5Rhythms®: Grief, Loss, & The Body in Motion @ Esalen Institute
Apr 20 – Apr 22 all-day


5Rhythms®: Grief, Loss, & The Body in Motion


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 to express 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 grounded in emotional presence, non-judgment, and supportive witnessing, participants will join together in a safe space to help heal mind, body, and spirit.

Davida will facilitate the 5Rhythms as a method to experientially access a wide spectrum of feelings. Peter, a physician with more than thirty 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 vs. caretaking, and other topics. This workshop is especially useful for healing professionals in their work with clients and patients.

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

CE credit for massage;

CE credit for MFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs;

CE credit for nurses;

5Rhythms®: Gateways @ Esalen Institute
Apr 22 – Apr 27 all-day



Come to dance and be danced! Move until you are moved. Dance until the dancer disappears and only the dance remains.

Gabrielle Roth

The gateway of the body is a powerful vessel that allows us to move and be moved. In a wild world of distraction, do you know how to find your way into focus and connection? The 5Rhythms teaches us skills and tools to use in our everyday life that help us facilitate this union. If we have the courage to move the body, the heart and mind can follow. Come open the gateway to your potential and see what is waiting for you on the other side.

The 5Rhythms is a moving meditation practice. The rhythms, Flowing, Staccato, Chaos, Lyrical, and Stillness, allow us to explore the true nature of who we are and how our energy moves in this world.

No experience is required. All workshop hours contribute to 5Rhythms teachers training prerequisites.

The Rhythms & Stories of our Lives @ Esalen Institute
Nov 16 – Nov 18 all-day

The Rhythms and Stories of Our Lives:  5Rhythms® and Motion Theater®   With Lucia Horan and Davida Taurek               A weekend playshop at the magical Esalen Institute!

      “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 your 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.