Ronny Temple
About / Bio
Who we are:
OlyWaves is a community-centric organization led by Ronny Temple that offers and supports ecstatic and sacred meditation practices such as Conscious Dance and Kirtan. Our offerings include weekly 5Rhythms® classes in Olympia and Tacoma, 5Rhythms®, Open Floor, and Soul Motion®, workshops, and Kirtans with world renown musicians. Our vibrant and open-hearted community has been dancing together since 1998 and spans the globe.

Ronny Temple:
Ronny is a certified 5Rhythms Teacher with a wide breadth of experience in movement meditation and leadership that serves him well as he holds and guides OlyWaves. He is a published author in several genres, successful business owner, strategic planner, world traveler, and master sailor. His most salient experiences though are in the realm of meditation and spirit. Curiosity and compassion eventually led him to people like Krishnamurti, whom he met in the early eighties, and to Osho Rajneesh with whom he practiced meditations such as Vipassana, Sufi Whirling, and Kundalini for nearly two decades in India as well as the U.S.
Ronny fell in love with the 5Rhythms practice around 2003 and ten years later is still in the honeymoon phase. A cross between a wise man and a wise guy (OK, a bit more the latter than the former), Ronny focuses on nurturing a light heart on and off the dance floor. His teachings have a decidedly Tantric (meaning, in this context, holistic) flavor to them. To learn more, please come check out my, oops I mean his, classes.
Please note that neither OlyWaves nor Ronny Temple are associated with nor represent any organized religion or social group. His particular love for the poetry of Hafiz and Rumi, which you will often find posted on this site, does not indicate otherwise.

Shawn Swanson:
Shawn has spent much of his life exploring the present moment through movement and athletics. In 1993 Shawn began his study of meditation, breath work and other forms of self-inquiry. Dance had been a love of his since his first middle school ball, and over the years Shawn could feel some greater possibility lurking just out of reach while dancing. This possibility became a rich reality when he discovered the 5Rhythms in the year 2000.

Cynthia Kennedy:
Cynthia Kennedy is a mother, a dancer, and a passionate lover of life, but she is best known as a deep and powerful teacher – of leadership, of writing, and of the Open Floor movement meditation practice. She was originally trained by Gabrielle Roth and has been teaching movement as a tool of transformation since 2007. She has been on the faculty at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington since 1998 where her main areas of focus are embodied leadership, sustainability and consciousness studies. Together, with other movement teachers from around the world, she is a Founding Member of both the International Conscious Movement Teachers Association and Open Floor International. With humor, wisdom, compassion and intelligence, she catalyzes change and helps people fall in love with themselves, guiding them on the great adventure of discovering their true selves.

Guest House:
This being human is a guest house,
every morning a new arrival…a joy, a depression, a meanness.
Some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all.
Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows
who violently sweep the house empty of its furniture.
Still, treat each guest honourably.
He may be clearing you out for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.
Be grateful for whomever comes
because each has been sent as a guide
from beyond.
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The Joy of Letting Go: A 5Rhythms New Years Workshop with Ronny Temple
December 28 @ 7:30 pm - December 30 @ 6:00 pm EST
Libido Fundamentals with Cynthia Kennedy
March 28, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - March 31, 2019 @ 5:00 pm EDT