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5Rhythms® Classes 5Rhythms Logo with Marcia Wakarchuk Jones

Certified 5Rhythms® teacher, member of the 5RTA


Restore & Revive: Fusion Classes

In this weekly class series, we infuse the 5Rhythms® practice with the somatic teachings from Body Mind Centering™, Laban movement, the Bartenieff Fundamentals and Integrative Body Psychotherapy.  As a Certified Movement Analyst, Marcia will support and guide you to resource deep within your body. The classes will focus on using mindfulness techniques, developmental movement patterning and conscious dance to connect and integrate our body-mind. The first part of the class is focused on a embodiment theme which we explore. The second part takes our exploration into a 5Rhythms Wave where we can experience the theme throughout our moving meditation practice.

2019 Dates and Location to be announced

5Rhythms® Family Dance Jam
All Ages 1 -90  with adult participation

Parents, grandparents and kids will have fun, connect, laugh and play together through movement and dance. A variety of music, in many styles, will set the mood and give everyone a chance to move. Some structured movement activities as well as some free dance will be incorporated. Children must be accompanied by an adult and must be walking. Drop-ins welcome.
All ages with adult participation


5Rhythms® Workshops

Here are what some participants shared about previous workshops:

“Marcia knows the work, the work of resting into humanness.  The space she creates is for that.  There’s no ego, no pushing, no willfulness. We come as we are and leave even more so.” ~Mia~

“My first 5 Rhythm dance was an amazing experience. Being a teacher myself, it is not hard for me to spot a real and authentic teacher. You provided us with space, safety and love. You guided us to be our real selves through dancing and movement. I felt no fear in your presence and could move with authenticity and truth.” ~N~

The feeling of being blessed began with the first welcoming smile, and continued as the fragrant cedar bow  glistened me with water–a beautiful ritual each dancer received to activate the sacred waters within.  My body breaks into joyous applause, released to dip and fly through Marcia’s invocation of the spirits, gorgeous sound, and guidance in thinning the veils. Marcia’s intention and presence made room for all emotions, realms, expressions and transmissions and shepherded us through a delicious evening of connection–within ourselves, among those on the floor, held by those who came before us. ” ~Sara~

From the moment I walked into the beautiful space Marcia and her crew created at the Labyrinth, I felt I had come home to a safe place where I was free to explore my body, heart and soul through the joyous, healing power of dance.  It was a magical night of community and connection, all thanks to Marcia’s wondrous gift as a facilitator.” ~Roz~

it provided me with an opportunity for healing of something I have been moving with for some time. Nourishing on many levels.” ~Bettina~

The safety of the space and the group – it allowed me to go really deep into myself and to stay present in my body, without forcing it or making the judgement. The authenticity that came through was very healing and empowering.” ~K~

5Rhythms® Dance Workshop with Marcia

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us.  ~Marianne Williamson~

Sometimes we cower and hide in the shadows. Sometimes we disguise, deny or dampen down our natural ability to shine. Circumstances can lock us into spirals of inertia or compulsivity. How do we work with these parts of ourselves and be curious about how they could shift into something more expansive and radiant? What is brewing below the surface ready to emerge?

The moving meditation practice of Gabrielle Roth’s 5Rhythms can offer us a map to explore the vast territory of our body, heart and soul in motion. We can use the dance practice as an opportunity to reveal the source of our inner light. The inherent wisdom of the body in motion is our resource for transformation.

This dance workshop is an opportunity to bring your whole self into movement in order to align mind and body and embrace parts of yourself that are ready to be revealed into the bright, lively energy of Spring. With compassion, acceptance, curiosity and connection, we will co-create a safe and sacred container in order to explore the polarity of light and darkness within and around us.

Weekend Workshop with Open Sunday Community Healing Ceremony

Saturday May 4th 11 am – 6 pm & Sunday May 5th 10:30 am – 2:30 pm

Location: Creekside Seniors Centre, 501 Cedar Ave, 100 Mile House, BC


2 Days – Full Weekend $165 Regular / $120 Unwaged

Earlybird Registration if paid in full by April 19th: $135 Regular/ $100 Unwaged

Saturday only: $125 Regular / $100 Unwaged

Earlybird Saturday only: $100 Regular / $90 Unwaged

Sunday Dance and Community Healing Ceremony: May 5th 10:30 am – 2:30 pm

Sweat Your Prayers Open 5Rhythms® Wave class followed by a movement-based healing ceremony.

Sunday Drop–in or Pre-register $45 – $30 sliding scale.

When people gather in conscious dance practice and connect deeply to themselves and each other, a powerful energy can be co-created. Marcia will guide participants in a sacred movement-based ritual to facilitate personal and community healing.

No experience is necessary for either event. All bodies 16+ are welcome.

Cancellation policy: Participants who cancel their registration 2 weeks before the workshop will receive a full refund minus a $20 processing fee. If a participant cancels 1 week before the workshop, they receive a full refund minus a 25% processing fee. Less than a week, their refund is subject to another participant replacing them in the workshop: when a replacement is registered, the original participant will receive a full refund minus a 25% processing fee. If a participant does not show up for the workshop without communicating, their payment will not be refunded.

Registration: Eve Socha 250-945-5607


Dance of Embodiment II – Laban
Fusion Workshop with Marcia

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Are you tired of the same old dance moves you always do, regardless of the music or Rhythms? Are you curious to learn how your habitual movement qualities can change so that you can express yourself in new ways? Would you like to communicate physically with the same expressive skill that a master painter brings to their canvas?

Exploring Rudolf Laban’s Eight Efforts of Time, Weight, Space and Flow can be a playful and dynamic way to recognize our normal movement signatures and then shift them into new creative realms. When we combine the Laban effort qualities and the 5Rhythms® moving meditation & conscious dance practice, we can experiment and alter the way we express ourselves. Our whole dance can transform into something more exciting and pleasurable.

In this workshop, Marcia will guide participants through dynamic somatic exercises and the 5Rhythms® dance. No previous experience is necessary. All body sizes, shapes and ages 16+ are welcome.

Please dress in comfortable layers of clothing suitable for moving.

Instructor: Marcia Wakarchuk Jones, Certified Movement Analyst, 5Rhythms® Teacher

June 1, 2019     1pm – 4 pm

Open Door Yoga
200-2940 Main Street @ 14th Ave., Vancouver

Investment: $45.00; Early Bird if paid by May 17: $40.00


Ecstatic Solstice Celebration on the Beach

Ecstatic Body Postures and 5Rhythms® 
With Marcia FW Jones and Tannis Hugill

Welcoming all to come to the beach for an outdoor ritual and dance with live musicians.

Celebrating the power of the Sun on the longest day of the year we open to the wisdom of the body, the earth, our ancestors, and spirit.

Journey to the realms of Non-ordinary Reality using ‘Ecstatic Body Postures’.
Dance the ecstatic into this world with the 5Rhythms®.

Ecstatic Body Postures are a sacred technology used by our elders thousands of years ago to commune with the world of spirit.  Now, to regain access to these realms, practitioners hold a posture from an early indigenous culture.  Accompanied by drum or rattle, they enter a visionary trance state.
Integrating your trance experience with 5Rhythms® dance brings medicine that opens a doorway to the soul.

No Previous Experience Required

Marcia Jones is a certified 5Rhythms® teacher, shamanic practitioner and somatic therapist. Her passion is facilitating movement to heal and transform the body-mind. She witnesses and honours the sacred wisdom of the body in classes and private practice.

Healing artist Tannis Hugill, is a certified teacher of Ecstatic Body Postures.  Also a dance and drama therapist, spiritual director and creator of ritual theatre, her passion is witnessing the healing wisdom of spirit as it moves through our amazing bodies.

Friday, June 21
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Spanish Banks Beach Park, Vancouver (details to be announced)

$20 Suggested donation. No one turned away due to lack of funds.
For information and RSVP –

5Rhythms® Fundamentals Workshop with Marcia


Gabrielle Roth was an ecstatic dance pioneer and a visionary. Her discovery and creation of the 5Rhythms moving meditation practice decades ago at Esalen was one of the first awakenings of conscious dance practice. Since then, many other ecstatic dance practices have been spun off of her web. In this one day workshop, we return to the pure essence of Gabrielle’s teachings and reap the rewards of her transformative moving meditation practice.

In this workshop beginners and seasoned dancers will have the opportunity to learn and embody each of the 5Rhythms: Flowing Staccato Chaos Lyrical Stillness™. The 5Rhythms can be described as ecstatic dance but it is much more than that. The practice gives us specific tools to unlock our creative soul-spirit and find freedom in our body, heart and mind!

Using the body as our tool and gateway, we will discover our personal expression of each Rhythm and how they influence all aspects of our lives. This workshop is an invitation to witness and support each other to explore deeply into the 5R practice – a journey of curiosity, personal revelation and self-healing.

“Dance is my gateway to a deeper sense of unity and…it’s my gateway to more deeply live and occupy my body, my heart and my mind.” Gabrielle Roth

Sunday March 31, 2019 11:30 – 3:30 pm

ScotiaBank Dance Centre
677 Davie Street, Vancouver V6B 2G6

Investment: $55.00 Student: $48.00

Early bird, paid in full by March 15: $48.00

email to register


About 5Rhythms®

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Created by Gabrielle Roth and practiced by tens of thousands worldwide, 5Rhythms® is a philosophy, perspective, performance art and a dynamic movement practice rooted in the principle that if you put the psyche in motion it will heal itself. Movement is both the medicine and the metaphor, reaching across all languages, cultures and age groups to transform suffering into art, art into awareness, and awareness into action.

Wherever the 5Rhythms are practiced, a community is born to dance, to sweat, to change, to support, and to provide a safe space for each of us to shatter the ego’s hold and awaken the juicy, unpredictable, fascinating, edge-walking, rock star part of ourselves that yearns to be free.
Creativity. Connection. Community.

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