I've always been interested in the body, movement, art, and sound and how it intersects with the spiritual and sacred. How the arts are a healing salve.
A seeker from childhood, I somehow intuited there was something far more magnificent than the Catholic God of my family’s belief. I would avoid going to the weekly mass, and instead would find myself running to the nearby forested lake, losing myself to my moving body, the sound of my voice, and communion in nature. I would hide away in the corners of my room writing and drawing.
What happened in those stolen moments was always mysterious - taking me to unknown places and leaving me longing for that place again and again. I left home -- church hopping -- hoping to find something relatively similar to my ethereal and ecstatic experiences at the lake. I never found it sitting in a pew, and eventually over time I left the seeking behind with the realization that I had already found and known these sacred places through the experiences of being in the great outdoors, and creating anything with my voice, hand, or body.
I moved. I went from running to hiking to skiing, along with sitting meditation, to yoga, to finally, a deep and profound love – the dance of the 5Rhythms™ movement meditation. I became certified by Gabrielle Roth to teach the 5Rhythms™. I went from sitting prayer, to moving prayer, to earth based and shamanic prayer. I didn’t have one path, or one teacher that could take me through each of these practices – it was simply a following of the mystery, of my own longing. I went to school and learned about somatic psychology and the power of the expressive arts. Gabrielle's refusal to teach me shamanism led me to the jungles of Peru and far-out places. I still take a yearly journey into the jungle. I learned that my soulful longings were deeply connected to my Filipino and Irish ancestral roots; and now I incorporate many of the healing and transformative tools of those cultures in my own work.
About Mystery In Motion
Born of merging paths. Of blending the creative arts with shamanic healing arts. These paths of physical and spiritual motion and union inform our healing offerings around the world today. We've learned to embrace all of these methods and ways of being, unifying what we do physically, spiritually and emotionally in order to connect us to the larger whole. Visudha created the Gong Journey® - a sound vibration sojourn; the Serpent Temple – dynamic gatherings for women to sing, dance, create ritual, and pray together; and SpiritFlight - 10 day embodiment intensives to transform consciousness through expressive and ritual arts. Underneath each of her offerings, gratitude, action, and service hold the ground. Underneath it all, soul salves healing inner loss and the innate desire to be in alignment with our own true nature.
Visudha love's leading groups of people beyond the normal five senses into our extrasensory capacities where we can experience Oneness, and discover a depth of presence we lack in our daily moments. She loves being with others as they come back home to the honoring of their own natural rhythms and cycles. She learned that communion and rites of passage were the deepest way to honor the self and mother earth. To give to our selves informs and allows transformative change in relationship in all areas of life – honoring our own sacrality corresponds equally with the rising respect and love for the great mother. In this, we speed up the process of collective and earth healing.
"The Best moment of my life." Ginnie, July 2019
This is a belated thank you for the beautiful workshop you held in London a month ago. It was the first full 5R's weekend workshop I had experienced having only done single days and evenings before; I loved how you shaped the days and held us with such care and attention. By the time we got to Let You Love Flow on the last day I was riding high! Connections: London, 2017
I imagine you are well aware of your skill, yet I wanted to say how much I enjoyed the way you used words, deep fluent poetry, intermingled with the music and the brief yet profound plunges down into sacred spaces. It was earthed and transcendent and gave me a strong sense of the potential of Five Rhythms as a practice. Julia, 3/2017
THANK YOU VISUDHA, what an amazing workshop in Atlanta! Love your teaching and presence during the weekend! Live Music was ROCKING! Love K , Connections: Feb. 19, 2017
Thank YOU Visudha De Los Santos!!!
The workshop this past weekend brought me to my knees in complete owe and honor. Our bodies are truly a vessel of joy!! YOU are an inspiration to me, inspiration to just BE!! You emanate authenticity with such an open heart!! You inner power and intuition...WOW!! You are an amazing woman! THANK YOU!!
Light and Shadow, Janny, 2017
I just wanted to thank you for your class on Sunday. I loved it!! And I was happy and grateful that I got to meet you - and share a dance space with you - and the Taos community - with your music - loved it, loved it. Thank you! Ayisha, Jan 2107
.....But your words ring so true. They remind me of the truth I already know but is so often hard for me to see. Your soul is very very bright. So much love and so much wisdom. Just reading those words was like a long hug. I count myself infinitely blessed to know you even if separated by great distances. J 2016
I was at your workshop in Salida a couple weekends ago, and I am so grateful for that experience, for rooting Rhythms more deeply into my body. J. 2016, Roots
You are an outstanding teacher and amazing human. Thank you for creating such a safe space to be in. Cheryl, Oct. 2016, Indulgence
And what an amazing, transformative work it is. Every time I learn, grow and transform. We call it dance. Dance that engages your gross body, your emotional body, your cognitive body, your soul and spirit. It shakes them apart and puts them back together in a new, amazing way. Thank you Visudha and see you again in the spring for another deep and nourishing experience. ~ Milena, Newfoundland Roots October 2016
Amazing workshop this weekend!!! Thank-you Visudha De Los Santos for an amazing weekend of joy, inspiration, connection, release, and dance! ~ Tina, Newfoundland, October 2016, Roots
Visudha helped me reframe my place in the world, in a powerful expansive way: Dancing feet rooted to the core energy of the Earth, and Spirit reaching high into the Cosmos. What a wonderful way to dance and to be! -- Sue Bethesda, Maryland, 2015
Thank you. I'm very grateful having this way to offer my body in pray dancing to our ancestors & let them dance with us. I enjoy making it together. This message uplifted my soul, then it move me to share what it brought to me. -- Edilimo Taos, NM 2014