"The fastest, cleanest, most joyful way to break out of your own box is by dancing. I'm not talking about doing the stand-and-sway. I'm talking about dancing so deep, so hard, so full of the beat that you are nothing but the dance + the beat + the sweat + the heat." G.Roth
UPCOMING WORKSHOP SERIES DANCING WITH THE SHADOWS Dance into the New Year with a commitment to exploring and welcoming the shadows that are within and around us. As we leave 2020 behind, and turn toward the new opportunities of 2021, I believe it is necessary to face the shadows that have come to the surface during these past months and learn how to integrate them into our body/heart/mind rather than reject them and continue to fear them. In this workshop series, we will work the Shadow map of the 5Rhythms to discover how we can free ourselves from the habituated patterning that keeps us stuck-frozen-numb-spaced out-confused-overwhelmed-you fill in the blank. Using the powerful tools of movement, writing and meditation, we will discover how each of us has the potential and power to embrace and embody our shadow, bringing more light into our beings in the process. This series is open to everyone, although some previous 5Rhythms experience is an asset. A commitment to the entire series is required, in order to develop a deep container of sacred trust, safety and vulnerability. This workshop is for you if you:
Are yearning for a deeper connection with dancers on-line
Love to use movement as a therapeutic tool
Love to use movement as a way to expand and deepen your sense of self
Want to have a deeply rich, transformative, healing journey through dance
Dates: Friday Mornings, January 8th – February 5th Time: 9:30am – 11:00am Investment: Sliding Scale $80 - $120 ~ No one turned away for lack of funds Please email Julie for more info and/or to register: email@example.com *Classes will be conducted online through Zoom. A solid internet connection will be necessary to participate. Bonus is an external speaker that you can cable in to your computer (more reliable than Bluetooth, and won’t create a lag with the music.) This workshop counts as 1.5 days of Waves on the Teacher Training path.
A workshop is an invitation to deepen your practice. Workshops are rich, inspiring, often transformative experiences. They provide an opportunity to experience the 5Rhythms in a more in-depth way, using a variety of tools. While movement and dance remain the dominant activity, a workshop usually taps into other modalities as well. These may include: meditation, writing/journalling, witnessing exercises, sharing (talking) exercises, drawing/colouring, other crafts, ritual theatre, and being outside in nature, to name a few! A workshop creates a safe container for participants to become intimate and vulnerable with each other, which lays the groundwork for the richest, most meaningful experiences. Workshops are not for the faint of heart - they are designed for those who have a willingness to peel back layers of themselves, to explore authentic movement in a committed way, to show up exactly how they are and be honest with themselves and the group. A workshop can take many forms - it may be a full weekend, a single day, a 3-4 hour afternoon, or a 5- or 6-week series. Workshops may be fully catered, or self-catered, they can be held at residential retreat centres, or be non-residential. The possibilities for a workshop are endless! If you are interested in hosting a workshop in your area, you can! Feel free to contact me to plan a workshop in your community. I love travelling, and I look forward to hearing from you. Below are some examples of past workshops I have taught, as well as some testimonials from past workshop participants.
Testimonials From Past Workshop Participants: "Just want to say a heartfelt thank you for the gift you facilitated this weekend. It was powerful and a much-needed step in my journey. Years of therapy could not access the depth of a broken aspect of myself, which the dance did. And then, the dance gave me a way to begin healing the brokenness. . May you be blessed as you continue your good work." - Lisa
"This was my first weekend workshop of 5Rhythms. I found Julie’s guidance very clear and grounded. Her love for this work and long experience with it was very inspiring, and was tangibly transmitted throughout the weekend. Her calm presence and ability to hold the space created a safe container to push my comfort zones, let go, drop out of my head, and explore the inner and outer connections through 5Rhythms. Thank You!" -Ronela, Vernon, BC
"I have been to many workshops in my life including one previous 5Rhythms workshop. My experience with Julie Plotkin is one I rate extremely highly, and I am left with a profound cellular memory in my body, mind and heart. She led with clarity, engagement, strength and humility. Julie skillfully and heart-fully orchestrated the themes of connecting with ourselves, with others and with the whole group/tribe. I have deep gratitude for my experience with Julie Plotkin." -Cathryn Rankin
"Thank you for a wonderful workshop. Your leadership and invitation to inquiry guided by your gentle voice and your playlist was memorable. Your teaching skills honed on the dance floor and classrooms really shined as your explanations were clear, brief and to the point, your demonstrations mirroring & modeling your instructions and your invitation to self-inquiry were exemplary. You helped co-create a very safe space where I could dive into my own practice & process while interacting with others and the group as a whole. I look forward to your upcoming workshops." -Musa :)
"As well as attending many of Julie’s weekly 5 RHYTHMS classes, I have had the privilege of attending a number of Julie’s private 5 RHYTHMS workshops over the last few years.They have all been soul moving for me! I learn something new about myself each time I dance in these wonderful sessions. Julie, and the group that I have danced with, are the most nonjudgmental people that I have ever met. I feel nothing but love and support and absolutely no embarrassment or apprehension to just be ME! Julie’s 5 RHYTHMS workshops seems to pull everything together for me! In my opinion, 5 RHYTHMS with Julie is the purest dance of the soul! " - Brenda