The 5 Rhythms workshop for men that I attended was extraordinary – it really did change my life in a weekend. It was some years ago now and, since then, I have done many 5 Rhythms workshops and a number of men’s workshops, and this is probably the one I find myself talking about most often – took us into challenging, deep and very healing places. Jon Ralls
The 5Rhythms is a movement-based meditation practice. You’re not copying someone else’s steps, but creating your own, learning to listen inside yourself and sense how your body wants to move naturally.
You’ll explore different movement styles, with or without music, sometimes alone, sometimes with a partner or in small groups.
It’s OK to have physical limitations, and you’ll be free to go at your own pace. You may feel self-conscious at first, but newcomers are usually amazed at how quickly that passes.
The experience of being in a 5Rhythms class or workshop can vary hugely. It can be totally exhilarating, then the next moment profoundly challenging, then quite ordinary and no big deal. You may feel more alive than you’ve ever known, incredibly sensitive to everything that’s happening, full of creative energy and inspiration. At other times you may feel vulnerable, shy, or out of your depth. Over time you get to learn how to simply move through all these states of consciousness, becoming a skilful surfer of your own waves of energy, which becomes a highly practical and transferable life-skill.
As a beginner you may feel self-concious at first, but people are usually surprised at how quickly that passes. It’s not about being good at anything, or getting it right. It’s fine to be awkward or brilliant, expressive or reserved, enthusiastic or unsure. You can go at your own pace. You’re welcome as you are.