Fierce Loving

5Rhythms Heartbeat Workshop with Adam Barley

Friday, 9 November, 18:30 – 21:30
Saturday, 10 November, 11:00 – 18:00
Sunday, 11 November, 11:00 – 17:00

“You cannot truly make love if your anger is blocked.” Ida Kelarova – School for Human Voice

Loving is fierce! At least sometimes. To truly love, we have to be willing and able to be passionate, to allow the animal in us breathing space, to be able to say “Yes!” or “No!” with everything we have — body, heart and mind.

The emotional energy necessary for this kind of loving is the creative side of the energy we call anger. Anger that is a big wide field of experience: not just the blame and rage that can be so destructive in relationships, but the hot-blooded, whole-hearted feelings that range from a highly disciplined integrity to a wild fire-storm strong enough to protect our children. It’s what gives us the ability to stand for something, to defend innocence, to say no to bullshit, whether our own or somebody else’s.
Most of us didn’t learn to move with this energy in creative ways, to channel it in service to love and life, staying emotionally healthy with it. instead we have socially dysfunctional withhold/erupt patterns, with long-term suppressed anger lurking under the surface that bursts out at inappropriate moments, with an intensity and violence that’s way out of proportion to the situation.

The rhythms help us regain our power with anger so we’re not victims to it — either our own or other people’s. To give space for our vulnerability and fears. To embody all these feelings thoroughly, without judgement. To unearth the old buried stuff and let it go. To take responsibility for our feelings and use them creatively. To rediscover anger as the magnificent natural expression of life-force that it can be. And ultimately to go through anger so deeply that it becomes a meditation, a profound dive into the mysterious heart of all things that gives us the inner authority to love, even when the going gets tough, so that tenderness is sweeter and more real than it’s ever been.


5Rhythms is a movement practice: a simple, powerful, effective way to get out of your head and into a more essential experience of being you, where you can trust your instincts, recreate the ways you relate to others, and open up a sense of aliveness and vitality that is deep medicine for these times we live in.

Adam has been studying healing and meditation since the early 80s and teaching the rhythms since ’93. “I have faith in us human beings, and am passionately committed to being part of the evolutionary jump we are engaged in. I am dedicated to helping the 5Rhythms unfold their extraordinary potential for awakening, which I believe has barely begun. I’m a rock and roll monk with a love of depth, and a clear, honest, uncompromising teaching style.”

£140 / £120 (early bird if booked before 1 October)
£70 Deposit due upon booking
£20 for Friday night only
Contact Anna at to book
**Please note**
This is a heartbeat level workshop. You must have some foundation of experience in the 5Rhythms or a similar body-based practice to take part. Please contact us if you’re unsure.