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For information about classes, workshops and events visit http://www.opentolife.co.uk/coddenham/

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What are the 5 Rhythms?

The Five Rhythms comprise a simple movement practice designed to release the dancer that lives in every body, no matter what its shape, size, age, limitations and experience. To find your dance is to find yourself, at your most fluid and creative level. While the practice itself is the essence of simplicity, it has the power to catalyse deep healing and creative expression. The primary teaching of this work is: if you put the body in motion the psyche will heal itself.

The 5Rhythms are flowing, staccato, chaos, lyrical and stillness. They come together to create the Wave, a movement meditation practice. Rather than having steps to follow, each Rhythm is a different energy field in which you find your own expression and choreography, thereby stretching your imagination as well as your body. Each Rhythm is a teacher and you can expect to meet different and sometimes unknown aspects of yourself as your dance unfolds and your practice of the Rhythms deepens over time.

The Rhythms are the foundation of Gabrielle Roth’s body of work, a series of healing maps for the body, heart, mind, soul and spirit that provide a lifetime of self discovery and a path to awakening.

What happens on the dance floor?

In every class or workshop, there is always a wide range of experience in the 5 Rhythms work - from first timers to certified Wave addicts. The teacher will be following the energy in the room. So, while the essential map is Five Rhythms, the teacher might take the class through the entire Wave or focus on just one Rhythm or one facet of a Rhythm.

The Rhythms themselves are gateways to literally thousands of different movement landscapes. Like the body, they are alive and designed to catalyse the dancer's movement expression in the moment. You are different every time you walk into the room, so is the group and so is your teacher. Therefore, each class holds unique possibilities.

Some basic principles:

• Go at your own pace.

• Be responsible for your own body (stay aware of injuries and limitations).

•Keep your eyes open to stay aware of others.

•Dance barefoot or in dance shoes - no socks on the dance floor please.

•Move how you feel and be open to changing.

•Know that everything that is alive has a dance, and your only task is to find and express yours.

•Enjoy yourself! (Excessive seriousness may slow you down).

The group is made up of people who have danced a long time, some not so long and some who are newcomers to the work. You don't have to have danced before - what matters is to be willing to join in and be open to what is happening in you. This is an open group, you can come any time.

Please don't wear outdoor shoes, or socks on the dance floor - they are slippery and dangerous, for you and for others. It's best to dance barefoot or in soft-soled dance shoes. Also it's a good idea to remove jewellery and watches - they can easily catch someone as you move.

What to expect on the dance floor:

We begin with warm-up music when you are invited to move in any way that feels right for you. It’s your time to arrive, to stretch, to find out how you are, to see what you need right now. It’s really helpful if you begin dancing as soon as you are ready and don’t talk on the dance floor - it gets in the way of being present and can distract other people who want to get on and settle into their practice.

After the warm-up dance we usually gather briefly to say hello to each other and to welcome newcomers. Sometimes there may be time to share anything relevant for you, or the teacher may say something about the evening ahead. Sometimes though we will move straight into the practice from warm-ups.

We then move into body parts - a guided moving meditation. Then we dive into the practice in whatever way feels appropriate for the group that week. Sometimes we may go through a Wave with minimal input from the teacher and plenty of space to explore the Rhythms for yourself. Sometimes the evenings will be more structured, sometimes working in pairs or small groups. There is no set way. How the evening takes shape depends on the group and the energy present in the room.

It can seem daunting at first, you may be shy or feel anxious - or you may be excited. Remember everyone came for the first time once, and the best way to get over shyness or inhibition is to simply move - in any way you can. Try to drop your ideas of how it should be and how you should be - accept yourself however you are and trust your movement. Everybody is unique and while there is a form to the 5 Rhythms there are no set steps to learn and no right way to do it. There is only you and your dance in the moment.

Some people already know each other and you can introduce yourself by dancing with someone else. You don’t have to do this; respect your own boundaries and those of others. If someone comes to dance with you and it doesn’t feel right, find a gentle way to say no and move away. If you go to dance with someone else and they say no, don’t take it personally - it’s simply where they are in the moment. Please take responsibility for your own physical well being.

Try to see instructions given by the teacher as an invitation rather than a ‘must’ - be willing to experiment and see what happens. A good guideline is that if your body says no then respect it, if your mind says no then don’t listen to it!! It may not all make sense at first, the important thing is to move and be open to something moving in you.

We usually finish by gathering in a circle and there may be time to share anything that has come up during the evening. Even if you don’t share in the closing circle, make sure that if you are stirred, troubled, excited, happy, sad then you speak to someone else in the group, or the teacher, before you leave.

Above all enjoy the session - see it as an opportunity.

For more information please visit Tim's website, http://www.opentolife.co.uk . Or email tim@opentolife.co.uk

Upcoming events (3)

Field of Love Summer 5Rhythms Camp

DT6 5NR

5Rhythms Summer Camp, Dorset
A celebration of beings in love
6 – 15 August 2021 (10 days)
Each day, 5Rhythms™ Dance, meditations, and a host of creative happenings designed to open us all, body heart and soul, to the gift of being, within ourselves and with each other. Every night, ecstatic celebrations of song and dance.

We will be camping in circles, cooking communally around open fires in beautiful secluded Dorset countryside near Bridport and about 6 miles from the sea. Children welcome. Facilities include – a heated marquee to meet and dance in, meadows to play in, hot and cold shower, toilets, firewood, water taps, a hot tub and other structures.

We will be gathering with teachers, singers and 5Rhythms musicians, creating together a rich variety of offerings. There is also time to simply hang out, relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings

Come and experience the connection between Nature and Spirit.

Venue for the camp
Near Bridport – Dorset, DT6 5NR – 6 miles from the sea

10 Days
Begins: 6 August (from 10.00 am)
Ends: 15 August (circa 2.00 pm)
£340 Earlybird fee (if booked before 2 May)
£395 Full fee (if booked after 2 May)
11-18 yrs £115, 4-10 yrs £95, under 4 yrs free

This is a ten day camp and those wishing to come commit to coming for the whole of the time. This is to maintain the integrity of what is offered. In exceptional circumstances only it may be possible to come for a shorter time. In the event that a shorter time is agreed, the full fee still applies. In the first instance please contact Tim.

Food:
Food is not included.  Most people will cook communally and we will organise this together including arranging for someone to go to the shops when needed.  A kitty is also organised by the circle.  It is also fine for you to cater for yourself if you prefer.  For example, some parents who bring their children, cook separately for their children but cook and eat communally for themselves. Whatever works for you.

BOOKING INFORMATION: www.opentolife.co.uk/portfolio-item/field-of-love-summer-camp/

"Being Together" weekend 5Rhythms camp

HP22 4HT

Fri 17th - Sun 19th September 2021
and
Fri 15th - Sun 17th October 2021

To book www.opentolife.co.uk/portfolio-item/weekend-being-together-camp-june-2021/

Imagine the world as we have created and known it is falling apart, and when we look around and breathe we realise the Earth continues to be very much alive and under our feet. The Air is still here and we continue to breathe with the Sky above us. The Sun and the Rain are still here, Day continues to follow Night. Life goes on! In this Spirit you are invited to travel light and gather on this Beautiful Earth for a few days and let Nature guide us as she is always willing to do, into the simplicity of Being...Totally.....In The Moment......Alone and Together....Alive and in Life.

This weekend camp offers a creative and safe space for deep personal exploration as a process of healing our wounds and opening into our creativity as well as more loving responses to living our lives.

We will meet together in a circle as well as dancing the 5Rhythms™. We will huddle together, speak from our hearts, cry to the winds, laugh, shout, dance, sing, and cook; being together as simply as we can, as real as we can. Life will provide for our needs, not necessarily what we want, or even what we think we need! Life always provides until we die!

There is a maximum of twenty participants. I would like to aim for a 50:50 balance of men and women.
All participants must be over the age of 18 years. If the camp is full we will hold a waiting list as sometimes people have to withdraw for unexpected circumstances. If you would like to be added to this list or enquire about other camps/workshops, please email [masked] or call Tim on[masked].

We will be camping on organic farmland beside a naturally sheltered copse and cooking communally around an open wood fire. There are water taps, hot & cold showers and compost toilet.

I am bringing my new huge eight meter diameter bell tent. It comes with a newly built wood-burning stove made from recycled materials created by our friend Peter Edwards. He is a genius! The bell tent is also kitted out with two huge half moon rag rugs providing a cosy warm space to meet in.

Food is not provided. Most people join a communal cooking rota. We will arrange this ahead of time so people can plan what food to bring.

If you would prefer to self-cater please let us know asap so we know not to put you on the rota.

Fees £105 (early booking fee if booked earlier than 6 weeks before camp). £125 full fee (if booked within 6 weeks of camp).

Additional nights Would you like to arrive on Thursday midday onwards, and/or stay an extra night until Monday? You're welcome to do this In exchange for some help in setting-up and/or taking down the camp. There is an additional £10/night campsite fee.

Crew - If you would like to join as crew to help set up/take down the camp, I'm offering a few places in exchange for a reduced fee of £65. You would need to arrive on Thursday midday, and stay until Monday midday. If you are interested please contact me on[masked].

Additional house accommodation - whilst most people will be camping, it is also possible to stay in one of the farmhouse bedrooms.
£200 for larger bedrooms for the weekend. £150 for smaller bedrooms for the weekend.
It is possible to share the cost with up to 3 people sleeping in a bedroom in separate beds, for the same price.
If you would like to hire a room please book directly with the owner Tony on[masked] or email [masked]
If you're interested in sharing house accommodation with another participant please email [masked] and we will let you know who else is interested.

Arrive from 2:00pm on Friday; time to set up your own tent and settle in. Please arrive in sufficient time to have completed setting up your tent before the evening meal which is scheduled for 6:00pm. There will be an evening session after supper around 8:00pm.

Departure: 4:30pm Sunday.

"Being Together" weekend 5Rhythms camp

HP22 4HT

Fri 17th - Sun 19th September 2021
and
Fri 15th - Sun 17th October 2021

To book www.opentolife.co.uk/portfolio-item/weekend-being-together-camp-june-2021/

Imagine the world as we have created and known it is falling apart, and when we look around and breathe we realise the Earth continues to be very much alive and under our feet. The Air is still here and we continue to breathe with the Sky above us. The Sun and the Rain are still here, Day continues to follow Night. Life goes on! In this Spirit you are invited to travel light and gather on this Beautiful Earth for a few days and let Nature guide us as she is always willing to do, into the simplicity of Being...Totally.....In The Moment......Alone and Together....Alive and in Life.

This weekend camp offers a creative and safe space for deep personal exploration as a process of healing our wounds and opening into our creativity as well as more loving responses to living our lives.

We will meet together in a circle as well as dancing the 5Rhythms™. We will huddle together, speak from our hearts, cry to the winds, laugh, shout, dance, sing, and cook; being together as simply as we can, as real as we can. Life will provide for our needs, not necessarily what we want, or even what we think we need! Life always provides until we die!

There is a maximum of twenty participants. I would like to aim for a 50:50 balance of men and women.
All participants must be over the age of 18 years. If the camp is full we will hold a waiting list as sometimes people have to withdraw for unexpected circumstances. If you would like to be added to this list or enquire about other camps/workshops, please email [masked] or call Tim on[masked].

We will be camping on organic farmland beside a naturally sheltered copse and cooking communally around an open wood fire. There are water taps, hot & cold showers and compost toilet.

I am bringing my new huge eight meter diameter bell tent. It comes with a newly built wood-burning stove made from recycled materials created by our friend Peter Edwards. He is a genius! The bell tent is also kitted out with two huge half moon rag rugs providing a cosy warm space to meet in.

Food is not provided. Most people join a communal cooking rota. We will arrange this ahead of time so people can plan what food to bring.

If you would prefer to self-cater please let us know asap so we know not to put you on the rota.

Fees £105 (early booking fee if booked earlier than 6 weeks before camp). £125 full fee (if booked within 6 weeks of camp).

Additional nights Would you like to arrive on Thursday midday onwards, and/or stay an extra night until Monday? You're welcome to do this In exchange for some help in setting-up and/or taking down the camp. There is an additional £10/night campsite fee.

Crew - If you would like to join as crew to help set up/take down the camp, I'm offering a few places in exchange for a reduced fee of £65. You would need to arrive on Thursday midday, and stay until Monday midday. If you are interested please contact me on[masked].

Additional house accommodation - whilst most people will be camping, it is also possible to stay in one of the farmhouse bedrooms.
£200 for larger bedrooms for the weekend. £150 for smaller bedrooms for the weekend.
It is possible to share the cost with up to 3 people sleeping in a bedroom in separate beds, for the same price.
If you would like to hire a room please book directly with the owner Tony on[masked] or email [masked]
If you're interested in sharing house accommodation with another participant please email [masked] and we will let you know who else is interested.

Arrive from 2:00pm on Friday; time to set up your own tent and settle in. Please arrive in sufficient time to have completed setting up your tent before the evening meal which is scheduled for 6:00pm. There will be an evening session after supper around 8:00pm.

Departure: 4:30pm Sunday.

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