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Heartbeat with Jonathan Horan

  • Presidio Performing Arts Center 386 Moraga Ave (at Arguello Blvd) Presidio, San Francisco, CA 94129 USA (map)


“The Way is not in the sky. The Way is in the heart.” - Buddha

Let’s take the time to stop the world and pay attention to our hearts. Our attention is like a spotlight. "Freeing the body ultimately leads to freeing the heart." -Gabrielle Roth. Join us in this journey into the heart!


Our attention is like a spotlight. Feelings live in our body parts, and when we shine the light of our attention on specific body parts, memories crack open and move, dissolving the hard hold they have on us. Shape-shifting through feelings as they come up will open us up to their messages, their symbols and their signals.

One of the single-most powerful acts we can do is to share our vulnerability. The more we open up and dance through our feelings, the safer the environment becomes to explore our edges. These dances will be our offering to the bigger world. They will be our prayers for peace.

My intention as a teacher, and in my own emotional evolution, is to practice staying present with feelings. So it is with great tenderness that I approach this journey into the heart, the part of us that beats and pumps and gives and receives and takes the old and transforms it into the new, purifying us, every minute of every day.

The wilderness of our hearts scares us. We haven’t been taught to track our feelings, much less respect them. In fact, we often feel ashamed of them when they do pop up. Even in our own families we hold back, dismiss and deny true responses. Even in the dark of the movie theater we swallow our tears. This is very sad. We’ve lost our spontaneity. Why do we give fear so much power?

To befriend our emotions, to not be frozen by fear, is our destiny on this dancing path. Fear is the clearest meter of our edge, the edge where we feel comfortable and grounded. When we start to feel uncomfortable, it’s a challenge. A challenge is an invitation to move from who we are into who we are becoming. The bigger the fear, the more important it is for us to face it. It’s not just a stoplight, it’s a huge road sign: COME DANCE WITH ME!

JONATHAN HORAN is Gabrielle Roth's son and closest collaborator. He is the Executive Director of her international institute, 5Rhythms® Global as well as the Director of The Moving Center School NYC. Jonathan has been immersed in the 5Rhythms practice throughout his life and continues to be a key catalyst in its evolution. He is a member of the core teaching faculty of both training and advanced work and teaches workshops of all levels around the world.

He has taught at Vassar College and currently teaches for a variety of institutes such as Esalen, Omega, Kripalu and Naropa Institute and an annual residency in Blue Spirit in Costa Rica. His weekly NYC High Vibrations class has been featured in New York Magazine, Breathe, and the Daily News, and was chosen as the hottest movement class in New York by the Village Voice.

Tuition: $350*
Friday Night Only: $30 (Preregister-Nonrefundable) ; $35 (Drop In at the Door)

*10% off ($315) for students (with valid ID) and seniors (65+). 15% off ($297) for 5Rhythms Certified Teachers (5RTA Accredited). Please contact us to register for this special rate.

Please register early. Space is limited.

Workshop Schedule**
Friday, Aug 26     |  7:00-10:00PM (Open Class - No Prerequisite Required)
Saturday, Aug 27 |  12:00-6:00PM
Sunday, Aug 28   |  12:30-5:00PM

Sunday, Aug 28   |  10:00AM-12:00PM Sweat Your Prayers® led by Alessandro Moruzzi (Optional & Complimentary for Full Weekend Workshop Participants)

Presidio Performing Arts Center
(Google name: Presidio Dance Theater)
386 Moraga Ave (at Arguello Blvd)
Presidio, San Francisco, CA 94129

From Presidio Blvd, turn left on Funston Ave, right on Moraga Ave. The studio is located at the corner of Moraga Ave and Arguello Blvd, across the street from Presidio Crissy Field main post.

Parking: Convenience fee parking at entrance to the studio. Credit card and coins are accepted. Parking fee is enforced DAILY 8am-6pm in Presidio. Free parking after 6pm.

Public Transportation: San Francisco Municipal Railway (MUNI) buses serve the Presidio via the 28 (to Golden Gate Plaza), 29 (from Sunset to Baker Beach), and 43 (to Letterman area) lines and other lines terminate near the Presidio's Lombard Gate.

Prerequisite for Heartbeat Weekend: one Waves Workshop

**All workshop hours count as Heartbeat on the 5Rhythms Dancing Path towards Teacher Training.