Wild Moves is a series of outdoor mindful movement events where people gather together to dance outside in areas of outstanding natural beauty such as down on the sea shore, or out in the redwoods.

We use "silent disco" style headsets to deliver our outdoor dance experiences; the sessions are gently guided through the headsets, letting us find the freedom of moving together in areas of wild nature- with no nasty noise pollution to the surrounding environment.

Wild Moves events offer a free form dance practice, so all you need is the willingness to follow your own feet! There are no steps to learn and nothing to get right. No previous experience is necessary- you are warmly welcome to join exactly as you are.

We use the dance is a potent movement-based mindfulness practice. It’s a great way to enjoy ourselves, to exercise and to meditate- all in the same moment! Dancing in this way not only increase our physical agility and fitness; it also increases our authenticity, our emotional awarenes and our effectiveness in the wider world as we become more embodied. There is potency in being present; our dance practice supports us to keep coming back to being here, now.

When we dance outdoors we feel connected: to ourselves, to the others that come together to dance and to the wider world around us. Compassion and community grows. When we are outdoors our vision get wider, we relax and receive more, we becoming open to greater intuition and increased insight. There is no doubt that nature nurtures us.

"What a great day it was...so beautiful to dance out in the elements..." - Participant

We often forget that we are nature.

Nature is not something separate from us.

So when we say that we have lost our connection to nature. We’ve lost our connection to ourselves.

— Andy Goldsworthy

Wild Moves events are facilitated by accredited 5 Rhythms teacher, meditation guide, author and accomplished dance producer Tess Howell, whom has been running these highly popular events in the UK and world-wide since 2012.

Tess leads these events with warmth, vitality, humour and depth; skillfully using the dance to guide us back towards what matters most in life.

Tess also runs a movement based contemporary rites of passage programme and in 2019 will offer online version of the programme, which explores how creativity, community and connection can make our lives more meaningful.

Tess is moving to the San Francisco area in early 2019 and will soon be offering regular events in the Bay area.

For more info on Tess'work as a dance producer, coach and mentor please click here. Please see Being Moved for our online programme for supporting times of change. For the upcoming Wisdom and Wonder course please join our mailing list and we will send you the launch info in mid March 2019.

Shift happens! Change is one of the true constants in life.

Being Moved is an online programme utilising mindful movement and creative coaching for authenticity, aliveness and living our lives firmly in touch with what matters most. This course will support you with soul-full skills & tools for inner and outer transformation as you find your way through a time of major life transition.

dancing with the dharma

5rhythms and insight meditation

I’m happy to be assisting the inspiring Lucia Horan, whom danced with Gabrielle Roth since the time of her birth, as she leads two retreats at the Esalen Institute with it’s delightful dance floor studio spectacularly located right on the edge of the pacific ocean. Join us for Dancing with the Dharma: 5Rhythms® and Insight Meditation More info here

A video introduction to our outdoor dance events.

wild moves

outdoor dance sessions

mindfully moving in nature

Wild Moves is our popular series of dance events that take place in variety of spectacular outdoors settings around the world.

We use silent disco headsets to move and groove out in the wild.

You're warmly welcomed to join us. Find out more

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Being here, living and breathing is full of peculiar paradoxes; and anything that makes us more embodied will likely bring us closer to them all! By dropping deeper into the body we will inevitable become more intimate with ourselves others and the wider world around us. Being in a body we get to feel fully- it may be deeply delicious - or alternatively it can take some stamina to learn to stay with the sensations arising within us! As we get more embodied we may feel both deeply feeling filled and deliciously emptied out! There is both so, so, so much amazing stuff to learn, in the direction of our self actualising. Of course there is simultaneously completely nothing to do and nowhere to get to! Clear seeing, allowing and accepting can work much magic! It really is just all about cultivating choice of where we put our attention... To be fully here and human we get to own both our shadow and a shine. The can tend to be a focus on shadow and self improvement- yet I reckon that being guided by our gifts is an important imperative too. Why not reflect a little more on your own sweet shine! what qualities and ways of being you have within you, that you will bring forward and offer out to the wider world? May we dare to bloom bright my dears... Amazing image by @gartenwerk #movementmatters #5rhythms #embodiment #cultivatingchoice #touched #ownyourshine #bodybasedwisdom #giveyourgift #blossomandbloom #share your #shine #wildmoves #feelingfully #alive

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I’ve been thinking about the #dance and why it matters so much to me. Here are some #values that it brings to the forefront: #Movement: Our primary practice is a movement #meditation: our physical form is our place of presence and awareness as we move on through. we are fluid; we learn both to follow our feet and find our own way forwards- and- let ourselves be led by life! We notice shifts and changes and learn to skilfully negotiate them. #Community: we come together as a temporary community or tribe, united by being in the beat! We are human, we need each other. We show up, see each other, support each other and stand by each other. #Creativity: Self expression sustains us. Making art from our lives is important! We can cultivate change, dream and do! There are a million modalities – we find our own wonderful/weird/wise way. #Meaning: Making our lives meaningful sustainably increases satisfaction! We take time to dive into the deeper currents of life through the dance. We let ourselves feel the feels. We let intuition whisper to us and honour our body’s knowing. We stay with the big questions- and are curious as to what answers arise when we drop the meddling mind. #Beauty and #Celebration: There is much to behold in life that is beautiful– it’s all part of this planet. Life is full of #wonder, we look for the good as we dance. We let in what is lovely in life- and let it fill and feed us. We are not pulled in by body fascism and airbrushed standards that don’t serve us. We dare to let ourselves live and love more. #Integrity: We bring our whole selves here to the dance- however we are feeling and let ourselves stand in whom we really are. Allowing authenticity lets us show up as our best selves –whatever that may look like! We keep our word, honour our commitments and are clear in our negotiations. We are #compassionate when we or others fail to fulfil! #Being: we are more than our to-do list and our trying to be different/better/more… We value #stillness, silence and letting ourselves n others be. We love life - just as it is and- just as it isn’t! We accept and allow. We rest, reflect & restore. #5rhythms #wildmoves #danceoutdoors

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