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Weekly Classes

Periodic Classes

Shimmer Waves ~ In Person 3rd Sunday Next Class 21 Apr 2024 Orange Jenelle Smith
5Rhythms Sweat Next Class 26 Apr 2024 San Diego Jake Smith
Harmony Waves ~ In Person Next Class 5 May 2024 San Diego Christina Graham-Smith
5Rhythms Sweat Your Prayers with Sylvie Minot Next Class 11 May 2024 Oakland Sylvie Minot
5Rhythms Portola Valley Next Class 18 May 2024 Portola Valley Vehllia Tranne
5Rhythms at SF Botanical Garden Next Class 25 May 2024 San Francisco Vehllia Tranne
5Rhythms Sweat Your Prayers with Sylvie Minot Next Class 8 Jun 2024 Oakland Sylvie Minot
5Rhythms Sweat Your Prayers with Sylvie Minot Next Class 13 Jul 2024 Oakland Sylvie Minot

Upcoming Workshops

Grief, Loss and the Body in Motion

Big Sur - 19 Apr 2024 to 21 Apr 2024
Lucia Horan - Peter Selwyn

 This is an era of chaos, change, and grief for the world. As we continue moving through these unprecedented times, we are required to face difficulties that may seem insurmountable. We invite you to a weekend retreat to hold together what should not be held alone.

Have you experienced loss and the natural emotions of sadness, anger, fear, and love? How do you process your losses and move through your life? Many of us have not yet found safe and effective ways of expressing these emotions and we can feel burdened, both emotionally and physically, with the cumulative weight of our unfinished business.

Using the tools of the 5Rhythms movement practice combined with a process of grief work grounded in emotional presence, non-judgment, and supportive witnessing, participants will come together in a safe space to help heal mind, body, and spirit:

Lucia is a dancer and Trauma Sensitive mindfulness teacher with more than 25 years of global teaching experience. She will facilitate the 5Rhythms movement practice as a way of experientially accessing and transforming the emotional states that come with grief.

Peter is a physician with more than thirty years of experience in HIV/AIDS, palliative care, and grief work for caregivers, and was certified as a 5Rhythms teacher in 2021. He will facilitate an exploration of stages of grief, using story-sharing as part of releasing and working through losses.

The weekend also includes didactic and experiential sessions focused on natural and distorted emotional responses to grief, caregiving vs. caretaking, and more.

Please bring photos or other mementos of anyone whose memory you would like to bring into the workshop.

Suggested Reading: Surviving The Fall by Peter Selwyn, Dancing With the Dharma Edited by Harrison Blum, Maps to Ecstasy by Gabrielle Roth


Embodied Being

Arcata - 21 Apr 2024 to 21 Apr 2024
Majica Alba


Join us for a transformative journey into the body and self-discovery with 5Rhythms® teacher, Majica Alba.


In this single event, our aim is to embody each of the rhythms and provide you with a general sense of the 5Rhythms practice. We'll guide you through a journey of dance and movement exercises creativity designed to deepen your connection to your body. By participating in this workshop, you'll not only increase your understanding and practice of 5Rhythms® but also strengthen your connection to your body. This experience promises to be a transformative exploration of you.

This workshop is open to anyone interested in 5Rhythms®, regardless of your experience level. We actively seek to create a diverse community of dancers. We value and welcome diversity of racial and cultural identity and background, nationality, sexual and affectional orientation, gender identity and its expression, religious background and/or belief systems, marital status, family structure, educational and class status.

No dance experience needed. Hours count toward the 5Rhythms Teacher training prerequisites.

​Class: $15-25 Sliding scale

Workshop Cost: $45 before April 1st/ $55 after/ $65 at the door


10:30am-12pm Waves Class with Majica Alba ($15-25 drop-in, not included in workshop cost)

12pm-1:30pm: Lunch Break (bring your own)

1:30pm-4:30pm: Embodied Being Workshop



Local Teachers

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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Alessandro Moruzzi San Francisco, California Teaching Since: 2014 Dancing Since: 2007

“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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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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Jenelle Smith Orange, California   Dancing Since: 1997

“This is the truly creative dancer, natural but not imitative, speaking in movement out of (themselves) and out of something greater than all selves. ~Joseph Campbell”

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Vehllia Tranne 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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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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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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Majica Alba 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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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

“After all this time I have no doubt: embodied physical practice in the context of a shamanic 5Rhythms wave delivers. Must be present to win. ”

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

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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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Tim Doody (Teacher In Training) Asbury Park, New Jersey   Dancing Since: 2012

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Jake Smith (Teacher In Training) San Diego, California   Dancing Since: 2015

“If you are not making mistakes, you are not trying hard enough”

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Bettina Neumann (Teacher In Training) San Francisco, California   Dancing Since: 2012

““It is a gift having the courage to move your wounds and find your freedom.” Deep wounds once held me, hostage, believing that I am not good enough, I don’t deserve this, and others are better than me. The transformation happened slowly with”

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Albo Mussmann (Teacher In Training) Arcata, California   Dancing Since: 2017

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Qibei Shen Steiner (Teacher In Training) Berkeley, California   Dancing Since: 2013

“In movements, everything is possible. ”

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