5Rhythms® Dance with Bernadette Ryder

5Rhythms® Dance with Bernadette Ryder

Re-Visioning 2023

5Rhythms® New Year Workshop
with Bernadette Ryder in Central Bristol

Soaring Eagle - Re-Visioning 2023 workshop graphic

About the workshop

Rooted in 5Rhythms Dance, we consider these questions together, in curiosity and compassion – using the deep intelligence within the dance and its power of creative expression to re-form our energy patterns:

  • Can you give yourself permission to dream?
  • Could you awaken the sense of possibility in your visions?
  • Could you illuminate the route to their manifestation, and take those first steps…?

“Our Deepest Fear Is Not That We Are Inadequate. Our Deepest Fear Is That We Are Powerful Beyond Measure” – Nelson Mandela*

What if you really could generate the future you dream of?

2023 will be another a pivotal year, marking a turning point for humanity – national and world events show us to be in difficult times. This programme is crafted to help you step into 2023 psychologically and emotionally resourced: strong, positive, clear.


A popular space for dance classes and workshops in central Bristol for many years. Facilities include good heating, ventilation and acoustics, a side-room for changing and a kitchen.

There is ample parking in the school playground if we all park well. Local map and aerial view below – these will also be shared when you book and in your ‘welcome’ email.

Click on a heading for more info and links:

Note that access to the onsite parking is through the Bristol Clean Air Zone – you may need to pay if you have an older vehicle, esp if it is diesel.

St Michael’s Parish Hall
Park Ln, Bristol BS2 8BE
(parking: drive right up to the hall itself, and double back through the gate, to park in the ‘playground’ immediately adjacent to the hall – please NOT in the lower car park just down the hill)
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St Michaels Parish Hall, Bristol

St Michael's Parish Hall - aerial view St Michaels Parish Hall - map

There are direct trains to Bristol from London and many other cities across the UK.
National Rail website

Similarly there are low-cost bus links to either the rail station or the city centre bus station.
National Express website
(other operators are available and often cheaper, e.g. Megabus).

There are flights direct to Bristol airport from many European cities and even farther afield. (And if you have to fly to one of the London airports, Heathrow is only a 2 hour bus ride away – can be quicker, and certainly easier than getting to central London!)


Dates: Fri Dec 30, 2022 – Sun Jan 1, 2023
Times (finishing times approx):
Fri: 10:30am – 5:00pm
Sat: 10:30am – 4:00pm

+50% off optional evening party (see below)
Sun: 1:30 – 5:30pm

Venue: St Michael’s Parish Hall, Bristol
Prices: £195 early bird until Dec 11
Booking: £60 deposit payable online

Format: 3 day non-residential
Level: Waves

Prices, booking & payment

£195 early bird paid in full by Dec 11
£240 full price thereafter.

Booking deposit (workshop only*):
£60 (via PayPal or bank transfer)
secures your place.
Balance payable by bank transfer or cash.
(*Party booked separately – see below.)

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  • 1 calendar month or more prior to the event or course commencement
    there is an admin fee of £40.
  • Within 1 calendar month prior to the event or course commencement you
    will be liable for the full deposit.
  • You are liable for the total cost of the event or course once it has begun.
  • 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);
  • Please download our full Terms & Conditions here.
New Year clock (nearly midnight)
PLUS HALF PRICE ENTRY TO OUR… New Year’s Night Party (optional): £40 £20 full / £35 £17.50 low inc / £30 £15 conc

The party on the night of the 31st is optional, and booked separately – you’ll receive a 50% discount code after you have booked for the workshop 🙂

(Quicklink: go straight to NY Party booking page)


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 5Rhythms 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.

Further details

General information applicable to all our classes and workshops: (click/tap on heading to expand)

5Rhythms is both a very ‘free’ individual practice which offers significant permission – while simultaneously being a group/community practice which calls for consideration and respect for the group process.

Bring & wear

  • Loose clothing in which to move freely, and have a good sweat! – layers are good;
  • Something warm to put on or wrap round you when not dancing;
  • A water bottle;
  • Your curiosity!
  • Please don’t wear any kind of fragrance – the dance is an environment that heightens allergies and other sensitivities.
  • For safety, bags, valuables etc may be brought into the hall/studio.

Some dos & don’ts

  • FEET:
    Many find bare feet easy and comfortable – some prefer Dance Sneakers which prevent sore feet and give support to arches, knees and ankles;
  • Other shoes are not recommended: trainers have too much grip so are hard on knees.
  • Don’t dance in socks – they slip too easily!

“Do you have the discipline to be a free spirit?” – Gabrielle Roth

This is a meditation/embodiment practice which has clear boundaries which need to be honoured if the full potential of this work is to be achieved:

  • Don’t use phones/tablets, even on silent – if you need to check on a babysitter or something, take devices outside the hall/studio (or, at Horfield, outside the building) and check them there.
  • Don’t talk – words take us straight back into our heads!
  • Arrive on time – the warm-up, including the initial ‘unguided’ warm-up is an important part of the process. The doors will be locked and there is no admittance 15 minutes after the start.
  • Stay until the end both for yourself, and for the group – if you leave early you will disrupt the collective energy and your own process will be incomplete.

COVID-19: There are no formal requirements at present, but we will comply with whatever regulations are in place at the time. We would be grateful if you would take a ‘rapid test’, either the night before or on the morning of the first day.
Please do not attend if you have symptoms that are characteristic of covid.

* quoting Marianne Williamson

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