Return to Source: Authenticity in Motion, a 5Rhythms® Workshop
August 19–21, 2022
August 19–21, 2022
with Douglas Drummond
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Wouldn’t it be nice to feel comfortable in your own skin? How do you ‘do’ you?

Return to Source is a dance and movement-based deep dive into the 5Rhythms® movement meditation practice to explore, celebrate, and connect to the beautiful authenticity that is you. Your presence and authenticity is as unique as your own fingerprint. It is a source of great potential that requires courage, curiosity, and support to harness. The motion of our bodies in alignment with our intentional breath is an accessible tool to sculpt, hone, and unearth the authenticity that is uniquely you.  

During this impactful weekend you are invited through movement, group shares, and sensory awareness to explore your edges, move with intention, and unearth your own relationship to authentic being.

In this dynamic program, we will explore…

  • Movement
  • Group sharing
  • Sensory awareness
  • Leadership exercises
  • Didactic practices

Douglas will be joined by Guest Faculty and Musician Ray Ippolito:

As a multi instrumentalist versed in many musical styles and cultures, Ray has performed and/or recorded with such well known artists as Mickey Hart, Jai Uttal, Krishna Das, Angelique Kidjo, the Spin Doctors, Richie Havens, Mike Gordon(Phish), Col Bruce Hampton,  and many many more. Ray has recorded and produced music that has been featured in international dance festivals, Relix Magazine, multiple TV networks (A&E, Biography Channel, Discovery Channel, Travel Channel, Oprah and others), VH1's song of the year, and has performed in such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, Symphony Space, Bhakti Fest, the Omega Institute and more. Having the honor to perform and help facilitate the legacy work of Gabriel Roth’s 5 Rhythms in NYC, Ray is honored and excited to visit and give his musical offering to this beautiful body of work at such a prestigious place as the Esalen Institute.

The 5Rhythms® can be a powerful lens in which we can track, express, breathe, and embrace how sensation moves and is felt within the body. Return to Source honors the maps of the 5Rhythms practice through authentic expression of the body, in all shapes and forms. No prior experience is necessary.

Recommended reading: Sweat Your Prayers, by Gabrielle Roth.

Douglas Drummond

Douglas Drummond

Douglas serves as Director of Healing Arts & Somatics and Director of Community Alliances at the Esalen Institute and is a husband and a father. He has taught the 5Rhythms for 12 years with direct training from Gabrielle Roth in the 5Rhythms® method.

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Workshop Schedule

Friday
8:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Saturday
9:30 am – 12:45 pm
‍3:00 pm – 6:15 pm
Sunday
10:00 am – 12:00 pm

More activities can be found on our open class schedule.

See general schedule information including arrival, departure and meal times.

Accommodations & Tuition

Click Register Now to view availability of accommodations and all-inclusive, program-specific tuition. Please note that not all accommodation levels are available for every workshop and additional faculty fees may apply.

We offer scholarship funds for those with financial need. Learn more.

Accommodations & Tuition

For this workshop, you will register and pay for accommodations and tuition in two separate steps.

First, sign up and pay tuition directly to

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Prices for accommodations include your lodging, meals, open classes, and use of the baths and other facilities. View partner program accommodations pricing.

COVID Update

All guests and faculty must provide proof of negative test results at time of check-in. Please read our current COVID safety guidelines for complete details prior to booking your stay.

COVID Update

In addition to proof of vaccination, all guests and faculty must provide proof of negative test results at time of check-in. Please read our current COVID safety guidelines for complete details prior to booking your stay.

COVID Update

Effective January 7, 2022 in response to the rapid spread of the new Omicron variant, all guests and faculty will provide proof of negative PCR, NAAT, or antigen test results at time of check-in. The test must be taken within 72 hours nd results must come from a laboratory or healthcare provider.Please read our updated COVID safety guidelines prior to booking your stay.

COVID Update

Effective December 15 in accordance with new guidance from Governor Gavin Newsom and the California Department of Health, all guests, students, staff, residents, and faculty are required to wear masks in all indoor public settings, irrespective of vaccine status, for the next four weeks (December 15, 2021 through January 15, 2022). Please read our updated COVID safety guidelines prior to booking your stay.

COVID Update

Effective November 19, 2021, in accordance with new guidance from the Monterey County Board of Supervisors, all guests, students, staff, residents, and faculty are no longer required to wear masks indoors on campus. Please read our updated COVID safety guidelines prior to booking your stay.

COVID Update

Starting November 5, 2021, due to substantial levels of COVID-19 transmission in Monterey County, a mask mandate established by the Monterey County Board of Supervisors will go into effect. Please read our COVID safety guidelines prior to booking your stay.

COVID Update

All guests will be required to provide proof of vaccination upon arrival starting September 3, 2021. Please read our COVID safety guidelines prior to booking your stay.

COVID Update

Masks are no longer mandated indoors or outdoors, except during massage sessions. Guests are not required to provide testing or vaccination verification before arriving on campus. Please read our COVID safety guidelines prior to booking your stay.

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