5RTA| May Teacher Spotlight


Jup Jansonius



5Rhythms Teacher since 2014

Tribe Member since 1995


My name is Jup Jansonius and I dance and teach in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. I’m a Waves and Heartbeat teacher and I'm deeply in love with the practice. Ever since I set foot on a 5Rhythms floor I got hooked. It is through the map of the Waves that I started to understand life and got connected to my own body and being.

Dancing gives me a vocabulary for the things I cannot say but can only express through my body. It connects me to everything and everybody on a very deep level and provides a safety-net for times of discomfort.

The dance gives me ground and connects me to my feet so I can walk the earth in confidence, it gives me a sense of direction and the passion to stay adventurous. It helps me breaking through old habits and makes me try on new things without too much effort. The dance is the most creative place I know and every time I dance I get so inspired that I really feel myself being expanded and so free. And in this freedom I find my breath and stillness.

Before I found the dance I was looking for this kind of freedom in other ways. One was traveling. I started traveling by myself from a very young age (15). When traveling you have to step out of your own habits. Things work different and most of the time it is a meeting with the unknown. The unfamiliar. Thats when life is challenging us to stay present, awake and relaxed. Just like in the wave.

Gabrielle once looked at me and asked me “are you a Gypsy?” I felt a big fat Yes coming up and felt seen in my true nature. Then I realized that my even parents house was called the Gypsy spirit. And so from this Gypsy spirit I offer now a bunch of workshops that combine traveling and dancing and love or the magic of life.

The workshop will be held in Ikaria Greece, 31st of May til 7th of June. Ikaria is not the easiest place to travel to and so the journey will be part of the workshop. The art of being. 7 days relaxing and dancing. Creating from the empty space.

I hope to meet you somewhere on a dancefloor.


the Art of Being Ikaria

with Jup Jansonius


31 May 2019 - 07 June 2019

Ikaria, Icaria




Catherine Llewellyn

United Kingdom


5Rhythms Teacher since 2010

Tribe Member since 1997


My background is eclectic. My parents were con-conformists from opposite ends of the social scale. I was immersed in a bohemian lifestyle and a philosophy of self-determination. They showed me that change is an adventure. They carried their courage and inventiveness into our experiences as children‚ a mix of non-standard and challenge, which fostered a love of the unknown, the yet to be explored, discovery.

The sense of wonder that my parents encouraged has stayed with me, both with life generally, and the nature of humanity specifically. We are multi-layered and full of mystery and beauty, and ever-changing, growing. This perspective led me to the Human Potential movement, and my work as a humanistic practitioner.

My first 5Rhythms experience was a seven day Tribal Heart camp in Devon with Susannah and Ya'Acov. I loved it - the deep body parts sessions, entire mornings dedicated to one rhythm, afternoons of eclectic workshops and evenings of Sweat.

I danced the rhythms on and off for the next ten years. Looking back, I see that I was engaged in an important struggle. My autonomy was vital - the space to be as I am, self-directed and free to express and dance in my own way. Belonging was vital - needing the nourishment of a tribe - and wanting to explore what happens when we are who we are together. Surrendering to the dynamic flow between these needs was my struggle.

I popped out of the other side of that with an integrated experience of autonomy, connection and community. Gabrielle talked about our need for solitude, relationship and belonging. I absolutely resonate with this. 5Rhythms is a uniquely powerful vehicle for this exploration. I felt ready to train with Gabrielle and take on the teacher mantle.

My journey since then couldn't have been predicted. Everything has changed. I love this about 5Rhythms - the unpredictability of the experience and its effect on my life and the lives of my dancers. Alchemical.

I love this work. Every class or workshop I hold is a learning space for me, and a privilege. Witnessing the dance is magical. I believe we are helping make the world a better place.



NOURISH & FLOURISH Fire up Your Creativity
with Catherine Llewellyn
17 May 2019 - 19 May 2019
Wanstrow Village Hall, Somerset, Somerset




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