Testimonials

General

“We have known Jo for many years and recognise in her a truly beautiful blend born of her many years of dedicated practice and enquiry. She is wise, funny and a truly unique dancer with a heart of gold and the uncompromising intelligence to match. She’s a force of nature who will stay with you wherever your journey leads.”
Ya’Acov & Susannah Darling Khan – Directors of The School of Movement Medicine

“Jo is an outstanding 5 Rhythms teacher. Her work is rapturously received wherever she goes. She has 20 years of experience as a psychotherapist and group facilitator.    She is passionate about creating a space where the unique dance of each person can blossom and is known for her inspired and wide choice of music.”
Malcolm Stern – Psychotherapist, originator of Passionate Movement, co-founder of Alternatives

“Whether it’s 5 rhythms, ecstatic dance or just a bop!  Jo creates a space and invites you to dance and move from the core of their being.  Her wide selection of music is brilliant, from wild world beats to the sublime and angelic.”
Joyya Whelan – Tagore and Quest Festival Producer

“Jo Hardy has been a key part of the facilitation team for the last 2 years’ Transition Network conference.  She has brought tremendous skill, empathy and focus to the role, and has played a key role in making them life-changing, extraordinary events for those attending.  As a member of the team, she is a great listener and team player, bringing a great ability to connect with a group where they’re at at that moment.  I would recommend her to anyone.”
Rob Hopkins – Co-Founder of Transition Town Totnes and Transition Network


Weekends / Intensives

“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning to dance in the rain.” ….. and Jo certainly knows how to tiller a boat in the midst of a storm. Thanks one and all for a very rich weekend…. I want to acknowledge your wisdom, guts, humanity, experience and normality that bring so much wealth to these explorations – you are a true mistress in the marrying of every day experience and deep spiritual diving. I love your fierce commitment, presented again in such a simple way, to the collective and community. THANK YOU and so happy to walk along side you in all the different contexts.”
Rosie Perks – director Strawberry Designs and Movement Medicine teacher

“Jo holds such a deep safe space. It is rare that I come across anyone willing to work as profoundly as I like to, and the fact that you do that; holding a nurturing space for thirty people to dive into together and yet have their own journey, and still feel enough spaciousness in which they can support one another is phenomenal. What a gift you bring to the world. It was magical watching the transformation of some of those I was with unfold and blossom before my eyes.” Steph Bradley: Writer, Poet, Story Teller

“The weekend was just fantastic, so deep, so much heart, amazing holding, you are very inspiring!”  Lynn – Dancer, Bristol

“Jo – I trust you through and through – the depth of your experience, your down to earth non-hierarchal no teacher/guru bullshit, your honesty in disclosing your experience of the places you were asking us to go and being part of the circle. When i think of your teaching style for me its the combination of depth and experience along with light, non-prescriptive guidance that is spacious and leaves plenty of room for me to run with where i need to go but still plenty of holding. For myself the theme was so pertinent and relevant to what i was already working with elsewhere and i have been noticing an ability to bridge and ground the weekend in my day to day life – thank you –  when you going to do another weekend?”
Frazer Reid – Counsellor

“…..phew, just landing afetr w/end – my god – amazing – perfect – really, really just what I have been looking for in exploring the deeper edges of masculine, feminine, archetypes, anger, rage, grief – totally blown away and wanting more….THANK YOU!!!”
Nick Walters – Dancer


Classes

“Over the past six years I’ve been dancing here I’ve come to realize that nothing else comes close to what we have here in Totnes on a Monday night. My life has been so enriched by this space. I feel blessed to have this precious jewel in the middle of Totnes unfolding the way it does every week. I love the realness, humility, humour and honesty that Jo brings to the space. Her openness about what goes on for her gives such permission to bring all of me. Its rare to experience such a deep sense of being welcomed over and over for who I am with complete acceptance and no judgement – even if I scream and roar or sob or shake I know that it’s fine there”.  Clíona O Conaill – Gestalt Counsellor and Workshop Facilitator


“Thank you for such a beautifully led, deep healing ceremony last night jo….. it was truly wonderful.. deep shamanic dance work.. I loved it.. very cleansing. Thanks loads.”
Luka Carlisle – Bodyworker

“Thank you for the session last night, it felt a real extension for me of the fab weekend. I also wanted to say to you that I’ve  become aware recently how its only during your classes that I find myself really able to just let go and do my thing as it were. I think this is due to the total confidence I feel in your holding of the group.” Karen Dudley – Social Worker

“I have come to your 5 Rhythms night only 3 times but have been profoundly moved each time. I am writing to extend gratitude for the safety which has been established in the class that allows for such glorious depths and heights to be touched through music and our bodies. Gratitude also for your verbalised guidance which I have found helpful in guiding me back to a wild inner part of me, a core which is always pulsing in a sacred dance. Within the right context this wild core can simply and fearlessly flow through my limbs.”
Liam –  Theatre Director, as a newcomer

“The space for me always offers a vital and precious opportunity to be witnessed, to witness others, and to encounter each other in our fullest most authentic selves. I have had experiences on that dance floor that seem more at home in the world of myth or dream or legend.”
Liam –  Theatre Director, after dancing regularly


Transition Events

“Jo brought her calm, wise and humorous style to an audience of around 300 when she co-facilitated the overall structure at the international Transition Network conference in 2011 and again in 2012. She is able to translate deep understandings about how individuals, relationships and groups work into simple and accessible structures which reveal useful and sometimes profound truths and insights for many participants. With Nick Osborne she co-designed and co-facilitated an engaging and elegant group enquiry process where all conference attendees explored what group culture was like for them – the challenges encountered, and what a positive group environment would include. She also coordinated teams of facilitators and workshop leaders to provide a varied programme of Inner Transition workshops. We had a lot of great feedback about the miracle of creating such an effective process on a huge topic for a large group – and generally about the ease and warmth of Jo’s style.”
Sophy Banks – Transition Network and co-founder of Transition Town Totnes Inner Transition Group