Elemental Rhythms

Residential Workshop Series, Rhossili, South Wales, 2022

About the workshops

Elemental Rhythms is a series of four workshops, each devoted to the teachings of one of the elements: Earth, Fire, Water and Air. The workshops can be done individually, but they will also build on each other in a progressive sequence – each element being a gateway to a deeper connection with our world, our-selves, and our potential.

Workshop 1: EARTH

Working particularly with Flowing, the body, the physical, and the feminine – teaching the power of being.

Cave mouth with grassy entrance

Most of us long to deepen into fundamental connection with the earth mother, who birthed our physical nature, and who nourishes the sensual experience of life. When we actively engage with earth energy, we step through a portal into the mysteries of the physical.

In this dimension, we can deepen into the teachings of flowing, the body, and the feminine principle. We can connect with, and make sense of, primary patternings in our persona which have emerged through our experience of being mothered. This opens the opportunity both to heal core woundings and to evolve beyond them, as we learn and grow into the power of being.

Workshop 2: FIRE

Working with Staccato, the landscape of heart, feeling, passion, tenderness, and the masculine – teaching the power of loving.

Rhossili sunrise over wreck

When we engage with the element of fire we step through a portal into the teachings of the universal father – the energy source fuelling all life on earth – the Sun.

In this landscape we encounter the principles of staccato, the masculine, the topography of the heart and the kaleidoscope of human emotions: passion, tenderness, the many faces of love, and the many facets of human relationship.

These teachings foster our capacity to shape our own lives, set our own boundaries, and determine our direction and destiny.

Within this dimension we explore the patterns we each acquired through our experience of being fathered – opening the opportunity to evolve beyond our core woundings and expand into the power of loving.

Workshop 3: WATER

Working with Chaos, the energy field of the mind, the ego, the trickster, and intuition – teaching the power of knowing.

Wales - wave crashing on shore

Within the fluid, translucent, medium of water the marriage of earth and fire gives birth to life in its vast variety. A transmutable teacher: as gentle as dew, as force-full as rapids, as relentless as ocean tides – water teaches us how to ride the waves of change with grace and poise – and how to seep past hindrances to find the pathways of least resistance towards our aspirations.

Within the domain of water, we encounter the energy fields of the mind and face the exquisite thrill of dancing with forces greater than ourselves. Through the practice of confronting and learning to undermine the trickster patterns of the ego, we can expand our capacity to embrace the deep intelligence of our intuitive mind – the subtle voice that knows: when to forge our direction and when to yield to the current, when to shape our world and when to be shaped by it – growing and nurturing the power of knowing that resides at the heart of chaos.

Workshop 4: AIR

Working with Lyrical, the soul, the imagination – Stepping into a vision quest and the teachings of the power of seeing.

Murmuration of birds at dusk

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In our chosen residential setting – with its rolling moorland, secluded beaches and windswept cliffs – the elements are so powerfully present that opening to their potency, and letting them guide and inspire our work is both easy and obvious.

Add to the stunning location: a supportive community of dedicated dancers, nourishing whole earth food by the celebrated Café Momo, an exceptionally experienced and committed teacher, and we have all the ingredients needed to facilitate deep healing and nourishing work.

The greatest gift of the 5 Rhythms is that, when engaged with deeply and fully, it takes us on a journey of progressive expansion towards our full potential as creative, loving beings. Catalytic in nature, it works to free the body, open the heart, still the mind and awaken consciousness. Ultimately, this entirely physical practice is a spiritual experience.

Summary

Earth: May 12-15
Fire: June 16-19
Water: Sept 22-25
Air: Nov 3-6

Times: 6pm Thurs – 4pm Sun
Venue: Rhossili, The Gower, S. Wales (see below)

Price examples:
Single workshop: £369 (early bird)
Whole series: £1,256 (£314 per workshop)
– discounts for early booking & multiple workshops

Meals & refreshments £125 (per workshop)
Accommodation from £55 (per workshop)

Format: Series of 4 workshops (bookable individually)
Level: Waves
Booking: Online

Prices, booking & payment

Full series:

Book in advance for all 4 workshops:
Tuition: £1,256
(=£314 per workshop)
(food & accommodation extra)

Book in advance for all four:

 per w/shoptotal
Tuition£314£1,256
Food£125£500
Accomm*£55+£220
Total£494£1,976

*Note: Assumes sharing with two others – for other options see ‘More about accommodation & food pricing‘ below.

Payment in monthly instalments:
If you would like to spread your payments, call Jon for details: 07970 069 256 

Note: If you ‘upgrade’ to full series later:
Discounts are cumulative but not retrospective – if you ‘upgrade’ to the full series after attending one or more workshops, the ‘series price’ applies to those yet to take place, but not to those already attended.

All meals & refreshments: £125 per workshop
Healthy sustaining vegetarian food from Cafe Momo (see below).

Bunkhouse accommodation: £165.00 per room (3 nights)
Includes use of shared facilities at the venue, and is split between occupants:

Sharing: Rooms accommodate 2 or 3 people, and you will be assisted to link up with others in advance of the workshop. Triple occupancy will only start once all rooms are occupied. It works out:
Twin: £82.50 per person,
Triple: £55 per person.

Single rooms may be requested and, if we’re full and that’s not possible, you would at least be guaranteed a twin (i.e. not a 3).
Single room: £165.

The accommodation element of your booking price is provisional. You’ll pay an amount based on your sharing preference, and there may be a small adjustment later. We do all we can to accommodate preferences, but cannot guarantee it in advance – if a variation looks likely, we’ll call you in advance to discuss.

For clarification:
Please feel free to call Jon: 07970 069 256

Other accommodation (if available):
All participants contribute to the shared facilities – bunkhouse prices include this, but if you are staying elsewhere, there is a charge of £55 per workshop
(Staying elsewhere may not be an option – see Venue details below).

Individual workshops:

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Full tuition price: £399 per workshop
LESS these discounts, which can be combined:
Early bird*: £30 off
‘Multiple’: £30 off per workshop.
(food & accommodation extra)

* Early Bird price applies to bookings made and paid in full by 8 weeks before the start of the workshop (see ‘How it works’ below).

Tuition:
Workshop full price£399
Workshop early bird*£369
W/shop if more than one£339
in each case PLUS:
Food£125
Accomm**£55+
Total per workshop from£519

* Early Bird price applies to bookings made and paid in full by 8 weeks before the start of the workshop.
**Note: Assumes sharing with two others – for other options see ‘More about accommodation & food pricing‘ below.

Early Bird:
A £30 discount on workshops booked and paid in full more than 8 weeks before the start of the workshop. The payment needs to be received in our bank account by then, as this is the date at which we pay the bulk of the venue cost, so please make payment at least a couple of days before the deadline.

‘Multiple’ bookings:
Book on more than one, and you get £30 off each forthcoming workshop. If it’s more than 8 weeks away, as in the following example, you get the early bird too – a total of £60 off 🙂

An example:
If you were to book for Earth just before it starts in May and, at the same time, for Water (in Sept, so more than 8 weeks away), you would get the multiple booking discount on both, and the early bird on Water, making the tuition costs £369 and £339 respectively.

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All meals & refreshments: £125 per workshop
Healthy sustaining vegetarian food from Cafe Momo (see below).

Bunkhouse accommodation: £165.00 per room (3 nights)
Includes use of shared facilities at the venue, and is split between occupants:

Sharing: Rooms accommodate 2 or 3 people, and you will be assisted to link up with others in advance of the workshop. Triple occupancy will only start once all rooms are occupied. It works out:
Twin: £82.50 per person,
Triple: £55 per person.

Single rooms may be requested and, if we’re full and that’s not possible, you would at least be guaranteed a twin (i.e. not a 3).
Single room: £165.

The accommodation element of your booking price is provisional. You’ll pay an amount based on your sharing preference, and there may be a small adjustment later. We do all we can to accommodate preferences, but cannot guarantee it in advance – if a variation looks likely, we’ll call you in advance to discuss.

For clarification:
Please feel free to call Jon: 07970 069 256

Other accommodation (if available):
All participants contribute to the shared facilities – bunkhouse prices include this, but if you are staying elsewhere, there is a charge of £55 per workshop
(Staying elsewhere may not be an option – see Venue details below).

Booking & payment

Booking deposit: £100 per workshop (via PayPal or bank transfer) secures your place.

The balance of tuition, food and (provisional) accommodation is payable, by bank transfer or cash, to be received 8 weeks before the start of the appropriate workshop(s) (or immediately on receipt of your booking confirmation and bank details, once the early bird has expired).

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Accommodation:
Your total booking price will be calculated based on your accommodation sharing preference – see ‘More about accommodation & food pricing‘ above.
Payment methods:
Deposits may be paid online or  via bank transfer/cash by arrangement.
Your balance can only be paid by bank transfer/cash (not by card or PayPal, due to the level of fees involved).

Cancellation:
In line with our usual Terms & Conditions:
– if we are forced to cancel (e.g. due to covid regulations), moneys paid will be refunded in full, or rolled forward to a future booking (at your option);
– if you cancel, we regret that your deposit is non-refundable, due to the the level of financial commitment involved in setting up residential workshops.
Further:
non-payment of balance may result in your place being offered to someone on the waiting list, as our numbers are very limited, and the timescales short.
5RTA members: 20% discount on tuition:
Please book online as usual, and contact Jon – the full discount will be deducted from your balance due.

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    Prerequisites

    There are no formal prerequisites for this workshop, but it is recommended that you have attended at least a few drop-in classes with an accredited 5 Rhythms Teacher beforehand. Related ecstatic dance practices such as Movement Medicine, Soul Motion and Open Floor are also helpful, as are other practices which bring focus to movement, attention and breath, such as yoga.

    5RTA members: 20% discount on tuition element of the cost. Please book online as usual, and contact Jon – the full discount will be deducted from your balance due.

    5R Waves Teacher Training:
    For those counting prerequisites for the Waves Teacher Training, each workshop counts for 4 days Waves.

    A note about covid

    To satisfy Welsh Government and venue requirements, and our Risk Assessment based on UKActive guidelines, we will operate as a ‘Covid-secure private group’. We can then behave normally together inside the venue; any more specific requirements we’ll know nearer the time. Practical  guidelines will resemble those for classes – kept under review; current version reproduced here for reference:

    For peace of mind, and out of respect for all concerned:

    • It is now essential that you arrive on time. The doors close 15 minutes after the start (no admittance, sorry). Thank you.
    • To care for each other, we request that you only attend if:
      • you have self-tested negative (using the free ‘lateral flow ‘rapid test’) within at most 48 hours before the class.

      Please do not come to the class if you or a member of your household has symptoms that could be covid
      (test kits available from gov.uk here).

    • Please bring plenty of water.
    • In line with our risk assessment, based on UKActive guidelines:
      • total numbers in the class may be limited;
      • the venue will be ventilated while we are dancing, while ensuring that thermal comfort is not significantly compromised (to avoid injury);
      • we shall not be working with physical contact at all;
      • you are requested to provide contact details for NHS Test & Trace, either in advance (on booking), or on arrival by either scanning an NHS QR Code or on paper – see Note below, and Privacy Policy addendum for details.
    • Commonly touched surfaces (doorhandles etc) will be sanitised in advance.
    • Wearing a face covering is your own choice, but please note that wearing a mask during exercise is not recommended in the English government guidelines.

    See also:

    Weekly Class Terms & Conditions (on our bookings website).

    Notes:

    Our guidelines and venue risk assessments have been prepared with reference to national regulations, guidelines and current scientific understanding of covid-19 transmission, specifically as interpreted by UK Active, the national organisation representing operators of fitness venues, and similar bodies worldwide. Statistical evidence to date suggests that these precautions result in remarkably little transmission.

    We ask for your contact details, in case requested by NHS Test & Trace. It is not compulsory to provide this information, but is recommended. This is privately held by us, and the likelihood of it being requested from us is extremely small.

    The above information is intended to be helpful for our class and workshop attendees, and supplements other general advice regarding symptoms, self-isolation etc., including any local regulations currently in force.

    Updated: 17 November 2021

    Venue

    Rhossili Village Hall & Bunkhouse

    Middleton, Rhossili, Swansea SA3 1PL

    Updated to show pin exactly on venue 🙂 Click title to close, & anywhere on map to shrink annoying white box!Nearest postcode for SatNav is SA3 1PL, but on Google Maps it’s more precise if you search for ‘Rhossili Bunkhouse’.

    The dance hall is light and spacious, with a natural wood floor.

    The workshops are residential – we strongly encourage you to stay ‘onsite’, ideally in the bunkhouse (see below).

    Shared accommodation:

    • Rhossili bunkhouse bedroom The Bunkhouse is comfortable and inexpensive (5* ‘Excellent’ on Google reviews). Bunkrooms are simply furnished, each sleeping 2 or 3 people (subject to current restrictions) in single beds and solid wood bunk beds, fixed to the wall for stability. There are showers on each floor, a lounge/dining room and kitchen.
    • Room allocations will be discussed and preferences accommodated as far as possible.
    • Room pricing: accommodation is priced per room, divided between those occupying it.
    • Single rooms: may be requested (see ‘More about accommodation & food pricing’ above).
    • Camping: once the bunkhouse is full, there may be an option to camp in the garden – this will become clear nearer the time.

    Staying nearby:

    • This is a residential workshop, but for those requiring greater comfort/privacy, there may (or may not) be other options, including cottages and a local B&B very close by, and a campsite slightly further away.
      Please call to discuss with Jon: 07970 069 256
      (before booking anything!)

    See: ‘Other local info/resources’.

    Rhossili Village Hall and Bunkhouse is run by Trustees for the benefit of the local community.

    Meals & Refreshments

    This includes three meals a day from Thursday dinner through to Sunday lunch, plus healthy snacks, fruit and teas in between.

    Malcolm Barradell - Cafe MomoWe are delighted to be working with the celebrated Café Momo, who have many years’ experience providing healthy, nutritious and sustaining vegetarian / vegan food at conscious dance and other workshops.

    All the food will be vegetarian and organic / local as far as possible. Specific dietary requirements can usually be catered for by prior arrangement.

    Travel & local info/resources

    IF POSSIBLE PLEASE CAR-SHARE – ideally with your room-mate(s) 🙂
    Rhossili is about 2 hours drive from Bristol, along the M4 to Swansea, then along the south side of the Gower Peninsula. The postcode for SatNavs is SA3 1PL, but on Google Maps it’s more precise if you search for ‘Rhossili Bunkhouse’.
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    The Car Park has space for around 10 vehicles (a couple more if they are all parked considerately).

    There are direct trains from Bristol, Cardiff and London to Swansea. [Bus service may be suspended] There it’s a 15 minute walk (or short hop on a local bus) from rail station to bus station, then an hour’s bus ride right to the door of the venue (make sure you get off at the Village Hall, don’t go all the way to Worm’s Head!) Alternatively, you can probably arrange for someone who’s driving to pick you up at Swansea 🙂
    National Rail website
    Bus route Swansea-Rhossili [?suspended]

    * IN CURRENT REALITY, CALL TO DISCUSS BEFORE BOOKING FLIGHTS FROM ANYWHERE! *
    There are flights direct to Cardiff and Bristol airports from many European cities and even farther afield. (If you have to fly to one of the London airports, you might want to arrive in the UK a day or two before, or you will have very long day travelling!)

    There is wealth of other info on the Gower Holidays website, including:

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      ALL: Weekly Open Classes AND Workshops/EventsWorkshops/Events only
      All forthcomingJust the one
      (please specify in Subject above or Message below!)
      Rhythm Circle (weekly closed group) Waiting List
      Before joining the waiting list, please make sure you read all about Rhythm Circle – thanks!
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      To unsubscribe or change your options at any time, please use the buttons/ links at the foot of our emails 🙂 Thank you!

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      Fall Bay, Rhossili (c) Daniel Tomlinson
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