Frances Arnold

Frances Arnold will be running two 'Five Rhythms' workshops at this year’s festival. First will be an introduction to the rhythms, the second will be a ‘lock-out’ session to go deep within. Percussionists and dancers are welcome.

'Five Rhythms' is a movement meditation practice devised by Gabrielle Roth in the late 1970s. It draws from indigenous and world traditions using tenets of shamanistic, ecstatic, mystical and eastern philosophy. It also draws from 'Gestalt Therapy', the human potential movement and transpersonal psychology. Fundamental to the practice is the idea that everything is energy, and moves in waves, patterns and rhythms.

Roth describes the practice as a 'soul journey', and says that by moving the body, releasing the heart, and freeing the mind, one can connect to the essence of the soul, the source of inspiration in which an individual has unlimited possibility and potential.

The practice of the 'Five Rhythms' is said by Gabrielle Roth to put the body in motion in order to still the mind. The five rhythms (in order) are 'Flowing', 'Staccato', 'Chaos', 'Lyrical' and 'Stillness'. The 'Five Rhythms', when danced in sequence, are known as a 'Wave'. A typical 'Wave' takes about an hour to dance.

Year Contributions
2018 Five Rhythms Workshops