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God, Sex and the Body

God, Sex and the Body
Led by: Alex Mackay
25 Jul 2023 - 29 Jul 2023
Location: Bedepuszta, Bedepuszta village
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Organizer: Julia Mercurio

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God, Sex and the Body
5 day residential workshop with Alex Mackay

“God, Sex and the Body is and always will be a profound and integral part of the 5Rhythms® curriculum. It has personally informed my way of being, my teaching style, and, most deeply, my acceptance of who I am and who I am not.” ~ Gabrielle Roth
In the series of maps that comprise the dancing path of the 5Rhythms®, God, Sex and the Body is an initiation into being an embodied soul. It is a deeply personal journey, a celebration like no other, a ritual for the hot and holy you.
This journey is a call to stretch our imaginations with a long forgotten innocence and move through a spectrum of feminine and masculine archetypes, to dress them up, get inside them and give them expression. No one else can be exactly like you. No one else can embody your soul, or project your magic or have your specific curiosity. Part lover, part artist, part god, we were born to rock the world and feel our way into each other’s hearts.
Grounded in the 5Rhythms movement practice, this experience can liberate and inspire us to emerge a bit more fascinated with each other and the mystery of it all.

About Alex Mackay
Alex began teaching 5Rhythms in the 1990's in Manchester and Liverpool, and now offers workshops and retreats internationally. Gabrielle Roth called her Raven Sister. She is known for light and depth in her teaching, offering few well-chosen words, and opening a sense of wonder. She is energetic, embodied, and creative. https://www.alexravensister.com
“For 25 years I've witnessed Alex Mackay as a dedicated embodiment of all the maps of our 5Rhythms mandala. In her committed practice, a willingness to continue moving, exploring and seeing herself through the deep awareness of her own rhythms. In her teaching, a lyrical playfulness delivered with mystery, creativity, and maturity.
The more we co-created along her path studying our God, Sex, & the Body maps, the deeper my respect has grown for Alex's embodied presence of the shapeshifter -- a soul dancing without attachment and with intention to unearth the uniqueness and balance of nurture and action, of fascination and adventure, of intuition and integrity." - Jonathan Horan

About the residential
Bedepuszta is a small village located in a high valley at the end of a dead-end road in the Hungarian Carpathian mountains. It is an authentic village that has been transformed into a unique retreat location, surrounded by hills and valleys with fields, vanished hamlets, meadows and vast forests. It’s a place to relax, replenish and gather in community.
The old village houses and farms that have been lovingly restored serve as one-of-a-kind accommodation with antique furniture and secret little gardens.
Besides the beautiful landscape and the original flair of the village, the retreat space offers many shared places: a big community room for yoga/resting/writing, a garden with fruit trees and hammocks, a large wooden pavilion for outdoor eating, a wellness garden with sauna and hot tub, a swimming pool with sun terrace for a cool dip on hot summer days, a bar (Yonderbar) serving snacks and refreshments, as well as several terraces from which the view over the valley can be enjoyed.
The village offers plenty of space to be in solitude or in community and to explore the archetypes on and off the dancefloor.

The Village retreat
Bedepusza, Hungary
75 minutes car ride from central Budapest
80 minutes car ride from Budapest airport
We will offer the possibility for ride sharing/taxis/shuttle after booking.

Tue 25/07: 5 - 8 pm
Wed 26/07: 10am - 7 pm
Thu 27/07: 10am - 7pm
Fri 28/07: 10am - 7pm
Sat 29/07: 10am - 1pm
Tuesday start and Saturday finish are definite, other times are provisional.
Registration is open on Tuesday from 2-5pm.
The Saturday session ends at 1pm. Afterwards lunch will be served until 2pm. The workshop officially ends after lunch.
Reduced price:
EUR €345 - applies to the first 20 bookings & residents of Hungary
Regular price:
EUR €395
A non-refundable deposit of 120 Euro needs to be paid in order to secure your place. 5RTA members (teachers and spaceholders) receive a discount of 15% on the full price.
Pre-requisite: 15 hours of 5Rhythms “Waves” instruction.

The village’s lovingly renovated houses serve as accommodation during the retreat. Each house is differently furnished, has at least one shared bathroon, some have a terrace, most have a small garden.
Three different sleeping arrangements are available: 1) bunk bed in a dormitory style room (6-8 people) 2) double bed (2 people) 4) single bed in a shared room (2-3 people).
Single rooms are available upon request.
The meals will be delicious, seasonal, regional vegetarian food with vegan and few occasional meaty options. (Special dietary needs can be catered to upon request).

The price for accommodation (4 nights) and full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner):
€260 - bunk bed in shared room (6-8 people)
€320 - shared double (2 people)
€360 - single bed in a shared room (2-3 people)
Single rooms are available upon request.


Booking is open! Click here to book: https://bit.ly/3YRpIIz

Bookings will only be considered valid after the non-refundable deposit is paid and confirmed.

Questions: email Julia Mercurio at mercurio.julia(at)gmail.com


Registration Policy

Pre-Registration Required


A Gabrielle Roth 5Rhythms® GSB Workshop is the empowering of the masculine and feminine archetypes that permits us to reach our full potential as men and women. Here we learn the Maps of the soul.

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