I've been facilitating conscious dances for 4 and a half years in Devon and Bristol and more recently Stroud. I am a qualified counsellor, affiliated tutor at the Isbourne Centre in Cheltehnham and will qualify as an Open Floor dance teacher in June 2017.
Discovering 5Rhythms over 15 years ago in London was a life changing experience. I had finally found a space that welcomed all of me and encouraged me to express what I was feeling in dance, and equally importantly I met a community of like-minded people that I had no idea existed, of which I am now incredibly grateful to be a part.
Back then I had no idea that 5Rhythms and conscious dance would be a catalyst that propelled me into a voyage of self discovery and spiritual awakening that is still ongoing….
From the first 5Rhythms dance I was hooked and within a month I wanted to teach it. On the journey to that goal I discovered that I wanted to teach people how to dance, or rather I wanted to create a space that gave permission for dancers to feel free enough to find their own dance and recover their hearts, their fire and their souls in the process.
So in 2006, I dived into a deeper 5Rhythms exploration by training for a year with Susannah Darling Khan in Devon. This course was the impetus I needed to leave the rat race of London and move to Devon.
When I discovered The Work That Reconnects in 2007, I knew this was another important piece of my soul work. And I always knew I’d be teaching it as a dance. Since then I have completed two facilitator training courses in this work and run Earth Beats at Buddhafield in 2013 and in 2015 incorporating elements of the Work That Reconnects spiral.
Doing a counseling training felt a natural step so that I would be able to hold a dance space with integrity. Inspired by the work of Susannah and Gabrielle Roth (the founder of 5Rhythms), I found a counseling training that included Gestalt therapy and gained a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling from Heartwood Institute of Counselling and Psychotherapy in 2010. Fritz Perls the founder of Gestalt therapy was involved in the early days of 5Rhythms at in Esalen in California when he Gabrielle met there.
I worked as a counsellor with teenagers and young adults at Checkpoint, a drop in centre for young people for over two years gaining a huge amount of experience and training. Then I worked at the Totnes Natural Health Centre for about a year and following that with students at Plymouth University. Now I offer dance therapy sessions and counselling sessions in private practice in Stroud, Wotton-Under-Edge and in Bristol.
A car crash trauma and interest in the bodies cellular memory led me into a training on Stress & Trauma Resolution, followed by a 2-year long ongoing training in Somatic Trauma Therapy, with Babette Rothschild (renowned trauma specialist and author of The Body Remembers). The body-awareness and bodywork techniques I learned bridged the gap between sitting therapy and movement work.
Dance and movement continue to be a major influence in my life. I have spent over 15 years dancing and training in 5Rhythms (5R) and more recently Open Floor International with many wonderful teachers including Jo Hardy, Sue Rickards, Cathy Ryan, Sarah Davies and the teachers who were the core faculty of Gabrielle Roth's 5Rhythms teacher training: Jonathan Horan, Andrea Juhan, Kathy Altman and Lori Saltzman. The latter three have now set up their own organisation called Open Floor International with Vic Cooper, Andrea's husband. I’ve also taken Movement Medicine workshops with Susannah and Ya’Acov Darling Khan, done environmental movement work with Helen Poynor, and embodied presence and movement with Colin Harrison and Joanna Watters. I continue to explore new teachers offering new and traditional flavours of dance and I learned Tango for a year, which is all about surrender and presence. I am grateful to all my teachers and everything they taught me. This moving body of experience feeds into my counseling work, my dance and movement work and my personal practice.
I am very excited to be a teacher in training with Open Floor International. This is a natural evolution of 5Rhythms translated for the times we live in. It stands on the shoulders of Gabrielle Roth and her vision and the body of work she gave us. As I see it, Open Floor ripped up the 5R map and gave me more freedom on the dance floor, new ways of moving and a much more expansive movement vocabulary than I knew was possible after dancing for 15 years. I'd love to offer this possibility to you too.
Earth Beats came out of this melting pot. This dance aims to give participants an experience of landing in their bodies belonging in their communities and interconnection with the earth as a foundation and doorway to living the magnificence of their true potential. (See Home page).
I offer individual dance, counselling and intuitive psychic and body readings, and movement sessions in Wotton-Under-Edge, Bristol and Stroud.
Call 07960 235 442 or email email@example.com for information and appointments.
Qualifications & Training
Fifteen Years practice and training in Conscious Dance
5Rhythms: at least 2000 hours Waves, 17 days Heartbeat, 17 days Cycles, 6 days God Sex and the Body and 12 days Mirrors.
Open Floor: 8 days Open Floor encounter work, 10 days Open Floor professional training lab (Sept 2014). 2.5 days hours Wild prayer, 2.5 days libido, 10 days Concerto, two Modules of Open Floor International teacher training April 2015, April 2016. (The third module and qualification will be in May 2017) - 27 Days of Teacher Training over 2 years plus 28 practice classes.
Seven Years training & practice of the Work That Reconnects
3 Day Weekend workshop, Sharpham, 2007
3 Day Council of All Beings, Landmatters, 2007,
7 Day Facilitator Training, East Sussex, 2007
3 Day Training, Monkton Wild, 2008
3 Day weekend Facilitator training with Joanna & Fran Macy, Bath 2008
6 Week long Active Hope Group, 2014 ongoing
Facilitated and co facilitated five Work That Reconnects workshops for Inner Transition - 2007, Heartwood Counsellors - 2008, and 3 at Buddhafield - 2010.
Seven Years Counselling Training & Practice
Level 2 & 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills, 2007 & 2008, CPCAB
Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, 2010, CPCAB
Levels 1, 2 and 3 in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, 2009, ICAP
Somatic Trauma Therapy 12 day Training with Babette Rothschild 2010-2013