BodySprit Dance - 5Rhythms Dallas with Mati Vargas-Gibson


5Rhythms Movement meditation

Sabbatical 2016 
I am spending some time in the studio, but we are still dancing!
Gathering in and taking time and space for creative renewal...

I did not know that the concept of a Sabbatical comes from the Bible itself, from a passage in Genesis in which God rested (literally, "ceased" from his labour) after creating the universe, and it is applied to people (Jew and Gentile, slave and free) and even to beasts of burden in one of the Ten Commandments. All agriculture was stopped during these periods, so even the land itself was given a Sabbath. Sabbatical has come to mean any extended absence in the career of an individual in order to achieve something. One takes sabbatical typically to fulfill some goal, e.g., like writing a book or traveling extensively for research. And, it happens, usually, every seven years.

So, after seven years of teaching 5Rhythms regularly in Dallas, I am taking a creative break in order to get my dancing house in order! I will be dancing, meditating, making art, writing, tending to my muses, and completely redesigning the schedule and 5Rhythms offerings that I am creating for us soon.

Fear not! There are many opportunities to dance in the next few months and throughout 2016... This is but a preview of coming attractions.
We have some masterful 5Rhythms teachers coming our way to offer deep dive workshops. So stay tuned.

Stay tuned for new offerings in Plano and Fort Worth, Another round of Sacred Ritual Prayer Dance. Labyrinth Sunset Walk and Ritual for Autumn Equinox. Black Tent Gatherings for Women in Mid Life. Closed Ongoing Group for In-Depth 5Rhythms Practice, Day-Long 5Rhythms Deep Dive Intensives, Sweat your Prayers, and endless creativity!

In love and appreciation,
See you on the Dance floor!



SpeakUP & Move!
Join Jessica Tartaro and Mati Vargas for a first-of-its-kind experimental lab combining the communications games you have come to know and love from SpeakUP Dallas with the full body expression available through 5Rhythms® Conscious Movement Practice!

Many of us long for the freedom to unlock the thoughts in our head and brave our edges to say exactly what we feel. Yet saying the vulnerable thing that lives inside of us can feel so overwhelming! Often instead of saying what is true, we hide behind our words. No wonder the people in our lives can’t give us what we want!

And the we add the body, which never lies! It feels what it feels. It moves with its own raw intelligence. It can only be in one place at one time. It lives in the moment. It laughs, cries and desires deeply. And it yearns to be expressed.

Imagine tapping into the raw wisdom of the body and finding the words to express exactly what we feel in our bones!

THAT is the intent of SpeakUP and Move! To invite words and body into full alignment and unity. We will combine the round-robin style communication games of SpeakUP with 5Rhythms® conscious movement to expand our edges, open up our comfort zones, and add ever more freedom and love to all our conversations.

If you are a seasoned SpeakUP participant, moving intimately and expressing with your body might be a new undiscovered territory. If movement is your practice, adding words might open up conversations that you have not ventured into yet. When we put these two together, the possibilities are endless. With masterful skill, presence, and compassion, Jessica and Mati will guide you on November 12 to explore your own personal edge. This will be full and true communicating from the inside out held and supported in a loving container of fellow seekers of spontaneity, truth, and love.

We are VERY excited to be creating this space of unbridled creativity love play and connection, so we hope you join us! We have space for 30 journeyers so book your spot early!


3630 Harry Hines Blvd, Dallas, TX 75219


CONTACT: Mati Vargas-Gibson at [email protected] or Jessica Tartaro at [email protected]

Guest teachers Lorca Simons and Martha Peabody  

Live Wire 2: Soul Threading
A Ritual Theatre Investigation
With Lorca Simons and Martha Peabody

October 14 - 16, 2016
Friday 4-6pm
Saturday 12-5pm
Sunday 12-4pm

Garber Hall at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center
1300 Gendy St
Fort Worth, TX 76107

Early Bird Rate: $150
Please email [email protected] for payment options.
Price After September 16: $175
Artist rates available by request

Live Wire 2 is a theatre lab, a dynamic, raw, energetic experimental base where anything is possible. In the laboratory we illuminate language, uncover gesture and free the mind through our theatrical investigation. We unlock the stories our bodies are longing to tell, articulating the threads of your life.

Live Wire is a 'plug in' to creative action, an opportunity to reawakening and sharpen those places in ourselves that need realigning or perhaps rewiring back to what’s most original and true.

Getting in touch with the artistic nature of our practice has the potential to take our vulnerability, vision, awareness and dance to new depths.

Contact Frieda Austin at [email protected] for questions. See you in October!

Though the soul is not a thing, it is our beingness, that which gives us being. Its presence manifests in being awake, attentive, energetic, alive. It is the spark of life. - Gabrielle Roth. Maps to Ecstasy

5Rhythms Movement is a practice of Soul. We dance every Wave anew; each dance builds over time and moving with awareness begins to transform our embodiment, our awareness, and our presence. Through the years, it has been a privilege to witness the clear and subtle ways with which these changes happen. When I look out across the dance floor I am often filled with awe and joy as I witness the physical changes in embodiment and the freedom of being and relating that I can see in dancers who keep showing up week after week.  Do you remember the first time I asked you to take a partner? Now we dance together spontaneously and creatively!  Do you remember the first time you felt grounded enough to traverse the whole floor with fluidity and grace, stepping out and trusting your feet?

...our challenge is to become conscious of these Rhythms, to truly experience them, to enter into them. We have to learn to know what rhythm we are in, how to ride with it, how to shift; to sense what rhythms others are in and how the different rhythms are complementary or discordant. We need to discover what rhythm predominates in us -are we a flowing type, a chaotic type? What rhythms characterize the main people in our lives? We need to tune into the undulating rhythms of our days, our weeks, our months, our years." Gabrielle Roth, Maps to Ecstasy

Gabrielle Roth's main mantra was, "Are you disciplined enough to be a free spirit?" and  I completely believe this to be true. Do you have the curiosity to show up to your dance with full attention and to start noticing the amazing changes and openings that come about from moving mindfully and consciously with each and every one of the Rhythms and through a whole Wave?  Do you know how you ground yourself and relax, and flow? Are you able to open hips to heart and direct your movements towards action, creating shapes and angles and change? Are you willing to thoroughly release control in chaos and surrender everything to the beat until you lighten up and taste the freedom of Lyrical, with all its possibility and promise of fully present creativity? Is your dance of Stillness full, empty, alive, a refuge? Can you dance with yourself, meet others fully in the beat, connect with the larger field of us? And, of course, as on the dance floor so in life.... Do these energies and ways of moving translate into your life, your work, your relationships, your creativity and your relationship with the Divine?

Soul's Callings... Are we ready to surrender to our body intelligence and practice letting go and listening to the creative urges and life-giving spark of our Soul's longing?

I hope you join me on the dance floor.... 
In love, in the dance,



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