Karyn Tonkinson Gartner
Certified 5Rhythms Teacher
My story..My gift to my beloved teacher, Gabrielle, creator of this work that touched and transformed me forever.
Gabrielle..the dark raven with a smile of an angel
Who honored and loved me as I am.
Who showed me how to save myself from the shadows of my own wounds.
Who built me up and torn me down AND showed me how to put it all back together AND to do it over and over again
Who told me I was to keep changing and shifting (as such is the nature of all things)
Who encouraged me to keep walking the edge and that I had the inner strength to do so.
Who showed me how to live in my body, to be true to my heart and to trust my seeing
Who showed me I had the courage to see the shadows and to dive into the depths
Who not only honored my Rock and Roll side but begged me not to lose it
Who asked me to never ever stop wearing black
Who told me I was not crazy but creative
Who told me I did not have to be my story but transform my story
Who called me her NightBloomer as I arose from the darkness.
Who called me her NightBird and asked me to trust my wings.
Who had the greatest smile, eyes that saw you as you were, and the quickest cutting wit.
Who SAW ME!
Who told me to remember it is all a dance..that I am the dance..that we all are the dance..that the dance is God.
She and this work are is a part of my breath, my bones, my heart, my thoughts, my dreams.
I am blessed!
Location: Crystal Lake, Illinois, United States
Dancing since: 1992 Teaching since: 1994
Chicago, Illinois, United States