a patchwork of diverse and stunning ecosystems- forest, river, pasture, mountains, ocean, and from these intertwining landscapes we and our workshop participants/guests receive much inspiration and rejuvenation.

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