About Bernadette

Bernadette RyderBernadette has been immersed in the 5 Rhythms dance practice for more than 20 years, and has been teaching since 1998. Her approach to the work has been influenced by a number of other profound spiritual practices: principally Isha Yoga, Movement Medicine, Sky Dancing Tantra, Sacred Trust Shamanism and the teachings of Abraham Hicks. She also practices yoga, meditation and Kriya breathwork, which she integrates beautifully into her classes, workshops and training programmes.

Bernadette has worked in the fields of training, group facilitation and community development since the late 1980s. From 6 years establishing sustainable resettlement projects with refugees in sub-Saharan Africa, to several years in UK multicultural inner-city areas she has empowered numerous grass roots initiatives including credit unions, community businesses, local youth facilities, drugs rehabilitation programmes and the establishment of a local development trust.

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Bernadette talks about dancing her self back to health

From this diverse background, Bernadette is now motivated by a simple, central purpose that runs through all her work, which is the intention to uplift and facilitate the capacity to choose joy.

She is fascinated by the role of the intuitive right brain processes in our capacity to learn and effect change in ourselves and in the world. Her approach is holistic, comfortably including intellectual, analytical and experiential processes, creating ways to access our emotional intelligence. Her mastery is in teaching the art of being fully present and embodied in our physical being while engaging effectively in our lives, relationships and the world. Her work is a celebration of the spiritual through the physical and practical.

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5RTA Accredited
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Bernadette is a Director and co-founder of DMAC (Dance Music Arts Collective) who established and ran the ‘In-Alignment Dance Studios’ in Bristol for many years. She is a member of the 5 Rhythms Teachers Association, and also of Open Floor International. Other related areas of her current/recent work include:

  • TreeSisters
  • Be The Change Symposium & Trainings
  • Training for Transition (Transition Towns)
  • The Work That Reconnects (Joanna Macy et al)
  • The Relaxation Centre Bristol

Major Qualifications:
BSc Biology & Ecology, MSc Food Resources Related to Community Development, Accredited 5 Rhythms Teacher (Heartbeat Trained), BACP accredited PGD Counselling in Organisations, MTI Holistic Massage Diploma.

About Jon

Jon RallsJon is your point of contact for practical questions, taking bookings for workshops and the Rhythm Circle, and administering our mailing lists and Facebook page. He coordinates our wonderful team of volunteer assistants (thank you all!)

Jon has been dancing the 5 Rhythms since 2009, when Bernadette began introducing movement into environmental awareness training events that they were running together. The practice had a profound effect, rapidly restoring his health, and he began practising regularly. He quickly became Bernadette’s assistant and then Organiser, through a characteristic blend of enthusiasm, loyalty and pathological helpfulness…

Oh, and since his chief other hat, as wwwolf, is website development, he built and maintains this website (see credits)!