5Rhythms® Dance with Bernadette Ryder

5Rhythms® Dance with Bernadette Ryder

Hands drawing each other and dancing woman
Image © 2023 Bernadette Ryder

Re-Wilding Creativity

Discovering and Recovering
innate Creativity
through Dance and...

Residential 5Rhythms® Workshop
Rhossili, South Wales, Sept 2023

with Bernadette Ryder

5 day programme, blending the potency of 5Rhythms dance with a wealth of creative exercises, in a cocktail designed to unlock your latent creativity and discover the natural brilliance of your innate Artistic Self.

About the workshop

Within each of us there is an artist – maybe a poet, painter, dancer, writer, an actor or a musician. Possibly all — probably more. Within a culture that belittles and often condemns artistic expression, many of us have been suppressed and denied for so long we have become blocked.

For creativity to thrive it needs recognition, permission and support. This course is designed to create the conditions and give you the tools you will need to set your innate, spontaneous creativity free.

Teacher: Bernadette brings a fresh understanding to this issue, the creative urge, not as an indulgence to be squeezed into the corners of our lives, but as a vital driving force — central to the experience being human — the expression of which delights the innate impulse for growth towards becoming more fully and uniquely ourselves.

Bernadette uses 5Rhythms Dance to unlock the creative impulse. At once a meditation, a means of creative expression, a catharsis, and an art form, the dance takes us into connection with our bodies and our intuitive minds – which ignites the creative processes.

The founder of 5Rhythms Dance, Gabrielle Roth, taught that the greatest joy of the practice was the transformation of our suffering into art.

“The soul is an artist. Its nature is to create”
~Gabrielle Roth

We tend to see our lives as small and ordinary. But when you discover the detail of what each of us has lived — the obstacles faced, the choices made — you realise that everyone is the hero in their own story. Each of us faces an uncertain future with our own brand of courage – not much different from the heroes of much loved stories.

Summary Details

Dates: Sept 20 – 24, 2023
Times: 6pm Wed – 3pm Sun. [approx]
Venue: Rhossili, The Gower, S. Wales (see below)
With: Bernadette Ryder

Prices – including all art materials:
Tuition: £499
plus Food & Accomm – see below

Booking: OPEN!
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5RTA AccreditedFormat: 5 day Residential
Level: Waves/Elective
5R TT candidates: (see below).

The greatest gift of the 5Rhythms 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.

The greatest gift of the 5Rhythms 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.

Prices, booking & payment


Tuition: £499
– includes all art materials 🙂 –

Accommodation & food

All meals & refreshments: £175 
Healthy sustaining vegetarian food by Majic Times.
(Note: price includes use of shared facilities at the venue)
Bunkhouse accommodation: £115 (4 nights)
Rooms accommodate 2 or 3 people.
(Other accommodation, including options on singles and cottage rooms – please see Venue details)

Total cost with standard options

Full Price: £789
See below for payment options & schedule.

Booking & payment

Booking deposit: £150 (online by card or PayPal, or by bank transfer) secures your place.
(See ‘Booking & payment details’ below)

When you book:
Your deposit of £150
secures your place, and is most easily paid onlinepaid online
(bank transfer, cash, or direct PayPal can be arranged – select ‘Pay offline’ at the checkout and contact Jon).

The balance of tuition, food and accommodation is payable, by bank transfer or cash*, as follows:

By Aug 11: [50% of balance – minimum**]
By Sept 4: [remaining balance]

  • ‘Early Bird’ discounts (booked by July 14) are also contingent on making your balance payments by these dates.
  • If you make your booking after these dates, the appropriate amounts are due as soon as possible after booking.
  • There can be some flexibility – if you have any problem meeting one of these deadlines, please get in touch beforehand to discuss.

You will receive an automated confirmation when you book online. You will receive a second more detailed email within a few days, including bank transfer information (for UK and overseas payments).

* In order to keep prices down, we regret that we cannot accept balance payments by debit/credit card or via our online booking system.
** If you choose to pay more than the minimum by this date, it is very much appreciated, as it helps us to cover our advance outlays – thank you.

*Booking Opens Very Soon *

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In line with our usual Terms & Conditions:
– if we are forced to cancel (e.g. due to a covid resurgence), 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.
non-payment of balance may result in your place being offered to someone on the waiting list, as our numbers are very limited.

5RTA members:
15% discount on tuition element of the cost. Please book online as usual, and contact Jon – the discount will then be deducted from your remaining balance due.

5RTA Accredited5R Waves Teacher Training:
This workshop counts towards Teacher Training pre-requisites as either:
– 5 days ‘Elective’ (as a ‘workshop’); or
– the hours we actually dance can be credited to your Waves Hours (will be ~16-20hrs).


There are no formal prerequisites for this retreat, but it is suggested 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.

COVID-19: At present there are no special requirements in force – should the situation change, we will obviously comply with whatever regulations are brought in.
This workshop takes place in Wales where, to satisfy Welsh Government and venue requirements, we shall operate as a ‘Covid-secure private group’. In essence this means pre-workshop self-tests and, during the workshop, we behave as a large ‘bubble’. If you have any concerns/queries at all about the practicalities of this, please feel free to call Jon.


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.

This workshop is residential;  the preferred option is to stay ‘onsite’ in the bunkhouse. If this is not suitable, there is a nearby campsite or there are cottages in the village – these are more costly if available at all – but please call to discuss first.

  • Rhossili bunkhouse bedroomShared accommodation: The Bunkhouse is comfortable and inexpensive (5* ‘Excellent’ on Google reviews). Bunkrooms are simply furnished, each sleeping 2 or 3 people in single beds and solid wood bunk beds (6′ long), 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.
  • Single room (bunkhouse): some bunkhouse rooms may be requested for one (subj to availability).
    Supplement: £115
  • Single room (cottage): Single rooms may be available in a nearby cottage, subject to demand – please let us know if you would like to upgrade.
    Supplement: £145
    Staying nearby: This is a residential workshop, but for those requiring greater comfort/privacy, there are other options, including a nearby campsite and cottages very close by [links below].
    Please note:
    (a) you will have to be within walking distance;
    (b) you will need to book early – in this beautiful place, they will book up;
    (c) you will still pay a contribution of £46 for daytime use of the facilities

* Note re single supplements: If we are full, or nearly so, you will be guaranteed a twin room (share with no more than one other) and the bulk of your supplement refunded.

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


The ‘board and lodging’ cost includes three tasty and nutritious meals a day provided by MAJiC Times conscious catering; plus teas, coffee and drinks in between.

We are delighted to be working with Majic Times, who have many years’ experience providing healthy, nutritious and sustaining vegetarian/vegan food at conscious dance and other workshops.

Specific dietary requirements can almost always be catered for by prior arrangement, supported by discussion on arrival.

Travel & local info/resources

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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. 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 [NB: APPEARS TO BE RUNNING, BUT NOT ON SUNDAY] – we are more likely to arrange lifts and cab-shares.

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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