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Meditative Dance Workshop comes to Kelowna Oct 21 to 23

Certified 5Rhythms Instructor Julie Plotkin, from the Sunshine Coast will be leading a 3 day workshop in Kelowna, B.C. Oct 21 to 23.
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September 23, 2016 - 11:29 AM

KELOWNA - Meditative dance is the new yoga - a way to access deep inner peace through the movement of the body.

On Oct 21 to 23, a three-day workshop with Julie Plotkin from the Sunshine Coast will provide an introduction to a meditative dance practice called 5Rhythms.

The 5Rhythms are an exhilarating and liberating approach to the exploration of improvised movement and dance that is authentic, inspired and catalytic. It is a workout for body and soul, a moving meditation, a spiritual practice designed to release the dancer that lives in every body, regardless of age, experience or condition.

The theme of this workshop is connections. How do we connect with ourselves? How do we connect with others? Where is our place in the tribe? When and why do I disconnect from myself or others? How can I reconnect?

In Connections, these questions will be explored through all three levels of relationship: being with ourselves, relating with another, and moving with the tribe as a whole. We will move from being internal to external and back again, aware of where our comfort lies, and where we feel pushed to our growth edge.

This is the third 5Rhythms workshop to take place in Kelowna. The last two attracted over dancers everywhere from Kelowna to Revelstoke, to Vancouver and even Saskatchewan.

“5Rhythms is a worldwide phenomenon”, says Katie Brennan, the producer of this workshop. “It’s such a thrill to bring this invigorating practice to the Okanagan.

5Rhythms Instructor Julie Plotkin has been studying 5Rhythms since 2001 and became a 5Rhythms instructor in 2014. Julie holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Queens University, as well as a B.Ed from Simon Fraser University. In addition to her formal education, Julie has obtained certification as a Jin Shin Do Bodymind Acupressure practitioner and holds an Esalen Massage certificate. She maintained a private bodywork practice for several years before changing her career to that of teaching.

The workshop is structured with a drop-in/introductory session on the Friday night, Oct 21, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., followed by two full days Saturday, Oct 22 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.  and Sunday, Oct 23 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

No previous experience is necessary for this workshop. All sessions will be held at the Rotary Centre for the Arts in downtown Kelowna.

The drop-in Friday night session is $35. The full workshop is $165 for those who register by Sept. 30. These early bird prices will go up on Oct. 1, visit for pricing details.

To register, please visit Cash and cheque payments are also accepted. Please contact Katie Brennan at 250-861-0520 / to make arrangements or if you have any other questions.

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