2019 Schedule


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Heart To Heart

5Rhythms® Heartbeat & Buddhist Heart Practice

Date: November 8-10, 2019
Location: Vancouver, BC. Canada

Love is not a mood, but a dynamic way of being. - Gabrielle Roth

The spontaneous heart is one that knows how to love and be loved. The Heartbeat map is a guide to how our emotional energy moves and morphs. In this practice we embody the art of being a fluid emotional athlete. This map teaches us how to navigate the emotional terrain of life without getting stuck, holding on, or pushing away.

We will explore how the body has been shaped by our emotions, tracking when the heart is open and when it is closed. As feelings move us, we learn how to express emotion in a healthy and creative way. 

In this workshop we will integrate the stillness of Buddhist mindfulness meditation with the moving meditations of the 5Rhythms. The Buddha encouraged us to bring wise attention to every aspect of our lives. By incorporating the Brahmavihara (Heart Practices), one can develop the skills of living-kindness, compassion, joy and equanimity. These virtues are regarded as powerful antidotes to negative mental states.

In sitting meditation, we have the opportunity to observe the mind and body at rest through silent introspection. In the practice of the 5Rhythms, we engage in mindfulness while in motion. The 5Rhythms map teaches us how emotional energy moves. The two polarities of moving and sitting meditation together mirror the dance of life and open the door to peace, well being and balance.


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Rhythms & Stories of our Lives
with Lucia Horan & Davida Taurek

Date: November 15-17, 2019
Location: Esalen Institute, Big Sur, California

Movement is medicine. — Gabrielle Roth

Experience the freedom and transformative power of self-expression through the catalytic practices of the 5Rhythms and Motion Theater. Motion Theater, a form of improvised autobiographical storytelling grounded in a lively physicality, simultaneously functions as performance art, healing method, and spiritual practice. The 5Rhythms is a dynamic moving meditation practice that invites us to embody our psyche and awaken our soul.

Together we will dance, vocalize, share our stories, and play simple theater games that ignite the creative collective spirit. The skills and tools you will learn will inform your daily life, bringing acceptance, grace, and play wherever you need it.

This workshop will provide techniques to translate our inner life stories into art, while offering the opportunity to express ourselves freely in a safe and supportive environment.  Expect to surprise yourself and perhaps even leave with a greater sense of vitality, ease, and joy.





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5Rhythms® Dancing With the Dharma

Date: November 17-22, 2019
Location: Esalen Institute, Big Sur, California

In order to truly understand the dance, one must be still. And in order to truly understand stillness, one must dance. – Rumi

If you can liberate the body then the heart-mind can follow. In this retreat of meditation and movement, will we integrate the stillness of Buddhist mindfulness meditation with the moving meditations of the 5Rhythms®. The Buddha encouraged us to bring wise attention to every aspect of our lives. In sitting meditation, we have the opportunity to observe the mind and body at rest through silent introspection. In the practice of the 5Rhythms, we engage in mindfulness while in motion. The 5Rhythms is a map that teaches how energy moves. The two polarities of moving and sitting meditation together mirror the dance of life. In this journey we are always moving between these two spectrums. If one learns to not cling or avoid, one can then hold the place of the silent witness and be at ease with all that life offers.

We encourage meditation students to practice mindful dancing in order to bring balance and insight into their lives. We invite dancers to engage in sitting meditation in order to embody integration, balance, and insight. Join us for the groundbreaking union of these two deep and wise practices.





2020 Schedule


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Dancing with the Dharma: 5Rhythms®
and Insight Meditation

Date: January 31 - February 2 2020
Location: Esalen Institute, Big Sur, California

In order to truly understand the dance, one must be still. And in order to truly understand stillness, one must dance. – Rumi

If you can liberate the body, then the heart-mind can follow. In this retreat of meditation and movement, will we integrate the stillness of Buddhist mindfulness meditation with the moving meditations of the 5Rhythms®. The Buddha encouraged us to bring wise attention to every aspect of our lives. In sitting meditation, we have the opportunity to observe the mind and body at rest through silent introspection. In the practice of the 5Rhythms®, we engage in mindfulness while in motion. The 5Rhythms® is a map that teaches how energy moves. The two polarities of moving and sitting meditation together mirror the dance of life.

We encourage meditation students to practice mindful dancing in order to bring balance and insight into their lives. We invite dancers to engage in sitting meditation in order to embody integration, balance and insight. Join us for the groundbreaking union of these two deep and wise practices.


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5Rhythms®: Connections

Date: February 2-7 2020
Location: Esalen Institute, Big Sur, California

Invisible threads are the strongest ties. – Friedrich Nietzsche

What are the invisible threads that connect you in this life? How can we use 5Rhythms®, a moving meditation practice and improvisational form of dance, to help us explore the connections we most want? By fostering the intimate union of breath and movement, we follow a path that leads us out of isolation and into connection.

At times these mysterious threads need to be tended to, cut or reinforced. The 5Rhythms® practice teaches us to create the conditions for healthy connections between self, partner and community to foster more ease and peace in all relationships.

In this workshop we will integrate the stillness of Buddhist mindfulness meditation with the moving meditations of the 5Rhythms®. In sitting meditation, we have the opportunity to observe the mind and body at rest through silent introspection. In the practice of the 5Rhythms®, we engage in mindfulness while in motion. The two polarities of moving and sitting meditation together mirror the dance of life and open the door to peace, well-being and balance.

No previous experience is required. All workshop hours contribute to Gabrielle Roth’s 5Rhythms® teacher training.

CE credit for massage therapists.


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5Rhythms®: Grief, Loss and the Body in Motion

Date: April 17-19 2020
Location: Esalen Institute, Big Sur, California

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? Unfortunately, many of us have not found safe and effective ways of expressing these emotions, and we can feel stuck, both emotionally and at times physically, with the cumulative burden of our unfinished business. Using the tools of the 5Rhythms® movement practice combined with a process of grief-work that is grounded in emotional presence, non-judgment and supportive witnessing, together we will join in a safe space to help heal mind, body and spirit.

Lucia will facilitate the 5Rhythms® as a method to experientially access a wide spectrum of feelings. Peter, a physician with more than 30 years of experience in HIV/AIDS and palliative care, will facilitate story-sharing as part of releasing and working through losses. Other elements of the workshop include both didactic and experiential content, focusing on natural and distorted emotional responses to grief, caregiving versus caretaking and other topics.

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

CE credit for nurses.

CE credit for MFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs.

CE credit for massage.


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Heart to Heart: 5Rhythms® Heartbeat and Buddhist Heart Practice

Date: April 19-24 2020
Location: Esalen Institute, Big Sur, California

Love is not a mood, but a dynamic way of being. – Gabrielle Roth

The spontaneous heart is one that knows how to love and be loved. The Heartbeat map is a guide to how our emotional energy moves and morphs. In this practice we embody the art of being a fluid emotional athlete. This map teaches us how to navigate the emotional terrain of life without getting stuck, holding on or pushing away.

During this workshop, we will explore how the body has been shaped by our emotions, tracking when the heart is open and when it is closed. As feelings move us, we learn how to express emotion in a healthy and creative way. We will integrate the stillness of Buddhist mindfulness meditation with the moving meditations of the 5Rhythms®. The Buddha encouraged us to bring wise attention to every aspect of our lives. By incorporating the Brahmavihara (Heart Practices), one can develop the skills of living-kindness, compassion, joy and equanimity. These virtues are regarded as powerful antidotes to negative mental states.

In sitting meditation, we have the opportunity to observe the mind and body at rest through silent introspection. In the practice of the 5Rhythms®, we engage in mindfulness while in motion. The two polarities of moving and sitting meditation together mirror the dance of life and open the door to peace, well-being and balance.


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Cruising Emptiness:
5Rhythms® and Insight Meditation

Date: May 17 - June 14 2020
Location: Esalen Institute, Big Sur, California

“When emptiness is still, that is eternity. When it moves, that is love.” — Adyashanti

This month-long workshop will take us into a journey of self-exploration through seated and moving meditation. These dynamic practices bring us to the edge where we meet what is, in both movement and stillness. Using Gabrielle Roth’s 5Rhythms dance practice and Buddhist Insight Meditation, we will embark upon a personal investigation into how our physical bodies inform us, hold us and release us over the edge into the marvelous and creative nature of our own being. We will use these methods as a practical way to develop and track the patterns and cycles of our physical and emotional reality. These skills help us to better understand and navigate our inner and outer territories. This is an opportunity to embody practical tools of awareness that will assist you in your everyday life.

“The Rhythms are a map to everywhere we want to go, on all planes, inner and outer, forward and back, physical, emotional and intellectual. They are markers on the way back to a real self, a vulnerable, wild, passionate, instinctive self,” said Gabrielle Roth. "Flowing holds the feminine mysteries. Staccato explores the masculine mysteries. In Chaos, we are challenged to integrate these principles into the stream of personal energy. Lyrical is the rhythm of trance and self-realization. In Stillness we seek the emptiness within us and take refuge in it.”

Show up as you are and practice with what you have. This is about presence, not performance. All shapes and ages are welcome.


If you have questions please email to: lucia@luciahoran.com