Rhythm Sanctuary is an inter-generational weekly free form ecstatic dance ritual for creating community based in Colorado. We provide an open space for self exploration, personal and collective healing, and celebration. We gather with family, friends and and new folks of all ages, and from all walks of life. We honor what has been used as community medicine by indigenous cultures around the world since ancient times. We meet weekly to foster connection and to build our community in a spiritual environment that is non dogmatic and respects all wisdom traditions. Our sanctuary inspires caring for self and others, playfulness, and creativity. Many new friendship are made at Rhythm Sanctuary which extend into our ordinary worlds.

Our environment is co~created by members of our community coming together each week prior to the dance to create “sacred space” as they are inspired. We consider “creating the space” to be as meaningful and as much an act of devotional practice as the dance itself.

We infuse our love of the dance offering into every aspect of creating the experience and at any given time you can see this reflected on the dance floor. It is not uncommon to witness participants meditating, making prayers, intentions, or reading cards at the altars. No special dance background is necessary, there are trained dancers as well as those who have never danced before. You may see participants in complete stillness, practicing yoga, drumming or rattling, leaping and playing, moving on the floor in contact improvisation, or sounding and clapping in spontaneous response to one another or the music.

The dance ritual itself is held in non-verbal reverence. We offer this to invite the deeper parts of our being to rise to consciousness, as well as practicing a new way of expressing that is different from our ordinary day to day communications. Here we may meet each other eye to eye, hand to hand, heart to heart or simply notice one another in passing. There are no expectations and we encourage authenticity, trust, exploration, and the freedom to emotionally express oneself.

Participating children welcome. Dress to move. Dance and be danced!


  1. Jason Leher says:

    I’m so happy to find this in Denver! I have been going to the Evergreen State College in Olympia. I was so fortunate to find a space for healing and spirit work at the Olympia dance co-op there. My need for some internal shaking it out is mounting, especially in a culture where materialism and idle nana continuously distracts good souls from the interconnected systems wholeness. Nodes of community in the city are so very valuable and are part of the equation that can change this world! Dancing the confusion away in ourselves is such a great way to create space for that awareness to guide us in how we look at the material world. Not that one is more important than the other.

    I cant wait to come dance, thanks for building this circle here. The mycelial network is growing (=

    • Rhythm Sanctuary says:

      Hi Jason, I so appreciate receiving your thoughts on dancing, particularly a dancing community in the city. I couldn’t agree more. Rhythm Sanctuary has really come of age. I hope it serves as a model gathering that will inspire others to create something similar that meets week to week so we can all co-create together and spirit so that we can evolve with nature and birth this planetary shift that is upon us now in this new era! Thank you so much! I look forward to dancing with you! Yes, the mycelial network is growing and blossoming us all into oneness consciousness. Bless!

  2. Randall says:

    Divine. Inspiring. Enlivening.
    Truly a gift in reverent service to the heartbeat of the World.

    • Rhythm Sanctuary says:

      Thanks so much for your share. It means so much to know that this dance and community is touching hearts, and expanding love!

  3. Philip On says:

    LOVE the concept. How do I join?

  4. brandy says:

    I have never had so much fun! The DJ was awesome and I highly recommend it to anyone. The energy and people were amazing

    • Rhythm Sanctuary says:

      Hi Brandy, Yay, so grateful you took a moment to let your appreciation be known. It means a lot to us putting on the dance to know how it is received in the hearts of those dancing! Really, Rhythm Sanctuary is such a magical place because of you and the community who turns out week after week to dance their prayers. Bless!

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