DISCOVER INNER DEPTHS THROUGH THE DANCE!

When I started dancing 5Rhythms I was searching--searching for anything that could take me out of myself. I was mentally unstable, dissociated & addicted. I had been deeply traumatized by life up to that point and I truly just wanted out: out of reality, out of my body, out of my story.
Ironically, life answered my prayer with a practice that brought me in, in, and then further in.

 It was the dance that gifted me the truth of myself. Dance gave me the right to exist, to take up space, to have a voice, & to lead. Dance re-membered me my soul, that vital kernel of truth that ecstatically basks in existence at any given moment, no matter what's happening on the surface. Dance taught me to pray, to create, to surrender spontaneously. 

Mackenzie is a psychologist & a Certified 5Rhythms® Teacher.
She is a soul scientist, thought-rebel, & renegade dreamer. An embodiment enthusiast, she shows an inspired dedication to learning & experiencing truth through the experience of her own body. No stranger to darkness, she gathers strength from years of spelunking in the caves of her own murky shadow. She delights in the intersection between body & mind, relishes paradox, & takes comfort in walking the edge. A student of her body, depth psychology, the Enneagram, & nonduality, she is dedicated to growth & freedom for all beings. 

She is a researcher, writer, & teacher with almost two decades of experience in the personal development & the human potential movements.
She is currently a training candidate at the International School of Analytical Psychology & a doctoral candidate at Sofia University. She was certified as a 5Rhythms® teacher in 2014, holds a masters degree in Clinical & Counseling Psychology & a certificate in Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy from The Center for Optimal Living. Her undergraduate research focused on Child & Adolescent Psychology, Rites of Passage, and spiritual development. Above all, she is committed to living a life of radical responsibility & igniting freedom in any and all beings brave enough to truly want it.

To her work as a coach, therapist, & 5Rhythms® teacher she brings a unique blend of insight, clarity, charm & wisdom. She swears by the life philosophies memento mori & serio ludere [remember I die & serious play]. Her relentless strength, hard won resilience, and fortitude in the face of suffering provide refuge for dancers & clients alike. A consummate student, she is nigh-constantly engaged in some deeper learning or other, & approaches life with polymathic inquisitiveness. Due to both her academic adventures & personal voyages in the void, she is adept at holding space for people through their most challenging, scary, & chaotic times. She offers a genuine, tenacious presence, a compassionate, loving heart, and a bright, active mind to all who are ready to receive it. 

Testimonials

"Mackenzie's skill in empathetically listening to the room and then skillfully adapting to the moment allowed for far greater depth of emotional exploration than you usually get from a dance workshop. Definitely seek her workshops out!”
Dwight, artist & scientist
“Mac is raw but tender. She has a perspicacious intuition and is not afraid to follow it. Stands her ground but willing to adjust her approach to best fit your needs. Will also bust your chops if needed. Most importantly she will acknowledge, honor and remember your impact on her teachings.”
Yasmine, Biology Student
“Mackenzie possesses a fierce compassion, tender holding, and vulnerable strength.Her ability to be there with me and for me in one of the most pivotal moments stays with me. [It feels to me as if] she continues to hold me and we are still wrestling."
Sakshi, Yoga Teacher Trainer

Come and dive into depth of your personal shadows through the dance!

185 EUR

205 EUR if paid after 31.3.

225 EUR if paid after 20.7.

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Lumen Naturae (1 person) – Intensive workshop of 5Rhythms

Fri – Sun

24. – 26.7.2020

FRI: 6.30pm - 9.30pm, SAT: 11am - 6pm, SUN: 11am - 5pm

Lumen naturae (Latin: "the light of nature") is a word taken from the ancient alchemical texts. It is the light hidden in the heart of darkness. It is the bright spark that serves darkness with it's firelight. It is the illuminated darkness. The alchemists, wise sages that they are, "discover[ed] that in the very darkness of nature a light is hidden, a little spark without which the darkness would not be darkness... the lumen naturae is the light of the darkness itself" (Dr. Carl Jung).

In this illuminated darkness, we are whole. Nothing is wrong, nothing is lacking. Our bodies, hearts, and minds are exactly as they should be, exactly as they are. In this illuminated darkness, we are met, we are held, we are loved. 

In this workshop, we will grapple with our understanding of this bright blackness. Through movement, meditation, and inner work, we will contend with our resistance to the perfection of what is, peeling back layer after layer of our own ignorance until we stand illuminated in the truth of our own rightness. We will actively align our unconscious & conscious minds, using the events of our life as a roadmap into our own inner truth. Through exposing what was previously hidden in a cloud of darkness, we will find our own lumen naturae.

No experience necessary. Please bring an open mind, a courageous heart, and a journal. 

5Rhythms transcends dance. The movement is the medicine, the meditation and the metaphor. Together we peel back layers, lay masks down, and dance till we disappear…Only to rediscover ourselves through it all. Each rhythm is interpreted by individuals in a uniquely personal way, opening them to a new sense of freedom and possibility that is both surprising and healing, exhilarating as well as deeply restorative. It is, in essence, “exercise for the right brain.”

- Beginners and also experienced dancers are welcomed.
- Workshop will be bilingual, in English and Czech.
- We dance bare feet or in dance shoes.
- Bring comfortable clothes (preferably in layers), bottle of water, notepad and a pen.

I invite you to embark on or continue the dancing path.

325 EUR

355 EUR if paid after 31.3.

405 EUR if paid after 20.7.

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Lumen Naturae (couple) – Intensive workshop of 5Rhythms

Fri – Sun

24. – 26.7.2020

FRI: 6.30pm - 9.30pm, SAT: 11am - 6pm, SUN: 11am - 5pm

Lumen naturae (Latin: "the light of nature") is a word taken from the ancient alchemical texts. It is the light hidden in the heart of darkness. It is the bright spark that serves darkness with it's firelight. It is the illuminated darkness. The alchemists, wise sages that they are, "discover[ed] that in the very darkness of nature a light is hidden, a little spark without which the darkness would not be darkness... the lumen naturae is the light of the darkness itself" (Dr. Carl Jung).

In this illuminated darkness, we are whole. Nothing is wrong, nothing is lacking. Our bodies, hearts, and minds are exactly as they should be, exactly as they are. In this illuminated darkness, we are met, we are held, we are loved. 

In this workshop, we will grapple with our understanding of this bright blackness. Through movement, meditation, and inner work, we will contend with our resistance to the perfection of what is, peeling back layer after layer of our own ignorance until we stand illuminated in the truth of our own rightness. We will actively align our unconscious & conscious minds, using the events of our life as a roadmap into our own inner truth. Through exposing what was previously hidden in a cloud of darkness, we will find our own lumen naturae.

No experience necessary. Please bring an open mind, a courageous heart, and a journal. 

5Rhythms transcends dance. The movement is the medicine, the meditation and the metaphor. Together we peel back layers, lay masks down, and dance till we disappear…Only to rediscover ourselves through it all. Each rhythm is interpreted by individuals in a uniquely personal way, opening them to a new sense of freedom and possibility that is both surprising and healing, exhilarating as well as deeply restorative. It is, in essence, “exercise for the right brain.”

- Beginners and also experienced dancers are welcomed.
- Workshop will be bilingual, in English and Czech.
- We dance bare feet or in dance shoes.
- Bring comfortable clothes (preferably in layers), bottle of water, notepad and a pen.

I invite you to embark on or continue the dancing path.

25 EUR

30 EUR if paid after 31.3.

35 EUR if paid after 20.7.

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Lumen Naturae – 5Rhythms – Just Dance Evening

Fri

24.7.2020

6.30pm - 9.30pm

On this open evening we will touch our Lumen Naturae.

Lumen naturae (Latin: "the light of nature") is a word taken from the ancient alchemical texts. It is the light hidden in the heart of darkness. It is the bright spark that serves darkness with it's firelight. It is the illuminated darkness. The alchemists, wise sages that they are, "discover[ed] that in the very darkness of nature a light is hidden, a little spark without which the darkness would not be darkness... the lumen naturae is the light of the darkness itself" (Dr. Carl Jung).

In this illuminated darkness, we are whole. Nothing is wrong, nothing is lacking. Our bodies, hearts, and minds are exactly as they should be, exactly as they are. In this illuminated darkness, we are met, we are held, we are loved. 

In this workshop, we will grapple with our understanding of this bright blackness. Through movement, meditation, and inner work, we will contend with our resistance to the perfection of what is, peeling back layer after layer of our own ignorance until we stand illuminated in the truth of our own rightness. We will actively align our unconscious & conscious minds, using the events of our life as a roadmap into our own inner truth. Through exposing what was previously hidden in a cloud of darkness, we will find our own lumen naturae.

5Rhythms transcends dance. The movement is the medicine, the meditation and the metaphor. Together we peel back layers, lay masks down, and dance till we disappear…Only to rediscover ourselves through it all. Each rhythm is interpreted by individuals in a uniquely personal way, opening them to a new sense of freedom and possibility that is both surprising and healing, exhilarating as well as deeply restorative. It is, in essence, “exercise for the right brain.”

- Beginners and also experienced dancers are welcomed.
- Workshop will be bilingual, in English and Czech.
- We dance bare feet or in dance shoes.
- Bring comfortable clothes (preferably in layers), bottle of water, notepad and a pen.

I invite you to embark on or continue the dancing path.

Venue

ULITA - DDM Praha 3
Na Balkáně 2866/17a, Praha 3-Žižkov
PRAGUE
CZECH REPUBLIC

CONTACT
Maitrea Team

+420 725 783 506
seminare@maitrea.cz

About MAITREA - the organizer

Welcome to Prague, the most beautiful city of Europe

Foundation of Maitrea has been blessed by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama

MAITREA was founded in 2006. It aims to provide space for those who feel the need for personal development and self-realization. It’s pleasure for us that you decided to visit the workshop here, in Prague. We hope that, you’ll get a lot of great experience, and have a great time here. 

Let’s introduce our projects:
- House of Personal Development - Space for experiential seminars, workshops and massages
- Vegetarian restaurant - Beautifully designed restaurant with delicious vegetarian, vegan and raw food
- Publishing house - Books, documentary films and audio soundtracks focused on personal development
- Kindergarten - Harmonious development of a pre-school aged child based on R. Steiner’s principals
- AVALOKA – school of martial arts - The school of Japanesse martial arts, zen meditation, calligraphy and other arts
- Magazine Online - magazine full of interviews of our workshop teachers

Production team

Frequently asked questions

What should I take with me?

We recommend that you take a bottle of water that can be closed, a notebook and a pen. You can also bring coloured pencils if you want. Usually you don't need anything else.

What type of clothing should I wear?

It is convenient to wear lose and comfortable clothing in which you feel good. We recommend more layers, so that you can easily add or take off clothes for the time when you don't move. It could be useful to have a big scarf or blanket for sitting. We dance either barefoot or in soft dance shoes.

Is there any refreshment available? What about lunch?

Hot water and tea will be available on the site - if you are not a fan of plastic cups, please bring your own mug with you. We don't have a good experience with nearby restaurants - it always takes a long time to get lunch for a big group and then it makes late arrival into the program. Therefore, we recommend that you have a light and easy to digest meal for the whole day. Also make sure to bring bottle of water and small snacks (biscuits, muesli bars, fruits, nuts etc.)

How can I get to DDM Ulita?

It is best to get to the tram stop "Strážní" (trams 9, 1 and 11), take "Strážní" street to the left to continue uphill. At the intersection of the streets "Strážní" and "Na Balkáně", on the right, you will see a small white building of DDM ULITA. It takes about 30 minutes to get there from the city center.

Is accommodation available in ULITA or in Maitrea?

Unfortunately there isn't any accommodation capacity in ULITA or Maitrea building. We recommend Airbnb or this nice and cosy accommodation in a nearby monastery.