Do you have the discipline to be a free spirit?

Weekly Classes


Sweat Your Prayers Sacramento Bella Dreizler
fumbling towards ecstasy Los Angeles Jo Bainbridge Cobbett
Harmony Waves San Diego Christina Graham-Smith
Sweat Your Prayers San Francisco Vehllia Tranne

Periodic Classes

5Rhythms Sweat Next Class 26 Sep 2018 Laguna Beach Jenelle Smith
5Rhythms Sweat Next Class 7 Oct 2018 Irvine Jenelle Smith
Monthly 5Rhythms @ Samarasa Center Next Class 19 Oct 2018 Los Angeles Daniela Peltekova

Upcoming Workshops

Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society Insight Retreat.

Joshua Tree - 23 Sep 2018 to 30 Sep 2018
Lucia Horan

 This is an eight-day silent meditation retreat. Come prepared for deep introspection. Retreat includes sitting, walking, moving meditation and daily Dharma discourse. 

Teachers Include: 

With ATS Staff; Noah Levine, Vinny Ferarro, Joana Harper & Lucia Horan

The Buddha encouraged students to practice meditation standing, sitting, laying down and in all bodily functions. In honor of these ancient instructions we have created a unique insight retreat that incorporates all of these aspects. 

By bringing these disciplines together we have found a system to catalyze transformation and change. It is in this environment that one can learn to build the skills and conditions that cultivate peace, balance and well-being. 

Each day Lucia will present a 1.5hr class. The 5Rhythms moving mediation practice will be presented through the perspective of Buddhist insight.


Medicine Circle Weekend

San Rafael - 29 Sep 2018 to 30 Sep 2018
Sylvie Minot

Sylvie Minot and Wendy Heffner are hosting a 2-day Medicine Circle in Marin at the end of September. 

Medicine Circle workshops weave ritual, community, movement, sound and prayer, allowing us to reconnect with Spirit. We use the 5Rhythms® practice, cultural anthropologist Angeles Arrien's teachings and her work with indigenous culture and ritual, as well as sound healing from Peru.

As Angeles tells us, the Fall is the perfect time to dance with the ancestors, as the veil to the spirit world is thinner. We will draw from her "The Way of the Teacher" work, which relates to non-attachment and wisdom. The spirit world is the best teacher of non-attachment.

This intensive weekend offers a deep immersion into a soulful dance journey. As we create this container to hold each other, dancers may enter into the center and move with whatever is calling for expression or healing, finding greater freedom, connection and peace.

Medicine Circle Workshop Schedule:

Saturday, September 29th, 11am-6pm

Sunday, September 30th, 11am-6pm


Local Teachers

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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Vehllia Tranne San Francisco, California Teaching Since: 2014 Dancing Since: 2010

“I dance to discover, remember, pray, 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 Los Angeles, California Teaching Since: 2014 Dancing Since: 2009

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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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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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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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Margaret Wagner New York, New York 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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Kate Shela Los Angeles, California Teaching Since: 1997 Dancing Since: 1992

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Davida Taurek Sebastopol, 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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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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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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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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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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Kiaora Fox Santa Barbara, California Teaching Since: 2016  

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Jay and Amber Kaplan California Teaching Since: 1994  

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Christina Graham-Smith (Heartbeat In Training) 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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Jenelle Smith (Sweat SpaceHolder) Irvine, California   Dancing Since: 1997

“This must be the place.”

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Majica Phillips (Sweat SpaceHolder) Sacramento, California   Dancing Since: 2008

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Tomoko Ono (Sweat SpaceHolder) San Diego, California   Dancing Since: 2014

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