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About Hamid

Hamid started dancing 5 Rhythms® more than 20 years ago. Inspired by the accessibility of this practice he did the training with Gabrielle Roth to become a 5Rhythms® facilitator.

Hamid incorporates his long lasting affair with Sufi devotional practices into his teachings of the 5Rhythms® and weaves together the stillness of meditation with the stories of loving, lyrical trance and tribal connections.

Earth, rhythm & wild-heart

Facilitated by Hamid Van Koten and the barefoot community

at Gidleigh Village Hall

from 5pm Friday 3rd Sept to 5pm on Sunday 5th Sept 2021

Barefoot community warmly invite you to journey with us, using the 5 rhythms map as our guide, we will move, dance, reflect and reconnect.


We will drop into the healing energy of the earth, sinking into the holding it provides and reaching for the nourishment that is always there for us. 

Connecting with the beat and rhythm of our hearts, we energise the wisdom of our bodies that call us to move. With open hearted curiosity, we invite an exploration of our relationship with our bodies: 

earthly, heavenly, human and animal. 

Instinctively knowing the possibilities for throwing off and letting go of customs and habits that no longer serve, and calling in the element of re-wilding.

Seeing things afresh and with new purpose we enjoy the satisfaction of looking back over the  journey so far and looking forward to a place where we can rest for now. 

 At this still point we reflect with compassion on the healing qualities of our travels for ourselves and our world.

We may be complete and empty all at the same time.  

 Using movement, dance, sharing, play and ritual at Gidleigh Village Hall on the edge of the wilds of Dartmoor we invite new possibilities for being.  

We would love you to come along. 

We are unclear at this stage (May 2021) what restrictions might

still be in place as a result of the Covid pandemic.

We will following the best practice guidelines in place at the time.

People who are signed up for the weekend will receive

information about this in advance. 


Cost: £120 for the weekend (ask about concessions if needed). 

This includes all food, camping fees and facilitation.

We are currently fully booked with a waiting list. ​

We open initially for barefoot dancers and Gidleigh regulars until the end of June, after then we will open to the wider dance community if we have any places left.  

If you would like to come please book your place by letting Karen know

either at dance or by email to

Please pay the full amount by BACS:  Ms K Dudley 30-59-27, a/c 22145550

alternately you can pay cash or with a bank card at dance. 

Programme and practical information


Whether you are staying the whole weekend or not there is an open invitation for all dancers to join us for supper and a barefoot dance on Friday evening.

If you are only coming on the Friday evening please bring food to share. Please let us know if you are coming so we can contact you if anything changes.

For people signed up for the weekend food will be provided.

From Saturday morning the weekend is only open to people who have

signed up for the whole weekend, it is not possible to 'drop in' this year

except on Friday evening.

If you have signed up for the weekend and want to commute (that is, not camp at the hall) then, as a minimum, you must attend all 5 sessions as numbered.


Friday 3 September 2021


3pm onwards ... arriving and setting up


6pm Supper


8pm - 9:30pm Opening Circle followed by a barefoot dance


Saturday 4 September 2021

Breakfast provided


10am - 1pm Opening session with Hamid (1)

1pm - 4pm Lunch (provided) and free time


4pm - 7pm Session with Hamid (2)


Supper provided


Sunday 5 September 2021

Breakfast provided


10am - 12:30pm Session with Hamid (3)

Lunch provided

2pm to 3:30pm Session with Hamid (4)


3:30pm Closing ritual by barefoot dance community

and  clearing away (5) 

5pm END





Further information


Here are a few other details about the weekend, which you might find useful:


Please arrive anytime between 3pm and 6pm on the Friday evening 3rd Sept. Directions to Gidleigh Village Hall are included at the end of this page. If you are camping you will need time to pitch your tent and settle in, so do allow time for this. 


The hall has a fully equipped kitchen and toilets and a shower so you do not need to bring, for example, any of your own cooking gear – your tent is simply to sleep in. (Please note there will be up to 29 of us and there is just 1 shower!!!!) If anyone has a camping shower it could be a useful addition.


On the Friday evening we will eat together around 6pm …. probably something simple like bread and soup, salad and cheese … all the food provided will be vegetarian and if you have any other special dietary requirements please let Karen know by email.


If you have a special diet which requires you to eat meat then we will make arrangements for you to cook with us using separate pans and utensils.


This year all dancers, whether they are staying for the weekend or not are invited to join us for supper and a barefoot dance on the Friday evening. If you are not staying for the weekend but want to join us for supper please bring food to share. Please can you let us know in advance by e-mail if you are planning to come along just on the Friday evening. We will let you know if anything has changed to our plans as a result of Covid.

From 8pm we will hold an opening circle and a barefoot dance. All are invited. 

We hope that everyone will pitch in with cooking and clearing up over the weekend so that we can all enjoy it. All food will be provided but any contributions of home baked cakes welcomed!


We are asking that everyone attends all the sessions. At other times you are able to please yourself, to walk on the moors, swim in the nearby stream or sit around the fire (if we have one) and, of course, help with the preparation of the meals and clearing away.

Over the course of the weekend we aim to build trust within the group as the sessions progress. Because of this it is not possible to drop in at any other time than at the beginning on the Friday evening.


From the Saturday morning it is a closed group. We expect to be at full capacity (28 people). 

Quick reference checklist (things you might like to bring):


Pen, paper / journal

Cushion / sheepskin /blanket to sit on

Water if you don’t wish to drink tap water

Outdoor walking gear and maybe brolly in case of rain?

A candle and holder

Loose comfy clothes to dance in, perhaps layers you can put on and off as you get hot and cool down.


Here are some directions to the hall:


Gidleigh Village Hall is about 40 minutes from the centre of Exeter by car. It is on the edge of Dartmoor. For more details:


If you have a sat nav the postcode is TQ13 8HR.


The grid reference is: SX 672 883 ….

What 3 Words:

From Exeter head along the A30 westwards (towards Okehampton) until you get to the Whiddon Down turn off. Merge left onto the A382 and then take the first exit, again onto the A382. After a very short while turn right, signed Gidleigh …… continue to follow the signs until you get to the village (a total of about 3.5 miles). The hall should be on your left in the village at a T junction. There is ample parking. If you do get totally lost then you could try getting to Chagford where there should be people to ask and Gidleigh is definitely signposted from there ….. and from Chagford the hall will come up on your right – on that same T junction. If in doubt please take a map with you.


It will be really lovely to see you there.