The Rhythms & Stories of our Lives @ Esalen Institute
Nov 17 – Nov 19 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.

5Rhythms®: Heartbeat, Joy and Generosity @ Esalen Institute
Nov 19 – Nov 24 all-day

5Rhythms®: Heartbeat, Joy and Generosity

      “Love is not a mood, but a dynamic way of being.”

– Gabrielle Roth

Joy and generosity are profoundly linked. In order for an authentic joy to be experienced, one must look closely at the relationship to generosity or the lack of its presence. All you have to do is be willing to move. As you do so, it becomes possible to open the barriers, heal the past, and find joy in the present.

The Heartbeat map is a guide to how our emotional energy moves and morphs. 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 emotions, learning how to express emotion in a healthy and creative way.

This workshop integrates 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 polarities of moving and sitting meditation mirror the dance of life and open the door to peace, well-being, and balance.

All workshop hours contribute to 5Rhythms® teacher training prerequisites.

There will be a celebratory Thanksgiving dinner in the Esalen Lodge.