5Rhythms® Dance with Bernadette Ryder

5Rhythms® Dance with Bernadette Ryder

The Deepening

Residential Waves Intensive
Rhossili, South Wales, 2023

The Deepening - residential Waves intensive

About the workshop

The Deepening, Waves Intensive is a deep dive into the fundamental teaching of the 5Rhythms® – how to surrender to the flow of our own energy through dance, enabling us to recover that vital spontaneity. When intensively pursued, this simple exploration rapidly brings us face to face with our inhibitions, our masks and other defences we have taken on.

The deeper practice includes simple ways for these to begin sliding away – a meditation that redresses imbalances in modern lifestyles. So while the dance is exhilarating and physically liberating, it also brings quiet to the mind and a profound sense of internal stillness within movement.

The residential setting has been chosen to bring together all the ingredients needed to facilitate this deepening: Time and space in a beautiful, peaceful location on the stunning Gower coast. A supportive community of committed dancers. Nourishing whole earth food. A highly experienced teacher. The perfect recipe.

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.


Dates: May 3 –  7, 2023
Times: 6pm Wed. – 3pm Sun. [approx]
Venue: Rhossili, The Gower, S. Wales (see below)
Tuition: £449 (early bird until Feb 5)
+Food & Accomm: [see below]
Booking: FULL with waiting list

Format: 5 day Residential
Level: Waves Intensive
Teacher training: 5RG approved as a 5 day Waves Intensive.

Rhossili Beach (c)2021 Jon Ralls

Prices, booking & payment


Tuition: £449 (early bird, until Feb 5)
(full price £449)

Accommodation & food

All meals & refreshments: £160
Healthy sustaining vegetarian food by Majic Times.
(Note: price includes use of shared facilities at the venue)

Bunkhouse accommodation: £60.00 (4 nights)
Rooms accommodate 2 or 3 people.
(Other accommodation – please see Venue details!)

Booking & payment

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

Your deposit of £150 secures your place, and is most easily paid online (though bank transfer, cash, or direct PayPal can be arranged).

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

By March 5: £200 (minimum**)
By April 5: [remaining balance]

  • ‘Early Bird’ discounts (booked by Feb 5) are also contingent on making balance payments by these dates.
  • If you make your booking after these dates, the appropriate amounts are due as soon as possible after booking.

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.

5R Waves Teacher Training:
This workshop counts for 5 days Waves, and satisfies the requirements for the “5 day Waves Intensive” specified in the WTT 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 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 sitaution 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;  you need to stay ‘onsite’ in the bunkhouse, or at the nearby campsite.

  • 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, 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 rooms: some rooms may still be requested for one, on payment of a single supplement*.
    Staying nearby: This is a residential workshop, but for those requiring greater comfort/privacy, there are other options, including lovely 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 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 meals a day from Wednesday dinner through to Sunday lunch, plus healthy snacks, fruit and teas 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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(contact Jon to coordinate)

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: CHECK IF THIS IS RUNNING]

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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