Based in Connemara, Co. Galway and delivering workshops throughout Ireland and abroad, Caitríona Nic Ghiollaphádraig has been practicing the 5 Rhythms movement practice of Gabrielle Roth for over twenty years. In the early days of her dance experience, Caitriona worked closely with Gabrielle Roth and the Moving Center core faculty in California before completing her 5 Rhythms training with Gabrielle in 1997, thus becoming the first accredited 5 Rhythms teacher in Ireland.
On discovering ‘the dance’, Caitríona was struck by the freedom she began to experience in physical movement. As she participated in workshops with Andrea Juhan, Lori Saltzman, Kathy Altman, Susannah and Yacov Darling Khan, she realized that her body was carrying all the experiences of her life in her muscles, bones and movements. Thus began a journey to heal past hurts, to let go of situations and habits that were keeping her from living a wholehearted and creative life. It was the 5 Rhythms dance that facilitated this journey and she soon found that teaching the 5 Rhythms to others would give her the life of compassion, creativity and equanimity that she was striving for.
Caitríona is a natural born teacher and spent many years imparting her knowledge and wisdom to students before ever studying the 5 Rhythms. She is passionate about integrating the paradigms and practices of modern neuroscience, mindfulness and the Buddhist-based teachings of Pema Chodron into her workshops and classes and witnessing how participants use these varied teachings alongside the physical dance to transform and ameliorate their lives.
Caitríona is a much respected and well-liked teacher who holds a very safe space, injected with a gentle compassion and great humour, that reassures and helps to anchor workshop participants. She skilfully applies an embodied approach to steadying the mind, opening the heart and meeting life’s challenges with resilience, grace and courage.
In 2007 Caitríona completed her advanced teacher training in the emotional side of the 5 Rhythms and now regularly delivers on-going groups in both Connemara and Dublin called ‘Heartbeat” and ‘Shadow & Light’.
For Caitríona and many others who have had the privilege to dance with her, the 5 Rhythms has become a way of life, a map of self-discovery, a tool for empowering the self to take responsibility for oneself and to live a life of joy and compassion, savouring each moment to the best of one’s ability.
For beginners and seasoned 5 Rhythms practitioners, a dance floor held by Caitríona really is a great place to be!