Yesterday, I talked a little bit about the spectacular experience I had at a 5rhythms workshop, focusing mostly on the story and philosophy behind the 5Rhythms experience. Today I would like to focus a little more on the retreat itself as it was a life changing week for me and I want to share some of the experience with you.
First of all, let me talk to you about Lucia Horan, the instructor for this fabulous Moon Lodge Journey. Lucia has been dancing 5Rhythms since birth, she learned from the 5Rhythms founder herself, Gabrielle Roth and is an integral part of the 5rhythms family.
“Lucia has taught at Esalen Institute (CA), Omega Institute (NY & Costa Rica), Kripalu, Centro de Ompia (Italy), The Studio Maui (Hawaii), TNK Psychology Institute (Osaka and Tokyo Japan), The Moving Center School (San Francisco and NYC), Wanderlust Vermont & Oahu.
She is recognized as an international teacher of the 5Rhythms® practice. Lucia brings to her teaching practice a lifetime of experience with the 5Rhythms as a way to move through the fabric of life’s experiences. She comes to the dance floor to share her love for the dance and faith in the practice. Lucia currently resides in Maui, Hawaii.”
What her bio does not tell you is that she is an amazing teacher and dancer who brought 20 women together in Maui last week for a beautiful experience of dancing, catharsis and healing. From across the globe, 20 of us gathered from all walks of life, each of us with our own intention for the week. Some were looking for empowerment, some were just looking to dance, I was looking to get back in touch with the sacred feminine side of my own psyche and I did not leave disappointed!
Lucia guided us through a week long journey of moving emotional energy through dance. She danced us through pain, anger, grief and joy all the while keeping us grounded and focused and light on our feet.
Together, these women showed up for themselves and one another, ready to work, ready to dance, ready to sweat our prayers and leave it all on the dance floor.
As the music began on the first day, we awkwardly began swaying around the yoga chalet to the pulse of the music, which seemed to lure us into movement. By the end of the week, these women have become my friends, my sisters, my safe place.
I did not know what to expect on this retreat but in showing up on the dance floor, I reconnected with my emotions, I found strength, courage, sisterhood and so much more.
Each woman came with her own agenda. Some of us working through relationship problems, some of us dealing with grief and loss, some like myself were simply trying to navigate the waters of life as the changes ebb and flow. Each of us found more than we bargained for with Lucia.
Lucia helped each and every one of us to connect with our feminine energy and step into our power. We laughed, we cried, we danced, we sweat (a lot!) and we comforted one another in a way the world needs more of.
Too often, we tear at each other, and try to break each other down. In this moon lodge, not only did we hold one another in a sacred container, we lifted one another, we forged bonds that were reminiscent of the bonds I made in Basic Military Training many years ago. The kind of bond you can only form when you have been through the trenches together, a sisterhood of a spiritual nature.
Regardless of our individual background, family situation, or troubled past, these women and I went through the trenches of chaos together and danced out the other side in stillness. We shared our greatest fears and challenges in a sacred council, we bathed one another in ritual bath and we supported one another through our individual journeys, coming out strong and empowered.
I have been dancing 5Rhythms for a few months now, home alone, dancing across the bedroom floor. This workshop however, opened my eyes to the power of women who support one another and left me longing for a replacement for the sisterhood these women provided.
I cannot speak to any other 5rhythms instructors, but I can speak to the power of Lucia Horan. She is an amazing force multiplier, sharing her dance, sharing her teachings, sharing herself with the rest of us. She shared her trials and her vulnerabilities and let us know that she has danced her way through many of her life’s struggles all while showing us how to do the same for ourselves and how to support one another in the process.
I am told that each instructor brings his or her own flavor to the practice and while I look forward to experiencing another instructor’s take on 5rhythms, I know that Lucia is a class act and I find it difficult to believe anyone else can measure up to the workshop this incredible woman put on for us this week!
They say that Western Women will save the earth and I believe women like Lucia embody this idea with their spiritual presence. What a gift it has been to share in a week of her teachings with the incredible women of the moon lodge.
Having completed this week long workshop, I now feel like I have more tools in my tool bag. I feel more graceful, more feminine, more empowered. I feel like I am ready to take on the chaos of my world and face whatever Karma can throw at me. I am eternally grateful to Lucia and the Women of the Lumeria Moon Lodge 2017. What a powerful, awe-invoking experience this week was, I cannot wait for the next opportunity to dance!