Satsang – LIVE ONLINE, Interactive with Renée Tillotson & Mālia Helelā
Sundays 12:00 – 1:00 pm (HST)
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Make yourself part of our ohana – our family! This community event is a great time to meet warm, inviting people. Our lively conversation takes us through a thought-provoking topic for discussion each week from the Still & Moving Center Almanac. We start with the premise that each participant has something valuable to share as we collectively focus on the inspiring topic at hand.
In Sanskrit, Sat indicates Truth. The sangha is the group of students. We could translate Satsang as a gathering of Truth-seekers. In our Satsang we delve into uplifting quotes from all over the world and share valuable life experiences to gain moments of “Aha!” together. Participants receive by email the pertinent almanac pages under consideration.
Our kumu (Hawaiian teacher) Malia Helela, sets the tone with an oli, a Hawaiian chant, pertinent to the topic. As the editor of the Still & Moving Center Almanac, Renée Tillotson provides extra insight on the week’s subject, the authors who are quoted, the cultural holiday we might be celebrating that week, etc.
Renée Tillotson, Director, founded Still & Moving Center to share mindful movement arts from around the globe. Her inspiration comes from the Joy and moving meditation she experiences in the practice of Nia, and from the lifelong learning she’s gained at the Institute of World Culture in Santa Barbara, California. Still & Moving Center aspires to serve the community, support the Earth and its creatures, and always be filled with laughter and friendship!
Enthusiasm fills every class and event Renée leads. The motto: ‘Move your body. Still your mind. Find center. Find Joy!” motivates her daily life.
A second degree Nia Black Belt, Renée says, “Through Nia I realized that I was born to dance…and perhaps everyone is! Nia connects me to pure Joy. I aspire to extend that Joy into the rest of my life and share it with every student who steps into my circle. Nia embraces both the yin and yang energies, helping all of us to balance our natures. Nia serves as a moving meditation for me, as well as a chance to play like a child again! I like to think of my classes as invigorating the body and elevating the spirit.”
Engaged in an earnest, life-long spiritual quest, Renée assembles the Still & Moving Center Almanac each year, filled with inspirational quotes by everyone from the Dalai Lama to Dolly Parton. She loves taking part in conversations that merge philosophical, spiritual and scientific thought with a lifestyle of compassion.
Renée has been moving and sharing Nia since 2002. She took all of her Nia intensive trainings at Nia International Headquarters from the co-creators of Nia: Debbie Rosas and Carlos Rosas. She considers herself a citizen of the world, and brings mindful movement practices from around the globe under one roof at Still & Moving Center.
Kumu Mālia Ko’i’ulaokawaolehua Helelā strives to live a life of grace. Her halau (hula school), which meets at Still & Moving Center, is Na Hula Ola Aloha. Completing her uniki (graduation) under Kumu Hula Puluelo Park in 2002, she now teaches hula and oli (traditional Hawaiian chant) to a wide range of students, from infants and toddlers to kupuna. Mālia studied oli under Kumu Hula Keola Lake. She began her formal training in lomilomi massage as a teenager. She was licensed by the State of Hawaii as a massage therapist in 1998 and as an esthetician in 2002. Her hula practice and lomilomi practice, she says, are the same. She continues to look to the beauty and grace of the Hawaiian environment for grounding and inspiration. Mālia has become a respected and beloved cultural practitioner in Hawaii.