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Moon Lodge Honoring the Sacred Feminine

Big Sur - 11 Oct 2020 to 16 Oct 2020
Lucia Horan

 Join us as we journey into the Moon Lodge, a week of tribal and ritual healing for women. How empowered are you as a woman navigating this world? What is your relationship to the feminine and her wisdom? Even today, many women do not feel the freedom to be fully empowered. The 5Rhythms® is a direct path to embodiment and empowerment. By showing up in a practice of presence, one can begin to clear the past and live fully in the present.


This workshop celebrates the body of Woman and the sacred feminine within. Through dance, meditation, healing baths and nourishing meals, we will share in the Sisterhood of humanity. We will integrate the stillness of Buddhist mindfulness meditation with the moving meditations of the 5Rhythms. In sitting meditation, we have the opportunity to observe the mind and body at rest through silent introspection. In the practice of the 5Rhythms, we engage in mindfulness while in motion. The two polarities of moving and sitting meditation together mirror the dance of life and open the door to peace, well-being and balance. This workshop is for women only. All self-identifying women are welcome.


No experience is required. All workshop hours contribute to 5Rhythms teacher training prerequisites.


Recommended reading: Roth, Sweat Your Prayers; Blum, Dancing with Dharma: Essays on Movement And Dance in Western Buddhism.

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Dancing with the Dharma

Big Sur - 15 Nov 2020 to 20 Nov 2020
Lucia Horan

 In order to truly understand the dance, one must be still. And in order to truly understand stillness, one must dance. — Rumi


If you can liberate the body, then the heart-mind can follow. In this weeklong retreat of meditation and movement, we will integrate the stillness of Buddhist mindfulness meditation with the moving meditations of the 5Rhythms®. The Buddha encouraged us to bring wise attention to every aspect of our lives. In sitting meditation, we have the opportunity to observe the mind and body at rest through silent introspection. In the practice of the 5Rhythms, we engage in mindfulness while in motion. The 5Rhythms is a map that teaches how energy moves. The two polarities of moving and sitting meditation together mirror the dance of life. In this journey we are always moving between these two spectrums. If one learns to not cling or avoid, one can then hold the place of the silent witness and be at ease with all that life offers.


We encourage meditation students to practice mindful dancing in order to bring balance and insight into their lives. We invite dancers to engage in sitting meditation in order to embody integration, balance and insight. Join us for the groundbreaking union of these two deep and wise practices.


Recommended reading: Roth, Sweat Your Prayers; Blum, Dancing with Dharma: Essays on Movement And Dance in Western Buddhism.

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Local Teachers

Daniela Peltekova Los Angeles, California Teaching Since: 2007  

“We are Gods and Goddesses with a global case of human amnesia. We dance to remember, we dance to forget, we dance to let go, to heal the cells of our body-mind and reignite the crystal imprints of our souls.”

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Alessandro Moruzzi San Francisco, California Teaching Since: 2014 Dancing Since: 2008

“Rain, oceans are my Flowing. Street traffic, crowds chatting are my Staccato. Waterfalls, pounding jack hammers are my Chaos. Winds, hummingbirds are my Lyrical. Echoes of drops in a cave, my breaths are my Stillness.”

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Jacia Kornwise Chico, California Teaching Since: 2004 Dancing Since: 1990

“Dance when your broken open. Dance when you've torn the bandage off. Dance in the middle of fighting. Dance in your blood. Dance when you're perfectly free. Rumi”

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Jo Bainbridge Cobbett Los Angeles, California Teaching Since: 1997 Dancing Since: 1988

“this dance is my practice; my presence, playfulness and passion meet
and the truest sense of my self emerges
here i connect to source & know my depth ”

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Kiaora Fox Santa Barbara, California Teaching Since: 2016 Dancing Since: 1983

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Mackenzie Amara Zürich Teaching Since: 2014 Dancing Since: 2009

“A revolution without dancing is a revolution not worth having. ”

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Christina Graham-Smith San Diego, California Teaching Since: 2014 Dancing Since: 2007

“Movement never lies. It is a barometer telling the state of the soul's weather to all who can read it.- Martha Graham ”

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Margaret Wagner San Francisco, California Teaching Since: 2004 Dancing Since: 2000

“Discover your ground, define your passion and voice, dissolve what holds you back, delight in your originality, dance with whatever is in the moment.”

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Davida Taurek San Rafael, California Teaching Since: 1987 Dancing Since: 1987

“We reside in our body to express the unique and amazing being living inside. Telling the truth through the body liberates us from the confines of social structure and hardened beliefs of self. In other words, dancing ROCKS!”

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Bella Dreizler Sacramento, California Teaching Since: 2008 Dancing Since: 2001

“Not complicated. Breath & gravity: fluidity, clarity, release. Repeat again. Teaching embodied physical practice in the context of a shamanic 5 rhythms wave. This is what delivers authentic insight. Must be present to win.”

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Juliette Kunin Nevada City, California Teaching Since: 2010 Dancing Since: 2001

“Keep dancing with that spark of truth that resides in all of us. Allow it to lead. Have the courage to leap, even when it is scary...”

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Sylvie Minot Sausalito, California Teaching Since: 2001 Dancing Since: 1994

““The body holds stories and old wounds, and medicine as well. It has the antidote to heal itself. Through moving, we release our stories and allow healing to come through.” - Sylvie Minot”

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Jay and Amber Kaplan California Teaching Since: 1994  

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Aaron Lifshin San Francisco, California Teaching Since: 2016 Dancing Since: 2010

“What a surprise it was to find all the answers in the body, not the mind.”

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Sayrah Garrison Oakland, California Teaching Since: 2014 Dancing Since: 2001

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. ~ Lao Tzu”

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Margaret Price San Rafael, California Teaching Since: 2004  

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Jenelle Smith (Teacher In Training) Laguna Beach, California   Dancing Since: 1997

“"The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek." Joseph Campbell”

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Eleanor Shannon (Teacher In Training) Ojai, California   Dancing Since: 2008

“On the other side of fear lies freedom. ”

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Majica Alba (Teacher In Training) Sacramento, California   Dancing Since: 2008

“My job is to hold a sacred space where people can see what is already there.”

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Vehllia Tranne (Heartbeat In Training) San Francisco, California Teaching Since: 2014 Dancing Since: 2010

“I dance to rediscover, remember, recreate, and to return to love. It takes courage to live one's truth. Your courage breeds courage in me. Will you join me and dance our truth?”

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Masayo Benoist (Heartbeat In Training) Los Angeles, California Teaching Since: 2014 Dancing Since: 2009

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