5RTA | September 2017 Teacher Spotlight


Silvija Tomcik



5Rhythms Teacher since 2001

Tribe Member since 0


My home rhythm is Staccato in a serious flirtation with Chaos, that finds its roots in Flowing. You can see, it is not a pure Staccato. I love going into a messy pile of papers on my office table and sorting them out, by alphabet, by date, by theme. I love making different kind of lists, and I love ticking the things off of those lists. For me work is fun. Money is energy. Communication is the key. I love breaking things down to be able to pass them on. I am a “beat slut”, loving the way the beat holds me steady. I love to make things happen and bring people together, doing my “match making”. I follow my passions in my life, to hell and to heaven. I am comforted with the simplicity of Staccato. I love the dynamic of question and response. I love bringing together two sides to meet, roots and wings, movement and rest, feminine and masculine, light and shadow.

The first time I heard about 5Rhythms and Gabrielle Roth was from her “Maps to Ecstasy” book that became my sacred book. Reading it was like finally finding a friend who understood me and spoke my language. One year later, working on the Anti-War Campaign Croatia I was blessed to meet the peace activist Sophie Reynolds, who one day said “oh I feel like dancing today” and took out of her bag one of Gabrielle’s tapes. She brought me in touch with my first 5R teacher, Dilys Morgan Scott from UK, for whom I organized my first 5R workshop in Zagreb. Since then, the doors kept opening and I was ready for the journey, supported by so many. Thanks to amazing 5Rhythms teachers along my way, I became a 5R teacher as well.

As soon as we become aware of and in touch with our bodies, we are making contact with ourselves. For me movement in this way is like a “thermometer” for my state of being. For me, 5Rhythms practice shows me a way to really meet myself, in both a safe and challenging way. There was that feeling where I was longing for contact and I was dreading it. I was meeting myself this way, over and over again on the dance floor, I started building this steady, long-lasting, never-ending relationship to myself in the midst of all the changes of life. I got a lot of energy back into myself, that I had been spending on running away from myself and bumping into other people. Dancing for me was always a way to avoid contact with other people, I could just disappear into my own dance and feel whole there. But actually through 5Rhythms practice and its approach to partnering, I started enjoying meeting others in the dance. I loved that non-verbal communication, where things were clear and in the beat, came first. And later, through Mirrors workshops, I started learning the verbal part of communication as well, dipping into my intuition and awakening my senses.



with Amber Ryan


08 September 2017 - 10 September 2017

Martha Graham , New York




Joanne Winstanley



5Rhythms Teacher since 2004

Tribe Member since 1996


I love the hum of a room full of movers, dropping into a deep vibration and riding it all the way home.

I love when our bodies find patterns of motion belonging to no-one, moving through everyone, just borrowing our hands and our heads and our feet for awhile.

I love catching a glimpse of someone’s soul I hadn’t seen before – when I find myself suddenly dancing with a warrior, a healer, a tree spirit, a bird on the wing.

I love when presence descends like grace, finding me perfectly, here, in this healthy, tender, temporary miracle, this loyal friend, this body.

I love how we come together, arriving in various states of presence and distraction and distress and disarray. How we find some kind of unity and how we slip, most every week, into a landscape beyond time. And how we land and peacefully disperse into the night. Each of us, a little bit closer to home. Each of us more present for this crazy, holy, thirsty world.

I love how the rhythms can leave us clean, like skies after a thunderstorm.

I am so deeply grateful for Gabrielle’s maps – for the intelligence they carry, for the ways they have held and moved me and my community, and for the simple, reliable fact that they work. Even on nights when I feel shaky or off-center – perhaps especially on those nights – I am reminded that this Wave, this practice, these rhythms know far more than I do. If I am willing to meet them, they show me: here is what’s true; here’s a way through. They are both a refuge and a deep medicine for me, for us, and for our time.

Somebody asked me recently if dance is my passion, and I had to answer, No. It isn’t the dance, the thing itself, that I love most. It’s what happens when we dance that gets me, every time. How we connect to ourselves, to one another. How we can be delivered, if we are even the slightest bit willing, right into the Mystery. Or into the heart of our own discomfort, sometimes. And how, if we stick with it, we can actively practice finding our way through to the other side. How we can dip into trance-time and land back home again, dusted with Spirit or tiredness or tears. Making medicine together. That’s what I am devoted to, and where the rhythms take me, and what I love to share.



THRESHOLD - Stowel Lake Farm Retreat
with Bettina Rothe & Joanne Winstanley
30 August 2018 - 02 September 2018
Stowel Lake Farm, Salt Spring Island




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