Gems from the Wisdom Traditions – A Conversation Circle – LIVE ONLINE, Interactive with Renée Tillotson
Hosted by Renée Tillotson with featured presenters
Saturdays 3:00 – 4:00 pm Hawaii Standard Time (HST)
Started April 11, 2020
This weekly offering gives spiritual seekers the opportunity to learn and share from the great wealth of the world’s wisdom traditions. Each week we will focus on one brilliant gem, a teaching to illuminate our minds and hearts.
Various cultures in all times and places have produced sparkling gems of inspiration – the crystallized essence of spiritual insight. In many cases we know something of the enlightened being – sage, seer, saint – who gave us that gem and lived his or her life accordingly. In all cases, these teachings have informed the lives of the tradition’s followers, bringing clarity to their daily decisions and depth to their meditations.
To begin each circle, one featured speaker will give a short presentation on a brilliant spiritual teaching from one of the world’s wisdom traditions, together with information on the Teacher who conveyed and embodied it. Weekly themes are paralleled with the Still & Moving Center’s handcrafted yearly almanac.
The group will then take up the topic presented, with opportunity for free conversation and questions, wonderings and examples, of how we might apply this week’s teaching.
Moderated by Renée Tillotson, Director & Founder of Still & Moving Center, engaged in an earnest, life-long spiritual quest.
To view past talks click the links in the titles below.
December 19: “Unconditional Love” by Mary Bird on the Catholic tradition as exemplified by Father Damien
December 26: “Self Crafting”
December 12: “Beneficent Sleep” by Manoj Chalam on the Vedanta tradition of Hinduism
December 5: “Selfless Service” by Franklin Perkins on the Confucian tradition from the perspective of Mengzi
November 28: “Right Meditation” by Kirk Gradin on the Bodhisattva Path of the Theosophical tradition
November 21: “The Guardian Wall” by Donna Moore on the Mahayana Tibetan Buddhist tradition
November 14: **Diwali Celebration** 4:30 – 7:00pm. Join us for this celebration of Light! (View the recording)
November 8: “Selfless Service” – Franklin Perkins on the confucian tradition from the perspective of Mengzi
November 1: “Preparation for Death” – Cliff Tillotson on the neo-platonic tradition
October 31: “Behind Thine & Mine: the Bhoodan Land Gifting” – Sarah Hodges on the Gandhian tradition (View the recording)
October 24: “Right Mindfulness” – Renée Tillotson on the Tibetan Buddhist tradition of Pema Chödrön (View the recording)
October 17: “Irreversible Resolve” – Dr. Mark Morisaki on the Western Medical tradition (View the recording)
October 10: “Becoming Wholly Reliable” – Maurice Bisheff on the American Transcendental tradition of Emerson (View the recoding)
October 3: “All Men are Brothers” – Cliff Tillotson on the interfaith tradition of Mahatma Gandhi (View the recoding)
September 26: “Right Effort” – Tony Bonnici on the Zen Buddhist tradition (View the recording)
September 19: “Progressive Self-Awakening” – Fariba Enteshari on the Sufi tradition of Rumi (View the recording)
September 12: “The Bridge Connecting Heaven and Earth” – Elton Hall on the Theosophical tradition (View the recording)
September 5: “Vanquishing Victimism” – Ramdas Lamb on the Hindu ascetic tradition (View the recording)
Aug 29: “Right Livelihood” – Jonathan Colbert on the Theosophical Tradition (View the recording)
Aug 22: “Why Obstacles?” – Renée Tillotson on the Hindu mythological tradition of Ganesh (View the recording)
August 15: “Casting No Blame” – Katharine Harts on the Christian mystic tradition (View the recording)
August 8: “Mental Hygiene” – Roger Johnston on the Stoic tradition
August 1: “Are We our Brothers’ and Sisters’ Keepers?” – Joe Miller on the Christian mystic tradition (View the recording)
July 25: “Right Action” – Debbie Rosas from the Nia perspective (View the recording)
July 18: “One-Pointed Focus” – David Sanders on the Hindu yogic tradition (View the recording)
July 11: “Egotism and Compassion” – Robin Fujikawa on the Dōgen tradition of Buddhism (View the recording)
July 4: “Spiritual Democracy” – Maurice Bisheff on the Native American and American Revolutionary traditions (View the recording)
June 27: “In the Language there is Life: I ka ʻŌlelo no ke Ola” – Mālia Helelā on the Hawaiian tradition (View the recording)
June 20: “The Vision of Prometheus” – Jim Tepfer on the Ancient Greek tradition (View the recording)
June 13: “Self-Mastery and Freedom” – Veena Howard on the Gandhian perspective of the Hindu tradition (View the recording)
June 6: “Development of the Neuro-Muscular-Skeletal System” – Rachel Klein on the scientific perspective and healing traditions
May 30: “Right Intention” – Reverend Blayne Higa on the Jodo Shin Buddhist tradition (View the recording)
May 23: “Beyond Pleasure & Pain” – Cliff Tillotson on the the Bhagavad Gita perspective of the Hindu tradition (View the recording)
May 16: “Right View – Inner and Outer Perspectives” – Christopher Edwards on the sculpting tradition (View the recording)
May 9: Honoring the Behest of the Divine – Mary Bird on the Catholic tradition
May 2: “The Buddha’s Search to End Suffering” – Kirk Gradin on the Buddhist tradition (View the recording)
April 25: The Value of the Pause in Classical Indian Music – Joss Jaffe on the classical Indian music tradition
April 18: Re-becoming People of Place: Caring for our Earth and All Beings – Miku Lenentine on the Native American Tradition
April 11: Pythagoras on Meditation, the Heroic Ideal and Self-discovery – Jim Tepfer on the ancient Greek tradition
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.
Directions for getting to the online Zoom class:
1. One hour in advance, kindly sign up for your live online class on in MindBody / on our website. Our desk staff will then email you a link to your class on Zoom.
2. Please use the link to sign into Zoom, 5-7 minutes before class, allowing extra time to download the the app if you are new to Zoom.
3. Contact the desk staff at 808.397.7678 for troubleshooting.
Photographs by Greg Hatton, @renaissanceman
First and Third Friday of the month, at 7-9pm, $15 and $10 for Golden Circle Members.
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~ A journey into dance and sound to open the heart and awaken the soul.
Dance of Bliss merges live music, ecstatic freeform dance and sound healing. With the insightful guidance of these experienced musicians and ecstatic dance leaders, you can enter a heightened awareness where creative play, divine joy, liberation, release, transformation, empowerment, and authentic expression come together to cultivate balance. In this safe, sacred space, drug and alcohol free, awaken to your full potential.
Our Dance of Bliss opens with sitting in sacred space connecting to your intent. The music begins and you are invited to slowly move, guided by the heartbeat of Mother Earth. World music fills the space with the sounds of didgeridoo, Native American and Middle-Eastern flutes, spirit chants, and tribal percussion. As the rhythm picks up so does the energy, so let yourself go and dance freely, as your body and the music lead you.
As the journey slows, you are invited to lay down in shavasana and go on a deep dive with the sounds of whale songs where the didgeridoo, tuned to the frequency of love, is felt as a sonic activation and cleansing. The session comes to a close by gathering once again in circle feeling connected, grounded, rejuvenated, inspired and blissful.
Your dance journey happens in Still & Moving Center’s Barefoot Ballroom, containing a beautiful statue of Shiva Nataraj, the hindu Lord of the Dance who mythologically establishes the universal rhythms of birth, death and rebirth. Shiva’s joyful cosmic dance is called Anandatandava, meaning the Dance of Bliss.
Beneath Shiva Nataraja’s standing foot squirms a small being who represents the lower, selfish aspect of our nature. The purpose of Shiva’s dance, it is believed, is to release humankind from ignorance and the snare of illusion of this little “self.” Our dancing, likewise, can free us – for the time – from the drama of our personal lives to enter a greater awareness, ecstasy and experience of the divine.
- Move however you wish
- No talking on the dance floor
- Respect yourself and one another; establish clear consent when engaging with others
- Maintain this as a safe, Drug & Alcohol Free space
- Refrain from photos, video, shoes and scents.
John Dumas M.S. is an internationally renowned musician, shamanic astrologer, inspirational teacher, and pioneer in sound healing. He performs concerts and leads workshops and retreats internationally with his unique handcrafted flutes and didgeridoos. Healing through sound is the culmination of John’s educational background in the fine arts, Psychology and study of indigenous cultures. It is John’s belief that through the universal language of music; where words are not needed that the beauty of oneness begins to emerge all over the world ushering in a true Aquarian age.
John has several recordings available that explore the infinite realm of dreamtime ranging from tribal/world trance to relaxing meditative soundscapes exploring higher states of consciousness. He calls Hawaii home where he enjoys surfing and swimming with the whales and dolphins, creates his one of a kind instruments, performs concerts, facilitates sound healing ceremonies and live ecstatic dance. John is available for private sessions over Skype as well as in person. johndumas.com
In’lakesh “I am another yourself” ~ John Dumas
Aki Inouye uses powerful rhythms of the Taiko drums to create an electrifying energy that carries audiences in a new dimension of excitement. Aki’s sensei here on Oahu is Taiko master Kenny Endo
Aki is herself a certified Japanese traditional Taiko drumming teacher and a director of ‘Joyful Noise’ Taiko ensemble. Born in Japan, Aki graduate from Osaka College of Music and has been teaching and performing professionally since 1990. She has been involved in theater productions,TV and radio recordings.
The founder of Aki’s School of Music on Kauai, Aki has taught music at many public and private schools on Kauai including Kauai Academy of Creative Arts and Kauai Community College.
She has been performing music with John Dumas internationally since 2014.
Sunday, Sept 29
10:30 am – 2:30 pm
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Dancing the 4 Directions for Self-Direction
Sunday, Sept 22
In the Native American way we live in a wheel that has four main quarters that represent the 4 directions of the sky.Each of the 4 Directions is symbolized by a season, a color, a certain stage in the life of the human being, as well as with special opportunities and strengths. The 4 directions are our orientation in life, where we are and where we are going – in a literal and in a transpersonal sense. These different energies in Native Ways are referred to as ‘The four winds ‘ or the ‘4 Grandfathers and Mothers’.
In this workshop you will be given powerful tools for self-understanding through the Native American teachings –
with Eva Geueke – Alewa Eva
Friday, Sept 20
7:30 – 9:30 pm
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In the Native American way we live in a wheel that has four main quarters that represent the 4 directions of the sky. Each of the 4 Directions is symbolized by a season, a color, a certain stage in the life of the human being, as well as with special opportunities and strengths. The 4 directions are our orientation in life, where we are and where we are going – in a litteral and in a transpersonal sense. These different energies in Native Ways are referred to as ‘The four winds ‘ or the ‘4 Grandfathers and Mothers’.
In this dance celebration, we will create sacred space by burning sage, learn the Clear Water song, dance traditional Powwow dances to Native American music and and offer our own prayers. No prior experience necessary.