"FROM THE GROUND UP" Easter Retreat
5RHYTHMS ® workshop led by Silvija Tomčik
April 6th - April 10th 2023. Friedrichshof, Austria
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Waves and Heartbeat Level

5RHYTHMS ® workshop led by Silvija Tomčik

With Thierry Francois



Friedrichshof in Zurndorf, AUSTRIA

“The deep roots never doubt spring will come.”

Marty Rubin


The invitation is to give ourselves enough time to spend down on the floor, offering our weight to the earth, letting our feet guide us into our dance. 

Learning how to drop what we carry and let the ground hold us, nourish us, comfort us. Surrendering to the earth what holds us back, what holds us down, what keeps us separate. Resting in our inhale, rising on our exhale. It takes courage to feel that our being is enough. Coming back home to our own physical bodies more and more, we can start feeling more at home on this planet and extend loving attention and care from our own self love.

Rooted and centered we can soar, we can switch from me to we, from weight to weightless, from effort to effortless. We rise from the ground up, we dance from the feet up, we support and lift each other up, liberating our imagination, celebrating  our maturity.

There will be a lot of dancing, some live music and singing, some tree planting, some soul collaging. Enough free time to go to the sauna and jump into the lake, make some new friends, whisper to some horses, and smell the spring waking us all up.


“Spring and all its flowers now joyously break their vow of silence. It is time for celebration.” Hafiz

Silvija & Thierry: 

Silvija Tomcik was introduced to Gabrielle Roth’s teachings through her book Maps to Ecstasy 22 years ago. It was a powerful encounter, which motivated Silvija to begin searching for 5Rhythms teachers with whom she could dance.  She organized numerous 5Rworkshops in Croatia and Slovenia, bringing the practice for the first time to this part of the world. At the time she was working in the Center for Peace Studies and leading workshops on gender issues. She finished the Waves Teacher Training with Gabrielle in 2001, and Heartbeat Teacher Training in 2010. Silvija regularly teaches at weekend workshops and retreats internationally. In her teaching she combines clarity, with imagination, humour with wisdom and a great variety of music. Her grounded way of dancing is inspiring. She is passionate about the freedom of being in the body as a way of prompting everyone to discover their personal dance and healing movement.  


Thierry has been dancing from a very early age, beginning with ballet lessons when he was a kid, pursuing theater in his 20s in order to express himself and share his inspiration with others, all the while perfecting himself through numerous practices such as dancing, mime and clown work. He is also a certified and experienced Gestalt therapist. In the early 2000s, he came across 5Rhythms and it enabled him to finally integrate body work into his practice. In 2010, he completed the 5Rhythms Teacher Training with Gabrielle Roth, Waves level, and is currently training for the Heartbeat level with Jonathan Horan. He is also committed to working with men’s groups, through ManKind Project. His unique way of teaching is the result of all these different aspects which he brings to his work with great enthusiasm, communicating his passion in a creative and humorous way. His strength lies in his openness to challenges and his absolute love of music. 

“The workshops by Silvija and Thierry open up a space into the mystery which profoundly transforms us from the inside out. I was very impressed to witness how they both hold space in deep humility, grace, openness, clarity and authenticity. This allowed me to touch into a depth of the subtle power of dance and body awareness that I had not experience before. It moved me… in every way… body, mind, soul…“



Prerequisites: minimum 15 Waves hours or 1 weekend workshop. This workshop counts towards future 5Rhythms® trainings as 2 days of Waves and 2 days of Heartbeat. 


Prices: Full price is 360 Euro. Early booking price before 15th of February is 320 Euro.Working price is 200 Euro. 5Rhythms Teachers and Space Holders price is 280 Euro. 



06.04.  17:30-20h

07.04.  10-13h , 17-20h

08.04.  10-13h,  17-20h

09.04.  10-13h,  17-20h

10.04.  10-13h



breakfast 7-10h, lunch 13:00-14:00, dinner 20:00-21:00



Römerstraße 2

2424 Zurndorf




The Friedrichshof hotel and dancing space is located in the midst of a beautiful 25ha area, 60 km south east of Vienna and 6 km from famous Lake Neusiedl. We will enjoy high level standard accommodation, delicious food, sauna and rich nature around. We will organize a shuttle from Vienna Airport and there are taxis from the closest train stations


HOTEL Friedrichshof

The price in each category is full board and calculated from Thursday dinner until Monday lunch. (4 nights/person)

Do not contact Hotel directly, your room bookings goes through us only. 

big single room € 444      

small single room    € 404

2-bed-room/person € 370 

3-bed-room/person € 350  


Extra night € 61 in any room category

Extra tourist tax €2,50/night/person)

Flat rate without accommodation but lunch&dinner € 192

Flat rate without accommodation and without meals € 80



Due to logistical reasons we DO NOT offer a half board option. Please no requests, unfortunately we cannot make any exceptions. There are no shops or restaurants around – next town is in 7km distance. 



By public transport:

The bus departs from train station Zurndorf and stops at “Zurndorf Friedrichshof”. (Please tell the driver to bring you there – there’s no way back by bus!)



Please mark in the registration form if you are interested in a place in the shuttle! Your way back we will arrange on site.

Departure Vienna main station 15:00, Vienna Airport 15:30. Costs ~33€/ride


Contact: Irene, vienna@plesritmova.net, +43 664 2552441