MidAtlantic US

The fastest way to still the mind is to move the body.

Weekly Classes

Periodic Classes

Waves: A 5Rhythms Movement Meditation (In-Person) Next Class 21 Jul 2024 Richmond Jeffrey Boynton
5Rhythms® Vacillating Waves Class Next Class 25 Aug 2024 Asheville Karen Chapman
5Rhythms Fundamentals Next Class 7 Sep 2024 Charlottesville Jeffrey Boynton

Upcoming Workshops

Wild Heart:5Rhythms Waves and Somatic Expressive Arts Workshop

Asheville - 11 Aug 2024 to 11 Aug 2024
Karen Chapman - Debby Norton

 Sunday Aug.11th from 11-6pm

Wild Heart: Embrace Your Beauty and Boldness. Summer 5Rhythms® Waves and Somatic Expressive Arts Workshop!

Accredited teachers Karen Chapman and Debby Norton

Somatic Expressive Arts Practitioner Charlotte James

Asia House828

119 Coxe Ave

Asheville NC 28801

Fee is Early Bird price $175 June 11th - July 16th

Regular price $195 July 17th - Aug. 10th

You may register online through PayPal.me/Chapman5Rhythms

If you need other payment arrangements please contact Karen at Chapman5Rhythms@gmail.com


“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” -Mary Oliver

Come explore this question through the Waves map of the 5Rhythms and Somatic Expressive Arts. By sinking into the Waves intensive work with the body, we shake up, tease out, and coax the soul into a greater awareness and inspiration of what needs to be. Dance can be a tool for divination, for delving in deeper, for self knowledge. Dance and art can open the Wild Heart. We are excited to have you all move and be creative together! No dance experience necessary just a curiosity in moving the body!

About Teachers:

Debby Norton has been nurtured and transformed by the 5Rhythms practice since she first encountered it over 15 years ago. She has been on the teaching path for the last ten years, beginning with Sweat Spaceholder training and culminating with her 5Rhythms teacher training. She has danced countless hours and loves to hold space for the practice. Leading collaborative workshops is a great source of joy. She holds a weekly 5R Waves class in Charlottesville, VA where she lives with her historian husband, Peter Norton. They have two grown sons, Will and Paul. She has been a Montessori teacher at the preschool and elementary levels for the last 35 years. Her dance practice has sustained and fed her life as a classroom teacher. She loves reconnecting people with their inner child. She has also trained in Orff-Schulwerk music education, Chi Gong, The Way of Council, and ICU Personal Coaching. She teaches ukulele and early childhood music classes, and loves to sing and play.

Karen Chapman, Accredited 5Rhythms Teacher in Asheville, NC 

 Karen Chapman has lived, worked and played in Asheville, NC since 1998. I come from a family of teachers. I have been teaching 5Rhythms since 2016 and have been dancing for over 15 years. 

During my teaching years, I have been able to hold dance space over the years for Sweat Your Prayers. I have held a Waves Class in Hendersonville, NC once a month for 3 years. 

I am currently serving on the Volunteer Circle, which is a group of 5Rhythms teachers that help to sustain in keeping the 5Rhythms organization operational. 

I am currently serving on the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging team, also known as DEIB . We are a team of 5Rhythms teachers that want the 5Rhythms organizations to be more inclusive and provide safe dance spaces for all people. I am passionate about the 5Rhythms movement practice and want to keep teaching as long as I am able!

Charlotte James is a multi-passionate human devoted to embodied expression and well-being. In her Charlottesville, VA based practice, HeartSprings, she offers Somatic Integrative Arts, an innovative fusion of Expressive Arts, Somatic Coaching and Relational Bodywork. Her experiential approach draws on over 20 years experience and professional training in somatic and embodiment modalities including The Tamalpa Institute of Movement-based Expressive Arts Education and Therapy, the Co-Active Coaches Training Institute and The Pacific Center for Awareness and Bodywork. Charlotte is committed to all those in her life living a creative, embodied and purposeful existence. To learn more visit: heartsprings.art

About 5Rhythms® Movement Practice:

About 5Rhythms®

Created by Gabrielle Roth and practiced by tens of thousands worldwide. 5Rhythms® is a dynamic movement practice rooted in the principles that if you put the psyche in motion it will heal itself.

This workshop counts for 1 days Waves credit.

We look forward to moving with you all! Debby, Karen and Charlotte!


EQUILIBRIUM: a 5Rhythms Workshop on the Polarities of Presence

Charlottesville - 20 Sep 2024 to 22 Sep 2024
Jeffrey Boynton

This soothing season of release and bounty, of shorter days and cooling winds, delights us in an exuberant display of color and abundance, a reflective space of gratitude and luciferous change. The coming season of autumn brings a shift into decidedly cooler and longer nights; a time for harvesting, fruition, and transition for many forms of life in this hemisphere. Leaves brighten, crisp and fall. Melancholy musings turn our focus inward as the space between the possibilities of Summer and emptiness of Winter arrives. Birds begin to fly to warmer climates, opening the soundscapes of our mornings and evenings into a growing silence. Fruit and leaves begin to litter the forest floor as their bodies nourish whatever grows next. Some of us venture out into the wilds while the temperate weather persists, gathering around fires, with practices that acknowledge and give thanks. Some return to learning and the halls and chambers of curiosity, reconfiguring families and offering new opportunities to the next generations.

As we approach the autumnal equinox, we invite you to dance the polarities of the 5Rhythms as we explore each rhythm in it’s endarkened and enlightened expression. This journey of movement, connection, ritual, and integration is offered as a waypoint on your path to the reflective, soothing, and generous energy of harvest that autumn can offer.

Friday September 20: 6pm Start

Saturday September 21: 11-6 pm

Sunday September 22: 3pm End

Workshop will take place at:

TBD - Announcement Coming Soon!

Full Workshop:

Sponsor*: $ 335.00 | Standard: $285.00 | Reduced Rate: $235.00

Friday night only:

Sponsor*: $ 50.00 | Standard: $40.00 | Reduced Rate: $30.00

*Your payment at Sponsor level allows another to pay the reduced rate.

*If the reduced rate would still prevent your participation please complete the registration form and then email connect@afterbefore with your request.

This workshop counts as 2.5 days (15 Hours) of Waves for those on the 5Rhythms Teacher Training path.


Local Teachers

Debby Norton Charlottesville, Virginia   Dancing Since: 2008

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Rebecca Young Edinburg, Virginia   Dancing Since: 2001

“Mr. Dufy lived a short distance from his body. James Joyce ”

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Jeffrey Boynton Charlottesville, Virginia Teaching Since: 2014 Dancing Since: 2001

“Life happens when the tectonic power of your speechless soul breaks through the dead habits of the mind. - John Patrick Shanley, preface of the play Doubt”

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Samantha Lane Charlottesville, Virginia   Dancing Since: 1973

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Ann Kite Charlottesville, Virginia Teaching Since: 2014 Dancing Since: 2008

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Karen Chapman Asheville, North Carolina Teaching Since: 2016 Dancing Since: 2005

“Like the moon, come out from behind the clouds! And Shine! Buddha”

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Rebecca Henderson Kentucky   Dancing Since: 1989

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Barbara Marlowe Asheville, North Carolina Teaching Since: 2014 Dancing Since: 2003

“The 5R leads me home again and again. ”

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